An Evening with Yo-Yo Ma & the GSOThis virtuoso cellist has performed and recorded American bluegrass, traditional Chinese music, Argentinian tangoes, and collaborated with Grammy Award–winner Bobby McFerrin. However, Yo-Yo Ma returns to his roots as a classical musician in this appearance with Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor and Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor are slated for this special one-night-only performance, but who knows what this versatile musician will include as an encore.
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, Oct 4, 8pm. $65-$125. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
Euro Auto FestivalThere’s no harm in pretending—just for a day or two—that you drive a custom Ferrari instead of your mom’s ’98 Taurus. Each year, this gearhead meet-up attracts thousands of entrants and spectators from around the world in a celebration of European machinery, not to mention taking in the accumulated auto wisdom and spectacular wine tastings. The 2014 marque will be (drumroll please) Porsche, but other elegantly engineered vehicles from BMW, Mercedes, and Jaguar will also be on display to rev your engine.
BMW Zentrum, 1400 Hwy 101 S, Greer. Fri, Oct 17, 9am–6pm; Sat, Oct 18, 8am–4pm. Free. (864) 989-5300, euroautofestival.com
Antiques, Fine Art & Design WeekendIt’s always the right time for wine and antiques. Join dealers and designers from across America for an upscale weekend as you pick your way through purveyors of art, Old World goods, and swap a few home-beautification tips with the pros. Interior decorator to the stars Richard Keith Langham will kick off Friday’s event with a discussion on modern Southern style, leading into an evening laden with scrumptious cheeses and gourmet wines. Need we say more?
Greenville County Museum of Art, 420 College St, Greenville. Fri, Oct 17, 10am–6pm; Sat, Oct 18, 10am–6pm; Sun, Oct 19, 1–5pm. $5. (864) 271-7570, gcma.org
Kathy GriffinWhether you love her or hate her, there’s no denying Kathy Griffin’s place as a pioneer for female comics. The talk-show host, reality star, and New York Times bestselling author brings her fearless attitude and in-your-face antics to the Peace Center, ribbing on everyone from celebrities to strangers, and sometimes even herself. Griffin’s humor is certainly not for little ears, so leave the kids at home for this lively evening of bawdy hilarity.
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, Oct 24, 8pm. $45-$65. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
In Collaboration: The Milk Carton Kids & Sarah JaroszWhen something works, it just works. Bluesy songbird Sarah Jarosz and folk musicians the Milk Carton Kids have held onto this mentality since their first meeting last year, traveling around the music festival circuit to critical and audience acclaim. To our delight, they bring their collaborative act to the Upstate. Although the limited tour highlights the differences between the musicians, it’s the harmonies produced from their union that make each performance so engaging.
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, Oct 25, 8pm. $20-$35. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
Susan Boyle in ConcertThe Scottish-bred songbird rose to fame on Britain’s Got Talent, surprising her homeland and the world with a timeless and powerful voice. Boyle is now on her first United States tour in celebration of her debut album’s immense success, providing an intimate evening of standards and originals that any audience can enjoy. The singer’s story is almost as gripping as her talent.
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Mon, Oct 27, 7:30pm. $65-$105. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
Whiskey After DarkJoin forces with the Make-A-Wish South Carolina Foundation and sample from a selection of more than 112 whiskeys from 35 different vendors including Tullamore Dew, Woodford Reserve, and Whistle Pig Rye. The evening will also feature rolled cigars and an upscale gourmet menu that includes roasted-garlic baba ghanoush, honey-ginger-lime chicken wings, and pumpkin cheesecake bites, courtesy of Larkin’s catering. All proceeds will directly fund Make-A-Wish, but do you really need another excuse to have more bourbon in your life?
Larkin’s Sawmill, 22 Graves Dr, Greenville. Fri, Oct 17, 6–9pm. $65. (864) 467-3020, whiskeyafterdark.com
GSO Spotlight Series: Then & NowSure, it’s easy to hear the influence of classical music in much of modern musicals and today’s commercials. But how about in cartoons? Incorporating works by Robert Muczynski, Joseph Eybler, Damain Montano, and Raymond Scott, Then & Now takes the audience on a transformative journey spanning the centuries, hinting at familiar tunes from Greenville Symphony Orchestra musicians.
Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Sat, Oct 11, 2pm & 7pm. $15. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org
Boo in the ZooWhile nothing screams “fun, fun, fun!” like chaperoning a five-year-old Spiderman around the neighborhood for endless hours, it’s much more convenient to have all that excitement in one place. This annual event has become an Upstate staple, with the zoo transformed into a one-stop shop of Halloween games, costumed characters, and—of course—plenty of candy. Get the best frights and sights of the season while being safe—and holding onto your parental sanity.
The Greenville Zoo, 150 Cleveland Park Dr, Greenville. Fri, Oct 17 & 24, 5:30–8pm; Sat & Sun, Oct 18–19 & Oct 25–26, 4–8pm. (864) 467-4300, greenvillezoo.com
Spinx Run FestIt’s not often that you get your pick of scenery when running races. This run-stravaganza is the exception. Sponsored by Spinx, the weekend features runs of varying distances, on various routes, for athletes of all degrees. There’s the Carolina Marathon, taking place along the Swamp Rabbit Trail; the Runtown USA Half-Marathon through city parks and historic neighborhoods; the Downtown 10K for middle distance runners in an urban setting; the Big Punkin 5K fun run; and Spunky’s Kids Run, which ends at home plate on Fluor Field. Saturday’s pavement pounding is preceded by a runner’s expo on Friday.
Various locations around the Upstate. Fri, Oct 24, Noon–7pm; Sat, Oct 25, 7:30am, 8am, 8:30am, 8:45am, 8:50am. Registration, $7-$90. spinxrunfest.com
Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable TourWe love you, Julia Child, but all of our twenty-first-century kitchens could use a little more of Alton Brown’s spice. The Food Network host/chef/critic/mentor has been working on this show for a number of years, writing, reworking, and experimenting to craft the perfect recipe of culinary excitement. Blending live music, comedy, lecture, and audience interaction, Brown serves up a stimulating menu of activities that will satisfy any foodie.
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Wed, Oct 22, 7:30pm. $55-$65. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
Fall for Greenville
Each year, our city on the Reedy becomes home for scads of folks, but you’re not a true Greenvillian until you’ve attended this annual autumn festival. Not only do the city’s top dining destinations get the spotlight, but the spirit of competition is alive and well with contests, a cocktail mix-off, and a server obstacle course. This year, stellar folk duo Shovels & Rope headlines a music lineup that will keep you on your toes.
Downtown Greenville. Fri, Oct 10, 5–11pm; Sat, Oct 11, 11am–9pm (Shovels & Rope, 7:30pm); Sun, Oct 12, Noon–7pm. $5 for sheet of 8 taste tickets. fallforgreenville.net