Friday, November 21, 2008

Super Saturday: Improvathon, Thanksgiving Honky Tonk, Ball of the Bells

Posted by Erica Jackson on Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 2:29 PM

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COMEDY | Insert joke here

If you’re planning on attending the Improv-A-Thon, you should bring a change of undies. To say the night will pack a comedic punch is an understatement. The night promises to be the equivalent of a Chuck Norris roundhouse kick to your funny bone. With performances from over 35 members of the Theatre 99 company and over a dozen different improv groups, talk about some major bang for your buck. No seriously, go ahead and talk about it. We’ll wait. Groups like The Have Nots!, Improv Riot, Moral Fixation, Big Dicktionary, Neckprov, and 3 Play are just a few that are set to bring you over six hours of side-splitting, bladder-busting comedy. The proceeds will help fund the Charleston Comedy Festival in January that Theatre 99 co-produces with the City Paper. These guys are extremely serious about not being serious, but seriously, let’s get serious. Go to the Improv-A-Thon. —Myles Hutto Sat., Nov. 22, 6-11 p.m. $5/show, $20/full pass, www.thehavenots.com, Improv-a-Thon. Theatre 99, 280 Meeting St., (Downtown), (843) 853-6687, www.thehavenots.com.

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MUSIC | Cowboy attire encouraged

Saturday, head north of town for a Park Circle hootenanny at The Mill. The pre-Thanksgiving party is a steal at $5, giving you a day chock full of music from six bands on two different stages. Throughout the day, bands including The Defilers, Uncle Daddy Project (collaboration of Cami Kind, Kyle Yarbrough, and Nathaniel aka “Iron Toof” of the 33’s), and Meghan Jean and the Klay Family Band will play on the outside stage. Inside at night, check out headliners Wink Keziah and Delux Motel, Cary Ann Hearst, and the Mac Leaphart Duo. Other yee-haw highlights include “chicken shit bingo” — place your bets on the number a caged chicken will relieve himself on — with the winner walking away with a swag bag and all proceeds going toward the Charleston Animal Society. If you don’t like your chances (or the smell of chicken shit), try your hand at the firearm-free turkey shoot — the winner gets a frozen turkey — and the “lasso a longhorn” game. The Wild Turkey American Honey girls will have samples and giveaways. —Erica Jackson Sat., Nov. 22, 3 p.m.-2 a.m. $5, Thanksgiving Honky Tonk. The Mill, 1026 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston, (843) 225-2650, www.myspace.com/themilllounge.

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EVENT | Ball of the Bells

Need an excuse to go to church? The Ball of the Bells might just provide what you're looking for. It's a fund-raiser for the new bells at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist on Broad Street, with sacrilegious entertainment from the Fantastic Shakers, gluttonous hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar. Don’t worry, because your sinister behavior will benefit a greater good. Proceeds will go to the three enormous 4,200-pound bronze bells that will be installed in the newly erected 168 ft. steeple of the Cathedral. The bells will be hand-crafted by Christoph Paccard Bellfoundries, a French company that is a world leader in custom-made tower clocks and bells. After this blasphemous evening, you’ll be in confession for the rest of the weekend. —Mark Glenn Sat. Nov. 22. 7-11 p.m. $100. Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed, 32 Ann St. (843) 200-7548


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