Freeloaders: A really, really free week 

Charleston's best free events, Dec. 14-19

For those who have spent all their money on Christmas gifts, here’s a list of free events this week to give your wallet a breather.

Tuesday. Local blues duo Whiskey ‘n’ Ramblin’ offer a sleazy and greasy good time with a set at Home Team BBQ in West Ashley. When they play “Smokin’, Drinkin’, and a Dancin’,” remember, you can do one of those things for free — maybe all three if you’re a master of persuasion.

Wednesday. Head over to the Waring Historical Library for “Harry Potter, Alchemy, and Medicine,” at noon as Dr. Wayne Heart takes a look at alchemy and modern apothecary. Reservations are required, so call (843) 722-2289 to make those. Ride your broomstick to avoid that Ashley Avenue traffic.

Thursday. Local treasure hunter and future reality show host Rich Mutschler, a.k.a. “the modern day Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford’s 2008 return doesn’t count)” holds a lecture at his shop Galleon’s Lost at 6 p.m. That’s right, he’s going to tell you how to find treasure yourself. He’s also looking for participants for his reality show, so here’s a chance to get tight with him. And Tim Hussey's newest show, Drown Then Swim, has its opening at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park.

Friday. Seth Corts’ and Hirona Matsuda’s Static in the Snow exhibit opens at Muddy Waters Cafe, featuring a one-night-only Little Holiday Market. Pieces explore the joy of the holiday season as well as “the darker side of the winter.” Finally, someone put your sister begging for the third generation iPhone on canvas.

Saturday. Get your art fix with several free art shows. The Gibbes holds a holiday-themed Community Day From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., when admission to the museum is free. Even better, they’re hosting two openings: Art of Our Time: Selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art and J. Henry Fair: Industrial Scars.

The New Music Collective hosts the participatory sound installation Unsilent Night. Composed by Phil Kline, participants bring a boombox or tape player to play an individual part of the piece (the parts are provided when you get there). Together they form one far-out Christmas carol, starting at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park and making its way to Marion Square. RSVP at info@newmusiccollective.org.

Later that night, head to Mellow Mushroom for the third annual Presents From Punks. The event includes a free art show and music by the Shaniqua Brown. If you have any dough to spare though, throw it their way, as proceeds go toward Toys for Tots.

Sunday. It’s better to give than to receive. And if you really like to give, you’ll probably feel weird going to the Really Really Free Market, where you can take anything you need (wait for it) ... for free. Held under the overpass on King Street by the Recovery Room, expect free winter clothing, a hot meal, music by Sarah Bandy, and Fox News reporting on the event’s ties to socialism.

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