My Charleston Weekend: Feb. 19-25


Having stormed onto the scene in the 1970s with hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man” and “Barracuda,” Ann and Nancy Wilson set a precedent for females in the industry as they not only led the band but also wrote the songs and played the instruments, reportedly making them the first women in rock to do so. Heart continued to top the charts throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s with hits like “These Dreams” and “What About Love.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees will bring their hits to North Charleston next week.

When: Tuesday, doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: Tickets start at $35

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Mickey and Minnie Mouse have teamed up with professional illusionist Zach Williams for a special production called Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show. The show features grand illusions and some favorite Disney characters, including Donald Duck and Goofy, Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother, Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter, and beloved Disney princesses Jasmine, Belle and Snow White. Attendees will be able to watch tricks such as the levitation of Minnie and Jasmine to the transformation of Cinderella’s rags into a ball gown in a split second. Children 1 and above will need a ticket.

When: 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $20-$45

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Formerly known as Pork, Pints and Pearls, the Pork & Pearls event is one of the largest “ ‘fun’draisers” benefiting Windwood Family Services. In its fifth year, Pork & Pearls will feature live music, adult libations, and all-you-can-eat oysters and barbecue. Children in attendance will be entertained by an array of activities in the kids’ zone, including a gaming truck, jump castle and a petting zoo. Windwood, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, provides help, hope and healing to abused and neglected children in South Carolina.

When: 3-7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Grand Lawn of the Family Circle Tennis Center, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island

Price: $35 in advance, $40 at the gate for adults; $15 for ages 11-15; $10 for kids 5-10; $100 for “VIPig” tickets

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Led by chef Robert Carter, Chefs’ Feast will be celebrating its “Sweet 16” this year. The event is a collaboration between the Lowcountry Food Bank and nearly 30 of the area’s celebrated chefs who will offer up both savory and sweet bites. Promising a “decadent array of food,” Chefs’ Feast will include a hosted bar, live big band music from the Ray Michaels Band and a chance to meet the chefs behind the dishes. Proceeds benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank’s childhood hunger programs: Kids Cafe, Back-Pack Buddies, School Pantry and Summer Feeding.

When: 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Exhibit Hall, North Charleston Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $175

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This weekend, Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina will host a fundraiser Oyster Roast and Chili Cook-Off complete with celebrity culinary judges Kayla Bennett from The Gin Joint and Brett McKee. The family-friendly event will feature all-you-can-eat oysters, the chili cook-off, an open bar with craft beer and wine, a drawing for prizes and live music from The Stilettos. There will also be hot dogs, face-painting and a jump castle for the children in attendance. All proceeds from the event will go to Florence Crittenton, which provides education, counseling, medical care, social support and a safe haven for young pregnant women and young mothers in need.

When: 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Alhambra Hall, 131 Middle St., Mount Pleasant

Price: $35 for ages 21 and over, $20 for those under 21, children 6 and under get in free

For more info: or 722-7526.

Wild Dunes Resort is hosting “an evening of ‘spirited’ culinary discovery,” featuring six award-winning whiskies and red wines paired with hearty braised food prepared by regional chefs. Participating chefs will include Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca and Coda Del Pesce, Kevin Johnson of The Grocery, Michael Kramer of The Lazy Goat and Table 301, Joe Clarke of American Grocery Restaurant and Adam Cooke of Hotel Domestique Restaurant 17. While sipping and savoring, attendees will be able to enjoy live music and scenic views. This event is for ages 21 and over.

When: 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Village Plaza at Wild Dunes Resort, 5757 Palm Blvd., Isle of Palms

Price: $85

For more info: or 888-778-1876

The Lowcountry Parrot Head Club is again inviting folks to “party with a purpose” at the 11th annual Mardi Crawl. Participants will travel to each of the participating restaurants, where they will answer a trivia question, enjoy food and drink specials, interactive games and live entertainment before moving to the next locale. Participating restaurants include Red’s Ice House, RB’s, Vickery’s, The Shelter, Shem Creek Bar & Grill, and Water’s Edge. Over the past 10 years, the crawl has raised more than $80,000 for local charities. This year, proceeds from the event will benefit several charities, including the Alzheimer’s Association of South Carolina, Pet Helpers, the Ronald McDonald House, Hospitality Heroes, HALOS and Toys for Tots.

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant; registration begins at noon at Red’s Ice House, 98 Church St.

Price: $25 in advance, $30 at the event

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Said to be the Lowcountry’s only all-female Mardi Gras Krewe, The Charleston Show Krewe will present its first Mardi Gras Fete this weekend. Taking place at a new event space, attendees will be able to enjoy drinks from the premium open bar on a rooftop terrace and dance the night away inside to “one of the East Coast’s No. 1 party bands.” Authentic New Orleans light hors d’oeuvres will be provided by chef Brett McKee; menu items include everything from classic shrimp etouffee to Brennan’s Banana’s Foster bread pudding. The suggested attire for the all-inclusive cocktail party is black tie or masquerade.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: 139B Market St.

Price: $75

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Get your beads and masks ready, because the “Edge of America” is continuing its weeklong celebration of Mardi Gras. Thursday’s event will feature Cochon deLait, a Cajun-style whole hog roast at Loggerhead’s Beach Grill. On Friday, the Tides Hotel will be the site of the Masquerade Ball ($25), which will run from 7-11 p.m. and feature a cash bar and light hors d’ouevres. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best cocktail attire or costumes, and awards will be given for best guy, best gal and best costume. Saturday is the main event, the FollyGras Parade & Street Party. Center Street will be closed to traffic from noon-5 p.m. for the free event. Festivities will include a parade; live music by Gaslight Street, Hollow Point, Hungry Monks, Shakin’ Martinis and Soul Fish; local food vendors; kids’ activities; and more. In true Mardi Gras style, attendees are encouraged to break out their best costumes and bring their beads.

When: Thursday-Saturday

Where: Various locations around Folly Beach

Price: Prices vary depending on event

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The Gibbes Museum of Art and its young professionals group, Society 1858, are gearing up for their fourth annual Winter Party titled The Magical Mystery Tour. Inspired by The Beatles album and film of the same name, the 1960s/mod-themed party will play on the museum’s journey around the town during the renovation. Attendees will be able to enjoy music, dancing, cocktails, bites and the visual arts. This year’s event adds a silent auction featuring works by contemporary southern artists, including Robert Lange, John Westmark, Hirona Matsuda, Charles Ailstock, Ben Gately Williams, Lulie Wallace, Andrew Smock, Christopher Holt and Brian Coleman. All proceeds from the party will support the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, a $10,000 cash prize awarded to an artist whose work contributes to a new understanding of art in the South.

When: 8-11 p.m. Friday

Where: Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St.

Price: $70 for Society 1858 members, $95 for nonmembers

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