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October 17, 2013 

SATURDAY | 10.19

Mann joins Long Bay for night

The Long Bay Symphony welcomes Chris Mann for the first of its two pops concerts this season.

A finalist from NBC’s second season of “The Voice,” Mann will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Myrtle Beach High School auditorium, on Grissom Parkway, between 29th and 38th avenues North.

Mann, with his classical-pop debut CD “Roads” and a EP called “Home for Christmas,” also has appeared this year on the show “Conan” and a PBS special, “A Mann For All Seasons,” with guest singers Martina McBride and Mindi Abair, in a re-creation of the Elvis Presley ’69 Comeback Special.

Tickets are $40, $45 or $50, and $15 for students 22 and younger with valid ID, and Mann will have a meet-and-greet with anyone who makes a minimum $50 donation to Long Bay Symphony.

The other Long Bay Pops night is “An Evening of Motown,” 7:30 p.m. April 5. Details at 448-8379 or www.longbaysymphony.com, and www.chrismannmusic.com.

SATURDAY | 10.19

Monthly bluegrass jam

The Rivertown Bluegrass Society continues its two-band concerts on the third Saturday monthly at Horry-Georgetown Technical College Burroughs & Chapin Auditorium, off U.S. 501 in Conway.

For this Saturday, see Flatland Express at 5 and 7 p.m., and Ash Breeze at 6 and 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for members, otherwise $12.

Also, preshow jams are at 3 p.m. for any acoustic player, but with no electric instruments, except bass.

The lineup for Nov. 16 is the Frethigh Bluegrass Band and Red White & Bluegrass. Details at 457-2854 or www.rivertownbluegrasssociety.com.

SUNDAY | 10.20

Festive Brass’ busy fall

Festive Brass of Myrtle Beach has lined up a string of free concerts for this fall.

They start with a performance at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Methodist Church, 706 14th Ave. S., North Myrtle Beach, with a program covering a variety of sacred and secular selections.

Other concerts are:

• 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11, at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, on Oak Street and 21st Avenue North, before an annual Veterans Day ceremony.

• In a Christmas theme, 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Trinity Methodist Church in North Myrtle Beach.

With members ranging in age from the 30s to 85, the band comprises about two baritones, French horns and bass each, three trombones, seven trumpets and a conductor, with a few more players who vacation here every winter.

New members are welcome; rehearsals are at 7 p.m. Mondays at First United Methodist Church, 904 65th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach. Details at 293-6162 or http://festivebrassofmyrtlebeach.org.

FRIDAY | 10.18

‘Sweet Tea’ evening

Breathe Again Cafe, 9528 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, will have a wine-tasting event at 6 p.m. Friday with One Hope Wine, in a four-way fundraiser.

With entertainment by the band Sweet Tea, playing swing, standards, rhythm and blues, and country, 50 percent of profits from sales of wines will go in certain charitable causes: pinot noir for adoption of homeless pets, zinfandel for support of veterans, merlot for AIDS research, and chardonnay for battling breast cancer.

Admission is free. Details at 314-9382 or www.breatheagain.net, and www.onehopewine.com.

TODAY, NEXT THURSDAY | 10.18, 10.24

Special ‘Wonderettes’ show

The Swamp Fox Players have begun their final weekend of the play, “The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns.” Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, at the Strand Theater, 710 Front St., Georgetown. Tickets are $18. For anyone who can’t catch a show this weekend, a special performance will be at 8 p.m. next Thursday, for $25, with all ticket sales going to a fundraiser for victims of the Front Street fire from Sept. 25. Details at 527-2924 or www.swampfoxplayers.com.

Two other shows hit the stage Friday:

• Theatre of the Republic will perform “The 39 Steps,” based on Alfred Hitchcock 1930s thriller, at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and Oct. 24-26 and 31, and Nov. 1-2; and 3 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3 at the Main Street Theatre, 335 Main St. Conway. Tickets are $21. 488-0821 or www.theatreoftherepublic.com.

• The Academy Players at Horry County Schools’ Academy for the Arts, Science, & Technology, 895 International Drive, just west of S.C. 31, near Myrtle Beach, present “The Dancers” at 7:30 p.m. Friday for one show only. Tickets are $5. 903-8460 or http://aast.horrycountyschools.net.

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