THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY
If you’re into silly walking, knights who say “ni!” and rabid rabbits, then get on your imaginary horse with coconut-clapping galloping sounds and hoof it to Main Street Theater as Theatre of the Republic’s production of “ Monty Python’s Spamalot,” a Tony Award-winning musical based on the film “Monty Python and The Holy Grail,” continues this weekend. Performance times are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It continues March 13-16. Main Street Theater is at 337 Main Street, Conway. Tickets are $21. Call 488-0821 or visit www.theatreoftherepublic.com.
It all boils down to this as the local finals of the Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands is set for Friday at Hard Rock Cafe, with the winner moving on to the next round of competition against other Hard Rock Cafe winners. Recently resuscitated local rock outfit October Chorus, setnickgo, a singer/songwriter acoustic duo from Wilmington, N.C., and Tragman, a rap/hip-hop trio from the Charleston area, will battle it out on the pyramid’s stage starting at 8 p.m. Friday. There is no cover charge. Hard Rock Café is at 1322 Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. Call 946-0007 or visit www.hardrock.com. For more details, see this week’s Music Notes, by Paul Grimshaw.
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Twang’s the thang as the next installment of the House of Blues’ Myrtle Beach Rocks! genre-shifting showcase focuses on country on Friday night, featuring local acts Atwater, Brad Long Band and Dustin Martin taking the main music hall’s big stage. 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 performing acts, hit them up, because they 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.
It’s March, so that means it’s time for some roundball madness. And you can see it up close and personal as Coastal Carolina University hosts the Big South Championships at the HTC Center, with the winner getting an automatic bid to the Big Dance, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. CCU nabbed a No. 1 seed, and its opponent had not been determined at press time, but the Chants will be back in action at 6 p.m. Friday. The men’s portion of the tourney started Wednesday, with semi-finals tipping off at 2 p.m. Saturday, and the championship final set for noon Sunday. Tickets are $10, $12 and $15 available via www.ticketreturn.com. 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.
Are you in need of some art therapy, culture sounds, and The Cult? Then check out Cult Therapy on Friday at Klocker’s Tavern featuring underground artwork and live music, including Pure Cult, a local tribute to English goth/hard rock outfit The Cult (“Fire Woman,” “She Sells Sanctuary”). Also on the bill are local rockers Sound Therapy, Doctrine of Ethos and Bleeding Heart. The displays of artisans’ handiwork will include, “Pop art, graffiti, photography, artistic and functional ceramic pottery, fine art, 3-D art, crafts, handmade dolls, jewelry, printmaking” according to the event’s Facebook page. The art and craft show starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, music starts at 9. There is no cover charge. Klocker’s Tavern is at 4807 U.S. 17 Bypass, Myrtle Beach. Call 945-4002.
It’s time to get your roll on again, as the second annual Striking Out Cancer Bowling Tournament, a benefit for Relay for Life, is set for Saturday at Little River Lanes. Teams of four will compete for a trophy and bragging rights, and it’s $20 per person to bowl, which covers three games, shoe rentals and commemorative T-shirt. There is limited space for bowling teams, which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, but you can pre-register by calling 272-7600. The bowling alley’s bar and grill will also be serving adult beverages and munchies at happy hour prices - and there’ll be plenty of prize give-aways. The action starts at 1 p.m. Saturday. Little River Lanes is at 300 Bowling Lane, Little River, off of River Hills Drive. Call 249-0055.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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