Arts planner for the Midlands

otaylor@February 10, 2013 

Sixty two designers participated in this years Runaway Runway, sponsored by Palmetto Clean Energy. This fashion forward show pairs wildly fashionable design with and sustainability in recycled materials.


R. Kelly, to some, is a musical genius. His musical hip-hopera “Trapped in the Closet” is series of videos with a farcical plot that gets more ridiculous with each chapter. And more addictive. The Nickelodeon Theatre will screen the first 22 chapters (there’s more than 30 in the series) at 10:30 p.m. Friday. And there will be subtitles. As if this event couldn’t get more spectacular, the Nick will show three of Kelly’s music videos before the screening. This should’ve been done when Kelly performed at Township Auditorium a few months ago. The Nick is at 1607 Main St. $10;

For the annual What’s Love Valentine’s Day production, organizers are offering something different. But it will be just as titillating as the erotically charged art in years past. This year What’s Love is collaborating with Trustus Theatre to produce “Henderson Bros. Burlesque” on Thursday at 701 Whaley. The show, the brainchild of Chad Henderson and Terrance Henderson (no relation), will feature two burlesque performances at 8 and 10 p.m. There will be a live band and a cast of more than 20, including a male pole dancer. But that’s not all that’s happening at the event that begins at 6 p.m. There will be a Side Show Lounge where guests can have cocktails before the show and engage in magic and card readings, among other things. Kristian Niemi, owner of Rosso Tratoria Italia, will serve two 24-seat, four-course Valentine’s dinners in an upstairs loft. Larry Hembree will be hosting a speed dating session as one of his alter egos, Loreen DeMint. The show is $15 for standing and $25 for seats, and dinner is $99. For more, visit

The USC Dance Company will present “On the Edge” from Wednesday through Saturday at Drayton Hall Theatre. The company will perform works choreographed by dance professionals, including: Amanda Miller, former resident choreographer at Ballet Frankfurt; William Evans, an internationally known choreographer; and Thaddeus Davis and Tanya Wideman-Davis, USC assistant professors and the artistic directors for Wideman/Davis Dance Company. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. each night. The theater is at 1214 College St. $12-$18; (803) 777-5112 or (803) 251-2222

The USC Symphony Orchestra will salute Rodgers and Hammerstein at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Koger Center. The concert will feature songs by the Tony, Grammy and Oscar winners performed by the orchestra, soloists and a chorus. Songs from “Carousel,” “The King and I” and “South Pacific,” among other musicals, will be performed. The Koger Center is at 1051 Greene St. $8-$25; (803) 251-2222 or

The South Carolina Contemporary Dance Company will present “Heart Fever” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the CMFA’s Black Box Theater. The company, directed by Miriam Barbosa, will perform a variety of works at this fundraiser. Jewelry and art designed by Mary Kent Hearon will be sold to benefit the company. CMFA is at 914 Pulaski St. $25; (803) 758-5962

“The Vagina Monologues” will be performed Friday through Feb. 17 at the USC Law School’s auditorium. The production features a series of monologues that can be humorous, saddening or maddening — sometimes in the same vignette. The stories are meant to encourage, enlighten and, not the least, entertain. Showtime is 8 each night. There will also be a silent auction. The law school is at 701 Main St. $8-$10; http://vmonologuesusc.

Columbia Baroque Soloists will present “Past as Prelude: Portraits of the Musical Culture of Colonial South Carolina” at 7 p.m. Friday at the USC School of Music. The concert includes a pre-show lecture about colonial South Carolina, music played in the colonial period spliced with musical portraits and a post-show talk. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The school of music is at 813 Assembly St. $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Free for students; www.columbiaba

Opus Two will perform works by Gershwin at The Baker & Baker Art of Music Series at 3 today at the Columbia Museum of Art. Opus Two is the classical duo of violinist William Terwilliger and pianist Andrew Cooperstock. In honor of the 75th anniversary of George Gershwin’s 1937 death, Terwilliger and Cooperstock will perform Jascha Heifetz’s arrangements from Gershwin’s folk opera “Porgy and Bess,” adding commentary where they see fit. The museum is at Main and Hampton streets. Free; www.columbia

The Southern Guitar Festival and Competition will present the 2013 Guitar Gala at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Senate’s End. The show will feature top classical guitarists, including Marina Alexandra, a Columbia College music instructor. The gala will feature an auction and a dinner menu that includes grilled chicken, pork loin, pecan pie and strawberry bowl cake. Senate’s End is at 300 Senate St. $45; www.southernguitarfest. com/gala2013/ or (803) 748-4144

Rice Music House’s "Sundays with Steinway,” a series of piano concerts, begins at 3 today with a duo performance by Jacob Clark and Su Jung Cho. The store is in Village at Sandhill, 470-16 Town Center Place. Free, but seating is limited; (803) 254-2777

Robert Jesselson, a USC School of Music cello professor, was named professor of the year by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and the governor’s office. The award is given annually to a faculty member at a South Carolina public or private senior college or university, and to a faculty member at a public or private two-year institution. Jesselson, a 1992 Verner Award recipient and Carolina Distinguished Professor, led the USC String Project for 15 years. He performs as part of Jesselson/Fugo, a piano-cello duo with Charles Fugo. The pair celebrated 30 years together in 2012.

Art call

Designers, start raiding the junk piles at your house and at the houses of your friends. The Columbia Design League is accepting entries for the sixth annual Runaway Runway: A Recycled Fashion. Garments must be made from recycled materials and entrants are required to attend a rehearsal. There is no age or garment limit. Entry is $30 and $15 students. Designers with multiple outfits will get a discount. Of course, this event has grown to the point where it can be selective about what makes the competition. In other words, the days of designers throwing something together and calling it fashion are done. The registration deadline is March 22. For more, visit. www.columbiadesign

St. Pat’s in Five Points is accepting submissions for the Battle for St. Pat’s. The winner will play at St. Pat’s and record at Jam Room. Entries must be submitted by Wednesday. Submission packets must include contact information, bio sheet, promo picture and mp3s of at least three original songs, though videos are recommended. Cover bands don’t need to apply, and preference will be given to local bands. Voting will be done online and the battlers will be announced Feb. 18. For more, visit

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