FISHING | Go fish!
Big Kahuna Fishing Tournament
Sat. Aug. 18
6 a.m.-4 p.m.
Folly Beach Fishing Pier
Grab your fishing pole and get ready to fish for your supper, your pride, and a chance at some sweet prizes at the Big Kahuna Fishing Tournament. Hosted by Charleston County Parks and Recreation, the biggest tournament of the summer takes place this Saturday at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier. More than 200 fishermen and women competed last year, so get there early — registration starts at 6 a.m. and you’ll need to arrive before the gates open if you want one of the 80 parking spaces near the pier. Anglers will be broken into several categories: adults, ladies, seniors, youth, king mackerel, and five-fish aggregate (the combined weight of any five fish). Only game fish will be considered, like mackerel, drum, trout, and white fish. No sharks, catfish, stingrays, or skates allowed. A number of prizes, like fishing tackle and outdoor products, are up for grabs courtesy of the radio show Sports Talk with Bobby Hartin, the sponsor of the event. Even if you don’t win anything, you get a souvenir T-shirt and cook-out lunch just for trying. Registration is $4, plus the price of a regular fishing pass, which varies by category. With high tide at noon on Saturday, it should make for a good day of fishing, with the tide bringing fish in throughout the morning. Hope for clear and calm water and you’ll be set to catch the big one. —Erica Jackson SATURDAY


AUDITIONS | This could be your big break, dawg
American Idol Auditions
Sat. Aug. 18
8 a.m.
North Charleston Coliseum
5001 Coliseum Dr.
Could the next American Idol hail from the Holy City? Could it be you? Maybe. AI’s bringing Season Seven’s auditions to Charleston. Just think: you or one of your friends could get that coveted 15 minutes of fame by way of one of the country’s most popular talent searches ever — next to Star Search, that is. And your chances are good, considering four out of the last six winners have come from the Southeast. But keep in mind, you’ll have to stand in line for hours in the hellacious August heat just to sing for a mere 30 seconds. If you’re not one of the best singers (i.e. if you’re just plain awful), you could still make your television debut like Season 3’s infamous contestant, William Hung and his infamous “She Bang.” Registration is for those between the ages of 16 and 28, and begins on Thursday morning, Aug. 16 continuing through Saturday morning. Good luck to all you brave souls awaiting Simon’s brutal critiques. Stephenson, out! —Jillian Stephenson SATURDAY


BIKE RUN/CONCERT | Hogs roll out to raise money for MDA
Saddle Up
with MDA
w/ Mason-Dixon Band, Sons of the South
Sat. Aug. 18
Noon (biker run
starts at 9 a.m.)
The Plex
2390 W. Aviation Ave.
Get yer motor runnin’ and head out on the highway. The Charleston H.O.G. (Chapter #4774), a busy local motorcycle club sponsored by Lowcountry Harley-Davidson, hosts a special ride on Saturday. Saddle Up with MDA is an all-day event aimed at raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Jerry’s Kids. The action begins with a police-escorted ride around Charleston County and ends up at The Plex in North Charleston, where the first 300 registered riders and passengers will get a special catered meal upon their arrival. The after-party at the club features local vendors, live musical entertainment, free barbecue, jump castles for the kids, and bike contests. Local Southern-rock band Sons of the South are set to share the stage with country/rock ensemble The Mason-Dixon Band. Comprised of guitarist J.R. McLeod, keyboardist/guitarist John Brown, lead singer Roddy Akers, drummer James “Captain” Kirk, and bassist/fiddler Phillip Humbert, the MDB (pictured) really have their weekend motor running: they plan to kick things off at the Plex just after noon before heading over to Famous Joe’s Bar & Grill (1662 Savannah Hwy.) for another show at 9:30 p.m. “Day of” registration starts at 9 a.m. at Lowcountry Harley-Davidson, located at 4707 Dorchester Road. Registration costs $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. Visit www.masondixonbandsc.com and www.charlestonhog.org for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann SATURDAY


THEATRE | The saucy secrets of Othello’s women
Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief
Aug. 16-19, 23-28
8 p.m., 3 p.m. (Aug. 19 & 26)
Chapel Theatre
172 Calhoun St.
$15, $10/CofC faculty/staff/students/seniors
As part of the College of Charleston’s long-standing Shakespeare project, the Department of Theatre presents Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief, an alternative perspective on the Bard’s tragedy Othello. Written by Paula Vogel and first produced in New York in 1979, the darkly comedic play takes a different approach to the classic tale, looking through the eyes of the female characters: Desdemona, Emilia, and Bianca. It’s a revealing look at the relationships between women — and it’s not all peaches and cream. By witnessing the women’s intimate (and often hilarious) conversations, we get hints of their dissatisfaction and longing for what they don’t or can’t have, realizing only too late that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. It’s based on Shakespeare, so you can count on a good helping of jealousy, entanglements, and misunderstandings in this (very) adult-oriented play, as well as its share of spanking and other sauciness. The three-person cast is made up of junior Kaitlin Winslow as Desdemona, senior Meredith Potter as Desdemona’s servant Emilia, and recent graduate Kim Rogers as Bianca, a street-wise whore. CofC theatre professor Wayne Wilson directs. —Erica Jackson OPENS THURSDAY


FESTIVAL | Back to school, to prove to Mom I ain’t no fool
First Day Festival
Sun. Aug. 19
1-4 p.m.
Liberty Square at the S.C. Aquarium and the Charleston Maritime Center
Charleston schools open their doors for a new school year on Tuesday, signaling the end of summer — a time simultaneously depressing and invigorating for kids and grown-ups alike. While it’s hard to leave these sun-soaked summer days behind, there’s something about going back to school that brings out the kid in all of us. The City’s First Day Festival celebrates this excitement. Students, parents, and educators are invited to the S.C. Aquarium downtown for an afternoon of food and fun activities, like $1 admission to the Aquarium, ID and fingerprinting, free boat rides provided by Spirit Line Cruises, fishing activities, tours of the Tall Ship, Spirit of South Carolina, and more. Nearly 100 exhibitors will be on hand with information about student support services and cool school supplies. To accommodate growing crowds, there will be additional activities at the Charleston Maritime Center. On Tuesday morning, Mayor Riley encourages parents to join their children on the first day of class. Each school has special activities planned for parents and their kids, and City employees will be given two hours off of work to attend. Riley encourages other businesses to give parents time off to support their children. We expect the parents will be as giddy as their kids when they walk into the classroom armed with fresh pencils and wide-ruled paper, and not a little disappointed when they have to return to the office. —Erica Jackson SUNDAY


FESTIVAL | Awendaw crabs it up
Awendaw Blue Crab Festival
Sat. Aug. 18
12-5 p.m.
The Seewee Coastal Retreat Center
7407 Doar Road, Awendaw
Once a year the sleepy little town of Awendaw, just north of Mt. Pleasant, wakes up to welcome thousands of seafood lovers to its annual celebration of the blue crab. By far the event of the year for the small town, residents spend all year preparing for the influx of festivalgoers from all over the state and beyond — the town has been known to grow fivefold on the big day. This year’s event is even more special because it coincides with the 15-year anniversary of Awendaw. Volunteers pitch in to season, boil, and fry the cerulean crustaceans. Not a crab fan? You won’t go hungry, as other yummy fried goodness is available as well, like fish, chicken, and shrimp, not to mention homemade frogmore stew. If all that salty food has you craving something sweet, try some Italian ice, homemade ice cream, or Tahitian Noni Juice. Once you’ve eaten to your heart’s content, check out the vendors hawking everything from jewelry to artwork to plants. And don’t miss the S.C. Education Lottery’s booth, where you’ll find $2 Carolina Crab Cakes instant tickets, with prizes from $2 to $25,000. For every $10 lottery purchase, players get to spin the prize wheel loaded with goodies. Like the Lottery, which has raised over $1 billion for S.C. schools, proceeds from the festival go toward college scholarships for Awendaw high school students. After competing with other big events the past few years, organizers hope to bring the attendance numbers closer to previous years, so get out of town and help Awendaw celebrate their most crabtastic birthday yet. —Erica Jackson SATURDAY