SATURDAY | 01.18
‘Champions of Magic’ gala
The fifth annual “Champions of Magic” gala, part of the “Magic at the Beach” convention, will play out 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Calvin Gilmore Theater, home of “The Carolina Opry,” on U.S. 17 Business at U.S. 17, at northern tip of Myrtle Beach.
The cast of magicians reflects talent from around the globe, starting with host Gaston from Germany; Pilou, from France, with sleight-of-hand magic; low-key comedian Tom Burgoon, from the network TV series “Masters of Illusion” and known for his ad-libs; Eric Buss, the “Comedy Imaginator”; Timo Marc, another German, famous for his combination of multimedia, painting, shadow play and magic; and to close the evening, a team from Japan, Fukai and Kimika, dazzling in dexterity with use of colorful scarves and umbrellas of various sizes.
Tickets available at the theater box office (913-4000) for $45 ages 17 and older, and $25 or $35 ages 3-16. More details at 626-8191 or www.championsofmagicshow.com.
TWO FRIDAYS MONTHLY | 01.17-03.28
‘Rear Window’ opens 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 – opens this weekend.
Screenings are 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.
“Rear Window,” an Alfred Hitchcock thriller from 1954, and starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly and William Burr, opens the series on Jan 17; it’s about two hours long. The rest of the series comprises:
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.
FRIDAYS-SATURDAYS | Through 02.15
‘Strand Cinema’ in Georgetown
The Strand Cinema group, showcasing independent, foreign and documentary films on Fridays and Saturdays at the Strand Theater, 710 Front St., Georgetown, has rounded up a new schedule through mid-February. Each film is $5 for members, otherwise $7:
Also, French Film Festival (check ahead for prices):
Details at 527-2924 or www.strandcinema.org.
NEXT THURSDAY | 01.23
‘Promenades’ concerts start
The FPC Concerts’ “Promenades” series in Myrtle Beach returns for its 28th season of talent from around the world, opening at 1 p.m. Jan. 23 with Ukrainian native Aleksey Semenenko, violinist, accompanied by Inna Firsova on piano.
All the concerts are at First Presbyterian Church, 1300 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. The rest of the dates are:
A season ticket is $60 for center and balcony seating, and $40 in the transepts. Individual tickets at the door are $15 for most concerts, and $40 for Graham, if available. Details at 448-4496 or www.fpcconcerts.com.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY | 01.17-01.19
Cline, fitness and concerts
Various special events fill this weekend:www.alabama-theatre.com www.rivertownbluegrasssociety.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.longbaysymphony.com
ART MUSEUM ADDS TWO | 01.19
Array of special exhibits
Six sites have new exhibits:www.ricemuseum.org www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org www.coastal.edu/bryanartgallery www.brookgreen.org www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com www.museumplanetarium.org