[image-1]ART | Walk it out

It’s time once again for the quarterly French Quarter Art Walk, with a whole new crop of openings and events (and hors d’oeuvres and wine) to keep you coming back. On Queen Street, the Corrigan Gallery opens a show called Southern Remains, featuring the works of Kevin Bruce Parent and Gordon Nicholson. The artists, from New Hampshire and Toronto, respectively, share an inherent love of the South which is reflected in their works. The Wells Gallery presents the inaugural exhibition in their new, “stunningly renovated” location on Meeting Street with Father and Son, new works by figurative painter Glenn Harrington and his son, still-life painter Evan Harrington. Robert Lange Studios on East Bay Street presents Ratio, an exhibition where the artists tackle the same one by three ratio canvas size. Participating artists include Lynne Riding, John Duckworth, Robert Lange, Nathan Durfee, Julie Henson, JB Boyd, Seth Curcio, Fred Jamar, and Kevin LePrince. The Hamlet Fine Art Gallery on Broad Street will feature works by Melinda Lewin, inspired by nature with an emphasis on florals and landscapes. Most of these exhibitions and many more will be on view throughout the month of March, but this is your best chance to meet the artists and socialize with (hundreds of) other art lovers. —Erica Jackson FRIDAY March 7, 5-8 p.m. French Quarter art galleries. www.frenchquarterarts.com (843) 724-3424

SPORTS | Last chance to dance

The Southern Conference tournament is back at the North Charleston Coliseum this week. Its 19-game format represents College of Charleston’s only remaining shot at making the NCAA tournament. Whichever team wins the SoCon gets to punch their ticket to the Big Dance; most likely as a heavy underdog. But even a low seeding would give them the much-coveted opportunity to play the role of this season’s bracket-buster team. Every few years, various conference schools vie for the opportunity to put on the SoCon tournament so that their teams can play in a friendly atmosphere when the stakes are highest. In 2009, Chattanooga will have their turn, but 2010 and beyond are still undecided according to conference spokesman Mike Ballweg. Annual attendance levels are important factors for determining the host site, an honor North Charleston has earned five out of the last six years as local fans have been increasingly impatient to see College of Charleston return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1999. Last year in front of a home crowd, they came tantalizingly close, only to fall short against Davidson in the SoCon championship. Junior guard Dontaye Draper exploded for 38 against Appalachian State in the semi-finals to help the Cougars pull out a two point overtime victory, but was kept largely in check the next night by a stifling Davidson defense which held him to a miserable 18 percent shooting from the floor. So far, with a conference record of 8-11 (13-16 overall), this season’s squad has shown only flashes of the ability to go the distance against their SoCon foes. Even if our local boys get knocked out early, College of Charleston basketball fans should relish the opportunity to watch tournament play in person. Then there’s always the invaluable opportunity to bone up on bleacher-coaching and ref-baiting skills for next season. —Josh Eboch Through March 10. 843-529-5000, www.soconsports.com. North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston. (843) 529-5050, www.coliseumpac.com.

[image-2]DANCE | It takes two, baby

Just as you can’t row a boat with one oar and you can’t hang a clothesline with one post, you can’t imagine the romance and beauty of a ballet without a duet. With 20 years of material, the Charleston Ballet Theatre has two shows this season dedicated to its best ballets. But for two nights, the CBT will focus on a variety of favorite pairings from its two decades of performances. An Evening of Pas de Deux will include performances selected by fans as their favorites over the years. They include recent duets from the annual Oscar gala inspired by An Inconvenient Truth and Crash, along with a duet from The Great Gatsby and from the ballets Dracula and Carmen, among others. Performers include Jessica Roan, Stephen Gabriel, Roy Wei Men Gan, and Jennifer Balcerzak Muller. We’re anxious for the duet between Brad and Janet from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. “It’s very interesting as a pas de deux,” says ballet spokesman Kyle Barnette. —Greg Hambrick March 7-8, 7:30 p.m. $25, $15/students, www.charlestonballet.org. Charleston Ballet Theatre, 477 King St. (843) 723-7334

[image-3]MUSIC | The return of the Welsh love machine

Popular vocalist Tom Jones, 67, hasn’t stopped gyrating since bursting on the international music scene during the first wave of the British Invasion. With his own assured, sometimes over-the-top, macho/sexy swagger and baritone, the veteran entertainer is versatile enough to jump from one musical style to another — from loungy ’60s pop and show tunes to country to modern techno/dance. His first smash hit, 1965’s “It’s Not Unusual,” became a No. 1 hit in the U.K. and a top 10 hit in the U.S. Other big hits include the sultry “You Can Leave Your Hat On” (remember the closing scenes of The Full Monty?), the silly-swingin’ “What’s New Pussycat?,” “Help Yourself,” “The Green, Green Grass of Home,” and, of course, the Paul Anka-penned 1971 tune “She’s a Lady.” On this tour, Jones and his 11-piece backing band are reportedly playing renditions of George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and Sinatra’s “Here’s That Rainy Day.” No word on whether his bold version of Prince’s “Kiss” (a top 10 hit in 1988) made it in the set list or not. Regardless, the guy still has big pipes and smooth moves. Beware: devoted lady fans frequently toss frilly underthings on stage. —T. Ballard Lesemann Fri., March 7, 7:30 p.m. $56.50, $100.50, (843) 554-6060, www.tomjones.com. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston. (843) 529-5050

THEATER | Footlight figures it all out

Pundits are forever freaking out about the imminent death of live theater, citing aging audiences as one major sign of this artistic apocalypse. The Footlight Theatre of downtown Charleston is doing its best to shut these guys up (whew). There, they are shrewdly selecting plays which satisfy their tried-and-true (the older folks) while simultaneously presenting The Late Night Series, a collection of more comedic/controversial pieces that appeals to the youngsters. Richard Greenberg’s The Violet Hour, opening this week, is a production that panders more to the mature audiences; director Michael Hamburg says that if you’re “looking to be totally entertained and beguiled, you might not get a kick out of it.” While this play would not quite fit in The Late Night Series (Greenberg’s Tony award-winning Take Me Out, which includes almost excessive full-frontal male nudity, would be more up that alley), the show does bring its own bag of goodies to the table (er, stage). Not only is The Violet Hour bursting with “beautiful language,” according to Hamburg, but it is also mysterious and “has a science fiction component to it.” Hamburg says that this politely provocative play, although set in the past, forces audiences to “pay attention to the present.” Footlight, doing just this seems to be ensuring its success in the future (and helping make sure it all doesn’t go totally dark). —Meaghan Strickland March 7-8, 8 p.m., Sun., March 9, 3 p.m., March 13-15, 8 p.m., Sun., March 16, 3 p.m. and March 20-22, 8 p.m. $25/adults, $22/seniors, $15/students, www.footlightplayers.net. Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St. (843) 722-4487

[image-4]EVENT | Get exposed

Sponsored by Black Pages USA, the Ninth Annual Black Expo features an array of African American musical artists and celebrities as well as local minority-owned businesses. According to organizers, this event is a great way for the public to familiarize themselves with local products and services, while professionals can use the opportunity to network and learn better ways to do more business. Previous Expos have offered over 165 exhibits and been attended by more than 15,000 guests. This year’s keynote speaker, Earl G. Graves, was named one of the 200 future leaders of the country in 1974 by Time magazine; today he is the founder and publisher of Black Enterprise Magazine. Graves will discuss how to create and grow a minority-owned business. Actor Idris Elba, better known to fans of The Wire as Stringer Bell, will also be on hand to sign autographs the day of the Expo along with gospel act Tye Tribbett & G.A. The night before the event, a concert at Gaillard Auditorium features some popular hip-hop acts from the late ’80s and early ’90s. According to CP Music Editor T. Ballard Lesemann’s Feedback File, it’s an “impressive lineup of old-school rappers … Doug E. Fresh (”The Show,” “La-Di-Da-Di”), MC Lyte (”Paper Thin,” “Ruffneck”), Big Daddy Kane (”Raw,” “I Get the Job Done”), and Whodini (”Five Minutes of Funk,” “Haunted House of Funk”).” —Josh Eboch Sat., March 8, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (843) 747-1442, www.blackexpousa.com. North Charleston Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston.