You had us at bacon... Castano’s Italian Steakhouse is hosting a Bacon Party on Thursday, featuring, you guessed it, all things bacon, including bacon cocktails, bacon appetizers, bacon dinner specials, bacon desserts - and rounds of bacon trivia. Bacon-infused cocktails include the Chocolate Bacon Martini, made with Three Olives Chocolate Vodka, Bailey’s Irish Cream, milk, chocolate drizzle, and chocolate-dipped bacon. The party starts at 4 p.m. and there is no cover charge. Castano’s Italian Steakhouse is at 4926 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 361-2000 or visit www.castanosrestaurant.com.
Long-running Myrtle Beach-Florence goth-punk-psychobilly rock outfit The Independents celebrate the release of a new disc, “Into the Light,” with a gig tonight at Pirate’s Cove Lounge, also featuring a rare performance by local punk act Bazooka Joe. The party gets started at 10 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge. Pirate’s Cove is at 205 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach. Call 249-8942 or visit www.piratescovelounge.com.
In the history of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, a 16-seed has never beaten a No. 1-seed, but that’s not stopping Coach Cliff Ellis’ clawin’ Coastal Carolina Chanticleers from trying to knock off top-seeded Virginia in the Round of 64, tipping off at 9:25 p.m. Friday at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. It’s the first trip to the Big Dance for CCU in 21 years, and of course, nobody is giving the Chants a chance to be a major bracket buster. The game will be televised on TBS. And if you don’t want to go to a local sports bar to watch, Hicks Dining Hall on CCU’s Conway campus is hosting a viewing party starting at 9 p.m. Friday, open to students and any CCU fans. Free popcorn, hotdogs and sodas will be served. Go to www.goccusports.com.
It’s like a rave, a road race and one of those Nickelodeon shows from the ‘90s when contestants get slime and glop dumped on their heads, all rolled into one. The Color Vibe 5K invades Myrtle Beach Speedway on Saturday, warning runners that they’ll “be blasted at every color station throughout this awesome 5K run” and culminating with a dance party/paint-throw. Let’s get this straight - this isn’t the usual kind of “getting blasted” in the Durty Myrtle. It’s blasts of neon paint. Registration is $46 until Friday, and then it’s $50 on the day of the race, if spots aren’t sold out by then, and proceeds benefit Color Vibe’s charity partner, the Surf Dreams Foundation, a local nonprofit that secures surfing gear and lessons for local kids in need. Register online at www.thecolorvibe.com. The event gets started at 9 a.m. Saturday. Myrtle Beach Speedway is at 455 Hospitality Lane, Myrtle Beach (off U.S. 501).
Just keep swimming...Named after a track on Sublime’s debut album, Badfish, a tribute to Sublime, makes its bazillionth return to the House of Blues on Saturday, with much ballyhooed Baltimore-based reggae-infused pop/rock act Ballyhoo! also on the bill. You’re sure to hear head-bobbing Sublime classics such as “What I Got,” “Santeria,” “Date Rape,” and “Wrong Way.” Tickets are $10 and $12. Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 8. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Surfing is kinda like skating on water, right? The third annual Surf-Skate Expo/Taco Cookoff is set for Sunday outside of Creek Ratz on the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, featuring a slate of live music, surfing and skating demos, displays of local arts and crafts, a kids’ zone, and a contest to see who concocts the tastiest seafood tacos. Local bands Fireshot, The IZM and the Kregs, along with Chief Kamu’s Fire and Hula Show, will perform. The event is from noon-7 p.m. Sunday. Creek Ratz is at 4065 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet. For more information, go to http://surfridergrandstrand.org/news.
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