Relax with some low-key events this week

Mount Pleasant's love letter to these delectable bites will be in the form of Big Shrimpin', a competition today at Alhambra Hall.

After two weekends of Halloween festivities, I am worn out and ready to relax. Here are a few fairly low-key events happening this week.

Big Shrimp'n

It's shrimping season, and what better way to enjoy the harvests of our local shrimpers than to participate in Big Shrimp'n, Mount Pleasant's first shrimp competition?

At 5 to 10 p.m. today at Alhambra Hall, 131 Middle St., participants can buy food tickets for $1 apiece and then sample shrimp dishes from local restaurants for two tickets per portion. After sampling, guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dish.

A variety of Mount Pleasant restaurants will compete to win either the Critics Choice or People's Choice awards. Participating restaurants include Vickery's, Gullah Cuisine, Page's Okra Grill, A Dough Re Mi and others.

In addition to local shrimp, guests can enjoy live music from the David Higgins Band and Southwood. Adult beverages will be available for purchase.

Proceeds will benefit East Cooper Community Outreach and the South Carolina Shrimpers Association.

Admission is free. Tickets may be requested by visiting

Local holiday market

Want to get a jump on your holiday shopping as well as support local businesses? Then head to Mixson in Park Circle on Sunday for the Holiday Maker's Market happening noon-4 p.m.

The market will promote local artists and craftspeople and will feature a variety of items for sale, including jewelry, handbags, home decor, art, pottery and more.

In addition to the market, Mixson will host local food trucks such as The BBQ Joint, King of Pops, Taco Spot and Roots Ice Cream.

Guests can listen to live music from Jessica and Jordan Igoe and Firetag while browsing or playing a game of bocce ball.

Mixson is at 4400 Marblehead Lane near the Olde Village of North Charleston. Visit

Get buzzed

At 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, The Cocktail Club on King Street will host The Beehive's Buzzworthy 2, a "pop-up gallery" geared toward young people just beginning to collect art.

The follow-up to September's art sale at Terrace Theater will feature work by photographer Jason Baxley, paintings by Adrian Chu Redmond and Lisa Walraven and mixed-media pieces from Sarah Kargol and Kristy Bishop.

Specialty cocktails and other beverages will be available for sale, and an after-party will follow at O-Ku.

The Cocktail Club is at 479 King Street. Visit www.the

What's up, docs?

Check out a couple of independent documentaries that are being screened for free in Charleston this week.

At 8 p.m. Friday, head to the Simons Center, 54 St. Philip St., to watch "World's Largest," a documentary about 58 of America's oversized roadside attractions. Visit

Monday at 5:45 p.m., MUSC's Institute of Psychiatry, 67 President St., will host Slow Food Charleston's screening of "No Impact Man: The Documentary." The film follows a family as they attempt to live a zero-impact lifestyle for a year in Manhattan. Visit

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