Community Calendar for the Midlands, Jan. 22

January 22, 2014 

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    THURSDAY

    J. GORDON COOGLER POETRY FESTIVAL: Thursday through Saturday 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. Friday, 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. Saturday at The Manor at Doko Meadows. (803) 754-0501

    FRIDAY

    ORTON-GILLINGHAM WORKSHOP: 7-9 p.m. Friday 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.

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 Saturday 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. Friday, 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. Saturday 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

FRIDAY

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

J. GORDON COOGLER POETRY FESTIVAL: Through Saturday 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.Book Event, 6-8 p.m. Friday, 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. Saturday at The Manor at Doko Meadows, 171 Langford Road. (803) 754-0501

ORTON-GILLINGHAM WORKSHOP: 7-9 p.m. Friday 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.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Live music by the Dancetimers. Admission is $10; $7 for Lourie Center members with membership cards. Open to the public age 21 and older; BYOB and snacks; hot coffee will be provided. (803) 779-1971; www.louriecentersc.com

“CLYBOURNE PARK”: Friday through Feb. 8 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Feb. 2. There will be a talk-back following the show on Feb. 2. The panel will consist of photographer Vennie Deas Moore, who is currrently documenting growth in downtown Columbia from 1920-1950; Tige Watts, president of the National Council of Neighborhoods, Julie Prater, deputy director of the Columbia Housing Authority, the cast and the director, Jim O’Connor. Tickets are $22; seniors and military, $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

THE CONTEMPORARIES FIRE & ICE BALL: 8 p.m.-midnight Friday 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

SATURDAY

GET FIT COLUMBIA: Health and wellness expo, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way. Free event will have something for everyone, from seasoned fitness enthusiasts looking for current trends in nutrition and training or those who need help getting started with healthy lifestyle changes. The day will kick off with an 8:30 a.m. Mayor’s One Mile Walk, followed by fitness demonstrations, giveaways, fitness tips, vendor expo and more. (803) 545-3200

WINTER NATURE WALK: 10 a.m. Saturday 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

J. GORDON COOGLER POETRY FESTIVAL: 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. Bravo Blythewood will sponsor the regional Poetry Out Loud competition, 2 p.m. Saturday at The Manor at Doko Meadows, 171 Langford Road. (803) 754-0501

“CLYBOURNE PARK”: 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Tickets are $22; seniors and military, $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

ROBERT BURNS SOCIETY DINNER: 5:30 p.m. Saturday 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 Wednesday. (803) 798-2206; www.rbsm.org

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

TUESDAY

CLARINET RECITAL: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

“CLYBOURNE PARK”: 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 8 and 3 p.m. Feb. 2. There will be a talk-back following the show on Feb. 2. The panel will consist of photographer Vennie Deas Moore, who is currently documenting growth in downtown Columbia from 1920-1950; Tige Watts, president of the National Council of Neighborhoods, Julie Prater, deputy director of the Columbia Housing Authority, the cast and the director, Jim O’Connor. Tickets are $22; seniors and military, $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

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

CHAPIN THEATRE COMPANY MEMBERSHIP GALA: 7-10 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Chapin Chamber of Commerce, 302 Chapin Ave. Free event will feature appetizers and liquid refreshment. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the upcoming season, how to become involved with the group, renew memberships or other ways to support live theatre in the greater Chapin-Irmo area. www.chapintheatre.org

$1 SUNDAY AT THE STATE MUSEUM: 1-5 p.m. Feb 2 at 301 Gervais St. Admission is $1 the first Sunday monthly. (803) 898-4999; www.scmuseum.org

CAROLINA JAZZ SOCIETY: Dixieland jazz concert, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Enjoy jazz, ragtime and swing with Dick Goodwin, trumpet; Doug Graham, clarinet; Bruce Clark, trombone; Reggie Sullivan, bass; Jim Hall, drums; and Aletha Jacobs, piano. Tickets are $10; students 18 and younger, free. (803) 432-1504

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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