[image-1]THEATER | Watch out for those carriage people
Horse Tranqs and Carriage People is a new dark comedy involving sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, presented by the reliably cutting-edge folks at PURE Theatre. Written by R.W. Smith, the play was actually produced during a PURE Lab writing workshop. Smith is featured in the cast, along with Brian De Costa, Nat Jones, and Jenny Pringle, big players in both the local theater scene and improv circuit. When writing the play, Smith says he was attempting to blend the violence of Resevoir Dogs with the quirky humor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The heavily anticipated play is already on schedule for a sequel, expected next fall — keep your eyes open for Cole Slaw and French Fries. Opening night is already sold out, and these cheap tickets are sure to continue selling out, so get yours now. —Mark Glenn Oct. 16-18, 23-25. 8 p.m. $10, (843) 723-4444, www.puretheatre.org. Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St., (Downtown), (843) 577-6400
[image-2]EVENT | Life’s a garden … Dig it!
To fill us in on the upcoming Charleston Garden Festival, organizers sent a pamphlet about the size of a small paperback chock full of schedules of events, demonstrations, lectures, escapes, and more. There’s no way to fit all of the weekend’s events in this small space, but here are some highlights. The weekend’s theme is “metamorphosis”: celebrating the life cycle of the natural world. Middleton Place is the perfect setting for this annual event, because of their dedication to ecologically-friendly gardening practices. Stroll among exhibit gardens created by landscape designers, connected by a 200-foot stream and koi pond. Listen to lectures from Dr. Allan Armitage, “the Indiana Jones of Horticulture”; Jack Philips on “The Soul of an Oak”; and Urvashi Rangan, on “Where Science Meets Sustainability.” Free demonstrations focus on bonsai trees, honeybees, recycling with mushrooms, and more. But don’t start thinking it’s all learning and no play — plant people know how to party. Throughout the weekend there are a number of dinners and wine tastings, as well as a food and wine market available all day. And for the kids, activities include Dr. Seuss World and the Barnyard Olympics. Alright, that’s all we’ve got space for here. Check the website for the full schedule of events. —Erica Jackson Oct. 17-19. $25, www.charlestongardenfestival.org. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road, West Ashley, (843) 556-0500