Weekend Roundup: A weekend unlike any other 

Events for the weekend of April 8-10

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Spring has sprung which means there is no reason to be hibernating in your house this weekend. The calendar is full of countless live productions at theatres around the city and there is a show to fit every taste and price range. When you're not immersing yourself in drama hit up one of the many gatherings in town be it Sesame's block party, loading dock night at Palmetto, a night bizarre, or Second Sunday. So get yours buns off the couch, you'll thank us later.

Friday

Ballet Evolution premieres two ballets and an original score in American Tapestry at the Sottile theatre at 7:30p.m. This show goes to prove that ballet isn't just tutus and sugarplums. Grab your tickets online or at the box office.

The Volvo Car Open is drawing to a close on Daniel Island but you still have time to snag a ticket to one of the final matches and see Angelique Kerberos can defend her title as champion. Tickets are available at the Volvo Open website.

Abstract aficionados should head to broad to Ellen Walton Richardson Fine Art gallery for Mark Bettis and Karen Weihs' exhibit. Their word is a blend of bold colors and soft, easy texture. The gallery is open daily.

The Disney classic Mary Poppins has come to the Dock Street theatre and it is every bit as magical as the first time we saw it. The Friday show begins at 7:30 p.m. so grab your tickets soon.

Coming out is never easy or straightforward and the play Gay Card captures that struggle as they follow a newly out-of-closet student through freshman year at Lakeshore college. Very humorous and for a great price, so get to the Simmons Center at CofC at 11:30 p.m.

The loading dock series is at it again this week at Palmetto Brewing Co. at 6 p.m. Live music from Don Merckle and The Blacksmiths, Rust, and Appalache. The local food truck providing food is TBD.

Saturday

It's the first day of the Charleston Farmers Market, held in Marion Square from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Check out our roundup of all the area's farmers markets.

Celebrate Folly with the 2-day Sea and Sand Festival on center street. Saturday kicks off with the Coffin Island 5K where runners are encouraged to dress like pirates. The street party starts at 11 am with live music, art vendors, and plenty of food and drinks.

Full body smack downs and metal folding chairs swinging through the air can only mean one thing. WWE live has come to the North Charleston Convention Center with their show Nxt Takeover. See pros like Bayley, Sami Zayn, and Austin Aires show off their best moves. The mayhem begins at 7:30 pm.

Butcher and Bee are hosting another late night bazaar with a killer menu, drinks, live music, and vendors with everything from clothes to crafts to homeware. It's like a farmers market for night owls. The good times roll from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Theatre 99 hosts Company 29 from the Big Apple for their sketch show Sad Men and the People that Love Them. They are no strangers to Charleston and this is certainly not their last visit. The show begins at 10 pm so grab tix online or at the door.

Woolfe Street Theatre presents The Nether, a tense and disturbing look at a dystopian world where there is little separation between the web and reality. It's like a futuristic Law and Order SVU episode and is the perfect show to convince your friend that live theatre really is all that. Curtain is at 2 p.m.

Rally around the MS community and show your support by heading to for their Walk MS event at Hampton Park. Meet there at 8 and then join the walk at 9. Let's show some love to people that are living with MS and those that care for them.

Round the kids up and head to the Children's Museum for breakfast with all of their favorite characters from princesses to superheroes to book characters. A full buffet breakfast is included in the ticket price and all the fun runs from 9-11 a.m.

As oyster season draws to a close, catch one of the last roasts of the season with our pals at the Alley. Think all-you-can-eat St. Jude oysters, drink specials, and a Master's themed menu. It's all going down from 3-7 p.m. 

Sunday

Get ready to have your heart broken by this WWII drama, Bent, that tells the story of gay men in concentration camps and the cruelty they endured. But don't worry the show is filled with hope and won't leave you weeping in the aisles. Curtain is at 3 p.m. and you can get your tickets online or at the box office.

Sesame is pulling out all the stops for their 10th anniversary party which means music by Dallas Baker and Friends and Whisky Diablo, food and brews, plenty of kids games and crafts, a dunk booth, corn hole, and lots more. Get up to Sesame in North Charleston by 12:30 p.m. with the whole family to join in the fun.

Tenpin Chopak and Nicholas Walker team up for a free concert at the Charleston Library Society at 6 p.m.

Celadon is kicking off their ongoing event series with a flea market each Sunday. Head over there for work by local artisans, live music, food trucks, and a sale on all warehouse furniture.

Don your sun hat and grab some friends to stroll King street for Second Sunday. Outdoor dining, window shopping, live music, and the only traffic is the hordes of people stopping to pet each puppy they see. Get there from 1-5 p.m.

Mayor Tecklenburg and Bill Murray helped usher in opening day so let's keep the ball rolling and go support our RiverDogs as they take on Columbia at 5:05 p.m.

From 10 am- 4 pm take the kids to Omar Shrine for the 2nd Annual Lowcountry Kids Expo. There will be activities, games, and crafts geared toward teaching kids about safety, health and wellness, summer camps, special needs, and other family related topics.  

There is no shortage of great musicians in this city and it is always a treat when you can see so many at once. So if you're a music and more specifically blues fan (and why wouldn't you be?) head to Freshfields Village for Blues by the Sea. From 2:30-7 p.m. enjoy music by Randy McAllister, Mac Arnold and Plate Full o' Blues, and Mississippi Heat.



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