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Parties fill Charleston gardens and music flows from piazzas and open windows during the late-May and early-June weeks of the Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto arts festivals. I always go for long walks downtown to see what’s happening. Italian opera composer Gian Carlo Menotti founded the big event in 1977, and every year there’s a buzz about a world premiere or experimental production, including the occasional nude dance troupe.

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Parties fill Charleston gardens and music flows from piazzas and open windows during the late-May and early-June weeks of the Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto arts festivals. I always go for long walks downtown to see what’s happening. Italian opera composer Gian Carlo Menotti founded the big event in 1977, and every year there’s a buzz about a world premiere or experimental production, including the occasional nude dance troupe.