Southern Agenda

Wild Fun in Charleston

If the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (February 17–19) isn’t yet marked on your calendar in permanent ink, this just might nudge you to commit: This year the art show and outdoor exhibition, which takes over downtown Charleston, adds a new Sporting Showroom chockablock with decoys, guides, and outfitters in the grand ballroom of the Marriott Hotel, across the street from one of the event hubs at Brittlebank Park. The new feature “will be a relaxed atmosphere where guests can mingle and meet some of the leading hunting and fishing guides from around the world,” says SEWE president John Powell. That’s in addition to the ninety painters, carvers, and sculptors that exhibit in the SEWE Fine Art Gallery, including this year’s featured artist, the painter Ryan Kirby. The Gaillard Center will screen the new film Wings over Water, coproduced by Ducks Unlimited and narrated by Michael Keaton, and present a special performance by Forrest Galante, a host of Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week. One more tip: Arrive ahead of the listed times to get a good spot to watch the DockDogs from far and wide in all their jumping, swimming glory.