Weekend Round-up: Sports and shows, nature and noms 

Events for the weekend of April 22-24

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This weekend is packed to the gills with shows, excuses to eat excessively, and reasons to get outside and enjoy Earth Day. You can check out tonight's Movies in Marion Square, or this weekend's Lowcountry strawberry festival, Earth Day fest at waterfront park, or The Blessing of the Fleet. For those wary of getting too much sun on their delicate skin you can kick it indoors at one of the many productions like Mary Poppins, School of Rock, or The Dayporch. Or for something way out of the norm go watch two mini horses get hitched. Could be weird, could be fun.

Friday

We all wept a few small tears when we found out that Movies in Marion Square was cancelled due to weather last week BUT it's happening this week with Marvel's Ant Man. The film is a classic tale of an accidental superhero and is as funny as it is action-packed. For dinner there will be D'Allesandro's Pizza, Kickin' Chicken, Roti Rolls, Cory's Grilled Cheese, T&T Kettle Corn, Sweet Lulu's Bakery On Wheels, Outta My Huevos, and King of Pops, with beer and wine for sale as well. Get a seat at 6 p.m. but the film won't begin until sundown.

Let the gastro-games begin for you fine specimens that know how to eat til it hurts, at the Lowcountry Wingapalooza at the Visitor Center Bus Shed. Many of Charleston's best purveyors of poultry will be there like The Alley, Smoke BBQ, The Loophole, Rusty Rudder, and more. For the price of admittance have all the wings you like, jam to music by Bootless, ride the mechanical bull, play cornhole, and if there's still room in that cavern of a stomach, join the wing eating contest. The good times kick off at 7 p.m.

Enough Pie is a group looking to launch and inspire community engagement in the Upper Peninsula through dynamic partnerships, artistic collaborations and creative placemaking. During their spring Pie gatherings they will present Fully Awake, a documentary on Black Mountain College that taught 'head, hand, heart' through the arts to promote awareness and critical thinking. The event is free at the International Longshoremen's Association at 7:30p.m.

Who doesn't love some ohms with their noms? Hit up Yoga House of Charleston for their Fourth Friday class at 6 p.m. and follow it up with their potluck dinner by The Gathering Cafe and beer from Freehouse brewery.

Pull out all the black attire you own and don that heavy eyeliner because it's Oblivion Goth dance party at the Tin Roof tonight at 9 p.m. Djs XO and Chris#2 will be playing all of the best goth, industrial, post-punk, and more.

With the warmer weather and later sunset, some businesses are staying open later and that includes the Charleston Night Market. Stop by from 6:30-10:30 p.m. to check out the vendors, listen to live music, and play tourist in your own town for a night.

Flowertown Players is producing I Hate Hamlet directed by Julie Hammond, a show about a celebrity whose show is cancelled and then he is visited by a ghost in Shakespearean garb. It's quite the comedy so grab your tickets online and get to your seats by curtain at 8 p.m.

If you haven't seen the Jack Black film School of Rock then I need you to stop everything right now and go watch it. Seriously, I'll wait. Okay good, now you can go get your tickets to the musical production of it at South of Broadway Theatre company, whose entire cast of musicians is under the age of 17, pretty impressive. Tickets are available online and the show begins at 7 p.m.

Saturday

Director Clarence Felder and playwright Ceille Baird Welch are bringing The Dayporch to the Threshold Repertory Theatre until May 1st. It's a thriller-comedy with a Hitchcock twist about four depressed women living in a group home in South Carolina and what happens when a Chaplain starts to visit them. Tickets are available online or at the box office and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Stretch your hamstrings and roll out those calves for the Mullet Hall 5 & 10K run and walk. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. and the fun doesn't end at the finish line, head to the after party for food, cold bevvies, and live music.

The Citadel is hosting the kickoff of Revolutionary War Week with a symposium of historians and speakers that share with Charlestonians the important role this city played in the fight for our independence from Great Britain. The talks will be held in Bond Hall from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Say thanks to sweet mama nature and celebrate Earth Day with the Earth Day Festival at Waterfront Park from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be live music by The Bluestone Ramblers, Wildflower Station, Katie Rose, and Chaquis Maliq, a birds of prey show at noon, numerous vendors, crafts and activities, and a chance to win Riverdog tickets or a Tabbuli gift card.

On Saturday April 24th, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. Smarty Pants and Moon Over My Annie are taking the plunge; yes our favorite mini horses are getting married. Celebrate the inseparable pair at LEARN farms from 12-4 p.m. with pony rides, face painting, music, and craft vendors. Proceeds from the event benefit LEARN Farm and their effort to care for neglected horses in the community.

The biggest spring festival in South Carolina is back at Boone Hall. Pick all you the berries you can eat at the Lowcountry Strawberry festival. It's grown well beyond just the fruit, now you can watch the K-9 acrobatic show, try out the thrill rides, play on the velcro wall, inflatable obstacle course, play at the petting zoo, go on a pony ride, enjoy live music and food for purchase. The event runs 10 a.m.-11 p.m. and you can buy tickets according to what you want to do.

Put on that neon pink wig or the purple one with the mullet for a night, all in the name of charity. Then head to Mynt from 7-10 p.m. for Wiggin' out for a Cure, a fundraiser for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. A ticket to the party will get you beer, wine, food from Hamby Catering, music by DJ RDOT, and a chance to participate in the raffle and live auction.

Sunday

From 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. all the locals are heading out to Mt. Pleasant Pier to send off our boats to a successful shrimping season with the Blessing of the Fleet. There will be a parade and blessing, live music by Mitchel Lee throughout the afternoon, local seafood by Finz, Gilligan's, Graze, and Charleston Cafe. It's free to attend and has plenty to entertain the whole family.

What says 'I love you mom' quite like the Holy City Women's Open Table Tennis Tournament? If she can crush it on the court, why not try the table? Registration is free for new players and the winner gets a sweet cash prize. Spectators are free too so go for kicks and gigs and possibly open mom's eyes to a new hobby. The tourney runs from 9 a.m. - 9:45 p.m.

Cheer on your RiverDogs as they take on the Augusta GreenJackets at 5:05p.m. at The Joe.

Check out the winner of Battle of the Bands, Unit 8, at the 98 Rock Fest. They will be playing with other serious rockers like Breaking Benjamin, Halestrom, Killswitch Engage, Lita Ford, Failure Anthem, Dorothy, and Fit for Rivals. They'll be jamming hard all day at Ladson Fairgrounds so get your tickets on the station's website.

Lowcountry Local First is bringing together some of our favorite chefs in Charleston for the 9th Annual Chef's Potluck at Middleton Place from 4-7p.m. 16 chefs will be paired with local fishermen, farmers, and ranchers to provide the ultimate farm to table experience for party-goers. In addition to the tasty bites there will be live music by Garage Cuban Band, drinks from Coast Brewing, Firefly, Cannonborough Beverage Co., Grassroots Wine and Palmetto Brewery, a live auction, and Cirsea Ice Cream.

The Daniel Island Historical Society is celebrating Gullah culture and the southern icon, live oak trees at Live Oak Lights: Illuminating our Heritage. The event will include sweetgrass basket-making, Gullah storytelling and singing, a drumline performance from The Music Battery, art in the park, history walks led by local author Herb Frazier, a poetry workshop and more. The festival is held at Children's Park from 4-7p.m.

The Gaillard Center is hosting the musical performance by Tony-award nominee Mary Bridget Davies as she brings to the stage the life, music, and influences of Janis Joplin. Hear classics like 'Me and Bobby McGee', 'Mercedes Benz', 'Cry Baby', and music by her muses like Nina Simone, Bessie Smith, Etta James, Odetta, and Aretha Franklin. Tickets are available online or at the box office and the show begins at 7 p.m.



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