Columbia entertainment calendar, March 28-April 3

March 27, 2014 

Friday, March 28

Art enthusiasts won’t want to miss Leo Twiggs’ “Shifting Symbols,” Friday through April 29 at if ART Gallery, 1223 Lincoln St. The exhibition will feature work from the last three years not shown before in Columbia. An artist’s reception will be held 6-9 p.m. Friday with a gallery talk at 1 p.m. Saturday. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 238-2351;

Prideful Possessions: A South Carolina Silver Sampler opens Friday at the Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding St. This new, permanent exhibit showcases rarely displayed pieces from the Historic Columbia Foundation’s museum collection. The exhibit is shown as part of the guided tours of the Robert Mills House. Tours run at the top of the hour Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $8 for the general public, $4 for youth, and free for foundation members.

If you love the outdoors, check out Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic, an annual hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation show, Friday through Sunday at the State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Drive. Hours are noon-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, free for children 10 and younger. (803) 734-4008

Saturday, March 29

Don your finest seersucker apparel for the 82nd annual Carolina Cup, Saturday at the Springdale Racecourse, 200 Knights Hill Road, Camden. Gates open at 9 a.m. and post time is 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 at the gate. General parking is $10. (803) 432-6513;

Town Theatre Youth present a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 1012 Sumter St. Tickets are $10. Sponsored by Colonial Life. (803) 799-2510;

Celebrate Easter at the 45th annual Cottontail Festival, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. The cost to participate in activities is $1 per child, which includes games, rides, egg hunt at noon and more. Concessions will be available. Admission is $2 for adults and free for age 15 and younger. Sponsored by the Richland County Recreation Commission. (803) 741-7272

Sunday, March 30

Bring your appetite to the S.C. Cornbread Festival, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday at 2800 N. Main St. and Newman Street. Live music starts at noon with the Mobros, Orquesta McCuba, the Finesse Band, the Fantastic Shakers, the Root Doctors and the Swingin’ Medallions. Attractions include a cornbread cook-off, cornbread eating contest, car show, cornbread toss, line dancing, door prizes and children’s activities. Canned food donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank will be accepted. Admission is $5 for the general public and free for age 12 and younger/70 and older. Sponsored by the North Columbia Business Association. (803) 786-7232;

The Columbia Jewish Film Festival returns for its 14th year, running Sunday through Thursday, and featuring a wide selection of films from around the world. The schedule includes “The Zigzag Kid,” “Fill the Void,” “Aftermath,” “The Other Son,” “Suskind,” “Orchestra of Exiles” and more. All films will be shown at the Nickelodeon Theater, 1607 Main St. Tickets can be purchased online as a package at or as single tickets for $10 each at the JCC’s front desk, 306 Flora Road. Don’t miss the opening party Sunday at 5:30 p.m. followed by “Jerusalem on a Plate” at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $50 if purchased individually. (803) 787-2023

Monday, March 31

Don’t miss Nickelodeon Theatre’s latest installment of the Science on Screen Film Forum series, 5:30 p.m. Monday at 1607 Main St. The series combines entertainment and enlightenment by bringing in scientists to explain how their work is portrayed in a specific film. Monday’s film is “Computer Chess.” Joshua Cooper, associate professor in USC’s Math Department, will discuss math and gaming. Tickets are $10. (803) 254-8234;

Wednesday, April 2

Blythewood Community Theater presents its first production, “Hello, Dolly!” Wednesday through April 6 in the Westwood High School auditorium, 180 Turkey Farm Road, Blythewood. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $13.50 for military with ID, and $10 for seniors and children age 12 and younger. Purchase tickets at or at the door or at the Blythewood Arts Center, 152-B Blythewood Road.

You’ve never experienced anything like a Legends of the Celtic Harp concert, 8 p.m. Wednesday at Conundrum Music Hall, 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. Three of the world’s best Celtic harpers, Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter, will present a moving blend of music and stories. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 at (803) 250-1295

Thursday, April 3

First Thursdays on Main continues, 6-10 p.m. Thursday on Main Street from City Hall to the State House. See a detailed schedule of events at

Catch the Columbia Open Studios Preview Party, 7-10 p.m. Thursday at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley St., second floor. Meet the artists and sponsors of the tour at a reception with a cash bar and refreshments. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for members.

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