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Don't miss the Halsey Institute's Annual Moon Bash fundraiser Friday. It's actually taking place on a full moon and on 11/11/11!

Throughout the Sputnik-themed affair, members can revisit the exhibitions "Hamid Rahmanian: Multiverse" and "Tanja Softic: Migrant Universe" and have their photographs taken in the Halsey's signature Moon Portrait Booth while enjoying the sounds of local band The Royal Tinfoil.

This event also will mark the unveiling of the Halsey Institute's three new selections in the Hall of Patron Prints. The event is open to members of the Halsey Institute.

Memberships begin at $15 for students and $30 for individuals. Festive attire is suggested, and guests are encouraged to wear costumes that hark back to the 1950 and 1960 era of space exploration.

Time to go to jail

Entropy Arts and the American College of Building Arts have organized Jail Break 2, an all-encompassing arts festival noon-11 p.m. Saturday at the Old City Jail. The festival provides an outlet for local artists (visual, performing and artisans) to present their work.

The Old City Jail will be turned into a gallery, displaying works by local visual artists and students from the ACBA as well as music and dance from Dancefx Charleston and Annex Dance Company.

Interactive festivities such as live painting, arts and crafts, demonstrations of various building arts by ACBA students and artisan booths will be outside in the main yard of the former jail, according to Lorrie Dixson of Eskimo Advertising.

Musical entertainment outside will include The Hungry Monk Fiddlers, the Hungry Monks, The Brillers, Corey Webb, Weigh Station, Elise Testone and the Freeloaders, Shovels, and Rope and Entropy Ensemble.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the gate. VIP tickets are $50 and include a premium open bar all day and private VIP section by the stage. Kids under 12 get in for free. Tickets are available online at www.showclix.com/event/jailbreak2.

The official Jail Break after-party will be at Leaf Restaurant, 15 Beaufain St., with musicians Ryan Bonner and Friends. Free admission with a Jail Break wristband.

For additional information, sponsorships, artisan vendors, organizer or artist interviews, contact Dixson at lorrie@eskimoadvertising.com.

Get crafty

Every year, my mom tells me that she wants something I've made by hand as her gift. I think it's safe to say that most people who love you would prefer something crafted by you than a store-bought what-not. And if you don't have any creative skills to make that happen by yourself, the Artists' Loft School is here to help.

The Artists' Loft School has a full schedule of workshops for this month and next, with classes for adults and for children. Check out selections such as mosaics, block painting, pet portraits, beaded jewelry-making, prayer boxes, puppet-making and more.

Call 637-4229 or visit www.theartistsloftschool.com for a full schedule.

Trashy art

Come out and help create one of two large-scale sculptures made from recycled trash. Inspired by The Washed Ashore Project, there will be an East Coast version of the consciousness-raising creatures Pete the Plastic Pelican and the Skate (he still needs a name).

"When we are done adorning them with our mishmash of marine debris, they will find a home in a public viewing space near you," says Jen Mathis, project coordinator.

Come get creative and help build this project 5-9 p.m. Nov. 10, 15 and 17 at 62 Brigade St., Unit 2. Visit www.washedashore.org or www.fromheretosargasso.com.

Pink Ball fundraiser

The Charleston chapter of the English Speaking Union of the United States is hosting the Pink Ball Dinner Dance at 7 p.m. Monday at the Mills House Hotel downtown.

The group is dedicated to preserving, promoting and propagating the use of the English language, providing scholarships to teachers and students in the community.

Proceeds from the Pink Ball will go to the Pink Bus mission. Guest Speaker the Rev. Dr. Dallas H. Wilson Jr. will make a brief speech at this black-tie and pink event.

Tickets are $75. Call 327-0256 for information.