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TODAY-SATURDAY | 02.25-02.26

Quilt Gala

The Horry County Museum's 17th annual Quilt Gala will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Saturday at Ocean Lakes Family Campground recreation center, on U.S. 17 Business and S.C. 544, just north of Surfside Beach.

Admission is $5 for ages 13 and older, otherwise free.

Activities include:

Talks by Sharon Gause, featured quilter.

A bed turning with a narrated explanation of the history behind some antique quilts.

Discussions on "How to Turn Your Quilting Skills into Wearable Art," "The 3 Facets of Quilting" and other topics such as hand quilting, home machine quilting and long-arm quilting.

The 2010 Challenge theme, "If You Could Talk to the Animals," showcasing quilts inspired by an animal, animal print, a photograph or a favorite pet.

Blue-ribbon winners from each quilt category will be shown through March at the museum, 428 Main St., Conway.

Details at 915-5320, www.horrycountymuseum.org or e-mail hcgmuseum@horrycounty.org.

OPENS TONIGHT | 02.25

'Oklahoma!'

The Swamp Fox Players' 2011 season opens with Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!"

Performances are at 8 p.m. today, Saturday and March 3-5, 10-12 and 18-19; and 2:30 p.m. March 6, all at the Strand Theater, 710 Front St., Georgetown. Tickets are $18.

Other shows in the series are "The Dixie Swim Club" May 6- 7, 12-15 and 19-22; "Always ... Patsy Cline" Sept. 9-10, 15-18 and 22-24; "Love Boat, The Musical" Nov. 4-5, 10-13 and 18-20.

Details at 527-2924 or www.swampfoxplayers.com.

OPENS TONIGHT | 02.25

'Mr. Toad'

Stagestruck Players, the youth division of Brunswick Little Theatre, opens the comedy "Mr. Toad's Mad Adventures" tonight in the Virginia Williamson Events Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium, at Brunswick Community College in Supply, N.C.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through March 6. Tickets are $6 through age 12, $10 for students with ID and $15 for adults

The story, from Kenneth Grahame's literary classic "The Wind in the Willows," follows Toad of Toad Hall, who has a tendency to develop short-lived obsessions, such as motorcars, which his friends try to help him overcome.

Details at 910-755-7416, or 800-754-1050, ext. 7416, or www.bccowa.com or www.brunswicklittletheatre.com.

OPENS SUNDAY | 02.27

'Coffee Paintings'

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach will wake up and smell the coffee 1-4 p.m. Sunday by opening the exhibit "Preserving a Cultural Heritage: The Coffee Paintings of Reynier Llanes."

The 33-piece showcase will continue through April 23.

Llanes, a native Cuban based in Charleston, developed this art style from a family tradition to start each day with a sit-down conversation over coffee. A spill one day on a drawing, and the way the liquid bled into the paper led Llanes to his new medium of choice.

Also, "Art & Coffee: A Discussion and Workshop," is 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, over coffee, at the museum, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., across from Springmaid Beach Pier. Class fee is $10; call for reservations.

The museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, too. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Details at 238-2510 or www.myrtlebeachart museum.org .

MONDAY | 02.28

Daniel O'Donnell

Anyone eager to get an early start to celebrating St. Patrick's Day might find some charm in a concert by Ireland's Daniel O'Donnell at 7 p.m. Monday at the Alabama Theatre at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach.

He will perform a combination of country music, inspirational ballads, 1960s pop, and Irish standards with fellow compatriot Mary Duff, and The Daniel O'Donnell Band.

O'Donnell's 11th PBS-TV special will hail from the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., and is scheduled to air in August.

Tickets are $59 and $79. Details at 272-1111 or 800-342-2262, or www.alabama-theatre.com.

OPENS MONDAY | 02.28

'Spring Art Show'

The Franklin Square Gallery, 130 E. West St., Southport, N.C., opens Monday for the season with its Spring Art Show and an accompanying Members Show, both continuing through March 26.

The Spring Art Show composes works by the exhibiting members of the gallery, The Associated Artists of Southport, as well as guest artists from across the region.

The artists vie for more than $1,000 in prizes and awards, which will be presented at a reception 5-7 p.m. March 4, as part of the First Friday Gallery Walk in Southport.

Gallery hours will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, and admission is free.

Details at 910-278-7560 or www.franklinsquaregallery.com.

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