Forget Donald Trump, plastered-on smiles and overbearing moms, it’s time to crown the inaugural Miss and Mr. Inked Up, a tattoo beauty pageant, set for Thursday at Club Boca, featuring 20 competitors vying for the titles and more than $5,000 in cash and prizes. Admission is $5. Doors open at 8 p.m., the contest starts at 10. Club Boca is at 1320 Celebrity Circle, CS-6, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. Call 444-3500 or visit www.celebrationsnitelife.com. For more details, turn to page 7 for a conversation with the event’s creators.
THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY
The Sprint Cup Series is over for the year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see NASCAR racing up close and personal. The 22nd Myrtle Beach 400, a part of NASCAR’s Whelen All American Series featuring late models, mini-stocks and super trucks, runs through Sunday at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Talladega 500 winner David Ragan is slated to make his Myrtle Beach Speedway racing debut. The schedule is too voluminous to print here, but fans can witness practice runs and other behind the scenes stuff today and a variety of races Friday, Saturday and Sunday, culminating in the 200-lap, $15,000 prize purse NASCAR Late Model race at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. For a full schedule, go to www.myrtlebeachspeedway.com. Grand stand tickets range from $45 for the whole shebang, or $5 today, $10 on Friday, $20 Saturday and $25 on Sunday. Myrtle Beach Speedway is at 455 Hospitality Lane, Myrtle Beach. Call 236-0500.
Lasting for a year on the Grand Strand’s bar and restaurant scene is no small feat - if you don’t believe us, you haven’t been reading our bi-weekly feature An Open & Shut Case. In any event, marking that one-year milestone, Hurricane Maggie’s Bar & Grill on the north-end of Myrtle Beach is hosting an anniversary blow-out on Friday, featuring food and drink specials, raffles, give-aways and a performance by Sista Otis starting at 9 p.m. Also, take note craft beer aficionados: There will be a Lonerider tap take-over, featuring the Raleigh, N.C. based brewery’s outlaw ales, including the Peacemaker (pale ale), Shotgun Betty (Hefeweizen), Sweet Josie (brown ale) and Red Spur (cask conditional ale). There is no cover charge. Hurricane Maggie’s Bar & Grill is at 7710 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. Call 497-5000 or visit www.hurricanemaggies.com.
Listen up shuck-heads, grab your knives, gloves and appetites and head down to the Murrells Inlet waterfront for the 10th annual Murrells Inlet Oyster Roast, a benefit for Murrells Inlet 2020, featuring all-you-can-grub mouth-watering mollusks, and a performance by local vintage country act The Winchesters. The event takes place 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Wicked Tuna parking lot, and oyster tables will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, but to gorge on oysters, you’ll need to purchase tickets which are $30 in advance, or $35 at the event. For the non-oyster slurping crowd (we shall call them wusses), hot dogs, clam chowder, barbecue, chicken bog and steamed clams will also be available. Advance tickets can be nabbed online via www.murrellsinletsc.com or by phoning 357-2007. Wicked Tuna is at 4123 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet.
Distancing herself from the usual contemporary R&B fare via her lyrical content, singer K. Michelle, best known for her stint on VH-1’s “Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta,” and the hit single “VSOP,” brings her “Rebellious Soul” tour to the House of Blues for a performance Saturday night. Also on the bill are Sevyn Streeter and Tiara Thomas. Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 9. Tickets range from $24 to $60.50. 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 a conversation with K. Michelle, see page 17.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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