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Weekend Round-Up: Lose an hour, gain a season

The best events in Charleston March 8-10

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Once daylight savings time begins, springtime is basically here. (Never mind that the last few days have been some of the coldest we've had since all winter). Celebrate the coming season and get outside this weekend with festivals, parties, and more.

Peel your butt off the couch and get some stories the old-fashioned way: from another human being. The Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival has events going on Friday night and all day Saturday. Keep the live entertainment going with Theatre 99's Improv Smackdown at 8 p.m. or Blast Off?, which showcases brand new shows by Theatre 99 company members, at 10 p.m.

Indulge your literary side with a poetry reading by Alan Michael Parker and Deborah Lawson Scott.

Meet your fellow secularists and atheists at An Evening with Richard Dawkins.

The Charleston Film Festival is showing local, regional, and international shorts and features all weekend at the Terrace Theater. You can also catch the French The Day I Saw Your Heart, Awaken the Dragon, or Carbon Nation screenings around town.

Support live classical music by joining the Charleston Symphony Orchestra's new circle of young supporters, Remix. They're having their kick-off party Friday night. Hear some live music at the Sound of Charleston concert or twist and shout to the music of the 1950s at You're the One That I Want!

There's too much theater to pack into one weekend, so make sure you catch Parhelia or Steel Magolias — they'll close this weekend. There's also Boeing-Boeing, Sex Please, We're 60!, and The Whipping Man.

See photographs of Galapagos Island wildlife by Karen Vournakis.

Watch dogs compete in agility courses at the James Island County Park.

Start your Sunday with the Mixson Bath and Racquet Club Block Party. Then keep the party going with Holy City Barber's Grand Opening party.

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