FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Stand-up comedian Basile, whose voice was featured in ESPN’s “The Legend of Jimmy the Greek” documentary, brings his big fat bag of spicy Greek humor back to Comedy Cabana for a two-night headlining run Friday and Saturday, with opening act Sean O’ Neil. Show times are at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $15. Comedy Cabana is at 9588 N. Kings Highway in the Restaurant Row section of unincorporated Myrtle Beach. Call 449-4242 or visit www.comedycabana.com.
There’s plenty of data – and standup comedy routines – to suggest that men and women speak different languages. The fairer sex gets the opportunity to explain its cunning linguistics as the comediennes of Carolina Improv Co. host the interactive show “ ChickDicktionary” on Friday at Uptown Theater. For the uninitiated, the troupe’s shows are similar to the TV hit “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” in which the performers act out comic scenarios suggested by the audience. Friday’s show in particular, will be “long form improv comedy (a series of improvised skits) based on definitions, chosen by the audience, from the book ‘Chicktionary’,” according to Carolina Improv Co.’s Web site. Show time is at 9 p.m. Friday. It’s an 18-and-older show. Tickets are $10. Uptown Theater is at Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. For more information, visit www.UptownMB.com or call 272-4242 (HAHA).
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Building upon the recent positive vibes explored by Surge’s November hip-hop roundtable discussion at Fresh Brewed Coffee House and December’s Hip-hop-palooza III at The Boathouse, the Grand Strand’s hip-hop scene takes center stage on Saturday as the House of Blues’ Myrtle Beach Rocks series puts on a Kangol and pumps up the bass. Myrtle Beach Rocks! Da Mic features the rhymin’ and stealin’ of Be Easy, Young Hood, Two of a Kind, Critical, K-Mill, Exklusive Music and Shamroc ‘n’ DJ QP. Doors open at 7:30 p .m. Saturday, the show starts at 8. Tickets are $5 (but if you know anyone associated with the acts, hit ‘em up, because they should have stacks of passes to give away). House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
The quest for the Super Bowl begins in earnest as the NFL playoffs kick off this weekend with the Wild Card Round. Things get started in the AFC as the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Houston Texans at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on NBC, followed by the NFC matchup of the division rival Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings at 8 p.m. Saturday, also on NBC. Action resumes Sunday with the AFC up first again in the battle of Baltimore past and present as the Ravens take on the Indianapolis Colts at 1 p.m. ( CBS), and the late game (4:30 p.m. on FOX) pits the NFC’s top two rookie quarterbacks head-to-head as the much-ballyhooed RGIII and the Washington Redskins take on the equally as effective, but under the radar Russell Wilson and his Seattle Seahawks. These games represent the perfect opportunity to stimulate the local economy by checking out the action at the slew of sports bars and pubs up and down the Grand Strand. For more info, go to www.nfl.com.
Want to see some NCAA round ball up close and personal in a spanking new, state of the art arena? Well you don’t have to travel to the Triangle for some good ol’ fashioned Tobacco Road hooping, as Coach Cliff Ellis’ clawin’ Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers take on Big South Conference and in-state rival Presbyterian College on Wednesday at the still-shiny HTC Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $10, $12 and $15. The HTC Center is at 104 Founders Drive on CCU’s Conway campus, bounded by U.S. 501 and S.C. 544. Call 347-TIXX or visit www.goccusports.com
Kent Kimes, Editor
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