When it comes to this weekend, I’ve got a one-track mind. Forever 21 is opening, and really, that’s all anyone needs to know. Not that I’m going to be there on the first day, since I assume it’ll be a mad house. But just knowing that it’s going to be open … it almost makes everything all right in the world. Or at least, in Charleston’s retail world.

If you’re looking for other things to do besides shopping at a chain store, here’s what we’ve got:

Twenty-four artists will compete for the title of best portrait artist at Redux during the FR3SH Portrait Battle. Winner gets bragging rights, $500, and a champion’s belt.

Charleston Restaurant Week starts on Friday. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got Husk reservations. Yeah. I’m cool like that. In other foodie news, there’s the Braise and Brew dinner at Middleton Place.

Planning a visit to Arlington, Texas around Feb. 6? If you go to the Big Game Party at the Mt. Pleasant Kickin’ Chicken on Saturday, you could win tickets to the Super Bowl, which also happens to be taking place in Arlington on Feb. 6. What a convenient coincidence.

The Northwoods Mall Planet Fitness is holding a Grand Opening on Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, Sally Bette’s has a Grand Re-Opening Party, with a trunk show by Escapada Living and Hyla DeWitt Jewelry.

As if you ever needed an excuse to visit Thee Southern Belle, they’re having the The Mad Hatter’s Ball: Mayhem in Wonderland, a benefit for Darkness to Light.

Saturday is the first Oysters on the Point of the year, as well as the International Blues Challenge Benefit and Oyster Roast, and there’s also an Oyster Roast Fundraiser for Apple Charter Elementary and Middle School on Sunday.

The South Carolina Stingrays have games against the Florida Everblades and the Kalamazoo Wings

Are you a runner or a walker? If you’re the former, the Charleston Marathon is for you. If you’re the latter, Walk to Beat the Clock raises awareness for cervical cancer.

Did you know that Saturday is National Hat Day? No? How dare you? Magar Hatworks has an open studio and sale to celebrate this extremely important date.

We’re busy prepping our Charleston Comedy Fest issue over here at the City Paper. Are you excited yet? Start getting pumped at Theatre 99 this weekend, with Improv Smackdown! and Improv Riot shows, as well as a special performance of the Banana Monologues.

Punching the Clown, a film about a modern-day troubador living out of his car as he travels through the heartland, plays at the Olde North Charleston Picture House.

Authors Bowman Gray IV and Gia Lee sign copies of their books. Food writer Joan Nathan explores Jewish cooking in France with Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous.

I’ve been conflicted with the weather lately. On the one hand, when it’s not raining, the sun is shining and the skies are a beautiful, clear blue. On the other hand, it’s freakin’ cold. If you’re a glass-is-half-full kind of person, you might want to make the Wambaw Creek Kayak Trip.

The Who Wants to Be a Porn Star? lecture is not what you think it is. It takes a hard look at pornography in the context of its effects in the world. I actually want to go to this. Luckily, I’m over the age of 18, otherwise I wouldn’t be allowed in.

St. Julian Devine hosts a kid-friendly MLK birthday celebration. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble will also honor King with In His Own Words, an inspiration concert and tribute.

Catch the Shaniqua Brown and Megan Jean and the KFB at the Pour House.

And the previously scheduled Fuel winter block party got rained out. Maybe this time it’ll get snowed out? It’s not likely, but at least it would be more fitting with the theme. Then, instead of the periodic “snow storms” they’re going to have, they could have real ones. That’s probably a better idea in theory. OK, I’ll stop now.

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