Recommended Events this Week 

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SURFING | Let's hope it's not double over toe
Labor Day Showdown
Sept. 1-2
Barrier Islands Surf and Supply
2013 Folly Road
(843) 327-7848

Adding to the number of summer-oriented events going on this Labor Day weekend, Embryo Surf Company on Folly Beach hosts a surf contest and party to say goodbye to summer. The weekend event kicks off with an "expression session" on Saturday (time will vary depending on the swell), which allows competitors to judge their fellow surfers on things like craziest maneuvers and best air. Expect it to be much more free-form and interactive than your typical surf competition, without so many rules, and no entry fee required. Competition results will be announced at a party at Barrier Islands Surf and Supply the following night (doors open at 5), with $350 going towards first place and cash prizes for second and third as well. The party also includes a bikini contest, with equal cash prizes, as well as a "funkiest hair contest," with $100 up for grabs. There'll also be raffles for surfboards, wetsuits, and more. The party, also sponsored by national companies Lost Energy Drinks and Hometown Heroes, will cost you 15 bucks to get in and features local D.J. Belk, and Columbia-based bands Villanova and the Movement providing plenty of summer/surf-happy tunes. If you're not a surfer, head out to the Washout anyway just to watch the event, which should showcase a good mix of amateurs and some of the regions' best surfers. And surfer or not, you should hit up the party, if only to say goodbye to summer the right way. —Erica Jackson SATURDAY & SUNDAY

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BASEBALL | Say goodbye to a ruff summer
RiverDog's Season Closer
Mon. Sept. 3
6:05 p.m.
Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park
360 Fishburne St.
(843) 723-7241

The RiverDogs suit up for the last game of the season on Labor Day — that is, unless they make it to the South Atlantic League playoffs, which at this point looks pretty likely. As of press time, they're just a spot away from number one, with only 11 games left (four of them at home) to determine whether they'll keep going. The last four games of the season are versus the Rome Braves at the Joe, with the final game on Labor Day. The RiverDogs have played well against the Braves in the past, particularly at home. Monday is fan appreciation night, with tons of prizes like autographed jerseys, baseballs, bats, helmets, and bases up for grabs, and the evening will wrap up with fireworks — hopefully the celebratory kind. —Erica Jackson MONDAY

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ART OPENING/CONCERT | Cool poster art, hip trip-hop grooves
Art or Advertisement?
w/ Subterranean Bleu Mind(s)
Fri. Aug. 31
7-9 p.m.
52.5 Records
561 King St.
(843) 722-3525

Gig posters. Handbills. Flyers. Concert announcements. These things can be works of art. Charleston native and visual artist Shepard Fairey, of the L.A.-based Obey/Giant enterprise, knew this. And so do a few dozen local and regional artists featured in this week's opening at 52.5 Records on upper King Street. The Art or Advertisement? show goes up on Fri. Aug. 31 with more than 70 gig posters from over 20 artists. The artwork will hang through the end of September. Live music will be provided by Subterranean Bleu Mind(s) during the opening reception from 7-9 p.m. (light refreshments will be provided). Local tripo-hop/electronic quartet Subterranean Bleu Mind(s) — comprised of Halfblind, Jesus H. Chrysler, Bateman, and Details — aim to deliver a "unique blend of hip-hop and sound experimentation during the event. Several artists will be on hand and many prints will be available for purchase ... maybe one will be commissioned by the Bleu Mind(s) for the next work of art. —T. Ballard Lesemann FRIDAY

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THEATRE | If I told you, I'd have to kill you
Aug. 31, Sept. 1, 6-8, 13-15, 8 p.m.
Sept. 2, 16, 3 p.m.
$25/adults, $22/seniors, $15/students
(843) 722-4487

To kick off their 76th season, the Footlight Players present Rupert Holmes' award-winning Accomplice, a fresh twist on the British comedy thriller with an old-school Agatha feel. This four-character whodunit is set in the countryside home of a wealthy British couple, who's invited another couple over for a dinner party. We tried to weasel out more details, but this is pretty much the extent of what we've been told about this super-secretive play. Expect a lot of plot twists as you try to figure out who's doing what to whom, and be ready for the cast to swear you to secrecy when it's all over and done with. So how do you know if it's any good? Well, Accomplice won the Edgar Award (the Oscar of mysteries) as well as the Dramalogue Award for Best Play. Bill Stewart directs, and Michaela Barno, Mike Ferrer, Patrick Ryan, and Kate Stirling make up the cast. —Erica Jackson OPENS FRIDAY

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COMEDY | Forget vaginas, it's banana time
The Banana Monologues
Aug. 29-30, 8 p.m.
Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 10 p.m.
Theatre 99
280 Meeting St.
(843) 853-6687

Guys are typically pretty good at hiding their emotions, so it's easy to think that women are the only ones who suffer from nasty break-ups. The Banana Monologues seeks to get rid of that misconception. Based on the male book/diary Tales from the Relationship by Jason Cooper (under the pen name Gus Wiederman), the play looks at one man's struggle to get over a girl. It's a fresh take on the old relationship topic, with the main character opening up about his feelings, with hilarious results. Have Not! John Brennan stars in the one-man show, playing up to 10 characters per performance, including the past and present Gus, Alexis the ex, and the best guy friend/enemy Darby. He also plays the banana, Sgt. Johnson. The show opened to sold-out crowds at Piccolo Spoleto, where the mostly baby-boomer crowd surprised Brennan with their appreciation. "It only goes to show you, baby boomers apparently have or have had some of the same issues," Brennan says. At the same time, male audience members reacted the most strongly of all. Get your tickets early, because chances are it'll sell out just like it did at Piccolo. —Erica Jackson OPENS WEDNESDAY

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ART | Learning from Katrina
The Hurricane Katrina Campus Media Project
Wed. Aug. 29
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Documentary screening and presentation 7 p.m.
$5, Free/students
Tate Center for Entrepreneurship, College of Charleston
5 Liberty St.
(843) 953-6596

Hurricane Katrina made a mess of New Orleans, and things in the Big Easy still aren't good. Charleston native technology entrepreneur Mitchell Davis and his wife, artist/filmmaker Farrah Hoffmire (the duo behind the acclaimed documentary Falling Together in New Orleans) are marking the two-year anniversary of the Gulf Coast disaster with the world premiere of a multimedia project combining music, photography, and documentaries. The Tate Center Gallery will display Francisco Di Santis' "Post-Katrina Portrait Project" throughout the day, featuring over 400 portraits of survivors and volunteers, complete with the subjects' stories written in the margins. In the evening, Davis and Hoffmire will present their Katrina Ballads video, blending news footage with performance video of Ted Hearne's Katrina Ballads, which premiered at this year's Spoleto. The activist couples' Falling Together film will be screened as well, including a presentation by Davis on "Media Freedom and the Solo Journalist in the 21st Century." Following this premiere, the project will appear in New York before traveling to Europe to begin an 18-month tour. Between this exhibition and the Ballads, Charleston has received significant attention from artists reacting to the tragedy in New Orleans. Perhaps it's because a dead hit from a storm would have similar effects here. Hopefully hearing the stories of those who have suffered will inspire us to prepare ourselves. —Stratton Lawrence WEDNESDAY

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COMEDY| The Man Show man visits town
Doug Stanhope
Tues. Sept. 4
10 p.m.
Village Tavern
1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.
(843) 884-6311

"I am a comic, a drunk, and lover of losers," says stand-up comedian and amusingly filthy-minded cable TV personality Doug Stanhope. "Losers have the best stories and all the empathy ... I travel doing stand-up of a cruel and unusual sort, feeding on chaos in a world where adrenaline seems to be a controlled substance." A native of the weird city of Worcester, Mass., Stanhope got his start on stage in Las Vegas in the early 1990s, developing a dry, smart-assy style of observational humor aimed mostly at the vulgar and perverted side of society. Over the last 10 years, he's made numerous appearances on various network and cable TV specials — from Comedy Central's Comedy Central Presents and The Man Show to late-night talk shows and low-budget Girls Gone Wild segments. His comedy albums include Sicko, Something To Take The Edge Off, and Die Laughing, as well as two DVDs — Word of Mouth and Deadbeat Hero. His hour-long, uncensored Showtime special and DVD Doug Stanhope: No Refunds is due for release this month. "If you only know me from television, then you aren't familiar with what I do," Stanhope says. "Television is shit, but you take easy money when you can. Live shows are the only true freedom of speech left. Get out of the house. We will only be alive for so long and no good stories ever came from your couch or getting up on time for work." —T. Ballard Lesemann TUESDAY


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