Weekend Roundup: Splash into Spoleto 

Great events for the weekend of May 27-29

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Jonathan Boncek

Y'all ready for a wet and wild weekend? While we're crossing our fingers that tropical storm Bonnie doesn't hit the Lowcountry, we think we can still have a bomb ass weekend, rain or shine. Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto kick off today, so grab the kids, friends, and maybe even your pets: it's time to get cultured.

Friday

Theater 99 presents Mark Kendall and his one man show, The Magic Negro and Other Blackness at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16.

Piccolo Spoleto kicks off at 8 p.m. with an outdoor concert at the U.S. Custom House featuring the Charleston Symphony Orchestra performing works by composers like Dvorak, Glinka, and Tchaikovsky.

Check out Party at the Point, featuring The Dave Matthews Tribute Band at 5:30 p.m. for only $7 at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina.

The Joe will host the inaugural Legends of the South Game at 6:30 p.m. For as little as $12 watch alumni from the New York Yankees and the Atlanta Braves battle it out on RiverDogs turf.

Helmut Lachenmann, the German composer of the opera The Little Match Girl, will discuss his opera and some of his philosophies on music and social engagement. Head to the Simons Center for the Arts at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $27.

Rock your Friday like a Wagon Wheel at 9 p.m. Two-time Grammy Award winning Bluegrass band Old Crow Medicine Show will perform in the Cistern Yard. Tickets start at $50.

The Dublin's Gate Theater will perform a new production of Oscar Wilde's masterpiece of social satire, The Importance of Being Earnest at the Dock Street Theatre. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets begin at $50.

For $25 attend Rock of Ages at The Woolfe Street Playhouse. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and promises to deliver.

Head to the Charleston Cabaret Theater on Folly Road at 8 p.m. for FEVER, a show of female empowerment and sexual expression. Go on a decades long journey with female pioneers like Betty Boop and Beyonce. Tickets start at $18.

Palmetto's Loading Dock series will feature music from The Train Wrecks, Don Merckle & The Blacksmiths, and Black Iron Gathering. This week's food truck is Fauzia's Kitchen, and the fun kicks off at 6 p.m.

Saturday

You are invited to join the Gibbes Board of Directors, elected officials, and distinguished guests to witness the grand re-opening and ribbon cutting at the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Bethel United Methodist Church will host a 27 member choir directed by Richard Pritchard for a performance at 3 p.m.

The new artistic piano trio, Ivory Trio will perform at Blackmer Hall at the Bishop Gadsen Retirement Community at 4 p.m.

From 1 to 4 p.m. check out the History Sidewalk Sale at the Powder Magazine Museum. 

Share Our Suzy will be putting on a Breast Cancer Benefit at the Grove at Patriots Point from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Have a good time for a great cause.

For only $10 you can be a spectator at the seventh annual Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championship. Head to the Music Farm at 7 p.m.

The Atlantic Cup, a biennial offshore sailing race to NYC starts at the Charleston City Marina. Arrive early to cheer them on and catch the shotgun start at noon.

At 8:30 p.m. head to the Simons Center for the Arts for the student-run and hysterical coming of age story, Gay Card. Tickets are $20.

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Check out the Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All for free.

More than 80 local artists will exhibit and sell their work in Marion Square from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. as a part of Spoleto.

Traditional Southern singers will perform in an all-day singing event at Gage Hall starting at 9:30 p.m.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. go on an Alligator Adventure in Wannamaker County Park and help separate fact from fiction on a journey to understand an awesome animal. Tickets are $9.

The Charleston City Market is now open at night every Friday-Sunday. Snack, shop and take a look around.

Grab a hot breakfast or some fresh and local goodies for dinner at the Farmers Market in Marion Square from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday

In honor of the one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Mother Emanuel, nine artists were compelled to create a portrait tribute to each of the victims. See these beautiful works at the Principle Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m.

Theater 99 will present, once again, The Complete History of Charleston for Morons and Reformed Whores, two old favorites at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. respectively. Tickets are $16.

Check out the 37th annual Piccolo Spoleto Fine Crafts Show in Wragg Square from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Go on a Porgy and Bess Walking Tour and explore the world of the famous play and its reach beyond the stage in Charleston.

The Have Nots! will be performing some saucy impov at Theater 99 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16.

The Wells Gallery at The Sanctuary, presents an exhibit by Jonathon Green featuring his original oil painting 'Harvest Gathering.'

The Dock Street Theatre presents a contemporary revision of a 1753 opera comique, composed by Antione Dauvergne. Catch La Double Coquette at 3:30 p.m.

The Pour House does Sunday's right. Grab brunch at the Lot and then walk around back for the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market. With a glass of locally made kombucha in hand, head to the deck for some yoga hosted by Evolve Holistic Health. Stick around for an ice-cold beer and Runaway Gin covering Phish for two full sets. It's Sunday FunDay. Go hard and never go home.



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