Around Town

Back (from left): Owens Warren and Brian Eason. Front: Derrick Ludaway, Dallas Ackerman, Cory Brodsky, Sammy Passaloukas and Billy Martini.

Hilton Head Island has already fallen to Groove Town Assault. Up next: the world.

It’s a Saturday night at The Boardroom, and Groove Town Assault’s resident rapper, Cory Brodsky, has made a giant mistake. Surrounded by his bandmates, guys he considers friends and family, he has committed the cardinal sin of ordering a less-than-manly drink.


MARCH 6-11
Hilton Head International Piano Competition:
Twenty of the world’s best pianists, ages 13-17, compete in three exciting rounds for $21,500 in cash prizes. In addition, the First Prize winner earns a return engagement as soloist with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, and other performance opportunities.


It’s hard to imagine a more fitting local event than the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival.

This year’s fest spans the week of Feb. 20-26, allowing participants to not only sample the finest delicacies from local waters, but also to learn to catch and cook their own culinary creations. Heading into its 10th year, the event now attracts chefs from near and far to serve up their tastiest dishes in picturesque water-view settings. Along with sumptuous fare, attendees can get lost in the sounds of live bluegrass and R&B tunes and sample an array of special libations. This year also brings a new event, the Coastal Culinary & Heritage Dinner, on Feb. 23 in the courtyard of the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort. The dinner will focus on African influences on coastal cuisine, with chefs from around the country.

Maggie Cunningham

“Boeing, Boeing.” The name of both an airplane and a play. However, there isn’t even a plane or a scene set in a plane in this classic farce, written by French playwright Marc Amoretti.

The English language adaptation was first staged in London at the Apollo Theatre in 1962 and transferred to the Duchess Theatre in 1965, where it ran for a total of seven years. In 1991, the play was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most performed French play throughout the world.

A comedy of cash, courtship and a little concealer.

Ethan Saks

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina’s fast-paced winter comedy, “Leading Ladies,” is certain to chase away any February blues. Onstage Feb. 7-26, the “laugh-a-second farce” was penned by Broadway’s reigning comedy writer, Ken Ludwig (“Lend Me a Tenor,” “Moon Over Buffalo”), assuring a hugely entertaining night of theater.

Cooks BooksCooks & Books celebrates its 11th year on March 5 at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. The event will kick off with a VIP Meet the Authors champagne brunch at 9:30 a.m. in the hotel’s Junior Ballroom.  This is an intimate event that will give only 150 people the chance to meet the authors one on one, purchase the authors’ books and have them signed.

Jeans fundraiserDenim, dancing and dedication to a great cause: What could be more fun? The Foundation for Educational Excellence’s annual Jewels and Jeans fundraiser will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4 at the Country Club of Hilton Head, 70 Skull Creek Drive. This year, the foundation will recognize the Esquivel family as the recipients of the 2017 Peggy May Inspiration Award for their lifelong work to bridge the cultural gap on Hilton Head Island and throughout the Lowcountry.

Sports Clay Shoot

The Children’s Relief Fund will hold its sixth annual Sports Clay Shoot on March 10. The event has grown from a small casual fundraiser to an annual favorite gathering. Whether it’s the popularity of one of America’s fastest growing sports or the meaningful contribution and purpose behind the event, the day has a good vibe all around — great people having great fun for a great cause.

Head PreparatoryHilton Head Preparatory School presents its second show of the school year with the Upper School performance of the musical adaptation of the curiously quirky book “James and the Giant Peach.” Featuring a Tony Award-nominated score, “James” is now a musical the whole family can to enjoy! The show runs Feb. 23-26 at Hilton Head Prep’s Main Street Theatre.

The road to Carnegie Hall begins on Hilton Head Island with the 22nd Hilton Head International Piano Competition. This year’s competition, held from March 6-11, will showcase 20 competitors from Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, South Korea and the United States. Past competitors have gone on to perform with internationally renowned orchestras and at festivals all around the world.