SPORTS — Girls ride Washout waves
Folly Beach Wahine Classic
June 3-4
Starts at 8 a.m.
The Washout, Folly Beach
End of E. Ashley Avenue

The Washout on Folly Beach, which is usually swarming with college kids, dogs on leashes, and beer in cups, is going to be even more packed than usual this weekend. Remember Blue Crush, that surfing movie with hottie Kate Bosworth? Well, maybe the contest won’t look exactly like it does in the movies, but one thing is for sure — lady surfers will be tearing up the Washout waters in the Folly Beach Wahine Classic. About 100 competitors will ride the waves in four different divisions: Shortboard, Longboard, Bodyboard, and the much hyped One-Design division, open to all ages and skill levels. The contest culminates at the end of the weekend, with the top six competitors in each age division awarded trophies. Those of us on dry land can get in on the fun with giveaways and a raffle. The competition’s first heat begins at 8 on Saturday morning and continues throughout the day, so get your beach bod out there and show some love to our surfin’ ladies.


VISUAL ARTS — A rising star’s solo debut
The Meandering Thread
On view June 2-30
Opening reception: Fri. June 2, 5-8:30 p.m.
Corrigan Gallery
62 Queen St.

You may not think you’ve heard of Karin Olah, but if you’ve seen the new, 2006 Charleston Farmers’ Market poster (the one with the tomatoes), you’ll know her work. Olah is a well-rounded artist who spent years working in the textile industry after her graduation from art school, and her textural abstract paintings incorporate fabric — often antique textiles — that evoke the quilts she saw in her nascent years growing up in Amish country in Pennsylvania. In her debut solo show, Olah presents a wide variety of new works, many of which draw on her love of the sights, sounds, and smells of the Holy City. The show will be held at the recently-opened Corrigan Gallery, which aims to promote “art with a future” … as far as Olah’s future goes, just try to keep an eye out for the girl wearing shades.


MUSIC EVENT — Dig those checkerboard beats
Jazzin’ the Spirit
Thurs. June 1
5-7:30 p.m.
Robert Mills Manor
20 Franklin St.

There’s no better way to celebrate jazz than by having a downtown picnic. Celebrating Charleston’s jazz history, the second annual Jazzin’ the Spirit picnic will feature the Franklin Street Five, led by Gullah percussionist and CofC professor Quentin Baxter, performing along with vocalists from the Charleston County School of the Arts. Performers connected to the Jenkins Orphanage, a 114-year-old jazz institution that began on Franklin Street, will also accompany the Franklin Street Five. Going back to the roots of jazz history in Charleston is what this picnic is about — and the location is where it all got started. Mitchell Elementary School students from the “Jake’s Music” program will grace the stage as well. There will not only be fantastic music at the picnic, but food and games for children are all free of charge.


SPORTS — Anglers against ailments
Fishing for the Cure Tournament
Captain’s Meeting: Wed. May 31, 7:30 p.m.
Tournament: Sat. June 3
Charleston Maritime Center
10 Wharfside St.

The late-night fish better swim and hide, because the ninth Annual “Fishing for the Cure” Tournament is upon us. The Carolina Lady Anglers, the Lowcountry’s only all-female saltwater fishing team, hosts the competition each year to raise money for breast cancer research. Fishing begins at midnight and weigh-in is at 4 p.m., which gives amateur fishmongers 16 hours to catch their best fish to compete in seven different categories. Through tournaments, the Carolina Lady Anglers seek to promote awareness about breast cancer, foster conservation, provide an environment of good sportsmanship, and promote saltwater sport fishing. It sounds like these ladies have got their priorities straight.


EVENT — Rockin’ the boat
Big Band U.S.O. Show
Thurs. June 1
7-10 p.m.
The Charleston Harbor
40 Patriots Point Rd.

The USS Yorktown is hosting the first Lowcountry Big Band U.S.O. Show, featuring the Joe Clarke Orchestra’s melodious music recalling the 1940s as they take passengers back in time to the days of swing dancing and chivalry. Living historians dressed in authentic W.W. II military uniforms will be on board, and partygoers are encouraged to wear their own ’40s attire. (The better to participate in the swing dance demonstrations that will be rocking the boat.) Admission includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and there will be a cash bar with beer and wine. This party is being thrown to benefit the renovation of The Congressional Medal of Honor Museum. After completion, the new museum will offer an interactive experience that commemorates the history of American soldiers who have received our nation’s highest honor, The Medal of Honor.