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Mike Williams’ ‘Periphery’

Eighteen semi-abstract paintings of nature in a show called “Periphery” by Mike Williams are in their final weekend in Pawleys Island, but two other works will remain on display this month in Columbia.

See “Periphery” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Saturday at the Cheryl Newby Gallery, 11096 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, in The Shops at Oak Leak, for free.

Details at 979-0149, 800-435-2733 or www.cherylnewbygallery.com.

Williams, a University of South Carolina graduate, also has two works in “Abstract Art in South Carolina 1949-2012,” through Aug. 26 at the S.C. Carolina State Museum, 301 Gervais St., Columbia. It’s open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays, and admission is $7 for ages 13-61, $6 military and ages 62 and older, $5 ages 3-12. Details at 803-898-4921 or www.museum.state.sc.us.

OPENS FRIDAY | 08.03-08.19

‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’

The Swamp Fox Players begin performances of “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” taking crowds back to a prom in 1958, where four ladies fill in as replacement singers, then 10 years later, they entertain at their class reunion.

Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, then Thursdays-Saturdays through Aug. 18, and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 12 and 19, at the Strand Theater, 710 Front St., Georgetown. Tickets are $18.

Details at 527-2924 or www.swampfoxplayers.com.

Also, another local production of “The Marvelous Wonderettes” will open Aug. 21 for two or three dinner shows weekly, for $29.95 ages 13 and older and $14.95 ages 3-12 – at The Grand Theatre, 301 U.S. 17 Business S., Surfside Beach, just south of Surfside Drive/Glenns Bay Road. Details at 808-9188, 800-252-5642 or www.thegrandtheatre.us.

SATURDAY | 08.04

Rachel Jones at Fresh Brewed

Fresh Brewed Coffee House will have an opening reception at 4 p.m. Saturday for its August Artist of the Month, Rachel Jones.

The painter of female figures whose expressions come across as fanciful, comedic or dramatic also continues work on a series of funerary monuments from around the world.

Admission is $5 for this event, at the coffeehouse, 933 Broadway St., Myrtle Beach. Details at 251-8282, www.freshbrewedcoffeehouse.com or www.facebook.com/events/264892750288128/.

The site opens at 3 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.

SUNDAYS | Through 08.12

Beachside Hawaiian luaus

Springmaid Beach Resort’s Hawaiian luau dinner shows on the beach, by Springmaid Pier, continue for two more Sundays through Aug. 12, as part of the resorts $7 million renovation project.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and a Polynesian buffet is served at 7, and the fire-breathing, hula dancing, luau starts at about 7:30, all at the resort, 3200 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach.

Tickets are $39 for ages 13 and older, otherwise $12.95, plus tax and gratuity. A cash bar is open 6:30-9:30 p.m.

For reservations, call 315-7100 or visit www.springmaidbeach.com/hawaiian-luau/.

SUNDAY | 08.05

Crowfield album release

Catch Crowfield on Sunday in a Murrells Inlet album-release show for “The Diamond Sessions.”

The Charleston-based rock and alt-country quintet will play 6-10 p.m. Sunday in the Gazebo Summer Concert Series at Hot Fish Club, 4911 U.S. 17 Business, and Luke Cunningham will open the evening.

Admission is free. Crowfield has finished a series of concerts with Will Hoge, and this marks the band’s first area show since June, when their new CD was first issued.

Reach Hot Fish Club at 357-9175 or www.hotfishclub.com. More details at www.crowfieldmusic.com and www.lukecunninghammusic.com.