Columbia entertainment calendar, April 25-May 1

April 25, 2014 

Friday, April 25

Hop on over to Township Auditorium for “Tales of Beatrix Potter,” 10 a.m. Friday at 1703 Taylor St. This narrated children’s ballet will feature the Carolina Ballet junior and apprentice companies. Tickets are $10.50. (803) 576-2350; http://thetownship.org.


Columbia’s Color the Arts festival returns for its 10th year, 6-9 p.m. Friday at First Citizens Plaza, Main and Lady streets. The event will feature a juried art show and sale, silent auction, jazz by international recording artist Mark Rapp, food from Blue Marlin, beer and wine from Vino Garage and more. Tickets are $60 at the door. Proceeds will support the Arts Fund of the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties. (803) 799-3115; http://colorthearts.info


The Root Doctors will kick off the Music at Sandhill spring concert series presented by Grow Financial Credit Union, 7-9 p.m. Friday on Town Center Common, Village at Sandhill, Two Notch and Clemson roads. The fun will include balloon artist Nick Propst and free rides and games beginning at 6 p.m. http://villageatsandhill.com

Celebrate Sprummer with Sister Hazel and guests on the rooftop of Carolina Walk. The fundraiser for Winston’s Wish from 7-11 p.m. includes food by Bone-In Artisan BBQ and beverages. Tickets are $98; get them at www.winstonswishfoundation.com

Saturday, April 26


Gospel music legend Martha Munizzi will headline Eau Claire Fest 2014, 11 a.m. Saturday at North Main Street and Monticello Road. The free community festival will feature a 5K fun run, Fonky Fest Parade, Senior Village, KidZone, Main Street Marketplace and five entertainment stages. Sponsored by the Eau Claire Community Council and the City of Columbia. http://eauclairefest.com


The University of South Carolina’s student-run radio station presents its annual spring festival, the WUSC Jamboree, 12:30-10 p.m. Saturday at El Burrito, 934 Harden St. Acts from all over the east coast will perform, including headlining band Vacationer. Local acts include fk mt., MyBrother MySister, One Two Skidoo and Charleston’s Heyrocco; $8. http://wusc.sc.edu


Don’t miss Carolina Ballet’s Tchaikovsky Festival, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St. The program will feature “The Seasons” and “Swan Lake (Act II).” Tickets are $20.50. (803) 576-2350; http://thetownship.org


Improviser/composer Ken Vandermark’s newest ensemble, Made to Break, performs 9 p.m. Saturday at Conundrum Music Hall, 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. The quartet’s instrumentation — drums, electric bass, electronics and reeds — allows for an energetic and unique musical experience. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $12 at the door. (803) 250-1295; http://conundrum.us


Have fun with the family while supporting a great cause at Riders Remembered Angels of Support Family Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Thunder Tower, 190 Pontiac Business Center Drive (exit 82 off I-20). The day’s activities include a reading by children’s author Mary Lee at 11 a.m., an appearance by Cocky at 11 a.m., a concert by Barefoot n’ Reckless at 11:30 a.m., and a memorial ride at 9 a.m. (beginning at Nazareth Lutheran Church, 1800 Nazareth Road, Lexington). Proceeds from this year’s events will support Ed and Lisa Barton, who were hit by a car in August. (803) 513-5274; ridersremembered@gmail.com


Calling all families! Check out Kids Day of Lexington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Virginia Hylton Park, 111 Maiden Lane (behind Lexington Town Hall). This free event will focus on educating families on health, safety and environmental issues. Hosted by Palmetto Chiropractic Center, Kids Day will offer spinal, speech, dental and hearing screenings, child ID kits, Internet safety tips, bike safety clinics, children’s activities, live entertainment, food and more. All proceeds raised will benefit the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter and Dickerson Center for Children. (803) 356-8554


Challenge yourself at the third annual Quarry Crusher Run, 9 a.m. Saturday at Vulcan Quarry, 545 Georgia St. The race will reach a new depth of 427 feet below the earth. Participants will race 3.72 miles at a 10 percent grade. Registration includes a T-shirt. http://quarrycrusherrun.com


Lake Murray Sailing Club presents Sailfest 2014, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at 235 Old Forge Road, Chapin. Learn about sailing and sailboats by attending a seminar. There will also be sailboat rides, club tours, summer camp information, and free hotdogs and beverages. www.lmsc.org


Celebrate Earth Day at Riverbanks Zoo’s Party for the Planet, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at 500 Wildlife Pkwy. The wild celebration will show guests how they can make a positive impact on the environment through interactive educational activities. Free with paid admission. (803) 779-8717


Lace-up your walking shoes for March for Babies, Saturday morning at the S.C. State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Drive. An opening program will be held at 8 a.m., followed by three-mile and six-mile walks at 9 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Proceeds support the March of Dimes’ efforts to prevent birth defects and infant death, to reduce the state’s premature birth rate and to increase access to prenatal care. http://marchforbabies.org


The longest running theatrical production in history, “The Fantasticks,” comes to Columbia, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Harbison Theatre, 7300 College St., Irmo. The romantic comedy tells the story of a boy and a girl whose fathers conspire to make them fall in love. Tickets are $28. (803) 407-5011; http://harbisontheatre.org


Get moving at the Providence Heart and Sole 5-Miler, Saturday at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. This women’s-only road race and walk calls attention to heart disease. Race day registration is 7-8 a.m. at the Arsenal Hill Building, 1800 Lincoln St. The day’s schedule includes an opening ceremony at 8 a.m., followed by the five-mile run at 8:30 a.m., and the five-mile walk and three-mile walk at 8:30 a.m. Stick around afterward for the Expo, which will feature blood pressure checks, health screenings and more. http://heartandsolerun.com

Sunday, April 27


Record enthusiasts are invited to the seventh annual Greater Columbia Record Fair, noon-5 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Purchase records of all types. DJ’s will be members of the Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul. The event is free, but beer and food vendors will be on hand. http://columbiamuseum.org


Unlock the beauty secrets of ancient Egypt at Nefertiti’s Golden Spa, 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Back by popular demand, the event provides participants with recipes for beauty treatments, goodie bags, spa-style refreshments and beverages. The cost is $12 for the general public and $10 for museum members. Tickets include museum general admission and the “Tutankhamen, Return of the King,” exhibit, which is being held over until June 1. Advance purchase is recommended. http://scmuseum.org/events


Doug and Bunny Williams’ annual variety show returns to the Newberry Opera House, 3 p.m. Sunday at 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Performers include Cary and Susan Douglass Taylor, fiddler Jim Graddick, banjoist Randy Lucas, opera singers Lee and Dustin Ousley and others. Tickets are $20 each or $15 for groups. Steven W’s Bistro will be open after the show for dining; call (803) 276-7700 to make a reservation. (803) 276-9294; www.newberryoperahouse.com

Monday, April 28


Broadway in Columbia continues with musical comedy “The Addams Family,” 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Tickets are $47-$58. (803) 251-2222; http://capitoltickets.com

Tuesday, April 29


Catch the season finale of CMA Chamber Music on Main, 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. The evening will feature compositions by Bach, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn performed by cellist Edward Arron, pianist Jeewon Park and violinist Yosuke Kawaski. Presented by U.S. Trust. Admission is $40 for the general public, $30 for CMA members, and $5 for students. A cash bar will be available for Happy Hour beginning at 6 p.m. http://columbiamuseum.org

Thursday, May 1

First Thursdays on Main continues, 6-10 p.m. Thursday on Main Street from City Hall to the State House. The evening’s line-up includes art by J. Spencer Shull and Jonathon Inkley at Carolina Hair Studios, “Ciclo Colorido: Where Two Worlds Touch” by Amanda Ladymon and Heidi Darr Hope at Frame of Mind, “Light vs. Dark” featuring Al Fowler and Dave Robbins at Grapes and Gallery, Tapping of the Keg (River Rat Broad River Red Ale) at The Whig, and much more. See a detailed schedule of events at http://firstthursdaysonmain.com.

Atlas Road Crew performs at the next Five After Five, 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday at the fountain in Five Points. Free and open to all ages. http://fivepointscolumbia.com

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