Columbia entertainment calendar, Sept. 20-26

September 20, 2013 

Friday, September 20

There’s food, music, dancing and more at Columbia’s 27th annual Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1931 Sumter St. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. today and Saturday, and noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Drop by for lunch or dinner, and stay for activities including self-guided church tours, presentations on Greek culture, folk dancing, live Greek music, and a Fun and Fables with AESOP performance by the Patchwork Players Theatre Company. Detailed schedules and menus are available on the event website. (803) 461-0248;

Bring your appetite to the second annual Smoke on the Water S.C. Barbecue Association competition, today from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at Senate’s End, 316 Senate St. Admission to this family-friendly event is free. Samples of the competitors’ chili will be available for purchase during lunchtime, and samples of their ribs will be available during the evening. Additional food and beverages will also be sold. Kick back on a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy bluegrass music from Nashville’s Cumberland River Fly Boys. Pets on leashes are also welcome to attend. Proceeds benefit the Foundation for the S.C. Commission for the Blind. (803) 351-1786;

Town Theatre kicks off its 95th season with “Les Miserables,” beginning tonight and running through Oct. 12 at 1012 Sumter St. This award-winning musical is set against the backdrop of 19th century France and features well-known songs such as “I Dreamed a Dream” and “One Day More.” Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays (with no show on Sept. 25). Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors/military/students, and $15 for youth ages 17 and younger. (803) 799-2510;

The Historic Columbia Foundation’s Happy Hour History Tour series returns from 5:30-7:30 tonight with a guided tour of Main Street. Learn about the street’s architectural styles, which span three centuries. The cost is $25 for the general public and $20 for Historic Columbia Foundation members. Prices include two beverages and appetizers during the tour. Future dates are Sept. 27, and Oct. 4 and 11. (803) 252-1770, ext 23;

Amateur car racers will compete at the 24 Hours of LeMons this weekend at Carolina Motorsports Park, 3662 Kershaw Hwy. in Kershaw. LeMons events celebrate the excitement of racing cars stocked with no more than $500 in equipment. Festivities start on Friday with a block party and car show from 6-9:30 p.m. Races will be held from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, and 9-11 a.m. and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. All-access spectator passes will be available for $30 at the gate. Children 15 and younger get in free.

Saturday, September 21

The S.C. State Museum presents its annual Fall Heritage Festival and Pickin’ Party from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday along the Columbia Canal outside the museum, 301 Gervais St. Purchase samples of award-winning barbecue from across the state, including mustard-based, tomato-based, Cheerwine sauce, and vinegar and pepper flavors. There will also be live music, a children’s tent, an antique automobile collection, and traditional folk artists and craftsmen. Admission to all outdoor activities is free. Saturday is also the first day of the museum’s “ This Just In: Recent Acquisitions” exhibit, so after enjoying the festivities outside, head inside and check out pottery, fossils, historic telescopes and more. Museum admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children 2 and younger. (803) 898-4952;

Legendary Australian soft rock duo Air Supply will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Hear Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock perform chart-topping hits including “Lost in Love,” “All Out of Love” and “The One That You Love.” Tickets are $69. (803) 276-6264;

Thursday, September 26

Brighter is better at A Fine Affair - Colored with Care, 7-10 p.m. Thursday at DoubleTree Columbia, 2100 Bush River Road. Wear your brightest cocktail attire for this coloration celebration supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia. Attendees will enjoy entertainment, a silent auction, and food from some of the city’s best chefs. Tickets are $75 per individual or $125 per couple and can be purchased online at (803) 254-0118

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