Things to do and see in Columbia, March 15-21

Columbia - The StateMarch 15, 2013 





The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, “The Color Purple,” comes to the Workshop Theatre stage as “The Color Purple: The Musical About Love,” tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $22; seniors and military, students, $16 and $12 for children. Workshop is at 1136 Bull St. (803) 799-6551;




Chapin Theatre Company’s comedy, “Simply Divided,” is set for 8 p.m. tonight, Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. The women of Simply, Ala., are in a quandary. All of the men have moved to Mobile to work in the new Toyota plant and there is little to no male companionship in town until the new high school drama teacher ambles into the diner where the ladies hang out. Tickets are $16; age 13 and older, seniors and active military, $12; age 12 and younger, $10. Playwright Jeff Lovett will present a writer’s workshop at 1 p.m. Saturday at the theatre, discussing his writing process, how he develops characters and what inspires his writing. Immediately after the workshop, participants will see a special matinee performance of “Simply Divided.”





The Swan Lake Quilt Guild will present its fourth Quilt Extravaganza 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Patriot Hall, 135 Haynsworth St., Sumter. There will be vendors, door prizes and quilts of all sizes and shapes on display. This year’s special exhibit will showcase Barbara Fitzsimmons’ quilts based on children’s picture books. $5. (803) 436-2660




  Planets for the People, the sidewalk telescope viewing series returns 6-10 p.m. Saturday outside the Hunter Gatherer on South Main Street. Sponsored by the State Museum and the Midlands Astronomy Club, the free event will feature (if the weather cooperates) several telescopes trained on the western sky for a view of the moon, Jupiter and perhaps a sighting of Comet Pan-STARRS early in the evening. (803) 898-4944;




“Carmen, Remixed” brings together a who’s who of Columbia’s professional dance talent, Morihiko Nakahara and the South Carolina Philharmonic for Rodion Shchedrin’s re-imagined one-act version of the classic opera, “Carmen” at the Koger Center. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Saturday performance are $17-$47, available at Bring canned goods for Harvest Hope food bank and receive half-price admission for a future SCP concert.


It’s Dollar Sunday 1-5 p.m. at the Historic Columbia Foundation. Richland and Lexington County residents, with valid ID pay $1 admission to tour the Robert Mills House & Gardens, 1616 Blanding St.; the Hampton-Preston Mansion, 1615 Blanding St.; or the Mann-Simons Site, 1403 Richland St. General admission for tours after the first. Meet at the Museum Shop at the Robert Mills House (the last tour is at 4 p.m.) (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or email


Pianist Alyona Aksyonova and cellist James Waldo present An Evening of Classical Music to Benefit Food for the Soul, 7 p.m. Monday at Grace Episcopal Church, 1315 Lyttleton St., Camden. Works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Listz and North Carolina native Chandler Carter will be performed. (803) 432-7621


The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour makes a stop in Columbia at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. This year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental and adventure films from the Banff, Alberta, festival. Tickets are $8-$12 and all proceeds will benefit the South Carolina Nature Conservancy and the Half-Moon Educational Development Scholarship at USC.


Chamber Music on Main is slated for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Columbia Museum of Art, Main and Hampton streets. Special concert will feature works by Mozart, Chen Yi and Tchaikovsky. Doors open at 6 p.m. $40; members, $30; students, $5. (803) 799-2810;

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