NATURE & PETS | Come out of your shell
S.C. Department of Natural Resources Public Lecture Series
Tues. Feb. 6
Free (reservations required)
Fort Johnson auditorium, S.C. Acquarium
With our local wildlife ranging from fish to brackish dwellers to forest creatures, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a lot of area to cover. This spring, they reach out to the public with a new, free Public Lecture Series coordinated by the Marine Resources Division of the S.C. DNR that’s meant to “raise regional awareness of issues pertaining to S.C.’s marine resources, the importance of conservation, and the significance of historical preservation in the Lowcountry area.” The first event focuses on the state’s marine turtle conservation program and the S.C. Aquarium’s sea turtle hospital — the only turtle hospital of its kind in the Southeast. S.C. Marine Turtle Conservation Coordinator DuBose Griffin will present a lecture at the Fort Johnson auditorium, followed by a trip via the DNR’s catamaran, the E/V Discovery, to the sea turtle hospital at the Aquarium. Space is limited and reservations are required, so if you’ve ever wanted to learn more about these fascinating reptiles with natural life spans that rival those of humans, seize this opportunity … for free! TUESDAY
EVENT | Clean speed
Earthrace Kick-Off and Biodiesel Brewhaha
Fri. Feb. 2
Navy Yard at Noisette
10 Storehouse Row
If you’re going to use a motorboat to cruise around the world, it might as well run on biodiesel. And if you made your money in the oil business, better do something to cut down on that purgatory time. New Zealander Pete Bethune arrived in town last week with his souped-up skiff called Earthrace. He’s dumped his life savings into this boat in an effort to break the round-the-world record. Correction — shatter the record. He and his three-man crew have set a goal of 65 days, a week and a half under the current record, and they plan to do it all without the aid of petroleum. They’ve a year and a half traveling the world to promote sustainable fuels and their effort. Their three-week Charleston visit is the final R&R before they begin their attempt on March 6. They still need to raise $300,000 to stay on schedule, however, so they’re throwing a party. Friday night’s festivities will begin with a viewing of the “Riches to Rags” documentary about getting the project started, followed by a Q&A with the crew. At 9 p.m., Palmetto Brewery will tap the kegs for a “brew-ha-ha” that promises to involve “extensive drinking of brew.” Heirloom and the Charleston Crepe Company will also provide “treats.” —Stratton Lawrence FRIDAY
THEATRE | 525,600 reasons to go
Feb. 6 and 7
North Charleston Performing Arts Center
5001 Coliseum Blvd.
If you’re looking at this picture and thinking, “Eh, I saw the movie already,” take it from the small but vocal group of Rentheads in the City Paper office — there’s nothing quite like seeing RENT performed live. As you might expect from a musical that celebrates, well, celebrating life, the live show far more effectively captures the vitality of the struggling-artist New York City characters as they dance and sing their ways through an excitement-packed holiday week and the tumultuous year that follows. Jonathan Larson’s Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-award winning play is now in its 11th year on Broadway, making it the 7th longest running show in Broadway history; the touring company tends to contain at least one or two youngsters who grew up listening to the original cast recording and are now living out their dreams. It’s all so damn emotional! Take our advice: bring a hanky. TUESDAY-NEXT WEDNESDAY
CONCERT MUSIC | Stringing everyone along
Charleston Music Fest Extravaganza!
After the untimely demise of the Chamber Music Society of Charleston, local fans of live classical music fretted over how they would get their jollies. Luckily, some of the professors in the Department of Music at College of Charleston, along with the Friends of the Addlestone Library, immediately stepped in with their Charleston Music Fest, an ongoing attempt to keep chamber music drifting through the balmy Charleston air. This week, the CMF hosts four days of performances across the peninsula featuring violinists Lee-Chin Siow, Roland Vamos, and Randolph Kelly, pianists Enrique Graf and Volodymyr Vynnytsky, and cellists Natalia Khoma and Suren Bagratuni. Thursday’s “Gala I” and Friday’s “Gala II” both start at 7:30 p.m., cost $50, and will be held at Randolph Hall (66 George St.). Saturday’s “Classics I” starts at 7:30 p.m., costs $25, and will be held in the Simons Center Recital Hall (54 St. Philip St.). Sunday’s “Classics II” starts at 4 p.m., costs $25, and will be held at Ashley Hall (172 Rutledge Ave.). Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more and the details of the individual programs are available at the CMF website. THURSDAY-SUNDAY
THEATRE | Show me the mathy!
Feb. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 8 p.m.
Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.
$18, $15/seniors and students
James F. Dean Community Theatre
133 S. Main St. (Summerville)
Summerville’s The Flowertown Players present David Auburn’s Proof, the 2001 award-winning play that recently served as a vehicle for Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Anthony Hopkins to finally do a movie together. Proof follows Catherine, a mathematician’s daughter, as she struggles to put her life back in order after the death of her brilliant, unstable father. The Flowertown Players’ production is directed by Sean Lakey and stars Michelle Lakey, Miles Pittman, Alex Smith, and Dorothy Smith; a meet-the-cast reception will be held after the Feb. 2 opening night performance. FRIDAY-SATURDAY
VISUAL ARTS | Turn and face the strange
The Changing Face of Charleston
Opening reception: Fri. Feb. 2, 6-8 p.m.
On view through March 4
City Gallery at Waterfront Park
34 Prioleau St.
The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents the first exhibition of 2007 at the beautiful, spacious City Gallery at Waterfront Park, a localized group effort called The Changing Face of Charleston. Curated by longtime Lowcounty art world mover-and-shaker Colin Quashie, the exhibition “focuses a critical eye on issues affecting the increasing physical, economic, social, and cultural changes occurring in the Lowcountry” and features works in various media by local artists Linda Fantuzzo, Seth Curcio, Jean-Marie Mauclet, Wil Milner, Townsend Davidson, Kevin Hoth, Colleen Terrell, Andrea Hazel, Gwylene Gallimard, Public City Art, Julie Henson, Anthony Green, Chuck Keppler, and Al Alston. In addition to the opening reception bash, the gallery also plays host to a special symposium on the show on Sat. Feb. 24 from 2-3:30 p.m. Visit the City Gallery at Waterfront Park Tues.-Fri. from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. or Sat.-Sun. from 12-5 p.m. FRIDAY