We are smack dab in the middle of Winter but there’s plenty of STUFF TO DO in Charleston and the surrounding area this weekend. But first, I’m going to tell you about a very cool Kickstarter project about which I am very excited.

Intrusive Thoughts is a first chapter of a six-part comic book series written by Anthony D. Stokes.  Last year I told you about his mini-series, Decay (which is three parts into its five-part story), and I am enjoying Decay so much that I’ve already kicked in on this campaign and made the decision not to learn too much about it until I have it in my hands. I don’t want t ruin any elements of the story.

Here’s what Stokes says on the Kickstarter campaign page: “Intrusive Thoughts Issue 1 is the start of a six-issue horror mystery comic book series that’s a combination of The Sandman and Where The Wild Things Are. The first issue is 28 full color pages.”

That’s all it took to sell me on the book. In a short time I have become a big fan of Stokes’ writing, and I’m really eager to see how he wraps up Decay (a campaign for the fourth and fifth issues will launch in a few weeks).

So if you want to get in early on the career of a storyteller who I predict will be a major talent in the next few years, visit the Kickstarter page for Intrusive Thoughts, and while you’re there, add on the first three issues of Decay.  You can choose levels with print or digital rewards, plus a variety of art prints and variant covers. Check out the video here…

And now on with STUFF TO DO

Live Music is back at Taylor Books. There is no cover charge, and shows start at 7:30 PM. Friday it’s Autumn Rae. Saturday That High Country Revival serenades the crowd at Charleston’s beloved Bookstore/Coffee Shop/Art Gallery.

The Empty Glass has some great stuff through the week to tell you about.   Thursday from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Swingstein and Robin play fiddle and piano and sing swing and early jazz standards. Each week they donate their tips to a local nonprofit.  Later on Thursday, Three’s Company Blues will play for a mere three-dollar cover.  Friday from 5 PM to 8 PM Timmy “Courts and Friends hold down the fort at the Glass. Friday at 10 PM Ruby–Mountain Soul Music will bring her violin to the stage at The Glass.  Saturday Andrew Pauley will be back, along with Rona Myers Sullivan and Mike Stange starting at 10 PM.  Next week they’ll have an open mic Monday night, and Songwriter Showcase on Tuesday. Weekend shows that have graphics are listed among the images below.

Please remember that the pandemic is not over yet. In fact, it’s surging again. Many people who have very good reasons are still wearing masks, and many of us, understandably, are still nervous about being in crowds, masked or not. Be kind and understanding  while you’re out.

If you’re up for going out, here are a few suggestions for the rest of this week, roughly in order except for the first item you see, which happens Sunday, and is for a very good cause.