Freeloaders: Casting spells 

This week's best freebies Oct. 17-23

MONDAY. Fight the urge to go on an impromptu shopping spree and get some new threads at the Clothes Swap For a Cure. Every donated item gets you a ticket to swap for someone else’s donated item. There will be a fashion show, food trucks like Strada Cucina, and even live music by local talents like Ben Fagan. All the proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

TUESDAY. If we learned anything from Billy Madison, it’s the importance of adult academic decathlons. Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. and two other judges will evaluate corporate-sponsored teams on their vocabulary skills at the Corporate Spelling Bee to benefit LifeManagement Center. The winner gets a trophy, and the team with the loudest friends in the crowd gets the spirit award. It’s worth it to find out if the mayor will say, “I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.” On the other side of town, the Congaree National Park is celebrating their 35th anniversary with cake and a free showing of Roots in the River, a documentary about the park’s creation.

WEDNESDAY. See which bands you voted the best in the Lowcountry at the City Paper Music Awards Show at the Pour House. Winners in 21 categories will be presented with a unique award designed by local artist John Pundt.

THURSDAY. Do you ever walk or drive down King Street and ask yourself “Whoa, where did that place come from?” It’s hard to keep up with the thriving businesses in Charleston, so find out who’s-who at the Upper King Design District Fall Design Walk. Award-winning Italian films will be shown at the Sottile Theater starting at 5 p.m. All the films will have English subtitles, so no excuses. Barsa Tapas Lounge and Bar is housing the Happy Hour Art Tent Event. Rosita Jones’ art-inspired nail colors will be on display, as well as paintings, jewelry, and other colorful creations.

FRIDAY. The Pink Party at Chai’s will launch a pin-up girl calendar to benefit the Hollings Cancer Center. DJ Natty Heavy will be performing live and the menu for the evening will feature special tapas and cocktails. Head to the Mill for the Dead of Night Art Show, which will showcase freakified work by Justin Cammer, Phillip Hyman, and Dan Diehl, to name a few. The Halsey will see two exciting artists this week. Hamid Rhamanian will present Multiverse, which offers further insight into his acclaimed graphic novel, The Magnificent Book of M. The Migrant Universe will exhibit Tanja Softi’s life as an immigrant through her prints, drawings, and paintings. Liz Miller’s newest installment, Picturesque Evacuation Ploy is opening at Redux. Her displays are often huge, colorful, and nothing short of awe-inspiring. The artist will give a lecture as a prelude to the opening a 5:30 p.m.

SATURDAY. The North Charleston Artist Guild will strut their stuff at Parktoberfest, an outdoor art festival in Park Circle. Bring your kids for a day of jump castles and arts and crafts, live music, and plenty of dining options. If you’re not sure how to carve a pumpkin without a trip to the emergency room, head to Local Coffee Bar where they’ll have a Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza. History buffs can catch a military re-enactment at Fort Lamar, where the Carolina Rifles will demonstrate age-old drills. The Festival of the Arts on Folly Beach begins Saturday with a market of artists and local crafters and live performances by the Groove Junkies, Wire and Wood, and others. The fun continues on Sunday.

SUNDAY. The Olde North Charleston Picture House will be showing Deaf Jam, an inspiring film about deaf poetry slams. Directory Judy Lieff approaches the topic of deafness in a unique way that reveals its challenges and cultural significance.

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