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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
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
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.
BRAD EDWARDS FACULTY TROMBONE RECITAL: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Free.
PALMETTO OPERA: “An Evening With Pavarotti,” 7 p.m. Thursday 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. Thursday 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 email@example.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.