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This photo shows “Common Hope,” from Barry R. Jones’solo exhibition “Lesson 2,” posing questions on ethics – and asking “What does it mean to live a good life?” – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at Coastal Carolina University’s Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, on the main campus in Conway. Admission is free.
This photo shows “Common Hope,” from Barry R. Jones’solo exhibition “Lesson 2,” posing questions on ethics – and asking “What does it mean to live a good life?” – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at Coastal Carolina University’s Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, on the main campus in Conway. Admission is free. Courtesy photo

FRIDAY-SATURDAY | 05.20-05.21

‘Throttle Fest,’ ‘Local Grown Country Music Fest’ rock sites

▪ “Throttle Fest” at House of Blues, in Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, with (all prices plus ticketing fees): Strutter, tribute to KISS, 8 p.m. Friday, for $11; and Jackyl, with D.B. Bryant, 9 p.m. Saturday, for $25. 843-272-3000 or www.hob.com/myrtlebeach.

▪ “Local Grown Country Music Fest” – benefiting Children’s Recovery Center and with such artists as Keith Anderson, Lewis Brice, Luke Combs, Brad Long, Jeremiah McGuire, and Kenny George Band – 11 a.m. Saturday at Thompson Farm and Nursery, 1625 Bucksville Drive, near Bucksport, off U.S. 701 south of Conway. $30 advance or $35 at gate for ages 11 and older, otherwise free. 843-236-1400 or thompsonfarmandnursery.com.

FRIDAY, THURSDAYS | 05.20, 05.26

North Myrtle Beach cues up two concert series

The city of North Myrtle Beach starts its “Sounds of Summer” concert series, 7-9 p.m. on third Friday monthly, through September, in amphitheater at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, at S.C. 90 and Robert Edge Parkway, for free.

Scheduled performers are Fantastic Shakers on May 20, Elise Testone on June 17, Paul Grimshaw Band on July 15, Too Much Sylvia on Aug. 19, and Andrew Thielen Big Band on Sept. 16. Details at parks.nmb.us/Page.aspx?id=11.

The city also has its “Music on Main” 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, alternating weekly between 202 Main St. and the Horseshoe, at Main Street and Ocean Boulevard, and free. The Embers featuring Craig Woolard will play May 26 at the Horseshoe, and NTranze June 2 on Main. Details at parks.nmb.us/Page.aspx?id=18.

Call on the day of each event at 843-280-5594, ext. 3, for weather updates.

MONDAYS-FRIDAYS | Through 06.24

‘Lesson 2’ poses questions inside CCU gallery

Barry R. Jones’ solo exhibition “Lesson 2,” posing questions on ethics – and asking “What does it mean to live a good life?” – continues through June 24 at Coastal Carolina University’s Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery.

Jones, a professor at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., who also chairs its department of art and design, is a digital video and sound artist whose array of interests includes music, film history, new technologies, and social activism.

Find the gallery – open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, for free – in the Edwards College building, on the main campus in Conway, accessed from U.S. 501 and S.C. 544.

Details at 843-349-6454 (call to arrange up-close parking for anyone with a disability or mobility matter) or www.coastal.edu/bryanartgallery.

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, TUESDAY | 05.20, 05.21, 05.24

Special events include bike blessing, ‘Flip Flop Ball’

▪ Third annual “Blessing of Motorcycles,” for Myrtle Beach Spring Rally, 1-3 p.m. Friday at St. Michael Catholic Church, on Cypress Avenue in Garden City Beach, east of U.S. 17 Business. 843-651-3737, or email virginiay@saintmichaelsc.net.

▪ Wear biker gear or mention “biker discount” through May 31 at any of five Ripley’s attractions in Myrtle Beach – Aquarium, on 29th Avenue North, in Broadway at the Beach; and Odditorium, Haunted Adventure, Marvelous Mirror Maze, and 5D Moving Theater, 901-915 N. Ocean Blvd. – and generate a $2 donation to Combat Veteran’s Motorcycle Association Chapter 34-3 (www.cvma34-3.com). 843-448-2331 or www.ripleys.com/myrtlebeach.

▪ Fifth annual “Flip Flop Ball,” benefiting Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center’s Greatest Need Fund, 7 p.m. Friday at Brick Landing Plantation Golf Club & Restaurant, 1882 Goose Creek Rd SW, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. $100. 910-721-1473 or NovantHealth.org/BrunswickEvents.

▪ “BugFest South,” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville, 415 S. Madison St. Free. 910-914-4185 or www.naturalsciences.org.

▪ “The Odyssey of the Sea Turtle” program, with Jim and Deb Boyce, island coordinators for Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization (www.oibseaturtles.org), 11 a.m. Saturday at Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. Free with admission – $9 ages 13-61, $8 ages 62 and older, $7 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger. 910-579-1016 or www.museumplanetarium.org.

▪ “Call Me Courage” Art Show, by students at Bridgewater Academy, 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the charter school, 191 River Landing Boulevard, off Waccamaw Boulevard, from River Oaks Drive, just west of Myrtle Beach. 843-236-3689 or bridgewateracademy.org.

▪ “Tu-Tu Party” by Black River United Way, honoring Girls on the Run as 2016 Women United grant recipient, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Winyah Auditorium, 1200 Highmarket St., Georgetown. $25.843-546-6317 or www.blackriveruw.org.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, NEXT THURSDAY | 05.20-05.21, 05.26

Choose from ‘Fantasticks,’ ‘Annie Jr.’ plays

▪ Swamp Fox Players’ “The Fantasticks,” 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and May 26-28, and June 2-4; and 2:30 p.m. May 29 and June 5, in newly renovated Strand Theater, 710 Front St., Georgetown. $20. 843-527-2924 or www.swampfoxplayers.com.

▪ “Annie Jr.,” 6 p.m. May 26 at Loris Middle School, 5209 Highway 66. $5. 843-756-2181.

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