With just a few days left in the Spoleto Festival, it’s officially crunch time. Some of our favorite shows have already come and gone, but there are still plenty of options out there, regardless of your budget or predilections. Let our now-familiar friends below be your guides, or just choose your own adventure to make the rest of the fest as memorable as possible. After all, it only comes around once a year.


The Cheapskate.

You’re a little lacking in the funds department, so you’ll target shows that are under $20. Or better yet, free.

Conversations with Intergalactic Nemesis

Martha Teichner interviews IN creator Jason Neulander and foley artist Buzz Moran. (June 6. Free)


Tickets start at $20 for this take on the classic Greek tragedy starring Steven Berkoff. (June 4-8)

Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company

Comedians hand-picked from N.Y.C. and L.A. make their annual Charleston pilgrimage. (June 5, 7, 8. $16)

Buncombe Turnpike

An Asheville bluegrass act performs in Gage Hall. (June 6. $12-$15)

A Touch of Jazz

A community festival and jazz concert featuring hip-hop violinist Daniel D and his band. (June 6. Free)

Piccolo Finale

Head to Hampton Park for food, vendors, and music from MotownMadness. (June 8. Free)


The Trendsetter.

You want to see the festival’s coolest offerings before anyone else does, and you’ll be tweeting every step of the way.

Bullet Catch

Writer and performer Rob Drummond undertakes a stunt so dangerous even Houdini refused to attempt it. (June 5-9)

Shantala Shivalingappa

Indian dancer Shivalingappa returns to the festival with a group of four musicians. (June 6-9)

JD McPherson

An old-school Oklahoma rocker who counts Tom Waits among his fans. (June 7-8)

Red Stick Ramblers

This Baton Rouge band is sure to have you dancing off all that picnic food. (June 9)

Cosmic Cocktails

City Paper is teaming up with Spoleto SCENE for this open-bar bash at 549 East Bay St. (June 8. See the ad on the back page for details.)


The Sophisticate.

You have very refined taste that’s admittedly a bit old-fashioned. You have no need for the “contemporary” fare.

Music in Time: In a Spring Garden

Matsukaze composer Toshio Hosokawa creates aural landscapes. (June 7)

Messa da Requiem

It’s Joseph Flummerfelt’s swan song as Spoleto’s Artistic Director for Choral Activities. Don’t miss it. (June 6)

Alessandro Penezzi and Alexandre Ribeiro

Brazilian guitarist Penezzi teams up with clarinetist Ribeiro for a jazz concert with international flavor. (June 6-8)

Taylor Festival Choir at Mepkin Abbey

The choir performs spiritual music featuring James MacMillan’s setting of Mass. (June 7)

Music with Friends

Works inspired by nature performed by Steve Rosenberg, Ellen Dressler Moryl, and others. (June 6)


The Parent.

The Intergalactic Nemesis

A two-part adventure story inspired by Star Wars and 1930s pulp serials. (June 5-8)

New South Jazzmen

You’ll enjoy the Dixieland jazz from this New Orleans band. Your kid will love being on a boat. (June 6)

Festival Finale

Bring blankets, snacks, and games, and plan to stay for the day at this festival mainstay. (June 9)

Charleston Farmers Market

It’s the last time you can enjoy the farmers market on both Saturday and Sunday this season. (June 8-9)

Tales Transposed @ City Gallery

What, you haven’t seen it yet? Go check out this whimsical show featuring works by Nathan Durfee, Lillian Trettin, and Judy Mooney. (On view through June 30.)

You’ll likely have a kid in tow, and you want a festival experience that’s going to be enjoyable for them, too.