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January 12, 2013 

THURSDAYS-SUNDAYS | Through 02.03

‘Rabbit Hole’ opens

The Atlantic Stage professional theater troupe continues its fifth season with a 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Rabbit Hole.”

Five actors carry this play for mature audiences about how two people deal with an unthinkable tragedy.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 3 at the 79th Avenue Theatre, at Coastal Carolina University’s Myrtle Beach Education Center, at U.S. 17 Bypass. Also, after the shows on the next two Sundays through Jan. 27, chat with the cast and crew.

Tickets are $27.50 general admission, $22.50 seniors (ages 55 and older)/educators/military, and $17.50 students.

Other Atlantic Stage shows for the 2012-13 season are “Lend Me A Tenor” March 21-April 7, “New Voices PlayFest” April 18-21, and “Child’s Play” world premiere April 25-May 12.

Details at 877-287-8587 or www.atlanticstage.com.

FRIDAY | 01.18

Flute/guitar duo, organ recitals

Anybody raring for a recital can choose from two intimate concerts Friday, both at 7:30 p.m.:

• Nicole Keller, who performs regularly as a solo and collaborative artist on organ, piano and harpsichord, will give an organ recital, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3000 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. She will cover a variety classical and contemporary pieces by such artists as Brahms, Mendelssohn and Louis Vierne. Details at 448-8426 or www.trinitymbmusic.wordpress.com/upcoming-events.

• Chris Vaneman and Brian DuFord – the Echo Flute and Guitar Duo – will play works by Astor Piazzolla, Robert Beaser, Percy Grainger and DuFord in Coastal Carolina University’s Edwards Rectital Hall, in Conway. Admission $3 for ages 11 and older, and free for ages 10 and younger and CCU and Horry-Georgetown Technical College faculty, staff and students. Details at 349-2787 or www.coastal.edu/culturalarts.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY | 01.19-01.20

Authors at Lifestyles Expo

The 29th annual S.C. Lifestyles Expo, geared to ages 50 and older, includes many outlets for information on products and services in such areas as health, finances, real estate and travel.

The show is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Springmaid Oceanfront Resort Conference Center, 3200 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, across from the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, with free admission and parking.

Also, meet a slew of local authors, such as Jim R. Rogers, who wrote “Starts and Stops Along the Way: Sharing Some Stuff From The Road Most Travel,” will be on stage at 11 a.m. both days. Other scheduled book writers for meet-and-greets are: Mary Anne Benedetto (“7 Easy Steps to Memoir Writing: Helping People Write the Times of Their Lives” and “Never Say Perfect”), Barbara Flowers Jacob (“Days of a Wounded Heart”), Bob Freeland (“Balance”), Ted Gagliano (“Circle of Twelve”), Bill Hancock (“M1 Brothers”), Barry Kelly (“Justice Beyond Law” and “Justice Without Mercy”), Nancy Lorraine (“The Butterfly Adventure”), Robert O’Brien (“The Toppled Pawn”) and Annie Pott (“Life Steps”).

Details at 800-433-7396 or www.babyboomerexpos.com.

SATURDAYS | 01.19, 01.26

Big Laughs Theatre opens

The Big Laughs Theatre will have an open house 4-6 p.m. Saturday to herald its inaugural show “Wild 4 Hypnosis Comedy Show” by married pair Rich and Elizabeth Wilde.

A “mild” show, for famlilies, is 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, for $26.95 plus tax for ages 16 and older, and $9.95 ages 5-15. A “wild: show, for adults, is 9:15-11 p.m. Jan. 26, for $26.95 or $30.95.

Find the theater at 2696 Beaver Run Blvd., Suite A, Millennium Run Plaza, by Wal-Mart in Surfside Commons, off S.C. 544, just east of U.S. 17 Bypass, between Surfside Beach and Socastee.

Details at 750-0514 or www.big-laughs.com.

DAILY | Open 9 a.m.

Leafy seadragon on display

Ripley’s Aquarium at Broadway at the Beach has added a juvenile leafy seadragon in the building’s Living in Water Gallery, across from jellyfish, clownfish and coral tanks.

The seadragon has been growing up at the aquarium’s offsite Marine Science Building, and is part of a species named for their leaflike appendages that extend from their skin, helping camouflage these animals from would-be predators. With their long tubular snout, they do not bite their food; instead they draw small shrimp into their mouth by creating suction, much like a straw.

Seadragons are close relatives of the seahorse, growing as long as 14 inches, and like male seahorses that carry the eggs in a brood pouch, male seadragons carry the female’s eggs on a brood patch along the tail.

Also at the aquarium, off 29th Avenue North and open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, see mermaid shows at noon and 2 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, free with admission: $22.99 ages 12 and older, $14.99 ages 3-11, and free ages 2 and younger.

Details at 916-0888, 800-734-8888 or www.ripleysaquarium.com.

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