Weekend Round-Up: Don't call them Daughters 

The best events in Charleston, Sept. 16-18

Daughters of the Dust, Julie Dash’s film about a Gullah-Geechee family, has reached its 20th anniversary, and the Avery Research Center is hosting a two-day symposium in its honor, plus a screening of the film (with other family-friendly activities) at Hampton Park. If you’re unfamiliar with the film, read this week’s cover story here, and I’m not just saying that because I wrote the thing.

The Charles Pinckney State Historic Site is recognizing Constitution Week, though I don’t really know why. It’s not like it’s an important document or anything. The real patriots will be at the performances of Spirit of America.

Hopefully this round of Burger Babies’ Urban Picnic won’t be as unbearably hot as I heard the first one was, especially since people may be wearing leg warmers to go along with its 80s theme.

It’s a Gibbes Community Day, and make the most of it, because they only come but four times a year.

One Respe and Blue Planet Green Events will have an open house at their Spring Street space.

There’s going to be pirates at Blackbeard’s Cove and Scots at Boone Hall Plantation.

Camp Happy Days and MUSC’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Department are hosting a Pediatric Cancer Awareness Celebration.

Their facial hair may make them physically manly, but the Holy City Beard & Moustache Society also gets valor points for their Back to School Night benefit for Teachers’ Supply Closet.

You can help out other organizations in many different ways this weekend: by listening to live music at Band Together: Concert for a Cause, eating some ‘cue at Jenkins Institute Barbecue Benefit, going for a motorcycle ride at the Paw-ker Run, eating a big stack at the Courageous Kidz Pancake Breakfast, or tossing some sacks at the IOPPFA Cornhole Tournament.

Since soccer and baseball season are over, get your sports fix with the Charleston Pro Tennis League games. There’s also a Charity Classic Golf Tournament, Folly Pier Fishing Tournament, Lowcountry Heart Walk, the Bridge Ride, the Race the Roof 5K, the Hurt Locker Charity Golf Tournament, and the Yoga Benefits Kids 5K if you’re feeling active.

Grab your Raleigh and ride out to Mixson for the Bike Scavenger Hunt.

Theatre 99’s got some shows this weekend.

Mozart in the South celebrates everything about Amadeus. If you prefer Lowcountry music over Austrian music, the Sound of Charleston might be a better bet. The Gage Hall Coffeehouse Series benefits Mitchell Elementary School field trips.

The West African Drum and Dance Conference and Younger Life celebrate West African drumming and dancing.

The art of Jonathan Green will combine with dance and music at Scenic Views From Kiawah.

Elite Dance International Studio and Apparel hosts its fall showcase.

You can see Chicago, Educating Rita, A Streetcar Named Desire, or another staged reading at Playfest. There's another Movies in the Park screening, and the Olde North Charleston Picture House is showing Amigo.

You’ll find two art openings off the peninsula: Best Friends at Rick Rhodes Photography Studio and Ramblings at Greenway Studio.

Get your entire female Southern lit collection autographed at the Lowcountry Women Authors Book Signing. Jennifer Niven will also be signing books, and there’s a release party for Janie Mitchell, Reliable Cook: An Ex-Slave’s Recipe for Living Release Party.

If you’ve ever accidentally left a solo cup out on Folly, make up for it at the statewide Beach and River Sweep. If you don’t already have a pet that you can bring to the Lowcountry Paws and Claws Pet Expo, they’ll have some there that you can adopt.

The weather seems like it’s taking a turn for the better, so enjoy it with the Folly River Marsh Tour or the Coastal Expeditions Wambaw Creek and Hampton Plantation Kayak Trip.

Who can say no to a Food Truck Rodeo? Hey, that rhymes.

Rib cook-off? Don’t mind if I do. The Cocktail Club will host the first of its block parties. And Biggie’s, you had me at $10 all-you-can-eat paella.


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