The 701 Center for Contemporary Art Great Garage Sale will be held Wednesday-Saturday. The sale, which will feature household goods, art, kitchen and cooking utensils and materials, books, furniture and more, begins with a preview at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The sale is from 7-10 p.m., and from 7-9 p.m., there will be a silent auction for selected items. At the sale’s opening night, Rhoda & The Rhodettes will perform so-called “gently used classics,” and there will be a bring-or-buy-your-own-mug cash bar and coffee station and food by Loft 201 by Rosso. The sale continues from noon-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. At 11:45 a.m. Saturday, it’s $5 all-you-can-carry bags. 701 CCA is at 701 Whaley St. Today is the last day to donate items. For a preview of items that will be sold, visit www.701cca.org/event/701-ccas-great-garage-sale.
Brasil Guitar Duo will perform with the USC Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Koger Center. It is the orchestra’s final concert of the season. The duo, Joao Luiz and Douglas Lora, will play the U.S. premiere of “Concerto for Two Guitars,” a piece written by composer Paulo Bellinati, who is expected to be in attendance. The concert’s repertoire will also feature Bedrich Smetana’s “The Moldau” and “Pines of Rome” by Ottorino Respighi. The Koger Center is at 1051 Greene St. $8-$25; (803) 251-2222 or capitoltickets.com
“What Happens After,” a presentation by The Power Company, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Cottingham Theatre on Columbia College’s campus. The performance will feature the premiere of eight choreographic works by company members and guest artists. Works include “Favorite words danced,” a piece Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clayton and musician Ryan Stokes improvise after the audience suggests words, and “My Walk with Kanye,” Martha Brim’s take on the rapper Kanye West’s lyrics. The school is at 1301 Columbia College Drive. $5-$10; (803) 786-3850 or www.thepowercompany.org
McKissick Museum will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards with FOLKFabulous, a folk heritage festival, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on the USC Horseshoe. There will be live music, dance, craft demonstrations, hands-on folk art-making activities and storytelling performances. John Thomas Fowler, a musician and storyteller, and R. Stanley Woodward, a documentary filmmaker, are the award’s 2013 recipients. The Horseshoe is on Sumter Street. Free; (803) 777-7251
The Contemporaries of the Columbia Museum of Art will host the 10th annual Contemporaries’ Artist of the Year Soiree and Silent Auction at 7 p.m. Friday. The juried art event features work by the state’s emerging artists. If you want to dress up the walls of your home, here’s one place to start. There will be food, live music and an open bar. The museum is at Main and Hampton streets. $20 for Contemporaries members, $40 for nonmembers; www.columbiacontemporaries.com
Artista Vista, the gallery crawl in the Vista, will be held Thursday-Saturday. From 5 -9 p.m. Thursday, the galleries will be open late and the Vista sidewalks will be bustling. Susan Lenz will be honored as the Artista Vista Artist of the Year, an award sponsored by Jasper magazine. Free; www.artistavista.com
“Between the Springmaid Sheets” opens Friday at the South Carolina State Museum. The exhibit tells the story of how a textile business sold inventory by making headlines. Elliott White Springs, the South Carolina textile tycoon, was a provocateur who understood the power of an image. The images he produced to advertise his products, particularly the bedsheets created at the mills he owned, were sexually suggestive for their time. The ad campaigns worked. Springs, a South Carolina native, was a decorated Army colonel and a WWI pilot credited with shooting down 16 planes. After the war, the Princeton-educated Springs worked as a writer in New York before returning to upstate South Carolina to reluctantly take over the six mills his father owned. To boost sales of sheets and other items, Springs began making the alluring ads. What remains remarkable about the campaigns is the ad copy that accompanied the images. The copy wasn’t a catchphrase; it was a narrative, pun-filled short stories in many cases. Often times the stories and headlines were riddled with double-entendres. Years later, the “Spring Maids” who appeared in the ads have reunions. The museum is at 301 Gervais St.; www.scmuseum.org
The Palmetto Mastersingers, accompanied by the Dick Goodwin Big Band, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo.$20; www.palmettomastersingers.org or (803) 765-0777
New Voices, a showcase for the USC School of Music’s student composers, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the school of music’s recital hall. According to a press release, “the recital features 60 student performers showcasing 16 world premieres of works by University of South Carolina School of Music student composers.” The recital hall is at 813 Assembly St. Free; (803) 777-4280
Books on Broad will host Kathryn Scheldt, author of “The Quilt,” a tribute to the literary legacy of Alabama songwriters, at 2 p.m. Saturday. Scheldt will also perform songs and selected readings from the book, which also includes a CD. She worked on “The Quilt” project with Frye Gaillard. It contains reflections on the works of Hank Williams, Emmylou Harris and W.C. Handy. Books on Broad is at 944 Broad St., Camden. www.booksonbroad.com or (803) 713-7323
Out of town
ArtFields, a 10-day arts competition and festival in Lake City, bills itself as the “largest arts competition of its kind in the Southeast.” There won’t be any disagreement here. Just check out the numbers. About 400 two- and three-dimensional artworks were selected from artists in 11 Southeastern states. The works will be displayed in more than 40 businesses and other venues. There is $100,000 in cash prizes, including a $25,000 people’s choice award determined by votes from attendees. ArtFields, which ends April 28, will also include workshops, lectures and talks. Highlights: artist lecture with Leo Twiggs on batiking, a technique that uses dye and wax to color fabric; the “Before I Die” wall that allows the public to share their hopes and dreams on a chalkboard in a public space; and a “movie theater” designed inside a 40-foot recycled shipping container. Most events are free, and ticketed events start at $5. For a full calendar and ticketing information, visit www.artfieldssc.org/attendees/events.
JailBreak, a Charleston arts festival that will feature painters, musicians, dancers, comedians, sculptors and fashion designers, will be held at the Old City Jail from 4-11 p.m. Saturday. The fifth installment of this event will spread from the jailhouse to the courtyard and city block. There will be food from local food trucks and craft beer sold. The Old City Jail is at 21 Magazine St., Charleston. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; jailbreakcharleston.com
701 Center for Contemporary Art is seeking submissions for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2013. The biennial, an exhibition of work by contemporary South Carolina artists, will be held in two parts with openings in September and November. Artists must be state residents. All media and styles can be submitted to be reviewed by a three-person jury. The deadline is 5 p.m. June 1 and costs $25. For full submission guidelines, visit www.701cca.org.