Weekend Round-up: Sunny with a side of local brews 

Events for the weekend of Feb. 26-28

It's the freakin' weekend baby, I'm about to have me some fun. Midnight bazaars, performances of Shakespeare and Mozart, oyster roasts, chili contests, live music out the wazoo, historical reenactments, a chocolate-themed party, and countless comedy acts. If you're bored, there's something wrong. So please, go forth and party my friends.

Friday:

Cirque du Soleil has flown into town on the backs of the leonopteryx (think bird/reptile/dinosaur hybrid) for an adaptation show of James Cameron's Avatar. Toruk is a blend of narrative and acrobatics with more special effects than Cirque has ever used before. Tickets are available online for 7:30p.m. performances at the North Charleston Coliseum through Sunday.

Artist R. Robots aka Nick Kuszyk is painting a large geometric mural on the southern wall of the John L. Dart branch of the Charleston County Public Library today in honor of Cynthia Hurd. She was a victim of the Mother Emanuel shooting and branch manager of the library for 21 years. Stop by the branch from 10a.m.-6p.m. to pay your respects and witness the artist at work.

Tonight at 7:30p.m. Threshold Repertory theatre will be hosting illusionist Howard Blackwell and magician Dave Chandler in a performance that will induce as many laughs as ooh's and ah's. Part Vaudeville act, part stand-up comedy, and part grand illusion/magical manipulation, the show is far above your uncle's lame card tricks.

Yogi's, foodies, and fans of brewskis come together for Fourth Friday at Yoga House of Charleston from 6-8p.m. Post-Sun Salutations, participants can enjoy beer from Freehouse Brewery and food catered by The Gathering Cafe.

If you are as big of a fan of Drunk History on Comedy Central as I am, then you'll want to get yourself to Theatre 99 for The Complete History of Charleston for Morons. Performers John Brennan, R.W. Smith, and Greg Tavares may be sober but the humor is far from it. The show kicks off at 10 p.m.

Start your weekend with class...ical music by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra's performance of pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms in their Masterworks series under the direction of Ken Lam. The show begins at 7:30p.m. at the Gaillard Center.

This week's musicians at the Palmetto Loading Dock Series include Big Zen, Feel Free, and See Water with grub provided by local food truck Bac'n Me Crazy. Bacon, beer, and live music, I couldn't think of a better way to start the weekend.

Saturday:

Lace up your sneakers for LifePoint's 11th annual Race for Life 5k, 10k, and half-mile fun run/walk. The funds raised will go toward bringing awareness to the need for organ, eye, and tissue donation throughout South Carolina. The race begins at 8:15 at James Island County Park.

Join the 12th annual Mardi Gras Crawl on Shem Creek to support the Alzheimer's Association and Pet Helpers. From 12p.m.-6p.m. participants can register at Red's Ice House before bouncing around to other bars including The Shelter, Vickery's, Tavern and Table, and RBs's. Besides getting silly participants get an event t-shirt, commemorative koozies, and food and drink specials.

RiverTowne Country Club in Mt. Pleasant is hosting an oyster roast for the whole family from 3-6p.m. With admission participants will get all-you-can-eat oysters, Frogmore stew, s'mores, live music, and jump castle for kids. What better way to spend a Saturday with the fam?

If you find yourself at the Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site from 10a.m.-4p.m. don't be surprised to find colonial women cooking over a fire and men in minor skirmishes firing muskets at one another. It's not a time machine but it is Lowcountry Colonial Days hosted by the Independent Company of South Carolina. Bring the family but it may be best to leave the dog at home.

There are two things you should never say no to: chocolate and philanthropy. Support Communities in Schools, a group that seeks to keep students in school, at their 25th annual Chocolate Affair. From a silent auction packed with elaborate vacation packages and jewelry to gourmet catering, fine spirits (hello chocolate martini), and a dessert competition judged by the lucky event attendees, this event is huge crowd-pleaser. The event begins at 6:30p.m. at Memminger Auditorium, tickets can be purchased online.

Check out the most badass men and women in Charleston duke it out in the roller derby event at Indoor Sports of Charleston in North Chuck. The men start at 5p.m. with the All-Stars taking on Collision Men followed by the ladies at 7p.m. with the Bruisin' Betties battling the South Coast Derby Dolls.

Butcher and Bee is amping up their usual late night service and hosting a B&B Night Bizarre with over 40 vendors selling everything from goods and wares to food, wine, and cocktails. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the curator Redux Contemporary Art Center so be sure to stop by from 9 p.m-1 a.m.

Sunday:

United to discuss the Civil Rights Movement and the struggle for equality, the Charleston Spiritual Ensemble and Charleston Gospel Choir come together in their show Jews and Blacks: Parallels of Our Past. Led by musical director David A. Richardson, the two groups will sing their renditions of folk and spiritual songs. The performance will be held at K.K. Beth Elohim at 5p.m.

Get glammed up for A Night at the Oscars, the biggest annual fundraiser for Pet Helpers, this year at Club Trio. There will be live music, dancing, champagne and oyster bars, hors d'oeuvres, wall of wine raffle, silent auction, best dressed competition, and Animal Oscars photo contest. Get your tickets online and get yourself to the red carpet. The event runs from 7p.m. to midnight.

It's your last chance to see the classic Shakespearean comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream performed by Crabpot Theatre and directed by Randy Neale. Star-crossed lovers, a misguided parent, a half-weaver/half-donkey, and faeries; all the key elements of good RomCom. Catch the final matinee performance from 2-4 p.m.

Calling all lady brewers. Head over to Tradesman Brewing Co. for their February Brewster Brew day where you can watch and help with the process of brewing their next batch. Just e-mail them if you plan to attend. The day starts at 8 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m.

You may want to skip Sunday brunch and save your appetite for the 4th Annual South Atlantic Bank Oyster Roast and Chili Cook-Off. There will be all you can eat oysters, chili and hot dogs provided by Sticky Fingers and 15 competing chili cooks, beer from Holy City, Palmetto, Westbrook, and Seanachai, and live music by The Stilettos. The good times roll from 2-5p.m. at the Hobcaw Yacht Club and all proceeds benefit the Florence Crittenton Programs of SC.

On the other side of town we have more oysters and chili to fill your bellies with at the Sierra Club Oyster Roast on Bowen's Island. Price of admission includes all-you-can-eat oysters, veggie and meat chili, veggie dogs, hot dogs, Ben and Jerry's ice cream and music by Lime and the Coconuts. From 2-5p.m. there will be a killer silent auction and draft beer available upon donation. Proceeds will support the Robert Lunz Group of the Sierra Club.

Jimi Hendrix fans should make their way down to the Gaillard Center at 7p.m. to listen to some of his greatest hits performed by artists such as Billy Cox, Buddy Guy, Zakk Wilde, Johnny Lang, and Eric Johnson and more, all on one stage.


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