Friday, August 16
The Nickelodeon presents a “Grease” Sing-Along at 11 tonight and 3 p.m. Saturday at 1607 Main St. The 1978 classic is the latest installment of the National Treasures Film Series. Tickets are: $5.50 members, $9 seniors/students/military, $10 general admission tonight; $5 members, $7 seniors/students/military, $8 general admission on Saturday. (803) 254-3433; www.nickelodeon.org
Now through September you can visit Freedom and Justice: Cecil Williams Captures the Columbia Civil Rights Struggle, a photography exhibit in the gallery at the Richland Library, 1431 Assembly St. The free exhibit includes video footage and news coverage, and is a collaboration between the Richland Library, Columbia SC 63, and the University of South Carolina’s Moving Images Research Collections. Hours are 2-6 p.m. Sundays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. (803) 799-9084
Saturday, August 17
Don’t miss the Columbia Philatelic Society Stamp and Post Card Show from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Spring Valley High School, 120 Sparkleberry Lane. The show’s theme will be Civil War sesquicentennial events and the 150th anniversaries of Vicksburg and Gettysburg. Admission is free. (803) 237-1184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lace up your running shoes for the Springdale at Sunset 5K at 6:45 p.m. Saturday at the Springdale Race Course, Knights Hill Road, Camden. Run in the 5K or bring your dog for the 1 mile lap walk. Awards will be given to overall and age group winners as well as to participants who beat the pace horse. Tailgating is encouraged; bring chairs or watch the race from the grandstand. There will also be live music and Kershaw Health will be onsite offering free body composition analysis. Proceeds will benefit the health initiatives of the United Way of Kershaw County. www.springdale5K.com
Doctors will square off against lawyers at The Battle of the Bands to Benefit Animals from 4-10 p.m. Saturday at Jake’s Bar and Grill, 2112 Devine St. Performing will be The Project, The Plowboys, Band Camp and Groovy Tuesday. There is a $10 cover charge. Proceeds will benefit The Animal Mission, which supports spay/neuter programs in South Carolina to reduce pet overpopulation. For more information, contact Will Brennan at (803) 622-2626 or email@example.com.
Experience history at the Battle of Camden Remembrance Day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, 222 Broad St. in Camden. Blacksmiths will provide a demonstration from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., and children ages 6-12 can participate in a scavenger hunt, games and more at the 10:30 a.m. Family Fun Hour. There will also be a wreath-laying at 11 a.m. at the Camden Battlefield on Flat Rock Road, as well as free guided tours of the Kershaw House from 2-4 p.m. (803) 432-9841; www.historic-camden.net
Be prepared for a scandalous experience at the Shamelessly Hot Strumpets and Sinners Show at 8 p.m. Saturday at Stage 5 Theatre, 947 S. Stadium Road. Underground circus and burlesque barker Armitage Shanks will perform with New Orleans-based Freaksheaux to Geaux. The show will also feature performances by Columbia belly dancer Natalie Brown, as well as Mandy “Sugar St. Germain” Applegate. Tickets are $20 at the door, or $15 in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com. VIP tickets are also available online. (803) 712-3559; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, August 18
The Columbia Arts Academy is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a Benefit Concert for Pets Inc. at 3 p.m. Sunday at Jillian’s, 800 Gervais St. The free, family friendly event is open to all ages and will include a raffle and silent auction. Members of local bands who teach at the school, along with current students and alumni, will perform. (803) 787-0931; www.columbiaartsacademy.com
Tuesday, August 20
Local musicians and business leaders can mingle at Columbia Opportunity Resource’s Music Break on Tuesday from 5:30-8 p.m. at Jake’s Bar and Grill, 2112 Devine St. Enjoy live music and listen to speakers from the music industry, including Jay Matheson from The Jam Room and FatRat Da Czar. Admission is free for Columbia Opportunity Resource members and $35 for nonmembers; one-year memberships are available for $50. Register online at http://musicbreak2013.eventbrite.com.
Thursday, August 22
The McMaster Gallery in the USC Art Department presents Seagrove: Traditions in Clay Thursday through Oct. 4 at 1615 Senate St. This exhibition features ceramics from eleven potters from the Seagrove pottery community of North Carolina. Hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; closed weekends and school holidays. Details: Mana Hewitt at (803) 777-7480 or email@example.com.