EVENT | You’re gonna need a bigger boat
Duh-nuh. Duh-nuh. It’s coming. After 21 years on the Discovery Channel, Shark Week is cable’s longest-running programming event, and this year’s fishy festivities will be on-air through Sat. Aug. 2. But if your eyes start to get fuzzy from all the man-eating action, head on over to the South Carolina Aquarium for the real thing. In partnership with the Discovery Channel, they’ll have shark-themed educational shows and interactive activities. Scuba divers will relate their own “Encounters of the Deep,” while experts will give you tips on how to survive a real-life shark attack. Sign up for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Great Ocean Tank, where you can get an up-close-and-personal look at the sharks in the 350,000 gallon exhibit. You can even adopt your own Sand Tiger shark at the aquarium. But be careful. We all know what happens when they get hungry. And we can’t all be like the Fonz. —Susan Cohen Through Aug. 2. $17/adults, $16/seniors, $10/children. S.C. Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. (843) 720-1990, www.scaquarium.org.
[image-1]ART | Heat relief
The French Quarter Art Walks might be out of commission until the weather cools down (wimps), but that doesn’t mean you have to give up your love of casual, social art strolls — the First Friday events are still going strong on Broad Street. This less-crowded, more local and laid-back event features more than 10 venues on Gallery Row, presenting new exhibitions and, of course, cooling refreshments. The Mary Martin Gallery will offer Orange Julius drinks and the work of local artist Ben Silverman, and Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art will feature the work of Russian husband and wife, Evgeny and Lydia Baranov, known for their unusual technique of bringing their vision to life on the same canvas. Hamlet Fine Art Gallery presents a collection of oils, pastels, and mixed media called Summer Relief, while Ellis-Nicholson Gallery will feature Vickie Ellis’ 95 Days of Summer. The Edward Dare Gallery presents a diverse collection of portraits by various artists giving their unique vision of the gallery’s mysterious namesake. Guests may guess which painting represents the real Edward Dare, and those who get it right will be entered into a drawing for a prize. Need a little more refreshment? Chef Brett McKee invites you to beat the heat at Oak Steakhouse with complimentary chilled gazpacho shots. Coolio. —Erica Jackson Fri., Aug. 1, 5-7 p.m. (843) 722-1944, www.charlestongalleryrow.com.
[image-2]THEATER | After happily ever after
Inspired by the huge popularity of the Broadway production Wicked, the Flowertown Players have chosen to present a similar musical for their latest production, Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. It’s far from a copy-cat of Wicked though — it actually preceded it by almost 20 years, and won its share of Tony awards and other accolades. But like the more modern hit show, Into the Woods takes beloved fantastical characters (in this case, Grimm Brothers’ characters) and looks at a less-familiar side of their lives, particularly what happens after the “happily ever after.” The show is based on the book The Uses of Enchantment by Bruno Bettelheim, and it intertwines plots from famous fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella, among others. The production is expected to be one of the most ambitious the Players have put out in quite some time — everything from the set, to the lighting, to the challenging music, to the larger-than-usual cast should set this show apart. In fact, the entire theater will be incorporated into the set, making it seem like part of the fairy tale. It’ll be interesting to see how it compares to the Village Playhouse production back in 2004. Either way, it sounds like this family-friendly show is yet another good reason to drive out to Summerville. —Erica Jackson Aug. 1-2, 8 p.m., Aug. 7-9, 8 p.m., Sun., Aug. 10, 2 p.m., Aug. 14-16, 8 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 17, 2 p.m. $20, $17/seniors and students, www.flowertownplayers.org. James F. Dean Community Theatre, 133 S. Main St., (Summerville), (843) 875-9251, www.flowertownplayers.org.
EVENT | Wastin’ away again in Par-garitaville
Those crazy Jimmy Buffet-lovin’ Parrotheads are at it again with another light-hearted fund-raiser. Like their popular Shem Creek Bar Crawl, this party with a purpose blends fun and drinking to raise money for a good cause, in this case Darkness to Light, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing child abuse. Head to the Island Club House in Mt. P. For $15, you’ll receive two rounds of mini golf, two drink tickets, a T-shirt, and a raffle ticket, plus you’ll enjoy happy hour prices during the event. Raffle prizes include golf merchandise and a cruise to the Bahamas. —Erica Jackson Sat., Aug. 2, 5 p.m. $15, (843) 991-4719. Island Clubhouse, 1528 Ben Sawyer Blvd. (Mt. Pleasant). (843) 881-3131.
Look out next week for… Rugby, Wilco, Craft bazaar, Tennis block party