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SATURDAY | 03.19

Bluegrass benefit

The Rivertown Bluegrass Society has partnered with the Omar Shriners for an Improving The Lives of Children Concert on Saturday in the auditorium of Conway High School, 2301 Church St., to benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children. Doors open at 1 p.m. with pre-show jams for any acoustic player, with no electric instruments except bass, and the concert goes from 2 to 10 p.m. Several bands - The Wilson Family (pictured), the Lonesome River Band, Red, White & Blue, and Grasstowne - will each perform two sets.

Tickets are $27 general admission, $32 for reserved seating. Members of the Rivertown Bluegrass Society receive a $5 discount.

Lunch and dinner will be available for sale, prepared by PullyBones Restaurant. Details at 457-2854 or 902-3748, and www.rivertown bluegrasssociety .com .

SATURDAY | 03.19

Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck, whose name comes from the Austrian composer who wrote "Hansel & Gretel," will play at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Alabama Theatre, in Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach.

With hits such as "Release Me," "After the Lovin'," and for a "Beavis and Butthead" movie, "Lesbian Seagull," from a career exceeding four decades, Humperdinck has welcomed opening acts such as Jimi Hendrix and The Carpenters, and sold more than 150 million records around the globe.

"The Humper," born as Arnold George Dorsey in Leicester, England, in a family of 10 children, also has appeared on several MTV programs: "MTV Beach House," "Chilling with the Weaze" and "Oddville."

Tickets are $46.95 and $55.95. Call 272-1111 or 800-342-2262, or visit www.alabama-theatre.com.

SATURDAY | 03.19

Taste of the Coast

Barefoot Landing and Risen Christ Lutheran School, both of North Myrtle Beach, have partnered again to present Taste of the Coast at Barefoot Landing.

The event is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the complex, on U.S. 17 Business.

Local restaurants will set up booths and offer samples of their specialties, and activities will include a "Kid Zone" with games, inflatables, pony rides, a balloon artist and face painters. Food and ride tickets are $1 each.

Local musicians will perform as well.

Admission is $1 or one canned good, to help a food drive to benefit the North Strand Helping Hand. The 2010 event raised more than 5,000 pounds of food and drinks.

Details at 272-8163 (school) or 272-8349 (Barefoot Landing), or www.tocnmb.com.

SUNDAY | 03.20

Tom Green

Tom Green will perform Sunday for one night only at Stand Up Carolina Comedy Club, 3140-D U.S. 17 Business, Garden City Beach.

Green, star of the "The Tom Green Show" on MTV, also boasts movie credits such as "Road Trip," "Freddy Got Fingered" and "Charlie's Angels."

Show times are 8 and 10:15 p.m., and geared to ages 18 and older. The club is north of Inlet Square, by Gershon's NY Deli.

Tickets are $25. Details at 651-7819 or www.standupcarolina.com.

OPENS THURSDAY | 03.24-03.27

'Drowsy Chaperone'

The Carolina Forest High School Fine Arts Department presents "The Drowsy Chaperone," a Broadway musical that pays homage to American musicals of the jazz age.

The plot centers on Janet Van De Graaff, a showgirl who plans to give up her career in order to marry an oil tycoon, Robert Martin. However, Van De Graaff is the star of "Feldzieg's Follies," and a lot of money is riding on her name to sell the show, and Feldzieg, her producer, is being threatened with bodily harm by two gangsters employed by his chief investor.

Despite the show-within-the-show being a two-act musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone" plays without an intermission.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and March 25-27, and 3 p.m. March 26-27 at the school, 700 Gardner Lacy Road, east of U.S. 501.

Tickets are $12; details at 236-7997 or www.cfhsshows.com.

OPENS THURSDAY | 03.24-04.03

'The Price' in Inlet

The Murrells Inlet Community Theatre wraps up its 13th season with Arthur Miller's "The Price." The play opens March 24, and will run for two weekends through April 3.

Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at 4450 Murrells Inlet Road, south of Bellamy Avenue and U.S. Post Office.

Set in 1968 in a derelict Manhattan brownstone, "The Price" follows two brothers, Victor and Walter Franz. One is a police officer facing retirement and the other a surgeon trying to reconstruct his own life. They meet after 16 years to dispose of their late father's furniture. To establish a price for the contents (and to decide who should receive it), they are guided by a wily, wise and witty octogenarian furniture dealer, Mr. Solomon; and by Victor Franz's wife, Esther, who has her own ideas.

Walter Franz is played by Phillip "Smokey" Jakey, a local actor returning to the Inlet stage. Victor Franz, the policeman, is portrayed by Chip Smith, a longtime MICT member who directed "Shirley Valentine" this past winter.

Tickets are $10. Call 651-4152 or visit www.mictheatre.com.

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