THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY
If you missed the opening weekend, you’ve still got a few chances to score passion points with your main squeeze as one of the area’s most-romantic holiday traditions returns Thursday when Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of a Thousand Candles continues, featuring the outdoor sculpture gardens’ paths illumined by more than 5,500-hand-lit candles, and yuletide-themed live entertainment and seasonal refreshments throughout the grounds. Nights of a Thousand Candles is from 3-10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and again Dec. 19-21. Admission is $16 for adults, $7 for ages 4-12 and free for tykes aged three and younger. 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.
It’s Friday the 13th, the perfect setting for a night of macabre music so the House of Blues is hosting Myrtle Beach Rocks! Metal featuring local, original head-banging acts Prowler, Driven Under and Awake in Khaos. Prowler is celebrating the release of its new CD, “The New Blood.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Friday, the show starts at 8. Tickets are $5, but here’s an On the Fly tip: if you know anyone associated with the featured bands, hit them up because they should have piles of tickets 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. For more about Driven Under, see this week’s Music Notes on page 17.
Too much, Magic Bus...They had so much fun celebrating the resurrection of old school music venue The Magic Bus and the local acts that played there (a site that’s now Greg’s Cabana), that they’re doing it again. Get in the queue as another Magic Bus Reunion is set for Saturday at Greg’s Cabana, featuring the first performance by local throwback alt-pop/rock band October Chorus in 15 years, along with opening act John “Johnny Guitar” Sparks. October Chorus features local stalwarts Clifton Parker (Dead Cut Tree, The Drag, Pure Cult) on vocals, guitarist Brian McKenzie (Sqwearl, Something About Vampires and Sluts and too many more to list here), drummer Mark Holt (I,God, Pure Cult) and bassist Joey Skipper (Strike-O-Matics, Pure Cult). The party gets started at 8 p.m. Saturday. There is no cover charge. Greg’s Cabana Bar and Grill is at 2800 U.S. 17, Garden City Beach. Call 651-1836 or visit www.gregscabanabarandgrill.com.
Nothing says “happy holidays” like rib-cracking elbows to the gut at break-neck speed, and you can check out the full-contact action of flat track roller derby as the Palmetto State Rollergirls host the third annual Deck the Dolls Invitational at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Saturday. And despite the Rollergirls’ moniker, Saturday’s bouts will also include men. Doors open at 1 p.m. Saturday with the first bout at 1:30 p.m. and the headlining women’s bout at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door, but $8 in advance via www.brownpapertickets.com. Myrtle Beach Convention Center is at 2101 N. Oak Street, Myrtle Beach. Call 918-1225 or visit http://myrtlebeachconventioncenter.com. For an in-depth look at the Palmetto State Rollergirls, turn to page 8 for this week’s cover story.
Listen up ladies, Magic Mike’s stripper pole meets the North Pole when the fire-engine hot fellas of the Myrtle Beach Professional Firefighters Association compete in the 6th annual Santa for the Cause Contest on Monday at Gordon Biersch. There is no admission charge, but proceeds from tips received by the performing firefighters will benefit local charities. The party is from 8-10 p.m. Monday. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant is at 3060 Howard Avenue, Myrtle Beach, at The Market Common on the former Air Force Base. Call 839-0249 or visit www.gordonbiersch.com.
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