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BOOKS | A Spoleto-time reception and book signing
Charleston:
Town and Country
Tues. June 5
5-7:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Deluxe
164 Market St.
722-0436
metropolitandeluxe.com

Metropolitan Deluxe hosts a reception and book signing to celebrate a posse of local authors and photographers. Appearing on Tues. will be Susan Sully, author of Charleston Style, as she premieres her new book, The Southern Cottage: From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Florida Keys, which showcases the best cozy dwellings in popular seasonal destinations; Susan Romaine, the artist and co-author, with Jack Alterman, of Charleston Cornices, which captures Charleston’s unique architecture and provides a new view of familiar places; Margaret and Truman Moore, author and photographer of Complete Charleston: 2007-2008, A Guide to the Architecture, History & Gardens of Charleston and the Low Country. Alterman’s photography will also be exhibited. Come meet the authors and photographers, enjoy Southern-style refreshments, and explore what the store has to offer, all at the same time! TUESDAY

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THEATRE | Anonymously entertaining anarchy
I’m Gonna Kill the President:
A Federal Offense
May 30, June 5, and June 6 at 7 p.m.
June 2 and 8 at 7 and 10 p.m.
$10 (cash only)
345-5782
www.federaloffense.info

Self-proclaimed as being “a sizzling political satire,” Hieronymous Bang’s I’m Gonna Kill the President: A Federal Offense is visiting Charleston for the third time, and just in time to satiate those seeking a thought-provoking Spoleto alternative. Starting with the in-your-face title, this play is seriously dedicated to entertaining in a believable fashion. To see the show you have to call a phone number, which tells you the secret meeting place at which you must arrive half an hour before the scheduled show time. From there you will be escorted to the secret performance space, where you will be given a program in which all of the performers’ names will have been marked out for security reasons. It’s a fast-paced slapstick comedy about the adventures of a wannabe anarchist plotting to overthrow the government. Let the mystery cast and crew take you on this secret, unpredictable mission sure to leave you feeling just a tinge of guilt by association. WEDNESDAY, SATURDAY, TUESDAY, NEXT WEDNESDAY

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EVENT | Maybe it’s Stella Nova
Free Makeover Thursday
Thurs. May 31
4-8 p.m.
Free
Stella Nova
292 King St. (Downtown)
1320 Theater Dr. (Mt. Pleasant)
722-9797
www.stella-nova.com

It’s the last day of May and it’s a Thursday, and you know what that means — it’s time to let someone else put makeup on your face for a change. Feel like a celebrity for free and maybe learn a thing or two about properly applying face paint from Stella Nova professionals at both the King Street and Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre locations. Stop by after work and visit one of the different stations set up to dish out different looks. Go get your face did in a most unusual way. It’s always interesting to let someone else play with your “I feel pretty” potential. Ah yes, and then there’s the perk of collecting free samples, sips, snacks, and door prizes. THURSDAY
film/event | ¡Que ridiculo!

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The Lowcountry Big Lebowski Celebration
Sun. June 3
6 p.m.
Free
Madra Rua Irish Pub
1034 E. Montague Ave
554-2522
www.madraruapub.com

Tired of all the artsy-farts around town? If your style is more Coen Brothers than Three Tenors, escape this Sunday to Madra Rua Irish Pub for the inaugural “Lowcountry Big Lebowski Celebration” at 6 p.m. In the film, slacker/bowler (obviously not a golfer) Jeffrey Lebowski — better known as “The Dude,” or El Duderino, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing — is mistaken for a millionaire who shares his name, resulting in some very out-of-the-ordinary days for the normally mundane Dude. The film’s cult following is significant enough to warrant a celebration party nine years after its release. White Russians (the Dude’s favorite adult beverage) will be on special, so Flea and the nihilists won’t “takes zee money” (Kahlua and Stoli are sponsors). The party includes a costume contest, so come dressed as your favorite character (time to dig out those old jelly shoes), and give the DVD a spin so you’ll be quick on the buzzer for the trivia contest. Cue the Gypsy Kings’ “Hotel California,” and mark it zero! SUNDAY

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FAMILY & KIDS | Callin’ all ye landlubbers
Pirates of Charleston
Sat. June 2
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
$10/adults, $5/children, free for Museum members and kids under 4
Charleston Museum
360 Meeting St.
722-2996
charlestonmuseum.org

So, you wanna be a pirate? Yes, of course you do. Stupid question. Pirates steal and cuss and shoot cannon balls and stay out at sea for weeks. They don’t worry about bathing, and they sure don’t care about vitamin C. Scurvy is cool and so are skull-and-crossbones tattoos. And around a time when Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is emptying wallets everywhere, Pirates of Charleston day couldn’t arrive at a more perfect moment. Children who show up at the Charleston Museum will sign a pirate Code of Conduct, make an eye patch, paint a treasure chest, and then follow a treasure map around the Charleston Museum until they find their pot-o-gold. There will be “tattoo artists” on hand to brand these young guns, and Captain Al will be sharing some salty stories about life on the ocean. This event is designed for parents and kids, so leave ye spiced rum at home, mateys. SATURDAY

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