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February 26, 2013 

FRIDAY, MONDAY | 03.01, 03.04

New exhibits for spring

Two new exhibits are on tap to open as March’s lions come roaring in, and admission is free to both.

• Franklin Square Gallery in Southport, N.C., opens its annual Spring Art Show, March 1-23. Artists vie for more than $1,500 worth of prizes and awards, which will be presented 5-7 p.m. March 1 in the gallery, 130 E. West St., behind Franklin Square Park on Howe Street. It’s open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Details at 910-278-7560 or www.franklinsquaregallery.com.

• At Coastal Carolina University in Conway, the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery presents “Imperfect Letterpress x3,” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, March 4-April 5, showcasing works by three typography artists: Joey Hannaford, Finnish native Mervi Pakaste and Jeff Pulaski. Meet them at an opening reception 4:30-6:30 p.m. March 7.

In letterpress artwork, the classic hand-cranked printing press is used in unconventional ways to make interpretive images. Find the gallery in Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts Building, 133 Chanticleer Drive W. Details at 349-6454 or www.coastal.edu/bryanartgallery.

FRIDAY | 03.01

Dance troupe, ‘Souvenir’ on stage

A dance group from Harlem, N.Y., will visit Conway, and the Swamp Fox Players in Georgetown open their “Souvenir” for stage, both on March 1.

The Dance Theatre of Harlem will perform at 7 p.m. in Coastal Carolina University’s Wheelwright Auditorium, with selections including “The Lark Ascending,” “Black Swan Pas de Deux,” “In the Mirror of Her Mind,” “When Love” and “Contested Space.”

Tickets are $15 or $20 for adults; 10 CCU and Horry-Georgetown faculty and staff; $5 CCU and HGTC students, and ages 17 and younger; and a $5 discount available for CCU and HGTC alumni, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members, and anyone 65 and older. Details at 349-2787, www.coastal.edu/culturalarts and www.dancetheatreofharlem.org.

See the play “Souvenir,” a portrait of a woman who became a legend for singing badly, at 8 p.m. March 1-2, 8-9 and 14-16, and 2:30 p.m. March 10 and 17 at the Strand Theater, 710 Front St., Georgetown. Tickets are $15. Details at 527-2924 or www.swampfoxplayers.com.

SATURDAY | 03.02

Tour eight homes

Owners of eight Myrtle Beach residences will open their doors 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 2 for the 13th Annual Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum Spring Tour of Homes.

Tickets for this major museum benefit are $40 in advance, $45 the day of the tour. A buffet luncheon at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club also is available 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. to tour takers for an extra $17. For reservations, call 238-2510.

The tour this year will cover three homes in the Dunes Club neighborhood, two in Grande Dunes, and one each in Seville/Grand Dunes, Dunes Cove and Plantation Point.

Buy tickets at the museum, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, or at these other sites in the city: Four Seasons Interiors, 7730 N. Kings Highway; Knotting Hill Interiors, 7753 N. Kings; Pink Cabana, 5900 N. Kings; and Studio 77, 5001 N. Kings.

Also at: Hope Taylor & Company, 312 Main St., North Myrtle Beach; Sunset River Marketplace, 10283 Beach Drive, Calabash, N.C., and in Conway at Bodega, 301 Main St., and Hucks & Washington Furniture, 1506 Main.

More details at www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org.

SATURDAY | 03.02

‘Swing Into Spring’ with dancing

USA Dance Grand Strand Chapter 6024 will step things up with its “Swing Into Spring” salute to ballroom dancing, with demonstrations by local dancers in various styles and a free swing lesson.

The event is noon-3 p.m. March 2 at Myrtle Square mall, on U.S. 17 at S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres, and admission is free. The program will include ample time for social dancing between demos, as well as instruction from Jim Sterner on swing at 1:30 p.m.

Scheduled dance demonstrations are:

• 2:20 p.m. – Waltz by Lillian and Keith Myler

• 12:45 – Merengue by Sonny Felixson and Ari Pieniek

• 1:10 – Swing by Priscilla and Bill Beddingfield

• 1:50 – Swing by Betty Anderson and Bill Morris

• 2:05 – Tango by Julie and Reiner Thode

• 2:20 – Rumba by Charlene and Steve Dougherty

• 2:40 – Cha-cha by Susan Mathews and Lou Gianelos.

Details at 910-575-2532 or www.usadancegrandstrand.org. Reach the mall at 272-4040 or www.mymallmyrtlebeach.com.

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SATURDAY | 03.02

Quartets take stage

The Grand Strand Harmony Chorus of women present a concert, “Harmony Express,” with Finders Keepers, a Sweet Adeline International Quartet, as well as the men who make up the Low Country Barbershop Chorus.

The show’s at 4 p.m. March 2 in Oceanside Village Community Center Corner, on Melody Lane at U.S. 17 Business South in Surfside Beach, across the plaza anchored by Bi-Lo at the Beach. Tickets are $15. Details at 650-7323, 855-3456 or www.gsharmonychorus.com.

Also, the Harmony and Barbershop choruses each welcome new members at their respective rehearsals on Tuesdays: 7-9:30 p.m. at Surfside United Methodist Church, 800 13th Ave. N., Surfside Beach; and 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2061 Glenns Bay Road, west of Surfside Beach. Details on the men’s group at 357-0167, 855-3456 or email info@lowcountrychorus.org.

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