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The week's best freebies, March 18-24

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This week, fashion takes the Holy City by storm — there's Fashion Week, of course, but there are also a bunch of fringe events happening, from trunk shows to runway shows.

Monday. Don’t miss your chance at five minuets of fame — today is the last day to register for the X-Factor auditions that begin tomorrow at the North Charleston Coliseum. As part of CofC's Adam Smith Week, the college is hosting the lecture "The Economic Fate of America's Middle Class" by Dr. Don Boudreaux of George Mason University.

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Was the Cat in the Hat black? Find out at this lecture on Seuss and Race in the 1950s given by scholar Philip Nell.

Also tonight there's another Monday Night Concert Series, free for CofC students, featuring organist JeeYoon Choi.

Tuesday.  Mercury is hosting the first official after-party for Charleston Fashion Week tonight including music from DJ rDot.

In celebration of CofC's 2013 Young Contemporaries student exhibition, juror and visual artist Scott Stulen, will give a lecture about his work.

Grab a beer and outsmart your competitors at trivia Cutty’s style tonight or check out these ongoing art exhibitions: Colors of My Mind, Brush with Nature, or Evolution.

Wednesday. Charleston Fashion week continues to heat up with the night two official after-party at Mynt featuring DJ Y-Not. Or check out the unofficial after party celebrating the launch of the new online retailer fkvintage at Mellow Mushroom.

Ashley Hall is hosting a book fair where you can browse books for students K-12 grades through Friday.

Veteran Civil Rights activist and current President of Voorhees College Dr. Cleveland Sellers kicks off the African Literature Association Conference with a lecture tonight.

Thursday. If you haven’t started celebrating Charleston Fashion Week already, you'll have plenty of chances today. There's the night three after party at The Cocktail Club, the Cynthia Rowley Celebration of her new fall collection, the Trina Turk Trunk Show at Cooper Penny, and the grand opening of Out of Hand's new shop, South.

Head to Brittlebank Park and attend the Jubilee Project Memorial Ceremony. Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers will perform.

Summerville Third Thursdays begin again today with live music, shopping, an art walk, and more.

 Architect Allan Greenberg presents a lecture on Historic Preservation and Community Planning.

The African Literature Association conference continues with a performance by Cameroonian singer Lapiro de Mbanga.

Friday. Charleston Crafts Gallery and Cooperative is hosting the opening reception of Wabi Sabi: Imperfectly Perfect, Asian Spice in American Art, where members of the cooperative will explore Asian design and techniques in a variety of fine craft mediums. Regina Semko will also demonstrate the origami and kirigami techniques she uses to make decorative sculptural works from Japanese Chiyogami and rice papers.

The Canadian/Tanzanian writer Moyez Vassanji will read from his latest novel, The Magic of Saida.

Republic Reign on King Street is hosting Charleston Fashion Week's night four after party with DJ SK.

Saturday. Attend the Masters of the Building Arts Festival today which will include workshops, lectures, demonstrations, and exhibitions by students and faculty as well as nationally-known artisans and companies.

Keep the fashion theme going with Las Olas' bikini fashion show Hydration, the Milly Collection Trunk Show, and don’t miss the official Charleston Fashion Week finale after party tonight at the Woofle Street Playhouse.

And for something completely different, Jay Ball presents a reading of his adaptation of A Human Being Died That Night, an account of apartheid era atrocities in South Africa.

The opening reception for Let Our Voices Emerge: Narratives by Olga Stamatiou is tonight at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park.

Local author Ken Burger will sign copies of his latest book, Salkehatchie Soup, at the Piggly Wiggly on Harbor View Road.

Sunday. Check out some fresh local comedy and enjoy free pizza at TROM (Tin Roof Open Mic) hosted by Charleston funnyman Jason Groce.

You get to try on couture styles direct from the Spring Bridal Show runway at the Modern Trousseau Trunk Show today.

Attend the Addicted to Plastic documentary screening today at Charleston County Public Library, which features a Q&A with Marty Morganello of the Charleston Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

Get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather, while it lasts. Today is Charleston County Parks Customer Appreciation Day you can enjoy free admission to Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center, North Charleston Wannamaker, Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands and James Island County Park and free parking at Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Isle of Palms County Park, and the Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier today only.

Or grab your baskets and bring the family to Blackbeard’s Cove’s for their annual Easter egg hunt where there will be over 2500 prize filled eggs hidden.
 

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