EVENT — “T” is for turtle
Sea Turtle Day
Sat. July 22
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Free w/admission ($8-$15)
S.C. Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf

Dive into your very own adventure at the S.C. Aquarium during this celebration smack-dab in the middle of their Sea Turtle Summer. Learn more about loggerheads and what we can do to help them through conservation efforts. See what’s going on at the Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital via live video feed or watch in wonder as the great reptiles perform their daily dive shows. Check out the artwork by Independence Elementary School students, with paintings and drawings based on the book Carolina’s Story: Sea Turtles Get Sick Too!, a children’s book about the Aquarium’s sea turtle rescue program. Carolina’s Story authors Donna Rathmell German and Barbara Bergwerf will be available to sign copies of the book, and representatives from the Island Turtle Team will be on hand to answer questions about sea turtles and local volunteer opportunities.


FESTIVAL — Get irie on the lake
Reggae Nights w/Rezolushun
Sat. July 22
7:30 p.m.
$6 ($5 adv.)
James Island County Park
871 Riverland Dr.

Presented by the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission, the groovy summertime “Reggae Nights” series continues this week with a special performance from Florida-based reggae/calypso ensemble Rezolushun. The quartet formed in 1996 with Trinidad native Mr. Gregory on lead vocals and keyboards, Jamaican native Ian Watson (formerly of Culture and Abbahanti) on guitar and bass, and Antigua native Denfield Felix on keyboards, drums, and bass. The band recently welcomed Mister Vincent (from Puerto Rico) as their full-time drummer. “We have found that all people have a love for reggae,” says Mr. Gregory, of their “island grooves” and tunes. “We make people feel like they are vacationing in the Caribbean by bringing the Caribbean to them.”


VISUAL ARTS — Some fantastic
Through a Glass Darkly
Opening reception:
Fri. July 21
4:30-6:30 p.m.
City Gallery at the Dock Street Theatre
133 Church St.

With so many extraordinarily talented artists in one city, it’s sometimes hard to pick and choose which exhibits to see. Sometimes you stumble upon something quite unique and just off the beaten path. Charleston artist Jim Innes is a pioneer in his process of printmaking on polyester and lithograph. Originally from New York, Innes took up printmaking as a member of Print Studio South in Charleston. Through a Glass Darkly is a collection of prints in which Innes draws on his imagination for inspiration, “from my world of dreams and nightmares,” he says. Many of his images, like “The Fool Killer,” are darkly humorous, and move away from other artists’ subjects common in Charleston. “Even though surrealism and the art of the fantastic are no longer in vogue, I continue to regard myself of those persuasions and search my subconscious for images that have meaning to me and the viewer,” Innes says. Through a Glass Darkly is on view through Aug. 21.


DANCE — You can dance … for inspiration
Summer Shag Dance
Wed. July 19
7-10 p.m.
Alhambra Hall
131 Middle St.

Dust off your dancing shoes and grab a partner, because the town of Mt. Pleasant is mixing it up and hosting a summer shag. Movers and shakers alike can get in the mood with beach music tunes from local DJ Brooks Harvey. Guest shag instructor Kae Childs will be in attendance, offering her expertise to anyone wishing to learn a few new steps. Childs has been instructing shag for over 10 years and currently gives lessons at the Mt. Pleasant Recreation Department, which sponsors this event. She describes the shag as a wonderful expression of both one’s feelings and the way the music makes you feel. It’s a great way to socialize and meet some new people as well. Light refreshments will be provided.


DANCE — Belly roll be damned
Moon Over Morocco
Tues. July 25
8-10 p.m.
Creative Spark Center for the Arts
757 Long Point Road

While they may not have camel rides, Creative Spark’s Moon Over Morocco party offers a host of other Mediterranean delights. Revelers can enter a silk tent and nibble on falafel, tabouli, couscous, olives, and other dishes, sipping mint tea and reclining on a pillow placed on an Oriental rug while relaxing to the sound of traditional Middle Eastern music, featuring drums and violins aplenty. The party will kick into high gear with the entrance of Ancient Echoes of Charleston, a belly-dancing club, as they unfurl a “special electric candle dance” based on a dance performed nightly in Morocco.