“Season’s Harvest: Recent Works by Vista Studio Artists,” a joint exhibition at Gallery 80808, opens Thursday. The studio’s 13 resident artists — Ethel Brody, Stephen Chesley, Pat Gilmartin, Susan Lenz, Jeff Donovan, Sharon Collings Licata, Laurie Brownell McIntosh, Kirkland Smith, Laura Spong, Heidi-Darr Hope, Robert Kennedy, Michel McNinch and David Yaghjian — will show work. The opening reception is from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 15 during the Vista Lights, the annual fall art crawl in the Vista. VistaStudios/Gallery 80808 is at 808 Lady St.; www.vistastudios80808 .com or (803) 252-6134.
“Compleat Female Stage Beauty,” the Theatre SC production opens Friday at Longstreet Theatre. The drama is set in England during The Restoration, a time when only male actors were permitted on stage. But when King Charles II declared that women could perform, a male actor, famous for his portrayal of women, loses his prestige. The play runs through Nov. 17. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Nov. 11. The theater is at 1300 Greene St. $12-$18; (803) 777-2551
The two-year collaboration between artists Toni Elkins and Curran Stone, “Area 51,” opens Wednesday at The hallway: community art exhibit space at 701 Whaley St. Elkins, a Verner Award winner, and Stone, who owns CarToys Inc., a car and motorcycle customization shop, worked on their pieces separately before swapping work. Hence each piece in the exhibition, like the “functional art” dining room table that seats eight that was made out of a door, has the vision of both artists. The show runs through Nov. 30. The opening reception is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday. 701 Whaley is at 701 Whaley St.
“Next Fall,” a play that explores hospital rights for same-sex unions, is entering its final week on Trustus Theatre’s main stage. The five-year relationship between Luke, who is religious, and Adam, an atheist, is most strenuously tested when an accident changes their course. A talkback will be held after today’s 3 p.m. performance. The show runs through Saturday. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. The theater is at 520 Lady St. $15-$22; www.trustus.org or (803) 254-9732
What’s Love?, the annual Valentine’s Day art-centric exhibition, is collaborating with Trustus Theatre to present “Henderson Bros. Burlesque.” The Henderson Brothers are Chad Henderson and Terrance Henderson, two Trustus company members who are not related, have long wanted to host a burlesque show at the theater. And that’s what they’ll do on Valentine’s Day. Chad will direct and Terrance will choreograph. Auditions will be held at 6 tonight at Southeastern School Of Ballet. Interested dancers should be prepared to dance a brief individual free style and two choreographed combinations in groups. The school’s studio, at 220 Business Park Boulevard, will open at 5 p.m. for warming up. The show is looking for male and female dancers with experience in jazz, funk, hip-hop, street dance or strip tease. For more information, e-mail Chad Henderson at email@example.com.
Applications to attend TEDxColumbiaSC must be submitted by Nov. 25. The invitation-only “ideas worth spreading” event, to be held on Jan. 21 at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, is limited to 400 people. Last month the list of 12 presenters, chosen from more than 100 candidates, were announced.
The presenters: Pedro De Abreu, founder of the not-for-profit Check Mate Foundation, which teaches chess and leadership to children in South Carolina; Claudia Benitez-Nelson, director of USC’s marine science program; Erica Gibson, a USC medical anthropologist; Rachal Hatton, social worker and director of Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs at Senior Resources, Inc.; Jamie Lead, endowed chair in nanoenvironmental science at USC; Oscar Lovelace, a rural-family physician in Prosperity; Chris Robinson, art professor and member of USC’s NanoCenter; Linda Salane, executive director of the Leadership Institute at Columbia College; J.J Shephard, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science whose research focuses on “serious games”; Shane Slattery-Quintanilla, a Columbia College professor and documentary filmmaker who wrote, co-produced, and edited “The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez,” an Emmy-nominated documentary about the killing of an 18-year-old American high-school student by U.S. Marines; Julie Smithwick, executive director of PASOs, a community-based organization that empowers grassroots Latino leaders across the state; Cassie Premo Steele, a writing and creativity coach with two decades of experience teaching in university and community settings; Carl Wells, assistant director of the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs at USC; and Nick Wilson, principal creative at The Half and Half, a design and printmaking studio.
Apply online at www.tedxcolumbiasc.com. Invitees will be e-mailed on or before Dec. 17 and confirmed upon payment of the $25 fee. Premium tickets will be sold for $75. Admission includes lunch, snacks and coffee. A limited number of scholarships are available.
The South Carolina Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards and the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards. The Verner Award is the state’s highest award in the arts and is presented to businesses, organizations and individuals for their achievements or contributions. Nominations can be made in six categories: arts in education, organization, government, business/foundation, individual and individual artist. The Harris Folk Heritage Award is given annually by the S.C. General Assembly to practitioners and advocates who work to preserve the state’s cultural heritage. The nomination deadline is Dec. 17. Guidelines can be found at www.southcarolinaarts.com or by calling (803) 734-8696.