Friday, May 8, 2009

Weekend Events Round-Up: May 8-10

Posted by Erica Jackson on Fri, May 8, 2009 at 11:45 AM

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Compared to recent weekends, this one seems a bit tame. We like to think of it as the calm before the Spoleto storm. But there's still plenty of stuff to do. Here are our top picks.

Broaden your cultural horizons at Greek Fest this Friday through Sunday. (Everyone on the City Paper paper staff can't wait to swarm the Greek Orthodox Church for lunch today!) There will be dancing, authentic music, and of course mouth-watering food like gyros and baklava. On Saturday, get a taste of Jamaica at the first concert of the Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series at Wannamaker County Park. De Lions of Jah are the featured act.

Sports fans: the RiverDogs take on the Tourists Friday and Saturday. Friday is red shirt night (wear a red shirt and get $1 off your ticket) and there will be fireworks after the game. Saturday is Salute the Slinky night — the first 1,000 fans through the gate will get a slinky. Plus there will be entertainment from the "Human Slinky." Intriguing. Also, the Stingrays have made it to the American Conference and they want your support. They've got games on Saturday and Monday.

The free Movie in Marion Square this Friday is Hellboy 2.

If you missed them at Charleston Comedy Festival (or if you saw them and loved them), check out Atlanta-based comedy troupe Einstein Meets Elvis on Friday at 10 p.m.

Saves the Day, Nightmare of You, and Alkaline Trio are playing the Music Farm Friday night. Kings of Leon are at the Coliseum Sunday! For something a bit more free, check out the Blues by the Sea event at Freshfields Village on Saturday.

Lastly, dog lovers, don't miss the Pizza Party Night at Three Dog Bakery on Saturday. D'allesandro's will have pizza for humans, while Three Dog will have pup pizza. Yum. Benefits a local animal rescue.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Stingrays in Conference Finals — Games Saturday and Monday

Posted by Erica Jackson on Thu, May 7, 2009 at 3:42 PM

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Did you think hockey season was over? Well think again. The S.C. Stingrays have made it to the American Conference, and they've got two home games coming up. Here's the lowdown from the Stingrays' website:

South Carolina (42-23-6) finished off Florida in a six-game series Tuesday night (4-3 in overtime) and also knocked off Charlotte in a six-game affair in the opening round of the playoffs. It is the second straight season that these clubs have met in the American Conference Finals. The Stingrays have won the Kelly Cup twice (1997 and 2001). It is the fourth trip to the conference finals for South Carolina and the third trip for Cincinnati. The Stingrays are 2-1 in conference finals series having captured the Kelly Cup in 1997 and 2001 while the Cyclones are 1-1 having defeated South Carolina on their way to the Kelly Cup in 2008 and losing in seven games to eventual Kelly Cup winner Atlantic City in 2003.

Support the 'Rays as they take to the ice Sat., May 10 and Mon., May 11 at 7:05 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum. Call (843) 744-2248 to order tickets.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Putter's Paradise Opens Thursday

Posted by Erica Jackson on Wed, May 6, 2009 at 11:33 AM

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ae12/1241623886-fountain_image_2_thumb.jpgWe don't envy Myrtle Beach too much — Charleston's beaches are pretty rad. But one thing we're missing is some good ol' fashioned putt putt. Mini golf options are sadly limited in the Lowcountry, but this week we're getting our very own Putter's Paradise on Folly Beach. The eco-friendly mini golf course, owned by Planet Follywood's DJ Rich and City Paper's Brandin Dubos, has been open for a few weeks but is hosting its grand opening on Thurs., May 7. Rounds of golf on the classic-style 18-hole course will be just $1 all day. The green business uses zero electricity, solar energy, and recycled pieces of construction materials were used throughout the course. Hole themes include crab traps, a lighthouse, save the turtles, water obstacles, a windmill, rock quarries, and solar tiki torches. Putter's Paradise is located at 27 Center St. The grand opening celebration lasts from 3-8 p.m. Call ahead for a tee time: (843) 830-9822.

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Uno de Mayo

Posted by Erica Jackson on Mon, May 4, 2009 at 1:46 PM

1a32/1241458963-dsc01774.jpgThe Battle of Puebla was properly commemorated at the Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival on Friday night at the Visitor’s Center Bus Shed. Guests enjoyed authentic Mexican cuisine from El Dorado and Los Reyes and washed it all down with Cuervo margaritas and Dos Equis drafts. But the food and drink was little more than an afterthought. The focus of the event was dancing, particularly salsa. DJ Luigi Bravo of Latin Groove kept the dance floor packed with young and old alike. Dancing company Buen Aché performed traditional Afro-Latino dances on-stage. Amateurs did their best impressions of Latino pop stars as more experienced dancing partners made the moves from Dirty Dancing look like something out of a high school gymnasium. The only interruption to the pulsating movement of the crowd was for the Dancing with the Local Stars competition, which saw four local media mavens vie for bragging rights — Tara Lynn from Channel 2 and Ali Orozco were the winners. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Ryan White HIV care program at Roper St. Francis Healthcare. Check out a few more pics on our Flickr page. —Angela Hanyak
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Scene: Surfers Healing 5K

Posted by Erica Jackson on Mon, May 4, 2009 at 10:27 AM

3fea/1241447243-dsc_0617.jpg Close to a hundred runners and walkers made strides down East Arctic Avenue on Folly Beach Saturday for the Surfers Healing 5K Run, benefiting the surf camp held by the group each summer. Letting participants register up until minutes before the race began, organizers quickly ran out of T-shirts that were ordered to go along with registration packets. Sopagna Eap of Johns Island claimed a first place finish with a time of 17:52, followed by Randy Wiggins of Summerville who won the overall road race for the male category at 17:55. After the 3.1-mile competition on land, a few brave souls entered the surf for a 200-yard Rebel Yell Dash and half-mile stand-up paddleboard race. Barbara Weaver and Kai Dilling (below) placed first in the stand-up paddle race for the female and male categories. Weaver also took first for the combined competition for female and Christian Gaeta took the same title for the males. Both athletes claimed tiki-trophies for their successful ventures. Throughout the rest of the day, athletes and families enjoyed a street festival with jump castle, live music, petting farm, jewelry sales, and a silent auction. Another big winner walked away with a $1,600 paddleboard donated by Ocean Surf Shop for the price of a $5 raffle ticket. All proceeds will help fund the Charleston-based Surfers Healing summer camp, which brings professional surfers from across the country to work with autistic children for a unique and effective form of therapy. —Cara Kelly
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