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Recommended events for the week of Oct. 25-31, 2006

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VISUAL ARTS — Stroke me, brushstroke me
New Paintings by Robert Brown
Opening reception:
Fri. Oct. 27
6-9 p.m.
On view through Nov. 27
53 Cannon St. Gallery
53 Cannon St.
853-2004
www.53cannon.com

At 53 Cannon St. Gallery, smack in the middle of downtown's West Side neighborhood, curator Currie McCullough has been carrying the torch for local artists for almost two years now. Gallery shows have ranged from progressive-minded up-and-comers still wet behind the ears to the internationally renowned work of her father, William McCullough, whose Southern realist oeuvre was awarded its own Piccolo exhibition at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park last spring. This weekend, McCullough opens her homey gallery's first new exhibit since the spring, a solo show of oil paintings on board and canvas from realist Robert Brown. Brown embodies the age-old story of finding your true calling and, with it, the courage to pursue a dream. He always loved to paint, but initially succumbed to the notion that he needed to get a "real job" as a stockbroker. In 2002, he quit his job and enrolled as a full time student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, which has had painters such as Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth as teachers or critics. Brown paints with the enthusiasm and dedication of someone who doesn't take pursuing a dream for granted. A simple hedgerow or the ruts in a clay dirt road shine as if illuminated from within. His paintings takes viewers to his favorite places, whether that's a flowering meadow in Newfoundland or a morning on Cannon Street. FYI: After the opening reception, the show will be open to the public by appointment only. —Patrick Sharbaugh
opening FRIDAY


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THEATRE — The missus made me do it
Rebecca
Opening Fri. Oct. 27 at 8 p.m.
Running Oct. 28, Nov. 2-4, 9-11 at 8 p.m.
Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 at 3 p.m.
$25, $22/seniors,
$15/students
Footlight Theatre
20 Queen St.
722-4487
www.footlightplayers.net

The Footlight Players are kicking it old school-style this season, mostly because they are in fact the oldest school in town. This season marks Footlight's 75th, which makes the Queen Street community players one of the oldest in the Southeast. In recognition of the anniversary, the company's reaching back into seven decades of plays for its 2006-07 season. This weekend it opens the classic Gothic romance Rebecca, adapted by Kyle Mims from the 1938 novel by Daphne du Maurier, which was originally produced by Footlight in 1945, if you can believe it. The story is about a shy ladies' companion who's staying in Monte Carlo with her stuffy employer when she meets the wealthy Maxim de Winter, a widower still troubled by the death of his wife, Rebecca, in a boating accident the year before. She and Max fall in love, get married, and return to Manderlay, his large country estate in Cornwall. When the second Mrs. de Winter meets the creepy, sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, she discovers that Rebecca still has a weird hold on everyone at Manderlay. This being a Gothic romance — and the subject of a 1940 Hitchcock film adaptation — you can guess where things go from there. Rebecca stars Melonea Locklair, Christina Cummings, Don Brandenburg, Josh Keller, Laura Hunt, and Kain Cameron, with technical and scenic design by Richard Heffner. —Patrick Sharbaugh
FRI-SUN


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MUSIC — The Wiyos
The Wiyos
Sun. Oct. 29
7 p.m.
$10, $5/students
Gage Hall Coffeehouse
4 Archdale St.
224-4472
www.thewiyos.com

Playing what they call "fun, old timey vaudevillian music," N.Y.C.-based acoustic trio The Wiyos return to Charleston this weekend for a special fund-raising event at the Unitarian Church's Gage Hall Coffeehouse. The band — Michael Farkas (vocals, harmonica, washboard, banjo, kazoo), Parish Ellis (guitar, vocals) and Joseph "JoeBass" DeJarnette (upright bass, vocals) — recently released their third studio album, a 13-song collection recorded live to two-track titled Hat Trick. "The band is passionate about infusing old-time American music with new blood," says Ellis. "It's about carrying this rich musical heritage into the 21st century and having a darn good time doing it." Their repertoire includes a pile of swing and blues, old-time, jug band, and vaudevillian antics — from Satchmo to Django to Keaton. Proceeds from this event will benefit Charleston area after-school programs. Coffee, soft drinks, and desserts will be available. —T. Ballard Lesemann
SUNDAY


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FESTIVAL — Do the Locomotion
2006 Charleston Moves Festival
Sat. Oct. 28
8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Various prices
Charleston Maritime Center
10 Wharfside St.
www.charlestonmoves.org

Run, bike, or swim to the Charleston Moves Festival, but leave the gas-guzzler at home. This year's event features a myriad of events encouraging alternative methods of getting around town. The free Festival Village includes food, activities, and exhibits for the whole family, or sign up for the Five-Island Bicycle Ride ($35), leaving the Maritime Center at 8 a.m., with route options from 30 miles up to 100. At 3 p.m. gather a team for the Urban Adventure Challenge ($25/team), a race requiring players to visit several Charleston locations in three hours without the use of a car. As the racers come in at 6 p.m. the membership drive/party ($10/Charleston Moves members, $20/nonmembers, $35/party and membership) will kick off with barbecue and music from the Modern Skirts, culminating in a 'swap meet' auction of bikes, kayaks, boats, and other 'gently used' human-powered vehicles. CARTA buses will be on hand to transport folks to and from the event, or ride the water taxi from Mt. Pleasant. With gas prices rising and waistlines bulging, here's a great chance to see how even in Charleston we can leave the car in Park. —Stratton Lawrence
SATURDAY


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FESTIVAL — Corndogs and country
The Coastal Carolina Fair
Oct. 26-Nov. 4
Various times
Adults: $8, $6/advance
Children: $5, $4/advance
Exchange Park
9850 Hwy. 78, Ladson
572-3161
www.coastalcarolinafair.org

The Coastal Carolina Fair — owned and operated by the Exchange Club of Charleston — celebrates its 50th anniversary this year at the Exchange Park in Ladson (just off I-26 at exits 205-A and 203) from Oct. 26 through Nov. 4. Locals who've come to love the clang, clamor, aroma, and excitement of the amusement rides, food, games, and live entertainment can expect it all again this year. In addition to a variety of animal acts, magicians, hypnotists, comedians, and exhibits scattered across the fairground stages, this year's live music lineup at the Lakefront Stage features some heavy hitters from the Nashville country music scene and others. Contemporary country singers Joe Diffie and Sammy Kershaw (pictured) kick things off on opening day, Thurs. Oct. 26, with performances at 6:30 and 9 p.m., respectively. Oldies vocal group The Lettermen perform at 6:30 p.m. on Fri. Oct. 27. Classic rock/boogie band Atlanta Rhythm Section play at 6:30 and 9 p.m. on Sat. Oct. 28. Vocalist Danielle Peck plays at 6:30 p.m. on Sun. Oct. 29. Country up-and-comers Little Big Town (see feature in music section) play at 9 p.m. on Mon. Oct. 30. Hard-hitting trio BlackHawk perform on Halloween night at 9 p.m. For more details on the music schedule, check Music Board or the Fair's website, and visit your area Piggly Wiggly to pick up advance tickets before Oct. 26. —T. Ballard Lesemann
THURS-wed


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PERFORMANCE — The beauty of the game
2nd Annual Batizado
Sat. Oct. 28
6-8 p.m.
Free
Physician's Auditorium
66 George St.
514-1192
capoeiracharleston.com

The Brazilian martial art Capoeira, featured on the cover of last week's City Paper, will be on display this Saturday night for all to see for free as Jesse Colon's class hosts their second annual Batizado at the College of Charleston's Physician's Auditorium. Eight top-level capoeira instructors will be in attendance from around the nation for the graduation ceremony and performance. Capoeira, created by slaves in the fields of Brazil, combines dance and fighting into a graceful game played to drums and traditional instruments. Smooth, lightning-fast kicks come within inches of the other competitor, necessitating both quick dodges and attacks. "It's really about feeling the energy of the people around you," says Colon. Prepare to be awed by the wildest dance in town. —Stratton Lawrence
SATURDAY


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FESTIVAL — Celebrate a good cause
Legacy of Freedom GalaFri. Oct. 27
7 p.m.
$75 ($50 members)
William Aiken House
465 King St.
216-0442
www.aahasc.org

People often forget about or don't realize the role African-Americans played in the Civil War and Reconstruction period, especially in the South, where certain individuals still take the phrase "War of Northern Aggression" seriously. The African American Historical Alliance aims to change that and will kick off their efforts this weekend with the Legacy of Freedom Celebration. Events include an exhibit and lecture at the Charleston Museum entitled "A Celebration of the Life & Times of Lt. Stephen Swails" in honor of the first African-American to be commissioned as an officer in the army and who later served as a South Carolina senator, university trustee, and mayor (Fri. Oct. 27, 2:30 p.m.). The group will also host a memorial and dedication ceremony at Charleston's Humane and Friendly Society Cemetery, where Swails currently lies in an unmarked grave (Sat. Oct. 28, 9 a.m.). Of course, a celebration weekend must include a party, and the Legacy of Freedom Gala at the William Aiken House meets that need with food, drinks, live entertainment, and more. —Christy Robertson
FRIDAY


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