A lot of culture

The garden in front of the Joseph Manigault House includes a garden temple that was used as a summer house.

One of the best deals in Charleston’s cultural arts scene is starting Friday and running through Sunday. It’s the fifth annual Museum Mile Weekend, where a single pass allows visitors admission to 13 sites along and near Meeting Street over the course of the three-day weekend.

Along and around the one-mile section of Meeting Street, visitors can discover six museums, five nationally important historic houses, four scenic parks and the 300-year-old Powder Magazine.

The pass was started in 2008, and the weekend is a popular way to gain entry into Charleston’s favorite sites while you visit the city. There is special programming for the weekend at many of them.

Even if you live here, this is the chance to visit some places you might not think about such as the Confederate Museum at 188 Meeting St. and run by the Daughters of the Confederacy since 1898. It contains flags, uniforms, swords and other Confederate memorabilia. It’s closed on Sundays, even for this special weekend.

Or visit the Joseph Manigault House at 350 Meeting St. which is called “Charleston’s Huguenot House.” It was built in 1803 and is a premier example of Federal architecture. But at 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the focus of tours at the house will give a glimpse into the house’s World War II history, in addition to the regular house tours.

The Weekend Pass is $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. If purchased separately, adult admission for the participating sites would cost more than $100 for adults and more than $50 for children.

Museum Mile Weekend passes are available now at www.charlestonsmuseummile.org and at all official Charleston Visitor Center locations. Online purchasers will receive their passes in the mail so hurry if that’s the way you want to buy them.

“See How They Run,” a nonsensical play written in 1944 stirs the pot with English vicars, an Irish maid, a few Nazis for a door-slamming British farce at The Footlight Players.

The vicars are fake and not so fake, the Irish maid has seen too many movies, and of course, add in a church busybody knocking back the brandy and you will find out just why the Brits can hold the stage with slapstick humor.

Director David Hallatt has been active in the local theater scene since first arriving in Charleston in 2003. In fact, he made his Charleston debut at Footlight Players in “The Elephant Man.”

This is sure to be a romp and it starts the same day as the Museum Mile. It’s a way to put the historic playhouse on your map, too, and enjoy some of the funniest actors in town.

The play starts Sept. 20 and runs through Oct. 6.

All performances will be held at the Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St. Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $22 for military/seniors, and $15 for students and can be purchased online at www.FootlightPlayers.net or by calling 843-722-4487.

What could be more fun than “Sylvia,” a romantic comedy about a marriage that has reached a turning point, and the canine that changes the game. Full of doggie pranks that create more complications for the humans, this lively play will delight anyone who’s owned a dog, loved a dog, or is exasperated by their dog.

(And yes, the dog is played by a human, so it’s always fun to see just how well the pooch plays the comic, or the other way around.)

This play is delightful, and you will want to run home and hug your four-footed friend when it’s over.

It’s being performed by South of Broadway, 1080 East Montague Ave., in North Charleston and performances start Thursday and run through Sept. 28. Tickets are $18, another great deal in the arts. Visit www.SouthofBroadway.com for tickets or call 745-0317 for more.

The College of Charleston School of the Arts announces its 2013-14 season for its International Piano Series.

Four concerts have been scheduled featuring Pavel Kolesnikov from Russia; Roberto Plano, Italy; Jon Kimura Parker, Canada; and Konstantinos Papadakis, Greece.

Each year, the series stages concerts for pianists hailing from the United States and around the world. While on campus, the guest artists offer master classes where students perform and receive critiques. The performers range from young professionals emerging onto the world stage to seasoned performers with long-established careers.

It’s also a great way to hear pianists who are up-and-coming performers.

The first concert of this year on Sept. 24 features Kolesnikov, winner of the prestigious 2012 Honens Prize Laureate.

The Telegraph (London) describes his playing as having “brilliance, but also a caressing, almost sly intimacy.” That brings out a smile for me.

Kolesnikov made his recital debut in the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in 2008 and has since played both as soloist and collaborator throughout Russia and Europe.

Recent and upcoming engagements include festival appearances at Spoleto Festival USA, Ottawa International Chamber Music and Banff Summer Arts Festivals (Canada), and Plush Festival (United Kingdom).

You can still purchase season tickets for all four concerts which are $70. Individual tickets are $20. Pre-order tickets by calling 843-953-6575 or visiting international-piano-series.cofc.edu. College of Charleston students and those under 18 are admitted free of charge.

All concerts take place at 8 p.m. in the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557 or sharvin@postandcourier.com.