Today Civil War exhibit

What: Join Curator of History Grahame Long for a look at “City Under Siege,” our permanent exhibition that provides a rich overview of events in and around Charleston from secession to 1865. The story is one of suffering, sacrifice, initiative and tenacity, and is told with extensive images and artifacts from the museum’s collections.

When: 10:30 a.m. April 11

Where: Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St.

Price: Free for members and free with admission ($10/adults, $5/children, under 3 free)

More Info: 722-2996 or

Brown Bag Lunch Series

What: Your handheld device (iPhone/Android) is your connection to the outside world that never leaves your side and has never been more important. Get the most out of your device so that you can get more done efficiently and safely. Jud Leggett, IT Consultant, The Computer Guyz.

When: Noon-1 p.m. April 11

Where: Center for Women, 129 Cannon St.

Price: Free

More Info: 763-7333 or

Gibbes Lecture

What: “Warm Nights Cool Jazz: Charleston and its Jazz.” College of Charleston Arts Management professor Karen Chandler will be joined by members of the Charleston Jazz Initiative as she shares knowledge about Charleston’s 20th-century jazz musicians. A reception will follow.

When: 6 p.m. April 11

Where: Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St.

Price: $20 members, $30 nonmember

More Info: 722-2706, ext. 21 or


What: Something is rotten ... and it’s up to Hamlet to bring honor and justice to Denmark. Holy City Shakespeare presents a production of “Hamlet,” a political thriller set in modern-day Elsinore.

When: 7 p.m. April 11, 18, 25; 7:30 p.m. April 12, 19, 26, 27; noon April 20.

Where: Gage Hall, 4 Archdale St.

Price: $30 adults, $20 students and seniors

More Info: 754-7267 or

‘The Liar’

What: A joyful French farce bursts onto the stage in a sparkling new adaptation.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. April 11-13, 19-20, 25-27; 5 p.m. April 14, 21

Where: Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St.

Price: $20-$30

‘The Mountaintop’

What: This dramatic play focuses on the night leading up to the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 11-13, 18-20

Where: Pure Theatre, 477 King St.

Price: $30 adults, $15 students

More Info: 723-4444

‘Anything Goes’

What: A shipload of hilarity sets sail when Cole Porter’s Anything Goes arrives at the Historic Dock Street Theatre. Charleston Stage brings this Broadway classic to the Dock Street stage as the grand finale of Charleston Stage’s 35th anniversary season.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 11-13, 18-20, 25-27; 3 p.m. April 14, 21

Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: Adults $38.50-$57.50, seniors (60+) $36.50-$57.50, students (25 and under) $22.50-$57.50

More Info: 577-7183 or


What: American playwright Tracy Letts dishes up a “tension-filled” thriller about a soft-spoken veteran, Peter, and the lonesome Agnes. One night of unintended passion ends with the discovery of a bedbug ... Or is it?

When: 9 p.m. April 11-13; 4 p.m. April 14

Where: The Footlight Players, 20 Queen St.

Price: Tickets are $15 on Friday-Sunday, and $10 for Thursday

More Info: 722-4487 or

Volunteers Needed

What: The Charleston County Parks Commission is in need of volunteers for numerous springtime events.

Where: Charleston County Park/Recreation Commission, 861 Riverland Drive

More Info: 762-8053 or

Friday Plantasia 2013

What: Charleston Horticultural Society’s popular annual plant sale and garden vendor market is back. This annual two-day event offers unique, rare and zone-appropriate plants for sale, hourly workshops, garden experts on hand for advice, a sale of previously loved garden items, “members’ favorites” plants as well as vendors selling everything from garden decor to equipment.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 12 and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 13

Where: Wragg Square Park, 342 Meeting St.

Price: Free

More Info: 579-9922 or

Studio Recital

What: The Charleston Academy of Music’s studio recital will feature students of violin instructor Kay Wheeler.

When: 6-7 p.m. April 12

Where: College of Charleston Cato Center for the Arts Rehearsal Hall, 161 Calhoun St.

Price: Free

More Info: 805-7794 or

Alliance Reception

What: Thomas Mayhem Pinckney Alliance will host a reception to raise funds for five state historic markers related to Civil Rights in Charleston. The committee will honor living African-American craftsmen and unveil the first marker.

When: 7 p.m. April 12

Where: 91 Spring St.

Price: $40

More Info: 722-4630 or

Relay for Life

What: The American Cancer Society is sponsoring the global Relay For Life movement.

WHEN: 7 p.m. April 12

Where: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Congress Street and Hagood Avenue

Swing Thing on King

What: A Swing Thing on King is a 40’s-era, big band dance party featuring the Charleston County School of Arts Jazz Band and other ensembles. The inaugural Treble award will be presented to local jazz standout Charlton Singleton during the evening’s festivities. In addition to live music and dancing there will be food, libations and an auction.

When: 7-11 p.m. April 12

Where: The Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King St.

Price: $60 (can purchase on website)

More Info: 529-4990 or

Saturday Push Up & Up Challenge

What: The annual Push Up & Up Challenge is a family-friendly event benefiting proven dropout prevention programs and has partnered in the Lowcountry with Communities in Schools of the Charleston Area. There will be vendors, prizes and a DJ playing hit music. Teams of six will compete with as many push-ups as possible within 30 minutes.

When: 9 a.m.-noon April 13

Where: Marion Square, Calhoun and King streets

Preservation Walk

What: Join Susan Williams, co-author of “Upheaval in Charleston,” and Mary Edwards, neighborhood expert, on a tour of Hampstead Village. Walk around one of Charleston’s first suburbs, which was laid out in 1769.

When: 10 a.m.-noon April 13

Where: Trident Technical College’s Palmer Campus, 66 Columbus St.

Price: $15 PSC members/$20 nonmembers

More Info: 722-4630 or

Jazz Music Festival

What: The festival will feature the sounds of local jazz artists such as Lonnie Hamilton, Oscar Rivers, Ann Caldwell, High Gravity Jazz, Jazzy Jay, Charlton Singleton, Sam Burchfield, Mr. Blues Williams and the Benedict Gospel Choir, middle and high school jazz bands, tastings from Charleston restaurants, and specialty vendors.

When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 13

Where: Jenkins Institute for Children, 3923 Azalea Drive

Price: Tickets are $8 in advance and can be purchased at Cats Music in Summerville or Monster Music in West Ashley or the day of at the gate for $10

More Info: 735-5344 or musicfestival

Open House

What: Southeastern Institute is hosting Spring Fever Open House for prospective students, the general public and community partners. There will be complimentary chair massages, classroom demonstrations, free blood-pressure checks, refreshments, campus tours and a raffle for a gift certificate to the campus massage clinic.

When: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 13

Where: Southeastern Institute, 4600 Goer Drive, North Charleston

Price: Free

Taste and Style

What: Celebrity chef Curtis Stone will bring his live cooking show to the Tanger Outlets. There will also be local food trucks, live music, food tasting and product demonstrations. Guests can enter to win a trip to Los Angeles and a $1,000 shopping spree.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 12-13

Where: Tanger Outlets, 4840 Tanger Outlet Blvd.

Price: Free

More Info: 529-3095 or


What: Join Village Kids and Co. for this RATical retelling of your favorite fairy tale. Told from the perspective of Cinderella’s only friends, the kitchen rats. This new take on the classic fairy tale will enchant and delight children of all ages.

WHEN: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. April 13, 20, 27

Where: Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St.

Price: $10-$15

Pet Fest 2013

What: Pets, their owners and the whole family are invited to take part in a weekend full of exhibits, demonstrations, experts, rescue groups and entertainment at Pet Fest. Enjoy live music Sunday, dock diving, exciting demonstrations, contests, shows, kids’ activities and more. Pets must be restrained/leashed at all times. No outside food or beverages allowed.

WHEN: 11 a.m. April 13

Where: Palmetto Islands County Park, 444 Needlerush Parkway

Price: $5 (ages 13 and up); free for ages 12 and under, Gold Pass Holders and pets

More Info: 795-4386 or

Festival of Choirs

What: This one-day festival will showcase five choral groups: Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir, Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble, East Cooper Community Choir, St. Andrews (N.C.) High School Mixed Ensemble and the Muscle Shoals (Ala.) Choir. Guest conductor and choral clinician Dr. Rollo Dilworth with Temple University in Philadelphia will serve as festival director.

When: 1 p.m. April 13

Where: Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting St.

Price:Free; freewill donations accepted

Book Signing

What: Mike Greenberg, from ESPN’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning,” show will be signing copies of his book, “All You Could Ask For.”

When: 2 p.m. April 13

Where: West Ashley Barnes & Noble, 1812 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

Price: Free

More Info: 556-8979

Sunday Yorktown tribute

What: The nation’s oldest aircraft carrier museum, the USS Yorktown, is turning 70 and Patriots Point is inviting the public to join the celebration. At 7 p.m., the party will kick off with a special USO-style show on the flight deck of the Yorktown. Tickets for this special evening are $22 and can be purchased on the Patriots Point website.

When: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. April 14

Where: Patriots Point Naval And Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Road

Price: $18-22

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Bird Rookery Tour

What: Departing from Shem Creek, this tour focuses on the birds that nest on Crab Bank Island, a thriving bird rookery at the entrance to the Charleston Harbor. This is a great tour for photography (for wildlife and extraordinary views of the Holy City skyline) and birding.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 14 and 28

Where: Coastal Expeditions, 514 Mill St.

Price: Adults $58, kids 12 and under $38

More Info: 884-7684 or

Israel at 65

What: To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the establishment of Israel, the community center will host a celebration with Israeli food and wine; a “shuk,” an Israeli dance; a visit to the “kotel,” known as the Western Wall; children’s activities and a slideshow, “Israel Through Charleston’s Eyes.”

When: 5-7 p.m. April 14

Where: Jewish Community Center, 1645 Raoul Wallenberg Blvd.

Price: $5

More Info: 614-6487

Monday Senior Softball

What: From early April through late October, softball will be played Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Kapstone/Meade/Westvaco Park in North Charleston. The league is for senior softball players age 50, or turning 50 this year. The league consists of players from Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties.

When: 6:45-9:30 p.m. April 15

Where: Kapstone Park, 1206 Remount Road

Price: $35 per season

More Info: 312-4222

Thursday, April 18 Quality Conference

What: This is a two-day event organized by the Lowcountry Section of the American Society for Quality featuring workshops and presentations on “The Future of Quality.” Presentations are from Boeing (keynote speech), Charleston Water System, Concentric Management, Sheridan Healthcare and others.

When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 18 and 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. April 19

Where: Sheraton Airport Hotel, 4770 Goer Drive

Price: $99

More Info: 768-2549 or

Music Recital

What: In partnership with MUSC, the Charleston Academy of Music will present young students from the academy and Kidzymphony Orchestra Programs. The recital is open to the general public and all are welcome to attend.

When: 12:15-1:15 p.m. April 18

Where: Hollings Cancer Center Healing Garden, 86 Jonathan Lucas St.

Price: Free

More Info: 805-7794 or

Crisis Ministries benefit

What: Crisis Ministries will hold its annual Food Shelter Hope fundraiser. Chris Gardner, the real life inspiration for the film “Pursuit of Happyness,” will speak at the event.

When: 6 p.m. April 18

Where: The Riviera Theatre, 227 King St.

Price: $150 regular ticket/$500 VIP ticket

More Info: 723-9477 or

Charter School session

What: An information session for The Charter School of Musically Inspired Minds will be held. Its mission is to utilize music and academics to produce inspired thinkers who become creative members of society. Musically Inspired Minds will be a Public Charter School for grades 6-12 (opening with grades 6-9 in 2014) on the Charleston peninsula. There are no admissions tests, auditions or other barriers to enrollment.

When: 6-7 p.m. April 18

Where: Arthur C. Christopher Community Center, 265 Fishburne St.

Price: Free

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Band and Pipes

What: The Citadel’s Regimental Band and Pipes presents its annual spring concert for the community.

When: 6:30 p.m. April 18

Where: McAlister Field House, 171 Moultrie St.

Price: Free

More Info: 953-6779 or www.

Gimme Shelter

What: Operation Home announces the third annual Gimme Shelter presented by Home Team BBQ. This retro party will feature a DJ, live and silent auction, raffle for a 177 Sport Scout boat, bowling, arcade games, Skee-Ball, pinball machines and food. Creative retro attire is optional.

When: 7 p.m. April 18

Where: The Alley, 131 Columbus St.

Price: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

More Info: 818-4080 or

Sorority Public Meeting

What: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will host a public meeting at the 60th annual South Atlantic Regional Conference. There will be a special salute to the military. In support of the theme: “Global leadership through timeless service,” community leaders will be recognized for their contributions of service in the areas of health, global poverty, economic security and social justice and human rights.

When: 8 p.m. April 18

Where: North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Drive

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