We’ll start this Weekend Round-up with an apology for being MIA for the last two weeks. But really, you didn’t miss much. Charleston tends to scale back on the events around the holidays. The city still seems to be waking back up this week, but there are definitely a few events worth your time.

Perhaps one of the biggest things going on is the Cato Center Grand Opening on Saturday. CofC’s brand-spankin’ new arts center celebrates its opening with an open house featuring snacks and mini-presentations of music, theater, dance, and other events. Note that this free event is taking place from 1-4 p.m., and also don’t forget to check out the Aldwyth exhibit one last time, as well as the lecture from the artist herself in the Simons Center at 2 p.m.

In other arts news, Robert Lange Studios presents a new show of works by Russian-trained painter Kerry Brooks, opening this Friday. While it’s not an official art walk, we imagine a few French Quarter galleries might leave their doors open late for browsers. At least we hope so. And don’t forget it’s the last weekend to check out the Gibbes’ exhibits Daufuskie Island and Brian Rutenberg’s Tidesong.

Head to Theatre 99 on Friday for an improv show to benefit the S.C. Maritime Foundation.

Local band White Rhino hosts an album release party at Monster Music on Saturday at 3 p.m. African-American string trio The Carolina Chocolate Drops play the Pour House on Sunday with Shovels & Rope and Blue Plantation.

Steaming hot oysters are a great cure for this crappy weather, and you’ve got two great oyster roasts to choose from this weekend. The Charleston Museum hosts their annual roast at Dill Sanctuary on Saturday ($25/members, $35/non-members). The Friends of Richmond Plantation, a task force of the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina, hosts a roast at Bowens Island on Sunday ($25).

There are two fundraisers for dogs on Sunday. Bring your pup to the Stingrays game against the Gwinnett Gladiators, and proceeds will benefit Pet Helpers. At Superpetz in Summerville, a Car Show for Canines will benefit homeless dogs. 

As always, there’s lots going on that we couldn’t list here, including a bunch of food deals worth taking advantage of. See our full weekend calendar here.