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January 30, 2014 

22ND ANNUAL MYRTLE BEACH STAMP SHOW, by Myrtle Beach Stamp Club, celebrating 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal’s opening, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 10 at Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 101 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., off U.S. 501 and George Bishop Parkway, just west of Myrtle Beach and along Intracoastal Waterway. Free admission and appraisals. 347-0087.

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CCU EVENTS | Almost daily

Arts cover university

Coastal Carolina University, at its main campus in Conway, has a slew of arts events to sail into spring, of which the first day is March 20 (349-2787 or www.coastal.edu/culturalarts):

MUSIC/READINGS

• “Food, Fun & Frivolity! A Jones Voice Studio Recital,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in Edwards Recital Hall, for free.

• “Broadway and Tin Pan Alley,” with film “Syncopated City (1919-1933),” 7 p.m. Feb. 10 in James J. Johnson Auditorium, for free.

• Faculty Recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in Edwards Recital Hall. $5 general; $3 CCU/Horry-Georgetown Technical College students, faculty and staff; and free for children.

• “History of Salsa: African Roots,” with Jose Obando, 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in Johnson Auditorium, for free.

• Fiction Reading by Kyle Minor, author of “In the Devil’s Territory” and “Praying Drunk,” 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in Edwards Recital Hall, for free.

• “Songs of South Carolina: Poets and Guitars,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in Edwards Theatre, for free.

• “Grand Strand Choir Challenge,” 6 p.m. Feb. 22 in Wheelwright Auditorium, benefiting Each 1 Teach 1, a CCU life skills and leadership development program for middle and high school youth. $7 advance or $10 at door for ages 13 or older, otherwise $5.

• “Swing Jazz,” with films “Ken Burns’ Jazz: Episode 6: Swing, the Velocity of Celebration” and “International Sweethearts of Rhythm,” 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in Johnson Auditorium, for free.

• “African American Music Through the Years,” 6 p.m. Feb. 25 in Wheelwright Auditorium, for free.

• “From Sousa to Swing,” by CCU Symphonic Band and Jazz After Hours Band, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in Wheelwright Auditorium. $5 general; $3 CCU/HGTC students, faculty and staff; and free for children.

• “Gospel Sing Out,” by Coastal Carolina University Inspirational Ambassadors, 4:30 p.m. March 2 in Wheelwright Auditorium, for free.

• ”Piano Series,” in Edwards Recital Hall with Bennie Woods at 4 p.m. March 16, Jerry Wong 4 p.m. April 6, and Catherine Kautsky 7:30 p.m. April 25. Each $5 general; $3 CCU/HGTC students, faculty and staff; and free for children.

• “Choral Masterworks,” with CCU Concert and Chamber Choirs and voice faculty and Long Bay Symphony, 7:30 p.m. March 18 in Wheelwright Auditorium. $5 general; $3 CCU/HGTC students, faculty and staff; and free for children.

• CCU Student Jazz Combo, 7:30 p.m. March 19 in Edwards Recital Hall. $5 general; $3 CCU/HGTC students, faculty and staff; and free for children.

• Second annual Tempo 54 Drumline, 5:30 p.m. March 22 in HTC Center. $7 general ($3 advance Feb. 3-7, when ticket sales start) ages 13 and older; and $5 CCU/HGTC students, faculty and staff, and for ages 12 and younger.

• Regina Helcher Yost Flute Recital, 3 p.m. March 23 in Edwards Recital Hall. $5 general; $3 CCU/HGTC students, faculty and staff; and free for children.

• “An Evening of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn,” by Grand Strand Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. March 23 in Wheelwright Auditorium. $15 general; $10 CCU/HGTC faculty, staff, alumni, OLLI members, seniors and teens; and $5 CCU/HGTC students and children.

• “Country and Bluegrass,” with film “High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music,” 7 p.m. March 24 in Johnson Auditorium, for free.

• Poetry Reading: Juliana Gray, author of “Roleplay” and “The Man Under My Skin,” 4:30 p.m. March 27 in Johnson Auditorium, for free.

• “David Bankston and Friends,” 7:30 p.m. April 3 in Wheelwright Auditorium. $5 general; $3 CCU/HGTC students, faculty and staff; and free for children.

• “Wax Museum, ” by Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk, 7:30 p.m. April 4 in Wheelwright Auditorium. $10 adults, free for children.

• “Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip Hop,” with film “Latin Music USA, Episode 1: Bridges and From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale,” 7 p.m. April 7 in Johnson Auditorium, for free.

• CCU World Music Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. April 8 in Wheelwright Auditorium. $5 general; $3 CCU/HGTC students, faculty and staff; and free for children.

• CCU Bands Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m. April 11 in Wheelwright Auditorium. $5 general; $3 CCU/HGTC students, faculty and staff; and free for children.

• CCU Flute Studio Recital, 3 p.m. April 13 in Edwards Recital Hall. $5 general; $3 CCU/HGTC students, faculty and staff; and free for children.

• CCU Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. April 15 in Wheelwright Auditorium. $5 general; $3 CCU/HGTC students, faculty and staff; and free for children.

• CCU Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. April 17 in Wheelwright Auditorium. $5 general; $3 CCU/HGTC students, faculty and staff; and free for children.

• “Rock ’n’ Roll,” with film “Plugging In,” 7 p.m. April 21 in Johnson Auditorium, for free.

• Seventh annual “Isn’t It Romantic?” with CCU Choirs and Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m. April 22 in Wheelwright Auditorium. $5 general; $3 CCU/HGTC students, faculty and staff; and free for children.

• “Pop 101” concert, 7:30 p.m. April 24 in Wheelwright Auditorium. $5 general; $3 CCU/HGTC students, faculty and staff; and free for children.

THEATER

Each $15 general; $10 CCU/HGTC faculty, staff, alumni, OLLI members, seniors and teens; and $5 CCU/HGTC students and children:

• “Into the Woods,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6-8 and 12-15, and 3 p.m. Feb. 15, in Wheelwright Auditorium

• “Crimes of the Heart,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-22 and 26-28, and March 1; and 3 p.m. March 1, in 79th Ave Theatre, in Myrtle Beach Education Center, at U.S. 17 Bypass

• “Blood Wedding,” 7:30 p.m. April 3-5 and 10-12, and 3 p.m. April 12, in Edwards Theatre

• “Dance Company & Music Theatre Showcase,” 3 and 7:30 p.m. April 27 in Wheelwright Auditorium.

ART EXHIBITS

In CCU’s Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, in Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, with free admission (349-6454 or www.coastal.edu/bryanartgallery):

• “Linda Stein: The Fluidity of Gender” (sculptural armor), through Feb. 28

• “Maura Kenny: Out of Hobcaw” solo exhibition, March 10-April 4, with opening reception 4:30 p.m. March 10

• “Portfolio I: Studio Arts” thesis exhibition, April 10-21, with opening reception 4:30 p.m. April 10

• “Portfolio II: Graphic Design” thesis exhibition, April 28-May 10, with closing reception 4:30 p.m. May 9

OPENS SATURDAY | 02.01-02.28

Art fetes Black History Month

The Cultural Council of Georgetown County will celebrate Black History Month with an art exhibit all month at its office, 922 Front St. Georgetown, with an opening reception 6-8 p.m. Saturday.

Featured artists are Lillian Cotton, Alan Dennison, Rachel Jones, Darien Greene, Alexis Washington and Zenobia Washington, Also, local writer Steven Williams will read some of his original poetry. The council office is open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Other events planned by the organization for February include a series of concerts and workshops featuring De’Sean Jones, a young jazz saxophonist from Detroit, and family movie nights across Georgetown County. Tickets also are available for “An Evening of Elegant Jazz” Feb. 21 with Jones and other area musicians at the S.C. Maritime Museum, 729 Front St., Georgetown. Details at 520-0744 or visit www.culturalcouncil.info.

CONCERTS GALORE | Including weekly ‘Blues-A-Palooza’

HOB loads up dates

House of Blues, in Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, has loaded up its calendar this winter (272-3000 or www.hob.com/myrtlebeach):

• “Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Brunch,” 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, for $29 ages 13 and older, for $14.50 ages 7-12, and free ages 6 and younger. Reservations at 913-3746.

• Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, 7 p.m. Saturdays in February, for $42 ages 13 and older. More details at www.murdermysteryproductions.com.

• Hells Bells and Battery, respective tributes to AC/DC and Metallica, 8 p.m. Feb. 1, for $10 advance or $13 day of show

• “Blues-A-Palooza,” 9 p.m. Saturdays, with The Gray Click on Feb. 1, “Horry County Students Rock” Feb. 8 and March 22, Parker and The Deacons Feb. 15, Paul Grimshaw Band Feb. 22, Sanctuary Blues Band March 1, Fahrenheit March 8, Mike Telliga March 15, and Oceans Orange March 29, all for free.

• “Myrtle Beach Rocks! The Mic,” with ETop, The Franchise, Profit, D Money, Blade, Sunnie G, and CNC, 8 p.m. Feb. 8, for $5

• Chase Rice, with Sam Hunt, 9 p.m. Feb. 14, for $12 general advance or $15 day of show, loge $25 advance or $30 day of show

• Dave Matthews Tribute Band, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 15, for $10 advance or $13 day of show

• “Myrtle Beach Rocks! Reggae,” with Treehouse!, Signal Fire and SouthStreet, 8 p.m. Feb. 20 for $5

• Flogging Molly, 8 p.m. Feb. 21, for $26 general advance or $29 day of show, and loge $48.50-$63.50

• Blackberry Smoke, 9 p.m. Feb. 22, for $18 general advance or $20 day of show, and loge $33.50-$48.50

• Switchfoot, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28, for $22 general advance or $24 day of show, and loge $30 advance or $32 day of show

• Juicy J , 9 p.m. March 1, for $27 general advance or $30 day of show, and loge $52.50-$67.50

• Badfish, tribute to Sublime, 8 p.m. March 22, for $10 advance or $12 day of show

• Sixth annual Myrtle Beach Beerfest, 2 and 6 p.m. March 29, for $35 advance or $45 day of event

• Scotty McCreery, 8:30 p.m. March 29, for $29 general advance or $32 day of show, and loge $55.50-$70.50.

LOCAL GROUPS | Tunes take over stages

Local groups present music

CAROLINA FOREST HIGH SCHOOL, 700 Gardner Lacy Road, east of U.S. 501 (236-7997 or www.cfhsshows.com):

• “ShowCase” Show Choir in annual benefit show, “Southern Nights” 7 p.m. Feb. 7-8 and 3 p.m. Feb. 9, for $10, benefiting student trip to Florida to compete “Gold Mickey” award at Festival Disney in April.

• Drama Department’s “March Musical Marathon,” benefiting student trip to perform in August at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Each $20: “Ragtime,” 7:30 p.m. March 19-22 and 3 p.m. March 22-23; and “Always ... Patsy Cline,” 7:30 p.m. March 26-29 and 3 p.m. March 29-30.

28TH ANNUAL FPC CONCERTS “PROMENADES,” at First Presbyterian Church, 1300 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach (448-4496 or www.fpcconcerts.com):

• Ji-Yong, pianist from South Korea, 1 p.m. Feb. 13, for $15 at door

• “Broadway Showstoppers and The Grasshopper Opera,” with Noreen O’Reilly, soprano; Brown Bradley, tenor; Jeffery Jones, baritone; Philip Powell on piano; and the FPC Players – 1 p.m. March 6, for $15 at door

• Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano, with Bradley Moore on piano, 7:30 p.m. March 28, for $40 at door, if available.

LISTEN UP BRUNSWICK COUNTY, benefit concerts, each 7:30 p.m. at Holden Beach Chapel Fellowship Hall, 107 Rothschild St., Holden Beach, N.C., and $22 advance or $24 at door (860-485-3354, listenupbrunswickcounty.com):

• Feb. 15 – Tracy Grammer ( www.tracygrammer.com), with Jim Henry, helping benefit Brunswick Homeless Coalition

• March 21 – The Kennedys

• April 12 – Thomas Wesley Stern

• May 10 – Ellis Paul.

LONG BAY SYMPHONY, performing at Myrtle Beach High School (448-8379 or www.longbaysymphony.com):

• “Dancing and Romancing” Broadway spectacular, eighth annual event for Myrtle Beach Rotary Club, with Broadway guest artists Debbie Gravitte, Joan Hess and Kirby Ward, and Carolina Master Chorale, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, for $40 or $50.

• “An Evening at the Opera,” featuring Kirstin Chávez, mezzo-soprano, Carolina Master Chorale ( www.caroinamasterchorale.com), and Litchfield Ballet Company of Litchfield Beach, 4 p.m. March 9 – Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” and “Aïda,” Saint-Saëns’ “Samson and Delilah,” Bizet’s “Carmen” and Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” and “Magic Flute,” $40, $45 or $50, and $15 for students 22 and younger with ID.

RIVERTOWN BLUEGRASS SOCIETY, at 5 p.m. third Saturday monthly at Horry-Georgetown Technical College Burroughs & Chapin Auditorium, off U.S. 501 in Conway. Each $10 for members, otherwise $12 for ages 12 and older, and free ages 12 and younger. (Also, workshops at 2 p.m. Feb. 15, for $5 -- preregister by emailing loar1923@hotmail.com or trinityriverbluegrass@live.com.) 365-1649 , 215-0290, 457-2854 or www.rivertownbluegrasssociety.com:

• Feb. 15 – Trinity River Band, Alan Bibey & Grasstowne, and Lonesome Meadow

• March 15 – Subject To Change Band, and The Southern Gentlemen

• April 19 – Slope Valley, and Oliver West 39 Express.

SOCASTEE HIGH SCHOOL, “Shrek the Musical,” by students in grades 3-12, 7 p.m. March 6-9 and 3 p.m. March 8-9, at school, on S.C. 707, near Dick Pond Road. 293-9041.

TWO FRIDAYS MONTHLY | Through 03.28

‘Friday Nights at the Movies’ classic film fest

The annual “Friday Night at the Movies” classic film festival, with host David Zinman – who winters in Conway from Jamestown, N.Y. – and Friends of Waccamaw Library – continues with screenings at 7 p.m. on select Fridays at Georgetown County Library Waccamaw Neck branch, 24 Commerce Lane, Pawleys Island, west of U.S. 17, behind Pastaria 811. Each film is preceded by a lecture and followed up with an audience discussion. Admission is free:

• “All About Eve” (1950) Jan. 31

• “Somewhere in Time” (1980) Feb. 14

• “Dr. Strangelove” (1964) Feb. 28

• “Annie Hall” (1977) March 14

• “42nd Street” (1933) March 28

Details from the library at 545-3623. Zinman, author of the film book “50 Classic Motion Pictures,” also coordinates a classic film program every summer at Chautauqua Institution.

RESUMING NEXT THURSDAY | 02.06

‘One the Show’ at Alabama Theatre

The Alabama Theatre, at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, will premiere its signature house show, “One the Show,” on Feb. 6, with performances 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6-8, 11-14, 16, 18-22 and 24-28; and March 2-8, 10-15, 17-21, 23-28 and 30-31 – for, plus tax, $31.90, $38.25 or $43.75 for ages 17 and older, and $16.40 ages 16 and younger (also for March-April, free admission for as many as two children, 16 or younger, with a paid adult ticket), as well as a series of guest concerts, all at 7 p.m., at these respective prices, including tax:

• “The Ricky Mokel Show,” starring Grant Turner, Saturday, for $29.95, $34.95 or $39.95

• Drifters, Coasters and Platters, Feb. 15, for $34.95, $42.95 or $48.95

• Eddie Miles’ “A Salute to Elvis,” 7 p.m. Feb. 23, for $22.95, $26.95 or $31.95

• Shoji Tabuchi, March 1, for $34.95, $42.95 or $48.95

• Rick Alviti & His Showband Tribute to Elvis, March 16, for $27.40 or $34.95

• Kingston Trio, March 22, for $29.95, $34.95 or $39.95

• Oak Ridge Boys, March 29, for $40.95, $48.95 or $56.95

• Three Dog Night, April 12, for $40.95, $48.95 or $56.95

Details at 272-1111, 800-342-2262 or www.alabama-theatre.com.

OTHER BIG SHOWS | Several nights weekly

Handful of house shows

The 28th year of “The Carolina Opry” has opened, and various other house shows have lined up their new year:

•  CALVIN GILMORE THEATER, on U.S. 17 Business at U.S. 17 Bypass on north tip of Myrtle Beach: “The Carolina Opry” 7 p.m. Jan. 29-31, and Mondays (but not Feb. 3), Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through March; and “The Good Vibrations Show,” also at 7 p.m., opening Feb. 4, going Tuesdays and Fridays through March. Each show, plus tax: $34.95, $45.95 or $49.95 for ages 17 and older, $17 ages 3-16; and $23 for students with ID. Also, “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. 913-4000, 800-843-6779 or www.thecarolinaopry.com.

•  LEGENDS IN CONCERT, on U.S. 17 Bypass, off 29th Avenue North at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, with tribute artists to the Blues Brothers, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Ricky Nelson and Elvis Presley. Shows resume Feb. 7. Times through March: 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Plus tax: $37.95 or $42.95 for ages 17 and older, and $13.95 or $18.95 ages 3-16; booth $48.95 and $23.95, respectively per age group; and VIP $45.95 for all. 238-7827, 800-960-7469 or www.legendsinconcert.com.

•  MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER & TOURNAMENT, 2904 Fantasy Way, close to U.S. 501 and George Bishop Parkway, just west of Myrtle Beach and the Intracoastal Waterway: 6 p.m. Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 7-9, 12-14, 16, 19-22 and 28; and March 1, 4, 6, 7, 10-14, 16-21, 23 and 25-31. Also, 5 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and March 8, 15 and 22. Plus tax: $51.95 ages 13 and older (or 50 percent discount with donation of nonperishable food item for Souper Bowl of Caring – tacklehunger.org – per admission, with maximum six per party, through Feb. 2 with code “SOUPWEB”); $25.95 ages 3-12 (or $9.95 with each paid adult admission, through Feb. 2 with code “K9WEB14”); and free for children ages 2 and younger on a parent’s lap. Also: “Valentine’s Day Couple’s Package” $99 for shows Feb. 7-16 with code “VDAYWEB,” if purchased by Feb. 7. 236-4635, 800-436-4386 or www.medievaltimes.com/myrtlebeach.aspx.

•  PALACE THEATRE, at U.S. 17 Bypass and 21st Avenue North at Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. “Hot Jersey Nights” Frankie Valli tribute Feb. 11-May 31: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. Wednesdays – $29.95 ages 13 and older, and $9.95 ages 3-12. “Illusions of Magic” March 4-Sept. 27, at these times through May: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, and through April, 2 p.m. Thursdays – $34.95, $39.95 or $44.95 ages 13 and older, matinees $29.95; and $9.95 ages 12 or younger for all shows. 448-0588, 888-841-2787 or www.palacemb.com.

•  “PIRATES VOYAGE DINNER ATTRACTION,” on U.S. 17 Bypass, near northern junction of U.S. 17 Business in Myrtle Beach, resumes mid-February: 6 p.m. Feb. 14-16, 19, 21, 22, 26 and 28; and March 1, 5, 7, 8, 10-15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29 and 31. Also, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 16. $49.04 or $54.49 ages 12 and older, $23.97 or $29.42 ages 4-11. 497-9700, 800-433-4401 or www.piratesvoyage.com.

LOCAL THEATERS | ‘Spamalot’ opens 02.28

Local theaters light up stage

•  ATLANTIC STAGE, “The Nerd,” March 20-April 13: 7:30 pm. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, at 79th Avenue Theatre, at Coastal Carolina University’s Myrtle Beach Education Center, at U.S. 17 Bypass, for $27.50 general admission; $22.50 seniors (ages 55 and older)/educators/military; $17.50 students, including Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members; and $10 side section seats. 877-287-8587 or www.atlanticstage.com.

•  BRUNSWICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE, in Odell Williamson Auditorium, off U.S. 17 in Supply, N.C., 7:30 p.m.: Driving Miss Daisy,” by Walnut Street Theatre, on Feb. 14; “The Fantasticks,” by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, March 20; each $30 for ages 18-64, $28 ages 65 and older, and $11 ages 12 and younger. 910-755-7416; 800-754-1050, ext. 7416; or www.bccowa.com.

•  BRUNSWICK LITTLE THEATRE, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-22 and March 1, and 3 p.m. Feb. 23 and March 2, at Brunswick Center at Southport, 1513 N. Howe St., Suite 1, for $17 adults, $12 students; Masquerade Ball benefit, 6-10 p.m. March 4 at St. James Community Center, for $30, including entertainment by The Brunswick Big Band. 910-471-7741 or www.brunswicklittletheatre.com.

•  “THE CEMETERY CLUB” comedy, 8 p.m. Feb. 21-22 and March 7-8, and 3 p.m. Feb. 22 and March 8, at Oceanside Village Community Center, 1711 U.S. 17 Business S., Garden City Beach – across from Tupelo Bay Golf Center and Bi-Lo, for $12. 650-4440, 602-0251 or 650-2424.

•  STAGE LEFT THEATRE COMPANY, 3064 DeVille St., Myrtle Beach, in The Market Common, Myrtle Beach, between Nevers and Lewis streets, Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park,” Feb. 20-March 9: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, for $15 advance, $18 at door. 232-0339 or www.stagelefttheatremb.com.

•  SWAMP FOX PLAYERS, Strand Theater, 710 Front St., Georgetown, “The Constant Wife,” 8 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1, 7-8 and 13-15; and 2:30 p.m. March 9 and 16, for $15. 527-2924 or www.swampfoxplayers.com.

•  THEATRE OF THE REPUBLIC, at Main Street Theatre, 335 Main. St., Conway (488-0821 or www.theatreoftherepublic.com), each $21:

• “The Voices Take the Stage” concert, with Tim McGhee as host, and Suade Anderson, Shakira Brockington, Lunda Cornelius, Laura Flint, Jerry Green, Kevin Jayroe, Matthew Johnston, Ellen Leftwich, Emily Martel, Janet Mayers and Heather Whitley, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 and 3 p.m. Feb. 9

• “Monty Python’s ‘SpamALot’ ” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, and March 1, 6-8 and 13-15; and 3 p.m. March 2, 8-9 and 15-16.

WEEKENDS | Including Fridays-Saturdays

Trio of comedy outlets

Choose from three places where laughing out loud never gets old or overdone:

•  CAROLINA IMPROV COMPANY, at Uptown Theater in Myrtle Beach mall, at U.S. 17 and S.C. 22, at 7:30 p.m.: “Whose Night Out Is It Anyway” (for adults) Jan. 31, and Feb. 7, 21, and 28; “Whose Beach Is It Anyway?” Feb. 1, 8, 20 and 27; and “Cupid’s Comedy Capers” (adults), Feb. 14-15 – each $12.75 advance online, or $14 at the door. 272-4242 or www.carolinaimprov.com.

•  CAROLINA COMEDY CLUB, at Broadway at the Beach’s Celebrity Square, off 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, at 8 p.m. (also 10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays): Kevin Bozeman Jan. 29-Feb. 1, John Roy Feb. 5-8, J.R. Brow Feb. 26-March 1, Nick Vatterott March 4-8, and Dave Waite March 11-15, each $15. 839-2565 or www.carolinacomedyclub.com.

•  COMEDY CABANA, 9588 N. Kings Highway, just north of Myrtle Beach, at 8 p.m. (also 10:15 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays): Richie Minervini Jan. 30-Feb. 1, Spanky Brown Feb. 5-8, Ron Feingold Feb. 12-15, each $15; and Bob Nelson, Feb. 20-22, for $20 or $23. 449-4242 or comedycabana.com.

THURSDAYS | Through 03.13

‘Myrtle Manor’ viewing parties

Join viewing parties 9-11 p.m. Thursdays through March 13 for TLC’s “Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor,” in its second season on television. Meet at Bourbon Street Bar & Grill, 5307 N. Kings Parkway, Myrtle Beach. Cast members and Tangulls Salon’s Gina and Roy, affiliated with the series, also will be on hand. Details from the host site at 712-1083, and for the show, with new episodes premiering 10-11 p.m. weekly, www.tlc.com/tv-shows/welcome-to-myrtle-manor.

SPECIAL EVENTS | Including Polar Plunge 02.01

Outings spread across area

Some special celebrations include:

“LET’S GO FISHING” seminar, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at Conway High School, 2301 Church St. (U.S. 501), including saltwater captains from Murrells Inlet and freshwater speakers that include a local pro angler, Andrew Young, for $20, with $5 raffle packages. Details at 902-4274.

•  “SNOWBIRD FEST,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church hall, 3301 33rd Ave. Extension N., Myrtle Beach, at U.S. 17 Bypass, free with pre-registration at www.snowbirdfgest.com.

•  “MYRTLE BEACH POLAR PLUNGE,” benefiting Special Olympics South Carolina, with party 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, including early plunge at 11 a.m. and big plunge at 2 p.m., on beach at Springmaid Beach Resort & Conference Center, 3200 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, for minimum $50 funds raised per person for entry fee. 915-8086 or polarplungesc.com.

•  “CONWAY CHOCOLATE WALK,” by Conway Downtown Alive, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday across downtown. $15 donation. 248-6260 or conwayalive.com.

•  10TH ANNUAL FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL, Feb. 7-8 at Strand Theater, 710 Front St., Georgetown, with all films with English subtitles, and each $6, or $4 for Strand Cinema and Coastal Carolina University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members (527-2924 or www.strandcinema.org):

• Feb. 7 – “Bienvenue Parmi Nous (Welcome Aboard),” from 2012 at 2 p.m., and “Renoir” (2012) 4 p.m., both rated R.

• Feb. 8 – “Du Vent Dans Mes Mollets (The Dandelions)” (2012 and rated PG-13) at 2 p.m.; “Therese Desqueyroux” (2012 and rated R) 4 p.m.; and “La Bande A Picasso (Picasso’s Gang)” (2013 and rated PG-13) 7 p.m.

•  SIXTH ANNUAL “CHOCOLATE & CHAMPAGNE FOR THE CREATURES,” benefiting SC Coastal Animal Rescue & Educational Sanctuary (SC-CARES) of Georgetown County, 5-9 p.m. Feb. 8 at The Cooper House, 6011 Dick Pond Road, Socastee. $30, or $50 couple. 546-7893 or www.sc-cares.org.

•  22ND ANNUAL MYRTLE BEACH STAMP SHOW, by Myrtle Beach Stamp Club, celebrating 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal’s opening, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 10 at Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 101 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., off U.S. 501 and George Bishop Parkway, just west of Myrtle Beach and along Intracoastal Waterway. Free admission and appraisals. 347-0087 or http://sites.google.com/site/myrtlebeachstampclub/.

•  “WE LOVE OUR SNOWBIRDS” RECEPTION, 2-4 p.m. Feb. 14 at Myrtle Beach mall cinema court, at U.S. 17 and S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres. Free. 272 4040 or www.mymallmyrtlebeach.com.

•  FOURTH ANNUAL “TASTE OF PASSION,” benefiting Carolina Master Chorale, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 15 at Brightwater, 101 Brightwater Road, off International Drive and S.C. 31, northwest of Myrtle Beach, including wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and entertainment. $30, or $50 for couple. 444-5774 or www.carolinamasterchorale.com.

•  LA BELLE AMIE FESTIVALS, at La Belle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School: Winter Parrot Head Fest on Feb. 22, Remember When Oldies Fest March 8 and Spring Swing/Big Band Fest March 22. Check for admission rates. 399-9463 or www.labelleamie.com.

•  “BAREFOOT LADIES’ NIGHT” BENEFITS, 4-7 p.m. in Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach: Feb. 25 at TBonz Gill & Grill and March 25 at Wild Wing Cafe, each for , for $5 donation. 361-7949 or www.bflanding.com.

•  AMERICAN RED CROSS COASTAL S.C. CHAPTER (477-0020, www.redcross.org/sc/myrtle-beach, or email wendy.spring@redcross.org):

• Seventh annual “Heroes” Campaign Kick-off Event,” 5-8 p.m. Feb. 25 at Hard Rock Café at Broadway at the Beach, at 29th Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach, with Ed Piotrowski, WPDE-TV 15 chief meteorologist, as host. $50.

• “Princess Gala” breakfast, 8:30 a.m. March 8 at Travinia Italian Kitchen, in Myrtle Beach, then parade led by knights from Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament through The Market Common to red carpet entrance to Grand 14 Cinema to meet Prince Charming and enjoy a princess movie. $25.

•  FOURTH ANNUAL “WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE & CELEBRATION OF INSPIRING WOMEN,” by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University, in “Lead the Change” theme, Feb. 26-27 at Myrtle Beach Convention Center, at Oak Street and 21st Avenue North: Pre-Conference Workshops and Networking Reception, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26, for $75; Networking Reception only, 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 26, for $25; conference 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 27, for $125; and Celebration of Inspiring Women, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27, for $125. Also, register for preconference and conference workshops for $175. 349.5033 or www.wiplconference.com.

•  11TH ANNUAL PALMETTO REGIONAL FIRST ((FOR INSPIRATION AND RECOGNITION OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY) ROBOTICS COMPETITION, open 8 a.m. Feb. 27-March 1, at Myrtle Beach Convention Center. 718-4592, 864-985-2329 or www.firstroboticsmyrtlebeach.com.

•  JEWISH GRAND STRAND 2014 “COMMUNITY READS” EVENT, 1 p.m. March 2 at The Sea Captain’s House, 3002 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach (448-8082), with Rabbi Debbie Slavitt leading discussion of “The Golem and the Jinni” by Helen Wecker. Email susansliterarycafe@gmail.com.

•  SECOND ANNUAL MURRELLS INLET “DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE,” 7-10 p.m. March 7 at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, 4182 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet. $25 couple (daughters of all ages with dads, grandfathers and special father figures) and $30 for more than one daughter. 651-5099 or www.belinumc.org. Tickets also available at Lee’s Inlet Apothecary and Gifts, 3579 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet (651-7979).

•  26TH ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL, by city of North Myrtle Beach, March 15 on Main Street: parade 9 a.m., festival 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 280-5605, 280-5570 or www.stpatsnmb.com.

•  DOWNTOWN MYRTLE BEACH ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION, noon-midnight March 15 on Ocean Boulevard between Eighth and 11th avenues North. Free. 421-9848 or www.mbdowntownstpats.com.

•  THIRD ANNUAL “SALUTE TO WOMEN OF THE MILITARY, PAST AND PRESENT,” by Rolling Thunder Chapter 3 Grand Strand, 12:30 p.m. March 22 at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Myrtle Beach. Register by Feb. 28, with Patricia Brammer at 293-4897, pbrammer@sccoast.net, or Robin Arakas at 267-8046, choobie_99@yahoo.com.

ARRAY OF ART EXHIBITS | Including Brunswick County, N.C.

Choose from many exhibits

• Seacoast Artists Gallery, 3032 Nevers St., Myrtle Beach, in The Market Common, featured artists Lorraine Dauphin, a designer, illustrator and painter, through Jan. 31, and Ron Blanchard, photographer/artist, in February. Noon-7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, and noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Also book signing by Nicholas Mariano – author of two books published by Amazon: “Masai Mara Photo Safari” and “Masai Mara-A Photographic Safari” – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 22, with book and calendar sales benefiting the London-based David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ( www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org). 232-7009 or www.seacoastartistsguild.com.

• “The Brushwork Artist Society: A Low Country Show,” with works by Jan Boland, Sue Ernest, Joyce Grazetti, Nancy Hester, Susan Mauney, Linda Pasulka, Phyllis Riley, Jo Ann Staat, Richard Staat, Roger Tatum, and the late Miriam Pinkerton, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through March 11 at Sunset River Marketplace, 10283 Beach Drive S.W. (N.C. 179), Calabash, N.C., for free. 910-575-5999 or www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com.

• “Winter Art Show,” noon-midnight Mondays-Saturdays through April 1 at Collectors Cafe and Gallery, 7740 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, for free. 449-9370 or www.collectorscafeandgallery.com.

• Spring Art Show, by Associated Artists of Southport Spring Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 3-22 (during regular gallery hours) at Franklin Square Gallery, 130 E. West St., Southport, N.C., for free. 910-278-7560 or www.franklinsquaregallery.com.

• Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., exhibit of artworks by Michael Green, Gabriella Lynch and David McCune, through April 30, for free. Through February: noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays (until 6 p.m. Fridays); then March-December: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (until 7 p.m. Fridays) and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. 910-287-2800 or www.silvercoastwinery.com.

MYRTLE BEACH STATE PARK | 02.14, 03.01

Valentine’s event, Challenge Race

Myrtle Beach State Park, on U.S. 17 Business, just south of the Myrtle Beach city line, has two special events in store:

• “Animal Swoon under the Moon,” 6-8 p.m. Feb. 14, for adults only, starting with warm beverages on the pier while watching the full moon rise over the ocean, then head to a fire-lit shelter to discover how animals woo their mates by bellowing, singing, giving gifts of food, dancing, leaving scented notes and in other ways. $10, with registration due Feb. 11.

• Second annual Amazing Myrtle Beach State Park Challenge Race, March 1, covering 6-8 miles, in teams of two with at least one adult and no one younger than 12. $50 per team, with registration available for 30 teams by Feb. 10 or until slots filled.

The park is open 6 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through February, then until 10 p.m. as of March, with regular admission of $5 ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15. Details at 238-0874 or www.myrtlebeachsp.com.

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