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Gimme Shelter

When: Thu., March 31, 7-11 p.m. 2011

If you love Cuban cigars, you probably don’t need an excuse to light one up, but we’ve got a good one anyway. The Gimme Shelter event at Eye Level Art has a Cuban theme, and the evening benefits Operation Home, an organization committed to helping low-income Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester county residents repair their homes. There’ll be live music and hand-rolled cigars, and Home Team BBQ will serve Cuban-inspired food including Caribbean black beans, grilled pineapple rice, and smoked jerk-rubbed chicken and pork crafted with rum barbecue sauce by restaurant owner Aaron Siegel. Gimme Shelter highlights Operation’s Home’s focus on the most in-need residents including households with children, older adults, and people with disabilities. The organization’s Executive Director Anna Hamilton is excited for their first spring event. “It’s a young, fun, hip group behind it that cares about the community. That’s what’s so great about the event,” Hamilton says. There’s also a silent auction, artwork from the Charleston Artist Collective, and an open bar with Home Team’s famous Frozen Painkillers. Sounds like the perfect way to wash down the grub.

Joelle Pettus

Price: $65

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