Community Calendar for the Midlands, Jan. 17

January 17, 2014 

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    SATURDAY

    GALLERY TALK AND PANEL DISCUSSION: 1 p.m. Saturday at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley St., second floor. Photographer Jan Banning will discuss his “Down and Out in the South” exhibit followed by a 2 p.m. panel discussion on homeless people in Columbia. Moderated by Anne Sinclair, panelists will include Craig Currey of Transitions; Matt Kennell, City Center Partnership; Julie Ann Avin, MIRCI; the United Way’s Jennifer Moore and Jan Banning. Free. (803) 319-9949; www.701cca.org

    CONTRA DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday in the Arsenal Hill Park Building, 1800 Lincoln St.; free parking in the garage next to Arsenal Hill on Lincoln Street. Live music by Corner House; caller will be Lesly Bowers. New dancers workshop, 7-7:30 p.m. Bring clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes. Sponsored by Columbia Traditional Music & Dance. Tickets are $8; $5 for student with a student ID. (803) 760-5881; www.contracola.org

FRIDAY

MAIN STREET ICE: 4-10 p.m. Friday at Boyd Plaza, Main and Hampton streets. Fees are $10; age 12 and younger, age 55 and older and active duty military, $8. (803) 545-3100

CMA JAZZ ON MAIN: 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St., featuring Noel Freidline as artistic director. The inaugural concert is a tribute to the great voices of jazz — Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington, Nat “King” Cole, Etta James and Julie London. Doors open at 7 p.m., cash bar available. Sponsorship tables are available for $200 (includes premier seating for four guests and a bottle of wine). Individual seats, $40; $30 for museum members, students, $5. www.columbiamuseum.org

“ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING”: Friday through Feb. 1 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 26. $20; age 65 and older, active duty military and full-time college students, $17; age 15 and younger, $15. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.com

“CRIMES OF THE HEART”: 8 p.m. Friday at Workshop Theatre, 1136 Bull St. $20; age 60 and older, and active military, $17; age 13 through college, $14; age 12 and younger, $10. (803) 799-6551; www.workshoptheatre.com

“LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE”: 8 p.m. Friday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

SATURDAY

MIDLANDS MULTICULTURAL COLLEGE FAIR: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Conference Center, 169 Laurelhurst Ave. Students, parents and degree-seeking adults are invited to meet with college admissions staff and participate in workshops on admissions, financial aid and more. Free, sponsored by Uplifting Enterprises LLC. (803) 463-3101; email marc.himes@uplifting-enterprises.com

PAALS PUPSITTER CLASS: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Northeast United Methodist Church, 4000 Hard Scrabble Road. Weekend volunteers with Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services need an occasional weekend off. Pupsitter PAALS are called as needed once they have gone through a home visit and some/basic training. This is a great program for people who travel a lot but would love to help occasionally when they are in town. (803) 788-7063; www.paals.org

FINANCIAL SEMINAR: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Earlewood Park, 1113 Parkside Drive. Presented by the Columbia Community Development Department, topics will include banking, savings, budgeting, building credit, types of loans, repairing derogatory credit, credit scams and Fair Housing laws. Refreshments will be served. (803) 545-3373

WINTER MUSEUM ROAD SHOW: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Local experts will offer informal appraisals of fine art, textiles, military memorabilia, furniture, jewelry and more. Limit four items per person. Tickets are $20 for the first item ($15 for museum members), $30 for two items (members, $25), $35 for three items (members, $30) and $40 for four items (members, $35). Tickets available in advance at (803) 898-4999. http://www.scmuseum.org/ or email publicprograms@scmuseum.org

HAPPILY PARENTING SEMINAR: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Dunn’s Chapel Church, 281 Chapel Road, West Columbia (off S.C. 302 in South Congaree). Presented by Stacey Shumpert Watts, a Leadership Parenting Coach certified through the John Rosemond Leadership Parenting Institute. Topics will include problem behaviors, seasons of parenting, discipline and self-esteem vs. self-respect. Tickets are free and available at http://happily-parenting.ticketleap.com

HEALTH FAIR AND OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Southeastern Institute, 1420 Colonial Life Blvd. West. Complimentary chair massages, blood pressure checks, interactive demonstrations, raffle and campus tours. (803) 798-8800

“SHREK! THE MUSICAL” AUDITIONS: Saturday through Monday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Youth (ages 8-14), 10 a.m. Saturday; adults (age 15 and older), 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday. The show will run May 2-24. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.com

MAIN STREET ICE: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at Boyd Plaza, Main and Hampton streets. Normal skate fees are $10; age 12 and younger, age 55 and older and active duty military, $8. (803) 545-3100

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE NATURE WALK: 11 a.m. Saturday at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins (meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center). Join contemporary artist Mary Gilkerson as she sketches park landscapes for a mural to be placed in the visitor center. Bring a notebook and pencil for sketching as well as a camera to document the landscape. Free. Park visitors are also invited to meet Gilkerson and observe her at work on the mural. The center is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. (803) 776-4396; www.nps.gov/cong

GALLERY TALK AND PANEL DISCUSSION: 1 p.m. Saturday at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley St., second floor. Photographer Jan Banning will discuss his “Down and Out in the South” exhibit followed by a 2 p.m. panel discussion on homeless people in Columbia. Moderated by Anne Sinclair, panelists will include Craig Currey of Transitions; Matt Kennell, City Center Partnership; Julie Ann Avin, MIRCI; the United Way’s Jennifer Moore and Jan Banning. Free. (803) 319-9949; www.701cca.org

33rd ANNUAL SNOWMAN ROAD RACE: Saturday at Caughman Road Park, 2800 Trotter Road, Hopkins. Youth fun run for age 12 and younger, begins at 12:30 p.m.; 8K race begins at 1:30. 8K fees are $40, includes T-shirt (while supplies last) and lunch; without a T-shirt, $35; students, $30. Youth run, $8; children will receive a participation ribbon, goodie bag and a snowman T-shirt. www.richlandcountyrecreation.com

CONTRA DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday in the Arsenal Hill Park Building, 1800 Lincoln St.; free parking in the garage next to Arsenal Hill on Lincoln Street. Live music by Corner House; caller will be Lesly Bowers. New dancers workshop, 7-7:30 p.m. Bring clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes. Sponsored by Columbia Traditional Music & Dance. Tickets are $8; $5 for student with a student ID. (803) 760-5881; www.contracola.org

“ROCKETMAN”: A tribute to Sir Elton John by Greg Bickley and his band, Tokyo Joe, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. $26; military and students, $21. Proceeds will benefit the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter. (803) 777-7500; www.capitoltickets.com

“ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING”: 8 p.m. Saturday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. $20; age 65 and older, active duty military and full-time college students, $17; age 15 and younger, $15. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.com

“CRIMES OF THE HEART”: 8 p.m. Saturday at Workshop Theatre, 1136 Bull St. $20; age 60 and older, and active military, $17; age 13 through college, $14; age 12 and younger, $10. (803) 799-6551; www.workshoptheatre.com

“LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE”: 8 p.m. Saturday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

SUNDAY

MAIN STREET ICE: 1-9 p.m. Sundayat Boyd Plaza, Main and Hampton streets. Fees are $10; age 12 and younger, age 55 and older and active duty military, $8. (803) 545-3100

AN AFTERNOON WITH STEINWAY SERIES: 3 p.m. Sunday at Rice Music House, 470-16 Town Center, Village at Sandhill. Dr. Ryan Smith, assistant professor of music at Coker College, will perform. Free, but seating is limited; call (803) 254-2777 to reserve a spot.

“ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING”: 3 p.m. Sunday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Feb. 1 and 3 p.m. Jan. 26. $20; age 65 and older, active duty military and full-time college students, $17; age 15 and younger, $15. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.com

“CRIMES OF THE HEART”: 3 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Wednesday through Jan. 25 at Workshop Theatre, 1136 Bull St. $20; age 60 and older, and active military, $17; age 13 through college, $14; age 12 and younger, $10. (803) 799-6551; www.workshoptheatre.com

PATRONS AND FRIENDS OF THE ARTS AT EBENEZER: 6 p.m. Sunday at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1301 Richland St., free chamber music concert featuring artist-in-residence pianist Matthew Ganong, Micah Gangwer, violin; and Dunsan Vukajilovic, cello. (803) 765-9430, ext. 17.

“SHREK! THE MUSICAL” AUDITIONS: Adults, age 15 and older, 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. The show will run May 2-24. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.com

MONDAY

MUSEUMOLOGY 101: Free eight-week docent training program at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Volunteers will learn the essentials to guide tours through the museum’s four disciplines — art, history, natural history and science/technology. Training will be 9 a.m.-noon Mondays through March 10 (arrive 15 minutes early). To sign up, go to http://www.scmuseum.org/, click on the volunteer tab and submit to jeff.powley@scmuseum.org

MAIN STREET ICE: Noon-9 p.m. Mondayat Boyd Plaza, Main and Hampton streets; this is the last day of the skating season. Fees are $10; age 12 and younger, age 55 and older and active duty military, $8. (803) 545-3100

“SHREK! THE MUSICAL” AUDITIONS: Adults, age 15 and older, 7:30 p.m. Monday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. The show will run May 2-24. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.com

TUESDAY

ADVENTURES IN LEARNING: Registration will be held Tuesday for classes meeting 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through March 11 at the Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews, Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road. New classes for the winter session include “The Herbert Hoover You Don’t Know,” “Biblical Women,” “Old Time Radio,” “Storytelling for Your Own Amazement,” “Meditation: Enhance Your Earthly Journey,” “Shakespeare and Power Politics,” “Great Adventures with our Own World Travelers,” “Poetry, Something Old and Something New,” “Myths, Rumors and Truths About the Civil War,” and “Bell Ensemble.” Ongoing classes include art, bridge, classic movies and great stars, creative writing, quilting, Spanish, line dancing and tai chi. Registration for three classes per day for the entire session is $25; catered lunch with entertainment will be available for $7. Brochures and registration forms available at (803) 731-9394; www.shepherdscenterofstandrews.org

BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH WORKSHOPS: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 14 at Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way. Designed by Stanford University for people with ongoing health conditions, such as arthritis, depression, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or lung disease. Space is limited, call (803) 898-0760 to sign up.

EARLY COLUMBIA LECTURE SERIES: “The Capital City Rebuilds,” 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 18 at the Seibels House and Garden, 1601 Richland St. Led by Dr. Warner Montgomery, this week’s topic will be “Transportation: Rivers, Roads, Railroads.” Upcoming: Optional bus tour Jan. 26; “Economic Development: Textiles and Agriculture,” Feb. 4; “Public Education,” Feb. 11; and “Higher Education: Colleges and Universities,” Feb. 18. “Columbia Revisited” will be used as the textbook for the series, $29.95; Historic Columbia Foundation members, $26.95. Registration is $60; Historic Columbia members, $50; students, $35; or $10 per class. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; www.historiccolumbia.org

CHARLES FUGO FACULTY PIANO RECITAL: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Music by Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Chopin. Free.

WEDNESDAY

COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART: “Out of the Vault: A Conversation Between Collector Alex Kastan and SC Philharmonic Conductor Morihiko Nakahara,” 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at Main and Hampton streets. Alex Kastan, a collector of Japanese Satsuma porcelain discusses his collection on view in the exhibition “Meiji Magic” at CMA with Morihiko Nakahara, who is from the Japanese island of Satsuma. Free. (803) 799-1810

THURSDAY

“PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE RURAL SOUTH”: Exhibit reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at McKissick Museum, on the USC Horseshoe. A product of the course of the same title offered by the Institute for Southern Studies and the Department of Art, students with no prior experience in photography learn about the theory and practice of photography. Working individually and in groups, students created photographic studies of rural communities in North and South Carolina. The exhibit will be up through May 10 in the museum’s third floor lobby; free. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 777-2876

J. GORDON COOGLER POETRY FESTIVAL: Thursday through Jan 25 in Blythewood. Known as the Bard of Doko (the original name of Blythewood), Coogler would write “poems while you wait” for customers at his Columbia print shop. Thursday’s events will feature 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, 6-9 p.m. The Manor at Doko Meadows, 171 Langford Road; sponsored by Bravo Blythewood. Book Event, 6-8 p.m. Jan. 24, Art Coogler and Bill McDonald will read and discuss selections from “Purely Original Verse,” at the Langford- Nord House, 100 McNulty St., sponsored by the Blythewood Historical Society. Bravo Blythewood’s regional Poetry Out Loud competition, 2 p.m. Jan. 25 at The Manor at Doko Meadows. (803) 754-0501

USC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Program will feature performances by winners of the USC Concerto-Aria Competition. $30; seniors, USC faculty and staff, $25; students, $8. (803) 251-2222; www.capitoltickets.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

ROSE WILKINS’ WORLD FAMOUS CHICKEN BOG: 5:30-8 p.m. Jan. 24 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 403 Park Road, Lexington. $7; age 12 and younger, $3. Take-outs available. (803) 359-2444

ORTON-GILLINGHAM WORKSHOP: 7-9 p.m. Jan. 24 at Eau Claire Presbyterian Church, 628 Muller Ave. Free session on multisensory cursive handwriting instruction for students with learning disabilities. Janet Jones will lead the hands-on workshop for teachers, tutors and parents. Space is limited so call (803) 530-3216 or email tutoreauclaire@yahoo.com to reserve a spot.

“CLYBOURNE PARK”: Jan. 24-Feb. 8 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $22; seniors and military, $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

THE CONTEMPORARIES FIRE & ICE BALL: 8 p.m.-midnight Jan. 24 at the Columbia Museum of Art, Main and Hampton streets. Silent auction, refreshments and music with proceeds going to the Contemporaries Art Acquisition Fund. “Cocktail chic” attire suggested. $65; Contemporaries members, $50; deadline is Thursday. (803) 799-2810; www.columbiamuseum.org

WINTER NATURE WALK: 10 a.m. Jan. 25 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Ninety-minute program, designed for age 5 and older, is a casual stroll along the half-mile Jackson Creek Nature Trail. Participants will learn about the plants and animals found in the park. Meet at the park office and dress appropriately for the outdoors. $5; seniors and age 15 and younger, $3. Free to all Park Passport Plus holders. Adults must accompany children 15 and younger. Preregistration is required; deadline is Thursday. (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.com

ROBERT BURNS SOCIETY DINNER: 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Seawell’s, 1125 Rosewood Drive (across from the fairgrounds). The evening will include a raffle, toasts, parade of tartans, address to the haggis, bagpipers, Scottish dancing and music. Sit-down dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. $61; Robert Burns Society of the Midlands members, $51; children, $18. No tickets will be sold after Wedneday. (803) 798-2206; www.rbsm.org

ARTS AT SHANDON: Singer Elizabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of Maria and Baron Trapp, whose story inspired “The Sound of Music,” will perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Free admission; donations will be gratefully accepted. (803) 771-4408, ext. 127; www.shandonpres.org

CLARINET RECITAL: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Steven Cohen, a Phillip G. Grose Guest Artist, will be accompanied by pianist Philip Bush. Free.

BRAD EDWARDS FACULTY TROMBONE RECITAL: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Free.

PALMETTO OPERA: “An Evening With Pavarotti,” 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Teatro Liroco d’Europa will perform Pavarotti’s best-loved arias followed by a Meet the Cast party; $55. (803) 407-5011; http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1771483

SECRET KEEPER GIRL CRAZY HAIR TOUR: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. A relationship-building experience for tween (ages 8-12) girls and their mothers will feature a fun fashion show that demonstrates modesty, balloon sculptures, beach ball competitions, mother/daughter conversation time and confetti cannons. Special guests will be 1 Girl Nation. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. (803) 359-7770, ext. 28; www.saxegotha.org

ORATORICAL CONTEST: Applications deadline for the Feb. 22 contest is Jan. 31. Sponsored by the Richland County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., it’s open to middle school students in Richland 1, 2; Lexington 1, 2; and Lexington-Richland 5. A mandatory essay workshop on speech development and presentation skills is slated for Feb. 8 at Keenan High School, 361 Pisgah Church Road. The contest will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 22 at Keenan High School and cash prizes will be awarded. www.richlandcountydeltas.org or email artsandlettersrca@gmail.com

“A NIGHT AT THE SILVER SCREEN” VALENTINE’S GALA: 8 p.m.-midnight Feb. 14 at Leaside, 100 E. Exchange St. The Friends of Epworth will host the fundraiser to benefit Epworth Children’s Home. Evening will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar; music and dancing to the sounds of Tokyo Joe. Tickets are $100, $150 per couple (sponsorships are available); order at www.friendsofepworth.org by Jan. 31.

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