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TODAY-SATURDAY | 01.14-01.15

Jimmie Walker

Jimmie "JJ" Walker, who coined the phrase "Dyn-o-mite!" in the "Good Times" sitcom from the 1970s, has kept his favorite kind of comedy - stand-up - close to his heart for almost five decades.

Comedy Cabana, 9588 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, welcomes Walker for performances at 8 and 10:15 p.m. today and Saturday, headlining a bill with Todd Link and Cooter Douglas.

Walker also has appeared in movies such as "Airplane!" and "Airport '79", and was a regular on television shows including "The Love Boat" and "Fantasy Island." In recent years, he's had scenes on "The George Lopez Show," "Everybody Hates Chris" with Chris Rock, and "Scrubs."

Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 day of the show.

Details at 449-4242 or

SATURDAY | 01.15

Johnny Mac & the Booty Ranch at music feast

The next South by Southeast Music Feast, to benefit local school music programs, is Saturday, with rock and blues band Johnny Mac & the Booty Ranch at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot, 851 Broadway St.

Virtuoso guitarist Johnny Mac and percussionist Stevie Kent last lit up the depot as part of the trio The Jumper Cables. The two men return along with bassist Chris "Mega" Watts.

Dinner is at 6 p.m., and the concert at 7:30. Tickets are $20 for members, otherwise $25, which includes a potluck dinner and beverages. E-mail reservations to or

More details at 222-7573 or 455-6499.

SATURDAY | 01.15

Don a chapeau for mad party at Brookgreen

Show off your favorite hat and join other Mad Hatters for a Mad Hatters Luncheon and Tea Party from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Holliday Cottage at Brookgreen Gardens. Space is limited and reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. $35 per person, which includes garden admission. The tea will repeat on Jan. 22 and 29. Details at 235-6016 or The gardens are located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island.

And plan for February when Brookgreen Gardens also hosts Winter Teas, which provide a warm escape from the cold of winter and a chance to get together with friends and sample teas, scones and other treats. These teas are served every Saturday at 3:30 and 4 p.m. $27 per person includes garden admission. Space is limited, and reservations are required.

Details at 235-6016.

MONDAY | 01.17

Clifford romps at museum

"Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog" continues through May 6 at the Children's Museum of South Carolina, 2501 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, which is open for a special day on Monday.

Inspired by Scholastic Entertainment's TV show "Clifford The Big Red Dog" on PBS, with the late John Ritter voicing the canine, the interactive exhibit reinforces "Clifford's Big Ideas" - 10 simple, tangible life lessons designed to help young children navigate their world: share, play fair, have respect, work together, be responsible, be truthful, be kind, believe in yourself, be a good friend and help others.

Regular museum hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and extra hours are set for Monday, the national observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Activities that day include:

10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. - Story time with tales about Clifford

11:30 a.m. - Big red games

1 p.m. - Meet Clifford, and bring a camera

Admission is $8 ages 2 and older. Details at 946-9469 or

TUESDAY | 01.18

Cellist/pianist after lunch

The second performance of FPC Concerts' 2011 "Promenades" is at 1 p.m. Tuesday with cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl and pianist Andreas Woyke playing Beethoven.

Brown Bradley, founder and director of the series in its 25th season, said the duet will play music by Beethoven. He said Kleinhapl is known as "the Yo-Yo Ma of Europe," who with Woyke, a world-renowned musician who likes to play works rarely heard. will open the Salzburg Festival this summer in Austria.

Bradley said Kleinhapl has appeared in New York's Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center, and performed with nearly every major orchestra in the world. Admission is $7 at the door. Details at 448-4496 or