Weekend Round-Up: Film fanatics 

The best events in Charleston, May 20-22

If you live in West Ashley (and if you work downtown) start your morning with the Bike To Work Day Ride. Meet at the South Windermere Shopping Center and ride over the bridge to downtown.

The Charleston International Film Festival is well on its way, with screenings, workshops, and after-parties. We bet you can fit something into your schedule.

It’s the Free Friday Family Fest at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. I kind of want to go for the free Chick-fil-A, but I don’t have a kid. Would that be creepy?

Bud Light Lime Bikini Bash continues, but you won’t see any City Paper-ers there. We’ve got to work on Sunday. Plus, you probably don’t want to see any of us in a bikini.

Art For Charity continues.

And have you ever noticed how many benefits also benefit your waistline? Like 4,000 Miles of Hope Spin Marathon, the Angel Walk, Support Yoga Benefits Kids, and Zumbathon For Literacy? There’s also the Pink Tower Benefit, which is less active but still very important.

Get on the boat. The benefit boat. Actually, more than one, at the Charleston Yacht Affair.

See the bravest of them all, or at least the most adept at obstacle courses, at the Charleston Firefighter Combat Challenge.

The RiverDogs have games against the Savannah Sand Gnats, and the Lowcountry HighRollers are having their Mother of All Bouts.

It’s the Run, Forrest, Run 5K Race and Fun Run on Saturday. I hope that reading this put that old rap song in your head like it did to me.

The Olde North Charleston Village Street Sale is like one giant garage sale. I like the idea of that. And there’s the Mata Traders Trunk Show at the Tin Roof.

Theatre 99’s pre-Piccolo Fringe shows include Improv Smackdown! and Improv Riot. And Charleston Comedy Fest 2011 performers Introducing Fish Taco have a show at the CofC Communications Museum. They’re like a younger, hipper Weird Al, times two, and without all the hair.

The Summerville Community Orchestra performs at Celebrate Spring, and there’s also the Sound of Charleston and the Armed Forces Day Concert.

It’s your last chance to see local theater before Spoleto starts. Catch The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Race, There’s A Burglar in My Bed, and Xanadu.

The White Gallery gets on the art scene with their opening of Contemporary Masters.

The Charleston Library Society will screen the doc Welcome to Shelbyville on Sunday.

Carolyn Evans and Susan Hudson Chellis host book signings.

Catch something good at the Summer Pier Kickoff fishing tournament.

The Charleston Jazz Orchestra presents the Music of Miles Davis.

Get a new best friend at the PetSmart Adoptathon, then take it to the Bark Busters Dog Training Seminar for some training.

Enjoy the outdoors before it gets too hot at the Butterfly Identification Training Program, the Ecology and Identification of Coastal Butterflies lecture, the Endangered Species Day Celebration, or at Non-Native Plant Identification.

Start checking off your child’s summer reading list at the Charleston Read and Romp.

The Sertoma BBQ Festival sounds pretty delicious.

And there’s another Free Yoga Class in Marion Square on Saturday. I think I might need it before all the Spoleto stress starts.


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