Arts & Culture | Feb 8, 2018 | Melody Cuenca

Feb. 10


Professional Bull Riders

For the first time ever, the PBR’s Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour rides into Greenville for one night filled with thrill, adrenaline, and loads of excitement.


Some of the world’s best bull riders will face the sport’s toughest bulls. This thrilling live sporting event will entertain the audience with exciting eight-second rides and heart-stopping crashes.


In Round One, each rider will battle one bull. The Top 10 riders will continue in the championship round. The rider with the highest combined score will be named the champion.


The Velocity Tour Finals is the climax of the 2018 Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour, which will continue into the PBR’s 2018 Built Ford Tough World Finals. The 2018 Velocity Tour Champion, the winner of the Velocity Tour Finals, the second- and third-place finishers, and the top international performer will each compete at the PBR World Finals.


The Greenville show will be the 11th stop on the 2018 Velocity Tour, with stops in Wyoming, Oregon, Ohio, Maine, and California.


The PBR LIVE app is available on Google Play and iTunes for fans to watch all the action in real time. —Melody Wright


When Saturday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.

Where Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N. Academy St.

Admission $15 to $100



Feb. 10


24-Hour Play Festival


Join Greenville Little Theatre as they beat the clock for an evening of original plays that are written, staged, and performed within 24 hours.


“Audiences can expect to see three hilarious and exciting new plays, never-before-seen since they were started just 24 hours before,” says Emily Dymski, GLT director of marketing and development.


The team of writers will begin at 7 p.m. the night before and receive information about whom they are working with and what props and lines of dialogue they will use to frame their plays. Dymski says once the plays are written, the writers will hand them of to the directors, stage managers, and actors. “Finally, at 8 p.m. the following day, we will present three unique 10-minute plays — always exciting, always hilarious, and always creative bits of genius,” Dymski says.


The 24-Hour Play Festival has been presented by GLT for almost 10 years and has become a tradition for many Greenville natives. “Although it’s a popular concept around the country, there is no other festival like it in Greenville,” Dymski says. “Putting together a play in a few months is hard enough, but creating three plays from scratch in 24 hours is an entirely different process!”


These short, PG-13 plays may contain material unsuitable for some viewers. –Melody Wright


When Saturday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m.

Where Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St.

Admission $15



Feb. 13


Cards for Kids 2018


In partnership with GHS Children’s Hospital, Reeves Construction, and Taylor Boys Produce Inc., Magic 98.9 wants to ensure children in hospitals will receive a homemade valentine this Feb. 14.


For the fourth year, Magic 98.9’s annual Cards for Kids Campaign will visit the GHS Children’s Hospital from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Feb. 13, to hand-deliver these care packages.


“Cards for Kids was created as a reminder for the children of GHS Children’s Hospital that there are people outside of the hospital’s walls that remember and care about them,” says Roy Hummers, promotions director of Entercom Greenville. “The cards provide a special happiness and help the kids forget about their illnesses.”


Magic 98.9 is looking to top last year’s delivery of 16,150 cards. “Our hope is to provide each of the 85+ kids of the hospital with at least 20 to 30 valentines,” Hummers says.


All valentines must be original, homemade cards. The cards should be mailed in to Magic 98.9 before Feb. 9 or dropped off at the radio station prior to Feb. 12 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.


“What’s more exciting than receiving a bag full of valentines created especially for you? It turns what might have been a typical day at the hospital into a wonderful surprise,” Hummers says. –Melody Wright


When Tuesday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m.-noon

Where Magic 98.9, 25 Garlington Road

Admission Free



Feb. 14


Julie Valentine Center Luncheon


The Julie Valentine Center will host its eighth annual Valentine’s Day fundraising luncheon to hear Mercedes Ramirez Johnson’s amazing story. Proceeds from the event will further the efforts of the Julie Valentine Center to aid victims of child abuse and sexual assault in Greenville and Pickens counties.


“Attendees of the Julie Valentine Luncheon will leave inspired to live every day to the fullest and to do all that they can do to reach their full potential,” says Shauna Galloway-Williams, executive director at Julie Valentine Center. “Mercedes’ story of survival will empower everyone to view every day as a gift and an opportunity.”


Johnson turned her survival of a commercial plane crash in 1995 — which killed 160 people, including her parents — into her life’s mission through her Second Chance Living program. Her story has gained national and international attention through appearances on The BBC, National Geographic Channel, and several talk shows and investigative reporting programs.


“Each year we look forward to celebrating the success of our center’s work, the survivors who inspire us to continue to do the work that needs to be done, and the community partnerships that make it all possible,” Galloway-Williams says. “The event is also our largest fundraiser of the year and enables us to continue to provide direct services to over 2,500 individuals each year and prevention education programs to more than 15,000.” –Melody Wright


When Wednesday, Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Where TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Drive

Admission $50 general admission ticket, $500 reserved tables for 10


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