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Weekend Round-Up: Puppies, punk poetry, and foodie fun

The best events in Charleston March 5-7

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If you couldn’t tell by the tents in Marion Square or the stomachs rumbling around downtown, Charleston Wine + Food is going on all weekend. Check out our articles here and here for everything that’s happening in the festival and on the fringes. Even bookstores aren’t safe from the event; Matt and Ted Lee, authors of Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern will sign copies of their book and boil peanuts on Sunday afternoon at Blue Bicycle books.

Want to enjoy some good grub but can’t handle the crowds? Head over to Ted’s Butcherblock for the Locals First Block Party. Get a plate of brisket, listen to music by The Bushels, and hang out with your fellow Charlestonians.

With all this food hubbub, don’t forget the French Quarter Art Walk on Friday night. Why pay for wine when you can get it for free?

PURE Theatre’s Lowcountry Boil, about a woman with a shovel and some secrets, opens at Lance Hall. If the “Tarantino-meets-Kevin-Smith” thriller doesn’t tempt you, the Village Playhouse has Dead Man’s Cell Phone and Charleston Stage has the Twelfth Night. Opera more your speed? Whistler’s Women - Songs of a Life Well Traveled, presented by the Charleston Chamber Opera, is at the Gibbes Museum on Sunday.

Get out your cowboy hats and boots. Brad Paisley is at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday night. If that’s not really your thing, Talking Heads tribute band Same as it Ever Was play at the Pour House. See if they live up to their name. Or head to the Village Tavern for Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! on Friday for something different.

Henry Rollins. Musician. Actor. Poet. Catch him doing spoken word at the Music Farm on Friday night.

Hope on Goat, a benefit for Haiti on Saturday, offers a trip to Goat Island, food, music, and fun for a $35 donation. Cinderella Day, also Saturday at the North Charleston Dream Center, lets teenage girls get the ultimate prom preparation experience. And Sunday at Magnolia Plantation is the Lowcountry Animal Rescue Dogmore Stew Festival. Bring your pet out and enjoy this great cause.

Need to keep the kids entertained? Mickey and friends are at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center with the Disney Live Rockin’ Road Show. There’s also a Storytelling Celebration at the Charleston Museum on Saturday.

You can also embrace the 60-degree weather this weekend at any of the Charleston Parks Conservancy’s free Park Week events.

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