CALENDAR, Jan. 16+: MLK events and lots of oyster roasts

2017 MLK Celebration:  Some key remaining events for the weekend celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s holiday:

  • Monday, Jan. 16, 11 a.m.: MLK Parade from Burke High School to Marion Square.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7:30 a.m., Gaillard Auditorium, Charleston: MLK Business and Professional Breakfast, with keynote by Eugene Woods, president and CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System.

(NEW) Taste of Folly 2017: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 21, downtown Folly Beach.  Twenty Folly-based food vendors, artists and more will have a community festival that includes food, games, great music, an auction, a chili cook-off and a hot-dog-eating contest.  The night before, there’s a Bartender Mix-off at The Tides hotel.

(NEW) Music and oysters: 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Jan. 21, Sewee Outpost, Awendaw.  Friends of Coastal South Carolina will have its 12th annual benefit for wildlife to support the group’s conservation programs.  The musical lineup includes Minimum Wage and Hanz Wentzel & The Eighty Sixers, plus musical guests.  Tickets are $40 at the gate.  Kids under 12 are free.  More:

(NEW) And another oyster roast2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 21, Wide Awake Plantation, Trexler Ave., Hollywood.  The St. Paul’s Parish Exchange Club will hold an oyster roast and silent auction.  Cost is $10 for oyster-eaters and non-oyster eaters, who will be served chili and hot dogs.  Kids under 5 are free.  Music by Leather and Lace.

Localpalooza:  11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 22, 1630 Meeting St., Charleston.  BigBadBetter Events and the Charleston Jewish Federation have organized this day of live music to benefit and celebrate nonprofits.  Tickets are $15 to $18.  More.

Black Comedy: Jan. 26-Feb 11, South of Broadway Theatre, 1080 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston.  This play is a classic farce by the late Peter Shaffer that begins in total darkness and then shines.  Tickets are $25.  Times and more info.

Lew Tabackin, jazz:  8 p.m., Jan. 26-28, How Art Thou Jazz Lounge, 1956 Maybank Highway, James Island.  Premier tenor player and flutist Lew Tabackin will offer performances over three nights with three others in the lounge, which has only 65 seats.  Tickets:  $10.  More info.

Lawrence exhibit:  Jan. 28 to April 30, Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St., Charleston.  The museum will offer a comprehensive overview of influential American artist Jacob Lawrence featuring prints made from 1663 to 2000.  His prints explore African-American culture and experiences and highlight themes of history, labor and life.  More:

(NEW) How to start a business:  6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Feb. 1, Meeting Room B, Main Library, 68 Calhoun St., Charleston.  The Charleston chapter of SCORE  (Service Corps of Retired Executives) will hold a free workshop to highlight important information and other advice to anyone planning to start a business.  Learn about resources that are available to you.

Shuck-a-Rama:  5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Feb. 11, The Barrel of Charleston, 1859 Folly Road, Charleston.  The Brain Injury Association of South Carolina is holding its 6th annual oyster roast to raise awareness and money to support the organization’s services related to helping people deal with brain injuries..  Attendees will not only have fresh oysters, drinks and other food, but they’ll also be able to enjoy music from local bands.   More info/tickets.

Early morning bird walks at Caw Caw:  8:30 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday, Caw Caw Interpretive Center, Ravenel.  You can learn about habitats and birds, butterflies and other organisms in this two-hour session.  Registration not required, but participants are to be 15 and up.  $10 per person or free to Gold Pass holders.  More:

Yoga and walk:  9:30 a.m. every Monday and Thursday, at two locations:  McLeod Plantation on James Island and Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel.  Charleston County Parks offers a walk and restorative yoga led by professionals in natural settings.  $10 per session with reduced rates for card holders.  Age 16 and up.  More:

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