27th Biennale at Art League of Hilton Head gallery, 100 artists from 28 states, juried from 735 works from 40 states, across major media. Awards reception 5-7 p.m. May 7 with judge Marc Hanson, free and open to public. Critic’s Coffee with Hanson, 10 a.m. May 8, $10 fee, RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. Exhibit on display during gallery hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, and 90 minutes before every Arts Center performance. 843-681-5060 or artleaguehhi.org
First Thursdays Art Market, 4-7 p.m. at Shops at Sea Pines Center, Hilton Head Island. Featuring local painters, photographers, sculptors, potters, jewelry makers and other creatives, plus live music and complimentary wine samples. Continues monthly. For schedule, visit TheShopsAtSeaPinesCenter.com
“Johnny Mercer: The Man and his Music,” 7:30 p.m. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. Cabaret-style musical featuring Mercer’s memorable songs with accompanying narration. Tickets $35. artshhi.org
“On the Edge: Our Maritime Forests,” exhibit of new works by Atlanta collage artist Laura W. Adams at Mystic Osprey Gallery, 23BHabersham Marketplace in Beaufort. Reception 4-6 p.m. Benefit for Port Royal Sound Foundation, with 15% of proceeds donated. Works will feature animals and plants found in maritime forests. Gallery hours noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. 843-475-6781 or mysticosprey.com
Honky Tonk Angels at “Listen on the Lawn,” first of four outdoor summer concerts, 5:30-7 p.m. at USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St., Beaufort. $10 bring lawn chair, food and drink. More information and tickets, $10, at uscbcenterforthearts.com.
“Decoration Day, an Old Fashion Memorial Day Celebration,” by Gullah Kinfolk Traveling Theater, featuring Aunt Pearlie Sue, 3 and 6 p.m. at USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St., Beaufort. Tickets $40 at gullahkinfolktravelingtheater.org.
May 15-16, 22-23
May River Theatre presents “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” at Rotary Community Center, Bluffton; and Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head. Tickets $15 at mayrivertheatre.com.
Through May 16
Maye River Gallery’s Hopeful Horizons Fundraiser with Mother’s Day theme. Proceeds from designated items will be donated to the local children’s advocacy, domestic violence and rape crisis center. Various types of artwork, jewelry and decorative objects. 37 Calhoun St., Bluffton. Mayerivergallerycom
Cranford Presents: The New Stuff, 8 p.m. at The Roasting Room Lounge, 1297 May River Road, above Corner Perk. Tickets from $20. (Re-scheduled from May 8, 2020; all previously purchased tickets are valid.) roastingroomlounge.com
Savannah Music Festival Spring Season, featuring renowned artists in classical, jazz and American roots music. Two venues, smaller than traditional scale, limited capacity audiences. Line-up headlined by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis, plus Performance Today’s “Piano Puzzler” with Bruce Adolphe and Fred Child. Tickets at savannahmusicfestival.org or 912-525-5050.
Through May 31
“Faith, Family & Foundation,” exhibit by artist Andie Freeman, inspired by the Gullah people, at Culture HHI Gallery at Island Rec Center, 20 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head. andiefreeman.com
BravoPiano! Festival, “Celebrating the Music of the Americas,” presented by hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. Multiple venues on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton. Featured composers whose works span three centuries. Tickets go on sale May 5 at HHIPC.org or 843-842-2055.
Bryan Elijah Smith, 8 p.m. at The Roasting Room Lounge, 1297 May River Road, above Corner Perk. Supporting act, Gia Ray. Tickets $15
Deadline for entries in 27th annual Judged Show at Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA), 6 Church St., Old Town Bluffton. Cash awards in acrylic, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, watercolor or 3D. Registration $25 for SOBA members, $45 or non-members. Awards ceremony 5-7 July 7. More information at sobagallery.com or 843-757-3776.