Myrtle Beach’s best entertainment bets for the weekend

December 18, 2013 

Jive Mother Mary. Courtesy photo.

THURSDAY

Apparently the title of the show has rankled some folks in the community, so that’s reason enough for us to let you know that another edition of Carolina Improv Company’s “Bipolar Express” is set for Thursday at Uptown Theater. The “Who’s Line Is It Anyway”-style improvisational comedy show is intended to poke fun at the insanity of the holidays - not mental health - and is play off of the Robert Zemeckis animated film “The Polar Express.” So get a life, haters! This is a show intended for an 18-plus audience - so in other words, leave the kids at home. Show time is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $11. Uptown Theater is at Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. For more information, visit www.UptownMB.com or call 272-4242 (HAHA).

THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY

It’s your last chance to score major passion points because one of the area’s most-romantic holiday traditions wraps up another season Thursday, Friday and Saturday as Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of a Thousand Candles becomes a winter wonderland with the outdoor sculpture gardens’ paths illumined by more than 5,500-hand-lit candles, Christmas-themed live entertainment and seasonal refreshments. Nights of a Thousand Candles is from 3-10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Admission is $16 for adults, $8 for ages 4-12 and free for tykes aged three and younger. 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 doesn’t matter if you speak jive or not, as long as you are fluent in the language of soul ‘n’ roll...North Carolina-born, but L.A.-based rock quartet Jive Mother Mary looks to kick out the jams Friday at Pirate’s Cove. Despite the move to La-La Land, the band has retained its Southern roots, and describes itself as sounding like “The Black Crowes, The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, Lynyrd Skynyrd” according to its ReverbNation page. The show starts at 9 p.m. Friday. There is no cover charge. Pirate’s Cove Lounge is at 205 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach. Call 249-8942 or visit www.piratescovelounge.com.

FRIDAY & SUNDAY

If watching classic holiday films gets you in the yuletide spirit then take note of a double dip of celluloid Americana this weekend as the Main Street Theater hosts screenings of “White Christmas” on Friday and “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Sunday. Main Street Theater is best known as home to the Theatre of the Republic and its various live stage productions, but the venue was originally built as a movie theater. Show time for “White Christmas,” which was released in 1954 and stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney, is at 7:30 p.m. Friday. There’s two screenings of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which was released in 1947 and stars Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed: at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5, sold at the door (i.e., no advanced ticketing). Main Street Theater is at 337 Main Street, Conway. Call 488-0821 or visit www.theatreoftherepublic.com.

SATURDAY

Don we now our tackiest apparel...It’s time to dig out that hideous cardigan Aunt Gertrude gave you back in ‘91 with reindeer, snowflakes and elves all over it and wear it with pride as the Island Bar and Grill’s Pawleys Island location is hosting an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party on Saturday evening. The party starts at 6 p.m. Saturday and there is no cover charge. The shindig also includes free appetizers for as long as they last, and performance by 3 Wise Guys from 6-9 p.m., followed by karaoke hosted by Jessie James from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Island Bar & Grill is at 10744-F Ocean Highway (U.S. 17), Pawleys Island. Call 235-3399 or visit www.islandbarandgrill.com.

Kent Kimes, Editor

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