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VISUAL ARTS — Body beautiful, baby
Human Architecture
Thurs. May 18
6 p.m.
Vickery's Bar & Grill
15 Beaufain St.

The majority of the general public doesn't understand modern day art, but Vickery's Bar & Grill downtown is celebrating a subject matter that most everyone can appreciate — the human body. The restaurant transforms itself into an art and music venue on Thursday with the Human Architecture exhibit, curated by Phillip Hyman. If you've never witnessed a live art presentation firsthand, here's a chance to watch as local artists create a mural on-site. Other artists will present new works that will be on display for the duration of Spoleto, including Christina Bailey, Jesse Hendrix, and more. Minglers and nibblers at Thursday night's opening reception can check the status of their own human architecture to live music performed by local solo favorites Lindsey Holler and Clint4.


EVENT — Marryin' in Marion
Movies in Marion Square
Thurs. May 18
6 p.m.
Marion Square
Corner of King and Calhoun streets
577-5304 ext. 140

Thanks to the astounding response from you fine people, the City Paper is proud to announce a one-week extension of our Movies in Marion Square spring series. Interoffice rumors abound over what movie we'll show, although the good money is definitely on Rob Reiner's classic fairy tale within a tale, The Princess Bride. Whatever the flick may be, attendees can relax on the lawn with a brewski and food from one of the fine vendors, like Tom Miller the Kettle Korn master (pictured above) or maybe toss around a light-up Frisbee, as a group of revelers did on the sidelines last week. Anybody want a peanut?


EVENT — String bead incident
14th Annual Beadwork Bead Expo
May 17-21
$8/adults, free for children under 12
Charleston Area Convention Center
5001 Coliseum Dr.
(800) 732-6881

Bead lovers unite! Beadwork magazine presents the Bead Expo, one of the largest consumer bead shows in the United States. The five-day event welcomes more than 6,000 enthusiasts from around the country for an International Bead Bazaar and a series of educational workshops. Beginner to advanced classes are available on-site for those who want to learn to make jewelry and crafts with beads. Special events include "personal shopper" design consultations with Beadwork magazine editors, celebrity book signings, free educational lectures, and a gallery of The Beaded Figure Art exhibit. Now, if only Charleston was home to the world's largest ball of string.


DANCE — Every toe has its pointe
What's Your Poison?
Fri. May 19 and Sat. May 20
7:30 p.m.
Charleston Ballet Theatre
477 King St.

Dance and music fuse to celebrate the past, present, and future of jazz, the most American of art forms. Charleston Ballet Theatre Company member Jonathan Tabbert presents his first full evening of choreography, What's Your Poison? The three-act performance showcases Charleston Ballet Theatre apprentices and the playful, improvisational program features the blues, jazz, and ragtime of Paul Schoenfield's Café Music and classic jazz from the '30s, '40s, and '50s. A middle, more avant-garde section pushes the envelope with more contemporary music, while dancers replace their pointe shoes with jazz shoes. Both music and dance lovers will enjoy this groundbreaking synergy of art forms.


SPORTS — Jog off those peas and carrots
Run, Forrest, Run 5K
Sat. May 20
5:30 p.m.
$25/registration fee
Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park

If the Cooper River Bridge Run didn't kick your ass enough or if you were just plain lazy, slept through it, or went to a bar and drank breakfast instead — now is the chance to redeem yourself. The third annual RiverDogs Run, Forrest, Run 5K and Fun Walk, presented by Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, is taking it to the streets this Saturday. This is the first year that Bubba Gump has sponsored the run, hence the addition of the movie-related title. The course starts and finishes at "The Joe," with registration beginning at 2 p.m. The runners take off from the front of the stadium and complete a course that goes around Hampton Park and finishes back at home plate, where the RiverDogs players and coaches are waiting to pat you on the back. The $25 registration fee includes tickets to Saturday night's game against the Rome Braves and an after-race party, with all proceeds from the run going to the MUSC Storm Eye Institute. So when you're feeling like you're going to pass out from exhaustion, just remember: it's for a good cause.


EVENT — You oughta go beep beep
Charleston ChallengeRoad Rally
Sat. May 20
8 a.m.
Elks Lodge
1113 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

Cruising the scenic back roads of the Lowcountry is not just for kicks anymore; this weekend those roads are the stage for a competition. The Charleston Challenge Road Rally is in its second year and is a local version of the Great Race. In the Charleston Challenge, a driver and a navigator team up to get closest to the target time on different legs of the rally drive by following a set of directions and driving 5 mph below the posted speed limit. Any kind of car can enter the race, so the whole family can ride along in the minivan and distract the driver during the 6-7 hour race. Have no experience in road rallies? Have no fear, the Road Rally volunteers are offering a "Rookie Class" before the race to give you hints. Proceeds from the Road Rally go toward the Charleston Area Youth Racers, a group of area high schoolers who have been working to restore a 1932 Model A Ford to take to the Great Race later this summer.

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