Columbia entertainment calendar, Sept. 13-19

Columbia - The StateSeptember 13, 2013 

Friday, September 13

Ragtime: The Musical opens tonight at 8 p.m. at Trustus Theater, 520 Lady St. Based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel, “Ragtime” follows the lives of characters living in New York City during the early 20th century. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays tonight through Oct. 5, and 3 p.m. Sundays Sept. 22 and 29. Tickets are $27 for adults, $25 for seniors and military, $20 for students, and $13.50 for students 15 minutes before curtain (with a valid student ID). (803) 254-9732;

Beehive: The Musical opens Friday at Workshop Theatre, Show Dates: Sept. 13-15, 18-22, 25-28, 2013

Show Times: 8 pm nightly except Sept. 15 and 22, which are at 3 pm.

Prices: $22 for adults, $20 for seniors/military, $16 for students, $12 for children

Box Office Hours: Noon to 5:30 pm beginning Wed, Sept. 4 for members; Mon, Sept. 9 for all others.

There’s something for everybody at the first South Carolina Elvis Festival today through Sunday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St. in Newberry. Events throughout the weekend include three rounds of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, two musical concerts from past contest winners, and an Elvis Gospel Contest Sunday morning. Ticket packages start at $139 and include admission to both concerts and all three rounds of the Ultimate Elvis Contest. Tickets can also be purchased for individual events: first and second contest rounds are $20 each; contest finals are $30; headline shows are $79-$89 each; and the gospel contest is $10. (888) 406-5885; www.southcarolina

Saturday, September 14

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission will host the fourth annual Family Fun Day from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane. Children are invited to the event, which will include a demonstration by the Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit as well as displays by the Aviation Unit, Bomb Squad, Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Crime Prevention Unit, Lake Murray Marine Patrol and Bicycle Unit. Children who are accompanied by a parent or guardian will be able to make fingerprint identification cards, and all participants will receive free ice cream. (803) 785-0882;

Families are invited to the Let’s Move! Columbia Game Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Drew Park Green Space next to Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way. Play family-friendly games such as hopscotch and kickball, and participate in the morning bike ride. There will also be step teams, line dancers, health screenings and more. The highlight of the day will be the last event, a Celebrity Flag Football Competition. (803) 545-3020;

If you’ve ever wondered what sort of treasures are housed in an art museum’s basement, don’t miss the Columbia Museum of Art Tag Sale from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at 1515 Main St. Items will include concrete yard art, decorative items, fabric and craft items, art supplies, books and more. Cash or check only; the museum cannot store items for future pick-up. Proceeds will benefit the Columbia Museum of Art Docent Scholarship Fund. (803) 699-9171;

The sky’s the limit at the kickoff of Planets for the People from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Hunter Gatherer Brewery and Ale House, 900 Main St. The South Carolina State Museum and the Midlands Astronomy Club will help attendees observe Saturn, Venus and the moon through a telescope. The event is free and open to the public, but is contingent upon clear weather; check scstatemuseum if Saturday’s weather is cloudy or rainy. Future gathering dates will also be posted on the museum’s Facebook page. (803) 898-4918

Sunday, September 15

Carolina Peace Resource Center will screen the Oscar-nominated documentary “5 Broken Cameras” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Conundrum Music Hall, 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. The acclaimed film details the nonviolent resistance in a West Bank village where Israel is building a security fence. Discussion and refreshments will follow. The event is free and open to the public. (803) 215-3263;

Meet the dancers and enjoy food and drink at the Columbia Classical Ballet’s Cabaret Night, Sunday at 6 p.m. at 701 Whaley St. Attendees will be asked to donate to the company’s Pointe Shoe Fund and Sponsor a Dancer program. There will also be arts and crafts on sale, with proceeds supporting the company. Tickets are $45 each or $400 for a table of 10. To order tickets, call (803) 252-9112 or email columbiaclassicalballet@

Tuesday, September 17

Hilarity is sure to ensue at the South Carolina Shakespeare Company’s free presentation of “A Servant of Two Masters,” running Tuesday through Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Finlay Park Amphitheatre, 930 Laurel St. Patrons are welcome to bring blankets, folding chairs and cushions. Seating is first come, first serve, so bring a picnic dinner and arrive early to claim your spot. (803) 787-2273;

Thursday, September 19

Rooftop Rhythms returns on Thursday from 5-9 p.m. at the top of Richland Mall, Beltline Blvd., at Forest Drive. Heart ‘n Soul will perform at 5 p.m., followed by the Reggie Sullivan Band at 7 p.m. Balloon artists, face painting, sidewalk chalk, a bounce house and a bouncy slide will be available for children. Admission is free but bring cash to purchase food from Tombo Grille, Village Idiot, Moe’s, Pasta Fresca and Daley’s Dogs. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will also be sold. Families can bring lawn chairs and blankets; coolers and pets are not allowed.


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