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December 26, 2013 

ENDING SOON | 12.29, 01.05

Art exhibits in final days

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, where the new year will begin with “Julyan Davis: Appalachian Ballads,” paintings by a native Briton from Asheville, N.C., on Jan. 5 and “FiberArt International 2013,” Jan. 19, has three fall exhibits about to bid farewell:

• “Passionate Collectors and 25 Years of Jonathan Green” and “Celia Pearson: Glass Transformed, A Photographer Explores Sea Glass,” both through Dec. 29.

• “The Opulent Object: Tapestries by Jon Riis with Sculpture by Richard Mafong and Mike Harrison,” ending Jan. 5.

Find the museum, open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays – but closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 – at 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, across from Midway Par 3. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Details at 238-2510 or www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org.

FINAL RUN OF CHRISTMAS SHOWS | 12.26-01.04

Pirates, Legends, Alabama and Opry

Several shows have begun their final run on the runway to 2014. Here’s the schedule from Dec. 26 forward; prices vary by site:

• “Christmas at Pirates Voyage Dinner Attraction,” on U.S. 17 Bypass, near northern junction of U.S. 17 Business in Myrtle Beach, 6 p.m. daily through Dec. 31. 497-9700, 800-433-4401 or www.piratesvoyage.com. Regular shows resume Feb. 14.

• Legends in Concert, with tribute artists to the Blues Brothers, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley, at 2925 Hollywood Drive, Myrtle Beach, off 29th Avenue North, at U.S. 17 Bypass, across from Broadway at the Beach, 8 p.m. daily through Dec. 30, and 7 and 10 p.m. Dec. 31. 238-7827, 800-960-7469 or www.legendsinconcert.com. New season starts Feb. 7 with tributes to the Blues Brothers, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Ricky Nelson and Elvis Presley.

• “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show,” at Alabama Theatre, at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, 7:30 p.m. daily through Dec. 30, and 3 and 9:15 p.m. Dec. 31. 272-1111, 800-342-2262 or www.alabama-theatre.com. “One the Show” resumes Feb. 6.

• “The Carolina Opry Christmas Special,” at Calvin Gilmore Theater, on U.S. 17 Business at U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach, 7 p.m. daily through Dec. 31, and Jan. 1, 3 and 4. 913-4000, 800-843-6779 or www.thecarolinaopry.com. Regular Opry shows resume Jan. 29, “The Good Vibrations Show” Feb. 4.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY | 12.26-12.28

Last holiday laughs at Improv

The Carolina Improv Company, based at Uptown in Myrtle Beach mall, at U.S. 17 and S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres, winds up its holiday season before jumping right back into its signature shows to start 2014, all at 7:30 p.m.:

• “Whose Holiday Is It Anyway?” Dec. 26-27

• “Whose Year Is It Anyway?” Dec. 28 and 30

• “Whose Beach Is It Anyway?” Jan. 3, 7 and 11

• “Whose Night Out Is It Anyway” – for adults – Jan. 2, 10, 18, 24 and 31

• “Improv Musical Show,” Jan. 25

Tickets are $14, or $11 advance online. Details at 272-4242 or www.carolinaimprov.com.

DAILY THROUGH TUESDAY | Ending 12.31

Festival of Trees to finish

The annual “Festival of Trees,” with 55 decorated Christmas trees, honoring every U.S. state and territory, will wrap up Dec. 31 at Ripley’s Aquarium, at Broadway at the Beach, on 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach.

The site’s open 9 a.m. daily, until 8 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, and 7 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays.

The fest, including a two-page scavenger hunt, is free with admission – Prices until 11 a.m.: $22.99 ages 12 and older, $12.99 ages 6-11, and $4.99 ages 2-5; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: $23.99, $14.99, and $5.99, respectively; and 5 p.m. until closing: $21.99, $11.99 and $4.99 and younger. Free at all times for ages 2 and younger.

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

ALMOST DAILY | Into 2014

Comedy clubs load up dates

The other two local comedy clubs have loaded up their calendars to close 2013 and begin 2014.

• Carolina Comedy Club, (also 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday) at Broadway at the Beach’s Celebrity Square, off 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach: Bengt Washburn Dec. 26-28, Claude Stuart Dec. 31-Jan. 4, Tom Simmons Jan. 8-11, Mike Stanley Jan. 15-18, Al Jackson Jan. 22-25, Keith Bozeman Jan. 29-Feb. 1, and John Roy Feb. 5-8. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, and 10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, as well as 9 p.m. Dec. 31-Jan. 1. Tickets are $15 each. Details at 839-2565 or www.carolinacomedyclub.com.

• Comedy Cabana, 9588 N. Kings Highway, just north of Myrtle Beach: Scott Angrave Dec. 26-28, L.A. Hardy Dec. 29-Jan. 1, and Hardy, with Rob Brackenridge and Cooter Douglas, on Dec. 31 – at 7:30 p.m. (for $30 or $35) and 10 p.m. ($45 or $50). All regular dates have shows at 8 p.m., also with 10:15 p.m. options Friday-Saturday, and tickets are $15. Details at 449-4242 or comedycabana.com.

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