A Charleston institution since 1936, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra gathers internationally experienced musicians to perform popular favorites and classical masterpieces. In this season's opening concert, the orchestra invites acclaimed Broadway stars Rita Harvey, who recently performed in Fiddler on the Roof with Rosie O'Donnell, and Ron Bohmer, whose resumé brims with high-school-track ribbons and starring roles in The Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard. As conductor Stuart Malina dishes out Morse code instructions with his baton, singers belt the familiar lyrics of songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein classics, including The King & I, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music. A talented cadre of strings, horns, and percussionists recreate the sweeping sounds of Broadway, led by concertmaster Yuriy Bekker, whose violin has dazzled audiences in the Kennedy Center and music festivals worldwide.
It started small: in 1931, Lieutenant Commander Charles Russell Price directed a series of one-act plays at the Charleston Navy Yard. The series was an unexpected success, and a year later, his band of amateur theater-makers had evolved into an
The Moonshine Saloon's two bars cover 10,000 square feet of southern-rock vibes, billiards, video games, and a menu of fried appetizers and burgers. Patrons can toss golden taquitos ($4.25) at the saloon’s dartboards, then commune with deep-sea fryers with a dinner basket of shrimp ($8.25). The sweetness and crunch of fried corn ($2.25) make way for the cheeseburger ($7.75), its two buns bookending warm pages of cheese melted over a beef patty. Before exploring Moonshine’s large dance floor in search of a city wrought of pure rock 'n' roll, patrons can petition a tasty concoction from the bar with a choice of call ($4.75), premium ($6.75), or top-shelf ($7.50) liquors.
The Flowertown Players, Inc. produce and present quality community theater, encourage and promote educational and literary performing arts projects for all segments of the tri-county population, and provide a venue for thespians, artists, technicians, and other creative people to practice their craft.
Inside Threshold Repertory Theatre's intimate venue, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!) delivers an uproarious, backhanded interpretation of conventional holiday traditions. Since making its debut in 2003, the side-splitting Yuletide onslaught has spurred a nationwide following, garnering praise from the Los Angeles Times as a "winking assault on virtually every secular seasonal classic since Charles Dickens." As Christmas icons such as Frosty, Rudolph, and Ayn Rand enter the show's crosshairs, versatile cast members tickle funny bones with a blitz on worldwide Christmas customs, seasonal carols, and pop-culture mainstays. An original score backs the performance, adding an extra dose of originality and white-bearded quarter notes to a whirlwind of topical amusement.
For more than a decade, the Guns N' Roses tribute band Appetite for Destruction has been on the road, satiating rock 'n' roll cravings with its raucous, authentic act. Looking, sounding, and forging signatures just like its idols, the band evokes the famed original lineup of Guns N’ Roses. Drawing from GNR's most popular albums, including the epochal Use Your Illusion, singer Chad Atkins accurately apes Axl Rose's signature pipes, stage banter, and enflamed microphone while Mike "Junior" Edington reincarnates Slash's Les Paul fret-mongering and rabbit-filled Abe Lincoln hat. For its last show in Charleston, the band blasts through hits such as "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Paradise City" with Jagermeister-fueled intensity, taking fans back to simpler times when rock had muscles and cigarettes were still a food group.
The 7th Annual Charleston Cinco De Mayo Festival turns the Charleston Visitor's Center Bus Shed Terminal into an energetic spectacle of Mexican culture that brings people together with food, dancing, and live music. Revelers sip salt-rimmed margaritas and bite into authentic cuisine from vendors such as Pollo Tropical, Vallarta Grill, and El Dorado as the brassy strains of live salsa music leap from Orquesta Mayor's 15-piece band. DJ Luigi, DJ Leo, DJ E1, and DJ Antrax mix up jams throughout the night as a trio of dance troupes exhibit their skilled undulations.