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Heartfelt addition to art gallery

Liz Roberts’ ‘ “What the World Needs Now ...” exhibit has been added to Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, N.C. The Sunset Beach, N.C., artist, in a nod to Valentine’s Day, brought a special collection of color-laden heart motif paintings to her exhibition space in the gallery, 10283 Beach Drive S.W. (N.C. 179). Sunset River is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Details at 910-575-5999 or

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‘Gospel Valentine’ triple play

The Carolina Master Chorale and the Mason Temple Church of God in Christ Memorial Choir of Conway will team up for the second annual joint “Gospel Valentine” concerts:

♥ 7 p.m. Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3000 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach.

♥ 4 p.m. Saturday at Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Road, Sunset Beach, N.C.

♥ 4 p.m. Sunday at Mason Temple Church of God in Christ, 1501 Seventh Ave., Conway.

The Chorale will open with spirituals and Southern hymn tune arrangements, such as “Elijah Rock,” “Precious Lord” and “Down by the Riverside,” then Mason Temple Memorial Choir takes the second half, before both ensembles join forces for a finale in arrangements of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, including “Total Praise” and a special encore.

Each concert is $20 for adults, $15 seniors, and $5 students younger than 25. Details at 444-5774 or Tickets available at Joan Crosby Shop, 7506 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach; North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, 1521 U.S. 17 S.; and Seashore Drugs, 10227 Beach Drive S.W., Calabash, N.C.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY | 02.08-02.10

French Film Festival

Love is in the air for the ninth annual Coastal Carolina University French Film Festival, this weekend at the Strand Theater, 710 Front St., Georgetown. All showings are rated R with English subtitles:

7 p.m. Friday – “Love Lasts Three Years” (2012), a comedy about a just-divorced, young literary critic and society columnist who begins an affair with his cousin’s wife.

♥ 2:30 p.m. Saturday – “Angele and Tony” (2010), about a widow released from prison who wants to reclaim custody of her son but seeks a new husband; and “The Big Picture” (2010) at 5 p.m., a thriller about a lawyer and father who finds out his wife has an affair, then with a dead man’s identity, he changes his whole life.

♥ 2:30 p.m. Sunday – “Delicacy” (2011), a woman whose husband dies seven years into their marriage, triggering an emotional exile a co-worker later ends.

Each film is $3 for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Strand Cinema members, otherwise $5. Details at 527-2924, ext. 3, and

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Various local groups celebrate Cupid

Several local groups have special events, including some for community causes:

• Myrtle Beach Senior Dance, 7-10 p.m. Friday.

“Little Princess Ball,” in North Carolina, by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, Communities In Schools of Brunswick County, Brunswick Community College, and Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., is for girls in kindergarten through fifth grade and their adult male escort, 3-5 p.m. Saturday

Carolina Improv Company, based at Uptown in Myrtle Beach mall, at U.S. 17 and S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres. For all ages: “Whose Beach Is It Anyway?” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, for $14 ages 12 and older, $12 ages 4-11; and for adults: “Whose Night Out Is It Anyway?” 7:30 p.m. Friday, and “Cupid’s Comedy Capers” 7:30 p.m. next Thursday-Feb. 16, each $14; and “Trashy Novel” 9 p.m. Feb. 15, for $10 or free with purchase to previous show that night. 272-4242 or

♥ Grand Strand USA Dance, Chapter 6024 has its next monthly dance 7-10 p.m. Saturday, with music and lesson by DJ Dan Chop, at Myrtle Beach Base Recreation Center, 800 Gabreski Lane, near The Market Common. A dish to share suggested; beverages supplied; singles welcome; $7 members, otherwise $10. 808-3397 or

♥ Barefoot Princess Riverboat cruises, from Barefoot Landing Marina, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, next to Greg Norman Australian Grille: dinner cruises at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, for $39 ages 13 and older, $37 seniors/locals/military, $22 ages 3-12; and 7 p.m. Valentine’s dinner cruise next Thursday, $45 ages 13 and older, and $30 ages 2-12; sightseeing cruises with deli lunch (turkey or ham sub with cookie, pickle and tea or coffee) at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 15-16, for $27/$10, respectively. Reservations required at 272-2140 or 800-865-8600. More details at

Theatre of the Republic’s “Movies on Main” classic film series continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Main Street Theatre, 335 Main St., Conway, with “An Affair to Remember,” from 1957 with a cast including Cary Grant, for $3. 488-0821 or

♥ “Holidays on the Boardwalk” for Valentine’s Day, by the Oceanfront Merchants Association on the Myrtle Beach boardwalk, with “2 for 1” specials 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 14-15 and 9 a.m.-8 a.m. Feb. 16. Coupons at include two SkyWheel adult tickets for $20, and “2 for 1” admission for all five Ripley’s Myrtle Beach attractions for smooching. Entertainment by The Carolina Vocals and David Chaney’s Elvis tributes also are planned. More details at 704-604-7868.

♥ “Chocolate & Champagne for the Creatures,” 5-9 p.m. Feb. 16 at The Cooper House, 6011 Dick Pond Road, Socastee, benefiting SC-CARES (Coastal Animal Rescue & Educational Sanctuary), 236 Abbeville Drive, north of Georgetown, for $30 individual or $50 couple. Tickets available at Sweeties, 707 Front St., Georgetown, and by calling 546-7893 or visiting

♥ Grand Strand Beach Ballroom Dancers, next dance 7-10 p.m. Feb. 16 at Grand Strand Senior Center, 1268 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, for $7; bring snacks for your table only; maximum eight people per table. 903-3765.

♥ “Chocolate & Wine Pairing,” also in North Carolina, by Silver Coast Winery with the Newfoundland Chocolate Company of Canada – Sampling of two chocolate bars with different wines with seatings at noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at the winery, 6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach; and 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at Silver Coast’s The Tasting Room, 105 S. Howe St., Southport. Each is $15, and reservations are required; call 910-287-2800 or 910-777-5151, respectively. More details at 910-287-2800.


Serenades in jazz, classical

Catch some concerts:

♥ Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Myrtle Beach High School, on Grissom Parkway, between 29th and 38th avenues North, in a Valentine’s/romantic theme, covering music from Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz” from “Sleeping Beauty” and his “Romeo and Juliet (Fantasy-Overture), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” Jules Massenet’s “Meditation” from the opera “Thais,” Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s “Wedding March” from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and waltzes from Strauss’ “On the Beautiful Blue Danube.” $5 donation for adults, free for students. 448-8379 or

♥ The Aristocats jazz trio in “Swinging the Great American Songbook: Love Notes on Valentine’s Day,” 3 p.m. next Thursday at Horry County Memorial Library North Myrtle Beach branch, 910 First Ave. S. Lloyd Kaplan plays clarinet, Nat Piccirilli guitar and banjo, Clair Fancher bass, and Barbara Handler sings, on music by such artists at Porter, Irving Berlin and the Gershwins, and other greats will be featured. Free admission. Details at 915-5281 or Dr..)

♥ “Valentine’s Dinner & Dance” with Tru Sol, 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at House of Blues, in Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach. $65 per person in parties of four or more, or $75 per person in a couple, which includes a gift certificate for a 2013 concert of choice, and tax and gratuity. 272-3000 or


Planets, mating for life covered

Two sister entities in Brunswick County have special programs.

♥ Ingram Planetarium, 7625 High Market St., Sunset Beach, N.C., will present “Venus & Mars: Love & War,” a summary of myths and facts about Earth’s neighboring planets, Feb. 15-16

♥ The Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, has special programs at 11 a.m. the next two Saturdays: “Get Ready for the (16th annual) Great Backyard Bird Count“ (which is Feb. 15-18) on Feb. 9, and especially for Valentine’s Day, “Coastal Connections: Animals That Mate for Life” Feb. 16.

Museum admission, which includes various programs, and per Sky Theater planetarium show: $8 adults, $6 ages 60 and older, and students; and $4 ages 3-4. Reach museum at 910-579-1016, planetarium at 910-575-0033, or visit

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