[image-1]DANCE | Wanna get dirty?

Back in November, Charleston Ballet Theatre presented Program #1 of their 20th anniversary season, featuring ballets chosen by patrons as their favorites over the last 20 years. This weekend, they’ll wrap up the 2007-2008 season with Program #2, featuring three of the company’s most memorable ballets. Patron-voted favorites Wings, Rite of Spring, and Poetry with a Splash of Blood are all original productions from resident choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr. Poetry with a Splash of Blood is loosely based on the poetry of Japanese writer Yukio Mishima and set to the music of minimalist composer Philip Glass. Wings, notable for its “symmetry and purity,” was inspired by Bahr’s ritual of watching a flock of egrets take off outside her home each morning. Finally, Rite of Spring is described in the press release as “a raw and literally dirty exploration into the realm of tribal dynamics and the overwhelming sense of lust and betrayal that occurs when a family’s structure of hierarchy comes into play.” This ballet features mounds of dirt on stage and is set to the music of Igor Stravinsky. —Erica Jackson March 29, 7:30 p.m. and March 30, 3 p.m. $40, $35, $30, or $15/students, (843) 723-7334. Sottile Theatre, 44 George St., Downtown.

FASHION | Work it, girl

We know you’re not catwalked-out yet. And if you are just a bit, know that this fashion show’s a bit different: the models will only be partially clothed. Las Olas Oceanmarket hosts their first swimwear fashion show on Friday, with pieces for gals from Vitamin A, L’Space, RYGY, Split, Ezekiel, and Dragon. We’re not sure how much design expertise is actually involved in these small triangles of fabric, but at least you can check out the betties and/or scope out suits for this summer. Las Olas owner Daniel James tells us that bandeaux and twist bandeaux are really popular this year, along with unique hardware and bright colors. These designer suits will cost you anywhere from $120-$160. After the show, Columbia-based Villanova will perform “high energy, booty shakin’ music with heavy emphasis on lyrical content delivered through a mix of soul, funk, hip-hop and blues” (according to their MySpace). Cowabunga. —Erica Jackson FRIDAY March 28, 9 p.m. $5, (843) 737-0488, www.lasolasom.com. Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Downtown. (843) 853-3276, www.musicfarm.com.

[image-2]COMEDY | Thoughtful laughter

How many times have your looked at your computer, printer, television, cell phone, or iPod and just screamed (or wanted to scream) “Screw you”? Literally millions of times, we’re sure. Machines, supposedly designed to help us out, can be real pains in the heinie. Fortunately, something has arrived to help us deal — The Maximum Brain Squad, Charleston’s premier sketch comedy group. These guys and gal, in their second sketch comedy show, have used techno-frustration to fuel comedic creation. The result? A hilarious yet thought-provoking ride of a show, You vs. Tube. Thanks to The Comedy Festival and Piccolo Spoleto, some seriously funny acts have been making their way to Chucktown. The Brain Squad has definitely benefited from this influx — the group formed as a direct result of advice received from sketch groups Harvard Sailing Team and The Cody Rivers Show (talk about bright beginnings) and it also, luckily for us, is holding itself to the imported sketch standard. If you missed Maximum’s first go, A Day That Will Live in Industry, you gotta make it out to this somewhat-of-a-sequel show. If nothing else, it will give you a couple of hours away from those nagging electronic devices. Well, if you remember to silence that cell. —Meaghan Strickland SATURDAY March 29, 8 p.m. $10, $5/students, www.myspace.com/brainsquadcomedy. Theatre 99, 280 Meeting St. Downtown. (843) 853-6687.

ART | Up-and-coming artistes and les refuses

The galleries on Broad Street are lovely to peruse, but the several-grand-sized price tags on the pieces make them a bit inaccessible to the average aesthete. Wouldn’t it be great if you had discovered those artists before anyone else, and before they realized how much they could make off their labor? That’s kind of the point behind the Halsey’s 23rd annual juried student art exhibition, “Young Contemporaries 2008” — along with giving recognition to the most talented studio art students at the College of Charleston. Boasting 75 works from 51 students who have shown “exceptional artistic ability,” the exhibition allows viewers to check out the fresh talent and, at the artists’ discretion, purchase artwork. The winning works were selected (from over 400 entries) by Marc Trujillo, a Los Angeles urban landscape painter (think photo-like paintings of convenience stores and fast-food chains). The “released” (or less politely, rejected) works were then judged by a faculty panel, who chose 28 pieces to be featured in the Salon des Refusés in the student gallery. The tradition of the salon dates back to 19th century Paris, when Napoleon III held an exhibit for artists who were rejected by the official salon — les refusés included artists like Camille Pissaro and Edouard Manet. Head out to the opening reception on Thursday to give these young artists some recognition. —Erica Jackson (843) 953-7891, www.halsey.cofc.edu. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 54 St. Philip St. Downtown. (843) 953-5680.

[image-3]MUSIC | OK composers

So you claim to be a huge Radiohead fan, but never got the opportunity to see them live? Well, here’s your chance, sort of. College of Charleston students Lee Marchbanks and Andrew Walker, with help from Dr. Julia Harlow from the School of the Arts, have arranged 13 classical ensembles of music inspired by songs from various Radiohead albums including their latest, In Rainbows. No, Thom Yorke won’t be there, but don’t be surprised if you mistake the cello melody for his actual voice. This fusion concert features over 20 musicians playing a wide variety of instruments such as grand piano, electric piano, cellos, violins, double bass, flute, and percussion, in addition to a 16-person choir. Expect to hear intriguing new versions of songs like “Paranoid Android,” “Exit Music (For a Film),” “Jigsaw,” “Karma Police,” and “Weird Fishes.” Five visual artists will be free-painting to the inspiring music and an auction of the artwork will be held after the show. The performance is sure to be surprising and hopes to draw a diverse audience. All benefits go to the Charleston Breast Center. —Tim Hoyt WEDNESDAY April 2, 8 p.m. $5, (843) 953-5927. Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Downtown.

THEATER | More Tuna, please

If you missed the antics of the citizens of Tuna, Texas in Christmas Tuna, now’s your chance to catch up on what Tunitians have been up to. Greater Tuna is a story of an imaginary Texas town with strangely familiar South Carolinian flavor (hmm… could that be because the writers grew up in a small town in South Carolina?) It’s complete with all of the oddities of any small town, and the local radio dynamic duo love to dish it out to the unsuspecting citizens. The two regale the public with tales of UFOs, the local church’s book banning campaign, and the school play, My Fair Lady done Polynesian style! In a town so small (the third smallest in the Great State of Texas) everyone knows everyone else’s secrets. Don’t be surprised if one of those secrets leads to murder! Don’t misunderstand, this show is a comedy all the way. The cast, that is to say Victor Clark and Brian Bogstad, will play the characters of every man, woman, child, and, yes, even the dog, in the show. If you’ve ever lived in a small town, you’ll recognize someone you know in the characters from Tuna. —Madelyne Adams April 2-4, 8 p.m., April 5, 6 & 9 p.m., April 9-11, 8 p.m. April 12, 6 & 9 p.m., April 16-18, 8 p.m., April 19, 6 & 9 p.m., April 23-25, 8 p.m. and April 26, 6 & 9 p.m. $28.50/adults, $26.50/seniors, $21.50/students, (843) 577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com. American Theater, 446 King St. Downtown, (843) 722-3456.

[image-4]MUSICAL | A whole new world

After meeting on the set of a local production of Beauty and the Beast, four actors got to talking about the lack of musical theater in this town, and they decided to do something about it. Little City Musical Theatre Company was recently founded by Ralph Daniel, Adam Johnston, Cara Dolan, and Christina Yapp, and they’re presenting their first production starting Friday night. Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown is a collection of songs exploring the characters’ journeys through life. The actors play different characters with every song they sing, ranging from a young man determined to use his basketball skills to get him out of the ghetto, to a gold-digging woman trapped in a loveless marriage. Don’t miss the premiere show from this determined, enthusiastic new company — hopefully it will be the first of many more. With the intermission, the night should last about two hours. Expect some adult content. —Erica Jackson OPENS FRIDAY March 28, 8 p.m. March 29, 30, April 4-6, 8 p.m. South of Broadway Company Studios. 1080 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston. (843) 343-1182. www.littlecitymusicaltheatre.com

Coming up next week: The Bridge Run, Stars of NYC Ballet, Flowertown Festival, Cajun Festival, This War is Live, and Sipping Jetstreams