THEATRE — Anything to close the deal
Glengarry Glen Ross
Opening Fri. Oct. 13at 8 p.m.
Running Oct. 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 27, 28; Nov. 3, 4 at 8 p.m.
Oct. 29 at 5 p.m.
$20, $18/seniors and students
Village Playhouse
730 Coleman Blvd.

Salesmen the world over have looked to David Mamet’s 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning Glengarry Glen Ross as both a mirror and a teaching tool for the “dog-devour-dog” world of making a living by convincing people to buy whatever happens to be available. Mamet spent time working as a typist in a Chicago real estate office before writing the play, and his keen sense of observation lends a pervasive air of crippling reality to the story of four Chicago salesmen and their supervisor as they are forced into a “sales contest,” where the winner receives a Cadillac and the two losers get pink slips, which drives the men to “Lie, cheat, steal … anything to close the deal.” Village Playhouse’s production is directed by Keely Enright and features Nat Jones, Rob Duren, Robbie Thomas, Michael Easler, and Thomas Heath as the salesmen. Parents, be aware: Since Glengarry Glen Ross does not shy away from the explicit language and adult themes inherent in the high-pressure sales world, this production is for mature audiences only. —Sara Miller


VISUAL ARTS EVENT — Say, does anyone know how to Madison?
Now! Time Warp Party
Sat. Oct. 14
8-11 p.m.
Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting St.
722-2706 ext. 25

Gather your toast, your rice, your drenched newspapers, and your sense of spooky fun for the Gibbes’ Time Warp Party, a tip-o-the-hat to the classic cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show that celebrates the opening of the Musuem’s newest exhibition, Now!, showcasing five young contemporary artists with wildly divergent, yet equally interesting, styles (read more about Now! on pg. 38 of the Arts section). The party itself will be a glamorous (in the Bowie sense of the word) occasion, with entertainment by the irrepressible, wildly popular Cabaret Kiki and DJ Lanatron spinning wicked tracks designed to get all the ghouls and bats out on the dance floor. Whether you decide to get decked out in a costume (they’re purely optional) or come as you are, let’s just say that if you’re a fan of Michael Jackson’s Thriller (the song or the album), you won’t go home disappointed. —Sara Miller


CONCERT MUSIC — Don’t you know everyone wants to laugh?
“In Honor of Garland and Astaire”
Sat. Oct. 14
8 p.m.
$15-$35, $5/students
Gaillard Auditorium
77 Calhoun St.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2006-07 Charleston Pops Series with “In Honor of Garland and Astaire,” a night jam-packed with singing, stringing, and movie nostalgia. Travel back in time to the days of old Hollywood glamour with this tribute to silver screen icons Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, and Gene Kelly. Under the strident baton of resident director Scott Terrell, the CSO, accompanied by baritone Graham Fandrei and mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider, will perform beloved songs from classic movies like An American in Paris, Singin’ in the Rain, Easter Parade, Embraceable You, and more. While you may not be able to witness Gene Kelly in the flesh, kicking his heels up and flashing that wide, gorgeous grin, it’s sure to be a night to remember. —Christy Robertson


EVENT — Get smart
Friends of the Library BookFest
Celebrating Friends Pre-Sale Event: Thurs. Oct. 12, 6-8:30 p.m.
BookFest sale: Fri. Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 15, 12-3 p.m.
Gaillard Auditorium
77 Calhoun St.

There’s nothing better than a book sale to stock up on knowledge-nuts for the winter. Friends of the Charleston County Library hosts the 24th annual BookFest at the Gaillard Auditorium this weekend, with over 60,000 “gently used” books, CDs, DVDs, cassettes, videos, and rare collectibles for sale. Admission is free, and book prices begin as low as 50 cents, but make sure to bring cash or checks, as they can’t accept credit cards. Bookworms can browse the selection throughout the weekend, or become a member of Friends of the Library at the door to enjoy a catered pre-sale on Thursday night. The deals sweeten on Sunday, when browsers can fill a “Bag o’ Books” for five bucks, and schools can get books for free. Now hole up and get antisocial. —Stratton Lawrence


FESTIVAL — Bountiful bouncing babies
Daniel Island’s Park Day
Sat. Oct. 14
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Daniel Island

Taking place on the banks of the scenic Wando River, Park Day on Daniel Island festivities include live entertainment, games, food, children’s activities, and more. Get jiggy to the tunes of Island Trio or the East Coast Party Band while snacking on food prepared by a variety of vendors. Bring your pooch to the Dog Showcase, where they’ll have a dog wash, an outdoor “dog café,” pet training advice, and dogs from local rescue groups available for adoption. Children can visit the “Wild Kingdom” petting zoo, particpate in the Kids for the Cure field games event, jump up and down on the bungee trampoline, or participate in roughly a bagillion other kid-friendly activities. Admission and parking are free, although some events will require a small fee in order to raise money for local charities. The 2006 beneficiaries include the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Keeper of the Wild, Trident Literary Association, the American Red Cross, East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, Philip Simmons Foundation, Communities in Schools, and several others. —Christy Robertson

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