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January 23, 2014 

WEDNESDAY | 01.29

‘The Carolina Opry’ opens 28th year

The 28th year of “The Carolina Opry” premieres Jan. 29, with numerous changes in its host venue, the Calvin Gilmore Theater, on U.S. 17 Business at U.S. 17 Bypass on north tip of Myrtle Beach.

Besides all-new seating with beverage holders, see a cast that includes two additions: Bibis Ellison, a soulstress from North Carolina, and Colton Cason, a trumpet-playing crooner, fresh off his debut “The Carolina Opry Christmas Special.” The clog-dancing troupe All That! also is back for another year.

Show times are 7 p.m. Jan. 29-31, and Mondays (but not Feb. 3), Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through March, before the busy spring season. “The Good Vibrations Show,” also at 7 p.m., opens Feb. 4, going Tuesdays and Fridays through March.

Tickets for either show, plus tax, are $34.95, $45.95 or $49.95 for ages 17 and older, $17 ages 3-16; and $23 for students with ID. Also, catch “Light – See the Music” laser show extravaganza, for (plus tax) $15 ages 17 and older, and $12 ages 3-16 and students – call for times and days.

Details at 913-4000, 800-843-6779 or www.thecarolinaopry.com.

SATURDAY | 01.25

Wild Ponies at music feast

South by Southeast Music Feasts, benefiting music programs in Horry County Schools, starts 2014 with an Americana concert an by Wild Ponies, an act previously known as Doug and Telisha.

The group’s CD, “Things That Used to Shine,” includes such heavy tunes as “Trigger” and “The Truth Is.”

Doors open at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot, 851 Broadway St., at 6:30 p.m. for a pot luck dinner, adult beverages and mingling, and the concert will start at about 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 advance or $25 at the door. Details at 251-6402 or www.southbysoutheast.org.

Also, the Randall Bramblett Band will return for the next feast, on March 29.

SATURDAY, SUNDAY | 01.25, 01.26

Students on stage

See local students in these special events:

• The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Cinderella,” by Aynor Middle School Drama and Choral Department, 7 p.m. Jan. 24-25 and 3 p.m. Jan. 25-26 at the school, 400 Frye Road. $8 advance or $10 at the door; call 358-6000 to reserve seats. More details at 997-8486.

• Socastee High School Jazz Ambassadors, annual Jazz Dinner Dance and Silent Auction, 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at Ocean Lakes Family Campground, at U.S. 17 Business and S.C. 544, just north of Surfside Beach, for $10, including a pasta meal, music going back to big-band days, and guest jazz artists from the area. Details at 241-8273 or email mfinleyrn@hotmail.com.

• Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra “Gospel Celebration,” featuring the community youth choir from Mason Temple Church of Conway, in benefit for the Genesis Complex, 5 p.m. Jan. 26 – rescheduled from initial date of Feb. 2 – in Myrtle Beach High School auditorium, on Grissom Parkway, between 29th and 38th avenues North, for $10 adults, $5 students. Details at 448-8379 or www.longbaysymphony.com.

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SATURDAY | 01.25

‘Betting on Death’ benefit

The Horry County Literacy Council, based in Myrtle Beach, continues betting on one evening every year for a murder mystery dinner fundraiser.

“Betting on Death” is the theme of the 2014 affair, at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at Sea Mist Oceanfront Resort Conference Center, 304 12th Ave. S., Myrtle Beach, between Kings Highway and Ocean Boulevard.

The cast comprises WPDE-TV 15’s Tim McGinness as the detective, and WPDE’s Allyson Floyd, Amanda Kinseth, Joel Allen, with Kimberly Britt, Jason Claspell and Carl Schwarzkopf, as the suspects.

Tickets are $40 individual or $75 couple, and reservations are required as soon as possible. Funds go toward literacy and dyslexia-addressing programs for adults and children through services provided for free, thanks to a crew of specially trained volunteers.

Details at 839-1695 or www.literacyhc.org.

SATURDAY, SUNDAY | 01.25, 01.26

‘Smokehouse Day,’ two benefits

Choose from some special outings this weekend:

• “Old Smokehouse Day,” 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 25 at Horry County Museum’s L.W. Paul Living History Farm (open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays), 2279 Harris Shortcut Road, north of Conway, including cooking in the kitchen, sewing, spinning and grinding grits. Free. Details at 365-3596 or www.horrycountymuseum.org.

• Ninth annual “Las Vegas Night,” benefiting Rotary Club of Shallotte, N.C., 6-10:15 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Brunswick County Board of Realtors building, 101 Stone Chimney Road, Supply, N.C., with guest host Jon Evans from WECT-TV 6 in Wilmington. Tickets are a $75 donation per person. Call 910-755-7557 or 910-842-1658, or visit www.shallotterotaryclub.com.

• Second annual “Taste of the Inlet,” with Murrells Inlet and Garden City Beach eateries, benefiting Murrells Inlet 20/20 preservation group, 6:15-9 p.m. Jan. 26 at Inlet Square, at U.S. 17 Bypass and U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet – enter through Books-a-Million. Admission $8 advance or $12 at door, and beverage and taste tickets will priced separately $2-$4 each. 357-2007 or www.murrellsinletsc.com. Tickets also available at Booty’s, Conway National Bank and Lee’s Inlet Apothecary, all in Murrells Inlet, and at Jay’s Hallmark in the mall.

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