Starting today, head out to the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site to celebrate Constitution Week by attending one of the many free events there. Events include the 15th annual naturalization ceremony Tuesday, a living history day Friday (watch craftsmen in period dress demonstrate rice-pounding, indigo-dyeing, iron-smithing, brick masonry and domestic arts), a screening of the 2010 documentary on Charles Pinckney that will be held Saturday and Sunday, and more. All events are free. For more information on events corresponding with Constitution Week, go to www.nps.gov/chpi. The Pinckney site is at 1254 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant.
The Georgia-born “Empress of Soul” will perform a special concert at Charleston’s Dock Street Theatre as part of the Music With Friends series. The club, which requires a membership ($1,500 per year), provides folks the opportunity to attend three intimate performances a year, each evening kicking off with a cocktail reception. Past artists have included the likes of Jackson Browne, Steely Dan and Loggins & Messina. On Sept. 19, eight-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight will grace the Lowcountry with hits such as “Midnight Train to Georgia” from her more than 38 albums. For more info, go to www.musicwithfriends.com.
Ben Folds Five is back in action. The Chapel Hill, N.C.-based band took a 10-plus year hiatus, with each member working on his solo career. But the group is back in the swing of things after a successful summer of shows, including a headlining appearance at Bonnaroo. The group will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive. Expect to hear old stuff and new, as the band has a new CD coming out the day before the show. Tickets are $45-63.50. For more info, go to www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com.
This fourth annual event is billed as “the ultimate singer-songwriter music festival.” Held at The Windjammer on the Isle of Palms, the event offers the opportunity to hear some great live music and hang out with the artists. Performers include Tony Lucca (a finalist on NBC’s hit TV show “The Voice”), Sam Grow, Todd Carey, Matt Duke, Ingram Hill, Ernie Halter, Caleb Hawley, Sarah Miles, Brendan James, Curtis Peoples, Jared McCloud, Jerad Finck, Bracher Brown, Andrea Nardello, Riley Etheridge Jr., Honor By August, Ken Yates and John Milstead. In addition to the performances, take part in games, quizzes and more. The festival runs Thursday-Saturday. Tickets are $124.99, which includes admission to the three evening shows, admission to afternoon acoustic performances and jam session, and the ability to participate in Camp Carolina events throughout the weekend. For more information, check out www.welcometothehotelcarolina.com.
Sponsored by the Department of Italian Studies at the College of Charleston, this Italian Film Festival will show 13 films over four days. Held Thursday-Sunday at the Sottile Theater, 44 George St., the festival will include an opening-night reception and the opportunity to meet four of the filmmakers and hear them discuss their work. Tickets are available at the Sottile box office and are available per film (a suggested donation is $6), in a three-film bundle ($15) and a weekend pass ($25); those with a College of Charleston ID can attend for free. Find out more at italianfilmfest.cofc.edu.