My Charleston Weekend: Aug. 14-20

A scene from "The Ballad of Shovels & Rope."

"It ain't what you got, it's what you make." That's the tagline for the feature-length documentary "The Ballad of Shovels & Rope," which follows the husband-and-wife Charleston duo from working for tips to being named Emerging Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Honors & Awards. The film about American folk duo Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst focuses on "the tours and detours" as they recorded and released their critically acclaimed first album "O' Be Joyful." Showing for one night only, band manager Paul Bannister, also a co-producer of the film, will be on-hand for a Q&A session after the screening.

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday

Where: The Terrace Theatre, 1956 Maybank Highway

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Billed as the "South's elite bridal event since 1990," the Southern Bridal Show offers brides-to-be the chance to meet face to face with wedding professionals, bringing a variety of vendors all under one roof. Aiming to have everything a bride and groom could possibly need for their big day in one location, attendees will be able to check out photographer's pictures, taste cakes and food samples from caterers, listen to DJs spin, and see flowers, gowns and tuxedos. The event will also include a bridal fashion show production at 4 p.m. complete with professional models, dancers, recording artists and live entertainment. Brides that register for the event will receive a free one-year subscription to Brides magazine and will be eligible to win an all-inclusive honeymoon.

When: Noon Sunday

Where: Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston

Price: $10 in advance, $15 at the door (cash only); kids 5 and younger get in free

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The 12th annual First Day Festival is all about getting families ready for the first day of school. Thousands of students and their families will descend on Liberty Square to receive school supplies, learn about student support services and healthy snacks, and enjoy entertainment. Families will be able to take tours of the South Carolina Aquarium and the Fort Sumter Museum, go on boat rides, get their face painted, play in a kid's zone and more, all at no cost to festival attendees. Folks will be able to catch performances of Japan Karate Institute, LowCo Suzuki Guitar and Flip! Gym, and meet team mascots Charlie T. RiverDog of the RiverDogs and Cool Ray of the Stingrays. School supplies and tickets for a boat ride will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

When: 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Liberty Square (by the South Carolina Aquarium and the Charleston Maritime Center)

Price: Free; $1 parking will be available at the S.C. Aquarium and Gaillard garages

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Mex 1 Coastal Cantina is throwing its inaugural Endless Summer Block Party and Bikini Fall Fashion Show this weekend with McKevlin's Surf Shop. The event will kick off with music from Hit or Miss (Joel and Wes from Sol Driven Train), followed by the bikini fall fashion show put on by McKevlin's, which will start at 6:30 p.m. with the Dub Island DJ's providing music. At 7 p.m., the Elise Testone Band will take over the entertainment portion. In addition, there will be two outside bars, a dunk tank, silent auction, and a raffle with prizes including a surfboard, bike and a skateboard. Off-site parking will be available.

When: 2 -10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Mex 1 Coastal Cantina 817 St. Andrews Blvd.

Price: $5 suggested donation

For more info: 751-4001

The Charleston Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) and the Charleston RiverDogs are teaming up this weekend to see if they can set a world record for largest kazoo ensemble. At Saturday's game, which will see the RiverDogs play the Rome (Ga.) Braves, attendees will receive an official wristband and a kazoo from Beaufort-based Kazoobie Kazoos. After the final out, a group of conductors will lead the crowd in a rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." The current record is 5,190 kazoos set in England. Will the Lowcountry steal their buzz?

When: Saturday; game starts at 6:05 p.m.

Where: Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, 360 Fishburne St.

Price: $8-$18

For more info: 577-DOGS (3647) or