[image-1]THEATER | Move over, Geraldo
In April, The Footlight Players present the final performance of their second LateNight Series season. An original play, This War Is Live was written by Jeff Messer and is directed by J.C. Conway. Live tells the story of a group of embedded war correspondents in Iraq during 2003, as a devastatingly violent insurgency grows on the ground, while back home the official White House message remains: “Mission Accomplished.” Documentary filmmaker Grant Blake struggles to define and uncover the true status of the war and the purpose of America’s mission. The production addresses issues of journalistic integrity and the ethical obligations of a military at war. Messer and Conway also touch on other hot-button topics like gays in the armed forces and the manipulation of media to influence public opinion. —Josh Eboch Fri., April 4, 5-9 p.m., Sat., April 5, 5-9 p.m., Thu., April 10, 5-9 p.m., Fri., April 11, 5-9 p.m. and Sat., April 12, 5-9 p.m. $10/Thursdays, $15/Fridays and Saturdays. Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St. (843) 722-4487, www.footlightplayers.net.
[image-2]RUN | Bridge Run, here we come!
The Cooper River Bridge Run is poised to take over Charleston this weekend and, despite mass road closings, it promises to generate rather than discourage activity. The Bridge Run has been held in Charleston since the ’70s and, although now a 31-year-old, it remains one of the most happening races in the Southeast. In fact, according to CRBR’s website, it’s the “best organized and best conducted 10K race in the world.” (No mid-life crisis on the horizon!) While the race itself is quite a production — last year’s involved almost 40,000 participants, many of whom dressed in outrageous costumes — the 10K trek isn’t all that’s included. The CRBR is three-day extravaganza filled with a pre- and post-race expo at the Galliard Auditorium (lots of giveaways), a kids’ run, a wheelchair race, the Finish Festival, and loads of sister sideshows. Locals luck out this year at the Finish Festival Award Ceremony with the new Chick Fil-A “Top 100” award, which goes to the top 50 local men and women finishers. (Unfortunately, it’s still only the top 15 that get that cash.) Jonathan Sanchez’s Tenth Annual Bridge Run Show is one event that helps kick off the jam-packed weekend. Sanchez, the owner of Blue Bicycle Books, has written a short story celebrating the Run every year for the last 10 years, and he plans to read his most recent run-related tale on Thursday. But, no worries. Sanchez’s show isn’t some sedate, finger-snapping affair; it’s going to be a celebration al fresco complete with beer, wine, and conversation. If you are looking for post-race, cool-down events, the popular local band The Blue Dogs plan to play at the I’On Westlake Amphitheater on Saturday. All things considered, snarled traffic seems a minor sacrifice for such a fun few days. Plus, there’s a chance to get another one of those groovy Cooper River Bridge Run tees. Start stretching, Charleston! —Meaghan Strickland Sat., April 5. (843) 937-4183, www.bridgerun.com.
FESTIVAL | Flower power
Hang on to your hot glue guns and sweetgrass baskets, the Flowertown Festival is back. Summerville’s annual arts and crafts festival is now the largest in the state and ranked as one of the top 20 events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. This year, over 200 artists and vendors will have their crafts on display, along with food, live music, a tennis match, a children’s carnival, and a tour of historic homes and gardens. It’s going to be a busy three days in Azalea Park. So bring the kids, bring the parents, but leave the dog; unfortunately pets are not welcome. And remember, this is a family event, so fill your flask before you leave the house because alcohol will not be available for sale. —Josh Eboch April 4-7. Free. (843) 871-9622. Azalea Park, Corner of S. Magnolia and E. 4th streets, Summerville.
[image-3]FILM | Refreshingly jetstreamy
Back in the ’60s, Bruce Brown and friends revolutionized surfing with the cult classic The Endless Summer, in which they traveled the world in search of the perfect wave. They went to Australia, Tahiti, Africa, Hawaii, and a few other places, transforming them into hot spots for traveling surf bums the world over. But over time, the places lost their magic, with everyone and their brother headed there on their own surf odysseys. Surfers seemed to be growing too complacent, thus forgetting the idea of exploration and adventure that was the basis of The Endless Summer. Photographer Dustin Humphrey and filmmaker Taylor Steele decided to bring the adventure back to surfing, and they’ve started a movement with their articles, books, and a film exploring truly exotic locales called Sipping Jetstreams. With big-name surfer buddies in tow (like Timmy Curran, Dane Reynolds, and Dan Malloy), they headed to Greece, Italy, Morocco, Cuba, Japan, and Egypt, documenting everything with the underlying idea that travel keeps you young and alive. As part of the Charleston International Arts Festival, El Bohio is hosting a Cuban fiesta, where Sipping Jetstreams will be shown. You’ll get a chance to see this beautiful film and enjoy live entertainment, food, beer, wine, and an awful case of wanderlust. —Erica Jackson Sun., April 6. $30/advance, $35/door, (843) 697-5471. El Bohio, 1977 Maybank Hwy. James Island. (843) 571-4343.
[image-4]FESTIVAL | Who’s your crawdaddy?
Anyone looking for an excuse to stuff themselves full of delicious creole cuisine while jamming out to some serious Zydeco tunes won’t want to miss the 17th annual Lowcountry Cajun Festival at James Island County Park. The local and regional chefs at this festival will be cooking up mouth-watering authentic Cajun and Creole fare including jambalaya, etouffe, ’gator, andouille sausage, seafood, and barbecue. Oh did we mention tons of fresh, steaming crawfish? If you love to eat crawfish, you’ll want to at least check out and possibly enter the crawfish eating contest. But make sure you know how to properly eat one before you dig in; start by taking the head in one hand and the tail in the other, twist the little bugger apart, and use your thumb to push the meat up the tail and pull the meat from the top with your teeth. Those who aren’t into sampling the featured cuisine will be happy to know there are also standard festival foods like hotdogs and burgers. Texas band Big Red and The Zydeco Playmakers and the more edgy sound of Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble will be performing. Other festivities include a rock wall, local crafts market, carnival rides, inflatables, and games. This event promises to be fun for everyone in a ragin’ Cajun environment.— Tim Hoyt Sun. April 6, 12-6 p.m. $8/advance, $10/gate, free/kids. James Island County Park. 871 Riverland Drive. James Island. (843) 795-4386. www.ccprc.com/cajun
[image-5]SPORTS | Who let the ‘Dogs out?
After a long, cold winter, baseball fans can finally rejoice: the RiverDogs are back! Charleston’s favorite baseball boys return next week, opening their 15th season with a game against the Savannah Sand Gnats (swat!). The first 5,000 fans will get a free magnet schedule, and everyone can check out the new menu items and post-game fireworks. As always, the ’Dogs have some fun promotions lined up for the season. Tuesday’s game will feature two-for-one ticket specials, Wednesday’s game (11:05 a.m.) is “Education Day,” and Thursday sees the long-awaited return of Thirsty Thursdays, with $1 food and drink specials and reggae music from Da Gullah Rootz. They’ll be in town through the 14th, so get out there and howl for your ’Dogs. —Erica Jackson Ongoing. $5-$10, (843) 577-3647. Joseph P. Riley Jr. Stadium, 360 Fishburne St.