Asbury Shorts USA Film Concert
Asbury Shorts USA, New York City’s longest running short film exhibition and travel show, returns to Charleston Music Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 18. The film festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary of screening eclectic independently produced short films. Holy City Sinner founder Christen Senger will host the event, which is recommended for ages 16 and older. This year’s lineup features a blend of international hits, audience favorites and U.S. festival best of show winners from previous years.

Aug. 18. 7:30 p.m. $12. Charleston Music Hall. 37 John St. Downtown.

Back to School Pizza Night
If you’ve got kids on their way back to school this week, take the night off from cooking and head to Baker & Brewer for a make-your-own pizza night. If you miss the special event this week, you’ll have two more opportunities to attend on Aug. 24 and Aug. 31. Kids can design their own pizza placemats and select cheese or pepperoni pizza, lemonade or root beer and a chocolate chip or peanut butter cookie all for $10. 

Aug. 17. 3 p.m. $10. Baker & Brewer. 94 Stuart St. Downtown.

Palmira Barbecue pop-up
Stems & Skins, a neighborhood wine and cocktail bar with Mediterranean small plates, will host a special pop-up event featuring Palmira Barbeque. Pitmaster Hector Garate, who helms the Palmira concept, uses a farm-to-table approach and old school wood-fire barbecue techniques. Palmira will serve up high-quality meats and flavorful sides to showcase its delicious creations. Palmira is known for its brisket, house-made sausage and smoked beef cheeks.

Aug. 19. Stems & Skins. 1070 E. Montague Ave., #B. North Charleston.

Clean Improv Comedy Show
Theatre 99 is offering a one-hour, kid-friendly improvisational comedy show for audiences of all ages. This family friendly event will appeal to both old and young audiences and be just as side-splitting as any other night at Charleston’s staple comedy theater. The format is short form, which means all the improv is based on the audience’s suggestions, so kids get a chance to shout out their funniest ideas. Make sure to arrive a little early to snag snacks from the concession area and find seats.

Aug. 20. 6 p.m. $12. 280 Meeting St. Downtown.

For the Love of Poetry: Open Mic Night
Every third Sunday of the month, For the Love of Poetry hosts an open mic night at 878 Bar & Grill in Charleston welcoming poets of all levels as well as featured artists, plus in-house photographers and local vendors to round out the experience. This Sunday, doors open at 5 p.m. and sign-up starts at 7 p.m. for those who want to participate in the open mic portion. The event is open to local and traveling poets. 

Aug. 21. 7 p.m. $10. 787 Bar and Grill. 5131 Dorchester Road. North Charleston.

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