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Freeloaders: Go out on a limb

The week's best freebies, April 29-May 5



Indulge in some gallery-strolling this week — there are several exhibits you can catch before they close on Tuesday, and many more opening during the First Friday art walk.

Monday. Catch some live music on the deck at the Pour House — tonight, Antonie Dukes and Rachel Kate are playing. Feel like taking the stage yourself? Head to open mic nights at Art's Bar and Grill, Home Team BBQ in West Ashley, the East Bay Meeting House, The Mill in North Charleston, or the Folly Beach Crab Shack.

Tuesday. Today is your last chance to see several art exhibits, including the Asian-inspired Wabi Sabi, the nature photography of Birds on a Limb, Coco Vivo's Fresh Paint, the photographs and paintings of Steve Bliss and John Hull, and the glasswork of Miguel Almaguer in Breakthrough. Check 'em out before they close tomorrow.

If you're in need of a laugh, Moey Conway is hosting a Comedy Night with local and visiting comics at Castaways. Or head to Cutty's for trivia.

Wednesday. Learn something at "Deficit, Debt, and Democracy" with Dr. Peter Calcagno, "Graves at the Gaillard Center: the Rediscovery of a Forgotten Resting Place," or the Sustainability institute's ReThink at Reclaimed DesignWorks. You could also catch some more comedy at the Big Gun Show, hosted by comedian Dusty Slay.

Thursday. See clips from the new conservation documentary The Drill Project, created by CofC alum and wildlife biologist Justin Jay. You'll learn about what the illegal bushmeat trade is doing to the Drill monkey. Prepare to be outraged.

Bring your pup to O'Brion's for the weekly Yappy Hour, and make a donation to Pet Helpers if you can. Or play bingo at the Kickin' Chicken Summerville, try your hand at Trivioke at the Kickin' Chicken Mt. Pleasant, or form a team for team trivia at Manny's.

Friday. It's time for the First Friday Art Walk again — grab your colleagues and get ready for some wine, cheese, and art shows. We're pretty excited about Robert Lange's show Affirmation, opening up at his eponymous gallery. See all of tonight's art openings here.

Today is also the first day of the North Charleston Arts Festival, which runs through May 11 and includes lots of free events.

Saturday. Hunt some deals at the Whitney Lake Community Yard Sale or at Monster Music's Vinyl Saturday, where all vinyl is 20 percent off. Meet Linda Elksnin, the winner of the North Charleston Arts Fest's Design Competition, at the North Charleston City Gallery. Learn how to start your own genealogical research, or find a new animal buddy at Pet Helpers' adoption drive at Yuppie Puppy.

Today is also the kick-off of MUSC and the Charleston Parks department's month-long Adventure Out program, which will offer outdoor exercise classes and events throughout all of May. Everything's free after your purchase of a $10 T-shirt.

Sunday. End the week with some soothing classical guitar by Gregory Guay, or hear what pop music sounds like in handbell form at the Palmetto Bronze Handbell Ensemble concert.

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