From Lego world to space, films will take you there

Emmet, voiced by Chris Pratt (from left), Wyldstyle, voiced by Elizabeth Banks, and Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, in a scene from "The Lego Movie."

'Everything is (still) awesome!"

If you missed your chance a week or so ago to catch an outdoor screening of "The Lego Movie" - or even if you did but you're jonesing for more - you're in luck as the film will be shown at this week's Movies in the Park.

With a great mix of humor, heart and visuals, the film follows an eclectic mix of would-be heroes intent on saving the Lego universe from the evil Lord Business and the "Kragle."

Featuring the voice talents of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Alison Brie and Jonah Hill along with special appearances by the likes of Batman, the Green Lantern, Superman, Abraham Lincoln, Gandalf and Dumbledore, "The Lego Movie" is appropriate and entertaining for all ages.

Sponsored by the town of Summerville, Movies in the Park is a new series introduced earlier this month. Free and family-friendly, the movie rolls at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Gahagan Park, 515 W. Boundary St., in Summerville. Attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic and bring a blanket and/or chairs. Beer and wine are allowed but glass and pets are not permitted.

If the idea of a movie under the stars sounds nice, consider upping the ante to a movie on the beach complete with the waves lapping peacefully in the background.

After the Wednesday screening on the beach behind the Tides Folly Beach Hotel at 1 Center St., however, you may never look at the stars the same way again.

Shown on an inflatable movie screen, a free screening of "Gravity" will start at dusk.

Winner of seven Academy Awards, including prizes for directing, film editing and cinematography, "Gravity" places us in space with a medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) and an astronaut (George Clooney) on a seemingly routine spacewalk, that is until disaster strikes and the two are left adrift in space.

All Movies on the Beach are held weather and wind permitting. For more, go to

Another film slated to be screened Wednesday, the last in the Starlight Cinema series, is "Remember the Titans," a story based on true events.

The film focuses on T.C. Williams High School in 1971, which is the year a court order forced integration. As a result, longtime football coach Bill Yoast (Will Patton) is asked to step down, with Herman Boone (Denzel Washington) appointed to replace him as the school's first black faculty member. If the integrated team wants to compete, they must grow to trust their new coach and each other.

The free outdoor screening will begin at 8:30 p.m. on the Village Green at Freshfields Village. Attendees are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.

Freshfields Village is at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands. For more information, go to

Another event taking place at Freshfields Village, this one of the musical variety, is the next to last show in their annual Music on the Green concert series.

From 6-9 p.m. Friday, enjoy a free performance by CoastRunner. Formed on the beaches of Charleston, the group promises to have you dancing the night away to their mix of beach, funk, R&B and soul.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.

On Thursday, Palmetto Islands County Park in Mount Pleasant is going to the dogs.

From 5 p.m. to sunset, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission-owned park will host another event in the Pups, Yups and Food Trucks series.

Pets and their owners are invited to enjoy an evening of socializing, live music and more. Live music will be performed by Katina Rose, with the Refueler's Mobile Cafe food truck serving up tasty treats. Outside coolers and alcohol are prohibited.

And remember, all pets must be leashed outside the dog park.

Admission is free with the $1 gate charge. Palmetto Islands County Park is at 444 Needlerush Parkway in Mount Pleasant. Call 795-4386 or go to for more.

What's more fun than playing tourist in your own town?

Fort Moultrie is offering everyone the chance to do just that, but with an added incentive: You don't have to pay.

On Monday, the 96th birthday of the National Park Service, Fort Moultrie is waiving the normal entrance fee ($3 for adults, $1 for seniors or $5 for families) to allow everyone interested in learning about the storied history a chance to spend a day strolling around the National Park site.

Fort Moultrie is at 1214 Middle Street on Sullivan's Island. The site is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more, call 883-3123 or go to

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