EVENT — Shine on, you crazy Institute
Tokyo Moon
Sat. Nov. 4
7-10 p.m.
$10, free for Halsey Institute members
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
Simons Center for the Arts
54 St. Philip St.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston hosts Tokyo Moon, an evening of jazz, fine art, and sake. Tokyo Moon is the Institute’s second Annual Membership Event, meaning that while current Halsey members get in for free, nonmembers can apply their $10 at the door toward not just admission to the party, but a Halsey membership. Jazz drummer extraordinaire Quentin Baxter and special guest artists will kick off the evening with a performance in the Recital Hall of the Simons Centers for the Arts, with a reception centered around Force of Nature, an exhibition consisting of the site installations of 10 Japanese artists, to immediately follow. To top off the evening, Halsey curator and director Mark Sloan will lead a full moon sake toast in a honor of a legend he heard in Japan of monks raising a toast to the full moon and then drinking the reflection from their sake cups. —Christy Robertson


DANCE — Calling all fatalists
Romeo & Juliet
Sat. Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 5 at 3 p.m.
Gaillard Auditorium
77 Calhoun St.

Once again, the young lovers of Shakespeare’s most well-known tragedy will enter into the dance of love and death — only this time, the dance is a literal one. Charleston Ballet Theatre’s resident choreographer, Jill Eathorne Bahr, sets the steps of the CBT dancers to Sergei Prokofiev’s timeless 1935 composition, originally created for the Kirov Theatre in Leningrad. Ballet-lovers can expect an evening that evokes the headstrong whoosh of young love as the two doomed, medieval Italians fall in love, fall out of favor with their families, and eventually fall for the final time into each other’s embrace. Ah, love! —Sara Miller


COMEDY — La estrella de levantamiento
Carlos Mencia
Tues. Nov. 7
9 p.m.
Charleston Music Hall
37 John St.

While Carlos Mencia may not exactly be breaking new comedic ground with his willingness to make fun of anyone, anywhere, at any time, he injects enough of his uniquely brutal honesty into his “here’s some stereotypes, but they’re hilarious because they’re true!” stand-up that Comedy Central signed him on to produce and star in his own show, Mind of Mencia. Whether you consider him an ersatz, Hispanic Dave Chappelle or a genius of our times matters not to Mencia, the 17th of 18 children, who has released a CD every year since 2000 and spent time sharing the stage with fellow up-and-coming Hispanic comics Freddy Soto and Steve Trevino on 2002’s “The Three Amigos” tour. He’s currently crossing the country on “The Punisher Tour” in a fully-decorated bus and spending his pre- and post-show time gallivanting about with fans, as seen in the “road stories” on his website, carlosmencia.com. —Sara Miller


EVENT — Call me Cheapo
Whale of a Sale
Sat. Nov. 4
8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Gaillard Auditorium Exhibition Hall
77 Calhoun St.

Looking for a good deal? The Junior League of Charleston hosts the 32nd Annual Whale of Sale this weekend, offering a variety of gently used merchandise at bargain prices. Whether you’re a financially challenged college student hoping to replace that leaky air mattress with a real bed or a budget-conscious mom seeking affordable winter clothing for the kids, the Whale of a Sale’s got you covered, selling everything from furniture and clothes to electronics, books, computer equipment, and more. The sale also includes community information tables offering free info about social services available to local residents and a Coats for Kids drive offering free coats to needy children. Proceeds from the event support Junior League-sponsored community projects such as Crisis Ministries, the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, the Mayor’s Office for Children, and more. —Christy Robertson


CONCERT MUSIC — Pulling back the curtain
Behind the Iron Curtain – An Artist Tormented
Fri. Nov. 3
7:30 p.m.
$15, $5/students with ID
Charleston Music Hall
37 John St.

Early 20th-century composer Dmitri Shostakovich worked under the steely eyes of the communist U.S.S.R. regime but kept both his sanity and his integrity by slipping sly allusions to the troubles of the people into his stirring works. Intrigued? You can learn all about Shostakovich at the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s first Out of the Box performance of the season, which finds the CSO, led by Resident Conductor Scott Terrell, playing a variety of Shostakovich’s compositions interspersed with a number of visual and written responses to Shostakovich’s life, music, and the trying times he lived through as conceived by students from the Academic Magnet High School. Read more about Shostakovich and the CSO’s Out of the Box performance in Jonathan Sanchez’s article on pg. 49 of this week’s Arts section. —Sara Miller


FILM — The British are coming!
“Life, Love & Liberty”
Wed. Nov. 1
7 p.m.
$9, $7/seniors, students, military, $5/youth ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and under
Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting St.

‘Tis the season for film festivals of all sizes. Local author, filmmaker, and CP contributor Nick Smith partners with the Gibbes Museum of Art to present the “Life, Love & Liberty” short film festival, timed to coincide with the Gibbes’ latest exhibition, a contemporary collection entitled Now! Smith, a former film school teacher and one of the founders of the annual Folly Felder Film Festival, hand-selected a number of local and national shorts for the one-night-only event, including Curlesque, a profile of local artist Lese Corrigan by award-winning local director Ros Smith (Nick’s wife), and Atari Sprach Zarathustra, an animated comedy by West Ashley-based Digital Cinema Productions. Of course, what’s a film festival without a world premiere? Life, Love & Liberty’s got a good one in The Siege of Charleston, a documentary capturing the kabooms and kerfluffles that occurred during the largest reenactment ever held in Charleston, the celebration of the 225th anniversary of the city’s Revolutionary War siege. The films will be shown outdoors in the Gibbes’ spacious courtyard, but don’t fear the rain: in case of bad weather, the whole shebang will be moved to next Wed. (Nov. 8). —Sara Miller