I hope you all are bracing for a wonder weekend, because I will be fasting for Yom Kippur. That means my Friday night and Saturday until sunset are basically shot. So enjoy yourself twice as hard for me. Luckily, I’ll be free on Sunday, in time for Second Sundays on King.

There’s like a billion art openings on Friday night. You can’t throw a rock downtown without hitting some wine and cheese. I’m not going to list them all, but some standouts are Elvis’ Mystery Kiss: From Charleston With Love at Imaging Arts, Lotto Icons {A Global Perspective} at Wells, the grand opening of the Atelier Gallery, Ladies Night at Limeblue, Nathan Durfee’s Their Masquerade in Feathers and Thread at Robert Lange, Karen Ann Myer’s A Room of Her Own at SCOOP, and the collaborative Script & Scrimshaw at Eye Level Art.

The Lambert Gray Gallery and Studios are also having a grand opening celebration. Holly Herrick will be there signing copies of Tart Love.  

MOJA will wrap with Roots: A 10-Year Retrospective, the Charleston Police Boxing Club Annual MOJA Cup, the MOJA Dance Gala Featuring Philadanco, and the finale at Hampton Park.

The Taste of Charleston is one gigantic taste, with the Taste: Iron Chef Competition, Taste of the Arts on Gallery Row, and the main event at Boone Hall.

And while you’re at Boone Hall, stay through for the Fright Nights, but the pumpkin patch will be closed Saturday and Sunday. If you really need to get your fill of gourds, there’s the Legare Farms Pumpkin Patch and Maze and the West Farm Corn Maze. And the Aquarium is still Scary’um too.

Freshfields Village is having a Fall Festival, which includes the American Music Celebration.

We mention Moonlight Mixers a lot, but this one is the last of the year and that makes it special.

I hope the Chucktown Throwdown doesn’t hurt too much for the people who are thrown down.

Holy City Artists and Fleas returns to Eye Level.

Sea Island Habitat for Humanity is having a benefit on Kiawah, and Comedy for a Cause will raise money for children’s cancer.

Chamber Music Charleston will perform Circle Unbroken, and The Sound of Charleston series continues.

Theatre 99 will be taken over by What If? Productions most of the weekend for Durang, Durang and Durang, but you can still catch Comedy Combat and The Have Nots! Almost, Maine, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and Time Stands Still also have performances.

If you love Mars or if you hate it, you can tell the filmmaker to their face at the Halsey after you watch the movie. BackRow Productions’ shadowcast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show moves to Cinebarre this Friday. And don’t be too turned off by the name Herpes Boy; it’s gotten some good film festival recognition.

The Wide Angle Lunch at the Charleston Library Society kicks off with Mark Smith.

Get some wisdom from some women at the Women of Wisdom Conference: Transforming Our Lives, Transforming Our World.

You should already have reservations with Rudy Mancke’s Bull Island tour. If not, try the Morris Island Kayak Tour or the Wambaw Creek Kayak Tour.

Bring your best dish made from local ingredients to Slow Food Charleston’s Fields’ Farm Harvest Potluck.

The International Blues Challenge kicks off at the West Ashley Home Team BBQ.
I bet you thought this weekend was free of Oktoberfest celebrations. Wrong. There’s Logtoberfest on Folly Beach.

And by the time you read this, I will have already forgotten to make a point to stop by That BIG Book Sale for its opening hours. Shoot.