RiverDogs opening night The RiverDogs 2012 season kicks off at 7:05 tonight with a Budweiser Thirsty Thursday and a Cirque du Soleil theme, with aerial acrobats performing on the field and street performers throughout the ballpark. Get an early start on the weekend with $1 beverages. Tickets range from $8-$17. Check out www.riverdogs.com.
40 Love: Celebrating 40 Years of the Family Circle Cup
Talk about star power! This event brings together tennis greats Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, John McEnroe and more. The exhibition begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at 161 Seven Farms Drive on Daniel Island. Tickets range from $20-$65 and are available at ticketmaster.com. For details, go to www.familycirclecup.com.
Dinner theater “Mo’ Motown Magic” promises some favorite ’60s and ’70s tunes such as “Respect,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” “Stop in the Name of Love” and “Proud Mary.” Performed by Remnant Productions on Friday at the Charleston Area Convention Center Ballroom, 5001 Coliseum Drive, this production promises to tug at your heartstrings and have you dancing in your seat. A cash bar opens at 6:30 p.m., ballroom doors open at 7 p.m. for dinner. Tickets are $37. Call 740-5854 or go to www.northcharleston.org for more info.
Festival Plantation Picnic and Oyster Roast
Starting at 4:30 p.m. Friday, enjoy steamed oysters and other Southern cuisine at Drayton Hall Plantation, 3380 Ashley River Road. After you’ve washed down your fill with beer and wine, tour the main house. Tickets are $45, $20 for children ages 6-12; children under 6 get in free. Go to www.draytonhall.org for details.
‘Annie’ One of America’s favorite orphans will be in Charleston throughout the next month at Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Performances begin with a 7 p.m. Friday show. Tickets are $25, $20 for those under 18, and $22.50 for seniors and students. Proceeds will benefit five local groups: MUSC Children’s Hospital, Trident Academy, Pure Theatre’s Outreach Program, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Pet Helpers. Go to anniethemusical.show clix.com for more info.
‘The Wiz’ This retelling of “The Wizard of Oz” is the grand finale of Charleston Stage’s 34th season. Playing at the Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St., the monthlong run begins Friday. “Ease on Down, Ease on Down the Road” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $22-$52. For more info, go to www.charlestonstage.com or call 577-7183.
A Night at the Moscow Conservatory
In its sixth season, the College of Charleston School of the Arts’ series Charleston Music Fest will host award-winning violinist Anna Rabinova, who will join cellist Natalia Khoma and pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky on the stage. Taking place at 8 p.m. Friday in the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip St., admission is $25. Go to www.charlestonmusicfest.com for details.
Awendaw Green at The Hippodrome
The third show in the series, the Hippodrome will host Awendaw Green tonight. Musical guests for the night include Mark Yampolsky, Andrew McKnight, band Dark Water Rising and Ohio-based The Floorwalkers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10, $7 for students. Food will be provided by HomeTeam BBQ, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. Check out www.charleston hippodrome.com for more info.
Kayak, Gear Swap Meet Sea Kayak Carolina, 1731 Signal Point Road on James Island, will host a free swap meet 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday. Find a bargain or sell some unused gear, walk the beach or head out for a paddle. Food, drinks and music will be on hand to round out the event. Call 225-7969 or go to sea kayakcarolina.comfor more info.
Sippin’ Saturdays Irvin-House Vineyards’ weekly event will feature music from the Cotton Blue Band starting at 1 p.m. Saturday and food from Hello! My Name is BBQ. Bring a chair or blanket out to 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island. Go to www.charlestonwine.com or call 559-6867 for more info.
Artist, Artisan Showcase Find children’s clothing, chocolate creations, jewelry and home-enhancing items. Open to the public and free, this Saturday event will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sandcastle Recreation Center on Kiawah Island. Go to www.kica.us for details.