Things to do and see, May 3-9

May 3, 2013 

FRIDAY, MAY 3

“By the Way, Meet Vera Stark,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Lynn Nottage, draws upon the films of the 1930s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood with a production accentuated by film and photography. The play, directed by Dewey Scott-Wiley, opens at 8 p.m. Friday and runs through May 18 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Multimedia segments include pieces filmed in a Victorian home in Columbia and still shots of Vera “in the gutter” (the parking lot surrounding the theater) while concerned patrons from neighboring businesses stared on in alarm. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

SATURDAY, MAY 4

The Humane Society will hold a giant yard sale from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Woodhill Storage Centre, 6000 Garners Ferry Road. Food trucks will be on site and cats and dogs will be available for adoption. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and its efforts to end the overpopulation of unwanted animals by offering low-cost spay and neuter surgeries and investigation of animal cruelty and neglect cases. (803) 783-1267; www.humanesc.org


The State Museum will observe its first Cinco de Mayo celebration with two days of fun, 10:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday at 301 Gervais St. The USC Suzuki Strings children’s performing group will play folk songs and tunes on the third floor to kick off the fiesta, which will launch into high gear with games, crafts and refreshments in the fourth-floor Palmetto Gallery. The event is free with regular admission or membership. Museum members will receive an extra discount on tickets to the Secrets of the Maya exhibit on Saturday. (803) 898-4921; www.southcarolinastatemuseum.org

SUNDAY, MAY 5

Polo, the sport of kings, returns to Camden for the 13th annual Camden Polo Match, 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Camden Polo Field, Polo Lane off Broad Street in Camden. Gates open at 11 a.m.; proceeds will benefit the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County. Admission is $10 in advance; at the gate prices are $15 for age 12 and older, age 12 and younger, free. Field-side parking space, $80 (space for one vehicle for tailgating and two adult general admission tickets). Blankets, picnics and lawn chairs welcome. There will be a silent auction and T-shirts and commemorative visors featuring artwork by Walker Canada will be available for sale. (803) 425-7676; www.fineartscenter.org


Spring Open House at the Lexington County Museum, 2-5 p.m. Sunday at 231 Fox St., Lexington. Tour the John Fox House, the Laurence Corley Log House, the Oak Grove Schoolhouse and some new additions and restorations. Children may participate in a scavenger hunt, practice their quill penmanship and play 19th century games. The event is free and refreshments will be served. (803) 359-8369; www.lex-co.com/museum

THURSDAY, MAY 9

“52 Windows,” an evening of art to benefit the Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc. (MIRCI) will be held 6-9 p.m. Thursday at 701 Whaley St. Doors open at 5 p.m. Fifty-two artists from around the state have created art out of vintage windows to be sold in a silent auction. Open bar, live music and refreshments. $75; couples, $125. (803) 786-1844

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