Things to do: Brew at the Zoo; ‘Pine’ at Trustus; ‘Aladdin Jr.’

August 2, 2013 

Friday, Aug. 2

Sample a selection of lagers, porters, pale ales and more at Brew at the Zoo, 7-9:30 tonight at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Guests age 21 and older can choose their brew and meander through the zoo or hang out in the plaza and listen to live music by Whiskey Tango Revue. The event will be held rain or shine. Advance tickets are $40 ($30 for members), or $50 at the gate. You also have the option of purchasing a VIP package with additional beer selection, food options, indoor and outdoor lounge areas, private entrance and private restrooms for $70 ($60 for members). Designated driver tickets are $15. Proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks. (803) 779-8717;

“Pine” plays at 8 tonight through Aug. 10 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. New York City playwright Eugenie Carabatsos’ Trustus Playwrights Festival-winning script comes to life on stage for the first time. Directed by Dewey Scott-Wiley and starring Becky Hunter, Hunter Bolton, Cory Alpert and Rachel Kuhnle, “Pine” will be performed on the Trustus Thigpen Main Stage. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $22; seniors and military, $20; students, $15; half-price student rush tickets available 15 minutes before curtain. (803) 254-9732;

You can help local children in need by donating new clothes, shoes and school supplies to the Salvation Army’s Clothes for Kids program. Tables and display boards will be set up today through Aug. 11 at Columbiana Centre and Columbia Place Mall. Shoppers can select and purchase items to help students returning to classes for the first day of school. This year, the Salvation Army is teaming up with Innersole, USC Women’s Basketball Coach Dawn Staley’s charity, which will provide new sneakers to all children who qualify for the Clothes for Kids program. Table attendants will be available to assist shoppers at Columbiana Centre from 10 a.m-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, and at Columbia Place Mall from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. (803) 765-0260;

Columbia Children’s Theatre’s newest YouTheatre Company production, “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.,” opens tonight and runs through Aug. 11. Ninety students from the Columbia area will star in this stage adaptation of the hit Disney film. Performances are 7 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. All shows are held at Columbia Children’s Theatre in Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.

Saturday, Aug. 3

If you’re a Bank of America cardholder, be sure to take advantage of their “Museums on Us” Weekend, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Bank of America cardholders enjoy free admission the first full weekend monthly; regular admission applies to additional guests. (803) 779-3100;

Bring the whole family to the National Night Out Kickoff, 4-10 p.m. Saturday at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Hosted by the city of Columbia and the Columbia Council of Neighborhoods, the event will feature a variety of public safety vehicles, live entertainment, inflatables, home security displays, Karaoke Idol and a 7-10 p.m. performance by the Satin Finish Band. The event is free and open to the public.

Monday, Aug. 5

If you have “Bieber Fever,” don’t miss Justin Bieber’s BELIEVE Tour at the Colonial Life Arena at 7 p.m. Monday. This will be Bieber’s first appearance in Columbia. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Hot Chelle Rae and Cody Simpson will perform the opening act. Tickets prices are $39.50, $59.50, $69.50 and $95. VIP packages are also available. To buy tickets, or for more information, visit

Meet you at the ballpark Monday for the last regular season game AND Fan Appreciation Night. The Columbia Blowfish host the Florence RedWolves at Capital City Stadium, 301 S. Assembly St. Game time is 7:05 p.m. (803) 254-3474

Tuesday, Aug. 6

If you’re a history buff, be sure to catch the Woodrow Wilson Family Home Hard Hat Tour offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Located at 1705 Hampton St., the childhood home of America’s 28th president has undergone structural repairs and interior renovations. Slated to reopen in 2014, tours are currently held on the first Tuesday of each month. The cost is $6 per person. Reservations are requested; call the Historic Columbia Foundation at (803) 252-1770, ext. 24, or e-mail

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