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January 3, 2013 

SATURDAY-NEXT THURSDAY | 01.05-01.10

Stand-up comedy workshop

Manny Oliveira, who performs on the Grand Strand several times a year, will give a workshop for aspiring students of stand-up comedy, to teach the process of creating, writing and performing stage acts.

The classes are daily Saturday through Wednesday, with a showcase by all the participants at 8 p.m. next Thursday, all at Comedy Cabana, 9588 N. Kings Highway, just north of Myrtle Beach.

The fee is $250. Register at 449-4242. More information at www.comedycabana.com and www.mannyoliveira.com.

Also, at the Cabana, Basile takes the stage Friday for two nights through Saturday, with Sean O’Neil opening. Show times are 8 and 10:15 p.m. daily, and tickets are $15.

FRIDAYS, TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS | Opening 01.04, 01.08, 01.10

New outlets to learn dancing

Two new sources for dance lessons will step into action in the next week.

• Ballroom dance classes by Carolina Dance Partners are 7-9 p.m. Fridays at First Presbyterian Church’s Wilkes Hall, 3810 Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach, for $5 per class, and no partner is necessary. Details at 448-4496 or www.myrtlebeachpresbyterianchurch.org.

• Brunswick County Parks and Recreation has several disciplines on tap, with lessons in shag on Tuesdays through Feb. 12 – beginners 6-7 p.m., intermediate 7-8 p.m. – at South Brunswick Island Center, 9400 Ocean Highway, Carolina Shores, for $60, with signup ending Friday.

Also, square dancing is 6-8:30 p.m. Fridays through Feb. 22 at Shallotte Middle School, and 1-3:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 10-April 25 at Leland Community Building-1490 Village Road N.E.; and the Square Dance Club Plus Club meets 7-9 p.m. Mondays at Town Creek Park Community Building, 6420 Ocean Highway E., Winnabow.

Pre-registration required for all classes at 910-253-2583.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY | 01.04-01.05

Student rock bands hit the House of Blues

Catch a winter graduation concert for six bands from Dino Capone’s School of Rock of the Forestbrook community.

The groups, with youth ages 9-18 finishing a 12-week Rockin’ Band program, are Broken Strings, Now or Never, Redefined, Rubber Bullets, Stay Tuned, and Two for Flinching.

Show time is 8 p.m. Friday at House of Blues, on U.S. 17 in Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. General admission is $6 in advance or $10 day of show.

Also on Saturday:

•  “Myrtle Beach Rocks! Da Mic featuring Be Easy, Young Hood, Two of a Kind, Critical and K-mill, Exklusive Musik and Shamroc and DJ QP” at 8 p.m., for $5.

“Blues-A-Palooza” Concert Series featuring Legree, at 9 p.m., for free.

Details at 272-3000 or www.hob.com/myrtlebeach.

MONDAY-TUESDAY | 01.07-01.08

Celebrate Elvis’ birthday

Elvis Presley’s birthday is coming up Tuesday, and various parties are planned. Two confirmed events are:

• The Elvis Fan Club Myrtle Beach/Grand Strand celebration on Monday, with dinner at 6 p.m., and music at 7, at The Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill, 201 Fantasy Harbor Blvd., along the Intracoastal Waterway, just west of Myrtle Beach, off U.S. 501, next to the Clarion Hotel, for free. All tribute artists are invited to perform. Details at 903-2628 or www.boathousemb.com. Fan club information at 424-9124, 704-545-1100 or www.kingshazaam.com.

• The 20th annual “Elvis Night” is Tuesday at Dick’s Last Resort, in Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, with music starting at 6:30 p.m. and no cover charge.

• For “Elvis – Through the Years,” Michael Sokolik Jr. of Socastee will perform a 45-minute set of Elvis’ 1950s and ‘60s hits, then the first round of the Elvis karaoke contest will take place. David Chaney of Myrtle Beach will do a set of Elvis ‘70s and Las Vegas-era songs before the second and final round of karaoke, at which the winner will take home a $200 prize.

Details at 272-7794 or www.dickslastresort.com/domains/myrtlebeach.

Elvis would have turned 78 this year.

NEXT THURSDAY | 01.10

FPC Concert Series opens

The 27th year of the FPC Concert Series opens at 1 p.m. next Thursday with violin prodigy Benjamin Beilman, accompanied by Yekwon Sunwoo on piano.

Season tickets for all four concerts, at First Presbyterian Church; 1300 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, are $30, or $10 at the door per date.

Beilman has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival since he was 17, he won the bronze medal at the 2010 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and he made his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in 2009, performing Beethoven’s “Romance.”

Other scheduled performers, all at 1 p.m., are the Manhattan Piano Trio Jan. 31; Jeremy Denk, piano, Feb. 14; and “Love Songs from Opera and Broadway!” March 7. Details at 448-4496.

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