Tabbed as one of Radio.com’s “5 New Female Country Artists to Know in 2015,” singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini (who actually used to be a ballerina, oddly enough) has tasted some initial radio success with her single “Love Me Like You Mean It” and she headlines Friday’s Nashvegas Nights showcase at the Boathouse. Wilmington, N.C.-based singer-songwriter Madonna Nash is also on the bill. And the best part? As with most shows at the Boathouse - admission is free. The party gets started at 9 p.m. Friday. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
You’ve heard about pimpin’ your ride - and even your golf cart - but customized and tricked out go-karts are the focus of KartMania slated for Friday and Saturday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The exhibition will feature vendors, exhibitors and KartWars, a custom kart competition. Expo hours are 3-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5 per person. Myrtle Beach Convention Center is at 2101 N. Oak Street, Myrtle Beach. For more info, go to www.crikartmania.com.
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FRIDAY & SATURDAY
You are getting sleepy...Popular comedic hypnotist Gary Conrad, a Furman University grad, returns to Comedy Cabana for a two-night run Friday and Saturday. If you’ve never seen a comedy hypnosis show, you’re in for a treat, as Conrad holds audience members in the palm of his hand, lowering their inhibitions and having them act out hilarious commands. Cooter Douglas is also on the bill. Show times are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with an additional show at 10:15 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 and $17.50. Comedy Cabana is at 9588 N. Kings Highway in the Restaurant Row section of unincorporated Myrtle Beach. Call 449-4242 or visit www.comedycabana.com.
Fighting to stay atop the Big South Conference standings, Coastal Carolina University’s cagers and Coach Cliff Ellis take to the HTC Center court against conference foe Presbyterian on Saturday. Tip off is at 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10, $12 and $15, available online at 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
Gather your buds, tastebuds and your appetite and head to Inlet Square Mall for the third annual Taste of the Inlet, a showcase of Murrells Inlet/South Strand-area eateries and their chefs set for Sunday. Tickets are $8 in advance, $12 at the door. As with other sampling events, you must purchase food tickets ($1) in addition to admission if you want to graze on the grub, and most samples range from 3-5 tickets ($3-$5). The event, which is from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, benefits Murrells Inlet 2020, a non-profit community revitalization organization. Advance tickets are available via www.murrellsinletsc.com. Inlet Square Mall is at 10125 U.S. 17 Bypass, where the Bypass and U.S. 17 Business intersect in Murrells Inlet.
Master raconteur, actor, author and radio personality Garrison Keillor, of “Prarie Home Companion” fame, brings his humorous story-telling tour to Calvin Gilmore’s Carolina Opry on Sunday, as part of what the Carolina Opry’s Web site describes as a “new Performing Arts Series.” Show time is 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $60-$70. The Carolina Opry is at 8901 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. Call 913-1450 or go to www.thecarolinaopry.com.
Kent Kimes, Editor