Best Bets for the Myrtle Beach area, July 17-23

At the S.C. Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program hospital – open for public tours at noon and 2 p.m. daily – two cradled Kemp’s ridley turtles are readied for CT scans donated by the Charleston Veterinary Referral Center.
At the S.C. Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program hospital – open for public tours at noon and 2 p.m. daily – two cradled Kemp’s ridley turtles are readied for CT scans donated by the Charleston Veterinary Referral Center. Courtesy photo

FRIDAY-SUNDAY | 07.17-07.19

Theater hosts ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ Oberst homecoming

The Strand Theater, 710 Front St., Georgetown, has two special events this weekend.

▪ The Swamp Fox Players will take audiences back to Sweet Apple, Ohio, for the musical comedy “Bye Bye Birdie,” with performances at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and July 23-25 and 30-31, and Aug. 1; and 2:30 p.m. July 26 and Aug. 2. Tickets are $18.

▪ Actor and Georgetown native Bill Oberst Jr., on a vacation home from Los Angeles, will introduce a special screening at 2:30 p.m. Sunday of “The Retrieval,” a Civil War-era film set in 1864 that garnered 15 national and international awards. Oberst, with a supporting role in this, among more than 100 film and TV credits since 2007 – including a guest part in 2014 on CBS’ “Criminal Minds” – asked for this screening in his hometown because of the plot’s strong meaning and message conveyed. It follows a teen sent north to try to lure back a freed slave he soon sees as a surrogate father that he, in essence, has been asked to betray.

Admission is free for the film, and open seating begins at 1:30 p.m. Donations are welcome, to benefit Strand Cinema, a local group that shows independent, foreign and documentary films many weekends every year.

Details at 527-2924 or www.swampfoxplayers.com, and www.billoberst.com.

SATURDAY | 07.18

Theatre of the Republic hands out Torrys

Theatre of the Republic will have its annual Torry Awards for 2014-15 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Main Street Theatre, 335 Main. St., Conway.

The 2014-15 seaaon comprised “Avenue Q,” “Young Frankenstein,” “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” “Rent,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” and “Gypsy.”

The nominees are, for best:

▪ Actor – Durham Cribb, Bradlee Gorrera, Fred Harris, Patrick Miller, Tom Tier and Skyler Whitfield.

▪ Actress – Whitney Daniels, Laura Flint, Jalonda Johnson, Emily Martel and Alyssa McMillan.

▪ Supporting actor – Trevor Barnes, Buddah the Singer, Ged Duvall, Raymond Elling, Dan Fedele, Ross Foultz, Bradlee Gorrera, Jerry Green, Robert Kerson, David Koch, Brandon Shoemaker, Lance Stephens, Jon Vasey and Zach Williams.

▪ Supporting actress – Mary Adamson Adeogun, Char Bell, Shakira Brockington, Angela Giacomelli, Racheal Leboeuf, Emily Martel, Hanna Erin Osborne, Hanna Erin Osborne, Leigh Sauvageau, Kat Sweeney, Terri Stephens, Alissa Watts and Kristyn Winch.

Chuck and Diane DeVaughn Stokes will host and conduct interviews, and Tim McGhee, the troupe’s executive/artistic director, is master of ceremonies. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., ready for the red carpet arrival of nominees.

The theater’s 46th season will consist of “Sister Act” Aug. 19-30, “The Addams Family” Oct. 21-Nov. 1, “A Christmas Story” Dec. 9-20, “Urinetown: The Musical” Feb. 17-28, and “The Boy From Oz” April 20-May 1.

Details at 488-0821 or www.theatreoftherepublic.com.

EVERY DAY | Noon and 2 p.m.

EASY ESCAPE: Tour sea turtle hospital

Within about two months late this past spring, the S.C. Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rescue Program Hospital – managed by Kelly Thorvalson, who grew up in Georgetown – admitted 21 sick and injured turtles.

Everyone visiting the aquarium, open 9 a.m.-5 p.m daily at 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, off Calhoun Street – about 1 mile south from the Meeting Street exit off U.S. 17, on the west side of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge from Mount Pleasant – is welcome to tour the hospital, for which a $5 million expansion will wrap up next spring.

Turtle tours are noon and 2 p.m. daily, for $10 ages 13 and older, $5 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger – and reservations are recommended – in addition to aquarium admission: $24.95 ages 13 and older, $17.95 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger.

Details at 843-577-3474 (FISH), 800-722-6455 or scaquarium.org.

Also, anyone who sees a stranded or hurt sea turtle is urged to call the S.C. Department of Natural Resources at 800-922-5431.

SATURDAY | 07.18

Newby, CCU galleries change exhibits

Two new exhibits will fill much of the second half of summer:

▪  “Emblematic,” by Mike Williams, a Columbia resident and Sumter native, at Cheryl Newby Gallery, 11096 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, in The Shops at Oak Lea, with opening reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit will continue through Aug. 15. Gallery hours for summer are 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. More details at 979-0149, 800-435-2733 or www.cherylnewbygallery.com.

▪ At Coastal Carolina University’s Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, in the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, on main campus, off U.S. 501 and S.C. 544 in Conway, “Eliot Dudik: Broken Land/Still Lives” goes through Aug. 21, with closing reception 4:30 p.m. Aug. 20. The site’s open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 349-6454 – call to arrange up-close parking for anyone with a disability or mobility matter – or www.coastal.edu/bryanartgallery.

SATURDAY | 07.18

Rivertown Bluegrass Society revels every month

The music for the Rivertown Bluegrass Society concerts on the third Saturday every month never stops, and each band takes turns playing two sets.

For the July 18 edition, Grass Strings will entertain at 5 and 7:15 p.m., and Subject to Change Band 6 and 8 p.m., at Horry-Georgetown Technical College’s Burroughs & Chapin Auditorium, off U.S. 501 in Conway.

Admission is $12 for ages 12 and older, otherwise free.

Other lineups for the rest of summer into autumn are, each 5 p.m.:

▪ Aug. 15 – The Henson Girls, and Lonesome Meadow.

▪ Sept. 15 – Travis Frye Blue Mountain, and Mountain Rain Band.

▪ Oct. 17 – Carolina Rebels, and Kevin Prater Band.

Details at 457-2854 or www.rivertownbluegrasssociety.com.