Arts Planner 771-8362March 17, 2013 

Leo Twiggs' "Flag With Cow," a 2009 batik on cotton, is part of "Zoological Society," a group exhibition that opens Friday at Gallery 80808.


“Pulling in the Horizon: How a Black Lady Tells It Straight,” part of Allen University’s “Big Read” programming, will feature a reading by new USC professor Nikky Finney and former USC professor Kwame Dawes at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. (The event will feature a series of writing workshops hosted by Finney, Dawes and Allen’s Charlene Spearen and Vicki Cleveland) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Allen University’s Student Center is at 1530 Harden St.; (803) 576-5794

Almost 60 artists will welcome the public into their work spaces during the 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios on Saturday and March 24. On Thursday, the Columbia Open Studios’ preview party will be held at from 7-9 p.m. in the Olympia Room of 701 Whaley. $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers; www.columbia

“Zoological Society,” a group exhibition of 13 artists presented by if ART Gallery, opens Friday at Gallery 80808. The exhibition shows that animals are relevant in contemporary art. The artists: Roland Albert, Carl Blair, Steven Chapp, Phil Garrett, Tonya Gregg, Diane Kilgore Condon, Peter Lenzo, Philip Morsberger, Marcelo Novo, Anna Redwine, Kees Salentijn, Leo Twiggs and David Yaghjian. The show runs through April 2. There is a reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday. The gallery is at 808 Lady St.; (803) 238-2351

The Arts at Shandon will present “The American Trail...,” a concert of music by American composers such as Ives, Barber, Copland and Heggie at Shandon Presbyterian Church. Vocalist Serena Hill LaRoche will be joined by pianist Catherine Garner and baritone Michael LaRoche, her husband. A reception follows the performance. The church is at 607 Woodrow St. Free, but donations are accepted; (803) 771-4408, ext. 27

The CMA Chamber Music on Main concert at 7 p.m. Thursday will feature compositions by Mozart, Chen Yi and Tchaikovsky. Cellist Edward Arron, the artistic director of the series, will be joined by violinist Jennifer Frautschi, violinist Amy Schwartz-Moretti, violist Che-Hung Chen, violist Max Mandel and cellist Peter Stumpf. The museum is at Main and Hampton streets; $5-$35;

“Good People” opens at Trustus Theatre Friday. Margie Walsh (Dewey Scott-Wiley) loses her job at a South Boston dollar store in the play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. Margie turns to an old boyfriend, Mike (Jason Stokes), now a successful doctor, for help. It’s not long before Margie realizes that stories from Mike’s past might be used to her advantage. The play runs through April 6. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Trustus is at 520 Lady St. $15-$22;

Local playwright Charles Curtis will stage “Nothing Happened,” a one-act play with adult themes at USC’s School of Law at 8 p.m. Thursday. Chris Paul, a father and husband who shares a name with a famous NBA point guard, is attacked. He tries to regain himself by denying the assault. The school is at 701 Main St.; (803) 216-1262

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