The local hip-hop scene keeps on hoppin’ with Hip-Hop Live Winter Bash set for Friday at Island Bar and Grill in Surfside Beach, hosted by Phil “DJ QP” Jackson and Neff, and including performances by The Fam, South Chillz, Li’l Drama, Lukky, B.G.T., Q Full Circle, Tye Dye Rymes and Kev Fresco. Doors open at 9 p.m. Friday. There is a $5 cover charge. Island Bar and Grill is at 2272 Glenns Bay Road, Surfside Beach. Call 650-3157 or visit www.islandbarandgrill.com.
Who is the beach’s Da Vinci, Leibovitz, Warhol, Ansel Adams, Van Gogh or Picasso? Find out as the 2012 Grand Strand Artist of the Year is celebrated and unveiled Saturday with a two-part event at Barefoot Landing. First up is the Grand Strand Arts Crawl from 4-7 p.m. Saturday (which also happens to be happy hour) featuring the nominated artists’ work – along with live music – at the following Barefoot Landing spots: Castano’s Italian Steakhouse, Flying Fish Public Market, Greg Norman’s Australian Grille, TBonz Gill & Grill and The Gallery Room at the House of Blues. It’s $10 to participate in the gallery crawl. Part two is a the 2012 Grand Strand Artist of the Year Awards Dinner at 7:30 p.m. at Crossroads at the House of Blues, which will feature the announcement of the winner from among the dozen artists nominated. The nominees were culled from the Artist of the Month series hosted at Fresh Brewed Coffee House in Myrtle Beach, and organized by Grand Strand Arts. There is no cover charge for the awards show (but if you want to eat, bring your wallet). To see more on the artists, go to www.grandstrandarts.com, or go to www.weeklysurge.com and read last week’s cover story. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
You can make a pig of yourself and it’s OK on Sunday at Flying Fish Public Market & Grill’s Oink N’ Oyster Roast when $15.95 buys all the oysters and barbecue you can shove down your dirty pie-hole from noon to 3 p.m. You don’t have to bring your own shucking knife as plenty will be available for free, but you can if you’ve got a favorite shucker. The oysters will be cooked and served outside, but you’re allowed to slurp ‘em anywhere on the premises you like, outdoors, inside at the bar, wherever. Flying Fish Public Market and Grill at 4744 U.S. 17 S. in Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. The number is 663-3474.
And then there were four…The chase for the Lombardi Trophy intensifies with the NFL’s conference championships set for Sunday, the winners punching a ticket to Super Bowl XLVII. First up is the NFC Championship Game at 3 p.m. Sunday as the San Francisco 49ers invade the Georgia Dome to take on the Atlanta Falcons (on FOX). It’s followed by the AFC Championship at 6:30 p.m. ( CBS) featuring the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots. If you don’t want to watch at home, the Grand Strand is rife with sports bars that will be showing the games and are more than willing to accommodate fans of alls stripes. For more information, go to www.nfl.com.
What’s more organic than laughter? The grassroots Organic Comedy Tour, featuring comedians Jarrod Harris and Ryan Singer, pulls into Myrtle Beach for a stopover Wednesday at Kono Lounge. The gig will be filmed as part of a documentary about the two up-and-coming comics’ travels across the country in Harris’ RV. Show time is 9 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $10 at the door, and also available via http://konolounge.eventbrite.com. Kono Lounge, formerly Tunnel Ultralounge, is inside Kono Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, 1901 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach.
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