One of the largest comic book showcases in the Lowcountry returns for its eighth year at the Omar Shrine Temple this weekend. Captain’s Comic Expo, hosted by Captain’s Comics and Toys in Summerville, is a local collector’s paradise with more than a million comic books from the 1930s through the present. But it’s also a celebration of the Holy City’s emerging comic book culture with costuming, action figures, fan art and a chance to meet several professionals in the comic book industry. They include Mount Pleasant native Babs Tarr, who’s now the illustrator of DC Entertainment’s “Batgirl” series; artist/writer Phil Jimenez, who has worked on “Wonder Woman,” “Infinite Crisis” and others; as well as Shawn Crystal, best known for his work on “Deadpool” and “Arkham Manor.” Captain’s Comics also is bringing good news to the event this year. It announced earlier this month that its second store will open in Mount Pleasant at 1256 Ben Sawyer Blvd. in March.
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
Where: 176 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant
Price: $10 per day; $15 for two-day pass
More info: www.captainscomicexpo.com
Roasts with the most
Windwood Family Services is hosting its largest fundraiser of the year, Pork & Pearls, on Daniel Island this weekend. The oyster roast and pig roast is an all-day, family-friendly affair with live music, a petting zoo, jump castles for kids and much more. Now in its sixth year, the event supports the nonprofit group home and psychiatric residential treatment facility for boys in Awendaw. According to a Post and Courier project about group homes published last year, the nonprofit must raise nearly $500,000 annually to break even after payments from the state. Through donations and special events like Pork & Pearls, Windwood has been able to offer its services to children in the community for 30 years.
When: 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Volvo Cars Stadium Grand Lawn, 161 Seven Farms Drive
Price: $35 in advance, $100 for VIP, $10 for children ages 3-10 and $15 for ages 11-16
More info: www.windwoodfarm.org
Dashing to the snow
Still hoping for snowfall this winter? In the Lowcountry, that’s usually just a pipe dream. But as the saying goes, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Bundle up the kids and head to the Winterfest Snow & Sledding Party on Saturday at Harbor Resort & Marina at 20 Patriots Point Road, where they’ll have 25 tons of snow to play in rather than the usual sandy atmosphere. There will be jump castles, big slides, a climbing wall and more.
When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Harbor Resort & Marina at 20 Patriots Point Road
Price: $5 for adults, $10 for kids and free for children younger than 3 years old. Pets are not permitted.
While the Saturday activities are primarily for families with children, the Lookout Pavillion will be transformed into a ski lodge the night before for an adults-only Apres Ski Party. There will be specialty cocktails and an ice luge, giveaways, dancing to DJs, and more.
When: 8 p.m.-midnight Friday
More info: Only adults age 21 and older can attend.
As usual, there are plenty of great concerts to be aware of this week for all sorts of music fans. Here are some highlights.
Collaboration: Everyone Orchestra is more of a musical experiment than a conventional band. Matt Butler of Jambay created the concept several years ago to foster on-stage collaborations with members of mostly jam bands such as Phish, Moe., String Cheese Incident and many others. Today, it’s a touring production that draws its rotating roster of musicians from all sorts of genres from funk, jazz, progressive rock and several others, creating a one-of-a-kind live music experience. At the Pour House on Saturday, Butler conducts a group including Nikki Glaspie, drummer of the Nth Power; Eli Winderman, keys player of Dopapod; Rev. Jeff Mosier, banjoist of Aquarium Rescue Unit; Charleston’s own Mike Quinn on saxophone; and several others. The White/Bogan Duo will play an opening set at 9:30 p.m., followed by the main act at about 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. Visit www.charlestonpourhouse.com for more information.
Indie rock: Catch local Americana-rock group Susto at the Music Farm on Tuesday as they pass through town on a nationwide tour with the acclaimed Austin, Texas-based act Heartless Bastards. While Susto has built a dedicated following in Charleston and some surrounding areas over the past two years, this tour is a promising sign that the band has a real shot at breaking out on a national level. Heartless Bastards, a four-piece led by Erika Wennerstrom, also was considered a small-town band when they caught the attention of The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney in the early 2000s. Through the connection, the band was signed to Fat Possum Records and soon released a critically acclaimed debut record. Susto goes on for an opening set at 9 p.m., followed by Heartless Bastards shortly afterward. Tickets are $15. Visit www.musicfarm.com for more information.
Afrobeats: If you love the music of Fela Kuti, often called the “James Brown of Africa,” then check out Big Mean Sound Machine at the Pour House on Wednesday. The 13-piece band with horns, organs, synthesizers and heaps of percussion was formed in 2009 in Upstate New York, and now tours the country more than a third of the year. It’s Afro-funk that must be seen live to fully appreciate. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Doors are at 8 p.m. and the show should start around 9 p.m. Visit www.charlestonpourhouse.com for more information.