Art and Absinthe: The Creative Spark Center for the Arts in Mount Pleasant presents "Edgar Allan Poe: Back From the Grave," a performance art event inside Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island on Oct. 9.

The event will be preceded by a VIP reception, "The Absinthe Affair," featuring a signature absinthe cocktail prepared by Poe's Tavern.

Advance tickets are $30 and VIP tickets are $55, or $40 and $65 on site. Call 881-3780 for details and tickets.

Chefs auction: The March of Dimes annual Signature Chefs Auction is a black-tie event with gourmet samplings from top Charleston chefs, silent and live auctions and a cocktail reception.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at Embassy Suites, 5055 International Boulevard in North Charleston. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online. Individual tickets are $150.

Call Erin Herrmann at 571-1776 or e-mail

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