Columbia entertainment calendar, Feb. 28-March 6

February 27, 2014 

Friday, February 28

Calling all aspiring art students! Check out College Art Day, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Participants can explore South Carolina colleges and university art departments, meet current students and faculty from colleges across the state and hear from alumni applying their art degrees in their professions. Includes museum tour and admission to the temporary exhibition, “This Just In.” Free with museum general admission or membership.

Columbia Classical Ballet presents the timeless fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty,” 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Tickets are $5-$12. (803) 251-2222;

Saturday, March 1

The State Museum’s art festivities continue Saturday with Art Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 301 Gervais St. The celebration of South Carolina art and artists will feature a day of hands-on activities, artist demonstrations, behind-the-scenes tours of the art collection, live music and more. Free with museum general admission or membership.

People and pooches alike are invited to Party Animals Mardi Gras Festival, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday at City Roots, 1005 Airport Blvd. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the parade starts at noon (staging begins at 9:30 a.m.). The festival will feature music, food and beverages for sale and a kids zone. Admission is $10; children age 12 and younger and dogs will be admitted free. Proceeds will benefit The Animal Mission in its efforts to provide free and discounted spay/neuter programs across the Midlands. (803) 929-6650;

Bring your appetite to the Palladium Society Chili Cook-Off, 5-8 p.m. Saturday at in the Ellison Building at the State Fairgrounds. Advance tickets are $30 for the general public, $25 for Historic Columbia Foundation members and $15 for Palladium Society members. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $30 (includes all you can eat and drink — chili, wine and beer). Proceeds will benefit the Historic Columbia Foundation. (803) 252-7742, ext. 11;

The Newberry Community Players tell the story of a couple’s life together from honeymoon to golden years at “I Do, I Do,” 6:30 p.m. Saturday and March 8 and 1 p.m. Sunday and March 9, in the Newberry Community Hall, 1209 Caldwell St., Newberry. The dinner theater musical is designed as if attendees are at an anniversary reception and will include gourmet appetizers, entrees and desserts. Tickets are $42 each or $35 each for groups of 10 or more. A cash bar will also be available. (803) 276-6264;

Don’t miss “Carmen,” presented by Palmetto Opera, 7 p.m. Saturday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. The event will feature a performance by Teatro Lirico d’Europa, sung in French with English supertitles. Tickets are $45 for the general public, and $35 for children, military and students. (803) 251-2222;

Sunday, March 2

All-female Irish ensemble Celtic Woman brings The Emerald Tour to Columbia, 3 p.m. Sunday at the Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St. Tickets are $49-$111.80. (803) 576-2356;

The Light the Way concert series continues with “Spirals of Light,” a classical music concert, 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Tree of Life Congregation, 6719 N. Trenholm Road. The event will also feature the premiere of Jack Burkheim’s poem, “Figment of My Imagination.” Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for students and seniors. Proceeds will benefit the Columbia Family Shelter.

Why sit at home watching the Academy Awards when you can attend Nickelodeon Theatre’s Red Carpet Awards Party? Join them 5:30 p.m. Sunday at 1607 Main St. Food and cocktails will be provided by The Oak Table. Anne Postic (The Shop Tart) and Andy Burns will serve as hosts. Tickets are $50 for the general public and $35 for members. (803) 254-8234;

Monday, March 3

Branson, Mo., comes to Newberry at the Ozark Jubilee, 3 and 7 p.m. Monday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Entertainment will include country music from Doug Driesel and “Australian Sensation” Jennifer Simmons. The jubilee will also feature a performance by comedian and fiddler Doofus Doolittle. Tickets are $26 each or $22.50 each for groups. (803) 276-6264;

Thursday, March 6

City Art Gallery’s newest exhibition is Jan Swanson’s “Interpretations: New Work,” which opens with a reception from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at 1224 Lincoln St. Swanson is a native of Asheville and a Clemson graduate. A self-taught artist working in oils, Swanson often painting things that “aren’t quite right.” The exhibition will run through March 30. (803) 252-1803;

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