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Look for Cody Ray Slaughter, an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist World Champion, to perform in the “Elvis Presley, The Legend” June 13 at Legends in Concert, as part of the Myrtle Beach Elvis Festival, opening June 11 for four days.
Look for Cody Ray Slaughter, an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist World Champion, to perform in the “Elvis Presley, The Legend” June 13 at Legends in Concert, as part of the Myrtle Beach Elvis Festival, opening June 11 for four days. Courtesy photo


Elvis Festival includes tribute artist contest

The Myrtle Beach Elvis Festival, sanctioned by Graceland, opens June 11 for four days, comprising:

▪ June 11 – Opening ceremony, including tribute artists, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Myrtle Beach’s Plyler Park, at North Ocean Boulevard and Mr. Joe White Avenue; and party 8:30 p.m. until closing at Johnny Rockets! at Broadway at the Beach.

▪ June 12 – Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary opening round, 1-5 p.m. at Legends in Concert, 2925 Hollywood Drive, at U.S. 17 Bypass and 29th Avenue North, in Lakeshore Village, across from Broadway at the Beach; then a Legends performance at 8 p.m., and after-party 11 p.m. next door at Planet Hollywood.

▪ June 13 – Second round of Elvis tribute contest, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and “Elvis Presley, The Legend” concert starring Michael Chambliss, Dwight Icenhower and Cody Ray Slaughter, 4-5:30 p.m., with both events at Legends in Concert; “Hot Summer Elvis!” 7-11 p.m. in Plyler Park, with performers including the three aforementioned tribute artists; and after-party at 11 p.m. at site to be announced.

▪ June 14 – Elvis gospel show, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Plyler Park, with Chambliss, Vic Trevino and Austin Irby; Elvis tribute contest finals, 1-5 p.m. at Legends in Concert, with top five in each division, and the winner picked for advancing toward the national finals in Memphis, Tenn.; and wrap party, 7 p.m. at site to be announced.

For ticket details, including individual entries and passes for all the contest rounds and show at Legends, call 888-406-5885 or visit www.myrtlebeachelvisfestival.com.

Also, for Legends shows – with the Blues Brothers, Kenny Chesney, Katy Perry, Prince and Elvis Presley, all through Sept. 6: 238-7827, 800-960-7469 or www.legendsinconcert.com/myrtle-beach. Show times are 8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, also with 4 p.m. matinees Tuesdays-Thursdays, June 16-Aug. 13.


Family movie series roll

Two free summer series of family movies open next week:

▪ “Summer Movie Clubhouse,” with movies 10 a.m. Mondays-Wednesdays at Cinemark, at Coastal Grand mall, off Seaboard Street in Myrtle Beach, with “The Lego Movie” June 8-10, “Dolphin Tale 2” June 15-17, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” June 22-24, “The Penguins of Madagascar” June 29-July 1, “Night at the Museum” July 6-8, “How to Train Your Dragon 2” July 13-15, “Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwreckked” July 20-22, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” July 27-29, “The Nut Job” Aug. 3-5, and “Rio 2” Aug. 10-12. Punch card $5 for all 10 movies, or $1 each at door. Details at 839-3225 or www.cinemark.com.

▪ “Poppy’s Summer Movie Magic,” 10 a.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays at Grand 14 Cinema, at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach, with “Rio 2” June 9-11, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” June 16-18, “Turbo” June 23-25, “The Penguins of Madagascar” June 30-July 2, “Nut Job” July 7-9, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” July 14-16, “How to Train Your Dragon 2” July 21-23, “Paddington” July 28-30, “The Lego Movie” Aug. 4-6, and “Earth to Echo” Aug. 11-13. All free. 282-0550 or www.stonetheatres.com/#/summer-movie-magic-grand-14/4584033968. Also, families with children with autism are invited to enjoy the same lineup with special sensory screenings at 10 a.m. each Monday on the week of each run, also for free: “Rio 2” on June 8, Mr. Peabody & Sherman” June 15, “Turbo” June 22, “The Penguins of Madagascar” June 29, “Nut Job” July 6, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” July 13, “How to Train Your Dragon 2” July 20, “Paddington” July 27, “The Lego Movie” Aug. 3, and “Earth to Echo” Aug. 10. More details on the sensory package at 609-744-0099, or email beckylarge66@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, SUNDAY, WEDNESDAY | 06.06-06.07, 06.10

‘Cool Summer Evenings’ heat up Brookgreen

Brookgreen Gardens, open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, will have its Art Festival, with more than 60 artisans on hand 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, then next week, bring back its annual “Cool Summer Evenings,” staying open till 9 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, June 10-Aug. 7.

Catch concerts at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, with this scheduled lineup: Tammy’s Tangent June 10 and Aug. 5, Javier Vega Trio June 12 and July 1, Bullfrog June 17, The Fourclosures June 19, Brandy Smith Band June 24, Mike Frost Band June 26, Tru Sol July 3, Paper Work July 8, Stirling Bridge July 10, Matt Parker and the Deacons July 15, A Nickel Bag of Funk July 17, Prettier Than Matt July 22, Barefoot Movement July 24, Common Ground July 29, Paul Grimshaw Band July 31, and Ross Holmes Band Aug. 7.

On Thursday evenings, check out these family-oriented programs:

▪ “Evening Bed Check with the Animals,” 5 p.m., guided tour across Lowcountry Zoo.

▪ Storytelling with Donna Catton-Johnson, 6 p.m. in Enchanted Storybook Forest, next to Whispering Wings Butterfly House and across from zoo.

▪ “A Pirate Adventure at Brookgreen” creek excursions for families, at 5, 6 and 7 p.m., for an extra fee besides garden admission: $8 ages 13 and older, and $4 ages 4-12.

Find the gardens on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Huntington Beach State Park. Admission lasts seven days: $15 ages 13-64, $13 ages 65 and older, and $7 ages 4-12, and free ages 3 and younger.

Details at 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org.


Three more art exhibits make five

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum will have a full house with five exhibits, with three more opening on Tuesday and going through Sept. 20:

▪ “Norman Rockwell’s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn,” with 16 signed limited-edition prints from the late artist’s own collection.

▪ “Sandy Logan: Ironic Abstraction,” with a series of images that transform into more personal and subjective perceptions.

▪ “John Baeder: A Road Well Taken,” with popular, photorealist paintings and prints of roadside diners.

These showcases join two others through summer:

▪ “Steve Jameson: Ode to the Grand Strand,” through Sept. 13.

▪ “Before I Die,” May 26-Sept. 29.

Find the museum at 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. It’s open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays, for free. Details at 238-2510 or www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org.

MONDAYS, THURSDAYS | Through 09.07

‘Hawaiian Luau’ twice weekly at Breakers

Say “Aloha” to a “Hawaiian Luau” dinner show on Mondays and Thursdays through Sept. 7 at The Breakers Resort, 2006 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach.

Check-in is 6:30 p.m., with a Polynesian-style dinner at 7 p.m., and the show 8-9 p.m. Polynesian Fire will entertain, with all the dancers of Polynesian descent from various islands, with a fire show by the Lavatai Brothers – Malakai, Brandon and Jeurell – who made up the 2011 World Champion fire knife dancing team. Individually, they also finished 1-2-3 at the Samoan National Championships.

Also, learn to how to pick, crack, eat and drink a coconut, and children will be invited on stage to learn hula dance.

Tickets are $39.99 ages 13 and older, $19.95 ages 6-12, and free ages 5 and younger. Call 444-4444.

More details at www.breakers.com.