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February 20, 2013 

SATURDAY | 02.23

Sword-swallower showcase

Getting steel down the hatch without a catch or scratch might not have a match in thrills. Nineteen Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums worldwide, including the site at 901 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, will join in the celebration of the sixth annual World Sword Swallower’s Day on Feb. 23.

Erik Kloecker will show off his sword-swallowing skills outside the Odditorium at 1:30 p.m., with an official “swallow” at 2:23:13 p.m. to coincide with the 2/23/13 date. Admission is free for the performance.

World Sword Swallower’s Day was founded by Sword Swallowers Association International (www.swordswallow.org), and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has showcased this ancient art for 80 years, starting in 1933 with the first Ripley’s Odditorium, at the World’s Fair in Chicago.

Ripley’s also has an app featuring iSword, which lets users try swallowing a sword on their own – virtually, and instructions will be given on site, perhaps for a group effort.

The Odditorium is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, and admission is $14.99 for ages 12 and older, $9.99 ages 3-11, and free ages 2 and younger. Details at 448-2331 or www.ripleys.com/myrtlebeach.

TWO WEEKENDS | Through 03.02

CCU opens ‘On the Verge’

The Coastal Carolina University Department of Theatre has opened “On the Verge; or, The Geography of Yearning,” about three Victorian female explorers’ adventures as they trek to Terra Incognita in 1888, only to discover they are adrift in time.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-23 and Feb. 27-March 2, with a matinee at 3 p.m. March 2 at the 79th Avenue Theatre, at CCU’s Myrtle Beach Education Center, at U.S. 17 Bypass.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 CCU and Horry-Georgetown Technical College faculty, staff and alumni, and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members and ages 65 and older; and $5 CCU and HGTC students and ages 17 and younger.

Details at 349-2787 or www.coastal.edu/culturalarts.

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, NEXT THURSDAY | 02.22, 02.23, 02.28

Food fests

Various celebrations focus on enjoying edibles:

• Annual barbecue, by the Beachcombers of the Omar Shrine Center in Mount Pleasant, in lunch and dinner shifts, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Feb. 22 at Myrtle Beach Train Depot, 851 Broadway St., for $7 – for dine-in or takeout. Delivery available for 10 dinners or more; call 222-2265 that day.

• “Shuckin’ on the Strand” fifth annual oyster roast, by gsSCENE, noon-4 p.m. Feb. 23, at Hot Fish Club, 4911 U.S. 17 Business S., Murrells Inlet, with all-you-can-eat-oysters by Harrelson’s Seafood, two drinks and a plate of barbecue and side dishes by Prosser’s BBQ, and entertainment by DJ Lex Diamond and MB Country. $25. 916-7240 or www.gsscene.com.

• “Taste of Food,” by Friends of the Surfside Library, 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Horry County Memorial Library Surfside Beach branch, 410 Surfside Drive, with six chefs. $5. 205-5280, 238-5869 or www.hcml.org.

SUNDAY | 02.24

Miles at Alabama four more times

Eddie Miles, who has given concerts on the Grand Strand for two decades, will present “A Salute to Elvis & Country Legends,” 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Alabama Theatre, home of “One the New Show,” in Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach.

Other Miles nights there are 7 p.m. March 24, April 21 and May 19.

Tickets for each concert are $22.95, $26.95 or $31.95. Details at 272-1111, 800-342-2262, or www.alabama-theatre.com.

On March 8, his birthday, Miles will begin as the headliner for 2013 at the Memories Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., where he paid tribute to Elvis from 1990 to 1994. Since then, Miles operated a theater in North Myrtle Beach from 1996 to ’99, and has toured the world and played multiple years during Elvis Week in August in Memphis, Tenn.

Keep track of Miles at www.eddiemiles.com and www.memoriestheatre.com.

TUESDAY-SATURDAYS | Through 03.23

‘Bring on Spring!’ art show

Sunset River Marketplace has opened its “Bring on Spring!” group art show through March 23, with oil paintings, acrylics, watercolors, pastel works, clay art and photography.

The exhibition comprises photography by Louis Aliotta and Robin Smith; watercolors by Freeman Beard, Linda Griffin and Judy O’Brien; clay by Shandi Berls; acrylic works by Karen Casciani and Sue Marion; island-theme pastels and oils by Sam McLaughlin; and prints by Laurie Wright.

The gallery is at 10283 Beach Drive S.W. (N.C. 179), Calabash, N.C., and open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays.

Also, its “Coffee with the Authors” series is set for the rest of the year, too, each 10-11 a.m.: David Reavis on March 7, Jack Thompson: April 11, Howie Thompson: May 2, Patricia Branning: Sept. 5, Ann Ipock: Oct. 3, Connie Numbers: Nov. 7, and Becky Shuford and Michele Verhoosky Dec. 5. Each is free, but reservations are necessary.

Details at 910-575-5999 or www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com.

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