Through June 10
Piccolo Spoleto Festival
Be entertained, moved and inspired by one of the many performances featuring women during this year’s festival: Duo Gracie and Lacey sing Lady Legends at the Charleston Museum Auditorium, the all-female improv comedy group presents “Mary Kay has a Posse” at Theatre 99, and The Gullah Lady performs at Old Bethel United Methodist Church. Watch performances of “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf” and “Heathers the musical” at the Footlight Players Theatre. Also part of Piccolo Spoleto, Karen White talks about her book “Dreams of Falling” on June 11 during the Charleston Author Series at Halls Signature Events, 5 Faber St. Celebrate the birth of Prince during the “Purple Rain” film screening June 6 at the Charleston Music Hall. The Festival Finale is June 9 at Hampton Park. For times, dates and tickets, visit www.piccolospoleto.com.
Through June 10
Spoleto Festival USA
Once again, there are a lot of talented female performers featured at this year’s Spoleto Festival. Charleston vocalist Quiana Parler fronts the band Ranky Tanky, which bring a modern sound to traditional Gullah songs and rhythms June 2. Emma Rice, director of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London, directs “The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk.” Tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance, a MacArthur Fellow, presents two programs: One features electronic floorboards with the tappers creating the score, and the other showcases fast footwork. Contemporary opera “Tree of Codes” features music by Australian composer Liza Lim. This year’s finale is being held at the Joe and features Americana trio The Lone Bellow. Times, venues and ticket prices vary. For a complete schedule, visit www.spoletousa.org.
Happy birthday to Skirt!
Skirt magazine is turning 24 this year, and we’ve got a lot to celebrate. We’re making moves and going out on our own. It’s a new beginning and we’re feeling fearless.
Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival
Celebrate Gullah-Geechee culture and see the work of talented sweetgrass basket makers and other arts and crafts at Mount Pleasant’s Waterfront Memorial Park. Also enjoy live music, storytelling, children’s activities and Lowcountry food specialities, including fried fish, boiled peanuts, alligator bites and barbecue. Free admission and parking. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.sweetgrass.org.
Folly Beach Wahine Classic
Head to Folly to watch professionals and amateurs shred the waves during this all-women’s competition. It starts each morning at 8., and the award ceremony is Sunday afternoon.
Candlelight Vigil for Human Trafficking Victims
Join the The YWCA of Greater Charleston, the Indigenous Women’s Alliance of South Carolina and the Gamma Xi Omega sorority to remember missing and murdered indigenous women and girls from the Charleston area and beyond. 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 1064 Gardner Road. For more information, visit ywca-charlestonsc.org.
The FAB workshop for women in the food, beverage and hospitality industry is divided into two tracks: one for women starting a business and another for veterans focused on sustainability and expansion. Their description: “It’s about moving forward, standing up for yourself, being brave, baller and badass. It’s about women supporting women in their life goals.” Yep, we support that. Tickets are $500 to $700. Beatty Center, College of Charleston. For a schedule and more information, visit thisisfab.com.
Connecting the Dots
Connect with Skirt magazine and executive editor Shelley Hill Young at this month’s Connecting the Dots luncheon hosted by the Center for Women. The lunch-and-learn series covers topics related to personal growth, professional development and community engagement with an emphasis on networking. Registration is required. Cost is $25 for non-members and includes lunch. To register, visit www.c4women.org.
Sara’s Cure Music Fest
Listen to four bands at Charleston Pour House to raise money and awareness for Sara’s Cure, a campaign to fund research to help 19-year-old Sara Woods and others who have clear cell sarcoma cancer. Tickets are $10. 12 to 6 p.m., 1977 Maybank Highway. For more information, visit sarascure.org.
Happy Father’s Day!
What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than treating your dad or husband and the kids to America’s favorite pastime? Catch the RiverDogs playing the Greenville Drive at 1:05 p.m. Dads and children can play catch on the field before the first pitch, and children can run the bases after the game. Parking is free and children eat free. Joe Riley Park, 360 Fishburne St., For tickets, visit riverdogs.com.
The Art of Jazz
Charleston’s first poet laureate, Marcus Amaker, and Grammy-nominated musician Quentin E. Baxter perform original compositions inspired by works on display at The Gibbes Museum of Art. Tickets are $25 for non-members. 6 to 7 p.m. at the Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. For more information, visit gibbesmuseum.org.
Emanuel 9 Rally for Unity
Folk singer Joan Baez is one of several musicians who will perform at the Rally for Unity hosted by the Emanuel AME Church to mark the third anniversary of the shooting of nine people worshipping at the church on June 17, 2015. The rally is a call to action to embrace diversity, inspire dialogue, work toward racial reconciliation and end gun violence. The featured speaker is the Rev. Dr. Jamal H. Bryant of the Empowerment Temple AME Church of Baltimore. 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Marion Square. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/203903647008056.
‘Provisions to Plate: A Charleston Seasonal Collective’ Book Launch
Candice Townsend, known as the Charleston Food Writer, throws a Lowcountry dinner party at Bowens Island Restaurant to launch her first book, “Provisions to Plate: A Charleston Seasonal Collective.” Food will be prepared by 10 local chefs, and you’ll receive a signed copy of the book. The Bluestone Ramblers provide the entertainment. Tickets are $220. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Bowens Island. For more information, visit buytickets.at/chsfoodwriter/160999.
Louie’s Kids Little Chef, Big Chef
Chefs from Chez Nous, F.I.G., S.N.O.B. and Millers All Day partner with local children from the Louie’s Kids program to create a once-in-a-lifetime meal. Proceeds benefit Louie’s Kids, which works to help fight childhood obesity. Tickets are $240. 7 to 10 p.m., Halls Signature Events, 5 Faber St. Call 843-242-3185 or 843-724-3808 for tickets.