Columbia entertainment calendar, Jan. 17-23

January 16, 2014 

Friday, January 17

The CMA Jazz on Main series kicks off with Great Voices of Jazz featuring the Noel Freidline Quintet, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Columbia Museum of Art, corner of Main and Hampton streets. The vocally driven quintet will celebrate jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington, Nat King Cole and more. Doors open at 7 p.m. Seats are $40 for the general public, $30 for museum members, and $5 for students. Presented by the Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina. (803) 799-2810; www.columbiamuseum.org


When “the King” disappears, hilarious hijinks ensue at “Elvis Has Left the Building,” Friday through Feb. 1 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15-$20. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.com

Saturday, January 18

Saturday night’s all right for fighting, and it’s a great night for seeing “Rocketman,” Tokyo Joe’s tribute to Sir Elton John, 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. The concert will feature reproductions of Elton John’s most outrageous costumes. Tickets are $26 for the general public and $21 for military and students. Proceeds will benefit the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter. www.capitoltickets.com


Find out just how valuable your favorite treasures are at the Winter Museum Road Show, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the S.C. State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Local experts will be on-site to appraise fine art, textiles, military memorabilia, furniture, jewelry and more. Attendees are limited to four items per person. Tickets are $20 for the first item ($15 for museum members), $30 for two items ($25 for members), $35 for three items ($30 for members), and $40 for four items ($35 for members). (803) 898-4999; www.scmuseum.org


Don’t miss the inaugural Columbia Winter Jazz Fest, 7 p.m. Saturday at Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St. Doors open at 6 p.m. The festival’s line-up includes saxophonist Gerald Albright and guitarist/vocalist Norman Brown, funk favorites Average White Band, the legendary Lonnie Liston Smith, and local star Reggie Sullivan. Tickets are $29, $39, $45, $55 and $75. www.ticketmaster.com; www.columbiawinterjazzfest.com

Sunday, January 19

Patrons and Friends of the Arts at Ebenezer presents artist-in-residence Matthew Ganong in concert, 6 p.m. Sunday at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1301 Richland St. An accomplished pianist and Columbia native, Ganong will perform alongside violinist Micah Gangwer and cellist Dusan Vukajlovic. The concert is free and open to the public. (803) 765-9430, ext. 17


Don’t miss the slam-dunk stand-up comedy of former USC basketball player Steve Wannamaker, 7 p.m. Sunday at The Comedy House, 2768 Decker Blvd. Wannamaker has appeared on “Magnum P.I.” and “Hawaii 5.0.” Open to ages 18 and older. Tickets are $15. (803) 798-9898; www.comedyhouse.us

Monday, January 20

The Lennon Sisters perform at the Newberry Opera House, 8 p.m. Monday at 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Once a mainstay on the Lawrence Welk Show, the Lennon Sisters have since gone on to lead a successful singing career. Tickets are $42 each (or $35 for groups). (803) 276-6264; www.newberryoperahouse.com

Tuesday, January 21

For its first installation of the New York Film Critics Circle Series, the Nickelodeon presents “At Middleton,” 8 p.m. Tuesday at 1607 Main St. The screening will include an introduction by Rolling Stone movie critic Peter Travers. Afterward, director Adam Rogers and actors Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia will participate in a live, interactive interview. Tickets are $18. (803) 254-8234; www.nickelodeon.org

Thursday, January 23

Poetry lovers are sure to enjoy the J. Gordon Coogler Poetry Festival, Thursday through Jan. 25 in Blythewood. Known as the Bard of the Congaree, Coogler lived from 1865 to 1901. The Blythewood native was known for writing “poems while you wait” for customers at his Columbia print shop. Activities on Thursday will include poetry stations around Blythewood where volunteers will create original poetry for people on the spot and A Celebration of All Things Coogler — poetry readings, student poems and a brief history by family historian Art Coogler from 6-9 p.m. at The Manor at Doko Meadows, 171 Langford Road. On Jan. 24, Art Coogler and Bill McDonald will read and discuss selections from “Purely Original Verse,” 6-8 p.m. at the Langford-Nord House, 100 McNulty St. And don’t miss Bravo Blythewood’s regional Poetry Out Loud competition, 2 p.m. Jan. 25 at The Manor at Doko Meadows. (803) 754-0501


Classic American pop music is transformed into musical theater at the Newberry Opera House’s presentation of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday at 1201 McKibben St. Enjoy songs including “Love Potion #9,” “Stand By Me,” “Jailhouse Rock” and more. Tickets are $40 for the 3 p.m. show (or $30 for groups) and $30 for the 8 p.m. show (or $25 for groups). Dinner packages are also available. (803) 276-6264; www.newberryoperahouse.com

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