Columbia entertainment calendar, Nov. 15-21

November 15, 2013 

Friday, Nov. 15

Laugh your socks off at Town Theatre’s most requested comedy, “The Foreigner,” tonight-Dec. 1 at 1012 Sumter St. Pathologically shy Charlie pretends to speak no English while vacationing at a fishing lodge and, as a result, finds himself privy to the other guests’ sinister plots and damaging revelations. Shows are 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays (with no shows on Nov. 27, 28 and 30). Tickets are $15-$20. (803) 799-2510;

The entire family will have a blast at “Planet Hopping,” 7 tonight and 2 p.m. Saturday at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. This puppet musical features live music from “kindie” rock band Lunch Money, who will help take audience members on a voyage through space. The show also features acclaimed puppeteers Kimi Maeda and Lyon Hill. Tickets are $12.

Drop by the Gourmet Shop today for a book signing with Patricia Moore-Pastides, author of “Greek Revival From the Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life,” from noon-2 p.m. at 724 Saluda Ave. Learn how to grow and prepare simple and healthy foods that adhere to the Mediterranean diet. Proceeds from book Sales will benefit the University of South Carolina Health and Sustainability Fund. (803) 799-3705

The Peanut Butter and Jelly Players present “Alice in Wonderland,” tonight-Sunday at Columbia Children’s Theatre, 3400 Forest Drive (on the second floor of Richland Mall). This re-telling of Lewis Carroll’s classic will features actors in grades 1-6. Shows are 7 tonight, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for military and seniors.

Saturday, Nov. 16

Grab your tailgating supplies and come see the University of South Carolina Gamecocks take on the Florida Gators, 7 p.m. Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium, 1125 George Rogers Blvd.

Sunday, Nov. 17

Fill up on brisket, stuffed cabbage, matzah ball soup and other traditional favorites at Bubbie’s Brisket and Bakery, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Beth Shalom Synagogue, 5827 N. Trenholm Road. A variety of homemade kosher foods will be available, including corned beef sandwiches, sweet and sour meatballs, challah bread, cakes and more. (803) 782-2500;

Pianist Alan Weinberg performs at 3 p.m. Sunday as part of the Afternoon with Steinway Concert Series at Rice Music House, 470-16 Town Center Place in the Village at Sandhill. Weinberg is professor of music at Columbia College. RSVP at (803) 254-2777

Monday, Nov. 18

Don’t miss “The Art of Music,” 8 p.m. Monday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Enjoy an evening of musical exploration with Los Angeles composer Michael Pisaro and USC music professor Greg Stuart. The event will feature the world premiere of Pisaro’s new work, “asleep, forest, melody, path” for chamber ensemble and field recordings. Sponsored by the CMA and the Baker and Baker Foundation. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10; CMA members, $8; students, $5. (803) 799-2810;

Tuesday, Nov. 19

Hear jazz and Broadway performer Marjorie Barnes in concert with Dick Goodwin and his Big Band, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Barnes, a former member of The 5th Dimension, has starred in Broadway musicals including “Hair” and “Dream Girls.” Doors and cash bar open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and proceeds benefit Trustus Theatre. (803) 254-9732;

TV star Sally Struthers stars in the Broadway in Columbia production of “Hello, Dolly!” The musical was made famous by Barbra Streisand as a matchmaker who invades the quiet town of Yonkers looking for a willing woman for her client. Show are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Koger Center, the corner of Greene and Assembly streets.. Tickets are $46-$57;

Thursday, Nov. 21

Vista Lights returns on Thursday from 5-9 p.m. in the Congaree Vista. Get a head start on your Christmas shopping by visiting the Vista’s many retailers and art galleries. Catch the tree lighting, led by Mayor Steve Benjamin, at 7 p.m. on the corner of Lincoln and Gervais streets (outside River Runner). And this year attendees can participate in a community carol singing of “Deck the Halls” after the tree lighting. Gervais Street will be closed to traffic from Gadsden to Assembly streets, and Park and Lincoln will be closed from Lady to Senate. The event is free to the public.

If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift, check out the University of South Carolina Art Department Holiday Sale, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 22 at McMaster College, 1615 Senate St. Browse through a selection of artwork by students and faculty, including ceramics, jewelry, prints and more. Proceeds will help fund visiting artists and buy equipment.

As part of its 75th anniversary celebrations, Dreher High School will present “Grease,” 7 p.m. Thursday through Nov. 23 and 3 p.m. Nov. 24 in the school auditorium, 3319 Millwood Ave. The production will feature alumni from the last 58 years. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $8 for adults and $5 for students (cash only). (803) 253-7000, ext. 2135

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