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Weekend Round-Up: To run or not to run

The best events in Charleston March 26-28

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Are you going to be one of the almost 40,000 people participating in the Cooper River Bridge Run Saturday morning? If you’ve already got your number pinned on your back, or if you’re already annoyed that the bridge is going to be blocked off, we’ve got your weekend planned out.

Give yourself the perfect excuse to miss the run with the Blind Tiger’s “I Slept Through the Bridge Run” party on Friday night. The Edgewater Bridge Run is a less energy-consuming option. Or you can avoid Mt. Pleasant all together and head to Summerville for their annual Flowertown Festival, featuring over 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the country. It happens all weekend and it’s free. There’s also the Camp Happy Days Car Show in North Charleston, with proceeds going to “Kids Kickin’ Cancer.”

If shopping is your preferred form of exercise, the semi-annual Carolina Consigns Sale on Friday and Saturday will give you the opportunity to sell or purchase women’s new or gently used name-brand clothing, accessories, and home goods. And POE Studio has the May-bee Clothing Trunk Show on Saturday.

The Flowertown Players are putting on Crazy About Carol - a collection of Carol Burnett Show sketches - for the dinner theater crowd on Friday night. Meanwhile, Midtown has SHORT ATTN SPAN THTR through Saturday. Plus it’s your last chance to see 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress or Lowcountry Boil.

Get a couple of looks at non-traditional art with the opening Fused at Eye Level on Friday and the Suitcase Show (taking art off the walls) at the Olde North Charleston Meeting Place on Saturday. And Alchemy has the The Phoenix, featuring drawings and paintings by Tina Christophillis and Mclean Sheperd.

Some folks around the office have been counting down the days until the premiere of Hot Tub Time Machine. Catch it at Cinebarre’s Retro Rewind ‘80s Night (with $1 wine jell-o shots). If ‘80s themed fantastical John Cusack comedies aren’t your thing, Redux is showing two documentaries on artist Christo on Sunday.

The Cole Bros. Circus performs in Ladson this weekend. Just remember, no matter what you may have seen in movies (or in your nightmares), the clowns are not going to hurt you. They’re paid professionals. For children (and their parents) who’ve already been scarred for life, Middleton Place has the War Horses educational program on Saturday, with reenactors commemmorating the 230th anniversary of the Battle of Rantowle’s Bridge. War is much less emotionally damaging than clowns.

Ever fantasize about hanging out with your favorite local athlete? Now may be your chance. The Battery will celebrate running the bridge with a “Breakfast of Champions” at the Buccanneer after the race. And the ladies of the Lowcountry Highrollers will have an Elvis Bingo fundraiser Sunday at the Mill.

Cloverfest, a benefit for the family of a local musician that passed away, has inspired the reunion of bands like Quench and Kapone. Or you can get raunchy with Nashville Pussy, Green Jelly, and Psychostick on Friday. The finals for March Madness Battle of the Bands are at A Dough Re Mi on Saturday. And there's the Lowcountry Cajun Festival, with Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas.

Last but not least, Larry the Cable Guy is at North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday. Git’r done.

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