Sept 3, 10, 17, 24
Fidelity Moonlight Movie SeriesPaying homage to the drive-in days of yore, Moonlight Movies showcases some of the best vintage flicks in scenic Falls Park. September’s selections include 1938’s The Adventures of Robin Hood, cult classic The Princess Bride, Bogey and Bacall hit Casablanca, and the whip-wielding Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Snag your spot under the stars and settle in for a quick trip back to a simpler time where smartphones didn’t rule the world.
Falls Park, 601 S Main St, Greenville. Wed, 8pm. Free. greenvillesc.gov
Thru Sept 30
Our Southern KitchenFamily recipes are treasures. After all, food goes hand-in-hand with family, friendship, and good times. 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, pimiento cheese grits, 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. Thurs–Sat, Sept 4, 6, 11–13, 18, 20, 25–27, 1pm. $25. (864) 335-2000, charlestoncooks.com/greenville/classes
Hands on a HardbodyThis may sound like part two of Fifty Shades of Grey, but this stage act is a hilarious musical comedy written by Doug Wright packing in plenty of laughs with lovable characters. With songs by Amanda Green and Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, the story follows the lives of ten contestants in Longview, Texas, as they vie for the prize of a “hardbody” pickup truck. Throughout each musical number, audiences are given an inside view to these quirky contestants’ lives and an appreciation for the hard-working American.
Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $25-$35. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org
Sept 16-17, 23-24
Young Negress Stepping Out of the River at DawnThe 2013 winner of Centre Stage’s New Play Festival, Dean Poynor will debut his winning piece on the big stage. The story trails the lives of New York transplants Alyze and Martin, whose traditional Rwandan culture often collides with their need for acceptance in the modern world. Incorporating aspects of Rwandan dance, song, and religion, this original play challenges the concepts of building a new life while still holding onto the roots of the past.
Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Tues–Wed, 7pm. $15. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org
Sept 19-Oct 1
Legally Blonde: The MusicalLots of pink? Check. Pint-sized chihuahua co-star? Check. Groovy musical numbers that actually make law school seem like something fun and easy? Check and check. Venture along with sorority sweetheart Elle Woods as she climbs her way to the top of Harvard Law School, squashing mean girls, making new friends, and even finding love along the way. It may not be realistic, but Elle’s constant cheerful nature and can-do attitude make her a heroine for all women, young and younger.
Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Adult, $30; senior, $28; junior, $20. (864) 233-6238, greenvillelittletheatre.org
Fashion on the TOWN VIP PartyHigh fashion and elevated taste collide at the exclusive roll-out party for this year’s Fashion on the TOWN shopping crawl. Sink your teeth into couture samplings of whiskey chili BBQ and white mousse strawberry shortcake in the ethereal, upscale atmosphere of the Garden Terrace. Then on October 2–3, pack up your purse for TOWN’s signature retail extravaganza throughout the downtown and Augusta Street areas.
The Garden Terrace, 55 E Camperdown Way, Greenville. Tues, 7–10pm. $100/ticket; $175/ pair of tickets. FOTTVIP2014.eventbrite.com
OnceFollowing the time-honored tradition of translating a hit film into an even bigger hit musical, Once is a winner of multiple awards for its honest portrayal of all 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. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $45-$75. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
Entrepreneurs Forum GalaWith more than 400 business and community leaders slated to attend, there’s no better occasion for mixing and mingling—all the while supporting student scholarships and critical needs at Greenville Technical College. The Entrepreneurs Forum will also recognize individuals who have contributed significantly to the economic prosperity of the Upstate through their business and community leadership.
TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Thurs, 6pm. Young professionals, $75; individuals, $125; couples, $250. (864) 250-8497, greenvilletechfoundation.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 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. Fri–Sat, 10am–4pm; Sun, 1–4pm. Advance, $20; day of, $25. (864) 370-0965, guildgso.org
Dancing with the Carolina StarsIt doesn’t matter if you’ve got two left feet or if you can’t tell a salsa from a waltz. Just come to this year’s edition of Dancing with the Carolina Stars to see a competition that pairs your favorite local celebrities with dance professionals. In addition to tearing up the ballroom, this black-tie-optional charity event will benefit Senior Action, a nonprofit organization that provides programs and services for Greenville’s senior citizens.
TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Sat, 6pm. $125; other sponsorship opportunities available. dancingwiththecarolinastars.com
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, of course, plenty of good company.
Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Sat, 11am–6pm. $15 per bowl. chapmanculturalcenter.org
Taste of our Carolina FoothillsNormally, four towns and two states would be an ambitious itinerary for a whole weekend, not to mention a single afternoon. Luckily, Landrum, Tryon, Columbus, and Saluda join forces on this Sunday for a fall food and wine event. Join local restaurants, food trucks, wineries, a cheese maker, chocolatier, distillery, and brewery at Overmountain Vineyards as they serve up the unique and diverse tastes found in the region.
Overmountain Vineyards, 2012 Sandy Plains Rd, Tryon, NC. Sun, 1–5pm. $35. (828) 817-1079, ourcarolinafoothills.com
Sept 28-Oct 2
Centre Stage New Play FestivalBreaking into the world of playwriting is no easy feat. Local theater Centre Stage is giving aspiring writers a leg up on the competition. After whittling countless entries to three finalists, the organization will present staged readings of each script followed by a discussion with the guest playwright-in-residence. Workshops for budding scriptstars will also be offered.
Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Sun–Thurs, 7pm. Free. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org
American Girl Fashion ShowFor those struck with a case of “only-child syndrome,” American Girl dolls are a godsend. Fortunately, this fashion show marks the perfect occasion to show off all of the requisite ensembles and guarantee a fun-filled day with your little one. In addition to three presentations, there will also be mini-shopping stores, a hair salon, and even a photo booth.
Hyatt Regency, 220 N Main St, Greenville. Sat, 9am, 1pm & 5pm. $35. agfashionshowSC.com