Blending the music and choreography of the King of Pop and the spectacle of Cirque du Soleil, Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour is presented in a rock concert format that is a feast for the eyes and ears. Underscoring Jackson's global messages of love, peace and unity, the show "captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop" and celebrates "a legacy that continues to transcend generations." Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Jackson's creative genius for the first time, the show features a live band that includes some of the artists who previously worked with the singer. Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour is one of the Top 10 grossing music tours of all time.
When: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Where: North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Drive
'50 Shades! The Musical'
With sold out audiences in Chicago and New York and a hit run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, "50 Shades! The Musical" is an original parody that is premiering locally this week. The "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy has shattered sales records around the globe with more than 32 million copies sold in the U.S. alone and a 2015 feature film planned that's already started filming. The musical version opens with a ladies book club deciding to read "Fifty Shades of Grey." Through their interpretation of the novel, the audience is taken through the best-seller, complete with dance numbers, 11 original songs and a live backing band. This show is for ages 18 and up.
When: Friday, doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.
Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive
Charleston Beer Garden
Inspired by the festive biergartens of Germany, Brittlebank Park will be transformed into a pop-up beer garden for this third annual event. The event will feature more than 30 craft brews from the Palmetto State and beyond, including Abita, Brooklyn, Crispin, Foothills, Holy City, Lagunitas, Leinenkugel, Lonerider, Oskar Blues, Palmetto, RJ Rockers, Sierra Nevada, Sweetwater, Terrapin and Thomas Creek. Attendees will be able to learn about reviewing beer, pairing food with beer and getting started in home brewing at the Earth Fare Beer School. In addition, there will be Beer Olympics Games, a cornhole tournament and more. A Homebrewers Village will be on-site offering folks the chance to meet local home brewers and sample their offerings. Live music will be performed by the likes of Atlas Road Crew, The Dunder Chiefs, Whiskey Diablo, Regina Ferguson and New Galaxy
When: Noon-8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Brittlebank Park, off Lockwood Boulevard
Price: $25 advance, $33 door (if available); VIP ticket are $50
For more info: www.charleston beergarden.com
Party for a purpose at the ninth annual Forget-Me-Not Ball. Benefiting the Alzheimer's Association, the masquerade event will kick off with cocktails and a silent auction. Following an extended cocktail hour, the evening will proceed to dinner, a live auction and dancing. Dave Williams of WCIV TV News Channel 4 will be master of ceremonies for the night, which will feature music by Finger Snappin' Entertainment. The dress code is black-tie optional. Funds raised at the event will help support the Alzheimer's Association, South Carolina Chapter, which aims to eliminate the disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King St.
For more info: www.fmnball.org/charleston
Sculpture in the South
Celebrating its 16th year, Sculpture in the South offers collectors and first-time art enthusiasts a chance to mingle with world-class sculptors. The two-day event will include sculpture demonstrations, kids' activities, live music and more. Founded in 1998, Sculpture in the South promotes the arts through education and the creation of an accessible public sculpture collection that enhances the community.
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Azalea Park, Summerville
Price: $5, kids 12 and under get in free with a paying adult
For more info: sculptureinthesouth.com
Walterboro Antiques, History & Arts Festival
The "front porch of the Lowcountry" will be holding the eighth annual Walterboro Antiques, History & Arts Festival this weekend. The Rockin Pig event will kick things off Friday night, complete with a barbecue dinner and auction of 74 rocking chairs decorated by local businesses, organizations and schools. On Saturday, vendors will be set up along Washington Street with the Colleton County Museum and Farmers Market running until 2 p.m. In addition, an antique tractor parade will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Washington Street. And a juried art show and sale will be held on the grounds of the South Carolina Artisans Center.
Where: Various locations in Walterboro
For more info: www.walterborosc.org
Bull's Bay Nature Festival
From the forest to the sea, the second Bull's Bay Nature Festival will feature a variety of outdoor adventures. Activities will include bird watching at Tibwin Plantation, a Wambaw Creek paddle, raptor flying demonstration, youth fishing workshop, youth archery workshop and a presentation by naturalist Rudy Mancke. With an aim to bring communities together to celebrate public lands and outdoor recreation, there will be various events for the whole family, including youth archery, fishing and sweet-grass basket-making workshops, stand-up paddle boarding, reptile and red wolf showings, nature art programs, the DNR fishing simulator, raptor flying demonstrations by The Center for Birds of Prey, family fishing in the ponds and more. Various hikes, kayaking trips, auto-tours and talks will be happening throughout Francis Marion National Forest and Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.
Where: Various locations