Culture vultures, this is your weekend. There are tons of art, theater, and music events to choose from. But choosing’s the hardest part.

Tonight’s a great night for contemporary art lovers. There are three promising shows opening around the peninsula, and if you plan accordingly, you can fit them all in. From 5-8 p.m., see Ryan Cronin’s child-like art at Scoop Studios on Broad, then head up to Aster Hall, Upper King’s newest gallery, which is hosting an exhibit featuring art from Benjamin Hollingsworth, a soccer star-turned-artist. That event lasts from 6-9 p.m. Please note: the Center for Photography’s opening featuring photographs from Bob Croslin is not until Aug. 7. We apologize for the mix-up.

On Friday night, nine local artists will be locked into an old apartment on Pitt Street with the intention of creating at least three works of art. They’ll be working from midnight to noon, and from 5 p.m.-midnight on Saturday, you can stop by and check out their creations. The Fr3sh reception will feature music from DJ CMDER and live spoken word performance from Marcus Amaker. Speaking of lock-ins, the 24 Hour Plays are also going on on Saturday. See the result of 24 hours of hard work from local thespians at the South of Broadway Theater in North Charleston. $5 suggested donation.

Don’t miss Rory Scovel at Theatre 99 tonight at 10 p.m. Just watch this clip from when he was on Comedy Central’s Live in Gotham — It’ll make you want to go see him. Additionally, Sidetracked, a one-man comedy, is playing at the Village Playhouse through Sunday. PURE’s Speech and Debate, a play about three misfit teens in Oregon, is also getting good reviews.

Want to enjoy some music, get inspired, and support a good cause? The African Children’s Choir is performing at Ashley River Baptist Church at 7 p.m. tonight, and it’s free, though donations are accepted. Another fund-raiser is going on out at Freshfields Village tonight for the American Cancer Society. There’s a wine tasting, food, and music from Permanent Vacation.

The RiverDogs are in town playing the Legends through Monday. Wear a red shirt tonight and get $1 off your ticket price, and enjoy fireworks after the game. On Saturday, the first 1,000 fans through the gates will get a GI Joe helmet. And on Sunday, as always, parking is free and kids eat free. Sports fans might also enjoy watching the Charleston Hawks, our semi-pro football team, play on Saturday at Stoney Field ($5-$10).

Then in the random category, on Saturday there’s a Metallica tribute band playing the Music Farm, and Suite Sole is hosting a trunk show featuring ‘80s-inspired jewelry from Dalia Dalili. There will be music, and there will be cupcakes.

And don’t forget, our magical calendar can help you keep it all straight. Save events you’re interested in on our site, or save them to your iCal, or even ask for a reminder. Yes, we’ll do that for you.

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