If you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in France and you think you know the contents of the mysterious briefcase, then you’re probably a Quentin Tarantino fan. Piggybacking on the 20th anniversary re-release of Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs” onto the big screen, the writer/director’s 1994 magnum opus “ Pulp Fiction” is screening theatrically one day/night only at Cinemark at Coastal Grand Mall. The drug-addled crime caper that essentially reinvented cinema in the ‘90s, stars Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis and Uma Thurmond and revived John Travolta’s then-flagging career. Show times are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. today. Tickets are $11.50 for students, $12.50 for e’rrbody else (except senior citizens and children, who shouldn’t be seeing “Pulp Fiction” anyway.) Cinemark at Myrtle Beach is at 2100 Coastal Grand Circle, Coastal Grand Mall, Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 839-3225 or visit www.cinemark.com.
Boxing and other forms of competitive fisticuffs have been on the bill at the House of Blues before, but there’s a first time for everything and the venue’s inaugural Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event is slated for Friday as Warfare Fighting Championship 7 – Invasion turns the main music hall into a battle ground. The card is a mix of professional and amateur MMA bouts, including the marquee matchup of pro fighters Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett vs. Ronnie “Bam Bam” Rogers. Tickets range from $25 for general admission standing, to $40 for lower-level barstool seating to $100 for VIP tables/pews. Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday, the fights start at 7. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
They say romance is dead, but give it a jump-start by taking your honey/significant other for a stroll through the candle-illumined paths and sculpture gardens lined by centuries-old live oaks as Brookgreen Gardens kicks off its annual winter holiday event Nights of a Thousand Candles this weekend. More than 5,500 hand-lit candles will light up the more than 30 acres available to pedestrian traffic – and you can meander with a hot beverage in hand discovering various spots where holiday/Christmas entertainment is in the offing, from guitar quartets to hand bell ensembles to harpists and bagpipers. Nights of a Thousand Candles’ hours are from 3-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday (it also continues Dec. 14-15 and Dec. 20-22). Tickets are $16 for adults, $7 for ages 4-12. You can also grub and guzzle on site too, as platters of seafood and other fare will be available, along with adult beverages – for an additional charge, of course. Brookgreen Gardens is at 1931 Brookgreen Drive, across U.S. 17 from Huntington Beach State Park, between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island. For more information, call 235-6000 or visit www.brookgreen.org.
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em…On-the-rise southern rock/country rock outfit Blackberry Smoke, touring in support of critically-acclaimed album “The Whippoorwill” released earlier this year, returns to the Grand Strand with a headlining gig on Saturday at the House of Blues. Hailing from Atlanta, Blackberry Smoke is described by Allmusic.com as “a top-tier group who merge country and rock so seamlessly that it’s both at once.” So there you have it. Also on the bill is bluesy, Nashville, Tenn.-based rock act A Thousand Horses. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 8:30. Tickets range from $17.50 to $47.50. Note: this show is rescheduled from Nov. 9 and tickets purchased for that date will be honored Saturday. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach. For an exploration of southern rock past and present and Blackberry Smoke’s place in the pantheon, turn to page 10 for this week’s cover story.
Myrtle Beach/Florence-based horror/ska/psychobilly punk rockers The Independents, once managed by legendary punker C.J. Ramone until his death, celebrates its two decades of decadence with a 20th Anniversary Party set for Saturday night at Rockin’ Hard Saloon, also featuring long-time local ska/rock act Strike-O-Matics and others. Show time is 9 p.m. There is no cover charge. Rockin’ Hard Saloon is at 3552 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet. For information, call 651-9940.
Hip-hop hooray, ho, hey…palooza? Hey, WTF…Referenced a few times in last week’s Surge cover story, a smorgasbord of local rap talent is on tap Wednesday night as Hip-hip-palooza 3 invades The Boathouse, hosted/emceed by Phil “DJ QP” Jackson and Neff. The lineup includes Shamroc -N-QP, The Fam, Jozart, Critical & Kmill, Exklusive Musik, Precise, Ghani Gautama, PPE, Young Hood, Two of a Kind, and DJ Skerge. The show starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
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