“Red,” the second production of Trustus Theatre Off Off Lady series, will open Wednesday at the Columbia Museum of Art. The Tony award-winning play, based on Mark Rothko’s experience painting murals for the Four Seasons restaurant, will be directed by Larry Hembree on a set designed by Christian Thee. The two-person play (Harrison Saunders as Rothko and Bobby Bloom as his assistant, Ken) runs through Oct. 14 in the museum’s second floor expansion space. It is being performed in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition, “Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade 1940-1950.” Showtimes: 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Oct. 14. After each performance, there will be a brief talkback with USC art professor Brad Collins, Will South, the museum’s head curator, Hembree and Thee. The museum is at Main and Hampton streets. $20 for Trustus and museum members and $30 for non-members. The ticket includes the exhibition, which can be viewed an hour before the show; www.trustus.org or (803) 254-9732
Columbia Classical Ballet will perform “La Bayadere” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Koger Center. Brooklyn Mack, a Lugoff native, who won three prestigious international dance awards this summer, will dance in the production. Mack, who is now with the Washington Ballet, began his dance training at Pavlovich Dance School under Radenko Pavlovich, the artistic director of Columbia Classical Ballet. The Koger Center is at 1051 Greene St. $5 to 32; (803) 251-2222 or www.capitoltickets.com
The second concert of the South Carolina Philharmonic’s Masterwork series is titled “Mozart & More” and it will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Koger Center. The repertoire: Overture to Die Zauberflote, Mozart; Hommage a l’ami Papageno (Based on Mozart), Francaix, featuring pianist Winifred Goodwin; Flute Concerto, Francaix, featuring Wendy Cohen; and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. The Koger Center is at 1051 Greene St. $16-$47; www.scphilharmonic.com
“Acclimations and Alterations,” an exhibition of work by Mary Robinson, will open Thursday at City Art Gallery. “In my work, I explore the experience of being human as part of a larger web of existence,” Robinson, an associate professor of art and head of printmaking at USC, said in a press release. “The imagery in my drawings, prints and paintings is directly influenced by frequent walks in the Congaree National Park and similar environments, where I am particularly attracted to tangled vines and draping Spanish moss, along with sturdy and tenuous tree trunks and branches.” The show runs through Nov. 10. The opening reception is from 5-8 p.m. Thursday. City Art Gallery is at 1224 Lincoln St. (803) 252-3613 or www.cityartonline.com
Pilobolus, a dance company built on physical intrigue, will perform Friday and Saturday at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. The performance is classified as dance, but it’s more like an exertion of physicality that tests the limits of the seven dancers on the stage. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. both nights. The theater is at 7300 College St., Irmo. $25-$30; www.harbisontheatre.org
Steve Tyrell, a veteran singer who has made a career reworking classic songs, will perform at 7 tonight at the Newberry Opera House. You might recall Tyrell’s performance of "The Way You Look Tonight" in “Father of the Bride,” the 1991 film starring Steve Martin. Tyrell will perform music from “Back to Bacharach,” the 2008 album that is an homage to pianist and Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David. The opera house is at 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $42.50; (803) 276-6264
“Secrets of the Maya” opens Saturday at the South Carolina State Museum. The exhibit will feature more than 100 artifacts dated to 2000 B.C., as well as photos and stone carving reproductions. The exhibit will offer a glimpse of how the Maya, a Central American civilization known for its art, architecture and calendar, lived. There will be a reproduction of a Mayan hut, rubbings from Mayan temples and large murals of temples. There will also be a children’s clay area with samples of Mayan pottery. The museum is at 301 Gervais St. $11-$15 and students in groups are $5; www.southcarolinastatemuseum.org
The Columbia Museum of Art student photography exhibition, “Capturing the Congaree,” is being exhibited in U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s office in Washington, D.C. The exhibition was created by students from White Knoll High School.