I don’t know about you, but here at the City Paper, we’re gearing up for a rare three-day weekend. All week we’ve been working hard to meet early deadlines, while dreaming of stuffing our faces at cook-outs and soaking up that last bit of summer sun. Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone. Embrace the laziness of this ironically-named holiday.
Art fans, people-watchers, and free-loaders know that the place to be tonight is Broad Street for First Fridays on Gallery Row. Galleries are open late with free opening receptions, wine, and hors d’oeuvres (while they last). The can’t-miss stops this month are Robert Lange Studios, Scoop Studios, and Corrigan Gallery.
Bluegrass fans have plenty to keep them happy, with the Lovell Sisters (think Dixie Chicks meet Nickel Creek) concert Saturday night at the Music Hall, followed by the BBQ and Bluegrass Festival all day Sunday at Boone Hall Plantation. Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder are headlining, along with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and several other twangy acts.
In other music news, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra hosts a Latin Night at the Music Hall on Friday, and Monster Movies & Music in West Ashley hosts the Awendaw Green Showcase on Saturday. On Monday, check out Florida-based, Ecuadorian-born musician Roberto Carlos Lange (Robert Lange’s doppelganger?), who leads the funky band Helado Negro at Redux.
The Greater Park Circle Play Fest continues Saturday with Like Heaven, in which “a collision of small town and west coast values erupt in a comedic heat wave.” Tickets are just $7.50.
Got money to burn? Take a flight on the Liberty Belle, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, for $430.
On a budget? Magnolia Plantation is running a special allowing carloads of people onto the grounds for just $30 — significant savings from regular prices.
If you’re just heading to the beach, please don’t leave your trash — let’s not relive the Fourth of July. We hear authorities will be handing out some hefty fines to litterbugs.