Friday, Oct. 18
Boo at the Zoo www.riverbanks.org
if ART Gallery opens its newest exhibition, “Conditions of Humans: Leslie Hinton, Bob Trotman & David Yagjian,” with a reception from 6-9 tonight at 1223 Lincoln St. The exhibit features ceramic and wooden sculptures, paintings and monotypes. It runs through Nov. 9. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 238-2351; firstname.lastname@example.org
Prepare to be amazed at Patio Plastico Plus, presented by Philadelphia-based dance troupe Brian Sanders’ JUNK, 7:30 p.m. tonight at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St. in Irmo. The group uses found objects such as pogo sticks and plastic jugs to create a unique contemporary dance experience. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at www.harbisontheatre.org.
Saturday, Oct. 19
“The Headless Horseman - the Musical,” www.towntheatre.com
Watch homemade boats race to victory at the Cardboard Boat Regatta, 2 p.m. Saturday at the SCE&G public park off S.C. 6 on the Lexington side of the Dreher Shoals Dam on Lake Murray. Participants will build boats from corrugated cardboard and race in teams of two or three. The park will open at noon for participants and 1 p.m. for spectators. Entry fee is $20 per boat; there also is a parking fee of $3 per vehicle. Proceeds benefit Keep the Midlands Beautiful. The event is sponsored by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. For entry forms, call (803) 223-3778 or email email@example.com.
Roll on over to the Columbia QuadSquad Roller Derby, Saturday at the Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road. The CQS Allstars will take on the Atlanta Rollergirls at 4 p.m., followed by a championship match between the top two home teams at 6 p.m. Arrive early to dunk your favorite skaters in the dunk tank; proceeds will benefit The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door; children 10 and younger are free. (803) 807-7052
Enjoy ghosts, art, music and goodies at Spooktacular Night at the Columbia Museum of Art www.columbiamuseum.org
Sunday, Oct. 20
Celebrate the Down syndrome community at the 14th annual Columbia Buddy Walk, 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. The event is free and includes food, games, music, bounce houses and more. The park will open at noon for early check-in and tailgate set-up. This year, the Buddy Walk will feature a 1.5 mile Open Walk from 2-3:45 p.m., during which time teams can walk at their own time and pace around the pond. There will also be a 0.2 mile Special Buddy Final Lap at 3:45 p.m., which will recognize special buddies as they walk a lap by themselves or with a parent. www.familyconnectionsc.org /columbia-buddy-walk.html
Tuesday, Oct. 22
Stand-up comedian Baron Vaughn will perform at 9 p.m. Tuesday at Conundrum Music Hall, 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. Vaughn has appeared on several late-night TV programs and was a series regular on USA Network’s “Fairly Legal.” Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 if ordered in advance online at www.conundrum.us.
PRETTY LIGHTS ANALOG FUTURE TOUR: 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St. Electronic music concert will feature Derek Vincent Smith (aka Pretty Lights), Supervision and Paul Basic. General admission tickets are $42.30 and available at www.ticketmaster.com
Wednesday, Oct. 23
If you love the music at Carolina football games, check out The Mighty Sound of the Southeast in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Carolina Coliseum, corner of Blossom and Assembly streets. The band will perform traditional fight songs and cheers, as well as music from the season’s halftime shows. Admission is $10. Proceeds support the members of the Carolina Band. (803) 251-2222; www.capitoltickets.com
Thursday, Oct. 23
Rooftop Rhythms returns on Thursday from 5-9 p.m. at the top of Richland Mall, Beltline Blvd., at Forest Drive. Bandkamp will perform at 5 p.m., followed by Right to Party 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, Lizard’s Thicket 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. www.facebook.com /rooftoprhythms