Freeloaders: History comes alive 

The best free events April 4-10

MONDAY. To start off a week of history-influenced events, head to America’s Forgotten Wars: The War of 1812 for David L. Preston’s lecture. Is your wallet feeling a little thin these days? Head to Money Smart Week @ Your Library which promotes personal financial practices and tips all week.

TUESDAY. Get your folk/rock/blues fix with Folkgrass playing at the Tattooed Moose. 

WEDNESDAY. Need to limber up or just take a second to really breathe? A Free Yoga Class in Marion Square with Jivamukti Yoga owner Andrea Boyd is sure to do the trick. The Starving Artist Series continues, featuring original jewelry, music, and art at Social.

THURSDAY. Support the Crisis Ministries at Party for a Purpose. The fundraiser will include special guest bartenders and a DJ at Mad River. The Main Library opens its Holocaust Creative Arts Competition showcasing works by local high school students. Deborah Carlson of Texas A&M presents her lecture, The Tektas Burnu Shipwreck: Shedding New Light on Classical Iona, at the Simons Center for the Arts.

FRIDAY. If history is this week’s theme, Friday is your best bet for free historical events.  Get some historical enlightenment with three riveting lectures at Before the Storm: South Carolina and Charleston on the Eve of the War. Or check out one of the several opening exhibits including Post Civil War Charleston 1865: A Photographic Retrospective and Civil/Uncivil: The Art of Leo Twiggs. Jessica James will sign copies of her historical-fiction novel, Shades Of Gray, and new release Noble Cause at Boone Hall Plantation.

SATURDAY. The Holy City Artist and Fleas and the Spring Arts and Crafts Show both showcase handmade items including clothing, art, accessories, and more. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church hosts the lectures The Road to War: Gender, Honor, and Emotions and The Road to War: Slavery, Economics and State Rights.

SUNDAY. They say the Charleston Bed Race at Hampton Park is the second most fun you can have in bed. It’s the Second Sunday of the month, so feel free to walk around King Street. For more historical events, check out Tony Horwitz’s lecture, “To Purge This Land With Blood?” The Question of John Brown’s Raid.

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