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VISUAL ARTS EVENT — Buy some art and save a pet
A Furry Affair
Fri. Aug. 25
6-9 p.m.
$75
City Gallery at Waterfront Park
747-4849, ext. 210
www.jaspca.com

Animal and art lovers alike will enjoy this affair. The John Ancrum Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals presents its second annual A Furry Affair art viewing and auction gala. Proceeds from this charitable event benefit the adoption center for abused, neglected, and abandoned animals. Schmooze with an artsy crowd and bid on your favorite pieces. Many local leaders, fine artists, and even celebrities will be donating original pieces to be auctioned to the highest bidder. Local celebrity artists' works include Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish, Josh Strickland, former Charlestonian and current star of Tarzan on Broadway, Michael Veeck, Charleston RiverDogs owner, and many others. A large number of local fine artists is also donating original works for the auction. This event hopes to raise awareness for the more than 12,000 animals that are held in the John Ancrum Society each year, and secure funds for shelter works. Ticket price includes beer, wine, and catering by Tristan and Executive Chef Ciaran Duffy.
FRIDAY


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FESTIVAL — A grand reunion
Gullah/Geechee Nation International African Music & Movement Festival
Aug. 25-27
$7/adult, $3/children (ages 7-17), group discounts available
Charleston Maritime Center
10 Wharfside St.
838-1171
www.officialgullahgeechee.info

Six years ago, Queen Quet, chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee nation, officially became Head of State for the Gullah/Geechee nation. This was the first time in history the people stood together and declared their right to be a nation based on international human rights law. This festival celebrates their connection with various African nations of the world. Many Gullah/Geechee artisans will make and sell traditional crafts. Workshops will be held on polyrhythms and music, language, hair braiding, and land retention. A living marketplace will demonstrate the creation of soaps, quilts, baskets, and more. This three-day festival offers loads of activities, including an ancestral boat ride with food by Gullah Cuisine on Saturday. Sunday is shoutin' time with a number of spiritual musical artists. Proceeds from the festival go to many nonprofits and projects helping economic empowerment and continuation of living traditions of the Gullah/Geechee people. They will also assist causes in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Donations are gladly accepted. To be a craft artist or sponsor, call 838-1171 or e-mail gullgeeco@aol.com.
FRI-SUN


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THEATRE — What a tragedy
King Lear
Thurs. Aug. 24-Sat. Aug. 27,
Thurs. Aug. 31-Sat. Sept. 2,
Mon. Sept. 4-Tue. Sept. 5 at 8 p.m.
Sun. Aug. 27 and Sun. Sept. 3 at 3 p.m.
$15/general admission, $10/seniors and CofC students
Emmett Robinson Theatre
Simons Center for the Arts
54 St. Philip St.
953-5604
www.cofc.edu/theatre

Lovers of theatre, Shakespeare buffs, and student production junkies alike are sure to enjoy this production. Witness Shakespeare's greatest tragedy as it unfolds with grandeur and violence in exploring questions of human existence. The challenging role of King Lear goes to Shakespeare Project co-founder and College of Charleston performance professor Evan Parry. The other main roles, Lear's three daughters, will be portrayed by CofC students Kathy Lounge, Mary Ruth Baggott, and Kelly Jewell.
THURS-SUN


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VISUAL ARTS — Rate your professor
Recent Works Opening Reception
Fri. Aug. 25
5-7 p.m.
Halsey Institute
Simons Center of the Arts
54 St. Philip St.
953-5680
www.halsey.cofc.edu

Think you have it tough in art class when everyone has to view your work? What if the tables were turned and you were observing your professors' creations? Now you have a chance to see what the teachers can do as the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at The College of Charleston's School of Arts hosts Recent Works: Yvette Dede, Erik Johnson, Sharon Lacey, and Lynne Riding. All exhibition participants are full-time faculty members of the College of Charleston's Dept. of Studio Art. This type of exhibition not only allows for students and public to see professors' works, but also serves as a teaching tool for studio art professors. A different artist will give a lecture each Fri. at 4 p.m. in September. The schedule is: Sept. 1 — Yvette Dede, Sept. 8 — Erik Johnson, Sept. 15 — Sharon Lacey, and Sept. 22 — Lynne Riding. The exhibit will be on view through Sept. 22.
FRIDAY


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EVENT — Everything but slumber party
CRAVE Jammie Jam Party
Sun. Aug. 27
4:30-8:30 p.m.
$35
Omar Shrine Ballroom
Patriots Point
176 Patriots Point Street
762-3135
www.cravepartycharleston.com

Hey ladies! We know you love to be pampered, and this is a great opportunity to shop, spa, and gab with all your closest pals. The CRAVE Jammie Jam party includes four hours access to boutique shopping, spas, fashion shows, beach music, and loads of entertainment you simply can't miss. In true pajama-party fashion, wear your PJs, robe and slippers, or whatever you please. Enjoy spa services sponsored by Stella Nova, like massages, waxing, collagen treatments, henna tattoos, and more. Shop for handbags, jewelry, shoes, and body products. Throw back a few complimentary chi-chi cocktails and some scrumptious eats. Also grab a goody bag, and enter to win a fabulous spa getaway. Tickets are limited, so reserve yours today.
SUNDAY


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