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Freeloaders: We hope this pig shows at up Second Sunday again

This week’s best freebies, Jan. 7-13

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January is a bummer. Everything slows down, people hit the gym instead of the town, and one's hard-pressed to find much going on, even on the weekends (just ask us, we know). But this should be just about your last dry spell before festival season starts next week with the Charleston Comedy Festival. Then it's SEWE, then Charleston Wine + Food, then Fashion Week ... phew. We just realized we might be missing this quiet soon.

Monday. Calling all men with dulcet toned voices. The Charleston Men’s Chorus is holding auditions at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, and they want you. For the girls, Ladies’ Night at Badd Kitty includes bubbly beverages and samples, along with 10 percent off merchandise. All pet lovers are invited to Pet Helpers Bingo. And Magnolia Plantation is offering buy one, get one garden admission all through the month of January.

Tuesday. For a limited time, new figure paintings by Jill Hooper are on display at Ann Long Fine Art. History buffs should check out The Fourteen Presidents Before Washington at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum. In other art-related news, the National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition is in town until March, displaying imaginative and thought provoking large-scale sculptures.

Wednesday. Learn something new at the lecture “Amphibians in a Changing World." Or gear up for the Charleston Comedy Festival with the Big Gun Show, an open-mic comedy night hosted by Dusty Slay.

Thursday. If you’ve had a stressful week, relax and gear up for the weekend at MundoVibe’s Weekly Listening Event, where world, jazz, and electronic music styles are sure to soothe you through even the most hectic schedules. There’s also the weekly Brown Bag Lunch Series, which provides information on timely topics affecting women.

Friday. If you really want to take advantage of the weekend in this storied city with a stroll down the Market. While you're there, check out local arts and crafts at Art in the Evening.

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Saturday. Tidal Creeks with Dr. Zoe Hughes is a kid and adult-friendly opportunity to learn about the importance of flora and fauna in shaping coastal marsh communities such as the Charleston area.

Sunday. It's Second Sunday on King Street, which takes “Sunday Funday” to a whole new level by closing King Street to vehicular traffic. Get ready for shopping, street food vendors, and live music — and if you're lucky, an adorable baby pig wearing a pink bow.

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