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April 24, 2014 

OPENS SUNDAY | 04.27

‘Wolfe Creek Crater’ exhibit

Myrtle Beach’s art museum will take a turn down under for the summer with “Track of the Rainbow Serpent: Australian Aboriginal Paintings of the Wolfe Creek Crater.”

This exhibit of 19 paintings on acrylic, open Sunday through Sept. 14 at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., is curated by Peggy Reeves Sanday from the University of Pennsylvania of Archaeology and Anthropology.

She first visited the crater nearly 3,000 feet in diameter in Australia’s Western Desert in 1999, which was identified as a meteorite creation in 1947 by Frank Reeves, her father and a geologist. Sanday learned the crater was part of the traditional territory of several aboriginal groups who, although they could not speak about their sacred knowledge of the site, shared their stories through collaborative paintings.

Other exhibits on the museum calendar are:

• Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild 17th Annual Juried Exhibition, May 1-22

• Winyah Rivers Foundation Photo Contest Winners, May 9-22

• “Claire Ferrell: A is for Art,” June 3-Sept. 14

• “Classic Images: Photography by Ansel Adams,” June 3-Sept. 21

The museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays, with free admission, although donations are appreciated. Details at 238-2510 or visit www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org.

SATURDAY | 04.26

Quad of local festivals

Horry and Georgetown counties each have major festivals on Saturday:

• Sixth annual Ground Zero Dragon Boat Festival, 8 a.m. through the afternoon, on the lake in Myrtle Beach’s Grand Park, along Farrow Parkway. Pre-registered teams compete in boats of 20 paddlers and one drummer for the fastest time, in a benefit for Ground Zero, a nonprofit ministry geared to teens, with entertainment and a family fun zone on site. Free to watch. 945-9440 or www.groundzeromb.com.

• “Blessing of the Fleet,” benefiting Georgetown Commercial Fisherman’s Fund, in Georgetown’s Francis Marion Park, at Broad and Front streets, with: shrimp creole cookoff at noon, blessing 1 p.m., the After 5 Band playing noon-4 p.m., and Little Miss and Master Shrimp contests, for ages infant-3 years, and 4-6. www.seaportgeorgetown.com.

• Eighth annual Shag Festival, by Georgetown Lunch Rotary, benefiting Alzheimer’s research and community projects, with shag lessons at 6 p.m. on 100 block of Front Street in downtown Georgetown, then a concert and dancing 7-11 p.m. by Heart ’n Soul ( www.heartnsoulband.org) of Columbia. Tickets $20 advance or $25 on site. www.georgetownlunchrotary.org.

• Fourth annual Socastee Heritage Festival, benefiting Socastee Heritage Foundation and local projects for children, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Dick Pond Road, between Socastee Boulevard (S.C. 707) and Peachtree Road, across the swing bridge. Free admission. Also, festival car show, by Hot Rod Promotions (503-8245), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., for $20 car registration. 458-1461 or www.socasteehf.com.

OPENING FRIDAY, SATURDAY | 04.25, 04.26

‘Bonnie & Clyde,’ ‘Boeing Boeing’

Two community theaters open new productions:

• Theatre of the Republic’s “Bonnie & Clyde: A New Musical,” 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and May 1-3 and 8-10; and 3 p.m. Sunday, and May 3-4 and 10-11, at Main Street Theatre, 335 Main. St., Conway, for $21. Details at 488-0821 or www.theatreoftherepublic.com.

• Swamp Fox Players’ “Boeing Boeing,” 8 p.m. Saturday, and May 2-3 and 8-10, and 2:30 p.m. May 4 and 11, at the Strand Theater, 710 Front St., Georgetown, for $15. 527-2924 or www.swampfoxplayers.com.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY | 04.26-04.27

Dog show, ‘Kicks & Ties,’ ‘Rocky Horror,’ concerts

Special events never to seem to run short, including:

• “Love on Broadway,” 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at Stage Left Theatre, DeVille St., Myrtle Beach, in The Market Common, Myrtle Beach, between Nevers and Lewis streets. $10. 232-0339 or www.stagelefttheatremb.com.

• “Kicks & Ties Weekend” – “Kicks 4 Hawks” dance for ages 16 and younger, 5:30-8 p.m. Friday at Elks Lodge. 606 27th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, for $5; “Comedy After Hours with Carl Payne,” 8:30 p.m. Friday at Myrtle Beach Speedway, off U.S. 501, near Carolina Forest, north of S.C. 31, for $20 or $40; Gala with Tru Sol and FauxShow, and hosts Payne, with Coach Mickey Wilson Jr., head football Coach for Myrtle Beach High School, 6 p.m. Saturday at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, 8121 Amalfi Place, Myrtle Beach, for $45, or $85 couple, in advance at www.kicksandties.charityhappenings.org – also, bring donations of used new or gently used sneakers. 241-0969 or 446-9346.

•  EASY ESCAPES: Annual Myrtle Beach Kennel Club Dog Show, open 9 a.m. Saturday-Sunday at the Eastern Carolina Agricultural Fairgrounds, 5226 E. Palmetto St. (U.S. 76), Florence, with about 550 entries representing more than 100 breeds, per day. Free admission; parking $5 daily. 365-1622 or www.myrtlebeachkennelclub.org.

• “Unity Earth Day Celebration,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Unity Christ Church of Myrtle Beach, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Drive, just north of Surfside Beach and just west of U.S. 17 Business. $1 ages 13-64, otherwise free. 238-8516 or www.unitymyrtlebeach.org.

• “Earth Day at the Bay,” 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Ocean Bay Middle School, 905 International Drive, northwest of Myrtle Beach, following Robert Grissom Parkway across S.C. 31. Free. Also, bring cell phones, hand-held electronics, and phone books to recycle, and receive raffle tickets for prizes. 903-8420, or email clilly001@horrycountyschools.net.

• Senior “sock hop” dance with DJs Jack and Rosalie Drust, 7-10 p.m. Saturdayat Myrtle Beach’s Base Recreation Center, 800 Gabreski Drive, near The Market Common. $7. 918-2381 or www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com, and at 570-881-0244 or by emailing rosalie182@att.net.

• “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” by Plan B, a local theater troupe, for adults only, at midnight Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday at Donny’s Saloon, 1213 Third Ave. S., Myrtle Beach, each with preshow entertainment by Hoop Song and Raven Storm. $10. 839-1278.

Also, these events at Coastal Carolina University’s main campus in Conway (349-2787 or www.coastal.edu/culturalarts):

• Elise Testone, a CCU alumnae promoting her debut CD, “In This Life,” 7 p.m. Friday in Wheelwright Auditorium. $20 general admission, and $25 or $35 reserved.

• “Piano Series” finale, with Catherine Kautsky 7:30 p.m. Friday. $5 general admission; $3 CCU/Horry-Georgetown Technical College students, faculty and staff; and free for children.

• “Dance Company & Music Theatre Showcase,” 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Wheelwright Auditorium. $15 general; $10 CCU/HGTC faculty, staff, alumni, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members, seniors and teens; and $5 CCU/HGTC students and children.

• “Portfolio II: Graphic Design” exhibition, by 19 graduating seniors, Monday-May 10, with closing reception 4:30-6:30 p.m. May 9, in CCU Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, in Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, for free. 349-6454 – call for special parking needs – or www.coastal.edu/bryanartgallery.

OPENS FRIDAY | 04.25

EASY ESCAPES: ‘ArtFields’ lasts 10 days

The second annual “ArtFields,” a celebration of Southeastern art, opens Friday, continuing through May 4 in Lake City, off U.S. 378, about an hour west of Conway.

New events for 2014 include a Community Mandala led by Kirkland Smith, 2013 People’s Choice winner; a 2013 Winners’ Gallery; the worldwide photography exhibit “Inside Out” Project of portraits of 55 Lake City venue owners/operators; a live taping of the Emmy-winning ETV show “Making It Grow.”

The artists competing for $100,000 in cash prizes by the public’s vote, come from 12 states, as far as West Virginia and Louisiana, include six from Conway, three each from Georgetown and Murrells Inlet, two each from Little River and Longs, nine from Myrtle Beach, five from Pawleys Island, and one apiece from Holden Beach, N.C., and Surfside Beach. See the full list at www.artfieldssc.org/artists/list-of-artfields-2014-accepted-artists/.

Events include art workshops, public art, a portrait contest and concerts. Most activities are free, and ticketed events start at $15. See the full calendar at www.artfieldssc.org/attendees/events/. Get more details at 843-374-0180, or email info@artfieldssc.org, and for art activities information, email artteam@artfieldssc.org.

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