My Charleston Weekend: Feb. 5-11

The 35th annual Spoleto Festival USA Auction.

Traditionally considered the beginning of the Spoleto Festival USA season, Memminger Auditorium will be transformed into a 1920s-era night spot for its 37th annual auction. Dubbed “A Night at the Charleston Club,” the event will include cocktails, a seated dinner, an exclusive performance by the Joe Clarke Big Band and dancing. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to bid in a live and silent auction, with proceeds benefitting the festival’s orchestra-in-residence. An online auction that runs through Feb. 15 also will be offered; find out more at The auction is black-tie optional, with 1920s-themed attire encouraged. The 39th season of Spoleto Festival USA will run May 22-June 7.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $150 for open seating, $250 for preferred seating

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Ever heard the line “everything’s better with bacon”? Well there’s an event that is aiming to bring together lovers of bacon with lovers of bourbon for a night to remember. Billed as “a night of brown water debauchery and cuisine,” Bacon and Bourbon boasts a line-up of 12 chefs and 25 distilleries, in addition to live music, bull riding, laser skeet shooting, cigars and more. Attendees of the all-inclusive event will enjoy unlimited samples of bacon dishes and bourbon tastings, with a rare bourbon bar serving up pours ranging from $10-$30 from the likes of Buffalo Trace Distillery, Parkers Heritage Collection, Old Rip VanWinkle, Jefferson’s, Orphan Barrel Projects, Willett, Wild Turkey and Woodford. The Junior League of Charleston is the official nonprofit partner for Bacon and Bourbon, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting their hunger and homelessness initiatives.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $70

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Are you a chocolate lover? If you are, you’ll have a chance this weekend to indulge your sweet tooth at an over-the-top event. Attendees of The Chocolate Affair will have an opportunity to sample a variety of chocolate desserts from some of Charleston’s finest restaurants and specialty shops. There also will be gourmet catering and an open bar. The evening will feature an auction with more than 200 items, including jewelry, fantasy vacations, furniture, artwork, dinner packages and more. Entertainment will be provided by Charleston’s First Class Band. The gala serves as a fundraiser for Communities in Schools, a nonprofit that offers students in 28 Charleston and Berkeley county schools support to help them stay in school and achieve in life.

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Daniel Island Club, 600 Island Park Drive

Price: $125 per person, $250 per couple

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The South Carolina Aquarium started the year with the launch of a new consumer-driven seafood initiative called Ask Before You Order, a part of its recently rebranded Good Catch program (previously known at the Sustainable Seafood Initiative). To kick-off the re-branding, the Aquarium is holding its first Good Catch Oyster Fest. The event will feature some of Charleston’s best local cuisine to support sustainable seafood, including oysters from St. Jude Farms and dishes from partners Fish Restaurant, Fleet Landing Restaurant and Pane e Vino. Live bluegrass music will be provided by The Bluestone Ramblers, and a full bar will include craft beer from Holy City Brewing. The event is for ages 21 and up with proceeds supporting Good Catch.

When: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday

Where: South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf

Price: $40 for general admission, $30 for Aquarium members

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The Feline Freedom Coalition, deemed “the only no-cage, adoption and medical treatment facility dedicated to the service of feral cats and caretakers in South Carolina,” is inviting folks to be transported to the “Cat-on-Rouge” for their Mardi Paws event. With Mardi Gras just around the corner (Feb. 17), the event will feature New Orleans-style food; “purr-icanes”; wine and beer; Cajun, Zydeco and contemporary music; a silent auction; and a door prize. And in true Mardi Gras style, there will be King Cake; purple, green and gold doubloons; beads; and masks. The dress code is casual, but attendees are encouraged to wear masks or a fantasy costume. The event will benefit the Feline Freedom Coalition’s programs that focus on helping homeless and stray cats.

When: 3-7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Gold Bug Island, 1560 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Mount Pleasant

Price: $45

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With domestic violence being at the forefront of media coverage and government action (S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley just announced last Thursday the creation of a domestic violence task force), the Zonta Club of Charleston’s Breaking the Silence Awards Gala couldn’t come at a better time. The fifth annual event will honor and recognize individuals making a difference in the lives of domestic violence victims, including Patricia Warner Kurent, director of the Tri-County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council; Brenda Edmond of Joint Base Charleston; Levolia Rhodes of the Goose Creek Police Department; Lisa Bullard of the city of North Charleston; and Christan Rainey of Real MAD. The gala, which will feature a keynote address by Post and Courier reporter Doug Pardue, a member of the team that produced the five-part series “Till Death Do Us Part,” will include a wine reception and dinner. The dress is cocktail attire.

When: 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Harbour Club, 35 Prioleau St.

Price: $75

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Named one of the “9 Funniest Women on the Planet” alongside Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and described by the Detroit Free Press as “one of the funniest stand-up comedians of her generation” alongside the likes of Lewis Black, Brian Regan and Jim Gaffigan, Kathleen Madigan has had a successful 25-year career. That career has taken her around the world, performing at a variety of festival, at theaters and clubs, headlining at the Mirage in Las Vegas, and on two USO tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. “We don’t get time off like a band. Our tours never end. That’s why it makes me laugh when people say ‘how long is your tour?’ Well so far, 25 years,” Madigan says in her bio. Just nominated for a 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Concert Comic, Madigan’s stand-up show is one you won’t want to miss.

When: Saturday, doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.

Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

Price: $32.50-$47

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Over the past few years, Ingrid Michaelson has vaulted from overachieving indie-pop wannabe to a bona-fide pop star. With her first album, “Slow the Rain,” released in 2005, she has since release five more. Her sixth album, “Lights Out” debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. Her two highest charting singles are “The Way I Am” and “Girls Chase Boys,” coming in at No. 37 and No. 52 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. With her live show called “seamless” by The New York Times, Michaelson will perform in the Holy City with Greg Holden.

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

Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

Price: $35 in advance, $38.50 the day of the show

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The bygone era of “rasslin’,” where the lines were clearly drawn between good guys and bad guys, has been replaced by today’s version of “sports entertainment,” with all the glitz and glamour of a major Broadway production. Local wrestling fans will get a chance to witness the spectacle up close and personal when World Wrestling Entertainment, the industry’s gold standard, brings its Road to Wrestlemania to North Charleston. While the line-up is subject to change, the match-ups are as follows: Roman Reigns vs. Big Show in a street fight; Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt; United States Championship Match featuring Erick Rowan vs. Rusev with Lana; WWE Tag Team Championship Match featuring The Usos vs. The Miz and Damien Mizdow; with appearances by The Divas, Jack Swagger and more.

When: Friday, doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Where: North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Dr.

Price: $15-$100

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