Hats Off

For this fall’s production of Puttin’ on the Ritz, the Footlight Players and The Hat Ladies are hosting a silent auction called tHAT’s Entertainment for which local artists will decorate top hats. The goal of this silent auction is to raise $5,000 for the community theater. Artists will establish a minimum bid for each hat as well as decide the percentage that will be donated. Fifty spaces are available. For more information, call (843) 722-7521. —Caitlin Baker


It’s Comedy, Stupid

The Complete History of Charleston for Morons, a one man play and walking tour created by Greg Tavares and R.W. Smith, has found the perfect new actor to embody the play’s three characters, David Roach. And it has found a new home at Charleston’s Legends & Lore Theater. The show runs every Saturday at 5 p.m. For more information, call (843) 937-0916. —Caitlin Baker


It’s Art, Yo

The Yo Art Project, founded in 2007, is sponsoring an exhibition at First Federal to showcase children’s artwork. The show includes photos, color posters made with Adobe software, and videos made by children who participated in the after-school program. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 12 at 34 Broad St. Yo Art Project is a nonprofit that teaches inner-city kids the technology of art. The five-day-a-week program has part-time paid instructors and has changed the lives of over 100 youth. For more information, go to www.yoartproject.org. —Caitlin Baker


A Bit of Chick Lit

Bestselling author Emily Giffin will visit Charleston for the first time to read, her fourth book, Love the One You’re With, on Aug. 7 at Books-A-Million on Orleans Road. Love the One You’re With is an anticipated summer release, because her first three books all made The New York Times bestseller list. —Caitlin Baker


Updated Sony Reader

Sony has updated the software to its Reader, a $300 six-inch electronic book displaying device. Now users will be able to display books in the format used by larger publishers, like the Penguin Group and Harper Books. It also means users can buy e-books from companies other than Sony, which only has 45,000 e-books available for purchase compared to the 140,000 of Amazon.com. Sony hopes the switch will challenge Amazon’s more expensive black-and-white e-book reader, called the Kindle. —Alison Sher