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Freeloaders: Kiss us, we're Irish

The week's best freebies, March 11-17

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Hope you've got your bit o' green picked out for the upcoming St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Take our advice and entertain yourself with these free events to get ready for that bar tap you'll rack up this weekend.

Monday. For this week only, you can see new paintings by Marcus Colburn in the exhibit Full Circle. CofC students are back from Spring Break, so they can attend the Monday Night Concert Series featuring Roger Bellow tonight. The Charleston Center for Photography is hosting its Second Monday Lecture.

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Tuesday. Learn how to relax and relieve your stress at the Transcendental Meditation Introductory Lecture this evening. Celebrate Gullah Heritage today with Gullah cooking demonstrations, storytelling, sweetgrass basket demonstrations, and more. Cutty’s is hosting a comedy night where local comics perform uncensored stand up and improve acts. At St. Luke’s Recital Series listen to vocalists Williams and Esther Bucher perform or hear acoustic sets by singer and guitarist David Higgins at Boones tonight.

Wednesday. The League of Women Voters is hosting a SC Ethics Reform Forum today, which will include a Q&A session and light refreshments. Don’t forget about The Big Gun Show at Big Gun Burger Shop and Live Team Trivia at Sticky Fingers and Kickin' Chicken. For some live music check out Pork Chop at Blind Tiger, The Bill Show at The Brick, or Duda Lucena & Friends at Charleston Grill.

Thursday. Charleston’s locally operated children’s consignment shop, Charleston Repeats, is hosting a 50% sale through this weekend; you can totally browse for free. You can check out Lulie Wallace’s floral still lifes and her entire textile collection tonight only at Stems. This weekend is St. Patrick’s Day, so get in the spirit by attending the St. Patrick’s Week Talk: The Bryan Family, where Speaker Stephen J. White Sr. will discuss a family out of Dublin coming to Charleston and how they impacted their new city and nation.

Friday. Check out some eco-friendly, American-made, North Carolina-based men's clothing at the Collared Greens Trunk Show today and tomorrow at M. Dumas and Sons. Then attend the Gospel Artist Showcase where gospel singers and Christian artist will show off their talents.

Saturday. Since St. Paddy’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, most of the celebrations will be held today. This morning, head down to King St. where the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will feature Irish dancers, live music, and antique cars. Madra Rua is hosting a family friendly celebration and block party featuring food, drinks, live music, and children's activities.

If you aren’t celebrating this green holiday, there plenty for you too. Check out the Charleston Record Expo at Monster Music. See visual art, crafts, and performances by local dance and music studios at the Mt. Pleasant ArtFest. Meet local author Ken Burger at his book signing at Piggly Wiggly. In honor of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, the S.C. chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America will screen the film today.

Sunday. Attend the screening of Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, which explores how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation. Following the film there will be a discussion lead by Alison Peipmeier, director of Women's and Gender Studies at the College of Charleston. The Johns Island Schoolhouse Museum is showcasing an exhibit Tree of Life, which displays photos of African-American life on Johns Island from 1870 to 1960. And don’t forget to visit these ongoing exhibits, One of a Kind, The Band of Blue and Hueshapes in Oil, The Galapagos Islands Portfolio, Evolution, and A Journey.

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