Columbia entertainment calendar, June 13-19

June 13, 2014 

Friday, June 13

Catch “Madagascar 3” as part of the Summer Movie Series, 8:30 p.m. Friday at Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. Arrive at 7 p.m. for face painting, games, surprises and fun for the whole family. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation department. (803) 545-3100;

See what’s coming up at Town Theatre at “Let’s Go to the Previews,” 8 p.m. Friday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Favorite local performers will present glimpses of the 2014-2015 season with bits from “Oklahoma!”, “White Christmas,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Always … Patsy Cline,” “Sugar,” (based on “Some Like It Hot”), “Spamalot” and maybe the summer offering “Peter Pan.” General admission is $10 (includes popcorn and a soft drink). (803) 799-2510;

The Columbia Children’s Theatre presents “The Commedia Snow White,” 7 p.m. Friday at 3400 Forest Drive (Richland Mall, second level). See the story of the maiden with skin as white as snow, as performed by the Spaghetti and Meatball Players. The production runs through June 22. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays (3 and 8 p.m. June 22, 8 p.m. show for adults only). Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at at Tickets for the 7 p.m. Saturday performances are $5. Discounted morning performances for summer camp and day care groups are available. (803) 691-4548

Saturday, June 14

Roll on over to Rollin’ on the River, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. The river celebration will feature boating and tubing for all ages, live music, vendor displays of the latest paddle sports gear and a hot dog lunch. Cost is $5 per person in advance or $10 day of the event. (803) 213-2056;

Kids are the stars in the State Museum’s play, “The Spy Named Emily,” 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 301 Gervais St. Young guests will have a chance to participate in the play and learn about Emily Geiger, a patriot spy. There will also be a fun game of “Jeopardy” where guests can test their knowledge of the museum’s temporary exhibit, “The American Revolutionary War in South Carolina.” (803) 898-4921;

Get creative at the Columbia Mini Maker Faire, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. The family friendly celebration will feature rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, alternative energy, unique handmade crafts, music, local food and educational workshops. Admission is $11.50 per person and includes museum exploration; free for EdVenture members. Purchase tickets online at or at the door.

Calling all Hootie fans! Don’t miss “Soni, Live at the Library!” from 3-4 p.m. Saturday in Bostick Auditorium at the Richland Library, 1431 Assembly St. Jim “Soni” Sonefeld of Hootie & The Blowfish and Mike Miller, author of the 1997 biography, “Hootie!” will discuss the making of Hootie’s debut album, “Cracked Rear View,” and its 20th anniversary celebration. Free and open to the public. (803) 799-9084;

Danielle Howle + Firework Show perform at this Saturday’s Rhythm on the River, 6-9 p.m. at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater, 109 Alexander Road. The event is free. Rain location is Jillian’s, 800 Gervais St.

Columbia’s Summer Concert Series is in full swing. Come out and hear Orquesta Mayor, 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Karaoke Idol will start at 6 p.m., with weekly winners for a cash prize and the finals will be held Aug. 16. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. The concert is free. Sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation department. (803) 545-3100;

Sunday, June 15

Travel back in time with Beatles tribute band The Return, 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St. The band is known for its authenticity, recreating everything from the Beatles’ instruments to their mannerisms on-stage. Tickets are $25 for balcony seats and $35 for orchestra seats. The concert is presented by the Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center and The Township Auditorium Foundation. (803) 576-2350;

The South Carolina Philharmonic and The Southeastern Piano Festival present Piano Extravaganza with Maria Lomazov and Friends, 4 p.m. Sunday at The Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Tickets are $17-$47. (803) 251-2222;

Monday, June 16

Friends of the Newberry County Library System and the Newberry Opera House are co-hosting author Mary Alice Monroe, noon Monday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Monroe will speak about her newest book, “Summer Wind,” followed by a book signing and reception. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Opera House, (803) 276-6264, or at the Hal Kohn Memorial Library, (803) 276-0854.

Tuesday, June 17

Women are invited to learn the ins and outs of boating safety and trailer backing at Ladies Day on the Lake, Tuesday at the Lighthouse Marina, 1925 Johnson Marina Road, Chapin. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The cost is $35. (803) 331-8355;

Thursday, June 19

Next up at Movies at the Opera House is “Despicable Me 2,” 10 a.m., 1 and 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., Sumter. Tickets are $1. (803) 436-2616;

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