We’ll preface this week’s Round-up with a disclaimer: Holy crap, there is a lot going on this weekend.  We’re going to have to seriously trim to avoid hitting you with an overwhelming amount of info, so make sure to scan the full calendar to see everything that’s going on this weekend.

First and foremost, the Charleston Comedy Festival is bringing some of America’s funniest comedians right here to the Holy City for tons of shows. Tickets are going fast, so if there’s something you’re dying to see, make sure you buy in advance so you don’t get left out in the cold. And don’t miss the “L’After Parties” at Mellow Mushroom, where you can rub elbows with the comedians (and tipsy City Paper staffers).

In the art department, SEWE hosts a free preview party with an art installation at the Art Institute on Friday from 6-8 p.m. Other promising shows opening Friday include Julio Cotto’s The Day the Peacemaker Made Peace at Scoop, 1×1 at Redux, two new exhibits at the Gibbes, and two heart-wrenching photography exhibits at the Halsey. Spark Studios hosts a free Open Studio and Clean Sweep Sale featuring art at “startlingly low prices” from 6-9 p.m. And on Saturday at The Mill, check out Vroom, Vroom, Gearhead Heaven, mixed-media auto-inspired works from artists like Chuck Keppler and Phillip Hyman.

Everyone’s feeling a little philanthropic these days, and there are some great fundraisers looking for generous donors. Aster Hall hosts a fundraiser for the Berkeley County SPCA on Friday, with music, an open bar, and hors d’oeuvres for only $10. Both Yo Burrito locations are hosting Benefits for Haiti on Friday, and several Avondale businesses (Triangle, Al Di La, Pearlz) are hosting one as well. Awendaw Green presents a Haiti fundraiser packed with bands at the Music Farm on Sunday. Though invites were hard to come by, the RX Society’s Donor Appreciation Gala is on Saturday at Charleston Place — keep your eyes peeled for special guest Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.
Theater lovers should have their hands full with all the plays opening this weekend: Rent, PURE’s Yankee Tavern, Footlight’s The Miracle Worker, and Flowertown’s Whodunnit. At South of Broadway Theatre on Friday, DanceFX presents Nice and Naughty, a strip aerobics performance.

The Dear John premiere is Sunday, and even if you didn’t get tickets to the sold-out screening and after-party, you can show up at the Aquarium around 6 p.m. and watch the stars walk in on the red carpet. Sometimes it’s OK to be a stalker.

Now go check out the rest of the calendar.