Things to do and see, April 5-11

April 5, 2013 

Friday, April 5

Kiss me, I’m Irish – or not. Check out Tartan Day South tonight through Sunday. Celtic Commotion concert, 7 tonight at the Historic Columbia Speedway, 2001 Charleston Highway, Cayce, featuring Seven Nations, Cutthroat Shamrock and Gypsies Ginger; $15. Highland Games and Celtic Festival, 9 a.m. Saturday at the Speedway will feature games, music, marketplace, traditional Celtic foods, children’s play area, Highland dancing, sheep herding, falconry and hurling exhibitions, British Classics car show. Tickets are $10; ages 5-12, $5; age 4 and younger free; Two-day adult pass, $20. Kirkin’ of the Tartans, 11 a.m. Sunday at the Riverwalk Park Amphitheater, Meeting Street and Alexander Road; free.

Saturday, April 6

Go green at the Lexington County-wide Stormwater Consortium’s Backyard Earth Day event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Lexington Square Park, Main Street and South Lake Drive, Lexington. Learn about backyard conservation from local experts on how to start composting and gardening with water conservation techniques, raising backyard chickens and more. More information at

John Tudor’s Magic Workshop For Kids will be held 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Children’s Theatre, second level, Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive. Held in the CCT “black box”-style theatre, the workshop begins with a private performance for participants, followed by an Interactive, hands-on master class in the art of illusion for age 6 and older. Registration is $20; tickets available at

“The Four Seasons: Tango meets Traditional,”

Sunday, April 7

You and your child can Make a Great Impression 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Art Smart Academy, 7320 Broad River Road, Irmo. Bring in your little one age 3 and younger for a free clay impression of their feet; decorate the impression and come back to pick it up after it’s been fired in the kiln. A suggested donation of $5 will go toward funding Art Enrichment projects for patients at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. (803) 667-9912

The Columbia Baroque Soloists wrap up their season with “Pleasures,” 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the recital hall of Spears Fine Arts Center, Columbia College, 1301 Columbia College Drive. Concert will feature Charpentier’s “The Pleasures of Versailles,” Rebel’s “Pleasures of the Countryside” and the Telemann “Trio Sonata in F major for Recorder and Viola da Gamba.” Come early for the 4 p.m. Concert Conversations session hosted by Jerry Curry. The concert will be followed by a reception honoring Friends of the Columbia Baroque Soloists. Advance tickets, $13; $15 at the door; students with ID, free.

Attention brides-to-be: Belk Columbiana is hosting a bridal gown trunk show featuring designs by top designer Faith Thornburg. (see the fashions in a photo gallery at 1-4 p.m., Details: call Amanda Cato, (803) 781-4100, Ext. 295.

Tuesday, April 9

The annual USC Art Auction is slated for 7-10 p.m. Tuesday in the Campus Room of Capstone House, College and Barnwell streets. Art will be on display beginning at 1 p.m., preview party at 6 p.m. Sculpture, photography, paintings and ceramics by USC faculty and students as well as works by Sigmund Abeles, Robert Courtright, and Brian Rutenberg. The auction is sponsored by the department of art in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. Proceeds from the auctioned works are divided between the artists and the university’s art scholarship fund. Open to the public; credit cards and checks will be accepted. (803) 777-7480

Thursday, April 11

Photography at Riverbanks Zoo, a Midlands Technical College course, will be held Thursday through April 22 at the school’s Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Students will learn shooting skills that you can use in any environment; then shoot photo assignments on location at the zoo. Schedule is 6-8 p.m. Thursday; 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. April 13, 20 and 6-8 p.m. April 22. Classes begin at Harbison Campus, then on to the zoo with follow-up time on campus to evaluate photos. $99 (does not include zoo admission). (803) 732-0432;

The Historic Columbia Foundation’s annual Cemetery Tours will be offered the second Thursday monthly through September at Elmwood Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Ave. Guests may choose the 7:30 p.m. Secrets from the Grave Iconography Tour or the Moonlight Cemetery Tour at 8 or 8:30 p.m. The Secrets of the Grave tour starts before dark to allow study of the iconography symbols found on many of the markers and headstones. The Moonlight tours are led by a costumed guide and include narrative about the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent citizens from Columbia’s 19th and 20th centuries. Tickets are $10; age 17 and younger, $5; HCF members, $5; HCF member youth, $3.

Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream brings your favorite feisty princesses together for a family show at the Colonial Life Arena; performance are through Sunday, April 14. Tickets $12-$14.

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