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January 24, 2013 

‘OPRY,’ ‘ONE,’ ‘JERSEY NIGHTS’ | Among stage delights

House shows to resume

Five local theaters are about ready to break from their post-Christmas vacation with a new year of house shows, for which prices and times vary by site and program:

• The Alabama Theatre, at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, “One the New Show” resumes Feb. 7, after showcasing that show’s comedian in “Ricky Mokel Comedy Special Starring Grant Turner” at 7 p.m. Feb. 2. 272-1111, 800-342-2262 or www.alabama-theatre.com.

• The Calvin Gilmore Theatre, on U.S. 17 Business, near the northern junction of U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach, restarting “The Carolina Opry” and “Good Vibrations!” Wednesday and Feb. 5, respectively. 913-4000, 800-843-6779 or www.thecarolinaopry.com.

• Legends in Concert, on U.S. 17 Bypass, off 29th Avenue North at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, resumes Feb. 11 with tribute artists Adele, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart and Tina Turner, through May 11. 238-7827, 800-960-7469 or www.legendsinconcert.com.

• The Palace Theatre, at U.S. 17 Bypass and 21st Avenue North at Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, opens “Jersey Nights” Feb. 5 and “Masters of Illusion,” featuring magic by Rob Lake, on March 19, continuing through Sept. 28. 448-0588, 888-841-2787 or www.palacemb.com.

• Dolly Parton’s “Pirates Voyage Fun, Feast & Adventure,” formerly “Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction,” on U.S. 17 Bypass, near the northern junction of U.S. 17 Business in Myrtle Beach, resumes Feb. 8. 497-9700, 800-433-4401 or www.piratesvoyage.com.

• Also, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, off U.S. 501 and George Bishop Parkway, just west of Myrtle Beach, which does not take an extended hiatus, has shows at least twice weekly. 236-8080, 800-436-4386 or www.medievaltimes.com/myrtlebeach.aspx.

MULTIPLE EXHIBITS | At museum, university, Brookgreen

Arts galore at three sites

All three area major exhibitors of art have a winter full of exhibits, for free unless otherwise noted.

• At the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, see “Icons & Idols: A Photographer’s Chronicle of the Arts 1960-1995,” 137 photographs by Jack Mitchell, through March 17, and “Mullen: 2009-2012” and “Room with a View: Selections from the Permanent Collection,” both through April 25. Also, Free Family Day 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 9 for Chinese New Year -- Year of the Snake. The museum, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, across from Midway Par 3 and Springmaid Beach Resort, is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Details at 238-2510 or www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org.

• In Conway, Coastal Carolina University’s Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery continues “Troy Wingard: Preciousness,” 16 pastel portraits and wall sculptures, through Feb. 22, then “Imperfect Letterpress x3,” with work by Joey Hannaford, Mervi Pakaste and Jeff Pulaski, March 4-April 5, with an opening reception 4:30-6:30 p.m. March 7. The gallery, in the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Details at 349-6454 or www.coastal.edu/bryanartgallery.

• At Brookgreen Gardens, see “Sweetgrass: A Living Legacy of Family and Community” through March 1, and “Recent Acquisitions” and “Willard Hirsch: Charleston’s Sculptor,” from Saturday through April 21. They’re free with admission, which lasts seven days – $14 ages 13-64, $12 ages 65 and older, and $7 ages 4-12 – at the gardens, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Huntington Beach State Park and open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Details at 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org.

FESTIVALS AND FUNDRAISERS | Various weekends

Tastes and races

Some festivals this winter include:

• “Taste of the Inlet,” benefiting Murrells Inlet 2020 , 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Inlet Square Mall, at U.S. 17 Bypass and U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet (enter through doors next to Books-a-Million). More than 20 local restaurants’ on hand. Admission $5 advance or $8 at the door, with beverage and taste tickets priced separately at $2-$4. Details at 357-2007 or www.murrellsinletsc.com, and tickets also available at Murrells Inlet 2020, 4124 U.S. 17 Business, and Conway National Bank, 4345 U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet.

• “Let’s Go Fishing” clinic, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 2 at Conway High School, a benefit for the Conway High and Middle, and Whittemore Park Middle school bass teams, with guest speakers Jay Baisch of Fishful Thinking Charters, Jason Burton of Marlin Quay Marina, Englis Glover of the “Reeling Up the Coast” TV show and Tee to Sea Charters, Chris Jones of Conway Bassmasters and Mike Foxworth of Marshall’s Marine, and the Clemson University Fishing Team, for $20. Details at 902-4274.

• In North Carolina: the “Little Princess Ball,” by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, Communities In Schools of Brunswick County, Brunswick Community College, and Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., is for girls in kindergarten through fifth grade and their adult male escort, 3-5 p.m. Feb. 9 at two sites: South Brunswick Island Center, (9400 U.S. 17, Calabash, and Brunswick Center at Southport, 1513 N. Howe St., Brunswick Center at Southport, 1513 N. Howe St.. $10 per person. Details at 910-253-2670 or 910-457-3494.

• “Chocolate & Champagne for the Creatures,” 5-9 p.m. Feb. 16 at The Cooper House, 6011 Dick Pond Road, Socastee, benefiting SC-CARES (Coastal Animal Rescue & Educational Sanctuary), 236 Abbeville Drive, north of Georgetown, for $30 individual or $50 couple. Tickets available at Sweeties, 707 Front St., Georgetown, and by calling 546-7893 or visiting www.sc-cares.org.

• BFF (Breast Friends Forever) Pink Ribbon Run in North Myrtle Beach, a fundraiser for breast cancer research: Expo & Survivor Tribute Ceremony/1-mile Survivor Walk (free) 3-8 p.m. March 8 at Barefoot Landing; and races at Barefoot Resorts on March 9 – 5K and 10K at 8:30 a.m., Tot Trot (ages 5 and younger) 10 a.m., Kids Run (ages 6-10) 10:15, awards and closing ceremony 10:30. Details at 855-5576 or www.bffpinkribbonrun.com.

LOCAL PLAYS, CONCERTS | From troupes to a symphony

Local ensembles’ stages hot

Various local troupes and music ensembles have filled their calendars this winter.

• Atlantic Stage, at 79th Avenue Theatre, at U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach. “Rabbit Hole” at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 3, and “Lend Me A Tenor” March 21-April 7, each $27.50 general admission, $22.50 seniors (ages 55 and older)/educators/military, and $17.50 students. 877-287-8587 or www.atlanticstage.com.

• Brunswick Little Theatre, “The Dixie Swim Club” March 8-10 and 15-17 at Playhouse 211, 4320 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211). 910-200-7785, playhouse211.com and www.brunswicklittletheatre.com.

• Carolina Forest High School Fine Arts Department: “Phantom of the Opera,” 7:30 p.m. March 14-17 and 20-23, and 3 p.m. March 16-17 and 23-24, at the school, 70 Gardner Lacy Road, east of U.S. 501. $18. 236-7997 and www.cfhsshows.com.

• Carolina Master Chorale, “Hearts of Passion IV: A Gospel Valentine,” 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3000 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach; 4 p.m. Feb. 9 at Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Road, Sunset Beach, N.C.; and 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at Mason Temple Church of God in Christ, 1501 Seventh Ave., Conway. Each $20 adults, $15 seniors, $5 students younger than 25 with ID. 444-5774 or www.carolinamasterchorale.com.

• Long Bay Symphony, “Romantic Blockbusters,” featuring Sebastian Baverstam on cello: Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” Saint-Saens’ “Cello Concerto No. 1” and Brahms’ “Symphony”, at 4 p.m. March 10 at Myrtle Beach High School. $40, $45 or $50; ages 60 and older $35, $40 or $45; and students 22 or younger with valid ID $15. Also: “Mad Hatter Mania” benefit 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, for $75; and at Myrtle Beach High: “Broadway Rocks!” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in Myrtle Beach Rotary Club benefit, for $40, $45 and $50, and Youth Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in Valentine’s/romantic theme, including music from “Romeo and Juliet,” for free. 448-8379 or www.longbaysymphony.com.

• Swamp Fox Players, at Strand Theater, 710 Front St., Georgetown. 527-2924 or www.swampfoxplayers.com. “Souvenir” 8 p.m. March 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16, and 2:30 p.m. March 10 and 17, for $15; and “Strand Cinema” film showcase, each $5 members, otherwise $7: “The Well-Digger’s Daughter” (2012) 7 p.m. Friday, “Butler” (2011) 2:30 p.m. Saturday, “Arbitrage” (2011) 7 p.m. Saturday, “Your Sister’s Sister” (2012) 2:30 p.m. Sunday; and Black History Month Film Festival, with Cultural Council of Georgetown County each $5 ages 13 and older, otherwise $3: “Sparkle” (1976) 7 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 2, “Daughters of the Dust” (1991) 7 p.m. Feb. 2 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 3, and “Say Amen, Somebody” (1982) 7 p.m. Feb. 6

• Theatre of the Republic, at Main Street Theatre, 335 Main. St., Conway: “August: Osage County” 8 p.m. Feb. 8-9, 14-16 and 21-23, and 3 p.m. Feb. 10, 16-17 and 23-24, for $18; and Kathryn Martin’s “Ten Little Murders” at 8 p.m. March 8-9 and 3 p.m. March 9-10, for $15. Also, “Movies on Main Street,” at 7 p.m.: “An Affair to Remember” Feb. 13, “Citizen Kane” Feb. 25, “Vertigo” March 11, and Rear Window” March 19, each $3. 488-0821 or www.theatreoftherepublic.com.

FREEBIES | Some special activities at no charge

Films, girls’ sports clinic

Choose from some free annual rites of winter:

• Friends of the Waccamaw Library’s ninth annual “Friday Night at the Movies” series, with discussions led by David Zinman, a film historian from Chautauqua Lake, N.Y., at Georgetown County Library’s Waccamaw Neck branch, 24 Commerce Lane, Pawleys Island, west of U.S. 17, behind Pastaria 811, all 7 p.m.: “Saboteur” (1942) this Friday, “It Started With Eve” (1942) Feb. 1, “Sunset Boulevard” (1950) Feb. 22, “On The Waterfront” (1954) March 8 and “The Maltese Falcon” (1941) March 22. Details at 545-3623.

• For the 27th annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day, Coastal Carolina University have a free sports clinic for girls 5-12 9:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Feb. 2 with Chanticleer players from about nine women’s sports at Brooks Stadium, off S.C. 544 in Conway. Also, clinic participants will be recognized during the Chanticleer Women’s Lacrosse Play Day, at noon in the stadium, and all girls will receive a free ticket for the women’s’ basketball game at 4:30 p.m. that day against Radford University in the new HTC Center. (Tickets $5 for parents or guardians.) Pre-register by Wednesday or at 9:15 a.m. on the day of the event. Details at grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/coas/genrel/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/girls-women-day-13.pdf, or contact Lacie Hinkle 349-5027or llhinkle@coastal.edu.

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