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Art, theater, music and nightlife thrive

For curent theater listings, concerts, art gallery shows, special nightlife, nightclubs, dance clubs and all things entertainment, check out the Guide every Friday in The Island Packet and online at blogs.islandpacket.com/theguide. Follow the Guide on Twitter at www.twitter.com/theguideblog.

ARTBluffton's Calhoun Street, the town's "main drag," is full of art galleries showcasing the work of local and national artists. The Society of Bluffton Artists' headquarters and gallery is at 48 Boundary Street. Details: 843-757-6586 or www.sobagalleries.com

Hilton Head Island also has many galleries.The Hilton Head Island library on Beach City Road has ongoing art shows by local artists in the front corridor. The Art League of Hilton Head Island is headquartered in the Walter Greer Gallery at The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina near Shelter Cove Harbour. The Hilton Head National Biennale Juried Show runs through May 29, followed by the work of local artist N. Jack Huddle in June, Donna Varner and Caroll Willims in July and The Apple Pie Painters in August. Details: 843-681-5060 or hhal.org

For a complete list of galleries, see the Guide in The Island Packet every Friday.

The Art Academy of Hilton Head Island offers day and evening summer short courses June-August for residents and visitors. The courses are taught by local artists. Costs vary by class. Courses include drawing, photography, watercolor, painting and classes for children ($20). The Art Academy is located at 106 Cordillo Parkway (off Pope Avenue) on Hilton Head. For more information call 843-842-5738 or go to www.hhal.org. The complete class schedule is online.

ARTS CENTER OF COASTAL CAROLINAHilton Head Island is home to a firstclass arts and cultural center on William Hilton Parkway, next door to Shelter Cove Harbour. The arts center offers professionalproductions, seminars and workshops for all ages. For tickets visit www.artshhi.com or call 843-842-ARTS.

Shows at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina this summer are: The beloved 60s musical "Hairspray" (through May 29), "Smokey Joe's Cafe," the longest running musical revue in Broadway history (June 21-July 31), and national comedy troupe "The Second City" (Aug. 10-11). The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina also holds art, dance and theater workshops for children and adults. Details: 843-686-3945, ext. 222; aadams@artshhi.com.

SHOWS ON THE ISLANDMain Street Youth Theatre will hold an outdoor "Shakespeare in the Park" family event May 28-29 at Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Island. "Twelfth Night" is directed by Blake White. Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnics on the lawn. Bring your own food and drinks or purchase them on-site. Beer and wine for sale. Showtime is 7 p.m. Cost is $10 (children age 10 and under free).

Main Street Youth Theatre also will present the Disney musical "Camp Rock" at 7:30 p.m. July 13-15, July 20-23, and July 27-30, and at 2 p.m. July 24 and July 31, at the Hilton Head High School Visual and Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 children and students.

Tickets for "Twelfth Night" and "Camp Rock" can be purchased at the door, online at www.msyt.org or by calling 843-689-6246.

The South Carolina Repertory Company will present its second annual new play festival Aug. 26-28 at 136 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. For showtimes and ticket prices call 843-342-2057 or go to www.hiltonheadtheatre.com

THEATER IN BLUFFTONMay River Theatre will present the Broadway musical "Chicago" May 28-29 at the Ulmer Auditorium in Bluffton's Town Hall, at the corner of Bridge and Pritchard streets. Showtimes are 8 p.m. May 28 and 3 p.m. May 29. Tickets are $20.

In August, May River Theatre will present "Nunset Boulevard," a funny musical about nuns, from Aug. 5-21, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20. Details: 843-815-5581; www.mayrivertheatre.com

NIGHT LIFEThose without a curfew should check out "the Triangle" - a group of bars and restaurants just off the Sea Pines Circle near the main gate to The Sea Pines Resort. If you like to be oceanfront while enjoying an adult beverage, head to the beachfront Tiki Hut at the Holiday Inn where you'll find beach volleyball courts beside the bar. Remy's Bar & Grill, a hotspot for locals and visitors, has moved to 130 Arrow Road, the former location of Club Prana, and still features live music most nights.

Also new this season is a covered terrace at Truffles Cafe on Pope Avenue; Bomboras Grille on Coligny Cirlce featuring craft beers, an extensive wine list and patio seating with live music on some nights; Jamaica Joe's on the beach at Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort; and a new location in Park Plaza Center for Mellow Mushroom Pizza.

LIVE MUSICLive music can be heard at Bistro Mezzaluna on New Orleans Road, the Jazz Corner at The Village at Wexford, Big Bamboo Cafe in Coligny Plaza, Wild Wing Cafe on Hilton Head and in Bluffton, and on the rooftop at Santa Fe Cafe mid-island.

In Bluffton, Pepper's Porch has live music, outdoor tables and a dance floor under massive live oak trees. It's a family friendly restaurant until about 10 p.m, then turns into a popular nightspot. The new Vineyard 55, on Calhoun Street, The Cottage and Pour Richard's are new and popular spots to eat and drink in Bluffton.

DANCINGInto dancing? Try shag dancing at Signals Lounge at the Crowne Plaza Resort on Friday nights. There is also dancing at King Fisher, Bistro Mezzaluna and late night at Daniel's at Beach Market near Coligny Plaza. Dance parties are held occasionally at the new Seaquins Ballroom in Bluffton, the headquarters of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Details: 843-837-6161

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