The arts are often thought of as expendable, as luxuries. We beg to differ. So bring an instrument to Patriots Point and keep the music going. It benefits the Awendaw Green Arts Institute and the Patriots Point Institute of History and Science. Musicians will be rotating on and off the stage, and we've heard-tell they're opening a second stage from noon to 5 p.m. for walk-ons.
WHO: Awendaw Green and Patriots Point, plus so many artists we couldn't name them all
WHERE: Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
Veterans Day celebrations
Tribute to Our Veterans: North Charleston is a regional site for honoring vets during Veterans Day. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Park Circle.
Soldiers Through Time: See what soldiers looked like in all the major periods of Fort Moultrie's history. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Veterans Day Salute: Summerville Community Orchestra starts its new season with a tribute. 7 p.m. Friday at Doar Hall in St. Paul's.
With all the stresses the holiday season brings, it's nice to be able to grab the kids and go to a place where the rest of the world disappears. Or maybe you're just blinded by all the twinkling lights. Have a marshmallow.
WHO: Holiday lovers of all ages
WHERE: James Island County Park
WHEN: Friday through Jan. 1; 5:30-10 p.m. Sun-Thurs, 5:30-11 p.m. Fri-Sat.
What do the Grammys and the Gaillard have in common? As of this weekend, pianist Emanuel Ax (with the symphony), and soprano Audra McDonald (via the Charleston Concert Association).
WHO: Audra McDonald; Emanuel Ax and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra
WHERE: Gaillard Municipal Auditorium
WHEN: McDonald at 7 tonight; Ax and the CSO at 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Six S.C. roller derby teams under one roof, duking it out all day long. Sounds like a Sunday afternoon brawl. Add exotic birds, a fortune teller and an arts and crafts area, and it's a party.
WHO: The Lowcountry Highrollers, Columbia Quad Squad, Greenville Derby Dames, Palmetto State Roller Girls, Richland County Regulators, U.R.G.E.
WHERE: The Citadel's McAlister Field House, 171 Moultrie St.
WHEN: Doors open at noon Sunday, first whistle is at 1 p.m.
Bring a hat, ladies. It's a horse race. But like all horse races, it's not just a horse race, it's a social event. The question, though, is what tradition the men follow. Bow ties? Seersucker? Gotta be something Charleston...
WHO: It was started by the S.C. Jockey Club
WHERE: The Plantation at Stono Ferry
WHEN: Gates open at 9 a.m. Sunday, paddock call is at noon
Ever want to see artists in jail for their work? Here's your chance. But they don't just get to go to jail, they get to get out of jail free when it's over. And if they're lucky, someone might even give them money in the end.
WHO: Entropy Arts & American College of the Building Arts
WHERE: The Old City Jail, 21 Magazine St.
WHEN: Noon-11 p.m. Saturday
We're pretty sure these musicians don't go together in the slightest. Good thing they're not on the same night. Heck, they're not even in the same venue. Smart thinking, scheduler people.
WHO: Opener for the Pixies is Surfer Blood; Rucker's is Justin Moore & Thompson Square
WHERE: North Charleston Performing Arts Center and Coliseum
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with pre-party at 5:30 p.m.
Wine, art, pines. The only thing that would make it better is azaleas. Wait, Summerville already has that azalea thing under control, in the spring. We'll have another glass of wine. And when does Eddie Bush go on?
WHO: Arts Business Civic Coalition of Summerville/Dorchester County
WHERE: Woodlands Inn in Summerville
WHEN: 1-5 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine
This tour's got old graves, an industrial legacy and master blacksmith Phillip Simmons' childhood home — and that's just on one island. Just don't try to drink and bike at the same time.
WHO: Charleston Parks Conservancy
WHERE: Daniel Island Waterfront Park and Trails
WHEN: 3-4 p.m. Sunday
- Fourth annual Pajama Run: 10 a.m. Nov. 19, beginning at Riley Park. Fundraiser run and walk for cancer followed by a pajama party.
- Beethoven Left His Mark: Charleston Symphony Orchestra chamber concert. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dock Street Theatre. Concert includes works by Strauss and Wagner, plus Beethoven's Symphony No. 2.
- The School for Scandal: "An 18th century ‘Desperate Housewives’ with razor-sharp humor, shifting alliances and shocking revelations." Runs through Tuesday, with showtimes at 7:30 p.m., except Sunday at 3 p.m. Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simons Center for the Arts at the College of Charleston.
- Wine tasting: 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Leaf Cafe, 15 Beaufain St., Charleston. Live music, wine, food specials.
- Fourth annual Charleston Classic basketball tournament: Eight-team NCAA hoops tournament. Georgia Tech, Louisiana State, Northwestern, St. Joseph's, Seton Hall, Tulsa, Virginia Commonwealth and Western Kentucky will compete for the title, with 24 games in three days. Nov. 17-20 at TD Arena.
- Chesapeake: Nov. 16-19 at 8 p.m. at Eye Level Art. Regional premiere of the "supernatural, dognapping, politically charged, one-man tour de force." Put on by What If? Productions.
- Charleston Audubon Lecture: "Conserving the Bats of SC: New Threats on the Horizon." Monday. Snacks at 6 p.m., lecture from 6:30-7:30. Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun St., second floor auditorium.