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FILM | Potter-mania
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 3-D,
Wed. July 11-Sun. July 15
10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
July 16-July 31
12 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
ages 3-11 $9, 12-61 $10, 62+ $9, under 3 free
Charleston IMAX Theatre
360 Concord St.
725-4629
www.charlestonimax.com

Museum Magic
Sat. July 14
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
$10 Museum members
$12 non-Museum members
Charleston Museum
360 Meeting St.
722-2996 ext. 236
www.charlestonmuseum.com

Reality starting to get you down? This week's bursting with opportunities to spend a little time in a fantasy world — or at least drag your kids away from their videogames. J.K. Rowling's boy wizard Harry Potter and his magical pals Ron and Hermione have now permeated pop culture more than Star Wars and Star Trek combined. While the global population bites their collective fingernails in anticipation of the final book's release on July 21, they can satisfy their raging muggle-lust with the newest film, number five in the series. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix opens nationwide on July 11, and the Charleston IMAX Theatre will show a special 3-D version of the film (see MaryAnn Johanson's review on p. 40). In director David Yates' adaptation, Harry and the gang must battle a corrupt Ministry of Magic and a ghastly new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. In the IMAX version, a climactic 20-minute portion of the film will be presented in 3-D. The opening night's 6:45 p.m. showing is already sold out, and others are almost sure to follow, so it's probably best to get tickets in advance. If you still just can't get enough of the Rowling's wizarding world, on Saturday morning the Charleston Museum will transform itself into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in celebration of the film's release. Kids will have a chance to create some hands-on magic of their own, all leading up to a show by VanDoren the magician. You'll also be able to enter a raffle to win tickets to the IMAX show. Reservations are required and recommended, and all kids must be accompanied by adults, but one adult per child is admitted for free. —Liz Robinson Wednesday & Saturday

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VISUAL ARTS | City Gallery hits the road
Creatures of Habit and non age
City Gallery at the Gaillard Auditorium
Opening Reception: Fri., July 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
July 18 - August 17
724-7305
www.charlestoncity.info

"I make figures that interact with one another and their environments," says local artist Julie Jacobson in describing her work. During her showing of the mixed-media collection Creatures of Habit at the Gaillard Auditorium, Jacobson's works will interact with an unusual feature of their environment: another exhibit. Creatures of Habit will be shown in a shared space with non age, an exhibit of photographs by another Charleston artist, Micheline Callicott. Through this dramatic juxtaposition, each show will inform and illuminate the other, drawing out meaning which would otherwise be hidden. These exhibits will prove that the City Gallery at the Dock Street Theatre, which itself must inhabit shared spaces while the theater is being renovated, still has the ability to make compelling use of whatever surroundings it happens upon. —Josh Rosenthal OPENS TUESDAY

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COMEDY | Big laughs at the 'Jammer
Windjammer
Comedy Night
w/ Brian Shirley, Dave Ugly, Donnie Diesel, Rocky D
Sun. July 15
9 p.m.
$5 (door)
Windjammer
1008 Ocean Blvd.
Isle of Palms
886-8948
www.the-windjammer.com

These ain't your normal college campus comics. The Windjammer and the OBCO Chemical group present a night of blue-collar stand-up comedy at the Isle of Palms music venue this Sunday. The special event took shape under the direction of local comedian Dave Ugly, a veteran of the regional circuit and a regular player at various local comedy events. Is he the Lowcountry's answer to Larry the Cable Guy? It's likely. Atlanta-based performer Brian T. Shirley, a former Air Force man and deliverer of pizzas, has toured the U.S. and Canada in recent years, sharing stages with the likes of Tommy Chong, James Gregory, Carrot Top, and Michael Winslow. Known best in town as one-half of rock duo The Diesel Brothers, singer/guitarist, and budding comedian Donnie Diesel opens the show.

"This is only my second attempt at stand-up," says Diesel. "The first one I did was a 'Comedy Free with Kenny Z' and it was a blast. Doing stand-up was one of my 'big three' things I'd like to do before I die. The other two were to do the weather — which I did one day on Lowcountry Live — and to do a cartoon voice … that hasn't happened yet, but I'm still waiting for Seth McFarland to call any day now." Loud, rowdy, and opinionated local radio host Rocky D (pictured), of the WTMA 1250 talk show "Radio Free Rocky D," emcees the evening. The funny business starts at 9 p.m. —T. Ballard Lesemann SUNDAY

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EVENT | Vive la revolution!
2007 Bastille Day Celebration
Fri. July 13
4 p.m.
Free
Freshfields Village (at the Seabrook/Kiawah roundabout)
Freshfields Dr., Johns Island
276-5797
www.afusa.org/af/charleston

With Charlestonians flush with the spirit of celebrating America's Independence, it's a perfect opportunity to extend the party to include our Gallic brethren. July 14 marks "Fête Nationale," more commonly known as Bastille Day, commemorating the start of the French Revolution. And we don't even have to change out of our patriotic outfits, since France's flag waves the red, white, and blue, too. The Alliance Francaise de Charleston presents the 2007 Bastille Day Celebration organized around the theme "France and its regions," with free samples of national delicacies and recipes. Enjoy accordion player Jesse Cockcroft's French songs along with live performances of the Can-Can, plus games, a wine tasting, and a special live, big-screen broadcast of the Tour de France. —Jillian Stephenson FRIDAY

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VISUAL ARTS | From the artist's hand to your mouth
2nd Annual Palette & Palate Stroll
Fri. July 13
$40
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Various Galleries
853-0708
www.cfada.com

There's arguably nothing better than a sampler platter. On Friday, the Charleston Fine Arts Dealers' Association (CFADA) is serving up an event that's ideal for Charleston art, food, and wine enthusiasts. The second annual Palette & Palate Stroll pairs up 14 downtown galleries with some of Charleston's finest restaurants to provide a night of decadence. Patrons will stroll from gallery to gallery, delighting their senses with art, created by nationally and internationally renowned artists, and fine cuisine prepared by Charleston's circle of prestigious chefs from top restaurants. Among them are Charleston Grill, Cordavi, Tristan, Carolina's, McCrady's, and others. Joe Sylvan, owner of Sylvan Gallery and president of the CFADA, says the event "presents a perfect blend of Charleston's art and culinary worlds." Tickets are limited and reservations are recommended, with all proceeds benefiting the association's scholarship fund for Charleston County art students. —Jillian Stephenson FRIDAY

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