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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Thursday’s Preservation Party will take place outside Enston Memorial Hall; the Greek Festival runs Friday to Sunday; famed artist Shepard Fairey speaks on May 15 at the Charleston Music Hall. Photographs by (Greek Festival) Nick Latto Photography & courtesy of (Enston Memorial Hall) Preservation Society of Charleston & (Endless Power © 2013 Shepard Fairey) Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

May 7, 2014

Fun Times!
The Holy City’s calendar’s packed—find out what’s on tap for the coming days

WRITTEN BY Diana Barton

Famed artist Shepard Fairey and deep-sea explorer Dr. Robert Ballard (of Titanic fame) are coming to town, the Greeks are ready to opa it up, and big-band tunes will take over Enston Memorial Hall: exciting times are ahead! Below, our picks for the events to catch over the next eight days.

South Carolina Aquarium Conservation Gala
May 8

This elegant event on the South Carolina Aquarium’s tented lawn always wows, but considering that Dr. Robert Ballard—the deep-sea explorer who discovered the Titanic—is being awarded the Environmental Stewardship Award this year, we have to say, we’re more excited than ever. A cocktail reception precedes the seated dinner and awards ceremony, and the party continues with live entertainment at the After-Affair. South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. Thursday, 6 p.m. $300. (843) 577-3474,

Preservation Party
May 8

Throw back to the 1940s for a glamorous night of big band music and swing dancing benefitting Seven to Save, a Preservation Society of Charleston initiative that raises funds, awareness, and support for key preservation projects in Charleston. Don your ’40s glam, dress whites, or even black tie, and head to Enston Memorial Hall for a fun night celebrating the Holy City’s rich culture. Enston Memorial Hall, 900 King St. Thursday, 7 p.m. $85; $75 member. (843) 722-4630,

Party at the Point
May 9

Get your Friday groove on at Party at the Point, this week dancing in the sand as Dangermuffin and Seven Handle Circus take the waterfront stage. Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 5:30 p.m. doors; 6:30 p.m. show. $7. (888) 856-0028,

Greek Festival
May 9-11

Raise a toast to Charleston’s Greek culture and history during this 44th annual festival. Indulge in delicious and authentic delicacies like kebobs, gyros, and moussaka while enjoying Greek music, folk dancing, and prayer. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Race St. Friday-Sunday, times vary. $5; $3 senior/student; free for active military/child under 13/mothers on Sunday. (843) 577-2063,

Run to Momma
May 10

Race through historic Middleton Place during this picturesque and adrenaline-filled event, which provides a healthful way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Runners can participate in a 5K or 15K, with proceeds going to the Palmetto House, a Summerville shelter that provides temporary housing for homeless women and families. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Saturday, 8 a.m. $35-$25. (843)723-9477,

Art, Life & Politics: Shepard Fairey in Coversation with Mark Sloan
May 15

Don’t miss this chance to hear Charleston native Shepard Fairey—the artist behind the famous Obama “HOPE” poster—discuss his new body of work, “Power & Glory,” which opens at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art on May 22. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Thursday, 6 p.m. $20-$5. (843) 953-4422,

For more events coming up this month, click here.

To read our May feature, “The Insistent Artists: A Halsey Homecoming,” on the Halsey Institute’s upcoming exhibit of works by Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns, click here.