Weekend! Oct. 27-30

You get two chances to hang out with the Jungle man. You can dissect owl pellets and meet a cheetah, or you can have cocktails under the stars and eat food from Charleston's celebrity chefs. It's a toss-up, then.
WHO: Jack Hanna, the Lee Brothers and The Avian Conservation Center
WHERE: The Center for Birds of Prey
WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Saturday

They do this every week? We've never heard of it. We haven't heard of most of these dances either — Lindy Hop, sure. But the Shim Sham and the Big Apple? Balboa? We better go check this out. And there might be costumes.
WHO: Charleston Swing Dance Association
WHERE: Hazel Parker Playground, 70 East Bay St.
WHEN: 6 p.m. advanced, 7 p.m. novice, and open dance 8-11 p.m. Saturday

If you've never seen them live, we suggest wearing shoes with lifts; if not, you'll be craning your neck to see the spectacle. But go while you can, because — not to be morbid — everyone you know someday will die.
WHO: Wayne and the guys
WHERE: North Charleston Performing Arts Center
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday

Let's get it straight. This is children's theater, but it's not just children who are performing. Now that that's settled, a joke: What do you get when you put a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster in one play? Ok, so it's not a joke.
WHO: Sprouts Musical Theatre
WHERE: A theatre in Creative Spark Center for the Arts
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, more next weekend

So, if those who can, do; and those who can't, teach, then what do you make of a working artist and teacher? We think she really really knows her stuff. So go see this new installation, in all its abstractly fictional glory.
WHO: Liz Miller
WHERE: Redux Contemporary Art Center
WHEN: Exhibition is up through Nov. 26

We're not sure who this Escoffier fellow is, but we hear he knows how to throw a great party. It's a party celebrating epicurean tastes, thrown by those who practice the art on a regular basis.
WHO: Les Dames d’Escoffier Charleston Chapter
WHERE: Lowndes Grove Plantation, 266 St. Margaret St.
WHEN: 6-9 tonight

Clap your hands, tap your toes and bob your head. Ok, stop. You look silly doing that all at once. Then again, at this all-female musical, you might not be able to resist. Luckily theaters are usually dark, so you're probably good.
WHO: Gullah Theatre
WHERE: Studio PS, 10 Conroy St. in Charleston
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday.

It might be the first time a schmancy benefit for dogs has actually allowed dogs to be included. It's at least the first time we've seen it. So slap some sequins on that pooch and bring her out.
WHO: Benefits Pet Helpers
WHERE: Crystal Ballroom at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Charleston
WHEN: 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday

Picture it: Guests donning masks from all over the world, bartering with vendors for products from all over the world. It's a puzzle, wrapped in an enigma, wrapped in a mystery. In a mask. And it's for a good cause.
WHO: Passport 72
WHERE: Suede Supper Club in Mount Pleasant
WHEN: Friday; cocktails from 6-7 p.m., party 7-10, after-party till 1 a.m.

Last but not least...

Wait, did someone say it's Halloween weekend? Oh yeah. Here's one or two things to check out.

  • Halloween in the BOOroughs. 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Parade starts at 6 p.m. at Brewster’s Court on St. Philip Street, heads to Party in the Elliottborough Park, 134 Line St. Proceeds benefit SideWalk Chalk.
  • Beetlejuice. Say it three times, we dare you. Around 8:15 p.m. Friday, James Island County Park.
  • Scary’um Aquarium. Lots of events at the S.C. Aquarium. Times vary. See the animals play with pumpkins, check out creepy crawly critters, find the Lizard Man, check out the Shipwreck Tunnel, or get blown away by The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience.
  • Ghost Walk. Backporch Storytellers turn on the creepy. Proceeds benefit the city of North Charleston’s Christmas charity. 6-8 p.m. Saturday, The Meeting Place, 1077 E. Montague Ave.
  • Haunted House Tour. 2 p.m. Saturday, Main Library. Ghost stories, snacks and more.
  • Heroes and Villains Costume Party. Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, John’s Island Regional Library. Games and treats for one and all.
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. 8 tonight on ABC. It’s a Halloween classic. But it’s really only 30 minutes? Seemed so much longer when we were a kid.
  • Thriller: A Monster Mashup. The Charleston Ballet Theatre plus The Have Nots plus local star Brian Porter in a “zombiefied dance extravaganza.” Not kidding. 8 p.m. Friday, Charleston Music Hall.
  • Trick or treat at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Trick-or-treating, hayrides, face painting, balloons. Includes Howl-O-Ween pet costume contest to benefit Pet Helpers.
  • Ghost Ship Tours: The Curse of Blackbeard’s Skull. 7-11 p.m. Friday through Monday, Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum. The USS Yorktown hosts the ghost of Blackbeard, who’s returned in search of his head. Not for the faint of heart, or kids younger than 11.
  • Seven Scary Shorts. 10 tonight at Mellow Mushroom Avondale. Seven seriously disturbing short films presented by the Charleston International Film Festival.
  • Fall Fun House. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. An alternative to traditional trick-or-treating, with carnival games, arts and crafts, and more.
  • Trick or Treat in the Park. 4-6 p.m. Friday in Hampton Park. Activities and trick-or-treating for kids 12 and younger.
  • McMahon Playground Haunted House. Through Saturday at McMahon Playground. Rooms full of thrills and chills.
  • Web Weavers. 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Tiedemann Park Nature Center, 38 Elizabeth St. Learn all about spiders and make a spider craft to take home. Call 843-965-4002 to register.
  • Tin Roof Chainsaw Massacre. 6 p.m. Sunday to 1:30 a.m. Monday. Halloween cover show with more than 10 bands. Dance party afterward.

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