For two years, the Taking Flight comic book show in North Charleston has been dazzling comic fans with its vast array of new, used and rare comic books and graphic novels. And perhaps more importantly, it’s become a networking platform for comic creators throughout the Lowcountry as a place to showcase their works, meet potential collectors and trade tips with other artists. This weekend, the program celebrates its 10th installment with special guests Albert Captain from Apartment A Comics, Mia Chavi Jenkins-McCulley from MiaChavi Geekery and Run Riot Media, a group of local comic creators, to showcase its brand new comic “SOL.” As usual, proceeds from the event will benefit a local charity, this time the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston.
When: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Sparrow, 1078 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston
More info: www.facebook.com/ParkCircleComics
Palette & Palate
Pairing your meal with a fine wine may highlight the flavor profile, but if you really want to heighten your senses, try pairing your next dinner on the town with fine art. This weekend, more than a dozen art galleries and local restaurants will link up for the 10th annual Palette & Palate Stroll. As attendees take a spin through downtown galleries, they’ll be treated to special creations from a different restaurant at each stop. For instance, Langdon’s and Opal will provide the bites at Corrigan Gallery, Zero Cafe and Bar will dish up treats at Dog & Horse Fine Art, and The Drawing Room will cater to the crowds at Robert Lange Studios. Many others are participating, too, so check out the full list at www.paletteand palatestroll.com. “The event sells out every year and brings a fashionable crowd of art and food enthusiasts out to the streets in the middle of summer when things slow down a bit,” said Vladia Jurcova Spencer, who organizes the popular occasion each year. Attendees must purchase tickets in advance. On the night of the event, they can check in at any participating gallery.
When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Various locations, downtown Charleston
More info: www.paletteandpalatestroll.com
Life in the pack
Kids often ponder the scenario of being stranded on a desert island, asking each other questions about what they would bring with them or how they would pass the time. With age, many in the developed world realize the likelihood of that fate is pretty slim. But the essential question of how humans handle isolation remains an intriguing concept to our culture, especially in the era of constant connection. And that’s the lens director Crystal Moselle uses for “The Wolfpack,” a documentary about the seven children of the Angulo family who were kept confined and locked away in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan for 14 years. Although they were well-educated by their mother, who was also forbidden from leaving the home by their father, the Angulo children had little contact with the outside world other than through films. With a stirring recount of the family’s experiences and home videos, “The Wolfpack” explores how Hollywood shaped their world views, and how their dynamic altered when one of the children escapes. The film, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, will debut at the Terrace Theater this weekend.
Where: Terrace Theatre, 1956 Maybank Highway, Charleston
Price: $10, $8 for students and military, $7.50 for seniors or matinee shows
More info: www.terracetheater.com
Few tangible experiences have as much instant gratification as filling up a pint glass with cold beer until the foam hits the brim, especially after a long week. Only one thing could make it better: if every drop was racking up money for a local charity. Who says beer enthusiasts can’t also be philanthropists? Not Bay Street Biergarten. The taproom over on East Bay Street is hosting a Charity Tap Takeover this week, when drafts from certain breweries will correspond with donations to a local charity. That way, you get to pick your beverage and your soft spot at the same time. Sales of Tradesman Brewing Co. beers will benefit the Green Heart Project, Holy City Brewery beers will benefit Charleston Moves and Thomas Creek Brewery beers will benefit the Charleston Animal Society. Brooklyn Brewery, Sweetwater Brewing Co. and Westbrook Brewing will participate, as well.
When: 4-9 p.m. Thursday
Where: 549 East Bay St., Charleston
Price: Free to attend, beer prices vary
More info: 266-2437, baystreetbiergarten.com/happenings
‘Get on Your Feet’
It’s mid-July, so that means theater gurus Brad and Jennifer Moranz have another original musical ready for the stage. The writers, choreographers and performers behind the Charleston Christmas Special in December and the rock ‘n’ roll revue in March also do a variety show in mid-summer. Their latest is called “Get on Your Feet,” an all-new performance featuring rock, pop and country hits. Those interested in making the performance an all-night affair can purchase a special package that includes a fixed-menu dinner at Vincent Chicco’s, a fine dining restaurant just a few steps from the Charleston Music Hall. Reservations for a table the night of the event are required.
When: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Charleston Musical Hall, 37 John St., Charleston
Price: $18 for children ages 12 and younger, $33 for seniors and military, $36 for adults, $68 for dinner package
More info: 853-2252, charlestonmusichall.com/events/charleston-variety-show-5/
If you love Caribbean flavors and culture, head downtown to the Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed for the Charleston Caribbean Jerk Festival. The family-friendly event features music and food with a special emphasis on the spicy art of Jamaican jerk seasoning. Chefs will compete, and attendees will vote, for the title of Top Jerk Chef, which went to Reggae Grill Caribbean Cuisine last year.
When: 7-11 p.m. Saturday
Where: 375 Meeting St., Charleston
Price: $10 in advance, free for children ages 12 and younger, available at www.etix.com; various locations in Charleston and North Charleston
More info: www.chsjerkfest.com