SPORTS EVENT — Crossing the river … a new way
Cooper River Bridge Run
Sat. April 1
8 a.m.
Starts on Coleman Blvd.
Register online at

Well, it’s finally here — the first annual Cooper River Bridge Run to cross the new, still-shiny Ravenel bridge. The 10K run/walk kicks off on Coleman Boulevard, between Shem Creek and Sea Island Shopping Center, and although the three (or so) hours between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. are marked off for exercise, there are plenty of other Bridge Run related events going on around town. At Millennium Music (372 King St.) on Thurs. March 30 at 8 p.m., local runner, writer, and CP contributor Jonathan Sanchez will present his eighth annual Bridge Run Reading, a humorous short story based on the run, and will also sign copies of Bandit, his Bridge Run Story compilation (read more on pg. 44). Dr. Brett Dunnill is organizing the Banana Bridge Run, a group of people running to benefit cancer survivors; for more info, call Dr. Dunnill at 722-7070 or visit www.bananabridgerun.net. Over in West Ashley, they’ve got their own event, the Edgewater Bridge Run, a “race” that spans the .1-mile Edgewater Bridge and raises funds for Hospice of Charleston; the organizers label it an event for “runners with a drinking problem,” and participants start and end the race at Wally Gators (1600 Savannah Hwy.), where they’ll have plenty of free pre- and post-race noshes on hand. To learn more or to participate in the Edgewater Bridge Run, contact Belinda Kowalski at 556-8127. Last but not least, on Sat. at 3 p.m., after the race, local bluegrass heroes the Blue Dogs will perform at the I’On Westlake Amphitheater (off Mathis Ferry Road in I’On). Tickets are $8/advance, $10/day of show and are available at I’On Realty (159 Civitas St.) or by calling 881-7541.


CONCERT MUSIC — Music lovers love the spring
Music under the Oaks
Sun. April 2
4 p.m.
The Cistern yard
66 George St.

For fans of fresh air and classical music, the annual Music under the Oaks concert has become something to look forward to each spring, when students, teachers, soon-to-be graduates, and the general public gather at the College of Charleston’s Cistern yard for an afternoon of soothing sounds accompanied by abundant blooming flora. This year’s concert, presented by the Music Department in CofC’s School of the Arts, features the CofC Orchestra, as well as chamber ensembles coached by music professors Enrique Graf, Natalia Khoma, and Lee-Chin Siow, performing popular classics by Rossini, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Mozart, and Debussy. People are invited to bring blankets to sit on, and folding chairs will be provided; there will also be food and beverages available for sale (no outside coolers are permitted). In case of rain, the party regroups at the Sottile Theatre (44 George St.) at 5 p.m.


THEATRE/COMEDY — Can’t stop the bum rush
HOBO: The Musical
March 29, April 1, 5, 6
8 p.m.
Theatre 99
280 Meeting St.

Over at Theatre 99, a storm is constantly brewing — a storm of rampant creativity, that is. Something about the improv environment must foster the steady flow of interesting productions coming out of the Have Nots! family. This week marks the stage debut of the Swiftly satirical HOBO: The Musical, a new, original musical comedy sprung from the mind of local actor (Amadeus) and theatre student Henry Riggs, who collaborated with Theatre 99 ensemble member John Brennan and theatre student Chris Gingrich to write the book for HOBO. The musical takes a lighthearted look at a serious topic, centering on a community of homeless people in the fictional town of Justice, where the band of outsiders are being killed off one by one by the evil Mayor in his efforts to “clean up the city.” When the hobo group’s biggest moneymaker, Nibbles (played by CP columnist Jessica Chase), is murdered, they rally around go-getter Kenneth (played by Riggs) and prepare to storm the Mayor’s office.


FESTIVAL — Vou San Vou-Mem Byen?
Lowcountry Cajun Fest
Sun. April 2
12-6 p.m.
$8 (or five books of Greenbax stamps), free for children under 13
James Island County Park
871 Riverland Dr.
795-4FUN (4386)

The start of Charleston’s themed festival season kicks off at James Island County Park this weekend with the 15th annual Lowcountry Cajun Fest, a family-friendly event celebrating the history and influence of our Creole and Cajun neighbors. There will be plenty of spiced-up cuisine, including jambalaya, boiled crawfish, étouffée, red rice, andouille sausage, and more; the intrepid (or excruciatingly hungry) crawfish fan can enter the Crawfish Eating Contest, always a popular attraction at the Fest. After filling your belly, waddle over to the stage to hear the zydeco sounds of Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band and Lil’ Malcolm Walker & the Zydeco House Rockers or tag along with the kids as they check out the jump castles and rides. To paraphrase dear, departed Cajun chef Justin Wilson, we guar-on-TEE it will be a good time!


VISUAL ARTS — Opening a doorway to dialogue
Through a Glass, Darkly
Opening Fri. March 31
6-9 p.m.
53 Cannon St. Gallery
53 Cannon St.

Charleston is easily one of most photogenic cities in America, if not the world. As any amateur shooter who has prowled the streets in search of that perfectly unique Charleston image knows, it can be difficult to tear oneself away from the typical Holy City images: church spires or gates, Rainbow Row, horse-drawn carriages, cobblestone streets, etc. The latest show at the uncompromising 53 Cannon St. Gallery, Through a Glass, Darkly, proves that in able hands, one can expose a more extraordinary side of Charleston, with contributions from local photographers Bea Aaronson (whose “With Time…well… Everything Goes” is shown above), Sheila Potter, Katie Leonard, Rachel Vykukal, and guest curator Sandy Logan aimed at exploring “the uncommon vignettes just out of reach, around a dark corner, that may bring intrigue, or at least uncertainty, to the viewer.”

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