[image-1]COMEDY | Unleashing mayhem
This Is Chucktown is the newest comedy show to come out of Charleston. Straight from the demented mind of local funny man John Brennan, the show is a piping hot helping of everything from interpretive dance and musical comedy to stand-up and improv sketches. The show offers comedians and wannabe comedians a no-holds-barred open-mic type environment in which anything goes. The only rules: be fresh and be funny. The show initially started as John Brennan’s attempt to raise money for his trip to Vancouver, where he will perform his Banana Monologues throughout September, but it wasn’t long before Brennan realized that he had stumbled onto something much larger than initially anticipated. He hopes that the show will continue to grow in scope while keeping the focus on the same things — being fresh and being funny. The inaugural performance will feature New York comedian Kevin Draine (www.myspace.com/thebitterpoet). Expect the unexpected. —Myles Hutto Sat., Aug. 30. $8, www.thehavenots.com. Theatre 99, 280 Meeting St. (843) 853-6687
ART | The presence of the past
When visual artist Cynthia Farnell decided to present an installation in Charleston, she had a few factors in mind: she didn’t want to present in a gallery, she wanted to use an old building (hence the draw of Charleston), and she wanted to do it in such a way that would engage the community. The gallery director and visual arts professor at Coastal Carolina University continues her Presence series with her first Charleston showing, which will be on the second floor of the main guesthouse at the NotSo Hostel on Spring Street. Her process for this particular show is fascinating; taking a cue from the age of the house, she pored through the Library of Congress’ archive, searching for photographs of Charleston around the time period that the house was built — specifically the late 19th century. Many of the photos were of women in cemeteries as well as Union and Confederate soldiers. “I went with what affected me emotionally or grabbed me visually,” Farnell explains. She then took those images and created two life-size murals on the walls of the guesthouse. Though the murals are expected to become a permanent part of the hostel’s landscape, they’re only on view to the general public through Mon. Sept. 1, so get on over there if you want to feel the presence. Aug. 29-Sept. 1. (401) 952-3206, www.notsohostel.com. Notso Hostel, 156 Spring St.
[image-2]EVENT | Banjo pickin’ and finger lickin’ fun
Dust off the overalls and get the wet-naps ready. It’s time for Boone Hall Plantation’s Southern BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival. This year’s festival promises to be one of the biggest to date, offering something for everybody. Twenty-seven teams are hoping that their top-secret recipes can take home the hardware, and maybe even more importantly, bragging rights. Competitors are separated into three divisions. The professional division (Kansas City Society Certified competitors), the amateur division, and the tailgate division. Teams will be offering free samples while supplies last, so get there early. There will be great bluegrass, carnival-type games, an opportunity to dunk some local celebrities, and for those brave souls willing to put their dignity on the line, a mechanical bull riding contest, the winner of which gets a large HDTV. Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys as well as the Nashville Bluegrass Band (pictured) will keep the toes tapping throughout the day. The festival will culminate in a fireworks show. BBQ, bluegrass, bull riding…What else do you need? —Myles Hutto Sun., Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. $20/advance, $22/gate, $8/children advance, $10/children gate, www.boonehallplantation.com. Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road, Mt. Pleasant.
WINE | Clink your crystals
Freshfields Village, Kiawah and Seabrook Islands’ utopian shopping community, is holding the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic’s second annual Wine Festival on the Village Green. There will be food from local Freshfields Village restaurants like Ladles and 11 different savvy wine vendors pouring wines from around the world. Proceeds from the festival go to the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic, a charity organized by local retired doctors that provides health care to people living below the poverty level on Johns and Wadmalaw islands. Event co-chair Jan McBride said it was pouring outside last year until an hour before the festival started, but they still had a great turnout and raised $24,000. This year they are looking to reel in at least 100-200 more people for the cause. There will be raffles with prizes like Kiawah golf packages and kayaks. The guys from Jaguar will also be there showing off some sleek and glittery automobiles. To remember your evening of upscale marsh-side wining, tickets include a commemorative crystal wine glass. —Alison Sher Sat., Aug. 30, 5-8 p.m. $25/advance, $30/gate, (843) 768-6491, www.bifmc.com. Freshfields Village, located at the entrance to Kiawah and Seabrook islands
Next week: 52.’s GIG Show, Charleston Stage’s West Side Story, Amir H. Fallah Post Stagecraft at Redux, Shame, D’Allesandro’s Block Party, and Hunley Water’s community green event