On the Fly for Dec. 20, 2012

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December 20, 2012 

TONIGHT, FRIDAY & SATURDAY

This is the last call (and if you play your cards right, it should lead to a booty call) to get into the holiday spirit with a romantic stroll through the candle-illumined paths and sculpture gardens lined by centuries-old live oaks and as Brookgreen Gardens closes out its annual winter holiday event Nights of a Thousand Candles this weekend. More than 5,500 hand-lit candles light up the massive grounds – and you can meander with a hot beverage in hand discovering various spots where holiday/Christmas entertainment is in the offing. Nights of a Thousand Candle hours are from 3-10 p.m today, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $16 for adults, $7 for ages 4-12. You can also grub and guzzle on site too, as platters of seafood and other fare will be available, along with adult beverages – for an additional charge. Brookgreen Gardens is at 1931 Brookgreen Drive, across U.S. 17 from Huntington Beach State Park, between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island. For more information, call 235-6000 or visit www.brookgreen.org.

FRIDAY

It’s the end of the world as we know it…and we feel fine. If the world’s going to end as doomsayers who believe in the Mayan calendar tell us, then why not party? Several local watering holes are throwing nihilistic celebrations of impending doom on Friday, including the appropriately-named End of the World Party at Nacho Hippo Cantina Maximo (1160 Farrow Parkway, The Market Common, Myrtle Beach) featuring drink specials, a best Mayan costume contest, and a performance by Nick Andolora. The party starts at 7 p.m. Friday and ends when the world ends. There is no cover charge. Call 839-9770. Meanwhile, a couple of blocks over at The Market Common, put on your walking dead gear for the Zombie Takeover at King Street Grille (3040 Howard Avenue, Myrtle Beach), including games, giveaways, and $3 Shock Top End of the World Midnight Wheat. The party starts at approximately 9 p.m. Friday and there is no cover. Call 238-3900. As for Southside heathens, you can kill two birds with one stone on Friday as Hot Fish Club (4911 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet) hosts its End of the World Party, which also features a Tacky Christmas Sweater Contest, along with DJ Lazer Cat spinning the wheels of steel from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The party gets started at 9 p.m. Friday. There is no cover charge. Call 357-9175 or visit www.hotfishclub.com.

FRIDAY

The locals showcase Myrtle Beach Rocks continues Friday on the big stage at the House of Blues…that is if the world doesn’t end today, in which case you won’t be reading this anyway. With the Mayan calendar in mind, Myrtle Beach Rocks the Apocalypse is set, featuring local rapper Focus, a regrouped Rollo, Shark Legs and the original lineup of Flick-It. The event benefits Seacoast Youth Academy in Myrtle Beach, an “8 bed Group Care Intensive Services (GCIS) facility licensed by the South Carolina Department of Social Services…. Intensive services refers to the level of supervision and intensity of programming we provide to manage children who present severe emotional and behavioral management problems,” according to a description on its Web site. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Friday, music starts at 8. Admission is $5, but if you know someone associated with one of the bands, hit ‘em up, because they typically have stacks of tickets to give away. You can also get in free by bringing a toy to donate to Seacoast Youth Academy. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.

FRIDAY

The 3rd annual Transcend Art & Music Exhibition is on tap Friday at Pirate’s Cove, featuring, yep, you guessed it: art and music. But hold on there, there is a twist – the music focuses on deejays and local EDM (electronic dance music), from drum-and-bass to dubstep and house. The art side of the equation includes visual artists, performance artists and body art – and many of the artists will create their crafts on-site and have their wares for sale (can you say last-minute Christmas gift?) There is a $5 cover charge. The event starts at 6 p.m. Friday with the last deejay set is scheduled for 2:30 a.m. – so in other words, party all night long. Pirate’s Cove is at 205 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach. Call 249-8942 or visit www.piratescovelounge.com.

WEDNESDAY

Comedy Cabana reopens Wednesday after a short Christmas hiatus with headlining comedian Shaun Jones, whose resume includes appearances on B.E.T’S “Comic View” and a bit part in the 2003 poker hustling flick “Shade.” George Gallo and Cooter Douglas are also on Wednesday’s bill. Show time is 8 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is $15. Comedy Cabana is at 9588 N. Kings Highway in the Restaurant Row section of unincorporated Myrtle Beach. Call 449-4242 or visit www.comedycabana.com.

Kent Kimes, Editor

Tune into Surge’s On the Fly report Thursdays on WBTW’s News13 at 5.

Kent Kimes, Editor

Tune into Surge’s On the Fly report Thursdays on WBTW’s News13 at 5.

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