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.
Since its completion in 1713, The Powder Magazine has served as a storage shed for gunpowder, a stable, a wine shop, a print shop, and finally a museum, now dedicated to Charleston's colonial history. The talented Rodney Rogers delights the Magazine's guests for 40 minutes every Saturday by impersonating Stede Bonnet, otherwise known as The Gentleman Pirate, with a program of charming, historically accurate accounts of prominent Carolina pirates. In addition to the show, patrons can make deeply emotional connections with each brick in The Powder Magazine’s 300-year-old, three-foot-thick walls, and enjoy a 10% discount on all items purchased in the museum shop.
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.
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.
International flavors and 17 vibrant cocktails color 9 Promenade's creative menu of gourmet tapas, pizzas, and salads. Chefs dexterously craft bite-size plates under high-powered microscopes, braising chorizo in red wine ($8) and coupling slivers of blackened ahi tuna with a made-to-order version of tartare drizzled in cilantro-soy sauce ($12). The Rock Lobster ($9), a martini blended from whiskey, black-raspberry liqueur, and cranberry juice, blushes against the bar's gray walls like an embarrassed bride, and listless stomachs perk up with the Breakfast salad ($9), a bed of spinach piled to the leafy heavens with bacon, garlic toast, and an over-easy egg. The restaurant's doughsmiths also engineer a selection of gourmet pizzas ($12–$15) mounded with eclectic toppings such as tequila-marinated tomatoes, crab, and shaved steak.
Parked on a high ledge next to a bust of Ronald Reagan wearing a party hat, a miniature DeLorean patrols The Wormhole, a sit-down coffee shop that doles out caffeine and pop-culture kitsch in equal doses. For children of the 1980s, the cafe delivers a "wormhole" experience, surrounding them in emblems of an era: Nintendo games (available for play), ET collectibles, plush gremlins, and Star Wars doodads. The menu also smacks of the 80s, although it frequently changes to accommodate seasonal tastes. In recent times, baristas have fused espresso with cocoa puffs, and dished out donuts encrusted with Fruity Pebbles. Select beverages come with a Nilla wafer-chaser. As for edibles, Fritz Pastries supplies homemade tarts (a gourmet variation of the kind that come in silver foil) and other handheld treats.