Columbia entertainment calendar, June 20-26

June 20, 2014 

Friday, June 20

The Newberry Community Players present “Kiss Me, Kate,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. The classic musical follows a group of actors performing Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.” Tickets are $25 each or $19 for groups of 15 or more. Tickets available at the box office. (803) 276-6264;

Prepare to be scared at “Evil Dead: The Musical,” Friday through July 26 at Trustus Theatre’s Thigpen Main Stage, 520 Lady St. The musical performance is a campy adaptation of Sam Raimi’s ’80s cult classic films. Audience members can become more involved in the action by purchasing Splatter Zone seats where they will be splashed with “blood” from the stage. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays June 29, July 13 and July 20 (with no performances the weekend of July 4). Tickets are $27 for the general public, $25 for military and seniors, $20 for students and $36 for Splatter Zone tickets. $36. Student Rush tickets will be available 15 minutes prior to curtain. (803) 254-9732;

Don’t miss award-winning author and illustrator Anita Lobel, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at Richland Library’s Bostick Auditorium, 1431 Assembly St. The evening will open with a presentation, followed by a reception and book signing. “All the World’s a Stage,” an exhibit of her artwork, will be on display at the Columbia Museum of Art and the Richland Library through Aug. 17. (803) 799-2810;

Columbia’s Summer Movie Series continues with “Turbo,” 8:30 p.m. Friday at Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. Come early at 7 p.m. for face painting, games, surprises and fun for the whole family. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. All movies are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation department. (803) 545-3100;

The next installment of the Columbia’s Parks and Recreation’s Prime Time in the Parks is 8-11 p.m. Friday at Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Ave., and Lorick Park, 1600 Lorick Ave. This free, late-night program provides a fun and safe environment for ages 13-18 with games, sports, music, refreshments and more. (803) 545-3020;

Saturday, June 21

“Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time” opens Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. The exhibit features robotic dinosaurs, ranging in size from half-scale to life size, as well as hands-on activities including a controllable duck bill dinosaur, dinosaur dig box and dinosaur puppet booths for kids. Admission is $15 for the general public, $13 for age 62 and older and $11 for ages 3-12 (includes regular museum admission). The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. (803) 898-4921;

Wreckless Eric takes the stage Saturday at Conundrum Music Hall, 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. Josh Roberts will open the evening with a rare solo acoustic set. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the event begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Relax with music from Second Nature, 7-10 p.m. Saturday as part of the Summer Concert Series at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Karaoke Idol will start at 6 p.m. with weekly winners for a cash prize; the finals will be held Aug. 16. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. Free, sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation department. (803) 545-3100;

Bring your appetite to the fourth annual Southeast Crab Feast, 4-7 p.m. Saturday at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Chow down on all-you-can-eat Charleston blue crabs and a Lowcountry boil. Tickets are $29 for adults and $12.50 for ages 4-12. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. (980) 202-1142;

Tuesday, June 24

Once named the world’s best guitarists by Guitar Magazine, Tommy Emmanuel will bring his talents to the Newberry Opera House 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Tickets are $35. (803) 276-6264;

Wednesday, June 25

Catch author Barbara Brown Taylor Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St. The event will open with a wine and cheese reception at 5:30 p.m. in Satterlee Hall, followed by a book reading, talk and Q&A from 6-7. A book signing will begin at 7 p.m. Barbara Brown Taylor is a best-selling author, Episcopal priest and professor of religion. Her most recent book is “Learning to Walk in the Dark.” Books will be available for purchase in the church bookstore, which is open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Kids can experience the great outdoors at Sesquicentennial State Park’s Children’s Nature Program, 10 a.m. Wednesday at 9564 Two Notch Road. Ages 5-12 will uncover the secrets of birds, insects, mammals and more through hands-on activities. Admission is $5. Register by Monday. Meet at the park office and dress appropriately for being outdoors. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (803) 788-2706;

Thursday, June 26

City Art Gallery presents artist Lee Monts’ exhibition, “Age & Intuition,” Thursday-July 26 at 1224 Lincoln St. The solo exhibition features paintings created to mark the artist’s 50th birthday. An opening reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 252-3613;

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