Hub City Empty Bowls Soup DayLast year, the Empty Bowls program raised more than $20,000 to fund the nonprofit charity TOTAL Ministries, which directly benefits local families that are in the wake of financial crises. The handmade bowls crafted by public participants in Spartanburg will be on display for diners to select from and enjoy an unlimited amount of soup provided by local restaurants, before taking the bowls home. The event will also host a silent auction, music, and plenty of good company.
Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Sat, Sept 27, 11am–6pm. $15 per bowl. (864) 542-2787, chapmanculturalcenter.org
Our Southern KitchenIt’s no coincidence how much we treasure family recipes passed down, generation to generation. After all, where there’s food, there’s family, friendship, and good times to be had. Chef Mark Pollard taps into Southern hospitality and traditional Southern cooking with this series of lunchtime demonstration cooking classes. Previous installments of the class have featured fried chicken, tomato basil pie, and blackberry cobbler—expect nothing but a menu inspired by the season’s freshest ingredients.
Charleston Cooks!, 200 N Main St, #101, Greenville. Sept 4, 6, 11–13, 18, 20, 25–27. 1pm. $25. (864) 335-2000, charlestoncooks.com/greenville/classes
OnceA hit film turned bigger-hit musical, Once is a winner of multiple awards for its honest portrayal of the complexities that come with falling in love. When a young Irish street musician falls in with a random passerby, their emotional connection comes alive through the beauty of song, creating a unique landscape of feeling. The fact that all musicians on stage play their own instruments in a simplistic setting truly lets the music speak for itself in this romantic story.
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sept 23–28. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $45-$75. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
Symphony Tour of HomesTake a gander inside some of the Upstate’s most regal homes—without breaking and entering. The Hidden Hills and Chanticleer communities will host this year’s event, showcasing the latest and greatest in home fashions and residential styles. As always, the tour will kick off with a celebratory patron party, held on September 23 from 7–9pm at the home of Ann and Todd Taylor. Light lunches, fashion shows, and afternoon shopping are also on the itinerary.
Locations vary, Greenville. Sept 26–28. Fri–Sat, 10am–4pm; Sun, 1–4pm. Advance, $20; day of, $25. (864) 370-0965, guildgso.org