My Charleston Weekend: Piccolo and Pride | Charleston Scene

June opens up with a weekend full of fun events. Kick off Pride Month with events for every age at Park Circle Pride.

Keep the festive spirit going with the second weekend of Piccolo Spoleto, offering performances ranging from playful to introspective.

We’ve picked just a few highlights for you to check out.


Art Forms & Theater Concepts will stage several performances of “Dot,” a heartfelt play about caring for family, June 2-12 at Queen Street Playhouse during Piccolo Spoleto. AFTC/Provided

Sometimes a little laughter helps us consider difficult times, as in Colman Domingo’s “Dot,” presented by Art Forms & Theater Concepts and directed by Miriam Crawford Grant for Piccolo Spoleto. Dotty, the matriarch of a West Philadelphia family, is losing her memory. At a holiday gathering her children, all a bit eccentric in their own ways, argue over how to care for her and themselves in this heartfelt comedy-drama.

Performances will be held at various times June 2-12 at Queen Street Playhouse in downtown Charleston. Tickets are $30. To see the full schedule and reserve seats, visit

Dance ‘Connections’

Harambee Dance Company Piccolo Spoleto

Harambee Dance Company will perform on June 3 at James Island Arts & Cultural Center during Piccolo Spoleto. “Harambee” means “let us pull together” in Swahili. Harambee Dance Company/Nicolas Viennot/Provided

Annex Dance Company Piccolo Spoleto

Annex Dance Company will perform along with Harambee in a free showcase, “Connections,” on June 3 at the James Island Arts & Cultural Center. Annex Dance Company/Provided

Wear your dancing shoes to this free dance showcase, because audience participation is encouraged. Two dance companies will join together to perform pieces from their repertories and offer a lecture on dance performance. Harambee Dance Company, based in New York, blends traditional and modern styles inspired by the African Diaspora. Annex Dance Company, based in Charleston, strives to make professional modern dance and education accessible.

This Piccolo Spoleto event is free, and no reservations are needed. It will be held at 1 pm June 3 at the James Island Arts & Cultural Center. For more info visit

‘You Might As Well Live’

You Might As Well Live Piccolo Spoleto 2022

You’ll have two chances during Piccolo Spoleto to see “You Might As Well Live,” a one-woman play starring Susan Minnerly as Dorothy Parker, a 20th-century writer known for her quips and screenplays including “A Star Is Born.” Susan Minnerly/Provided

Dorothy Parker fought for recognition in the male-dominated world of the New York literary scene in the 1930s, rising to fame for a sharp wit that she begrudged herself. In this one-woman show for Piccolo Spoleto, Parker reminisces on her life and legacy on the eve of her death.

Performances will be held at 7:30 pm on June 4 and 3 pm June 5 at Threshold Repertory Theatre, 84½ Society St. in downtown Charleston. Tickets are $25, available at

Patti in the rain (copy)

Drag queen Patti O’Furniture performs in the rain at the Madra Rua Pub during Park Circle Pride on June 7, 2021. Patti will host the fourth annual Charleston Queer Adult Prom on June 4 during this year’s Park Circle Pride. File/Hadley Chittum/Staff

Charleston Queer Adult Prom

Earth got you down? Blast off to Outer Space with the fourth annual Charleston Queer Adult Prom. This year’s theme is A Garden in Outer Space. Attendees can wear their formal best or just jeans and a nice T-shirt. The event is 18+ to party, 21+ to drink and open to everyone. DJ Crystal Guysir will provide the music and Patti O’Furniture will host.

The party starts at 7 pm June 4 at Firefly Distillery in North Charleston. Tickets are $35 and proceeds support We Are Family’s year-round programming. For more info, visit

Romp in the Swamp

Soul singer Wanda Johnson will perform at the scenic Bowens Island Restaurant. Opening for her will be Big Daddy Cade’s BB King tribute band and Charleston’s own Cotton Blue. Have a bite to eat while you hear some of the best soul and R&B in the Carolinas.

The show starts at 4 pm June 5 at Bowens Island Restaurant. Tickets are $30. To purchase visit

‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’

Calling all creatures of the night. Itinerant Literate Books along with Charleston’s Absent Friends will host a showing of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” with a shadow cast. If you’ve never been, a shadow cast means actors will perform live while the movie plays along behind them. Dress up for a chance to win the costume contest or enter to win a pride raffle basket with lots of fun prizes.

You won’t need to do the Time Warp, just take a jump to the left and step to the right at 8 pm June 4 and head to Itinerant Literate Book Store in Park Circle. General admission tickets are $15 and VIP tickets are $25.

To purchase tickets or for more information visit

Queer Youth Fest

LGBTQ youth and allies can celebrate Park Circle Pride at an all-day festival just for them. Participants can play games, visit crafting stations and browse the Closet Case Thrift Store pop-up shop throughout the day. There will also be a schedule of activities such as yoga, an improv class and talent show. Parents and guardians can hang out in the ParentSpace Lounge during the event.

Queer Youth Fest takes place from noon to 5 pm June 5 in Park Circle. It’s free to attend, and food and drink will be provided. Participants will check in at Condon Family Law at 4840 Chateau Ave. Registration is required. For more info, visit

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