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Best Photos of 2013: This year, the Photography Club of Beaufort is showcasing their Best of 2013 in a new location: The front salon gallery at ARTworks, 2127 Boundary Street in Beaufort Town Center. The exhibit will run from January 3 to 31. Each Photography Club of Beaufort member will professionally exhibit their very finest image taken this past year. ARTworks is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. The opening reception will be on Friday, January 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit www.photoclubbeaufort.com for more information.

Indie Film Corner: “Muscle  Shoals”: Directed by Greg “Freddy” Camalier, starring Gregg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Cliff, Aretha Franklin, Rick Hall, Roger Hawkins, David Hood, Mick Jagger, Jaimoe, Donna Jean-Godchaux, Jimmy Johnson, Alicia Keys, Ed King, Spooner Oldham, John Paul White, Dan Penn, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge. Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming poverty and staggering tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. This movie will be at USCB Center For the Arts, 801 Carteret Street, on Monday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. Tickets for adults are $7, seniors $6, students $5. Call the box office at 843-521-4145 or purchase day of performance.

BAA showcases ‘Naïve’ artist: As the New Year begins, art lovers are in for a unique change of pace. An exciting exhibit of new mixed media paintings by Neil Jansen, American Naïve artist and Bluffton resident, will open downtown at the Beaufort Art Association Gallery on January 6, 2014, and will run through February 15. The opening reception for Naïve will be on Friday, January 10, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the gallery, 913 Bay Street. For more information, please visit www.beaufortartassociation.com.

Comedian James Gregory: On Thursday, January 9 at 7:15 p.m., veteran comedian James Gregory, will be live on stage at USCB Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret Street. Early in his career he earned the moniker, “Funniest Man in America,” but, he’s quick to tell you, “At that time there were only 13 states.” His jokes are squeaky clean as, he says, “My mother wouldn’t let me tell them if they weren’t.” What’s really unique about Gregory is his appeal to people of all ages, races, creeds and colors. For tickets and more information, call the USCB Center for the Arts at 843-521-3145 or visit www.funniestman.com.

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