[image-1]MUSIC | Bob that head

The Coliseum is going country on Saturday, when Nashville’s favorite boy band — or would they be called a man band considering their reputation in the music biz nowadays? — joins everyone’s favorite ditzy blonde for a night of feel-good music. Rascal Flatts recently won “Favorite Group” at the People’s Choice Awards, and they’re planning to release their next album, Unstoppable, in April. The guys are known for sugary-sweet and addictive hits like “Mayberry,” “What Hurts the Most,” “These Days,” and “My Wish” — not to mention Joe Don Rooney’s booty shot in the groundbreaking “I Melt” video. And speaking of sexy and sugary-sweet, Jessica Simpson will be opening the show. Her latest release, Do You Know, takes the pop diva in a country direction. We always knew she had it in her. —Erica Jackson Sat., Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m. (843) 554-6060, www.coliseumpac.com. North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Drive, (North Charleston), (843) 529-5050, www.coliseumpac.com.

[image-2]THEATER | Purely musical

PURE Theatre may be known for edgy drama and comedy, but lately they’re performing to a new tune. Their first offering of 2009 takes on the challenge of musical theater with Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years. This Off-Broadway hit is about two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. Her story starts at the end of their relationship, his starts on the very first day they meet, and the lovers only have one scene together. It’s a tale we all know, and best of all, it’s set to music. The Last Five Years is the winner of two Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics and was cited as one of Time magazine’s 10 Best of 2001. If the economy has you down, don’t be deterred — you can still take that special someone out for a night at the theater. PURE is offering three opportunities to see The Last Five Years at a discounted price: Jan. 21, 22, and Feb. 11 are their “Pay-What-You-Can” nights. Parents, B.Y.O. Baby night is Feb. 1, with free childcare provided by the church’s trained nursery staff. —Candice Summers Through Feb. 14. $30, (843) 723-4444, www.puretheatre.org. Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St., (Downtown), (843) 577-6400, www.circularchurch.org

EVENT | Follylicious

You won’t find much more than locals hanging out at Folly Beach this time of year, but Follywooders are hoping to entice the rest of the world to the edge of America this Saturday. The first annual Taste of Folly is intended to highlight local restaurants as well as stimulate the hibernating economy. The City of Folly Beach is closing down Center Street and suspending the open container ban for the event, and most of the restaurants along the strip will be showing off their goods with tapas-style plates for $1 or $2. Food-oriented events throughout the day include a chili cook-off, a hotdog eating contest, an oyster roast, a bake sale, and more. In addition, there will be plenty of kid’s activities and music from the Oscar Rivers Trio and Walkin’ Mike Wolk. —Erica Jackson Sat. Jan. 24, 12-5 p.m. Free. Center Street, Folly Beach. (843) 588-7380

[image-3]EVENT | Big bivalve bash at Boone Hall

Aw, shucks, it’s time to tromp around on the bucolic plantation grounds with a cold beer in one gloved hand and a blunt oyster knife in the other. The Charleston Restaurant Association and Boone Hall Plantation present one of the biggest oyster festivals in the country, the 26th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival. This event has been named in the “top 20 events in the southeast” by the Southeastern Tourism Society. The massive gathering usually draws nearly 10,000 shuckers and revelers, eager to dig into two tractor-trailer loads’ of freshly harvested, Gulf Coast bivalves. Dave Landeo — a singer/guitarist who recently relocated from Knoxville to the Lowcountry — and his band are scheduled to play several sets throughout the afternoon on the festival stage. Oysters will be sold by the bucket (approximately three to four dozen) for market value, and served with cocktail sauce and crackers. A variety of local food vendors will offer a list of alternatives, including corn dogs, crab cakes, boiled shrimp, and barbecue. Many minutes may be leisurely spent under the oaks stuck in a dirt-road traffic jam. Many beers will be gulped. Many steamed oysters shall be consumed. A portion of the proceeds benefit several Lowcountry charities, including the Ronald McDonald House, the Hollings Cancer Center, the Travel Council, and Charleston County Science Materials Resource Center. —T. Ballard Lesemann Sun., Jan. 25. $10/advance, $12/gate, www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com, Lowcountry Oyster Festival. Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road, (Mt. Pleasant), (843) 884-4371, boonehallplantation.com.

EVENT | Cribs, Charleston style

As Charleston continues to grow into a design destination, the Charleston Home + Design Show fills a niche for the kind of people obsessed with watching HGTV. Guests will have the opportunity to network with countless local businesses ranging from lighting specialists to painters to landscapers. You can even chat with a gutter company if that’s what you need. The event also includes seminars, design consultations, and “speed dating” with architects, builders, and interior designers. A fun part of the event is the Celebrity Designer Idea Rooms, an exhibition of six rooms styled by local celebrities and executed by various local designers and furniture providers. The end result will be a nice mélange of tastes and liveable spaces, and the winning room will receive a $500 prize to go to a charity of the designer’s choice. It’s a win-win for all of us who get to go — see our favorite Lowcountry TV anchors, radio personalities, and columnists, get some design ideas, and decide which room is the swankiest. The array of celebrities include Carrol Murray, Warren Peper, and Brendan Clark from Count on 2 News, Kelly Golden of 94.3’s Charleston’s Morning News, radio personality Rowdy Nites of 103.5 WEZL, and Bryce Donovan from The Post and Courier. We may be biased toward cute cats and dogs, but Brendan Clark’s upscale lounge room for the Charleston Animal Society sounds like a pretty solid contender. —Hadley Lyman Jan. 23-25. $7/two-day pass, free/12 and under, (843) 577-7652, www.charlestonhomeanddesignshow.com. Gaillard Municipal Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St., Charleston (Downtown), (843) 577-7400

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