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Exhibits in two N.C. galleries

For May, two art galleries in south Brunswick County, N.C., have gone extra colorful in exhibits in line with the season:

• “Garden Inspirations: Think Outside the Boxwood,” including works by 25 artists and a collection of furniture and other garden pieces, at Sunset River Marketplace, 10283 Beach Drive S.W. (N.C. 179), Calabash. Details at 910-575-5999 or



• Barbara Allinson’s “Creations Inspired by the World of Nature,” a collection of hand-painted ceramic, and Marianne Fischer’s “Different Strokes,” oils and watercolors of atmospheric seascapes and landscapes, at Franklin Square Gallery, 130 East West St., Southport, behind Franklin Square Park. 910-457-5450 or



SATURDAY-SUNDAY, TUESDAY | 05.10-05.11, 05.13

Chorale concludes season

The Carolina Master Chorale will conclude its 31st season, “Stories of Passion,” with “The Glory Of Gershwin,” starring Adrienne Danrich, soprano, and Lawrence Craig, baritone, this weekend, and a Chorale benefit show on Tuesday.

The afternoons of music showcasing songwriting siblings George and Ira Gershwin are at 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 710 Main St., Conway, and 4 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3000 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, each $25 for ages 13 and older, $10 students 25 and younger with ID.

The program opens with such classics as “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” “ ‘S Wonderful” and “Someone to Watch Over Me,” from musicals and movies, including “An American in Paris,” “Funny Face” and “Girl Crazy.” Danrich and Craig also will add their voices after intermission for a 40-minute concert version of “Porgy and Bess,” which recounts Gullah descendants in early 20th-century Charleston.

Then, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Danrich will perform This Little Light of Mine,” her solo documentary in song and dialogue to Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price, at First United Methodist Church, 901 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. Anderson was the first black singer to grace The Metropolitan Opera House stage in New York, and Price followed in her steps. Tickets are $35 adults and $10 students.

Also, a $10 discount is available for adults buying tickets to both a Gershwin concert and the Danrich benefit show.

Details at 444-5774 or www.carolinamasterchorale.com.


‘Winyah Rivers Foundation Photo Contest Winners’ exhibit

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach opens a third exhibit, “Winyah Rivers Foundation Photo Contest Winners,” from Friday-May 22.

In this seventh annual contest by the foundation, which includes the Waccamaw Riverkeeper preservation program covering the greater Winyah Bay watershed, see honored photographs in three categories: wildlife, scenic and youth.

For information on the foundation, based at Center for Marine and Wetland Studies, at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, call 349-4007 or visit www.winyahrivers.org.

The museum, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays, with free admission, has a busy calendar as the season springs into summer:

• “Track of the Rainbow Serpent: Australian Aboriginal Paintings of the Wolfe Creek Crater,” through Sept. 14

• Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild 17th Annual Juried Exhibition, through May 22.

• “Claire Ferrell: A is for Art,” June 3-Sept. 14

• “Classic Images: Photography by Ansel Adams,” June 3-Sept. 21

Details at 238-2510 or www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org.

THURSDAYS | 05.15-09.25

North Myrtle Beach doubles up series

The city of North Myrtle Beach can’t wait for hot fun in the summertime, with two annual concert series kicking off this month.

In the “Music on Main” weekly series (parks.nmb.us/Page.aspx?id=11), concerts are 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, and many acts, unless otherwise noted, boast beach music:

• Horseshoe, at Main and Ocean Boulevard – Marsha Morgan on May 15, Carolina Breakers May 22, Envision Band May 29, Night Move Band June 12, The Attractions June 19, Big Time Party Band June 26, The Holiday Band July 10, The Castaways July 17, Fat Jack Band July 24, Fantastic Shakers July 31, Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot Aug. 14, Carolina Soul Band Aug. 21, Atlantic Groove Aug. 28, Hip Pocket (also variety music) Sept. 18, and Jim Quick and Coastline Sept. 25.

• At 202 Main St. – Tastes Like Chicken (variety) on June 5, Deluge (variety) July 3, The Wannabees (variety and classic rock) Aug. 7, and Tru Sol (Motown and Top 40) Sept. 4.

Also, the “Sounds of Summer” monthly series ( parks.nmb.us/Page.aspx?id=18) is 7-9 p.m. on the third Friday monthly in the newly opened North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, at S.C. 90 and Robert Edge Parkway: Jive Mother Mary (Southern rock) on May 16, Lowcountry Soul (rock and blues) June 20, the Pam Taylor Band (blues/rock) July 18, Too Much Sylvia (variety) Aug. 15, and Dickens (variety) Sept. 19.

All concerts are free and family appropriate; just bring chairs and blankets, and check this hot line for weather updates on the day of each concert: 280-5570, ext. 1.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY | 05.09-05.10

Two musical tributes this weekend

Two other special concerts from which to choose:

• “Jazz on the Patio” with Sam Bigby, performing Sam Cooke music, 7-10 p.m. Friday at River Oaks Golf Plantation, 831 River Oaks Drive, off U.S. 501 from George Bishop Parkway, west of Myrtle Beach, for $25 donation. Details at 492-0279, 465-8002 or



• Judas Priestess, a New York-based, all-women quintet tribute band to Judas Priest – as seen on VH1’s “That Metal Show” – at 10:30 p.m. Friday at Rockin’ Hard Saloon, 3352 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet (651-9940 or www.rockinhardsaloon.com), and 9 p.m. Saturday at Hard Rock Cafe, at Broadway at the Beach, at U.S. 17 and 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach (946-0007 or www.hardrock.com/myrtlebeach), both for free. More details at