“The Thin Veil” by Bo Bartlett/Courtesy Gibbes Museum of Art

Bo Bartlett: Earthly Matters 
Earthly Matters opens at the Gibbes Museum of Art Friday, and the show runs through Jan. 15, 2023. Artist Bo Bartlett is renowned for large-scale paintings that depict modern American life and culture. He draws inspiration from American realists painters to create scenes of both humans and animals in nature, often faced with some environmental situation they must overcome. His work focuses on everyday people and ordinary moments. The art exhibit will be accompanied by a publication that includes essays by Bartlett and guest curator Pam Wall. The publication was assembled by the Miles McEnry Gallery in New York City. 

Sept. 9-Jan. 15, 2023. Mon-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. $12/adults; $10/seniors; $6/kids ages 4-17; Free/kids under 4. 135 Meeting St. Downtown. gibbesmuseum.org

Drinks for Dolphins
Drink beer in support of local marine animals at this family-friendly fundraising event. A portion of the beer sales will support the Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network, a North Charleston nonprofit that protects marine animals such as dolphins, whales and seals to preserve the beauty of nature for future generations. Staff and volunteers will share information, display marine mammal bones and sell merchandise. The event is for all ages and abilities. 

Sept. 9. 5-8 p.m. Free. Commonhouse Aleworks. 4831 O’Hear Ave. North Charleston. lowcountrymarinemammalnetwork.org

Fall Food Truck Festival 
Firefly Distillery’s first Fall Food Truck Festival kicks off Sept. 10, featuring 20 local food trucks serving everything from seafood and barbecue to vegan cuisine. In addition to a lineup of local food trucks that will cover the distillery’s five-acre field, local blues rock outfit Weigh Station will blast some tunes and festivalgoers are free to enjoy craft cocktails. The kid-friendly atmosphere includes picnic tables, and people are welcome to bring chairs, blankets and lawn games. Dogs, coolers and outside food and drinks are not permitted. Parking is limited. 

Sept. 10. 12-5 p.m. Free. Firefly Distillery. 4201 Spruill Ave. North Charleston. Fireflydistillery.com

Book Signing with Ronald Smith
The Summerville Public Works Art Center welcomes author Ronald Smith, a retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant. His first book, The Soul of a Poet, was published in February 2019. This event, hosted by Carnes Crossroads Artist Cooperative, will allow guests a chance to hear from the author and get a book signed. Books will be available for purchase and refreshments provided.

Sept. 10. 11 a.m. Free. Summerville Public Works Art Center. 135 W. Richardson Ave. Summerville. publicworksartcenter.org

WizardCon Charleston
Wizards will overrun Burns Alley for an evening of wizard-themed drinks, costumes, games, trivia and a live DJ dance party. There will be a cosplay costume contest with a cash prize. If you don’t have an intricate costume, you are encouraged to wear wizard-esque attire or just carry a broom. You can check out other bars in the area, just make sure to get back in time for the 8 p.m. finale. And don’t forget your wand. 

Sept. 11. 1 p.m.- 1 a.m. Burns Alley Tavern. 354B King St. Downtown. Wizardfest.com

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