Friday, November 8
Get started on your holiday shopping at Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic 2013, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the S.C. State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Drive. More than 250 artists and craftsmen will sell items such as pottery, fine art, glass, jewelry, baskets, clothing, furniture, photography and more. Admission is good for all three days; the cost is $7 for adults and $1 for children ages 6-12. www.craftshow.com
The Newberry Community Players present Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” tonight through Sunday and Nov. 15-17 at The Ritz Theatre, 2625 Drayton St. in Newberry. This teen production brings Shakespeare’s classic comedy to life. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for students and $8 each for groups. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Newberry Opera House Box Office, by calling (803) 276-6264 or online at www.newberryoperahouse.com.
WOW Productions will offer an encore performances of its hit play, “Confessions of a Good Man,” tonight and Saturday at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St. in Irmo. This show features gospel recording artists Blanche McAllister-Dykes, Regina Skeeters, Will Young IV, Vanzell Haire, Rod Lorick, Deon Generette and more. Times are 7:30 tonight, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 Saturday. Tickets range from $20-$30. (803) 348-1841; www.wowproduction.org
Don’t miss Workshop Theatre’s production of “Sleuth,” running tonight through Nov. 23. Anthony Shaffer’s award-winning play will have audience members guessing which character is pulling the strings in a game of cat and mouse. Shows are 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Nov. 17. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and military, $14 for students, and $10 for children. Workshop Theatre is located at 1136 Bull St. (803) 799-6551; www.workshoptheatre.com
The Tony-nominated, Broadway hit “Venus in Fur” comes to the Trustus Main Stage, tonight through Nov. 16, 520 Lady St. “Venus in Fur” is a smart and seductive study of the politics of sex and power. Shows are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, with 3 p.m. matinees on Sundays. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for military and seniors, and $15 for students. Half-price student tickets are available 15 minutes prior to curtain. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org
Todd Bridges, best known for his role as Willis from “Diff’rent Strokes,” performs tonight through Sunday at the Comedy House, 2768 Decker Blvd. Shows are 8 p.m. nightly, with additional shows at 10:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday. Tickets are $15. Attendees must be 18 or older. (803) 798-9898; www.comedyhouse.us
Saturday, November 9
The ninth annual Korean Festival is 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1412 Richland St. Come out and experience the beauty and diversity of Korean culture while enjoying traditional food, drink and artistic performances. More information(803) 765-2500 or koreanfallfestival.com
Find out who has the best chili in Columbia at the 27th annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday on the 2100 block of Greene Street. The event is free and open to the public. Samples of more than 50 chili varieties will be available for a donation, and attendees can also enjoy live music and family-friendly activities. All proceeds benefit Camp Kemo and The Hope Center. www.fivepointscolumbia.com
EdVenture will celebrate its 10th anniversary this weekend with two royal events – a StoryBook Ball for children 6-9 p.m., on Friday and the Fable & Frolic gala for adults 7-10 p.m., on Saturday. The museum will be transformed into a magical kingdom for the Story Book Ball, with royal entertainment, kid-friendly cuisine fit for a king, magicians, crafts and face painting. The royal theme will be adapted for the more mature folks Saturday night, ending with an after-party in EdVenture’s Big Bad Wolf Lounge. Tickets for the Story Book Ball are $31.50 for members, $35 for nonmembers. Tickets for Fable & Frolic are $125. Also celebrate at the museum on Sunday, when admission will be free.
While you’re in Five Points for the Chili Cook-Off, mosey on over to Columbia’s 19th annual Blues Festival, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. Enjoy a day of free music from Danielle Howle, Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats, Mill Billy Blues, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Tommy Malone and Sonny Landreth, with a special appearance by USC School of Music’s The Dixieland Codgers. The festival is presented by Word of Mouth Productions. Chairs, blankets and pets on a leash are welcome. www.columbiabluesfest.com
Learn about Native American culture and heritage at the 2013 Native American Cherokee Trail River Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Cayce Center Complex, 1800 12th St. Ext. in Cayce. Attractions include Native American dancers in regalia, a history of the Cherokee Trail, storytelling, crafts, food, drummers and more. The festival will also feature special guest Chief Steve Silverheels, son of Jay Silverheels, who played Tonto on the Lone Ranger TV show. Admission is free. Bring a chair or a blanket. (803) 661-5612; (803) 568-4698
Sunday, November 10
Come hear your favorite children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel classics performed by the African Children’s Choir, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday at Union United Methodist Church, 7582 Woodrow St. in Irmo. The choir has performed around the world, for celebrities ranging from the Queen of England to Paul McCartney. Concerts are free and open to the public; an offering will be taken to support the choir’s humanitarian and educational programs. (803) 781-3013; www.africanchildrenschoir.com
Monday, November 11
Trustus Theatre kicks of Latino Mes (Latino Month) with “El Diario De Un Psiquiatra” (Diary of a Psychiatrist), 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 520 Lady St. Written by Colombian playwright Julia Vargas, this wild theatrical adventure will be performed in Spanish with English supertitles. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org
Thursday, November 14
Wine connoisseurs and French fry enthusiasts will join together for Fries with that Wine, 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitor’s Center, 311 W. Main St. in Lexington. This event pairs fast food favorites with a variety of wines. Live music will be provided by Rhett Sanders. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia. Tickets are $20 per person or $30 for two and can be purchased at www.rmhcofcolumbia.org or at the door.
The University of South Carolina Dance Company presents “Classics Over Time,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 15 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Dance classics, both old and new, will be celebrated. Works will include “The Great Galloping Gottschalk,” “Emeralds,” and “Mass Hysteria,” a new work by assistant professor Thaddeus Davis. Tickets are $12 for students, $16 for USC faculty/staff, military and seniors, and $18 for the general public. (803) 777-5112; (803) 251-2222