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Freeloaders: Observer and report

The week's best freebies, Jan. 30-Feb. 5



TUESDAY. The documentary Broadcast Blues will screen at Gage Hall, and the V-Tones perform at the Pour House.

WEDNESDAY. What's up with all this Facebook stuff? Teach your children appropriate limits to technology at Parenting in the Digital Age Forum.

THURSDAY. Now's your chance to try out for the Taiko Charleston Japanese Drumming Ensemble. They're basing auditions off of their free workshop. Works by the Goose Creek Artists Guild will debut at the North Charleston City Gallery, and Jimbo's Rock Lounge has the first show the 2012 Eyeball Art Shows Series. You Got to Move, a documentary that profiles local community leader Bill Saunders, will have a screening. And Westbrook Brewing will have a tasting at Bottles.

FRIDAY. With the pennies you've been saving this week, you won't mind spending a few on a drink at Champagne (v.) - for a cause. While the event has free admission and a DJ, sales from three champagne-based cocktails will benefit Charleston Waterkeeper. Upper King fashion hotspot JLINSNIDER continues its First Friday events. This go-around has DJ Stumble, live art by Matthew Schrock, a photobooth, and more. The Halsey hosts dance film NY Export: Opus Jazz. And this month's Gallery Row art walk is going with a Blues on Broad: From Memphis to Mardi Gras theme, so you'll hear some live music while scoping out the art work. Openings tonight include The Observer at Robert Lange, while Redux artist Teil Duncan has a solo show on James Island.

SATURDAY. Wake up early and do some good at the Francis Marion National Forest Cleanup. Brand new children's authors Megan Waldrep and Melissa Nelson will sign copies of Spice & Little Sugar at Robot Candy Co. This Saturday and next, COAST will play host to Handcrafted Hearts, a special Valentine's Day pop-up shop with goods from Sweeteeth Chocolate and Ink Meets Paper press. The Charles Pinckney State Historic Site's Gullah Heritage Series kicks off; it lasts through the end of March. Taste a brand new Irvin-House Vineyard product at the Cork Shuckin' Party, where Kristi Starr and Gary Hewitt will perform and oysters will be available for sale. Naked Fish: Lessons from Cannery Row opens at LOCAL, and Studio Open has Small Wonders by Erin Eckman. And Follywood Productions celebrates its anniversary with a Pour House show.

SUNDAY. It's Super Bowl Sunday, so make sure you find a spot to camp out and watch the big game, or instead get a new book at Blue Bicycle Book's Super Sunday Reception for Bette Mueller-Roemer.

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