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Weekend Round-Up: The weekend of the dragon

The best events in Charleston Feb. 8-10

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Start the Chinese New Year off right this weekend with laughs, swing dancing, or even an authentic New Year meal. It's also Second Sunday on King Street, which we’ve found is the best distraction for a hangover.

Friday is a good time to go on a camellia walk at Magnolia Plantation with one of the plantation’s camellia experts. It's included in the general admission price anyway, so why not? If you’d rather start the weekend relaxing, join Blue Bicycle Books for a wine and cheese drop-in celebration of Beth Webb Hart’s newest novel, Moon Over Edisto.

Go authentically Asian at Xiao Bao Biscuit's Chinese New Year dinner — they're serving up specials both Friday and Saturday.

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Or if you’d prefer to be lazy while listening to someone who isn’t, attend a poetry reading with former CofC professor and cross-country traveler Paul Allen. He’ll be reading poems about his two-year adventures traveling the country in a 20-foot camper.

For the art fans, Karen Ann Myers’ exhibit Mouthful of Diamonds is on view at Robert Lange Studios through Feb. 22. 

Get a taste of Buenos Aires at an authentic Argentinean tango show. And of course, there’s always a Stingrays game.

Saturday is the day to slurp some oysters. The Barbeque Joint’s Fifth Anniversary Block Party will feature BBQ, an oyster roast, the King of Pops, and live music with proceeds going to the Charleston Youth Development Center. The Cork Shuckin’ Festival offers $15 all-you-can-eat oysters, live music, and Firefly and wine tastings.

Feeling outgoing? A local stage production is looking for three female leads, and you can audition at Dancefx. If acting isn’t your calling, attend the Become a Teacher in South Carolina lecture to learn about how you could become a certified teacher within a year (if you hold a bachelor’s degree).

Sunday is the Chinese New Year, so celebrate the holiday at a swing dance with the V-Tones, or enjoy the evening at Comedy for a Cause: A Stand Up Benefit for LBGT Youth.

Sunday also marks the season opener for the Lowcountry High Rollers, so you can join the Swampfoxes, Ashley Riverdolls, and the Holy City Heartbreakers as they duke it out for the first time.

How about making your Chinese New Year’s resolution to be more green? Bring your own reusable plate, cup, and utensils to the Sierra Club’s Oyster Roast and Auction.

It’s Open Cockpit Sunday at the Patriot’s Point Naval and Maritime Museum, so you can explore the interior of some of the most popular aircraft. If none of these sound appealing, your weekend still has hope, because it’s Second Sunday again, and we all know what that means: King St. is closed to traffic and shops will have displays outdoors. There’s also live music, outdoor dining, and bars for days. What’s not to love?

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