Free fun at Gibbes Mary Whyte, Google exhibits museum highlights Just Google some fun this week

“The Dock” by Sherrie Nesbitt is one of the images that will be presented at The Meeting Place in North Charleston this month.

Free events in the summertime are like getting a little gift of time and luxury.

So check out the Gibbes Museum of Art 1-5 p.m. today. Admission to the museum is free for the day. The “Mary Whyte: Working South” exhibit has been getting great reviews, and it's by a talented female artist who goes deep into the heart of the Southern mind. If you haven't seen it, this is a great day to go.

If you want to take the kids, there's something for them, too.

The Gibbes is exhibiting the work of the state finalists of the Doodle 4 Google Contest. The work is in the Welcome Gallery, which always has free admission, through July 31.

Doodle 4 Google is one of several efforts by Google to encourage and celebrate the creativity of young people by asking students to create their own Google doodle. The theme this year was “If I could travel in time, I'd visit ...”

Our 10 state finalists are students from grades K-12 in Bluffton, Conway, Johnsonville, Pickens, Rock Hill, Simpsonville, Mount Pleasant and North Charleston.

Enjoy the air conditioning and then hop over to the Market for an ice cream. It's a great way to end the holiday weekend.

We know that South Carolina has all kinds of talent, but there aren't always great outlets for some singers, hair stylists and fashion gurus.

So the “South Carolina's Got Talent” showcase will give a stage to some of those emerging talents who want to break into the industry of their dreams. Featured will be acts performing dance, R&B, hip-hop, rock, country, comedy and poetry. Besides a performing opportunity, this production raises money for a charity, and this year it is for breast cancer. The goal is $10,000.

The event is 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the Ferndale Community Center, 1919 Bolton St., North Charleston. Cost is $5. Advance tickets are on sale at Loco Record Shop, 4060 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, and Best Autos, 308 Old Trolley Road, Summerville.

Go to http://southcarolina or call 367-7696.

The North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is hosting an exhibition of works called “Beauty of the Lowcountry” by local artist Sherrie Nesbitt in the display windows of The Meeting Place through July 31.

Nesbitt is presenting a collection of landscapes and portraits done in acrylic, pastel, charcoal and watercolor. Pieces such as “The Dock,” “Going Home” and “Dock Landing” depict places around the artist's home. Other landscapes present familiar Lowcountry scenes, such as beach sunrises and sunsets.

The public is invited to attend a free reception hosted by the artist 5-7 p.m. Friday. The Meeting Place is at 1077 E. Montague Ave. in the revitalized Olde Village area of North Charleston. Parking is free.

Just when you thought you would have to stick to movies, Brad and Jennifer Moranz have come out with a new musical variety show called “Let the Good Times Roll.”

The two are producers of the popular “Charleston Christmas Special.” This new show features the greatest songs from the worlds of Broadway, pop, Motown, country, rock 'n' roll and gospel.

The songs are from such artists as Garth Brooks, Celine Dion, Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Josh Groban and Elvis.

And as always, the Moranzes have pulled together some great singers to perform, including Casey Thompson, a finalist on “America's Next Singing Sensation” on NBC's “Today” show; Ron Remke, one of the 12 Tenors in Branson, Mo.; and Charleston's Quiana Parler and Tiffany Parker.

The live orchestra will be led by Eddie Wilson, former musical director for Tony Orlando.

“Let the Good Times Roll” will be presented for four performances July 20-22 at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

Tickets are available online at or by calling 800-514-3849. Prices start at $34 for this fun family event.

Reach Stephanie Harvin at or 937-5557.