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July

Thru September 1

The Greenville Drive

There are few things more American than sipping a cup of beer while hundreds of children try to ambush a giant frog named Reedy Rip’it. But there are also few better ways to while away the warm days than watching the hometown Drive at Fluor Field. Baseball is America’s pastime for a reason, and cheering on the Drive as they take on teams from Charleston to Florida is sure to become your family’s favorite summer pastime.
Fluor Field at the West End, 945 S Main St, Greenville. Times and ticket prices vary. greenvilledrive.com

Thru Aug 27

SC Blue Reedy River Concerts

Free concerts are never frowned upon here in the Upstate, especially when the talent runs the gamut from jazz to reggae and blues. Families are strongly encouraged to attend this summertime series, the likes of which has previously hosted Lionz of Zion, Hot Gritz, and The Soulfeathers. Spread out your blanket and pack up dinner. It’s time to head outdoors.
TD Stage at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Wed, 7–9pm. Free. greenvillesc.gov/PublicInfo_Events/RRNCS.aspx

Thru Sept 1

Greenville Drive Baseball

There are few things more American than sipping a cup of warm beer while watching ball. But there are also few better ways to while away the warm days. Baseball is America’s pastime for a reason, and cheering on the Drive as they take on teams from Charleston to Florida is sure to become your family’s favorite pastime.
Fluor Field at the West End, 945 S Main St, Greenville. Time and cost vary. greenvilledrive.com

Thru Sept 21

Legacy of Impressionism

Legacy-1_0614While Impressionism exudes decades of beauty and familiarity, its beginnings were steeped in experimentation. The characteristic play of light and shadow was a catalyst for many artists to explore new avenues of art as language versus image. Legacy of Impressionism showcases 40 artists from this era, and includes pieces by renowned voices like Gari Melchers and Helen Maria Turner.
Greenville County Museum of Art, 420 College St, Greenville. Wed–Sat, 10am–6pm; Sun, 1–5pm. Free. (864) 271-7570, gcma.org

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

SC BLUE Reedy River Concert Series

Amassing a number of genres over only a few weeks, this annual concert series is an ideal spot for families and music lovers. This year’s lineup includes blues stylings by the Greenville-based Wiredogs and Alabama native Cecil Thompkins, sandwiched by reggae powerhouse Mystic Vibrations and rockers Palmetto Swamp Congregation. The summer set kicks off in July with performances by South Carolina’s 246th National Guard Army Band and country crooner Clay Page.
TD Stage at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Wed, 7–9pm. Free. greenvillesc.gov

July 2-Aug 15

COLORS Annual Exhibition

The Spartanburg Art Museum provides a much-needed creative outlet for local, underprivileged youth with its COLORS program, designed to join established artists with students from regional schools. The result of this is the annual exhibition, where watercolors, sketches, and other student handiwork will be on display for the public to enjoy. Additionally, an auction of these pieces will be held on July 12, with proceeds benefitting the COLORS program.
Spartanburg Art Museum, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Tues–Sat, 10am–5pm; Sun, 1–5pm. Free. (864) 582-7616, spartanburgartmuseum.org
 

July 10-Aug 2

Shout! The Mod Musical

Set in London during the colorful 1960s, Shout! follows five women of various generations trying to find their identity in a whirlwind of miniskirts, sexuality, and self-expression. A fun, tongue-in-cheek ride through everything mod, Shout! stacks the deck high with tunes by Dusty Springfield and Nancy Sinatra, along with a vibrant wardrobe Twiggy herself would envy.
Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $25-$35. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org

July 10-Aug 3

Antony and Cleopatra

Giving new meaning to the term “dysfunctional relationship,” Shakespeare’s historical tragedy isn’t your typical tale of star-crossed lovers. Esteemed Roman general Mark Antony falls for the bewitching Egyptian queen Cleopatra, a woman both revered for her beauty and feared for her temper. Under Cleopatra’s spell, Antony neglects his duties, betrays his friends, and in the end, gives the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love. 
Amphitheatre at Falls Park,   601 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs–Sun, 7pm. Free. (864) 235-6948, warehousetheatre.com

July 15, 22, 29

Love, Loss, and What I Wore

Some say clothes make the man, but for women, a wardrobe is often the most vocal outlet of expression. Such is the basis for Nora and sister Delia Ephron’s play, chronicling the stories of five women on different life paths, but sharing similar struggles with selfhood. Based on Ilene Beckerman’s book of the same name, the narrative highlights how choice of clothes reflects much more than surface value, alluding to our personal crises, confidence, and the rich material that molds our entire lives.
Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Tues, 7pm. $20-$30. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org

July 24-Aug 24

Miss Saigon

When American GI Chris meets Kim in the ravaged city of Saigon during the Vietnam War, the two quickly fall in love and make plans for a lifetime together. However, the city’s fall spurs the soldier’s quick departure home, leaving a pregnant Kim to merely dream of his eventual return. Nominated for eleven Tony awards and ripe with classic songs, Miss Saigon illustrates the transcendence of romance in the harshest of circumstances, as well as the power of hope in the eyes of darkness.
Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. Wed–Sat, 8pm; Wed–Thurs, Sat–Sun, 2pm. $40. (828) 693-0731, flatrockplayhouse.org

July 30

ZZ Top

The men of many beards have been rocking for 45 years, with hits like “La Grange,” “Legs,” and “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” attracting countless fans. As part of the Biltmore Estate’s summer concert series, the “sharp dressed” Texans are guaranteed to turn it up throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, playing favorites from their catalog of 15 albums and numerous incarnations of their hard rock sound. Just don’t forget to wear your cheap sunglasses.
Biltmore South Terrace, Biltmore House, 1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC. Wed, 8pm. $60. (800) 411-3812, biltmore.com

July 31-Aug 9

GLOW Lyric Theatre Festival Season

One of the Upstate’s most popular summer productions, GLOW returns with one of its most exciting showcases yet. The 2014 edition juxtaposes separate adaptations: Puccini’s La Boheme and Jonathan Larson’s Rent—a mid-’90s adaptation of Henri Murger’s iconic Scenes de la vie de Boheme novel. Though set in different eras, each play explores similar issues of love and tragedy, paralleled by relatable characters, topical themes, and gripping lyricism.
Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Wed–Sun, 8pm; Sat–Sun, 2pm. $45. (864) 467-3000, glowlyric.com

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