[image-1]FILM | Excellent entertainment at Marion Square
The school year is coming to a end. Finals, papers, and presentations are breathing down the necks of quite a few Charlestonians (i.e. all those Cougars and Cadets). For these guys, grades will be determined in the next couple of weeks and the pressure is on (big time). Thinking about this crisis being faced by so many students, it’s impossible not be reminded of one of the most ground-breaking and life-changing films of our time — Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. This cinematic masterpiece chronicles the epic quest of two high school students (played by Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter) for a passing grade in history class. Watching this movie would be a great way to show solidarity with all the stressed-out college kids sleep-walking around the city these days. Plus, it would be totally fun. Fortunately, there is no need to hit blockbuster or adjust your NetFlick line-up to get this done. Simply stroll on down to Marion Square Friday evening for the second showing of City Paper’s month-long Movies in Marion Square series. The flick won’t start ’til dark, but get there early for music (provided by Justin Burke and Zach Hood) and snacks (provided by Mellow Mushroom, T&T Kettle Korn, and Häagan Dazs). It’s gonna be a bodacious park party, but don’t forget — it’s all for the (college) kids. —Meaghan Strickland Fri. April 25. Music starts at 6 p.m., movie starts at dark. Free. Marion Square. Corner of Calhoun and King streets. (843) 577-5304 ext. 140. www.charlestoncitypaper.com
[image-2]THEATER | Journey through the underworld
Take a fresh look at a timeless love story with Sarah Ruhl’s award-winning play, Eurydice, presented by PURE Theatre. Ruhl blends her contemporary voice into a lyrically redesigned take on the classic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, told through the eyes of its heroine. After dying abruptly on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey through the underworld, reunite with her father, and struggle to retain her memories of her lost love. An accomplished playwright from New York City, Sarah Ruhl won the MacArthur Fellowship in 2006 and was described at the ceremony as “a playwright creating vivid and adventurous theatrical works that poignantly juxtapose the mundane aspects of daily life with mythic themes of love and war.” Eurydice promises to be no exception, written with Duhl’s unique comic voice and directed by PURE Theatre’s co-founder and Artistic Director Sharon Graci. The play features a stellar seven-person cast, including Amanda Franklin Johnson, Brian Smith, Rodney Lee Rogers, Chad Layman, with New Music Collective Musicians Nathan Koci, Bill Carson, and Ron Wiltrout, and Nick Jenkins in the role of the Stones. For a special preview (on a college-student budget), attend one of the two special Pay What You Can nights on Thurs. April 24 and Wed. May 14, or for a closer look at this play and its actors, stay for the Talkback sessions every Thursday after the show. —Gervase Caycedo April 25-26, May 1-4, May 8-10 and May 14-17. PURE Theatre, 701 E. Bay St. (843) 723-4444. www.puretheatre.org.
[image-3]EVENT | Plane to see
Planes are one of those things that when you sit and ponder them for awhile, they start to seem a little mind-blowing. I for one will never understand how these giant, heavy contraptions manage to fly so effortlessly through the air. But you know what’s even crazier? Watching those same planes perform acrobatic stunts. The heroes over at the Charleston Air Force Base are putting on a free, huge air expo all day Saturday, and the main attraction is the USAF Thunderbirds. The Army’s Golden Knight’s parachute team will perform daring freefall jumps throughout the day, and Patty Wagstaff will perform “one of the most thrilling, low-level aerobatic routines in the world,” according to the website. You’ll also get a chance to check out aircraft from the past to the present, including the Boeing 747 Dreamlifter, one of only two in the world. You’re sure to have a fly time. —Erica Jackson Sat., April 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (843) 963-EXPO, www.charlestonairexpo.com. Charleston Air Force Base, (North Charleston). (843) 963-1110.
FESTIVAL | Friends don’t let friends eat imported seafood
You’ve seen the bumper stickers, and you’ve no doubt heard people talking. Folks are passionate about local food, particularly the local shrimping industry. The Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival, now in its 21st year, celebrates our local shrimp fleet and blesses them for the upcoming season. But this isn’t a church service — it’s a party! The festival generally attracts over 10,000 people from across the Southeast with seafood from area restaurants (like Noisy Oyster, Gullah Cuisine, Seel’s Fish Camp, and Locklear’s), an arts and crafts show, children’s activities, music from the East Coast Party Band, and more. Show your support for the local seafood industry by joining the throng for this fun springtime event. No alcohol, pets, bikes, skateboards, or glass bottles allowed. —EJ Sun., April 27, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free, (843) 849-2061, www.townofmountpleasant.com. Alhambra Hall, 131 Middle St., (Mt. Pleasant)
[image-4]EVENT | For your secret garden
Every April, hundreds of people line up outside Gaillard Auditorium in the early morning light. As the opening hour draws near, the crowd grows restless, until they join in a countdown the last few seconds. At 8 a.m., the crowd is set loose, and they rush toward a 40 by 60-foot tent containing … plants. Thousands and thousands of plants. It’s the seventh year for the Charleston Horticultural Society’s Plantasia, featuring tropicals, annuals, perennials, shrubs, and more from local growers and Society members. Along with everyone’s favorite varieties, you’ll find some new, rare selections, like the Lespedeza “Little Volcano,” a bush clover from a town in Japan that’s covered with bright red-purple throughout the fall. Also look out for the Bulbine fruticosa “Hallmark,” whose yellow-orange flowers bloom from April until November. Nearly 100 horticulturally trained docents will be on hand to help you make your selections. Check out the “Real Yard Sale” for donated (some new, some used) garden accessories like statues, fountains, and pots. Proceeds from this rain or shine event benefit the educational programs and projects of the Horticultural Society. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted. —Erica Jackson Sat., April 26, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Free, (843) 579-9922, . Gaillard Municipal Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St. (843) 577-7400, www.charlestonhorticulturalsociety.org.
FILM | Hail to the hobo
The invention of the train was a huge turning point in the history of America — lots of stuff went down when they burst onto the scene. Some good (dining cars), some bad (exploitation of labor), some ugly (striped conductor hats). Most interestingly perhaps, trains allowed for the development of the now fastly fading hobo and tramp subculture. Trains were used by these dudes (and dudettes) to seek work and tour the world (er…country). Unsurprisingly, their story has captured the imagination of contemporary filmmakers, John Bennett and Shawn Lukitsch in particular. These guys and their independent film company, Agency Films, are on a mission to preserve the history of the American train tramp with their traveling Hobo Film Festival. The festival includes not only their work, but that of dozens of other filmmakers and it will be touring all along the Eastern seaboard, starting in Miami. Fortunately for us, the fest will make a stop in Charleston. For a nice big slice of American life, head over to the Map Room next Wednesday. —Meaghan Strickland Wed., April 30, 9 p.m. The Map Room, 1650 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., (West Ashley), (843) 769-6336, www.themaproom.net.
Coming up next week: Charleston International Film Fest, Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby Party, North Charleston Arts Festival, and more!