My Charleston Weekend: Jan. 8-14

"Flashdance: The Musical" will make its Lowcountry debut at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Tuesday and Wednesday.

'Flashdance: The Musical'

The 1983 hit movie that imprinted upon a generation is now a stage show and will make its Lowcountry premiere next week in North Charleston. "Flashdance" tells the story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. "Flashdance: The Musical" features a score that includes the hit songs from the movie, all of which became Top 10 hits, including the Academy Award-winning title song "Flashdance ... What a Feeling," "Maniac," "Gloria," "Manhunt" and "I Love Rock 'n' Roll." In addition to the Grammy-winning hits, 16 new songs were written for the stage.

When: Tuesday and Wednesday, shows are at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $32-$62

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Spending more than four decades as part of the rock soundtrack, Kansas continues to make an impression through television, movies and live shows. Highlighted on TV shows such as "Supernatural" and "South Park" and in movies like "Old School" and "Anchorman," songs such as "Carry on My Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind" continue to get regular airplay. While the lineup has changed significantly since they hit it big in the '70s - only guitarist Rich Williams and drummer Phil Erhart remain of the original members - the hits are still the same.

When: Thursday, Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.

Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

Price: $48.50

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Theatre 99 kicks off its 12th annual Charleston Comedy Festival next week. With headliners including Hannibal Buress, Doug Benson and John Mulaney, the lineup also includes the Reformed Whores, Airwolf, North Coast, Squirm and Germ and others, 24 shows in all. While Buress' show is sold out, there is still fun to be had, so head online to check out the full schedule.

When: Wednesday-Jan. 17

Where: Various locations

Price: $5-$31

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One of the most highly anticipated culinary events in the area, Charleston Restaurant Week offers food fans the opportunity to enjoy prix-fixe menus at participating restaurants. Put on by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, more than 140 restaurants will be serving up prix fixe lunch and dinner menus consisting of multiple courses for one price. A new pricing structure was put in place last year, offering more variety as restaurants are now allowed to venture outside of the previous pricing structure of $20, $30 or $40 menus. This event is popular and reservations are highly recommended.

When: Through Jan. 18

Where: Various locations

Price: Prices vary depending on the restaurant

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The South Eastern Wildlife and Environment Education Association, better known as the SEWEE Association, along with Awendaw Green, will again be holding its annual Music and Oysters for Wildlife event. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year's fundraiser will feature a new name and logo for the SEWEE Association: Friends of Coastal South Carolina. The event will feature all-you-can-eat Bull's Bay oysters, barbecue, burgers and sweets, along with a variety of wines and beer from local breweries. Oysters are included in the ticket price; proceeds from the sale of other food and beverages will benefit Friends of Coastal South Carolina. In addition to food and drink, the afternoon will be filled with music, including performances by the Lincoln Middle/High School Steel Band, Danielle Howle, Mark Bryan and Occasional Milkshake with Doug Jones, Sun-Dried Vibe and the Red Dog Ramblers. The event will also feature a silent auction. Pets are not permitted.

When: 1:30-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sewee Outpost, 4853 Highway 17 North, Awendaw

Price: $35 in advance, $40 the day of; admission is free for children under 12

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