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‘Of Gods and Men’ touches on universal truths movie review

duce, singing Latin hymns and ministering to the sick. Writer-director Xavier Beau“Of Gods and Men” is a ★★★★ (of 5) vois concentrates on their quietly compelling if not routine, working the garden, DIRECTOR: Xavier particularly emotional and fetching firewood, donning Beauvois. sober-minded treatment their robes for prayer and STARRING: Lambert of an infamous incident in Gregorian chants. Wilson, Michael Lonsthe global clash of “IslamoThey aren’t shown proselydale, Abdellah Moundy. fascism” and the West. In tizing the locals, but they are RATED: PG-13 for a Algeria in the mid-90s, a respected and loved in the momentary scene of small monastery of Trappist community, welcomed into startling monks elected to stay on du- Islamic rites and ceremonies. wartime vioty, providing health care to In their chats with local leadlence, some the village where they lived, ers, they hear of this violence disturbing despite the rising danger all and of the bloody-minded images and around them. leaders of the revolt. The old brief language. These monks relied on the men of the village complain RUN TIME: 2 hours, 2 community they had long that these killers have never minutes. been a part of and welcomed read the Koran, even as they WHAT DID YOU to protect them, even as the use it to justify their actions, THINK?: Find this reAlgerian government was and the brothers, who also view at www.charlesdemanding that they leave, have read the Koran, nod in and offer lest they be pawns in the agreement. your opinion of the film. struggle being waged by The movie goes to some armed Islamic rebels. more universal than unique, pains to leave out the counIt’s an austere life these try all this happened in, sug- giving voices of tolerance to nine men lead — raising pro- gesting this confrontation is both sides of the divide.


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The Post and Courier__________________________________________________ CHARLESTONSCENE.COM _____________________________________________ Thursday, May 5, 2011.11E * Movies opening this week SCORE: Out of 5 stars G: General Audiences PG: Parental Guidance PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned, some content unsuitable for children under 13 NR: Not Rated R: Restricted


This Disney nature documentary follows two cat families in Africa. Azalea Square: Today: 2:45, 5, 7:15, 9:30 Citadel: Today-Thurs, May 12: 12:40, 2:50, 5, 7:05, 9:10 Palmetto Grande: Today: 2:45, 5, 7:25, 9:40


An encore screening of the Metropolitan Opera’s production.

James Island 8: Wed: 7:30


A drunken millionaire risks his inheritance.

Cinebarre: Today: 1:05, 4:05, 7:50, 10:20 Citadel: Today: 12:05, 2:25, 4:50, 7:25, 9:50 Palmetto Grande: Today: 1:45


Innovators struggle against a controlling government.

Palmetto Grande: Today: 2:15, 4:35, 7:30, 10


An encore presentation by the Metropolitan Opera. James Island 8: Today: 7:30


A documentary examining the cause and effects of the flooding of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Terrace: Fri: 7:30


A writer visiting Italy meets a mysterious woman.

Citadel: Fri-Thurs, May 12: 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:15


Robert Redford directs this film about the only woman charged as a co-conspirator in the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. Azalea Square: Today: 3:30 Citadel: Today: 1, 7


Palmetto Grande: Today: 1:05, 3:55, 7:05, 10:05 Terrace: Today: 2, 4:15, 7:15, 9:20


Brandon Routh stars as a supernatural private eye.

Citadel: Today: 12:10, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:45 FriThurs, May 12: 9:45 James Island 8: Today: 4:35, 7:10, 9:50 FriThurs, May 12: 9:05 Northwoods: Today: 12:05, 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:45 Fri-Thurs, May 12: 9:35 Regal 18: Today: 1:15, 4:05, 7:35, 10:05


The fifth installment in the Fast and Furious series. Azalea Square: Today: 12:40, 1:15, 1:45, 2:15, 4:05, 4:35, 5:05, 6:40, 7:05, 7:35, 8, 9:35, 9:55, 10:25 Cinebarre: Today: 12:45, 3:45, 7:30, 10:25 Citadel: Today: noon, 2:40, 5:10, 8:10 Fri-Thurs, May 12: 11:30, noon, 2:10, 2:40, 4:50, 5:10, 7:25, 8:10, 10:05 Citadel IMAX: Today: 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:25, 10:05 James Island 8: Today: 4:25, 7:05, 9:35 Fri: 4:20, 7:10, 10, 12:01 Sat-Sun: 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10 Mon-Thurs, May 12: 4:20, 7:10, 10 Hwy. 21: Today-Thurs, May 12: 8:15 Northwoods: Today-Thurs, May 12: noon, 1, 2:40, 3:45, 5:20, 7, 8, 9:45 Palmetto Grande: Today: 12:50, 1:50, 3:50, 4:20, 4:50, 6:50, 7:20, 8, 9:45 Regal 18: Today: 1, 1:20, 1:40, 2:10, 3:50, 4:20, 4:45, 7, 7:20, 7:50, 8:10, 10, 10:20

HANNA ★★★★ PG-13

A girl is raised to become an assassin.

Azalea Square: Today: 1:35, 6:50 Cinebarre: Today: 1, 4, 7:20, 9:50 Citadel: Today-Thurs, May 12: 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 9:55 James Island 8: Today: 4:30, 9:50 Northwoods: Today: 12:10, 2:30, 7:15


Palmetto Grande: Today: 1 Palmetto Grande 3D: Today: 4:05, 7, 9:10 Regal 18: Today: 1:55 Regal 18 3D: Today: 4:10, 7:05, 9:25

HOP ★★★ PG

The Easter Bunny’s son sets out to pursue his dreams.

Azalea Square: Today: 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:25, 9:40 Citadel: Today: noon, 2:05, 4:10, 7, 9:20 James Island 8: Today: 4:10, 6:45, 9:05 Fri and Mon-Thurs, May 12: 4:10, 6:45 Sat-Sun: 1:45, 4:10, 6:45 Northwoods: Today: 12:10, 3:05, 5:10, 7:15 Palmetto Grande: Today: 1:20, 4:10, 6:55, 9:15 Regal 18: Today: 2:05, 4:35, 6:55, 9:20


Dark spirits haunt a family’s home.

Azalea Square: Today: 4:05, 9:50 Hwy. 21: Today: 10:20 Northwoods: Today: 9:20 Fri-Thurs, May 12: 7:20, 9:20

JANE EYRE ★★★★ PG-13

Film version of Charlotte Bronte’s gothic romance about a poor governess who enters into the service of a mysterious man. Stars Mia Wasikowska. Terrace: Today: 1:25, 4, 7, 9:10 Fri: 1:25, 4 SatThurs, May 12: 1:25, 4, 7, 9:30


Two families are forced to get along with each other because of a wedding.

Citadel: Fri-Thurs, May 12: 11:50, 2:15, 4:40, 7:10, 9:35 James Island 8: Fri: 4:25, 7:15, 9:50, 12:01 Sat-Sun: 1:40, 4:25, 7:15, 9:50, 12:01 MonThurs, May 12: 4:25, 7:15, 9:50 Northwoods: Fri-Thurs, May 12: 12:10, 2:30, 4:55, 7:20, 9:55

KILL THE IRISHMAN R A man takes on the Italian mafia.

Palmetto Grande: Today: 2:30, 5:10,

Red Riding Hood and Wolf investigate the 7:50, 10:30 disappearance of Hansel and Gretel.

Azalea Square: Today: 12:35 Azalea Square 3D: Today: 2:45, 4:50, 7:10, 9:20 Citadel: Today: 12:30, 2:30, 4:40, 7, 9:10 FriThurs, May 12: 12:30, 2:45, 5 Northwoods: Today: 12:20, 2:30, 4:40, 7, 9:10 Fri-Thurs, May 12: 12:20, 2:30, 4:40, 7


Aman(BradleyCooper)discoversadrug thatgiveshimalmostsupernaturalabilities. Cinebarre: Today: 1:10, 4:10, 7:35, 10:05

James Island 8: Today-Fri and Mon-Thurs, May 12: 4:30, 7:20, 9:45 Sat-Sun: 4:30, 9:45 Regal 18: Today: 2:20, 4:55, 7:40, 10:15


Adefenseattorneyworkingoutoftheback seatofhiscarlandsahigh-profileclient.

Cinebarre: Today: 12:55, 3:55, 7:40, 10:30 James Island 8: Today: 4:15, 7, 9:45 Fri and Mon-Thurs, May 12: 7 Sat-Sun: 1:30, 7


When Madea’s niece receives bad news about her health, the family gathers around her.

Azalea Square: Today: 1:55, 2:30, 4:25, 4:55, 7:05, 7:40, 9:35, 10:05 Cinebarre: Today: 1:20, 4:20, 7:10, 9:35 Citadel: Today: noon, 1, 2:20, 3:20, 4:40, 5:40, 7, 7:50, 9:20, 10 Fri-Thurs, May 12: noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:30 Hwy. 21: Today: 8:15 James Island 8: Today and Mon-Thurs, May 12: 4, 7:05, 9:40 Fri: 4, 7:05, 9:40, 12:01 Sat-Sun: 1:30, 4, 7:05, 9:40 Northwoods: Today: 12:10, 1, 2:30, 3:15, 4:50, 5:30, 7:05, 7:50, 9:20, 10 Fri-Thurs, May 12: 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20 Palmetto Grande: Today: 1:40, 5:20, 7:55, 10:30 Regal 18: Today: 1:10, 1:45, 2:15, 4, 4:30, 5, 6:50, 7:30, 8, 9:30, 10


Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region. Terrace: Fri-Thurs, May 12: 2, 4:20, 7:15, 9:25


Two British geeks find an alien. Hwy. 21: Fri-Thurs, May 12: 10:45


This film chronicles the events leading up to a high school prom.

Azalea Square: Today: 1:50, 4:20, 7, 9:30 Cinebarre: Today: 1:25, 4:25, 7:05, 9:30 Citadel: Today-Thurs, May 12: 12:05, 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:40

Northwoods: Today-Thurs, May 12: 12:15, 2:30, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40 Palmetto Grande: Today: 2, 4:25, 7:10, 9:50 Regal 18: Today: 1:35, 4:15, 7:15, 9:45

RIO ★★★★ G

A small-town bird sets off for an adventure in Rio de Janeiro.

Azalea Square: Today: 12:10, 2:25, 4:40, 6:55, 9:10 Azalea Square 3D: Today: 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Cinebarre 3D: Today: 1:30, 4:30, 7, 9:25 Citadel: Today-Thurs, May 12: 1, 3:10, 5:15 Citadel 3D: Today: noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:10 FriThurs, May 12: 7, 9:10 JamesIsland83D: Today-FriandMon-Thurs, May12:4:20,6:50,9:10Sat-Sun:2,4:20,6:50,9:10 Northwoods: Fri-Thurs, May 12: 1, 3:05, 5:10 Northwoods 3D: Today-Thurs, May 12: 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30 Palmetto Grande: Today: 2:10, 4:30, 7:15, 9:35 Palmetto Grande 3D: Today: 1:10, 4, 6:45, 9:05 Regal 18: Today: 1:30, 3:55, 7:10, 9:40 Regal 18 3D: Today: 2, 4:25


The ghostface killer is back.

Azalea Square: Today: 2:05, 4:45, 7:40, 10:15 Citadel: Today-Thurs, May 12: 7:30, 9:50 Northwoods: Today: 1, 3:50, 7:10, 9:45 Regal 18: Today: 1:40, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10


A single girl falls in love with her best friend’s fiancee.

Citadel: Fri-Thurs, May 12: 11:55, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40 James Island 8: Fri: 4:35, 7:20, 9:55, 12:01 SatSun: 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 9:55 Mon-Thurs, May 12: 4:35, 7:20, 9:55 Northwoods: Fri-Thurs, May 12: 12:15, 2:35, 5, 7:25, 9:55


A teenager loses her arm in a shark attack.

Azalea Square: Today: 1:25, 4:10, 7:10, 10 Cinebarre: Today: 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:40 Citadel: Today-Thurs, May 12: 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:40 Northwoods: Today: 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35 Fri-Thurs, May 12: 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15

PalmettoGrande:Today:2:20,5:05,7:40,10:10 Regal 18: Today: 5:10


A government experiment enables a man to cross over into someone else’s identity.

Cinebarre: Today: 1:35, 4:35, 7:45, 10 Citadel: Today: 4, 9:35 James Island 8: Today: 7:20 Northwoods: Today: 4:50, 9:45 Palmetto Grande: Today: 12:35, 2:50, 5:15, 7:45, 10:20 Regal 18: Today: 1:25, 3:45, 6:45, 9:15

*THOR ★★★★ PG-13

Chris Hemsworth is comic book hero

Citadel: Fri-Thurs, May 12: 1, 3:25, 5:55, 8:25 Citadel 3D: Fri-Thurs, May 12: noon, 2:25, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30 Citadel IMAX 3D: Fri: 12:30 a.m., 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50 Sat-Thurs, May 12: 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50 Hwy. 21: Fri-Thurs, May 12: 8:15 James Island 8 3D: Fri: 4:15, 7, 9:45, 12:01 Sat-Sun: 1:35, 4:15, 7, 9:45 Mon-Thurs, May 12: 4:15, 7, 9:45 Northwoods: Fri-Thurs, May 12: 1, 3:45, 6, 8:25 Northwoods 3D: Fri-Thurs, May 12: noon, 2:25, 4:50, 7:20, 9:45


A young girl hires a seasoned cowboy to find her father’s killer. Hwy. 21: Fri-Thurs, May 12: 10:30


Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon star in this film, which follows the story of a young man who becomes a circus vet.

Azalea Square: Today: 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10 Cinebarre: Today: 12:50, 3:50, 7:25, 10:10 Citadel: Today-Thurs, May 12: 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 Northwoods: Today-Thurs, May 12: 12:50, 4, 6:55, 9:25 Palmetto Grande: Today: 1:30, 4:40, 7:35 Regal 18: Today: 1:50, 4:25, 7:15, 9:55 Terrace: Today: 1:45, 4:30, 7:25, 9:30


Paul Giamatti stars as a lawyer who also coaches high school wrestling and stumbles across a star athlete.

Terrace: Today: 1:35, 3:50, 7:05, 9:25 Fri-Thurs, May 12: 1:35, 3:50, 7:05, 9:150

Azalea Square, 215 Azalea Square Blvd., Summerville, 821-8000 | Cinebarre, 963 Houston-Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant, 884-7885 | Citadel Mall Stadium 16 with IMAX, 2072 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., 556-4629 | Highway 21 Drive In, Beaufort, 8464500 | James Island 8, Folly and Central Park Rd., 795-9499 | Hippodrome, 360 Concord St., Suite 100, 724-9132 | Cinemark Movies 8, 4488 Ladson Rd., Summerville, 800-326-3264 (dial 1415#) | Palmetto Grande, U.S. 17 North, Mount Pleasant, 216TOWN | Regal Cinemas 18, 2401 Mall Drive, North Charleston, 529-1946 | Terrace, 1956-D Maybank Hwy., 762-9494 | Ivanhoe Cinema 4, Walterboro, 549-6400 | Northwoods Stadium Cinemas, 2181 Northwoods Blvd., North Charleston, 518-6000

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Alessandra’s Italian Eatery Long on red sauce at Short Central BY DEIDRE SCHIPANI

Special to The Post and Courier


n 2008, I wrote the following about chef Tim Armstrong’s restaurant, Relish Downtown: “Relish Downtown is what every neighborhood deserves: a chef/owner operating out of a manageable space with enough tables to generate income but not so many to compromise the integrity of what is coming out of the kitchen.” Those same words are true today about Alessandra’s Italian Eatery. It is owned and operated by Pasquale D’Oriano and his wife, Andrea. D’Oriano came to the United States in 1990. He opened a pizzeria in West Ashley and later moved it to a downtown location on King Street. In 2002, he closed his peninsula location and explored other opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industries. In 2009, a “stove of his own” beckoned and D’Oriano and his wife opened Alessandra’s Italian Eatery at 114 Short Central in the location of the former Relish Downtown and, before Relish, Central Grille in Summerville. They added outside seating complete with tomato red umbrellas and pretty much left the interior of the former restaurant intact. Soft banquettes line the walls along with a few tables skirting the perimeter of the room. The rich colors of chocolate — milk and bittersweet — dominate the decorating palette. A “stage” was established for Tony Argo, a local composer and pianist who performs on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Dali-like posters of forks

restaurant review

CUISINE: Southern Italian. CATEGORY: Neighborhood Favorite. LOCATION: 114 Short Central Ave., Summerville. PHONE: 821-7878. HOURS: Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. FOOD: ★★½ ATMOSPHERE: ★★★ SERVICE: ★★★ PRICE: $-$$ COSTS: Antipasti $7.99-$10.99; salads $2.99-$10.99, pasta entrees $10.99-$17.99, veal entrees $17.99; chicken entrees $14.99; pizzas $9.99-$19.99; calzones $7.99; lunch pastas $8.99; paninis, sandwiches, wraps $7.50-$8.99; kids menu (12 and under) $4.99; desserts $4.75. VEGETARIAN OPTIONS: Yes. BAR: Yes, wines mostly Italian. DECIBEL LEVEL: Moderate to animated. WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes. PARKING: Municipal lot across the street. OTHER: Pianist Wednesday, Friday, Saturday evenings; outdoor seating; coupons on website: www.alessandras. net. Reservations suggested on weekends. Daily specials; in-house desserts. Owners Pasquale and Andrea D’Oriano.

meatballs ($11.99) prevailed. The pasta was hot and al dente but drowned in the LEROY BURNELL/STAFF bondage of its red sauce. Tender meatballs were mild by a simple salad, so we by- in seasoning and on the The antipasti feature and spoons decorate a long bland side. A pasta dish with passed the insalata menu, homemade ricotta on croswall. Absent is the logical shrimp and chicken ($19.99) which features a chopped tini ($7.99), a classic bruscompanion to forks and fared much better. Linguini salad ($8.99), Caesar with chetta with tomatoes and spoons: knives. But in the spun around fresh leaves garlic on house-baked bread grilled chicken ($10.99), Southern Italian custom, of spinach and chunks of marinated eggplant salad ($7.99) and “mussells” in a knives are bad luck and are ($9.99) and the antipasto of tomato bound a light cream bowl of red sauce ($9). neither given as gifts nor sauce with the easy release Alessandra’s Trio ($10.99) my youth: meats, cheeses, used as decoration. My own mother-in-law required that allowed us to taste the brus- greens, olives and marinated of their acidity. The poultry and crustaceans were tenvegetables ($10.99). I give her coins when I asked chetta, Caprese salad and der, and the only misfire in calamari fritti. The calamari The chicken ($14.99) and for a professional boning the dish was what I thought veal ($17.99) classic combiknife as a gift. The knife, she were barely colored but told me, could cut the coins were crisp, crunchy and hot. nations of Marsala, Piccata, were bits of mushrooms that turned out to be burned bits Parmigiana and Francese Brightened by fresh lemon but not sever our relationof garlic. anchor the carne (meat) juice, their nest of leafy ship. Overall, the seasoning was greens was quickly wilted by portion of the menu. All the Flowers bring spring life cutlets are proudly pounded restrained, and keeping in to the tables, and the overall their heat. The ricotta was mind what our server told in-house — the bass to the smooth and milky, punceffect is an urban, contemus about the “hot”’ sausage, treble of chopping the vegtuated with bits of tomato porary space. perhaps the audience for etables. The menu is an homage to dice. It spoke well for any Alessandra’s prefers their Pastas predominate (19) dish made from the same the foods of Southern Italy food less tempered by pepingredients The Capri clas- with lobster ravioli being complete with its most faperoncini, more cloaked in a real crowd pleaser, acmous pie, pizza. Slices were sic of mozzarella, tomato cream. slices, basil and olive oil was cording to our server, and not available at the time of The menu is straightforthe sausage, outsourced by missing the anise accents our visit, so we cannot reAlessandra’s, is on the sweet ward and the prices are port firsthand on its flavors. of the herb, but the cheese attractive. Each entree is and tomato carried the dish. side, the diners having reWhat we saw being served House-made bread is served jected the spicier “hot” Ital- accompanied by a salad of had a good “b and b” ratio: mixed greens, cucumbers ian variety. blistered and billowing crust warm with flavored olive and sliced tomato. The For us, it was Sunday oil. with nicely portioned tophouse-made dressing is balsupper, so spaghetti and Entrees are accompanied pings.

samic based. Alessandra’s makes their own desserts ($4.75). The cannoli was a classic in its chocolate form. Our server was enthusiastic — well-informed about the menu and quite proud of the many hands-on techniques that produce each dish. A young busser was more than attentive; hardly letting an inch evaporate in our water glasses. On a busy night, the inside and outside service could be compromised. The pleasant evening of our visit saw the wait staff hustling to manage the patio dwellers and the dining room guests. With the iconic Pulcinella pulling the strings for their menu, the pedestrianfriendly geography of Short Central and the kitchen’s mastery of American’s loyalties to Southern Italian foods, Alessandra’s may very well do what two other restaurants could not: endure. Reach Deidre Schipani at dschipani@postandcourier. com.

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Island. Call 216-6868 or visit or

BY DEIDRE SCHIPANI Special to The Post and Courier

Make her day!

A variety of establishments are celebrating Mother’s Day. Among them: ◗ Maverick Southern Kitchen properties are offering menu specials. Visit www. mavericksouthernkitchens. com. “Charleston’s Best Brunch” at High Cotton Charleston with a prix-fixe menu 10 a.m.-2 p.m. An appetizer and entree for $21. With dessert, $25. View the menu or make reservation online at www. mavericksouthernkitchens. com/highcotton/charleston or by calling 724-3815. Old Village Post House’s guests may enjoy a prix-fixe brunch menu 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Appetizer and entree will cost $21. With dessert, $25. Reservation online at www. mavericksouthernkitchens. com/oldvillageposthouse or by calling 388-8935. Slightly North of Broad’s chefs will prepare a prix-fixe brunch menu 11 a.m-2:30 p.m. An appetizer and entree are $23. With dessert, $27. Reservation online at www. mavericksouthernkitchens. com/slightlynorthofbroad. All Maverick restaurants will serve their regular a la carte dinner menu from 5:30 p.m. ◗ Peninsula Grill will feature a special Mother’s day menu that will be served May 6-8 and is available for $50 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, call 723-0700. ◗ Charleston Crepe Company has announced the release of a limited-edition Lemon Zest Crepe Cake, just in time for Mother’s Day. Maintaining the signature 25 layers, the cake combines lemon zest crepes stacked with alternating layers of sweet pastry cream and tart lemon curd. The cake is priced at $50. The cake is available for local pickup in the Charleston area or online at www.charlestoncrep-

Taking it to the streets! FILE/STAFF

BLU Restaurant and Bar, 1 Center St., Folly Beach. for shipping nationwide. Local orders must be placed by today by calling 573-3458. Cakes are available for pickup 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Rococo Bakery, at 1750 Savannah Highway in West Ashley. ◗ Blu Restaurant and Bar says good-bye to Sunday Brunch on Mother’s Day. This popular brunch takes a summer hiatus and returns in August. Treat your Mom to brunch on the “beach” at BLU Restaurant on Sunday. Brunch is served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $22.95 for adults; $12.95 for children 4-12 years. Blu is in the Tides Hotel, One Center Street, Folly Beach. Visit or call 588-6464

Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate today in fine style 5 p.m.-2 a.m. at Rice Market, 549 East Bay St.. Check out the bocce court, outdoor patio, live music, special drink pricing and, best of all, free parking. Rice Market also has launched its spring menu. Visit

Roadside Kitchen opens Brett McKee’s latest Roadside Kitchen concept opened Monday at 951 Folly Road, James Island. Check it out at and on Facebook. 277-2410.

Second Nacho Royale

Juanita Greenberg Nacho Royale has opened at 410 W. Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. This second loca-

tion features outdoor patios and a bar and a dedicated parking area for carry-out. 329-6224. Visit Facebook.

Spring at Circa 1886

Chef Marc Collins of Circa 1886 continues to incorporate new techniques and fresh ingredients to lessen the amounts of fat and calories. Menu items are available a la carte, and a chef’s five-course tasting menu is available for $75 ($110 with wine pairings). See the spring menu at Circa 1886 is open for dinner 5:30-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday. To make a reservation or for information, call 8537828 or visit www.circa1886. com.

Martha and the Vandellas would be proud as the Gibbes Museum of Art hits the streets at Cumberland and Queen to celebrate “Framing the Future: A Street Party Celebration.” The party is slated for 7:3010 p.m. May 12 at 135 Meeting St. Guests may enjoy the visual and culinary arts as Charleston restaurants come together to offer “street food.” The party will feature an open bar, a performance by the Charleston Ballet Theatre, dancing in the street and a ticket giveaway courtesy of Southwest Airlines. Participating restaurants include Bacco, Caviar & Bananas, Charleston Grill,

Circa 1886, Cypress, FIG, McCrady’s, Oak Steakhouse, Slightly North of Broad and Trattoria Lucca with sweets provided by Macaroon Boutique and WildFlour Pastry Tickets are $100 for museum members and $135 for nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased online at www. or by calling 722-2706, ext. 22. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Mercato manager

Jacob Fuhr has been appointed as the new general manager of Mercato. A 20-year industry veteran, Fuhr has managed such prestigious restaurants as The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary Hotel on Kiawah Island, McCrady’s and most recently Peninsula Grill.

Slow Food director

Slow Food Charleston has announced that Susan A. A sofi for Callie’s Bass will take over the helm Callie’s Charleston Biscuits of Slow Food Charleston as new flavor, Carrie’s Black the organization’s new exPepper Bacon Biscuits, has ecutive director. been selected as a National Previously a board memAssociation of Specialty ber, Susan will assume the Foods 2011 sofi Silver Fiposition Carole Addlestone nalist in the frozen savory has handled for the past category. In addition, the three years. Bass is a gradusignature Callie’s Buttermilk ate of Indiana University Biscuits has been named a and attended Northwest2011 sofi Silver Finalist in ern’s Kellogg School of the baked goods category. Management. Addlestone This will be the company’s will continue to serve on third trip to the sofi Awards. the board.

Queen Anne’s menu

The Neighborhood Dining Group has made some changes at Queen Anne’s Revenge restaurant. Executive Chef Brent Quiggle and General Manager Lorraine Cedotal have partnered with Neighborhood Dining Group’s sister restaurants, Husk and McCrady’s, to refocus the menu with a local and seasonal approach to existing menu favorites. Neighborhood Dining Group’s commitment is to develop seasonally inspired dishes from locally sourced ingredients as the platform for the new menu. Chef Sean Brock, who is the 2010 James Beard Best Chef: Southeast winner and executive chef at both Husk and McCrady’s, will collaborate with Quiggle to refine the menu. Queen Anne’s Revenge is at 160B Fairchild St. on Daniel

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Roots Festival in Philadelphia and will be headlining a string of regional dates including a stop at the Music Farm on Tuesday. Tickets for this show are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show and are available at the door or online at Doors open at 8 p.m. Visit or call 5776989.


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Hank & Cupcakes Tuesday at the Music Farm

Jordan Igoe Tuesday at The Village Tavern


Hank and Cupcakes tually Ariel Scherbacovsky and Sagit Shir, a husbandand-wife team from Israel who left their lives as successful musicians in Tel

Aviv for a shot in the U.S. So far, the move has paid off. The duo recently was asked to perform with The Roots at the 4th Annual

A staple of the local indie scene for years now, Jordan Igoe’s acoustic singer/songwriter style often soars to unexpected heights. Weaving a colorful tapestry of emotional indie rock, Igoe projects a bolder style of acoustic songwriting with her mature voice, scene queen attitude and

to form a band in order to perform several songs and poems he had written. By 1997, Horton had found his band, and together the group released its debut album, “Congo Moon,” in 1999. Though largely influenced by the sounds and philosoBambu Station phies of roots reggae, Bambu Station also explores Sunday at The Pour other music styles that House shape its homeland, such as The Virgin Islands long calypso, salsa, dancehall, have been known to boast jazz and merengue. many cultural and musiBambu Station will percal treasures to the rest of form Sunday at the Pour the world, a gift that has House, 1977 Maybank blessed and cursed the reHighway. gion for centuries. Tickets are $13 Bambu Station is a band in advance, $15 the day of that has taken advantage of the show and are available that history, educating itself at the door or online at etix. in the expansive heritage com. the islands have to offer. Doors open at 8 p.m., and The band was conceptual- the show starts at 9:30 p.m. ized in 1996 by lead vocalist Visit www.charlestonpourJalani Horton who wished or call 571-4343.


On stage, the Brooklynbased dance-rock duo Hank & Cupcakes is a mesmerizing triumph of style, seduction and precisely executed hooks, beats and riffs. A typical show features Cupcakes standing behind a minimalist’s drum kit, belting out sultry vocals and sporadically stopping to lead impromptu dance parties while Hank works a bass and a pedal board like a scientist of funk. But behind the stage appeal is a story you likely wouldn’t expect. Hank & Cupcakes are ac-

certain soul/pop atmosphere that is sweet, cynical and modern all in one. Igoe will perform Tuesday night at The Village Tavern, 1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Call 388-7008 or visit www. charlestonvillagetavern. com.


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Piccolo Spoleto series looks like a winner




Lonnie Hamilton III and his quartet will perform in Late Night Jazz on June 10 at Saffron.

t’s beginning to look a lot like Spoleto time, and in just a few weeks, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival will unleash an interesting and exciting jazz series. Fifteen events at six venues, including a harbor cruise boat, will be featured. The talents of some of the region’s leading lights set to perform will shine brightly, I’m sure. As one of the founders of the festival’s jazz series in 1980, I’ve had a chance to closely watch it evolve into a mainstay of the jazz scene in the southeastern United States. It has a great following, and I don’t see anything in this year’s lineup that

the first concert designed to contextualize shows in the area’s jazz history. It was billed as “A Tribute to Fletcher Linton and Holland Daniels,” two legendary musicians and educators. Some 32 years later, you can catch Hamilton playing straight ahead and contemporary stuff June 10 at Saffron Cafe and Bakery. would dampen that glow. The East Bay Street cafe Perhaps it’s sentiment, but is also the location on May one of the shows that espe27 of the first show in the cially grabs my attention, and heart, is a performance series, featuring Blue Mudd, an upbeat Americana enby the Lonnie Hamilton Quartet. If there’s a dean of semble with bass, fiddle, jazz musicians around here, mandolin and guitar, from it’s Hamilton, one of the best Beaufort. Guitarist Vic Varner leads, and Delbert alto sax players anywhere. Retired now, he doesn’t per- Felix, a world-class bassist much revered around here, form much. He continued anchors this band. playing music after retirThe anchor will be lifted ing from a stellar career as on the Spirit of Charlesan educator and politician, but he doesn’t do many gigs ton on May 31 for a spin around Charleston Harbor these days. to sounds from the Great He has delighted audiAmerican Songbook ofences of all types from his fered by the Franklin Ashley time in the 1940s with the Quintet. Franklin, a prolific famed Jenkins Orphanage pianist, and his band own bands — also as a teacher the Piccolo cruise sessions. — to modern dance bands, He’s been doing them for feature films and concert years and has refined the exensembles. His seminal band, Lonnie perience like no other jazzon-the-water event. Hamilton and the DiploThe series has a gig in mats, performed over six North Charleston on June decades. He was commissioned by the Group for In- 8 with the finely honed big tegrated Studies, whose pro- band sound of the house octet at Gennaro’s Ristorante. ducers were Walter Rhett, Earlier that Wednesday, Osei Chandler and myself, to compose a signature work the Oscar Rivers Trio will to be performed at the May hold forth at the Swamp Fox Restaurant. Rivers, who 1980 debut of the series at the Gourmetisserie on Mar- also has a soul jazz quartet playing a cruise June 9, is a ket Street. master and he has one of the I’ll never forget that first largest, most fluent reperdownbeat. It began the tratoires in town. dition of a type of live jazz While Hamilton is the dean presentation here that rolls of local jazz, Rivers is the on still today. Hamilton’s head of the department. “Little Spoleto” kicked off

Series producer John Tecklenburg has even added a Latin tinge to the 15-day run. Duende, made up of Fernando Rivas, Gino Castillos and Cristobal Cisneros, will play May 29 at Halls Chop House. On June 5, the Joe Clarke Trio takes over Halls for music from the books of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Bennett. Tecklenburg, also a fine pianist who will lead a cruise June 7, knows that no series is complete without some elegant Ellingtonia. The music of jazz’s greatest composer, Duke Ellington, is a centerpiece of vibraphonist Sean Daniels’ repertoire, whose trio can also be heard on a cruise June 2. Nancy Clayton, a talented songbird, is at Swamp Fox on June 1 with a trio. Clayton is another mainstay who has delighted audiences for years. Guitarist David Archer’s Cobblestone Quartet plays Saffron on May 30 with music from all the styles. It includes saxist and flutist George Kenny, another master. Hamilton’s the dean, Rivers the department head and Kenny is professor emeritus. For a full schedule, go to For general information, call 724-7305. For tickets, call 866-811-4111. Box offices are open at the Civic Design Center, 85 Calhoun St. (in front of the Gaillard) 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily and the Visitor Center, 375 Meeting St., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Jack McCray, author of “Charleston Jazz and founding board member of Jazz Artists of Charleston, can be reached at jackjmccray@aol. com.

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A book signing and Legos highlight busy art walk


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ith the weather warming up, May is usually a particularly busy and festive art walk. With that in mind, most of the galleries are putting together phenomenal shows. Here are just a few to check out, but note there are many, many more, so be sure to go to all of them. They’re all going to have something interesting this Friday. Unless otherwise mentioned, all opening receptions are free and open to the public and will take place 5-8 p.m.

Whyte’s book signing

Mary Whyte will be celebrating her new book, “Working South,” with an exhibition of the same name. The stunning book, published by the University of South Carolina Press, illustrates the 50 works in the exhibition so you can still have a little slice of Whyte’s work even if you can’t purchase all of the original watercolors. For a sneak peak, check out The gallery is at 79 Church St., or visit www.

Fun with Legos

The John M. Dunnan Gallery is hosting its second annual “The Dunnan Lego Spectacular,” organized to promote and encourage the creativity of young artists. Youngsters were invited to build and enter their own Lego creations. These will be unveiled and the winner

chosen at the opening 5-7 p.m. Friday. The gallery is at 121 Church Street. Visit

‘Stop Making Fence’

With its daydreaming quality, Lisa Shimko’s “Stop Making Fence” collection at Scoop Studios is bound to be a fun show. Gallery co-owner Colleen Deihl describes it as “a collection of unedited, slightly absurd imagery guided by the irrational nature of daydreaming.” And the artist herself says, “This series is a commencement of embracing the fact that a lot of life doesn’t make sense and art can be a place to celebrate it instead of constricting it.” Shimko stopped trying to make sense of things and went full steam into this new direction, where she explores and acknowledges barriers, yet attempts to move past them. The artist’s new mantra is something a clever friend of hers said upon seeing the new work, “The absurdity shocks you into freedom.” Scoop Studios is at 57½ Broad St. Visit

work, “Heavy Metal” at the Ellis-Nicholson Gallery, 1½ Broad St. In addition to the opening reception Friday, Salge will give a lecture at 3 p.m. Saturday. He will speak about fine art bronze casting and explain the foundry process. This will include a discussion on patinas as well as showing guests actual samples. The lecture will finish with a discussion of the care and maintenance of bronze sculptures. Space is limited for the lecture. Call 722-5353 to reserve a spot.

Corrigan Gallery, 62 Queen St. Dede’s exploration of these graphite egg images has been going on for the past 10 years. “The graphite drawings contemplate the simple yet complex egg, delving into the mysteries of life through the spheroid shape that introduces the beginnings of life,” says gallery owner Lese Corrigan. Visit

‘Arcs & Angles’ at RLS

“In ‘Arcs & Angles,’ beautiful, twisting, female shapes torque their bodies on stark white backgrounds, creating paintings that explore solidity, development, femininity and struggle,” says Robert Lange Studio gallery director Carri Schwab. See a collection of 20 female-inspired works done by watercolorist Ali Cavanaugh and resin and acrylic artist Jessica Dunegan. RLS is at 2 Queen St. Visit www.robertlangestudios. com.

Ralph Grady James

Ralph Grady James just finished up a show at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, and he’s showing here Friday at the Edward Dare Gallery, 31 Broad St. Many of James’ works focus

Juan Kelly surrealism


See Colorado sculptor Wayne Salge’s new work Friday at the Ellis-Nicholson Gallery, 1½ Broad St. Salge will speak about his work at 3 p.m. Saturday at the gallery. on coastal birds and their fragile habitat as well as landscape and figurative pieces.

‘Heavy Metal’

Colorado sculptor Wayne Salge will visit this weekend for the opening of his newest collection of metal

Surrealist painter Juan Kelly sets out to create his own world, complete with detailed paintings of a rather strange combination of things — cows, zebras, ice-cream cones — all set with a backdrop of a beautiful ocean scene. His works have an Old Masters quality mixed with fun childhood memories put together in an unusual fashion. See his newest works Friday at the Mary Martin Gallery, 39 Broad St. Visit

‘Egg Meditations’

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There’s always something to do in and around Charleston. Here’s our picks for the hottest events this weekend. Visit to see more events, movie listings, dining options and everything else you need to plan your weekend. You can also post your own events at

Charleston Dog Show Whether your pooch is Lady or the Tramp, it still has a shot of being named one of the Lowcountry’s top dogs this weekend. Organized by four groups as a fundraiser, the Charleston Dog Show is in its eighth year. Proceeds from Saturday’s event benefit Lowcountry Lab Rescue, Low Country Golden Retriever Rescue, Greyhound Pets of America/Charleston and Middleton Place Hounds.

Cinco de Mayo Festival

The Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival was founded in 2006 and takes place annually on or near May 5, a Mexican holiday that is widely celebrated throughout the United States. The event provides an opportunity for Charleston residents to experience Hispanic food, dance, and music.

WHEN: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday. WHERE: Marion Square, Calhoun and King streets. PRICE: Free.

North Charleston Arts Festival Described as a ‘gift to the community’ by Ann Simmons, the 29th annual North Charleston Arts Festival opened last week. Simmons, the North Charleston Cultural Arts Commission coordinator, says the festival started as a one-day event in 1982, but has expanded over the years to a nineday festival featuring arts, music, dancing, food and more at the Performing Arts Center and other locations around town. Between the art walk, the interactive murder-mystery dinner, the cultural performances, the puppet shows and the fashion show, the festival has something for just about everyone. Many exhibits are free, but some, including the interactive murder mystery and the fashion show, are ticketed and may require advance purchase. Visit the festival’s website, visitors/events/artsFestival.aspx, for ticket information. -Sydney Smith, Special to The Post and Courier

WHEN: Through Saturday. WHERE: Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive. MORE INFO: 740-5854 or


WHEN: 7-11 p.m.

PRICE: $10.

WHERE: Downtown, Charleston Visitor Center Bus Terminal.


Greek Festival

The Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity will celebrate all things Greek with wine tastings, live music, church tours, food and folk dances. WHEN: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

‘The Big Uneasy’ film screening

WHERE: 30 Race St.

Shaggin’ on the Cooper


Dance the night away under the stars at the Mount Pleasant Pier while enjoying live classic oldies and beach music. Beverages will be available for purchase on-site. Only 800 tickets will be sold for this event. Advance purchase is recommended. WHEN: 7-11 p.m. Saturday. WHERE: Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd.

PRICE: $10, $8 Charleston County residents. MORE INFO: 795-4386 or http://ccprc. com.

PRICE: $3 per person, $1 for senior citizens and college students, free for children under 12, free for mothers on Sunday. A portion of the proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

PRICE: $10.


WHERE: The Terrace Theatre, 1956 Maybank Highway.


Writer-director Harry Shearer’s documentary investigation into New Orleans and hurricane Katrina. The director will be on hand for a Q&A session.


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A ‘berry’ good reason to visit Boone Hall

Strawberry Festival features two days of music, exhibits, contests, rides and more


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trawberries are one of spring’s finest fruits, and they’re here just in time to kick off the season of delightfully warm weather at Boone Hall’s Lowcountry Strawberry Festival. This year’s festival will have heaps of ripe strawberries, of course, but also a lot of other exhibits, live music and contests, including the famed Little Miss Berry pageant. If it’s the berries that you’re all about, you’re in luck. This season’s crop promises to be plentiful and peaking just in time for the festivities. Picking strawberries always has been one of the plantation’s main draws, according to Rick Benthall, a staff member at Boone Hall. The farm’s current owners, the McRae family, have been growing the fruit since 1994 and started this annual celebration a few years afterward. “The festival started off as just a time for families to come and get ripe strawberries, and has grown 130 percent in the last three years. Now it’s a two-day event,” says Benthall. “Boone Hall grows a lot of fruits and vegetables in the warm months, but strawberries are one of the key crops. The soil here just lends itself to some great-tasting fruit. Last year, about 9,000 pounds were picked during the festival alone.” Besides grabbing enough berries for your mouth and your freezer, you can enjoy local bands playing music all day long. Check out the

The Lowcountry Strawberry Festival has grown each year. The festival is spread out over two days at Boone Hall Plantation.

if you go

the Wando High School Jazz Band, Island Trio and the Shem Creek Boogie and WHAT: Lowcountry Blues Band. Strawberry Festival. “We’ve played a lot of the WHEN: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. popular Charleston venues Saturday, noon-6 p.m. — Pour House, WindjamSunday. mer — but this will be our WHERE: Boone Hall first time at the Strawberry Plantation, 1235 State Road in Mount Pleasant. Festival, so we’re excited,” HOW MUCH: Adults can says Mal Jones, a member of visit the festival daily for the Bushels. “Our families are all coming into town, $6; children under 12 are $4. (Kids under 3 are and the kids are probably going to do some berryfree.) MORE INFO: boonehall- picking!” Naturally, there’s lots of about agriculture at an berry_festival.php. event like the Strawberry Festival. Visitors to Boone Hall will find opportunities Bushels performing live to learn about life on a farm. on Saturday, an acoustic “This festival spotlights band with a bluegrass twist. agriculture in the LowcounTheir latest album, “Wood try, and how Boone Hall is a and Steel,” was recorded part of it,” says Trey Smith, in Charleston and is availan event planner for the able on iTunes. Other live festival. “It’s a chance for entertainment throughout parents to show their kids the weekend will include

where food actually comes from — in the ground, not shrink-wrapped in a grocery store.” Parents, kids and other fans also may view the antique tractor exhibit. “Folks can check out the old tractors from over the years, along with the more modern versions, to see how farming has changed and how far it has come,” says Smith. “It’s a lot easier nowadays!” And don’t miss the chance to see some bees make honey. Yep, there’s an exhibit with a professional beekeeper and actual bees, so you can watch how honey is made. Plus, fresh batches of honey will be put into jars and sold. For all you brave types, be sure to sign up for the PieEating contest, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Contestants can sign

up right at the festival and end up with prizes. For the less aggressive competitors, there’s the popular strawberry recipe contest. Submit your most creative and tastiest recipe on the Boone Hall website, and the winners will be announced Saturday afternoon. Girls between 4 and 8 years old are welcome to enter the “Little Miss Berry” contest on Sunday. “It’s a really fun event for little girls; they love dressing up in their strawberrythemed costumes!” says Benthall. “As a neat twist on this year’s contest, we’ll have the mothers and the daughters on stage together in honor of Mother’s Day weekend.” Rides are another main attraction for festival-goers, and this year, enthusiasts can get a ride-all-day wristband. Bands are $10 if you


purchase them ahead of time on the website, or $12 at the festival. “We’ll still have the tickets for rides of course,” says Benthall. “But these wrist bands are an awesome deal. You can ride as many times as your heart desires, and you don’t even have to wait in the ticket lines if you purchase ahead on the website.” Last year’s popular pig races also will be back this year, as will the magic shows, facepainting and other games for kids. There’s even a hay ride to take people around the entire plantation. “We take pride in providing a chance for the Lowcountry community to be involved with the plantation experience,” says Benthall. “And strawberries always make people smile. Take someone a basket and they’re happy!”

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he 21st annual Sea and Sand Festival on Folly Beach featured live music, vendors, food and fun. The lineup included Graham Worley, Bret Mosley, Sarah Cole & The Hawkes, Henry’s Attic, Jeff Norwood and Gaslight Street.


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Rachel Kirkman with Glitterbugs Arts and Crafts Studio for Kids, paints a butterfly on Malia Hileman during Saturday’s Sea and Sand Festival at Folly Beach.

Downtown Folly Beach during the Sea and Sand Festival on Saturday.


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TONIGHT Pete Ledbetter

WHAT: This acoustic singer-songwriter performs originals and covers. WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: Banana Cabana, 1130 Ocean Blvd.

‘Cinco De Mayo’ Bash

WHAT: This second annual event will feature Dante’s Camaro. WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: The Tattooed Moose, 1137 Morrison Drive PRICE: free MORE INFO: (843) 277-2990 or

Rene Russell

WHAT: Acoustic tunes. WHEN: 6:30-10:30 p.m. WHERE: Morgan Creek Grill, 80 41st Ave.

Mystic Vibrations

WHAT: Local reggae band. WHEN: 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Coconut Joe’s, 1120 Ocean Blvd.

Elise Testone

WHAT: A rock/R&B/soul/funk/jazz singer and musician. WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Fish, 442 King St. PRICE: free

Folly Beach Bluegrass Society

WHAT: Bring your instrument and join in an open jam hoe-down. Bluegrass, folk, oldtime, vintage country. WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Crab Shack, 26 Center St. PRICE: free

Ronnie Johnson and Chris Clifton

WHAT: Country, light rock and blues. WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Buddy Roe’s Shrimp Shack, 1528 Ben Sawyer Blvd.

Steve Carroll and The Bograts

WHAT: Irish sing-alongs and pub songs. WHEN: 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub, 160 Church St. PRICE: free

Da’Gullah Rootz

WHAT: This reggae band’s music has Ska, Rub-a-dub, Rockers and Dancehall flavors. WHEN: 9 p.m. WHERE: Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ, 2209 Middle St. PRICE: free

Campbell Brown (of Gaslight Street)

WHAT: With special guest Reid Stone (of Guilt Ridden Troubadour). WHEN: 9 p.m.-midnight

WHERE: Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ, 1205 Ashley River Road PRICE: free

The Sirens

WHAT: A classic rock duo. WHEN: 9 p.m. WHERE: Wolf Track, 1807 Parsonage Road

The Secrets Band

WHAT: A funk/jazz band. WHEN: 9 p.m.-midnight WHERE: Rendezvous Bar and Grille, 7832 Rivers Ave. PRICE: free

Soul Fish Duo

WHAT: A party rock band based in Charleston. WHEN: 9 p.m.-midnight WHERE: Trayce’s Too Neighborhood Grille and Pub, 2578 Ashley River Road

CO., Sleepy Eye Giant and Lindsay Holler’s Western Polaroids WHAT: Indie. WHEN: Doors, 9 p.m. WHERE: The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway

Matt Wink

WHAT: Acoustic guitar and vocals. WHEN: 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. WHERE: Blind Tiger Pub, 38 Broad St.

The Less

WHAT: A five-piece pop/rock band from Atlanta. WHEN: 10 p.m. WHERE: The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd. PRICE: free

Salsa Night

WHAT: DJ Luigi mixes live. WHEN: 10 p.m. WHERE: Southend Brewery & Smokehouse, 161 E. Bay St. PRICE: $5 MORE INFO: (843) 853-4677

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David Patterson Ensemble

WHAT: Solo keyboard from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by acoustic jazz by local drummer David Patterson and company. WHEN: 6 p.m.-midnight WHERE: Mercato, 102 N. Market St. PRICE: free

David Higgins

WHAT: Local acoustic and rock musician. WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: Banana Cabana, 1130 Ocean Blvd.

Bill Howland

WHAT: A jazz pianist based in Charleston. WHEN: 6-9 p.m. WHERE: Swamp Fox Restaurant & Bar, 386 King St. PRICE: free

James Slater Trio

WHAT: Jazz. WHEN: 7-11 p.m. WHERE: High Cotton, 199 E. Bay St. PRICE: free

Cotton Blue

WHAT: A blues band from Edisto Island. WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Aroma’s, 50 N. Market St. PRICE: free

Roaring 20s Hot Jazz Dance Club

WHAT: Lindy hop and jazz dance lesson, followed by open dancing to the swing music of the Golden Age. Includes snacks, water and access to the “Blues Room.” Beginners welcome. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Spirit Moves Studio, 445 Savannah Hwy. PRICE: $5 MORE INFO: (843) 557-7690


WHAT: Featuring Eprom, Landsquid, Samples (of Fresh2Death), Intermixture, Skitch, Pericles and DJM. WHEN: Doors, 8 p.m. WHERE: The Music Farm, 32 Ann St. PRICE: $15-20

Cosmic Charlie

WHAT: A tropical rock band from Knoxville, Tenn. WHEN: 10:30 p.m. WHERE: Wild Wing Cafe, 7618 Rivers Ave. PRICE: free

WHAT: Two sets of high energy Grateful Dead. WHEN: Doors, 9 p.m. WHERE: The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway PRICE: $10-12


The Weaving

WHAT: Five vocalists and three multi-instrumentalists play funk tunes from different eras. WHEN: 10:30 p.m. WHERE: Wild Wing Cafe, 644 Coleman Blvd. PRICE: free

FRIDAY Jeff Houts

WHAT: Acoustic classic rock and reggae. WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: Banana Cabana, 1130 Ocean Blvd.

WHAT: This soulful rock band was formerly “Villanova.” The show will include a performance by BPL. WHEN: Doors, 9 p.m. Show, 10 p.m. WHERE: The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd. PRICE: $5

Steve Carroll and The Bograts

WHAT: Irish sing-alongs and pub songs. WHEN: 9 p.m. WHERE: Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub, 160

Church St. PRICE: free

Sgt. Submarine

WHAT: A Beatles cover band. WHEN: 9 p.m. WHERE: Wolf Track, 1807 Parsonage Road

Ronnie Johnson and Chris Clifton WHAT: Country, light rock and blues. WHEN: 9 p.m. WHERE: Buddy Roe’s Shrimp Shack, 1528 Ben Sawyer Blvd.

The Thunderkings

WHAT: Rock/Blues WHEN: 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Sand Dollar Social Club, 7 Center St.

Luke Mitchell

WHAT: This acoustic guitarist plays covers and originals. WHEN: 9:30 p.m. WHERE: 82 Queen, 82 Queen St.

Three-Legged Wheel

WHAT: An acoustic classic rock duo. WHEN: 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. WHERE: Trayce’s Too Neighborhood Grille and Pub, 2578 Ashley River Road

Lefty Williams

WHAT: A blues/rock guitarist/vocalist. WHEN: 10 p.m. WHERE: Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ, 2209 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island PRICE: $5

Blair Crimmins and The Hookers

WHAT: New Orleans jazz sounds, Dixieland and Ragtime. Royal Tinfoil will also perform. WHEN: 10 p.m. WHERE: Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Rd.

The Incredible Sandwich

WHAT: A progressive rock band from Athens, Ga. WHEN: 10 p.m. WHERE: Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ, 1205 Ashley River Road PRICE: $5


WHAT: A punk rock band. The 33’s and The TJ Stone Band will also perform. WHEN: 10 p.m. WHERE: Jimbo’s Rock Lounge, 1662 Savannah Highway PRICE: $5

Soul Fish

WHAT: An party rock band based in Charleston. WHEN: 10:30 p.m. WHERE: Wild Wing Cafe, 36 N. Market St. PRICE: free

eras. WHEN: 10:30 p.m. WHERE: Wild Wing Cafe, 7618 Rivers Ave. PRICE: free

Dub Island and the Dubplates

WHAT: A dancehall, roots and jungle reggae band. WHEN: 10:30 p.m. WHERE: Wild Wing Cafe, 644 Colman Blvd. PRICE: free

SATURDAY Hunter Hill

WHAT: Live acoustic music. WHEN: Noon WHERE: Banana Cabana, 1130 Ocean Blvd.

On the Hunt

WHAT: This classic rock band will perform for the Jeremy Shultz Memorial Benefit. WHEN: 1-5 p.m. WHERE: Trayce’s Too Neighborhood Grille and Pub, 2578 Ashley River Road

David Owens

WHAT: Eclectic songs, originals and covers. WHEN: 4 p.m. WHERE: Buddy Roe’s Shrimp Shack, 1528 Ben Sawyer Blvd.

Lewis, Wiltrout and Gregory

WHAT: Keyboardist Gerald Gregory, saxophonist Robert Lewis and drummer Ron Wiltrout perform acoustic covers and originals. WHEN: 6 p.m.-midnight WHERE: Mercato, 102 N. Market St. PRICE: free

Bil Krauss

WHAT: Bil Krauss plays music and keeps you laughing on the upper deck. WHEN: 6:30-10:30 p.m. WHERE: Morgan Creek Grill, 80 41st Ave. PRICE: Free

Adele and Bob Tobin

WHAT: Americana and original music. WHEN: 6:30-9:30 p.m. WHERE: Sunfire Grill and Bistro, 1090 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

Jef Wilson

WHAT: Country and classic rock covers. WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Banana Cabana, 1130 Ocean Blvd.

Benefit Concert for MUSC Brain Tumor Research

WHAT: Featuring The 3 Dudes Band, Soul Harbor (Acoustic), Southern Charm, Jesse and the Trippers, and Ben Fagan and the Holy City Hooligans. WHEN: Doors, 7 p.m. WHERE: The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd. PRICE: $10-15


WHAT: Five vocalists and three multi-instrumentalists play funk tunes from different

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Frank Duvall Trio

WHAT: An acoustic jazz trio that plays covers and originals. WHEN: 7-11 p.m. WHERE: High Cotton, 199 E. Bay St. PRICE: free

Rock the Dock

WHAT: Deep Water Soul Society and Bringers of the Dawn will perform in celebration of Velux 5 Oceans sailing champion Brad Van Liew. WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Seabreeze Marina, 50 Immigration St. PRICE: $12 in advance online, $15 at door, children 12 and under free MORE INFO: (843) 416-8319 or

A Tribute To Weezer

WHAT: A tribute to Weezer’s ground-breaking albums, “Weezer (The Blue Album)” and “Pinkerton.” WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Rd. PRICE: $5

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Good Times

WHAT: An acoustic rock/country band from Augusta, Ga. WHEN: 10:30 p.m. WHERE: Wild Wing Cafe, 644 Colman Blvd. PRICE: free

Kelly Cheats

WHAT: A jam rock band that does covers and originals. WHEN: 10:30 p.m. WHERE: Wild Wing Cafe, 36 N. Market St. PRICE: free

SUNDAY Dori Chitayat

WHAT: A Spanish and Flamenco guitarist. WHEN: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. WHERE: Atlanticville Restaurant, 2063 Middle St. PRICE: free

James Slater Duo

WHAT: A jazz band based in Charleston. WHEN: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. WHERE: High Cotton, 199 E. Bay St. PRICE: free

WHAT: Ambient/lounge/Nu-Jazz music. WHEN: Doors, 9 p.m. WHERE: The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway PRICE: $6

WHAT: Live acoustic music. WHEN: Noon WHERE: Banana Cabana, 1130 Ocean Blvd.


Ted McKee & Friends

WHAT: This band performs rock covers and originals. WHEN: 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. WHERE: Trayce’s Too Neighborhood Grille and Pub, 2578 Ashley River Road

DIY Motorsports Battle of the Bands

WHAT: Featuring Cosmic Ash, 2-Story Drop, With Intent and Homicide. WHEN: 10 p.m. WHERE: Jimbo’s Rock Lounge, 1662 Savannah Highway PRICE: $5

Guilt Ridden Troubadour

WHAT: The music and songs of Reid Stone. WHEN: 10 p.m. WHERE: Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ, 2209 Middle St. PRICE: $5

David Higgins Band

WHAT: An acoustic/rock band. WHEN: 10:30 p.m. WHERE: Wild Wing Cafe, 7618 Rivers Ave. PRICE: free

The Secrets Band

WHAT: Award-winning band performing funk, jazz, soul and R&B. WHEN: 10:30 p.m. WHERE: Silver Dollar, 478 King St. PRICE: $5

Paul Jameson

WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Thirsty Turtle II, 1158 College Park Road


Fried Rainbow Trout

WHAT: Acoustic oldies and rock covers. WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: Banana Cabana, 1130 Ocean Blvd.

WHAT: Irish acoustic and folk music. WHEN: 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub, 160 Church St. PRICE: free


WHAT: Canadian Indie rock band Wintersleep will perform along with local indie band Heyrocco. WHEN: 10 p.m. WHERE: Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Rd.


WHAT: This pop/rock band does mostly modern covers and some originals. WHEN: 10:30 p.m. WHERE: Wild Wing Cafe, 7618 Rivers Ave. PRICE: free


WHAT: Five vocalists and three multi-instrumentalists play funk tunes from different eras. WHEN: 10:30 p.m. WHERE: Wild Wing Cafe, 36 N. Market St. PRICE: free

Lowcountry Jukebox

Margaret Coleman and Wayne Dawes

WHAT: Acoustic/folk/jazz music. WHEN: 6-10 p.m. WHERE: High Cotton, 199 E. Bay St. PRICE: free

Keith Bruce

WHAT: An acoustic singer/guitarist. WHEN: 6-9 p.m. WHERE: Local’s Bar, 1150 Queensborough Blvd. PRICE: free


WHAT: An acoustic/pop/rock musician and singer who does covers and originals. WHEN: 7-10 p.m. WHERE: Wild Wing Cafe, 36 N. Market St. PRICE: free

WHAT: Live acoustic music. WHEN: 6-9 p.m. WHERE: D. D. Peckers Wing Shack, 1660 Savannah Highway

Mary Edna Fraser and Roger Bellow

WHAT: Folk singer Mary Edna Fraser joins guitarist/vocalist Roger Bellow. WHEN: 6-10 p.m. WHERE: High Cotton, 199 E. Bay St. PRICE: free

Gary Hewitt & Kristi Starr

WHAT: Guitar, upright bass and great harmonies. WHEN: 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Morgan Creek Grill, 80 41st Ave.

Ronnie Johnson and Chris Clifton

WHAT: Country, light rock and blues. WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Buddy Roe’s Shrimp Shack, 1528 Ben Sawyer Blvd.

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WHAT: Roots reggae/folk/rock. WHEN: Doors, 8 p.m. WHERE: The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway PRICE: $13-15

Jefferson Coker

WHAT: Coker’s music is a mix of blues, country, funk, Americana and jazz.


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WHAT: The 1980’s film has been turned into a musical featuring reinvented tracks from the original film’s soundtrack during this production by The Village Playhouse. The story follows a Greek muse who visits Venice Beach in 1980 to inspire an artist to build a roller disco. Guests who dress in disco costumes May 6-7 will receive drink specials and are invited to attend a dance party after the show. WHEN: 8 p.m. May 6-7, 12-14, 20-21 and 26-28; 5 p.m. May 15, 22 and 29. WHERE: The Village Playhouse, 730 Coleman Blvd. PRICE: $30 adults, $27 seniors, $25 students, $15 children, $12 student rush.

N. Charleston Arts Festival

WHAT: This annual event highlights national, regional and local artists and performers in the areas of dance, theater, music, film media and visual and literary arts. WHEN: 8:30 a.m. through May 7. WHERE: Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive. MORE INFO: 740-5854 or

Exhibit Opening Reception

Small Business Lunch at Halls

WHAT: The King Street Marketing Group and the Hall Family launch this monthly forum for business leaders in Charleston held the first Thursday of each month. The luncheons will feature a speaker from the business, civic or political arenas with a mid-day cuisine prepared by executive chef Matthew Niessner. Parking is included. First speaker will be Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority. WHEN: 11: 50 a.m. WHERE: Halls Chophouse, 434 King St. PRICE: $28. MORE INFO: 303-1113 or

Thirsty Thursday

WHAT: The Charleston RiverDogs kick off an eightgame home stand versus the Lakewood BlueClaws. Fans can enjoy $1 beers in the Ashley View Pub where DJ Natty Heavy will be spinning records. As a special perk, Stewie from the hit-show Family Guy will throw out the first pitch and roam the ballpark throughout the night WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Joe Riley Park, 360 Fishburne St. PRICE: $5-15. MORE INFO: 723-7241 or

Art Show Fundraiser

WHAT: Young and Free South Carolina is teaming up with Water Missions International and the South Carolina Federal Credit Union to raise money for Change for Change, a fundraising initiative that will raise money for a water purification system to be installed in Africa. Change for Change will host an art show featuring art for sale by local artists as well as live music. WHEN: 7:30 p.m.-midnight WHERE: The Music Farm, 32 Ann St. PRICE: Free.


National Public Gardens Day

WHAT: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens will accept coupons for free admission that may be obtained by visiting the Better Homes and Gardens website at The coupons are good for free admission for two people. WHEN: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Brooke Collins will serve as Grand Marshall of the second Charleston Pride Parade. The 2011 Pride Festival and Rally is May 12-May 14 in North Charleston. For a full schedule, visit WHERE: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Road. PRICE: Free. MORE INFO: 556-1012 or http://magnoliaplantation. com.

Co-Op Gallery and Sale

WHAT: A collection of works by a local artist cooperative will be available for sale. WHERE: The Meeting Place, 1077 E. Montague Ave. PRICE: Free admission/free parking. MORE INFO: 740-5854 or

Heavy Metal - Salge Style

WHAT: Colorado sculptor Wayne Salge travels to Charleston for his first visit since joining Ellis-Nicholson Gallery. Call the gallery for a reservation. The show will run through May 31. WHEN: Grand opening 5-8 p.m. May 6; artist talk at 3 p.m. May 7. WHERE: Ellis-Nicholson Gallery, 1½ Broad St. MORE INFO: 722-5353 or

WHAT: In celebration of CARTA’s new bus service to Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island, the East Cooper CARTA Riders will hold Bus to the Beach Day, which encourages the public to use the new CARTA route No. 402. The day will include events at stops along the route and on the islands. An activity tent will be placed at the connecting stop at the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre. WHEN: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. WHERE: Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, 1600 Palmetto Grande Drive. PRICE: $3 adults, children 6 and under free.

Charleston Farmers Market

WHAT: Shop for local produce and other food, art, live entertainment, crafts, home decor and more. WHEN: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 18 WHERE: Marion Square Park, Calhoun King streets.

Charleston Dog Show

WHAT: Low Country Golden Retriever Rescue is one of the main sponsors and partners in this day-long, fun-filled, family event. Bring four-legged friends for a friendly dog show competition. There will be food, and vendor tents. WHEN: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. WHERE: Marion Square Park, Calhoun and King streets. PRICE: Free.

Edisto Day Bazaar

WHAT: Enjoy shopping for arts and crafts, jewelry, plants, books, home decor and much more. The bazaar will include a quilt auction and lunch. Proceeds benefit charitable projects for residents of Edisto Island and Edisto Beach. WHEN: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. WHERE: Lions Club, 2907 Myrtle St.

Art in the Evening

‘Best Little Whorehouse In Texas’

WHAT: The Footlight Players present the comedic musical directed by Robert Ivey and based on the real-life “Chicken Ranch” brothel. WHEN: 8 p.m. May 6-7, 12-14 and 19-21 and 3 p.m. May 15 and 22. WHERE: The Footlight Players, 20 Queen St. PRICE: $20-$30. MORE INFO: 722-4487 or

‘Xanadu — The Musical!’

Arts Education Week

WHAT: Summerville DREAM is presenting events during the week of May 7-13 in the historic downtown district. Dorchester School District 2 Fine Arts program will be showcasing its talented youth in the Arts Realizing Talent Show with demonstrations of music, dance performances and choral groups as well as visual arts displayed. WHEN: Noon-3 p.m. WHERE: Historic Downtown Summerville, Main Street and Richardson Avenue. PRICE: Free. MORE INFO: 821-7260 or www.summervilledream. org

Met Opera at the Library

WHAT: The library will host a simulcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Le Comte Ory” by Rossini. The auditorium opens an hour and a half before the show begins. WHEN: 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. PRICE: Free.

Slave Quarters Preservation Lecture

WHAT: Joseph McGill, a program officer with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will discuss his ongoing project to preserve slave cabins and quarters in the Southeast. WHEN: 2 p.m. WHERE: Fort Moultrie, 1214 Middle St. PRICE: Free.

Kentucky Derby Party

WHAT: South Carolina Bank and Trust presents Charleston Stage’s 2011 Derby Day Party at The Woodlands Inn in Summerville. The event pairs the excitement and glamour of the Kentucky Derby with an afternoon of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a “Best Hat” contest for the ladies and a “Best-Dressed” contest for the men. WHEN: 3 p.m. WHERE: Woodlands Inn, 125 Parsons Road. PRICE: $75. MORE INFO: 577-7183 or http://charlestonstage. com/shows-and-tickets/the-shows/25-derby-dayparty.html.

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WHAT: An art show and sale accompanied by live music. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Fridays. WHERE: Charleston Market, N. and S. Market St. MORE INFO: 937-0920.


WHAT: In honor of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the City Gallery will host two exhibits. On the lower level of the gallery is “Post Civil War Charleston - 1865: A Photographic Retrospective.” The exhibit is a collection of photographs from the Library of Congress that show a war-torn Charleston. On the second level of the gallery, Orangeburg artist Dr. Leo Twiggs will be showing his collection titled “Civil/Uncivil,” which follows the path from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement. WHEN: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 3-6; noon-5 p.m. May 7-8. WHERE: City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau St. PRICE: Free. MORE INFO: 958-6484.

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‘Crock Pot Creation Cookoff’

WHAT: Michael’s Angels for Michael’s Children will hold a cooking competition to raise money for its programs for children in hospitals and orphanages. WHEN: 5-8 p.m. WHERE: John Wesley United Methodist, 626 Savannah Hwy. PRICE: $20 registration for competitors, $5 for five samples. MORE INFO: 557-6258 or

Shaggin’ on the Cooper

WHAT: Dance the night away under the stars at the Mount Pleasant Pier while enjoying live classic oldies and beach music. Only 800 tickets will be sold for this event. Advance purchase is recommended. WHEN: 7-11 p.m. May 7 and 21, June 18, July 9, Aug. 6 and Sept. 10. WHERE: Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd. PRICE: $10, $8 Charleston County Residents MORE INFO: 795-4386 or

SUNDAY Mother’s Day at Aquarium

WHAT: All mothers are invited to join Moms in the Know and the South Carolina Aquarium this Mother’s Day holiday for a fun-filled aquatic day. Mothers can enjoy complimentary admission with a paying guest or child. WHEN: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. WHERE: South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. PRICE: Admission varies. MORE INFO: 577-3474 or

MONDAY Peninsula Pedal

WHAT: This bike tour begins at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Beaufain Street and Ashley Avenue. Although all levels and bikes are welcome, this event is for adults only. The ride begins at Colonial Lake with stops at Cannon Park, Waterfront Park and Chapel Street Fountain Park. The Conservancy’s resident cyclist, Kellen Goodell, will lead participants on a scenic ride with prizes and giveaways along the way. WHEN: 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Beaufain Street and Ashley Avenue. PRICE: Free.


Mount Pleasant Farmers Market

WHAT: Shop fresh produce, crafts, art, food and more while enjoying live music and children’s activities. WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 18. WHERE: Moultrie Middle School, 645 Coleman Blvd. MORE INFO: 884-8517 or

Free Paws in the Park Walk

WHAT: Bring your four-legged friend for an interactive walk through Hampton Park with stops along the way to get tips and treats. Participating businesses include Charleston Dog Walker, Sun Dog Cat Moon, Bark Busters, Dog @ Your Door and Camp Bow Wow. The event is part of the second annual Park Week. WHEN: 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 10. WHERE: Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Blvd.

Singles Mixer

WHAT: Singles in the City Social Network will hold a mixer for professionals 35 and older. WHEN: 6-8 p.m. May 10. WHERE: Foster’s Pub, 545 Belle Station Blvd. PRICE: $10 in advance, $15 at door.

WEDNESDAY Marion Square Caladium Planting

WHAT: Help celebrate the second annual Park Week by helping to beautify Marion Square. Volunteers will get together to plant caladiums just in time for summer. No gardening experience needed, but participants should bring gardening gloves. WHEN: 10 a.m.-noon. WHERE: Marion Square Park, Calhoun and King streets. PRICE: Free.

Coosaw Pointe Farmers Market

WHAT: Shop local produce, arts and crafts and more. WHEN: Noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 26. WHERE: Baseball field behind Publix, 8409 Dorchester Road. MORE INFO: 207-0300 or

Music at Lunchtime

WHAT: Summerville DREAM will host a brown bag lunch event that will include live music, art demonstrations, an art project from Bottles ‘n’ Brushes and free iced tea. Bring a lunch and enjoy a picnic. WHEN: Noon-2 p.m. WHERE: Hutchinson Square, 150 S. Main St. PRICE: Free. MORE INFO: 821-7260 or http://summervilledream. org.

Spring Carnival

WHAT: There will be many exciting things for children of all ages to enjoy. WHEN: 3-5 p.m. WHERE: Alhambra Hall Park, Middle Street, Mount Pleasant. PRICE: Free. MORE INFO: 884-2528

Free Book Signing

WHAT: Karen White, best-selling author of “On Folly Beach” and “The House on Tradd Street,” will be available to sign copies of her new book “The Beach Trees.” WHEN: 4 p.m. May 11; 7 p.m. May 12 WHERE: Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St.

THURSDAY, MAY 12 Charleston Harbor Fest

WHAT: The festival offers an array of activities for the whole family. Plus, the event will coincide with the restart of the Velux 5 Oceans sailing race. WHEN: 1-6 p.m. May 12 and 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 14, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 15. WHERE: Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St. PRICE: $10 for entire weekend, $15 on site. INFO: 722-1030 or

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We Know Women Event: Garden Party

WHAT: Women of all ages are coming together for a free night of health and wellness hot topics, retail therapy and more. Women will have the opportunity to shop local vendors, enjoy live music, demos and informational sessions on women’s health. Wine tastings from Whole Foods Market, chocolate and cheese also will be provided. WHEN: 5:30-8 p.m. May 12 WHERE: First floor lobby at East Cooper Medical Center, 2000 Hospital Drive. PRICE: Free. MORE INFO: 884-7031 or www.

Charleston Pride Festival

WHAT: The 2011 Pride Festival & Rally invites the public to “Catch

the Wave of Equality.” This threeday event sponsored by Absolut Vodka will offer an art walk, film festival, music, vendors and more. It will conclude on May 14 with the Charleston Pride Parade in the heart of North Charleston beginning on E. Montague Avenue, Pride Rally at Riverfront Park and Absolut(ly) Born This Way Charleston Pride After Party at 10 Storehouse Row. WHEN: 6-9 p.m. May 12 for Opening Night; concludes with event at 10:30 a.m. May 14 WHERE: North Charleston Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Ave.


WHAT: Multiple award-winning playwright/director David Mamet tackles America’s most controversial topic in a provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. The play follows the story of two black lawyers hired to defend a white man accused of raping a black woman. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. May 12 and 13, 18-

21, 2 p.m. May 22. WHERE: Pure Theatre, 334 East Bay Street, Unit I. PRICE: $20-$30, $15 student rush. MORE INFO: 866-811-4111 or

‘Gibbes on the Street’

WHAT: “Gibbes on the Street: Framing the Future” is the title of this year’s second annual street party. Guests may enjoy a melding of the visual and culinary arts as Charleston restaurants offer “street food.” The party will feature an open bar, a special performance by Charleston Ballet Theatre, dancing in the street and a ticket giveaway courtesy of Southwest Airlines. WHEN: 7:30-10 p.m. WHERE: 135 Meeting St. PRICE: $100 museum members, $135 nonmembers. Tickets must be purchased in advance and all ticket holders must be at least 21 years of age. MORE INFO: 722-2706, ext. 22. or events.

FRIDAY, MAY 13 Prinella Haygood Memorial Tennis

WHAT: The event is scheduled at Kiawah Island Resort where Haygood was employed. It will benefit Roper St. Francis Cancer Care, as

well as Haygood’s two young sons. WHEN: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. May 13-17. WHERE: Roy Barth Tennis Center, One Sanctuary Beach Drive. PRICE: $50. MORE INFO: 557-2137 or www.

Moonlight Mixer

WHAT: Shag dance on the water and under the stars at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier. DJ Jim Bowers will play oldies and beach music classics. Beverages will be available for purchase and food will be available for purchase at Locklear’s Beach City Grill and the Gangplank Gift Shop. Only 600 tickets will be sold. Advance purchase is recommended. WHEN: 7-11 p.m. May 13, June 3 and 24, July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 2 and 23 and Oct. 7 WHERE: Folly Beach Fishing Pier, 101 E. Arctic Ave. PRICE: $10, $8 for Charleston County residents. MORE INFO: 795-4

Evening at Etiwan

WHAT: Pack a picnic and bring a blanket to enjoy music in the park as the sun goes down. After dark look into the night sky with a stargazing program hosted by Lowcountry Stargazers. WHEN: 5:30 p.m. May 13 WHERE: Etiwan Park, Etiwan Park St.

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‘It’s in the Bag’

WHAT: The Center for Women will host the 10th annual purse auction and reception. More than 75 local personalities and artists have created unique purses suited to their individuality, and the purses will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting the Center for Women. In addition to the auction, guests will enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. An after-party will take place at Social Wine Bar. WHEN: 6-8:30 p.m. with all bidding ending at 8 p.m. WHERE: City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau St. PRICE: $25 in advance, $30 at door. MORE INFO: 763-7333 or http://

Concert on the Lawn

WHAT: Half-Moon Outfitters and the Coastal Conservation League are presenting Magnolia Concert on the Lawn. The event features Shannon Whitworth with opening act The Moonshiners. Bring your own picnic gear, cooler and refreshments. Taco Boy truck will be on site to offer food and drink. WHEN: 6-10 p.m. WHERE: Magnolia Plantation, 3550 Ashley River Road. PRICE: $15 for CCL, QOL members

and students, $20 for general admission, $30 at the door. MORE INFO: 723-7137 or http:// magnoliaconcert.eventbrite. com.

Edisto Natchez-Kusso Powwow WHAT: Visitors are encouraged to come to the powwow to see traditional Native American dancing and singing, gospel music, drumming and more. Guests should bring a chair or blanket. WHEN: 6-9 p.m. May 13; noon-9 p.m. May 14. WHERE: Four Holes Indian Organization Community Center, 1125 Ridge Road. PRICE: $5 adults, free to ages 12 and under and 65 and up. 386 OR HTTP://

‘Burglar in My Bed’

WHAT: William Worthington III and his wife are supposed to be away for the weekend from their estate, but in reality they’ve both arranged trysts with their respective lovers in the estate’s beach house. WHEN: 8 p.m. May 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28; 2 p.m. May 15, 22 and 29. WHERE: The Flowertown Players, 133 S. Main St. PRICE: $20 adults, $17 seniors and military, $15 students. MORE INFO: 875-9251 or http://


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The Center for Women’s 10th annual It’s in the Bag purse auction is May 13. Sandy Liston designed this purse, “Tab.”

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MARY WORTH By Joe Giella & Karen Moy


HI AND LOIS By Brian & Greg Walker & Chris Browne

LUANN By Greg Evans

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THE WIZARD OF ID By Brant Parker

BABY BLUES By Jerry Scott & Rick Kirkman

DILBERT By Scott Adams

ANDY CAPP By Reg Smythe

HAGAR THE HORRIBLE By Chris Browne GET FUZZY By Darby Conley

ZITS By Jerry Scott & Jim Borgman


TODAY’S HOROSCOPE LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Status, position and recognition can all be yours if you follow through with your promises. Make sure your motives are ethical.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22DEC. 21): Personal opportunities will develop that allow you to expand your interests, your friendships and your business relationships.

GEMINI (May 21June 20): You are torn in many directions and need to take three steps back so you can assess your situation objectively. Do whatever research is required.

VIRGO (Aug. 23Sept. 22): Uncertainty about a contract or deal you’ve been working on should be a warning not to do anything until you have a firm commitment in hand.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): Trying to accomplish will be difficult as the obstacles mount and the frustration builds. Take a mental health day.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22): Make changes that will enhance your relationship with someone who can make a difference to your life personally and financially.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18): Open your doors to friends, colleagues and relatives. Welcome change and challenges that allow you to show how versatile you are.

CANCER (June 21July 22): Avoid taking on responsibilities that don’t belong to you. Don’t make donations or in any way jeopardize your financial position to help someone else.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23NOV. 21): A change in the way you do things will lead to new connections. Unusual activities at home will spark new possibilities for personal growth.

PISCES (FEB. 19MARCH 20): Don’t expect anyone to understand what you’re going through or how you feel. You need a timeout to reassess your life and your plans for the future.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You will have to work hard and do your best to bypass someone who is giving you a hard time. TAURUS (April 20May 20): Take care of pending problems concerning institutions, government agencies or large corporations. Go directly to the source.

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In case you didn’t already know, there’s a lot happening in Charleston this week. There’s Cinco de Mayo, the Charleston Dog Show, the Greek Festival and the North Charleston Arts Festival. Whew. So in celebration of ALL that, this week’s Head2Head trivia is a mash-up of all of the above. Good luck. Two-time winner Lauren Jones is taking on single mom Abby Harris.

1. Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of a victorious battle in 1862 when Mexico defeated what European nation? 2. Where is the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration held in the U.S.? 3. In Chandler, Ariz., what type of dog is celebrated during the city’s Cinco de Mayo festivities? 4. What is the only breed of dog that cannot bark? 5. According to the American Kennel Club, there are seven specific groups of breeds, including Hound, Working, Non-Working, Toy and Herding. What are the other two? 6. What is the mythical home of the Greek gods? 7. What vegetable is most often used in making moussaka? 8. The “Elgin Marbles” housed in the British Museum were taken from what World Heritage Site? 9. What year did the North Charleston Arts Festival start? 10. Approximately how many visitors does the festival bring to North Charleston?

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1. Is it Spain? 2. I’d say somewhere in California so maybe L.A. 3. Chihuahua. 4. Oh, I have no idea. 5. Sporting and I’m drawing a blank. 6. Mount Olympus. 7. I love moussaka. Eggplant. 8. Acropolis. 9. I don’t know. 1990? 10. 10,000.

CONCLUSION Including the half a point for correctly answering part of question five (and allowing “Acropolis” as an answer for question eight), Jones pulls off another win despite a competitive showing from her opponent. She’ll be back next week to defend her title. See the paper for dates and times of all the events mentioned above.


1. France. 2. Texas. 3. The only “Mexican” dog I can think of is a Chihuahua. 4. Doesn’t it start with a B? 5. Big dogs and little dogs? Yeah, I don’t know. 6. It’s Mount Olympus. 7. Potato. 8. Parthenon. 9. 1980. 10. 50,000.

CORRECT ANSWERS 1. France. 2. Los Angeles. 3. Chihuahua. 4. Basenji. 5. Sporting and Terrier.

6. Mount Olympus. 7. Eggplant. 8. The Parthenon. 9. 1982. 10. 30,000.





Mary Margaret Collins of Columbia decides she really likes her face painting after a quick look in the mirror during last year’s Greek Festival. This year’s festival is Friday-Sunday at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 30 Race St.


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Note to readers: As many of you have noticed, we are making some improvements to Charleston Scene: changes we hope will ensure that Scene remains the Lowcountry’s most useful, entertaining and vibrant arts and entertainment resource, both in print and online. We are upgrading our nightlife and calendar listings (Pages 24-29), with better descriptions, better organization and the ability to go online for maps, additional information and to search for similar events. There’s even a way for readers and advertisers to post their own events online - free of charge ( We’ve also launched My Charleston Weekend (Page 18), a feature highlighting the very best options for arts and entertainment during each upcoming weekend. We’re reorganizing content to reflect what’s important to readers, emphasizing the best local options for dining, music, movies, arts, events and recreation (both indoors and outdoors). There’s even a new website in the works. We hope these changes will help you feel more connected to our exciting community. If you’d like to weigh in on the changes, please send an email to charlestonscene@gmail. com. Stay tuned, and thank you all for your continued support!

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Beer-B-Que Bash

2-10 p.m. Saturday // Smokey Oak Taproom, 1234 Camp Road Smokey Oak Taproom’s third Beer-B-Que Smash is the perfect way to enjoy the great weather we’ve been having lately. Head to the James Island pub for food, beer tastings, music and more. It will all happen in the Taproom’s parking lot. On the bill are Mac Leaphart, Reid Stone, Rawberry Jam and A Fragile Tomorrow. Admission is free with a canned good, but bring money for the beer tastings. Smoky Oak – Marcus Amaker, editor, and Taproom is at 1234 Camp Matt Winter, manager, Road. Call 762-6268 for inforInnovation and New Initiatives mation.





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Editor: Marcus Amaker, mamaker@ Copy editors: Angie Blackburn, Sandy Schopfer and Laura Bradshaw Writers: Erica J. Marcus, Duffy Lewis, Stephanie Burt, Caitlin Patton, Amanda Harris, Chris Dodson, Denise K. James, Devin Grant, Elizabeth Bowers, Jack McCray, Jason Layne, Karen Briggs, Katrina Robinson, Kevin Young, Matthew Godbey, Matthew Weyers, Olivia Pool, Paul Pavlich, Angel Powell, Rebekah Bradford, Bill Thompson, Vikki Matsis, Deidre Schipani Videographers: Sarah Jones, Marcus Amaker Photographers: Jason Benjamin, Amelia Phillips, Jason Layne, Reese Moore. Calendar, Night Life listings: Paige

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ON THE COVER: Artwork by local artist Lisa Shimko, who has an opening at Scoop Studios on Friday. See a video of her online at Last week’s cover art was by Cookie Washington.

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Celebrate mom

As it does each year on Mother’s Day, the S.C. Aquarium will say “thank you” to moms by offering them free admission with a paid child or adult admission. As adult tickets usually cost close to $20, this is a great deal. Visitors can check out the albino alligator and recently reopened Saltmarsh Aviary, as well as the aquarium’s regular programs, which will acknowledge mothers on this special day. Free Mother’s Day admission is sponsored in part by Moms in the Know. The aquarium is at 100 Aquar-

midnight. The Music Farm ium Wharf in downtown Charleston. Call 577-FISH or is at 32 Ann St. Visit www. or www. visit

Art for Africa

Tonight at the Music Farm, Young and Free South Carolina will team up with Water Missions International and South Carolina Federal Credit Union to present the “Change for Change” free art show and sale. The show will raise money to have a water-purification system installed in an African village. Admission to the show is free, and the evening will feature drink specials and live music from JeffET, Meet the Sky and Heyrocco. All proceeds from art sales will go to helping Young and Free South Carolina reach their fundraising goal of $25,000. “Change for Change” begins at 7:30 p.m. and ends at

Give Mom Something Sweet


Carol Beck looks at comic books to be given out during Free Comic Book Day in Summerville.

Bus to the Beach

In celebration of CARTA’s new bus route to the beach, East Cooper CARTA Riders are holding “Bus to the Beach.” Carta’s Flex Route 402 transports riders from Mount Pleasant Towne Centre and over the Isle of Palms connector, stopping at the Isle of Palms County Park every couple of hours.

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Saturday beginning at 7 a.m., events will be taking place along the new route, including at a tent set up across from the Carvel Ice Cream shop at Towne Centre, where people catch a ride and transfer to the route from other buses. Riders may enjoy music and get updates on the bus, and town officials will give the bus a celebratory send-off at 10 a.m. In

addition, there will be parties on the Isle of Palms at 11:30 a.m. and on Sullivan’s Island at 12:30 p.m. Adult fare is $3, and children 6 and under ride free. For route information, visit or www. Paige Hinson can be reached at

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Gator head trophies draw runners to Swamp Run


adding that his wife mounts the heads, which have glass marbles as eyes, on heart pine plaques. “The heads are from alligators raised on a farm for their hide and meat. If they didn’t sell the heads, they’d just be thrown away.” Lake, who describes himself as “one of the most liberal people you’ll ever meet,” received an email from an animal rights activist complaining about the gator heads being used as trophies. In response, he asked the group of participants last year if they had any objection to the gator head trophies. Only one person raised their hand to object. This year, he’ll hand out 38 gator head trophies, two bigger ones to the top male and female, and 36 small ones to age group winners and possibly the top 10 finishers. (On Monday, he was still trying to figure out the plan.) Saturday’s event starts at 8:30 a.m. in Jamestown, near S.C. Highway 41 and U.S. Highway 17-A/S.C. Highway 45. Email Lake at michael@techlake. net or go to http://www.!/group. php?gid=273015932858.

families, with postpartum depression in the Lowcountry and beyond. The Ruth Rhoden Craven Foundation is hosting the eighth annual 5K Moms’ Run/Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island. The annual certified event is the foundation’s largest fundraiser and furthers its efforts of educating, supporting and healing women who have postpartum depression. “This event is all about moms and their families. We want to recognize women across the Lowcountry and beyond who are currently dealing with this illness or have recovered from it. This is a chance for all families to enjoy a fun event and support a very important cause” says Risa Mason, licensed clinical psychologist and foundation executive director. Late registration and packet pick-up are 6:30-7:30 a.m. Saturday at Blackbaud Stadium. For information or to register for the Moms’ Run, visit

Arthritis Walk

And if walking is more your style, the annual Arthritis Foundation Walk, 3Run for Mom and 1-mile walks, will be at On Mother’s Day weekend, 10 a.m. Saturday (registration starts at 9 a.m.) at James honor moms everywhere Island County Park. Visit by supporting a cause that helps women, and their



erkeley County’s most colorful race, the Hell Hole Swamp Festival Gator Run, marks its 36th year Saturday when runners, joggers and walkers will line up for a true shotgun start near the crossroads known as Jamestown. In its three dozen year history, the Gator Run has developed a reputation as a small but, let’s say, cultural event. Many would run the 10K on mostly logging roads through the Francis Marion Forest and then hang out for the festival, featuring its Southern fare, bluegrass music, contests (arm wrestling, tobacco spitting and best legs) and parade — the latter of which includes winners from several festival beauty contests. Still, the race is in the middle of the forest and typically averaged only about 40 to 60 runners. That’s very small by local standards. Two years ago, Gator Run director Mike Lake started offering gator head trophies not only as overall awards but as age group awards. His participation numbers have quadrupled. Last year, he had 170 runners, including three from the West Coast. This year, Lake is expecting between 200 and 250 runners. He credits and defends the unusual, though politically incorrect, gator head trophies. “I buy the gator heads at a tourist trap just across the Florida line,” says Lake,

Runners and walkers will participate in the eighth annual 5K Moms’ Run/ Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island.

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Chris Hemsworth does a smashing job as ‘Thor’ movie review

BY ROGER MOORE The Orlando Sentinel


hor,” the first summer comic book blockbuster out of the gate, has a lot of that winking wit we’ve come to expect from our post-“Spider-Man” Marvel movies. It has a hunky, self-mocking young star, solid support from a couple of Oscar winners and the slick sheen that state-of-the-art effects can give you. But if it weren’t for all those effects (the 3-D seems an afterthought), for all the story’s attention to “franchise” and “there’s more money to be made from FUTURE movies,” it might feel something more than incomplete. Simply put, the movie’s alien god stuck on the Real World (Earth) scenes sing. And the ones in a digital Merrie Olde Land of Oz where Odin, Thor, Loki and the Nordic gods reside are little better than glossy filler, back-story overwhelmed by the pixels of it all.

★★★★ (of 5)


Chris Hemsworth stars as the Marvel Comics superhero Thor. The esteemed Kenneth Branagh (“Hamlet,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Henry V”) wasn’t wholly able to overcome that “creation myth” part of any epic saga with simple effects. But once he leaves “the Realm Eternal,” Asgard, where Odin (Anthony Hopkins) rules, things pick up. In a drawnout first act, Odin tries to keep the peace with the

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warlike Frost Giants. But his headstrong son, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) isn’t having it. So Odin kicks Thor out in the hope that he will “cast aside all selfish” impulses. He tosses Thor’s hammer through the wormhole that exiles him to Earth, too. If Thor ever proves worthy, he’ll be able to heft that hammer again. If not, it’s Sword in the Stone time.

Nobody who comes across it will be able to move it. On Earth, hot young astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is investigating astral anomalies with her Scandinavian mentor (Stellan Skarsgard) and her dizzy science-impaired intern (Kat Dennings). They’re the first humans Thor meets on arriving, banished. And the intern is impressed with this blond lunatic’s physique. “You know, for a crazy homeless person, he’s pretty cut.” The film’s best scenes involve the Norse god as fish out of water. He stalks into a diner and bellows “I need SUSTENANCE!” He hurls coffee cups to the floor to ask for seconds. VERY Viking. Thor storms into a hamster-and-hound-packed pet store and roars, “I need a HORSE.” And he gets into a drinking game with his fellow Scandinavian (Skarsgard), a scientist trying to get his head around the notion that this may be “the (mythic) stories I heard as a child” come to life. Portman

has a great gift at delivering warm-for-Thor’s-form looks that are both sexy and funny. Dennings (“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”) has the punchlines, reacting to Thor the way most of us would. Thor’s first words, staggering to his feet on Earth, “Hammer. HAMMER!,” earn a “We know you’re hammered” from her. Meanwhile, there’s a lot of scheming going on back on Asgard. Thor’s skulking brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is up to no good and Thor’s comrades (Ray Stevenson among them) need Mr. Hammertime’s help. And on Earth, the secret S.H.I.E.L.D. agency (Clark Gregg and Jeremy Renner are part of the team) is trying to get this situation under control without having to involve Captain America, Nick Fury or Iron-

man. All that complicated Marvel interconnection, tying stories together for future movies — yes, there’s another teaser scene after the closing credits — just feels tedious here. What’s fun is what Hemsworth does with the character. He looks like a 20-years-younger version of Brad Pitt, if Brad Pitt had REALLY taken care of himself. And he plays this Nordic blond with a blend of bravado and tongue-incheek. Hemsworth, Hopkins (a tiny part), Portman and Dennings make “Thor” work. And as comic book oversaturation sets in over the long, hot summer, we may look back on this one with fondness and the reassuring thought that with this possible franchise, there is room for and hope for improvement.

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