Be my movie Valentine
Its Valentines Day. Three date-night movies open today: Safe Haven, with Julianne Hough as a woman who shares a dark secret with a widower (Josh Duhamel); Beautiful Creatures, a fantasy drama about a young womans life-changing point in a small town in South Carolina; and A Good Day to Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis in the fifth installment of the action franchise.
Whos in the closet?
Trapped in the Closet is R. Kellys 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 (theres more than 30 in the series) at 10:30 p.m. Friday. And there will be subtitles. The Nick will also show three of Kellys music videos before the screening. The Nick is at 1607 Main St. $10; www.nickelodeon.org
The Southern Guitar Festival and Competition will present the 2013 Guitar Gala at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Senates 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. Senates End is at 300 Senate St. $45; www.southernguitarfest. com/gala2013/ or (803) 748-4144
ALSO: The Vagina Monologues will be performed Friday through Sunday at the USC Law School 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 p.m. each night. The law school is at 701 Main St. $8-$10; http://vmonologuesusc.wordpress.com/tickets/
What did brides look like in the late 19th century? Find out at Married in Style, an exhibit of period wedding dresses at Historic Columbia Foundations Hampton-Preston Mansion. The exhibit includes a gown worn by Lelia Bernard Meredith for her 1881 wedding to Richard I. Manning III, who was related to the Hampton-Preston families and who became governor in 1915. The exhibit runs through March 3. The mansion is at 1615 Blanding St.; www.historiccolumbia.org
Le Cafe Jazzs Valentines weekend includes screenings of romantic films It Happened One Night tonight, Casablanca Friday and Made for Each Other Saturday. The films start at 6 p.m. Afterward, there will be live jazz sets. Le Cafe Jazz is at 930 Laurel St. $45, which includes two tickets, a French buffet and toast; (803) 400-1879