Japonisme in Charleston
Early 20th-century Charleston native Alice Ravenel Huger Smith was one of America’s artists to react to the Western dissemination of Japanese prints. Come explore the aesthetic in Charleston through the works of Smith and other artists who embraced the tenets and techniques of Japanese art in their own work. The gallery will be available for public viewing until early October.
April 30-Oct. 4. $12/adult admission; $6/kids 4-17. The Gibbes Museum of Art. 135 Meeting St. Downtown. gibbesmuseum.org
An Officer and a Gentleman Discussion
Join a virtual discussion with Work Light Productions president and executive producer Stephen Gabriel about how a Broadway show is created and how his company’s stage adaptation of An Officer and a Gentleman came together. Ticket holders who purchase the virtual program will receive a link and a password at least 48 hours in advance. The virtual seminar is a stand-in for the show’s postponed April 30 in-person performance, rescheduled for Dec. 14, 2021.
April 30. 6 p.m. $10/individual stream; $15/household stream. Charleston Gaillard Center. Virtual. gaillardcenter.org
National Outdoor Sculpture Competition
Sculptors from across the nation were invited to participate in the 15th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition as part of this year’s North Charleston Arts Fest. Up to 14 sculptors were selected to compete for cash prizes. Awards will be determined by a juror once all pieces are installed. Pieces will be available for viewing through May 20.
April 28. 6-8 p.m. Free to attend. North Charleston Riverfront Park. 1001 Everglades Ave. North Charleston. northcharlestonartsfest.com
Kentucky Derby Watch Party
It’s time to get “down and derby” for the 147th renewal of what has been called the “greatest two minutes in sports” at The Rooftop at The Vendue’s inaugural Kentucky Derby watch party. The venue will be slinging special drinks courtesy of Bulleit bourbon. Big hats, seersucker suits and fancy fanfare are encouraged.
May 1. 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Free to attend. The Vendue. 19 Vendue Range. Downtown. thevendue.com
Johns Island Concert Series
Relax and enjoy the vast open field at Johns Island County Park as you take in some live music and great food truck fare during Charleston County Parks’ new nighttime concert series. Vinyl Daze is up first, so bring your dancing shoes. The next part of the series won’t take place until June 5, so mark your calendars now and don’t lose track of time.
May 1. 6-9:30 p.m. $60/10-by-10 square. Johns Island County Park. 2662 Mullet Hall Road. James Island. charlestoncountyparks.com