The next production in Trustus Theatre’s Off-Off Lady Series: “The Whipping Man.” The play produced by NiA Company opens Tuesday at Columbia Music Festival Association. Matthew Lopez’s play, the 2011 winner of the Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner New Play Award, begins on Passover 1865. Caleb DeLeon, a Confederate officer, returns home after the end of the Civil War to find his family missing. Only two slaves, who nurse the wounded DeLeon, remain on the property. The three men must confront the past in order to move forward. The play runs Tuesday-Friday and March 19-22. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. each night. CMFA is at 914 Pulaski St. $10; www.trustus.org or (803) 254-9732
“The Color Purple: The Musical about Love” will open Friday at Workshop Theatre. The musical is based on “The Color Purple,” Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, as was Steven Spielberg’s 1985 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey. The story follows the transformation of Celie from a poor black girl lacking self-confidence into a woman determined to take control of her life. Jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues music will be featured. The musical, directed by Jocelyn Sanders, runs through March 30. Showtimes: 8 p.m. except 3 p.m. shows March 17 and 24. $12-$22; (803) 799-6551 or workshoptheatre.com
The South Carolina Philharmonic will perform “Carmen, Remixed,” the sixth Masterworks concert of the season, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The repertoire: Overture to “L’Italiana in Algeri,” Rossini; Symphony No. 3, Schubert; and “Carmen” Suite (after Bizet), Rodion Shchedrin. At the 6:15 p.m. pre-concert lecture, Morihiko Nakahara, the Phil’s music director, will reveal next season’s programming. The schedule will include two world premieres of two works commissioned by the Phil. It will be the orchestra’s 50th season. The Koger Center is at 1051 Greene St. $17-$47; (803) 251-2222 or www.capitoltickets.com
The Friends of African-American Art and Culture (FAAAC), a Columbia Museum of Art membership affiliate group, will celebrate its first anniversary at the annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Terry K. Hunter, an artist known for his large grid compositions, will lecture. The museum is at Main and Hampton streets. $5; columbiamuseum.org
Colin Dodd and Alexander Wilds will present a joint exhibition at Gallery 80808 from Thursday-March 20. Dodd will show paintings and Wilds sculpture. The opening reception is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and James Orlick will perform. Gallery 80808 is at 808 Lady St.
The Aksyonova/Waldo Duo will perform at 5 today at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. The recently married duo — pianist Alyona Aksyonova and cellist James Waldo — will perform works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Listz. (They will perform the same concert at 7 p.m. March 18 at Grace Episcopal Church in Camden.) St. Mary’s is at 170 St. Andrews Road. Free; www.awduo.com
Osamu Kobayashi, the brother of local creative Shigeharu Kobayashi, is showing works at the Invitational Exhibition of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York. Kobayashi, an Airport High School graduate, is an abstract painter. He was one of 34 artists chosen from a pool of almost 200 nominees. South Carolinian Jasper Johns is a member of the academy.
The Juilliard in Aiken Performing Arts Festival runs through Friday at various venues in Aiken, including churches, a historic inn, a community playhouse and the URS Center for the Performing Arts. Juilliard is a prestigious private conservatory in New York. For more on this week’s programming, go to www.juillliardinaiken.com or call (803) 648-1438.