Early weekend entertainment picks for Columbia

January 8, 2014 

Thursday

Restaurant Week

This 11-day celebration of South Carolina cuisine begins Thursday at hundreds of participating restaurants throughout the state next week. Now is the time to try something new or revisit an old favorite as restaurants create special menu items for this event. Details: restaurantweeksouthcarolina.com

Friday

Arts At Shandon

Davidson College Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 807 Woodrow St. Admission is free, donations welcome. A reception will follow. (803) 771-4408; www.shandonpres.org

Saturday

S.C. Philharmonic

Beethoven & Blue Jeans concert is 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Pianist Alessio Bass will perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 and John Fitz Rogers will present the world premiere of the SCP’s 50th season commission; the concert closes out with Brahms’ Symphony No. 5. Tickets are $22-$52. (803) 251-2222; www.capitoltickets.com

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