Game Tournament at Play N Trade

Hey, gamers. Time to step up. Play N Trade invites you to put your console where your mouth is. The retailer is hosting a tournament on Nov. 22, featuring Gears of War 2, Soul Caliber IV, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Entry fee is $5. Registration begins at

11 a.m. Competition begins at noon. 1838 Ashley River Road. For more, call (843) 766-1544, or go to —John Stoehr

A&E to Flip over $4M Lawsuit

Last week, a Charleston jury awarded nearly $4 million in damages to Richard Davis, owner of Trademark Properties on James Island and the creator of Flip This House. Davis said he made an oral agreement with the cable network A&E to split revenue generated from the show. A&E denied the claim, prompting Davis to sue. A&E lawyers say the suit should have been dismissed before the case was allowed to go before a jury. Gerald Finkel, a professor at the Charleston School of Law, told The Post and Courier on Wednesday that A&E’s request to dismiss the case could be the basis for an eventual reversal. —John Stoehr

Doctor Feelbad

Reviews of John Adams’ new opera, about the life of Robert Oppenheimer, have been stellar. So check out the Metropolitan Opera’s high-definition broadcast of Doctor Atomic. John Adams explores the gripping and tragic story of the creation of the atomic bomb. The show is Nov. 29 at 12:30 p.m. It’s free at the Charleston County Public Library at 68 Calhoun St. For more, call (843) 805-6804. —John Stoehr

Weird Science

The Waring Historical Library at MUSC built an online-only exhibit two years ago devoted to Jean-Martin Charcot (1825-1893), the father of modern rheumatology. Among his other interests was studying “the malady of hysteria” in Victorian women. His demonstration with “afflicted women” became popular not just with doctors and medical students but with “interested citizens who enjoyed the drama of it all and viewed his lectures — delivered in a theater — as a form of entertainment.” Ah, the things we did before TiVo. The exhibit features texts, photographs, and drawings. My favorite is a drawing of the little green devil biting a human foot as symbolic of gout. If you like the strange, the bizarre, and the unexpected, check out —John Stoehr

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