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Opa! It’s time to get your Pan-Hellenic groove on again, and we’re not talking ‘bout a fraternity-sorority mixer. No sir, the 21st annual Myrtle Beach Greek Festival kicks off today at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church celebrating the Mediterranean nation’s classic culture, art, music, drink and food – and did we mention food? Fill your gullet with Greek delights such as Moussaka, Gyros, roasted lamb, spanakopita and Greek salad, along with Greek pastries, breads, beer and wine. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon until 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $1.St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church is at 3301 33rd Ave. Extension N., Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 448-3773 or visit www.stjohn-mb.org.
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More than 100 artists will display their wares at the 37th annual Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival set for Friday through Sunday at the historic Atalaya Castle and its grounds at Huntington Beach State Park. Besides the arts and crafts (which you can purchase, incidentally), the event has many of the usual festival bells and whistles, including food vendors and live music. Entertainment includes multiple sets by Latitude, Bruce Tereo, The Out-of-Towners Band, and Northern Border Blue Grass Band spanning the three-day festival. A word of warning from the experienced: Due to the tight layout, narrow walkways and the rough, uneven terrain, it can be very difficult to traverse this festival while pushing strollers and wheelchairs. Admission is $6 per day for adults, or $10 for three-day pass. Regular park admission is waved for festival goers. Festival hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Rugrats ages 15 and younger get in free. For more information, call 237-4440 or visit this incredibly long URL that looks horrible in newsprint: www.scprt.com/state-park-service/atalaya_arts_craft_festival.aspx. The upside is if you follow that link, there’s a downloadable coupon for $1 discount on festival admission. Huntington Beach State Park is at 16148 Ocean Highway (U.S. 17), Murrells Inlet.
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Did you know that Oktoberfest in Bavaria actually starts in September? Feeding off of those Deutschland vibes, you don’t have to wait around until October to celebrate Oktoberfest in Myrtle Beach. Yes, Klaus and Helga, put on your lederhosen and head to The Market Common for the 5th annual Oktoberfest kicking off Friday and running through Sunday at Valor Park, featuring German and craft biers, German food, live music, vendors and various kids’ activities. Festival hours are 4-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free; as is parking. Valor Park is off of Farrow Parkway at The Market Common, on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, between U.S. 17 Bypass and U.S. 17 Business, south of Myrtle Beach International Airport. Call 839-3500 or visit www.MarketCommonEvents.com or www.myrtlebeachbeerfest.com.
Perhaps summing up his sound most succinctly in the track “Hip-hop in a Honky Tonk,” rap/hip-hop-influenced country artist – lets’ call it hick-hop – Colt Ford brings his genre-blending style back to the House of Blues for a performance Saturday. You’re sure to hear the hit singles “Drivin’ Around Song,” “Chicken & Biscuits,” and “Ride Through the Country,” along with material from Ford’s latest album, “Declaration of Independence.” Also on the bill is singer-songwriter Chad Warrix, half of the country duo known as Halfway to Hazard, which scored the 2007 Top 40 Country hit “Daisy.” Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 8. Tickets range from $18-$32. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
The fourth – and most acerbic and perhaps funniest – member of the Blue Collar Comedy gang, Ron “Tater Salad” White brings his Moral Compass Tour to The Palace Theatre on Saturday night. White toiled on the comedy club circuit for decades before latching onto the Blue Collar Comedy Tour in the early 2000s, alongside Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engvall, an endeavor that propelled the cigar-chomping, Scotch-swilling Texan into headlining status. Show time is at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $55, $65 and $75. The Palace Theatre is at 1420 Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. Call 800-905-4228 or visit www.palacetheatremyrtlebeach.com
It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a decade since Bubba Sparxxx broke through the Dirty South mud scoring the hit single/video “Ugly,” and the rural rapper – best known for the 2005 hit “Ms. New Booty” – is still vigorously laying down the rhymes and returns to the Boathouse on Wednesday. Also on the bill is local hip-hop duo Shamroc-N-DJ QP. The party starts at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. There is no cover charge. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach.
Call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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