What: North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition winner Elena Barna will display works in acrylic and oil.
When: On view through May 31 Where: North Charleston City Gallery, 5001 Coliseum Drive
Price: Free More Info: 740-5854 or bit.ly/culturalarts
What: The Charleston Museum presents an original exhibition, “Charleston Couture,” in its Historic Textiles Gallery. The exhibit showcases more than 50 of the Lowcountry’s finest garments and accessories from the 1770s to the 1970s.
When: On view through Nov. 4 Where: Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St.
Price: Museum admission varies More Info: 722-2996 or www.charlestonmuseum.org/exhibits- charleston-couture
What: Renowned Charleston water-colorist Mary Whyte captures the essence of vanishing blue-collar professions in the South.
When: On view through Sept. 9 Where: Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St.
Price: Museum admission is $9 for adults; $7 for seniors, students and military; $5 for children 6-12; free for members and children under 6.
More Info: 722-2706 or www. gibbesmuseum.org/explore
What: 2012 North Charleston Arts Festival highlights national, regional and local artists/performers in dance, theater, music, film, and visual and literary arts.
When: Various times May 6-12 Where: Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, 5001 Coliseum Drive
Price: Free and tickets events More Info: 740-5854 or northcharlestonartsfest.com
What: Charley and Jack love Amy and Kitty. Amy is about to go away, and Charley thinks he may miss his opportunity to ask for her hand. He discovers his aunt is coming for lunch. Naturally, things don’t go as planned. .
When: 2 p.m. May 6, 13, 20; 8 p.m. May 11-12, 18-19
Where: The Flowertown Players, 133 S. Main St., Summerville
Price: $20 adults, $17 seniors/ military, $15 students
More Info: 875-9251 or www.flowertownplayers.org/ charleysaunt
What: Charleston Chamber Opera and the Gibbes Museum of Art are partnering for an afternoon of art and opera. Performed in conjunction with the exhibition “Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens of the South” as a backdrop, Charleston Chamber Opera presents “Songs for the Spirit’s Opera and the African American Experience.”
When: 3 p.m. May 6 Where: Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St.
Price: $15-$25 More Info: 722-2706, ext. 22, or www.gibbesmuseum.org/events
What: Situations from the 2,000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus are combined with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. The result is “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the beautiful but slow-witted Philia, for his young master in exchange for his freedom.
When: 3 p.m. May 6, 13, 20; 8 p.m. May 10-12, 17-19
Where: The Footlight Players, 20 Queen St.
Price: Adults $30, seniors $25, students $20
More Info: 722-4487 or www.footlightplayers.net
What: Taylor Festival Choir will present “All Creatures,” a concert featuring songs about animals great and small. A portion of the proceeds will benefit animal societies in the Greater Charleston area.
When: 4 p.m. May 6 Where: Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St.
Price: $15 general admission, $10 student (with ID)
More Info: 740- 502-7326 or www.taylormusicgroup.org
What: Local artist Hampton Olfus works in a variety of styles, techniques and media. “My Thoughts, Through the Point of a Pen: Works by Hampton Olfus” marks his first display of solely pen & ink drawings.
When: On view 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. May 7-11; reception 5-7 p.m. May 7
Where: Felix Pinckney Community Center, 4764 Hassell Ave.
Price: Free More Info: 740-5854 or northcharlestonartsfest.com
What: Lonnie Hamilton III, an educator, politician and professional musician, will receive the prestigious Summey Barkley Rucker Medallion award for mentoring young artists. Reservations are required.
When: 6-8 p.m. Where: South of Broadway Theatre Company, 1080 E. Montague Ave.
More Info: 814-4451 or www.SouthOfBroadway.com
What: The University of Kentucky Chorale will present a sacred concert featuring Bach, Tchesnokov, Whit-acre, Dawson’s exciting spiritual, “Ezekiel Saw De Wheel,” and two recent premieres.
When: 7:30-9 p.m. May 8 Where: First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting St.
Price: Free More Info: 256-665-6192 or www.uky.edu/FineArts/Music/ensembles/choral
What: A wide range of pieces including paintings, prints, sculpture, fine crafts, jewelry, fiber art and more will be available for sale.
When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through May 26; reception 5-8 p.m. May 9
Where: The Meeting Place, 1077 E. Montague Ave.
Price: Free admission/free parking
More Info: 740-5854 or bit.ly/culturalarts
What: Two to three acts of improv comedy. Arrive by 7:30 p.m. for tickets.
When: 8-10 p.m. Wednesdays, through Dec. 26
Where: Theatre 99, 280 Meeting St.
Price: $5 More Info: 853-6687 or www.theatre99.com
What: “Dinner With Friends” is a 2000 Pulitzer Prize winner directed by Lon Bumgardner. This is a story of four friends and their lives as married couples.
When: 7:30 p.m. May 10-12; 2:30 p.m. May 13; 7:30 p.m. May 17-19; 2:30 p.m. May 20
Where: Threshold Repertory Theatre, 84 Society St.
Price: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students
More Info: 704-996-7037 or www.thresholdrep.org
What: Friends of MUSC Children’s Hospital hold an Art for Charity Cocktail Party. Musical entertainment by Lee Barbour and Ron Wiltrout, hors d’oeuvres by O-Ku and wine provided by Spanish Vines. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Friends group.
When: 6-9 p.m. May 11 Where: Michael Mitchell Gallery, 438 King St.
More Info: 725-9523 or friends ofmuscchildrenshospital.org
What: Senior Companion Program of Charleston Area Senior Citizens will host the third annual May Senior Music Festival in conjunction with the national celebration of “Older Americans Month” as well as part of the North Charleston Arts Festival.
When: 6:30-10:30 p.m. May 11 Where: Park Circle, 4800 Park Circle
Price: $10 More Info: 722-4127 or www.charlestonareaseniors.org/
What: Experience music of Charleston’s past, from gospel to Gershwin, Civil War and light classics.
When: 7 p.m. May 11 Where: Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St.
Price: Adults $28, seniors $25, students $16, children 12 and under free
More Info: 270-4903 or www.soundofcharleston.com
What: The artwork in “The Spirit of the Coffee Bean: The Art of Reynier Llanes” reflects daily activities of individuals and families still living in Cuba, pursuing the challenges and pleasures of everyday life with an emphasis on rural and agrarian communities.
When: Opening night 2:30-5:30 p.m. May 12
Where: Charleston Main Library, 68 Calhoun St.
Price: Free More Info: 239-265-0540 or www.reynierllanes.com
What: Holy City Shakespeare, in collaboration with Pure Theatre, will present two reading performances of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night, or What You Will.” Proceeds will go toward the company’s upcoming production of “Hamlet.”
When: 7:30 p.m. May 12 Where: Charleston Library Society, 164 King St.
Price: $20, includes drink and light refreshment
More Info: 754-7267 or www.holycityshakespeare.org
What: Eighty-five woodwind, brass and percussion high school students from across South Carolina present a concert of music drawn from both the standard band repertoire and exciting new works for winds.
When: 3 p.m. May 13 Where: Charleston Southern University Lightsey Chapel Auditorium, 9200 University Blvd.
Price: Free More Info: 863-7966 or www.charlestonsouthern.edu
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