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MUSIC | Wherever they lay their hats are their homes
The Temptations & The Four Tops
Fri. March 16
8 p.m.
$68.50 and $53.50 (plus applicable fees)
North Chas. Performing Arts Center
5001 Coliseum Dr.
554-6060
www.ticketmaster.com

The North Charleston Performing Arts Center is bringing in two Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers for what it's calling "one incredible night of classic R&B" -- a double bill featuring whatever the latest versions might be of Motown legends The Temptations and the Four Tops. Despite various line-up changes over the years, things should roll well with the long list of rock and R&B classics from both acts. Temptations frontman Otis Williams (pictured), a member of the flagship male act of Berry Gordy's powerhouse label, Motown Records, since 1961, is the band's only surviving original member. He's stayed busy touring the festival and theatre circuit with his latest vocal ensemble. Their hits include "My Girl," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," "Get Ready," "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone," and "(I Know) I'm Losing You." The Temps' new DVD collection is titled Get Ready: Definitive Performances 1965-1972. The Four Tops, whose current lineup features vocalists Ronnie McNeir, Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Theo Peoples, and Lawrence Roquel Payton, Jr., enjoyed hits in the 1960s and '70s with "Reach Out, I'll Be There," "Baby, I Need Your Lovin'," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)," "Ain't No Woman (Like The One I Got)," and "Put A Little Love Away." A pricey ticket, perhaps, but worth it, goodness knows. --T. Ballard Lesemann FRIDAY


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THEATRE | It’s not a trick, Charleston ... it’s an ILLUSION
Illusionist Jonathan Bayme
Sat. March 17
7 p.m.
$20
Sottile Theater
44 George St.
693-5465
www.pethelpers.org
www.jbayme.com/tickets

It may seem unreal, but 19-year-old Charleston native Jonathan Bayme has already spent more time in Las Vegas casinos than many folks of legal gambling age. Bayme has spent a hefty chunk of his adolescence in Vegas training to become the world’s next great illusionist, learning from pros like Lance Burton, Siegfried Fischbacher (of Siegfried and Roy), and — perhaps through ESP? — Teller (the silent half of Penn and Teller). This weekend, he returns to Charleston for a performance that will benefit Pet Helpers, the nonprofit, no-kill shelter on James Island. Prepare yourself to be wowed by Bayme’s all-new, custom-designed illusions, and if you’d like to see more of what Bayme does in his daily life, check out Ellusionist.com, the “online street magic training center” he’s currently president of — the website produces DVDs that teach anyone with the desire how to become the neighborhood David Blaine. Just don’t expect to see Bayme encased in ice in the middle of Marion Square anytime soon. SATURDAY


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VISUAL ARTS | The temptation of the tiny
Source Coding
Opening Fri. March 16, 6 p.m.
On view through April 21
Free
Redux Contemporary Art Center
136 St. Philip St.
722-0697
www.reduxstudios.org

Want to see what kind of art avant garde composer Phillip Glass keeps in his private collection? Head to Redux in the next month for Source Coding, a solo exhibition featuring the works of "new media" artist Kevin Jones. Jones is something of an artist/tinkerer, creating interactive installations that are small, but unbelievably complex, microcontrollers, like "Regelation," which "uses an ultrasonic sensor to detect the proximity of the viewer to the work ... the viewer activates the sensor to trigger a video of an ice cube melting, and once the sensor is broken again, the ice cube reforms itself." See more examples of Jones' work at his website, www.spacemedialabs.com. FRIDAY


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EVENT | Greenin' up
St. Patrick's Day
Sat. March 17

In the early 400s AD, a boy was kidnapped in England and taken to the pagan, fire-and-sun-worshipping island of Ireland. He later escaped, only to return and play a major role in converting the heathens to Christianity. Now, 1,600 years later, you don't need a hint of red hair to celebrate that occasion by getting rip-roaring drunk. Here in Charleston, we may not rope off the waterfront or throw a multistage concert like our neighbors in Savannah and Columbia, but we can still paint the town green. Following an 8 a.m. mass at St. Patrick's Church on Radcliffe St. the Knights of Columbus, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the Charleston Irish Historical Society will host a parade down King Street from Radcliffe to Broad at 10 a.m. The Hibernian Society march in their own parade from East Bay Street to Hibernian Hall at 11 a.m. followed by the raising of the Irish flag over City Hall. At Knights of Columbus Hall (134 Calhoun St.) at noon, the public can enjoy a traditional Irish-American luncheon. When that's all done, it's Saturday afternoon and you're downtown, where plenty of bars tout their Irish-ness. So chug five car bombs and get that cute leprechaun to show you her pot o'gold. --Stratton Lawrence saturday


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CONCERT MUSIC/COMEDY | Oh boy, oboes!
McCrady's Charleston Pops Series: Comedy Tonight!
Sat. March 17
8 p.m.
$15-$35, $5/students with valid ID
Gaillard Auditorium
77 Calhoun St.
554-6060
www.charlestonsymphony.com

After the success of last year's "The Marriage of ... Carmen?", The Have Nots! and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra were eager to team up again for a night of strings and snickering as part of the CSO's Pops series. Saturday night's show promises a whole new display of the places where classical music and comedy intersect, as Brandy Sullivan, Timmy Finch, and Greg Tavares perform the Concerto for Cell Phone & Orchestra, "Swan Lake Meets On Golden Pond," and a finale complete with snippets of John Williams' familiar works from Steven Speilberg's blockbuster films. Which ones, you ask? You'll have to hit the Gaillard to find out. SATURDAY


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EVENT | Take a walk in the park(s)
Customer Appreciation Day
Sun. March 18
All day
All Charleston County Parks
795-4FUN (4386)
www.ccprc.com

Gather up the kids, the picnic basket, and the fishing poles and head out to your closest Charleston County Park this Sunday for their annual Customer Appreciation Day. Gate admission will be free at the Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center, North Charleston's Wannamaker Park, Mt. Pleasant's Palmetto Islands, and James Island County Park, and parking will be free at Kiawah's Beachwalker Park, Folly Beach and IOP County Parks. Make sure to wake up early to hit the Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier at Folly, where you can reel 'em in for free all day. So, free fun plus free fishing just might equal free dinner... SUNDAY

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