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Monday. After a weekend phull of live music, some may be over big venues, after parties, and the masses of phans that descended upon the Charleston area. For those that couldn’t afford the big-ticket prices of the weekend, or have no money left because of them, there is a great show without a cost at the Pour House tonight. Asheville based Galen Kipar Project features singer-songwriter/fly fishing guide Kipar, Ben Portwood on bass, creative drummer Jeremy Young, Lyndsay Pruett on a five-string violin, and the dobro/pedal steel of Aaron Balance,who bring their folksy orchestra to town in support their fourth studio release The Scenic Route.

The Charleston Center for Photography presents a compilation of work by photographer Clifton Parker entitled Retrospective. It includes work from three of his collections of work: Lostscapes, a floral series from Tokyo, and pieces from his fashion and celebrity work.

The Recovery Room hosts the Holy City Beard and Mustache Society tonight to welcome two-time world beard champion Jack Passion.

Wednesday. Awarded-winning Brazilian photographer Pedro Lobo and Mark Long, political science professor, are presenting an illustrated lecture on historic preservation at the College of Charleston’s Simons Center for the Arts. Habitats of Resistance is sponsored by the College’s Historic Preservation and Community Planning program and will discuss the process maintaining the livability and affordability of a historic city without turning it into a museum.

Thursday. To celebrate International Credit Union Day, CPM Federal Credit Union in N. Charleston is sponsoring a Shred Day. Bring all the personal documents that can be fit into seven boxes and have them shredded, and enjoy food, drinks, and prizes.

Friday. Gearing up for the spookiest day of the year Imaging Arts Gallery is hosting Deadication, a collection of Halloween inspired images focusing on dark, bizarre, and out-of-the-ordinary images that would otherwise not have an outlet. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided in addition to bowls of candy for those wanting to reminisce on their trick-or-treating days.

Saturday. This is not easy to type, let alone think about, but 52.5 Records’ last day of business is this Saturday. In truly upstanding style and class, 52.5 is celebrating the end, like that grandpa whose funeral turned out to be an all out party. There will be major sales on the last bit of stock, an art show, and live music by local guitarist Bill Carson and members of the Shrimp Records roster.

The aforementioned co-presenter of Habitats of Resistance Brazilian photographer Pedro Lobo will give a lecture at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park on his documentation of the favelas (shantytowns) that surround Rio de Janeiro, as well as open his show.

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