Things to do and see in the Midlands, Oct. 11-17

October 11, 2013 

Friday, October 11

USC Sumter’s Fall Artist Lecture Series, “Decision Portraits” by Susan Lenz, opens with an artist talk and reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at the University Gallery in the Anderson Library, 200 Miller Road, Sumter. The exhibition will be on display through Jan. 27. (803) 938-3727

50 Years Forward: A Traveling Exhibit that Marks the 50th Anniversary of Milestone Events in America’s Civil Rights Movement opens Friday and runs through Oct. 30 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. View a collection of rarely and never-before-seen photos of black South Carolinians leading up to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Free and open to the public. Hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. www.columbiasc63.com


Music lovers are invited to TwoSense: Southern Exposure New Music Series, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the University of South Carolina School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Cellist Ashley Bathgate and pianist Lisa Moore will present both mainstream chamber music classics and new, genre-embracing works. The free concert is part of the Opera-tunity Foundation’s “Season of Women - A Celebration of Women Artists.” (803) 777-4278


Kickoff your weekend with authentic German food, beer and entertainment at the Columbia Oktoberfest, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, at Incarnation Lutheran Church, 3005 Devine St. Admission is free. Lunch, dinner, beer and bakery menus are available online, along with an entertainment schedule. (803) 256-2381; www.incarnationlutheran.com/oktoberfest

Saturday, October 12

The sky’s the limit at Planets for the People from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Hunter Gatherer Brewery and Ale House, 900 Main St. As part of International Observe the Moon Night, the South Carolina State Museum and the Midlands Astronomy Club will help attendees look at the moon through a telescope. The event is free and open to the public, but is contingent upon clear weather; check www.facebook.com/ 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, October 13

Support the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation at the 2013 Midlands Ride for Kids, Sunday at Lexington High School, 2463 Augusta Hwy. in Lexington. Registration for the motorcycle ride begins at noon. Participation is free, however a $40 donation is suggested. Riders will leave at 2:30 p.m. The family-friendly event will also feature visits from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department canine team and bomb truck. www.facebook.com/midlandsrideforkids


Families and pets will have a tail-wagging good time at Poochapalooza, 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Activities include a dog fashion show, face painting, palm and paw reading, pawdicures (nail trimming) and more. Registration packages start at $10 and include pooch tickets, which participants will use to pay for everything at the event; additional pooch tickets are available at the event for $1 each. Children younger than ten are admitted free. Proceeds benefit Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services. (803) 788-7063; www.paals.org

Monday, October 14

Step back in time at McCaa’s Tavern Bare Walls Party, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Monday at the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, 222 Broad St., Camden. Attendees will get a peek at the John McCaa House, circa 1794, before restorations begin. Sample food inspired by 18th century recipes while enjoying entertainment from musicians Jim Hayes and Fair Jam. A wine and beer cash bar will be available. Tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple and include a complimentary beer or wine ticket. (803) 432-9841; www.historic-camden.net

Tuesday, October 15

Democrats and Republicans alike will enjoy An Evening with Mark Russell, 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St. in Newberry. The piano-playing political satirist, known for his unique brand of political comedy, is a favorite on PBS. Tickets are $45 each (or $30 each for groups), or $70 each with dinner. (803) 276-6264; www.newberryoperahouse.com

Thursday, October 17

City Art Gallery’s newest exhibition, “Things” by Michael Cassidy, opens Thursday with a reception from 6-8 p.m. at 1224 Lincoln St. A native of rural Michigan, Cassidy’s paintings portray items that have shaped him as a person. The exhibit will run through Nov. 16. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 252-3613; www.cityartonline.com


Don’t miss “Porgy and Bess,” performed by singers from the Metropolitan Opera Company, at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St. in Newberry. Set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, this classic opera explores the redemptive power of love. Tickets are $30 each (or $25 each for groups), or $60 each with dinner. (803) 276-6264; www.newberryoperahouse.com

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