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My Charleston Weekend: Book 'em, there are plenty of events to attend

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Charleston Stage opens its 2021-22 season with the bluegrass musical, "Bright Star," created by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. File/Charleston Stage/Provided 

Broadway is back. Opera is up. Dance is on. Charleston is finding phenomenal ways to serenade audiences this weekend, so get those tickets booked.

Follow a 'Bright Star' at the Dock Street Theatre

Charleston Stage has returned for a full season at the Dock Street Theatre.

Now up is its opening show, “Bright Star,” the Tony-nominated bluegrass musical created by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell that is set in Asheville and shares a story of love, loss and redemption.

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Charleston Stage returns to live performances with its season opener, "Bright Star." File/Charleston Stage/Provided

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When and where: through Sept. 26; Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. in downtown Charleston.

Why it’s hot: There are stellar strings attached.

Who it’s for: Bluegrass fans who relish a Southern tale.

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Annex Dance Company associate director Julie Clark (above) and founding artistic director Kristin Alexander. Annex will present "One Who Sees" at Firefly Distillery on Sept. 17. File/Adam Chandler/Provided

Set the tone for an outdoor dance

For its Season 15 opener, Annex Dance Company will present “One Who Sees,” the company’s 35-minute work that is performed to a playlist chosen by the audience.

Mix and mingle with the cast at Firefly Distillery’s outdoor space.

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When and where: Sept. 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; at Firefly Distillery, 4201 Spruill Ave. in North Charleston.

Why it’s hot: It will lift up your spirits.

Who it’s for: Dance lovers seeking to set the score.

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Saundra DeAthos performs with Charleston Opera Theater in October 2020. Now, they'll perform "Serenata Italiana: A Gala Celebration of Italian Opera" this weekend. Charleston Opera Theater/Provided

Live la dolce vita

Charleston Opera Theater is set to serenade you with “Serenata Italiana: A Gala Celebration of Italian Opera.”

Wojciech Milewski conducts Charleston Opera Theater Orchestra in an evening of iconic excerpts from composers including Puccini, Verdi and Rossini, starring international artists including soprano Keri Alkema, soprano Jasmine Habersham, tenor Dominick Chenes and baritone Michael Chioldi.

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When and where: Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. in downtown Charleston.

Why it’s hot: Start the fall season on a high note.

Who it’s for: Those who like their opera with an Italian accent.

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The Charleston Jazz Orchestra will perform Broadway tunes Sept. 18 at Charleston Music Hall. File/JB McCabe Photography/Provided

Put some Broadway jazz in your Saturday night

Jazzed-up Broadway favorites will animate Charleston Music Hall this Saturday with two performances of “Jazz on Broadway.”

Manny Houston will perform with Charleston Jazz Orchestra to deliver popular songs including “My Shot” from “Hamilton,” “Mack the Knife” from “The Threepenny Opera” and “On the Street Where You Live” from “My Fair Lady.”

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When and where: Sept. 18 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. in downtown Charleston.

Why it’s hot: The formidably talented Houston gives his regards to Broadway.

Who it’s for: Anyone who appreciates a great show tune.

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