My Charleston Weekend: May 16-22

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean

American country music singer Jason Aldean has been on a steady climb, going multiplatinum and having nine of his singles reaching No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs charts. With hits such as “She’s Country,” “Big Green Tractor,” “Dirt Road Anthem” and “Take a Little Ride,” the Country Music Association Award and Academy of Country Music Award winner is on his Night Train Tour, with special guests Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett. Children ages 2 and over will require a ticket.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $28.75-$54.75

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Sculpture in the South

Celebrating its 15th year, this one-of-a-kind event offers collectors and first-time art enthusiasts a chance to mingle with world-class sculptors. The two-day event will include sculpture demonstrations, kids’ activities and family fun. Founded in 1998, Sculpture in the South promotes the arts through education and the creation of an accessible public sculpture collection that enhances the community. All sculpture purchases benefit Summerville’s Permanent Public Sculpture Collection.

When: Saturday and Sunday

Where: Azalea Park, Summerville

Price: $5 for a one-day pass, $7 for a weekend pass; kids 12 and under get in free with a paying adult

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Walterboro Antiques Festival

The “front porch of the Lowcountry” will be holding the seventh annual Walterboro Antiques, History & Arts Festival this weekend. Vendors will be set up along Washington and Lucas streets selling their wares and offering appraisals, and there will be carriage tours through the historic district and an antique tractor show. A Jeans and Jewels barbecue will top things off Friday night. On Saturday, a Folk Art Celebration will be held at the South Carolina Artisans Center. In addition, the Lowcountry Juried Art Exhibition also opens this weekend, and a S.C. Watermedia Society Show will be going on at the Colleton Museum.

When: Friday and Saturday

Where: Various locations in Walterboro

Price: Free-$15

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Body Building and Bikini Championships

Check out some of the fittest folks around at the 2013 NPC Junior USA Body Building and Bikini Championships. Competitors will vie for a spot in the night’s finals in categories that include fitness routines, women’s bodybuilding, men’s bodybuilding, men’s physique, women’s physique, fitness two piece, figure and bikini.

When: Saturday; prejudging begins at 8:30 a.m. with finals beginning at 6 p.m.

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $30 for prejudging, $50-$70 for finals

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Anniversary Block Party

Dorchester Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit that aims to eliminate substandard housing and homelessness through bringing volunteers together to build homes, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a community block party. The public may take part in a day of music, food, Habitat home tours and more. Kids’ games and jump castles will be set up on-site. The Kickin’ Chicken food truck will serve up meals while popcorn and cotton candy will be available for purchase for snacking. Homes built by Dorchester Habitat will be open for tours so that attendees can see firsthand the work the organization does. An adopt-a-thon will round out the event, with the SPCA in attendance with adoptable dogs.

When: 4-7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Corey Woods neighborhood, Miken Lane, Summerville

Price: Free

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Water Ball

Charleston Waterkeeper, a local nonprofit that is dedicated to protecting Lowcountry waterways, again will host its popular Water Ball to raise funds for its initiatives. The event will feature some of the area’s most sustainably focused chefs, who will come together to showcase the connection between the local water quality and local seafood. Participating chefs include Mike Lata of The Ordinary and FIG, Jason Stanhope of FIG, Graham Dailey of Peninsula Grill, Drew Hedlund of Fleet Landing, Jeremiah Bacon of Indigo Road Group, Nico Romo of Fish, Stuart Tracy of Butcher & Bee, Aaron Siegel and Taylor Garrigan of Home Team BBQ, Brian Parkhurst of Ted’s Butcherblock and Kevin Johnson of The Grocery. Ben Bridwell and Creighton Barrett of the rock band Band of Horses will give a performance at the event.

When: 7-11 p.m. Friday

Where: S.C. Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf

Price: $75 in advance, $90 at the door

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‘Porgy & Bess’: Reimagined by the CJO

The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the Holy City’s resident big band, continues its fifth season with what is likely to be an iconic show in “Porgy & Bess.” The American folk opera that features a combined effort by George Gershwin and Charleston native DuBose Heyward has been reimagined for the CJO. The story is distinctly American and uniquely Charleston, and this performance will feature instrumental and vocal selections of the standard repertoire and compositions, including “My Man’s Gone Now,” “Summertime” and “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’.”

When: Saturday, with sets at 7 and 10 p.m.

Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

Price: $30-$40; $25-$35 for seniors 65 and over; student ticket rates vary

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