The Aiken Community Playhouse’s Black Box Coffeehouse returns Friday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m.

The signature event provides for a night of entertainment and refreshments in a low-lit, intimate setting and showcases a variety of local talent, as well as a chance for audience participation through an open mic session between acts.

Organizer Lisa Fountain said the Coffeehouse will feature a performance from Aiken’s own Mike Frost Jazz.

“Their sound contains elements of funk, classic rock and R&B, while their approach to jazz standards and modern ballads is laced with undeniable verve and performed with a soulful spirit,” according to the band’s website.

The cast of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” which opens the 2012-2013 season at ACP, will perform a teaser scene or two live.

Then the floor will open to anyone who wishes to step up to the mic.

Fountain said those who take advantage of open mic can read poetry, play an instrument or do whatever else they feel like.

“Anyone that wants to perform can bring their music,” she said.

Admission to the Black Box Coffeehouse is $10 and includes dessert, fruit, coffee, tea or lemonade.

Wine will be available for purchase by the glass.

Seating for Black Box Coffeehouse events is limited.

To purchase tickets, call the ACP box office at 648-1438.

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Haley Hughes is the Aiken County government reporter and has been with the Aiken Standard since February 2007. Hughes, a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, hails from Knoxville, Tenn.