April 18, 2013

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Choose from four area art celebrations:

MOST ALMOST DAILY | Through 04.26, 04.28, 05.11

Four art showcases

Choose from four area art celebrations:

• “Portfolio I: Graphic Design,” with works by 15 graduating art students at Coastal Carolina University, in its Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, in Conway, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through April 26, for free. (Also, “Portfolio II: Studio Art,” by 13 other seniors, is May 2-11, with a reception and lecture 4:30-6:30 p.m. May 10.) Details at 349-6454 or www.coastal.edu/bryanartgallery.
• “ArtFields,” daily April 19-28 across downtown Lake City, about 40 miles west of Conway. This competition includes various Grand Strand artists: 10 from Myrtle Beach, four Georgetown, three Conway, two each from Murrells Inlet, North Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, and one apiece Aynor and Little River. Most events such as concerts, are free. Some special activities include a conversation with Jonathan Green and Mary Whyte, on April 20, for $10 advance or $15 at door. 374-0180 or www.artfieldssc.org.
• “Grand Strand Arts Spring Showcase,” wine tasting and Coastal Uncorked Launch Party, 2-5 p.m. April 20 at Croissants Bistro & Bakery, 3751 Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach, showcasing 2012-13 Grand Strand Visual Artists of the Month, with music by local entertainers, also benefiting Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach at Horry-Georgetown Technical College. $10 admission. www.coastaluncorked.com, www.croissants.net and www.grandstrandarts.com.
• “Down South,” through May 11 at the Cheryl Newby Gallery, 11096 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, in The Shops at Oak Lea. This free exhibit of 26 paintings, sculpture and ceramics by nine artists is part of the gallery’s yearlong 30th anniversary celebration. 979-0149, 800-435-2733 or www.cherylnewbygallery.com.

FRIDAY, SATURDAY | 04.19, 04.20

‘The Color Purple,” open house

Theatre of the Republic, based at the Main Street Theatre, 335 Main St., Conway, presents two special events this weekend.

Besides opening its new play, “The Color Purple,” for the next three weekends, the troupe will have an open house for its inaugural Coastal Youth Theatre season.

Adapted from Alice Walker’s 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Steven Spielberg’s movie, “The Color Purple” show times are 8 p.m. April 19-20 and 25-27, and May 2-4 at 8 p.m.; and 3 p.m. Sundays through May 5. Tickets are $18.

Also, one of the musical’s cast members, Lunda Cornelius, will head up the youth theater program, for which an open house is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 20. Parents and youth are welcome to tour the theater building, including the costume department, rehearsal studio and dressing rooms, and speak with various faculty members.

Two three-week camps will be available 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays: June 10-28 for ages 9-12, and July 8-26 for ages 13-18. Classes are Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each session will end with a full musical production as its final project, “Annie Jr.” and “Into the Woods Jr.,” respectively. Registration ends May 31; each session is $400, and students provide their own lunch and stage shoes.

Details at 488-0821 or www.theatreoftherepublic.com.

SATURDAY | 04.20

‘RiverRead’ in Conway

Words will roll at “RiverRead” 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 20 (rain date April 27) in Conway’s Riverfront Park, at the end of Elm Street, for free.

Besides vendors and exhibitors of all sorts of items related to reading in this celebration of Conway as “The City That Reads,” an “Author’s Alley” will let visitors meet local authors and hear them read. About 20 authors will take turns with orations about every 10 minutes, and during the 10 a.m. hour, folk artist Jonathan Green and two-time Olympic hammer thrower and Coastal Carolina University alumna Amber Campbell will each take part in the “Celebrity Read.”

Three finalists from Horry County students in middle school through college will perform their entries for the “Poetry Slam” contest, children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite storybook character for a parade and contest, and the Conway High School Step Team and The Bookworms rock and blues band will entertain.

Also, at the “Book Exchange,” run by the Horry County Literacy Council of Myrtle Beach (at 839-1695 or www.literacyhc.org), take home some free books, and bring some to donate or swap.

For details on this festival, a joint project by the city and the Literacy Alive coalition, visit www.riverread.org or email info@riverread.org.

SUNDAY, MONDAY, NEXT THURSDAY | 04.21, 04.22, 04.25

Concerts, ‘Trio Dinner,’ purse party

Four groups have special outings on tap:

• The Serendipity Singers’ spring concert, “Musical Memories,” at 3 p.m. April 21, with such numbers as “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “What a Wonderful World” and “Under The Boardwalk,” at Belin United Methodist Church, 4183 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet. Admission is free. Details at 215-2561 or www.serendipitysingersofsc.com.
• Twenty-three student acts, including vocal and instrumental artists and dancers of various ages, in “Waves of the Future,” by Chicora Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach, at 4 p.m. April 21 at the Calvin Gilmore Theater, home of “The Carolina Opry,” on U.S. 17 Business at northern junction with U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach. Tickets $19.95, $29.95 or $39.95 for adults and $9.95 for children, and each includes a complimentary ticket for an upcoming “Opry” show. 913-4000, 800-843-6779 and this direct link: purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=7432600. More details at www.thecarolinaopry.com.
• “Trio Dinner Coastal Culinary Experience,” 6:30 p.m. April 22 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, at Oak Street and 21st Avenue North, with food prepared by local executive chefs each paired with local high school and college culinary students, along with music by Coastal Carolina University’s Jazz After Hours and After Hours Combo bands and a silent auction benefiting hospitality educational programming. $25 student, $85 adult, $160 couple, or $650 and $750 for tables of eight and 10, respectively. 626-9668 or www.triodinner.org.
• “Purses with Purpose,” by North Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club and the Grand Strand Junior Women’s Club, for local charities helping on women, youth, and children., 6:30 p.m. April 25 at Grande Dunes Marina Inn in Myrtle Beach, including male celebrities as handbag models during a live auction. $40 advance or $45 at the door, with cash bar and business casual dress. 450-4001.

TUESDAY | 04.23

‘Vagina Monologues’ benefit at HGTC

Horry-Georgetown Technical College will join a global effort for “V-Day” to promote awareness in stopping violence against women and girls, with a benefit theater production of “The Vagina Monologues.”

The play is at 5:30 p.m. April 23 in the Burroughs and Chapin Auditorium of HGTC’s main campus, on U.S. 501 in Conway, and proceeds from this show and a silent auction will benefit the Rape Crisis Center of Horry and Georgetown Counties (448-7273 or www.victimtosurvivor.org).

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Details at 349-7878 and www.vday.org.

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