The latest production to take over the North Charleston Performing Arts Center is a collision of superhuman feats: the jaw-dropping acrobatics of Cirque du Soleil combined with the fantasy world of James Cameron’s “Avatar,” one of the most expensive and visually imaginative movies ever made. “Toruk: The First Flight,” the first Cirque du Soleil production to attempt a story line, is a sort of prequel to “Avatar.” It takes place on the Pandora moon 3,000 years before the movie’s beginning. With an occasional narrator guiding the story, it follows the Na’vi people as they attempt to destroy a predator that rules the sky and threatens their principle of connection with nature. The production is the brainchild of 13 creators, including Cameron, and Tan Loc and Tuan Le, choreographers from Vietnam. With an elaborate set, high-tech special effects and Cirque’s usual high-flying tricks, “Toruk” is a larger-than-life spectacle. The production will be in town for six shows this weekend on a nationwide tour.
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston
More info: www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com
Most people would probably agree that it’s important to support local businesses, local artists and local charities. While certainly doable, it’s not every day you get the opportunity to tackle all those goals at once. That’s where Butcher & Bee’s new B&B Bazaar comes in. After a successful first run in December, the restaurant is hosting its second night market to showcase local businesses and raise money for Redux Contemporary Art Center, the nonprofit art organization on St. Philip Street. Dozens of local vendors, artisans and food trucks will gather in the spacious parking lot on Upper King Street while local musicians perform live. More than 40 artists from Redux also will be on site to display their works. Short Grain will serve food inside Butcher & Bee and Jonathan Ory of Bad Wolf Coffee will be offering his desserts and pastries inside The Daily, where hot cocoa and wine will be available. Butcher & Bee hopes to continue hosting the bazaar the second Saturday of every other month, with the next one scheduled for April 9.
When: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday
Where: 654 King St.
Price: $5 entry fee, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Redux.
Mystery in your mug
The 7th annual Brewvival is returning to Coast Brewing Co. this weekend with a few more surprises up its sleeve than in years past. The beer-tasting festival typically draws a huge crowd of beer enthusiasts eager to sample the robust lineup of little-known and rare craft beers from top breweries around the country. But to avoid more bum-rushes on some of the hyped-up taps, the festival organizers decided not to announce its beer offerings in advance this year. Instead, according to a statement on the festival website, they hope attendees “will trust in Brewvival’s proven track record of not disappointing” them. One thing we do know is, there won’t be as many South Carolina beers on tap. With the inaugural South Carolina Brewer’s Festival scheduled in May, the Brewvival organizers decided to focus mostly on its niche of nationwide breweries. While sipping on to-be-determined beer samples, guests will hear live music throughout the day by Asheville jazz trio Roaring Lions Band and local bluegrass group Steady Hand String Band. Admission includes samples, but food from Artisan Meat Share, Short Grain and other local vendors will be sold separately.
When: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Coast Brewing Co., 1250 2nd St. N., North Charleston
Price: Tickets are available for $75 in cash at The Charleston Beer Exchange or Coast, or online for $80 at Brewvival.com
The Beatles in concert
As a concert that originated on Broadway, “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” is a bit more than just a group of impersonators singing hits that are now widely known as standards of the American song book. The production aims to re-create the experience of a Beatles concert at every stage of the Brit-pop sensation’s career. Four actor/musicians take on the personas of George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and John Lennon as they play the hits live alongside video projections to cue each song’s era. After 300 performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York City from October 2010 to July 2011, the group is now a regular touring act. The show will be at the Charleston Gaillard Center for one night only this week while in town on an extensive world tour.
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: 95 Calhoun St.
More info: www.gaillardcenter.com