THEATRE | Déjà who?
Aug. 10-11, 16-19,
James F. Dean
133 S. Main St.
Summerville’s Flowertown Players opens its 32nd season with an adaptation of Déjà Vu, an obscure French comedy with a surprise ending. Written by French playwright team Jean-Jacques Bricaire and Maurice Lasaygues, the “hilariously naughty” play showcases their unusual, wicked sense of the absurd as it follows the engagement of a French senator to a middle-aged, sophisticated woman, and his desire to make it a double wedding with his son and the daughter of a Spanish land developer. Things get complicated when the senator’s wife — who’s been missing for 20 years — comes into the picture, so to speak. Is she really dead, or will she come back to interfere with the wedding plans? Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, you realize no one is who he or she appears to be. Beaufort resident John MacNicholas, an English professor at USC, adapted the play to English, and he will be at the Meet-the-Cast reception on opening night, Aug. 10. Sean Bear, Kevin Crafton, Mallory Ann Haupt, Kari Malinak, and Clark Williams star in the play, and Jim Doran directs. Flowertown’s executive director Naomi Nimmo expects the play to do even better than last season’s hit comedy, Lying in State, which inspired the selection of Déjà Vu. For the rest of the season, look forward to Of Mice and Men, some form of dinner theatre, and The Kitchen Witches, a mix between Jerry Springer and Martha Stewart. —Erica Jackson OPENS FRIDAY
MUSIC | Titillating tones at the coffee house
The Amazing Mittens
Wed., Aug. 8
City Lights Coffeeshop
141 Market St.
Anyone in town familiar with singers/strummers Eden and Noodle of the eccentric ukulele-driven jug band The V-Tones are probably hip to their jazzy local side project, The Amazing Mittens. They perform a funky mix of ragtime, folk, vaudeville, blues, and swing every Wednesday evening for free at the City Lights Coffeeshop. Special guests frequently join in. “It’s the perfect spot after a long day of window shopping or before a night on the town,” says Eden. Located across from the Charleston Place Hotel, between King and Meeting streets, City Lights settled into the busy shopping district scene this year with a cool atmosphere, and a nice selection of desserts, bagels, sandwiches, fresh coffees, and Italian-style espresso drinks. They even serve cold Peroni lager and Tuscan wine. “The City Lights gigs are super erratic,” Eden says. “Some Wednesdays go swimmingly swell with a full house of chess players and folks on their laptops, tourists, attentive lovers … whatever. But other nights, we literally play for the sexy barista. It’s a different show every time … Free your mind from the wheel of time with the magical Amazing Mittens!” —T. Ballard Lesemann WEDNESDAY
PARTY | A bikini-clad beach babe blowout
Windjammer Budweiser Bikini Bash Finals
w/ Playlist and
Sun., Aug. 12
1008 Ocean Blvd. Isle of Palms
Popular Isle of Palms hangout The Windjammer kicked off their annual Budweiser Bikini Bash in May with a gaggle of hotties, live music, and an animated emcee from 95SX. They’ve carried on with the weekly series through August on their spacious beachfront deck. This weekend, they celebrate the final round of the hard-fought, coconut-scented competition. In rough weather, they move things inside on the main stage, which adds a bit too much of a strip club vibe; the sea breeze, sand dune scenery, and deck atmosphere somehow add a dash of elegance and tradition. For over two decades, the Windjammer has showcased some of “Charleston’s finest bikini-clad ladies.” The series began in 1985 at the old Windjammer (before Hugo knocked it over), picking up where the club’s notoriously popular wet T-shirt contests left off. Ladies at least 18 years of age can participate. No nudity is allowed. Those who “reveal too much” will be disqualified. The contestants’ presentation and “talents” are measured by the volume of the crowd’s response — the lady who earns the loudest cheer wins, so audience participation is crucial. The final round will start at 5 p.m. with live party-rock music on the deck from DJ Yonni from 4-7 p.m. and inside from Playlist (featuring members of Weird Science) following the contest from 7:30-9 p.m., and guidance from 95SX personality Special Ed. Visit www.the-windjammer.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann SUNDAY
AUCTION | Help get some junk in the trunk
ReStore Benefit Auction
Sat., Aug. 11
Page’s Thieves Market
1460 Ben Sawyer Blvd.
If you’re a thrifter or antiquer, you know success is all about timing, luck, and the willingness to dig through a lot of junk, but ReStore plans to tip the scale in your direction at their first major auction at Page’s Thieves Market. The downtown Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which sells furniture and home goods donated by the community, has been saving up some of their best items over the past year. Around 200 pieces will be up for bid including a sleigh bed with claw feet, a 1920s dining set, crystal and sterling silver items, artwork, and a rare, ornate pier mirror worth thousands. Though it’s more like a fine antiques sale than a thrift store auction (not surprising considering that a lot of ReStore’s most generous donors are among Charleston’s elite), not everything is high-end. According to Page’s Thieves Market owner Linda Page, there’s sure to be something for everyone at the event, even a collection of funky vintage Barbies. There’s no registration fee, and each item goes to the highest bidder, no matter what the price is — so you might just score some amazing bargains. Proceeds from the auction go toward a new truck for ReStore, which will pick up donated items around town so that you, in turn, can benefit from someone else’s generosity. —Erica Jackson SATURDAY
CRUISE | Cruisin’ for a Reason
Special Olympics Harbor Cruise
Thurs., Aug. 9
This weekend Chucktown’s most philanthropic yuppies are breakin’ out their Sperry’s and heading to the Harbor for the second-annual Harbor Cruise to benefit the Special Olympics. The Charitable Society of Charleston, made up of about 50 of the city’s service-minded young professionals, will use the proceeds to fund a party after the mid-winter games at The Citadel in early March. General Beauregard, a 75-foot Spirit Cruise Line boat, will cast off from Patriot’s Point at 7:30 and drift around the harbor for two hours. Hang out on the upper or lower deck and gorge yourself on Jim ‘n’ Nick’s barbecue, enjoy a cold beer (provided by Pearlstine Distributors), or just watch for dolphins while the sun sets. Local musician Calvin Taylor will provide the music, with plenty of classic covers to dance to. There are just a few tickets of the 200 left, so get yours soon at Palm Avenue on King Street or by calling (843) 469-5542. Sorry kiddies, it’s 21 and up. —Erica Jackson THURSDAY