Midlands arts planner, Nov. 17-23

November 17, 2013 

Kai Fennell, 6, roast Marshmallows at Vista Lights.

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The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, Trident Technical College and the South Carolina Film Commission is holding a short film contest for high school students in South Carolina.

Film entries are to be 30 seconds to 2 minutes long. Make the film to inspire, using a South Carolina State Park as your backdrop.

Deadline for entries is Friday, March 21, 2014. Winners will be announced in May 2014. The top 10 films will be screened at the Charleston International Film Festival in April

Details: brad@indiegrants.org or sarah@indiegrants.org

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 www.ricemusichouse.com. (803) 254-2777

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 music is inspired by the current museum’s exhibit, “Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimages.”

The event will feature the world premiere of Pisaro’s new work, “asleep, forest, melody, path” for chamber ensemble and field recordings. The two used sounds recorded at Congaree National Park in March.

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; www.columbiamuseum.org

Chamber Innovista Concert Series presents the Parker Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at School of Music recital hall. Works include Schubert’s “Quartettsatz,” Adès’s “Arcadiana” and Beethoven’s Quartet No. 12.Tickets are $15 for adults; and senior citizens and students $5, available at Capitol Tickets (803) 251-2222 or http://www.capitoltickets.com or the Koger Box Office.

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; www.trustus.org

TV star Sally Struthers stars in the Broadway in Columbia production of “Hello, Dolly!” The musical is about a matchmaker who invades the quiet town of Yonkers looking for a willing woman for her client. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Koger Center, at Greene and Assembly streets.. Tickets are $46-$57; www.capitoltickets.com

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. 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. www.vistalightssc.com

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