hackerconWe have a jam-packed weekend to tell you about. The pre-Halloween festivities are kicking off Friday with Night of the Living Dead at Kanawha Players Theater (you can also catch it Saturday night and Sunday Afternoon), and CharCon is underway, but there’s more!

Hack3rCon^4

Hack3rCon^4 is happening this weekend. The “Eye Of The Storm” for Charleston’s Computer Security experts will open for registration Friday morning, This convention will feature speakers, seminars and Hackerspace so that ideas can be exchanged freely and help people figure out how to safely navigate the world of networks, computers and the web.

The meaty stuff kicks off Saturday at The Charleston Civic Center. While CharCon distracts all the gamers and Magic The Gathering folks, personal and cyber security enthusiasts will come together in The Main Hall and Workshop area of The Civic Center. Guests include Martin Bos, Adrian Crenshaw, Branden Miller, Eric Milam, Jon Schipp, Sean Palka, Brian Martin, Branden Miller, Justin Rogosky, Nathan Magniez, John Degruyter and Tom Moore.

For more info, check out their website.

Working For Peanuts

1379697_10151944122429400_1702831848_nIf you are a theater buff, but Zombies aren’t your bag, then check out The Alban Arts Center production of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” The play, based on Charles Schultz’ “Peanuts” comic strip features songs written in the early 1960s, that were adapted into a stage play in 1967. It’s a fun show with a small cast.

Not all of the Peanuts gang is included in “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown,” since some of them weren’t introduced in the comic strip yet when it was written, but it really does capture the spirit of the comic strip. The “Patty” character in this play is one of Schultz’ first four characters from when the strip was introduced, and is not “Peppermint Patty,” the tomboy who was introduced just after this show was created.

Kelly Strom directs a cast that includes Daniel Calwell, Hannah Strom, Haley Lambert, Anna Felty and Brandon Hawkins. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. The play runs weekends through October 27, at 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 PM on Sundays. Check The Alban Arts Center website for more details.

Free Music Friday

Friday night’s assortment of cover-free musical delights includes the master, Chuck Biel, toting his harpeji and more out to Bluegrass Kitchen at 7 PM (Here’s video¬†of Chuck with Sean Sydnor, recorded exactly one year ago today.). The Wegmann Brothers float into Taylor Books at 7:30 PM while Whitestone Redemption takes the stage at Bruno’s at 9 PM.

Music For Money Friday

Comparsa

Comparsa

Shows with cover charges include RFC guests, Comparsa, bringing their Latin music to two venues–the Baptist Temple at 7 PM for five dollars, and The Empty Glass at 10 PM for seven dollars. This is a great chance to catch one of the best dance bands in town.

Two more RFC guests, Zeroking and White Chapel District, assault the stage at The Blue Parrot at 10 PM with their heavy metal onslaught. Five bucks gets you in the door.

And two more RFC guests, InFormation and Spurgie Hankins Band, take the stage Friday and Saturday at Sam’s Uptown Cafe at 10 PM for a five-dollar cover.

Around the corner, at The Boulevard Tavern, it’s STANFEST with The Fabulous Brothers Steele, Hillbilly Carnival and The Red Lights. The show starts at 10 Pm and he cost is five bucks.

Saturday Music

Saturday, the only free music we could find a listing for sees two of the earliest Radio Free Charleston guests, Spencer Elliott (show number one) and Sean Richardson (show number two) tag-teaming the crowd at Taylor Books starting at 7:30 PM.

Hybrid Soul Project

Hybrid Soul Project

Deadface Down presents Nacho’s Birthday Bash at 10 PM at The Blue Parrot, for five dollars.

Hybrid Soul Project (RFC 158) will hit up The Empty Glass Saturday night at 11 PM with a seven-dollar cover charge.

All the way up in Morgantown, 123 Pleasant Street celebrates fifteen years with 63 Eyes, the Phantom Six and J Marinelli. The show starts at 10 PM, but you might want to call before you make the trip. The last anniversary show sold out. The number is (304) 292-0800.