FILM — Eager for enlightenment?
The Celestine Prophecy Sneak Preview
Thurs. April 13 and Fri. April 14
7 p.m.
Unity Church of Charleston
2535 Leeds Ave.

Remember when the book The Celestine Prophecy was all the rage back in 1996? Well, the best-selling novel by James Redfield has been made into a movie. Unity Church of Charleston is showing a special sneak preview of the film, about a spiritual adventure and the discovery of ancient scrolls in the rainforests of Peru; the inspiring book and film chronicle nine insights into a greater spirituality. Many people have claimed that the book changed their lives; will the movie, with an ensemble cast featuring Matthew Settle, Hector Elizondo (Pretty Woman), and Annabeth Gish, among others, have the same effect? See it for yourself to find out.


EVENT — Hats off to those crazy ladies!
Hat Ladies Annual Easter Promenade
Sat. April 15
11 a.m.
Broad and Meeting streets

Whether you’re celebrating Jesus’ rise from the dead, a killer Easter basket, or just out for a stroll, make a stop at Broad and Meeting for the ultimate Easter spectacle, The Hat Ladies Annual Easter Promenade. The philanthropic women are brought together by their love of hats, in a spirit of camaraderie and community service, spreading a message of “fashion and compassion, for there’s ‘hat’ in HeArT.” The ladies gather for the fifth year to display their love of the colorful head accessory. The promenade also honors Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the ladies, along with their gents, children, and pets, will walk from the aforementioned starting point to a bed and breakfast on East Battery. So before you snarf down all the chocolate Easter bunnies you can handle and peep out on Peeps, pop a top on your mop and join in the Hat Ladies fun.


LITERARY EVENT — Good things come in threes
Trilogy Night
Sat. April 15
9 p.m.-3 a.m.
$8, $6/advance
28 Isabella St.

Trilogy Night at Satchmo’s hooks downtown up with three different forms of entertainment every third Sat. of the month, where audiences can listen to live spoken word poetry and vibe to soul music all in the same night. The trio of entertainment includes an open mic set (9-10:30 p.m.), a special guest poet — this month’s featured poet is Maze Forever, from the nationally-ranked Charlotte slam team (10:45-11:30 p.m.), and a VIP reception (11:30 p.m.-2 a.m.). The events coincide with each new issue of One Word Magazine, a publication that promotes spoken word poetry, neo-soul, and hip-hop. Tickets are available in advance at Monster Music (946 Orleans Road) across from Citadel Mall in West Ashley.


EVENT — Hell bent for leather
Heritage Motorcycle Rally 2006
April 12-16
Various times
$15 (daily)
9850 Hwy. 78, Ladson

The fourth annual Heritage Motorcycle Rally and “Bike Week Charleston” continues this week with a long list of events and runs. The festival kicked off on Fri. April 7 and continues through early Sun. April 16. Hardcore bike enthusiasts and curious rookies can check out a variety of bike shows and build-offs, seminars from custom motorcycle builders, swap meets, poker runs across the Lowcountry, tattoo contests, movie screenings, and live concerts. Among the featured bands at the Exchange Park main stage are some of the South’s most acclaimed rock acts. New Orleans-based four-piece Cowboy Mouth perform on Wed. April 12, Thurs. April 13, and Fri. April 14. British classic rock act Foghat steps in for a headlining set (replacing the Drive-By Truckers) on Fri. April 14. Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd — recently inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame — headline on Sat. April 15 at 5 p.m. N.C.’s twangy Crank County Daredevils and local rock groups The Sound Dogs and Sons of the South perform throughout the week as well. The price of admission in Ladson is $15 per day. A weekend pass is available for $30. Check www.heritagemo torcyclerally.com and www.kicknhorse.com for the full schedule and information.


SPORTS/MUSIC — “Cash” in on Pat’s tennis expertise
“Fantasy Camp”
w/Pat Cash & Peter Fleming
April 12-16
Players Club
1513 Mathis Ferry Road

If Family Circle Cup’s got you all geared up for tennis, guess what? Two modern international tennis greats spend time in the Lowcountry this week … and one them is set to play a live rock show as well. Former Wimbledon singles tennis champion (and headband champ) Pat Cash joins four-time Wimbledon doubles winner Peter Fleming for a week’s worth of “fantasy camp” events — including doubles-specific training, meet ‘n’ greets, and seminars for tennis families — at the Players Club in Mt. Pleasant. Open to the public, the series began on Mon. April 10 and will continue through Sun. April 16. Cash won at Wimbledon in 1987 and was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2003. He has since become an accomplished rock guitarist and incorporated his musical skills into his busy schedule as a tennis pro. He and his band, The Wild Colonial Boys, are scheduled to crank up the amplifiers at the Windjammer (1008 Ocean Blvd., 886-8948, $20) on the Isle of Palms on Thurs. April 13 at 10 p.m.


LITERARY EVENTS — April is the coolest month
NationalPoetry Month
Various events, times, and locations

April is National Poetry Month, and Charleston’s writers will be dispensing free poetry readings featuring some of the area’s finest poets (and some out-of-towners, too). The Poetry Society of South Carolina meets at 7 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at the Second Presbyterian Church (342 Meeting St.), and this Friday’s featured poet is Ryan Van Cleave (pictured above), a professor at Clemson and the author of five poetry collections, including the book The Magical Breasts of Britney Spears. The Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts and the Charleston County Public Library (68 Calhoun St.) present Tuesday night readings at 7 p.m. throughout the month; this Tues. features poets Richard Garcia and Katherine Williams. Also, The College of Charleston Department of English recently kicked off this spring’s Visiting Writers’ Series; the final guest in the series is poet Dean Young, author of Design with X, Skid, and other books. Young will read on Thurs. April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in CofC’s Alumni Memorial Hall (66 George St.). On Sat. April 15th, Van Cleave will be speaking from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at CofC’s Education Center (25 St. Philip St.) in room 118. For an in-depth look at the poetry-related events going on all month, check out the story on pg. 33.

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