Columbia entertainment calendar, June 6-12

June 6, 2014 

Friday, June 6

The Summer Movie Series has returned to Riverfront Park. Catch “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” 8:30 p.m. Friday at 312 Laurel St. Face painting, games and other fun family activities begin at 7 p.m. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. All movies are free and open to the public. (803) 545-3100;

Get on over to the Southern Guitar Festival and Competition, Friday through Sunday at Columbia College, 1301 Columbia College Drive. The festival will open at 7 p.m. Friday with a performance by Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan, followed by Southern Guitar Festival faculty — double bass virtuoso Craig Butterfield, Teri Forscher-Milter (flute), Sloan’s Duo (Mandy Sloan on saxophone and Steve Sloan on guitar) and Marina Alexandra. The 7 p.m. Saturday concert will feature classical, Latino-American and flamenco music by Ivan Resendiz and Siulviu Ciulei. Tickets for each concert are $20 for the general public and $15 for students.

Singer/songwriter Art Garfunkel comes to Columbia for a show featuring songs, stories and a Q&A period, 8 p.m. Friday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. All seats are general admission. Tickets are $65. Doors open at 7 p.m. No backpacks or outside food or drink will be allowed in the museum.

Saturday, June 7

Don’t miss the StoryfestSC Kick-off, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. This summer reading program exposes families to children’s authors and the art of story featured at all of South Carolina’s public libraries. The day’s events will feature presentations by authors Nina Crews and Brian Lies, storytelling, crafts, face painting, visits from popular characters, photography fun for young adults with a green screen booth and props. Sponsored by the State Library.

Learning is fun at “Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice,” Saturday through Sept. 14 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. The exhibit utilizes new research to create distinct dinosaur environments. In the “Land of Fire,” visitors experience the home of the Triceratops and T-Rex. Children don insect costumes to buzz through a volcano with oozing lava or a swampy bog, and identify an ecosystem of animals and plants. A frozen trip across the “Land of Ice” introduces visitors to a Troodon and Edmontosaurus, who made their home in cold climates. Activities include climbing rocky steps, breezing down an icy slide and hopping across stepping stones over an icy river. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $11.50 for the general public, $10.50 for age 62 and older/military with ID, and free for members and children age 1 and younger. (803) 400-1166;

The first Caribbean Culture Festival weekend includes an event from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. Enjoy food from the islands and be entertained by the Drum Jammers Tassa Band. For more on the events this weekend, visit

Mark your calendar: the Summer Concert Series runs 7-10 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 16 at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Sweetwater Junction performs this Saturday. Karaoke Idol will be held at 6 p.m. beginning June 14. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. All concerts are free and open to the public. (803) 545-3100;

The Columbia Marionette Theatre presents the classic fairy tale “Puss and Boots,” Saturday through Aug. 30 at 401 Laurel St. Shows are 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. every Saturday (except Aug. 2) and 10 a.m. the third Monday of each month. Tickets are $5. (803) 252-7366;

The South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation will mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day with the inaugural USO Style Hangar Dance, Saturday at the Jim Hamilton/L.B. Owens Airport, 1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd. The event will be held in Hangar Y-1, adjacent to the terminal. A barbecue dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by music from the Dick Goodwin Big Band at 7:15 p.m. Admission is a donation of $25 per person or $45 per couple at the door. World War II veterans plus one guest receive free admission. Open to age 18 and older. RSVP to or call (803) 513-8187.

Sunday, June 8

See some of the Capital City’s sacred sites at Historic Columbia’s Second Sunday Roll, 2 p.m. Sunday beginning at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St. Stops include First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church of Columbia and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for youth, $8 for HC member adults and $4 for HC member youth. Reservations are required. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23;

Tuesday, June 10

Bring the kids to Family Night at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Admission is only $1 from 5-8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. (803) 779-3100;

The Township Auditorium presents Summer Sets Jazz Series with the Mike Frost Band featuring Lauren Meccia, 6 p.m. Tuesday at 1703 Taylor St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the box office. (803) 576-2350;

Wednesday, June 11

Enjoy an evening of American music at the Celebrate Freedom Foundation Festival and Concert, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Morihiko Nakahara and the S.C. Philharmonic will salute the U.S. Army Special Forces with performances of “Ballad of the Green Berets” and other patriotic favorites — “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Hymn to the Fallen,” (from the movie “Saving Private Ryan”). Tickets are $12 or $10 each for groups of 10 or more. (803) 254-7445;

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