Art punks, Santa sightings and more in our weekend round-up

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Ah, the weekend. A time for laughter, time for cheer, and on this special occasion, a time for one of my most favorite events of the year.

Presents from Punks is back on Saturday night at Mellow Mushroom downtown. For those of you scrunching your brow, wondering what kind of presents punks might be doling out, the answer is art. Some pretty awesome art, all for $50 or less. Also, 100% of the proceeds are donated in order to give gifts to underprivileged children. It's a win-win situation and one hell of a party.

Two very exciting exhibits are now open: 'Art of Our Time' at the Gibbes Museum of Art and 'Drown then Swim' at the City Gallery. 'Art of our Time' includes selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University which highlight significant pieces by celebrated 20th- and 21st-century artists. 'Drown then Swim' is solo exhibition that looks back through a decade of artist Tim Hussey's work.

On Saturday evening, New Music Collective will be putting their spin on spreading holiday cheer with Boombox Christmas Caroling with Phil Kline's 'Unsilent Night.' Any and all are invited to join the action.

Santa Clause will be out and about this weekend. There's the Breakfast with Santa event at the Waterfront Park Pier, he'll be at the holiday Farmers Market in Marion Square and doing it up Lowcountry style at Cypress Gardens' 'Santa in the Swamp.'

As far as holiday themed performances go, the Charleston Ballet Theatre is doing 'The Nutcracker' and Theatre 99 is hosting a comedic romp through all of the holiday classics in 'The Christmas Will Be Televised.' This weekend also marks the triumphant return of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. The Holiday Celebration Concert will feature more than 120 voices of all ages and guests soloists from the College of Charleston accompanied by the CSO.

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