Howling good times

Patrons browse through the Art on Paper Fair last year. The popular event will be on Saturday and Sunday this year.

Halloween provides the chance for some theatrical fun, and if you aren’t in the mood to dress up, it’s always fun to watch others do it.

A classic spooky tale is unfolding at the Village Repertory Company at Woolfe Street Playhouse as they do a makeover on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous Sherlock Holmes story, “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”

When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on his estate, with a look of terror etched on his face, and the paw prints of a gigantic hound beside his body, the great detective Sherlock Holmes is summoned from Baker Street, with Dr. Watson in tow, to investigate the ancient curse of the hound of the Baskervilles.

Audiences will watch misstep after misstep to see if the questionably courageous detective and his bumbling man can mange to survive the mystery of Baskerville Hall. This adaptation is a thrill a minute as three actors handle dozens of roles in this silly spoof.

The play opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday and runs through Nov. 22 at the Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St. in downtown Charleston. Tickets are $30 adults, $27 seniors $20 students. For play times and more info call 856-1579 or

Another silliness that you can dress for is the Karaoke Smackdown: Round 1 on Monday at 841/2 Society St. put on by What If? Productions and Threshold Productions.

Here’s how the smackdown works: Each Karaoke Smackdown will have a theme for the evening (this month is Halloween) and guests and audience members are encouraged to dress accordingly.

Ten contestants will be randomly selected from a pre-registration list and will be given pre-selected songs to choose from and prepare to sing from memory in the first round.

A panel of three “celebrity” judges will narrow those 10 down to a final 4 who will perform a song selected by the judges in a roulette style fashion (with karaoke lyrics).

Of course, the judges are part of the fun and include comedian David Lee Nelson and a character from one of two production companies. The third judge may actually be someone who will, well, judge artistically.

Audience members in attendance will vote for their favorites on the spot via Twitter and Facebook with an audience favorite award given to the final Karaoke Smackdown champion.

If this all seems a little confusing, think karaoke night but in “Dancing With the Stars” format, heavily loaded with whacky judging and social media.

Then the winner can defend the title in the next month’s Smackdown. The fun is $10, so who knows where this could lead. It could be a year of karaoke!

If you need to try to figure this out, go to or for more information, or just go, in your Halloween costume, of course.

A night of a different sort happens when the North Charleston POPS! kicks off its 2013-14 season Saturday with a “Military Salute featuring Steve Lippia” at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

Lippia is a Las Vegas artist and will help orchestrate what is being billed as “an evening of foot-stomping, tear-jerking music sure to ramp up your patriotic fever.”

The concert will include Sousa marches, a pictorial military tribute, and a hall full of buglers attempting to break a Guinness world record.

In addition, Lippia will sing the biggest hits of Frank Sinatra, including “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “My Way,” “All of Me” and “Send in the Clowns.”

The tribute is 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr. Tickets range from $15-35.

For more info, call 202-2787 or

Friday starts the annual Charleston Fine Arts Dealers weekend, where new work is being displayed at most of Charleston’s finest galleries.

Last year, at the Gibbes Museum of Art hosted its very successful Art on Paper Fair and they are bringing it back.

The weekend event will be held at the museum and features prints, watercolors, photographs and drawings for sale by prominent American art dealers featuring works that celebrate the South. A “First Look” evening reception will be 8-10:30 p.m. Friday.

The fair is a great way to break into art. Prints and other small works on paper are usually reasonably priced and are often the way someone begins to appreciate art. You get the chance to look at early work from emerging artists or smaller works from established ones.

The Art on Paper Fair is adding artist demonstrations, curator-led tours and an artisan boutique this year.

Participating dealers include: Charleston galleries, Corrigan Gallery, Coleman Fine Art, Dog & Horse Fine Art and Portraiture and Jonathan Green Studios as well as The Cheryl Newby Gallery of Pawley’s Island, David Allen Fine Arts of Arlington, Va., Claudia Heath Fine Art of Charlotte and the John K. Surovek Gallery of Palm Beach.

The First Look Preview Party is $30 in advance, $40 at the door. But you can also go to the fair on Saturday and Sunday where admission to the museum is free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At 2 p.m. on both days, there will be a curator-led tour where you can join the Gibbes staff going around to the dealer’s booths and learn more about the art of collecting.

For a full schedule of events visit or call 722-2706, ext. 21.

Other weekend events for CFDA are:

5-8 p.m. Friday: A free Fine Art Annual Stroll at participating downtown galleries.

9 a.m.-noon Saturday: Painting in the Park at Washington Square. Go from easel to easel and watch famous local artists produce a piece of plein-air work.

4-7 p.m. Saturday: Join the artists of Redux for the semi-annual Open Studios and get a peek behind the curtains. This is the perfect time to meet the artists, see what’s new, buy artwork straight from the artists and purchase tickets for the Nov. 9 annual auction.

Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557 or sharvin@post