As we slide into the beginning of FestivALL in Charleston we shall take one more quick look at just a few of the cool things going on in and around town this weekend. You can find a full list of FestivALL events HERE.

Live Music is back at Taylor Books. There is no cover charge, and shows start at 7:30 PM. Friday it’s Megan Bee. Saturday sees Brenna Dugan at Charleston’s Bookstore/coffeehouse/art gallery institution.

Our lead item again this week is Fairview, the Pulitzer Award-winning play that wraps up its run this weekend at The Alban Arts Center and runs through next weekend. If you read my review yesterday, you know that I very much recommend you go to see this play.

Fairview was written by Jackie Sibblies Drury, and is described as  “a biting, comedic look at a middle-class Black family whose birthday celebration takes a dark twist and challenges the gaze of race and the very structures we hold so close.”

Be warned that the performance includes adult language and themes. Directed by Stuart Frazier, “Fairview” will be presented at 8 PM Friday and Saturday; 2 PM Sunday. Tickets are $17 for adults, and $12 for seniors and students. To order tickets, call 304-721-8896 or got to the Alban Arts Center website.

As far as I know, there are no vaccination or mask mandates for any of the events listed this week. However, we all need to remember that the pandemic is not over yet, and now only the stupidest of people are going without vaccinations. 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.

In the meantime, if you’re up for going out, here are some suggestions from folks who were kind enough to provide graphics and make my job easier…