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Spoleto Performing Arts Festival
We are excited to see some of the amazing female singers, musicians, dancers, actors and directors featured in this year’s Spoleto lineup. Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater kicks off the Wachovia Jazz series at the Cistern Chapel. Sofia Rei, an eclectic singer who fuses South American folklore, jazz, flamenco and electronic sounds, performs six unique concerts during the festival. Flamenco dancer Maria Pages portrays the sultry gypsy, Carmen, in “Yo,Carmen.” “Angel” is a one-woman monologue about a female sniper during a siege on a Syrian town. And award-winning director Garry Hynes directs Vivaldi’s opera “Farnace” and her production company’s “Waiting for Godot.” Visit www.spoletousa.org for tickets and schedules.
Caftans and Cocktails – A Night of Beauty
Germain Dermatology and Patricia Altschul of “Southern Charm” invite you to attend a night of beauty. You’ll have the opportunity to meet Patricia and have her sign a copy of her book, “The Art of Southern Charm,” as well as get a customized Reveal skin analysis and discounted Germain Rx skin care products. Time: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Place: Germain Dermatology, 612 Seacoast Parkway, Mount Pleasant. Dress: Your favorite caftan. RSVP: 843-881-4440 or www.germaindermatology.com/events
North Charleston Arts Festival
North Charleston celebrates the arts during multiple days of exhibitions, concerts, theater presentations and children’s programs. Highlights include the Arts Expo, the opening of the North Charleston Farmers Market and the new Arty Block Party — part art walk, part street dance — to be held May 4. For a schedule of daily events, northcharlestonartsfest.com.
Wine Down Wednesday
Wine Down your Wednesday! Explore Old Towne Creek County Park, one of West Ashley’s hidden gems, during the first of this four-part springtime event series. Guests will enjoy wine and live music from Chris Boone. A commemorative wine glass is included with admission. Food truck fare from the Pic-A-Nic Basket will be available for purchase on-site. Fees: $15 in advance; $20 on site. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Night at the Brewseum
Channel your inner Rey as the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry celebrates the “Star Wars”-themed “May the 4th Be With You.” The adults-only, evening play date will feature hands-on activities and competitive games. Mercantile & Mash and The Alley will provide food, and local beer will be available. 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available at explorecml.org.
Food is Art Street Party
The Gibbes Museum of Art holds a street party on Meeting Street in front of the museum from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Chefs from more than 25 of Charleston’s best restaurants, including Fig, Husk, Hall’s Steakhouse and Wildflour Pastry will draw their inspiration from the artwork in the Gibbes collection. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $175 for nonmembers. For more information, visit gibbesstreetparty.wordpress.com. All proceeds benefit Gibbes Museum of Art. 05
Cinco de Mayo Royale Happy Hour
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and support Charleston’s parks at The Royal American. The Rebel Taqueria food truck will serve its “baller tacos with a rebel attitude.” Live music by Brianna Y Sus Guardianes Del Norte. 3 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, and proceeds benefit the Charleston Parks Conservancy.
We can’t wait to hear what Sheryl Sandberg has to say when she speaks at 6:30 p.m. at the Charleston Music Hall to promote her latest book, “Option B,” which the Facebook chief operating officer wrote after the sudden death of her husband. Though it’s been told before, we’re inspired by Sheryl’s story: When Sandberg was talking with a friend about finding someone to fill in for the first father-child activity, she broke down and cried, “But I want Dave!” Her friend put his arm around her and said, “Option A is not available. So let’s just kick the shit out of Option B.” Our favorite female advocates at The Center for Women and Blue Bicycle Books host the sold-out event.
Moms’ Run and Family Fun Day
Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend by running in support of women who experience postpartum depression and anxiety. Runners and walkers participating in the 5K start at 8 a.m. at the MUSC Stadium on Daniel Island and return to the stadium for Family Fun Day. The Moms’ Run is the largest fundraiser for Postpartum Charleston, which helps educate, support and heal women with postpartum depression. To register, visit www.ppdsupport.org/events/momsrun.events/momsrun.
Shaggin’ on the Cooper: Shem Creek Boogie Band
Dance the night away with the Shem Creek Boogie Band during the Shaggin’ on the Cooper series at the Mount Pleasant Pier. Beverages, food and snacks will be available for purchase. Tickets are $8 in advance. Advance purchase is recommended. 7 to 11 p.m. For more information, visit ccprc.com.
Bistro & Ballet Fundraiser
The Lowcountry Youth Ballet Company hosts its first Bistro & Ballet event. See a ballet performance and enjoy a silent auction, cocktails and a tasting menu at the Principle Gallery. 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets start at $85. For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/bistro-ballet-fundraiser-tickets-32961841756
Bourbon, Bowties & Cigars
Enjoy bourbon and cigars and heavy hor d’oeuvres, and participate in a silent auction at the William Aiken House. Proceeds go to Positive-Strides, which helps provide rehabilitation and financial assistance to injured student athletes. 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets start at $78. For more information, visit www.bbcannapolis.org/blank-c13ay.
Books & Bubbles Soiree
Spend the evening with best-selling author Dorothea Benton Frank at a champagne reception at LB Book Boutique at Reverie. The author will be signing copies of her latest book, “Same Beach, Next Year,” and hors d’oeuvres by Everyday Gourmet will be served. Tickets are $60. Proceeds benefit THRIVE SC, which provides services and resources for women and children survivors of domestic violence. 6 to 8 p.m. at Reverie, 665 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant Call 843-352-7863 or visit www.reverieshoptherapy.com for more details.
Tall Ships Charleston
Watch as Tall Ships sail into the harbor Thursday afternoon before this weekend maritime event kicks off. For three days, visitors can tour eight of the world’s historic sailing vessels or buy tickets to sail aboard one of the ships. On land, enjoy live music, art and food vendors. Veterans Terminal Docks, Old Charleston Naval Shipyard. Visit www.tallshipscharleston.com for more information.
Charleston Beer Garden
Cheers! The beer garden pops up at The Grove at Patriots Point with craft brews, home brewers and live music. 21-and-over-only event. Tickets are $25. Noon to 7 p.m. Visit www.charlestonbeergarden.com for more information.
Hands Across the Sand
Stand hand-in-hand at Folly Beach in support of protecting the Atlantic Coast from offshore drilling and finding clean energy alternatives. Meet at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier at 11:30 a.m. The event is hosted by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. For more information, visit handsacrossthesand.org.
An Evening of Jazz Under the Stars
Enjoy an evening of contemporary jazz by Charlton Singleton and Contemporary Flow and hors d’oeuvres and appetizers from Lowcountry chefs at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens to benefit Make-a-Wish South Carolina, a nonprofit whose mission is to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Tickets are $150 for the inaugural event. Black tie optional. For more information, visit aneveningunderthestars.kintera.org.
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While its parent festival heralds international artists and performances, Piccolo Spoleto, organized by the city’s cultural council, focuses on local and regional acts. Favorite Piccolo Spoleto traditions include the Sunset Serenade, the festival’s curtain-raiser at the U.S. Custom House on May 26, featuring a concert from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Opening weekend continues with Family Day in Marion Square on May 27 with a full day of family friendly activities that allow the youngest art fans to get in on the act. Visit www.piccolospoleto.com for more information.
Women & Parsons
Some of Charleston’s best female vocalists interpret the songs of Gram Parsons at 8 p.m. at the Charleston Music Hall. This is the second of four “Women &” shows this year. The shows are being announced one at a time. The series was created by local musicians Lindsay Holler and Hazel Ketchum and started with a tribute to Tom Waits in 2015. Tickets are $27. For more information, visit www.charlestonmusichall.com.