Columbia entertainment calendar, July 11-17

July 11, 2014 

Friday, July 11

Columbia’s Summer Movie Series continues with “Rise of the Guardians,” 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 family. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. Admission, popcorn and drinks are free. Sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department. (803) 545-3100;

Kids ages 13-18 are invited to enjoy games, sports, music, refreshments and more at Prime Time in the Parks, 8-11 p.m. Friday at Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Ave., Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center, 2611 Grant St., and St. Anna’s Park, 1315 Liberty Hill Ave. The free late-night program is sponsored by Columbia Parks and Recreation Department. (803) 545-3020;

Saturday, July 12

Beginning this week, you can tour the State House every Saturday. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free, self-guided tours will be held each hour beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Enjoy a day of learning for the whole family at Learn Freely Fest, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Richland Library, 1431 Assembly St. An exciting day of learning for the whole family. Choose from more than a dozen fun and informative sessions on everything from gardening, 3-D printing, and yoga to genealogy, origami and how to tie a bow tie! Free.

Reptiles, amphibians and spiders, oh my! Repticon returns to Columbia, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road. The expo will feature reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, spiders and small exotic animals. Breeders and vendors will offer animals, merchandise, cages, supplies, and live and frozen feeders. There will also be seminars featuring live animals with an opportunity for guests to interact with them and raffles both days. VIP tickets (good for both days, 9 a.m. entry on Saturday and product samples) are $12; ages 5-12, $4; age 4 and younger, free; two-day tickets are $15 and $5; one-day tickets at the door are $10 and $5.

See the State Museum’s newest temporary exhibit, “Chapman’s Charleston, 1863-64,” Saturday through Jan. 18 at 301 Gervais St. Conrad Wise Chapman was an artist and Confederate soldier. Thirty-three of his original paintings will be on display for the first time in Columbia. The exhibit is included with general admission or museum membership.

Columbia Museum of Art presents “Women Artists: The Other Side of the Picture,” noon Saturday at 1515 Main St. Film featuring artists Doris McCarthy, Judy Chicago, Joyce Weiland, Jane Ash Poitras and The Guerrilla Girls, the “terrorists” of the art world, discuss the dearth of women’s artwork in major galleries and examine the social history of women in the fine arts. Admission is $12 for the general public, $10 for military and age 65 and older, $5 for students, and free for members and children 5 and younger. The museum is open noon-5 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 799-2810;

Don’t miss the Jammin’ in July Music Festival, 5-11 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, 222 Broad St., Camden. The evening will feature 10 bands and solo acts of varied genres. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $20 for the general public, $18 for military and seniors, $4 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Parking is free, and collectible 2014 T-shirts designed by Robert Ariail will be available for purchase. Coolers and lawn chairs are welcome, but pets and glass bottles are prohibited. In case of rain, the festival will be held at 833 S. Broad St. (803) 432-9841;

Catch Terence Young and Soul Centric at the next installment of Columbia’s Summer Concert Series, 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. Free, sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation department. (803) 545-3100;

Sunday, July 13

Former USC basketball standout Steve Wannamaker returns to the Comedy House, 7 p.m. Sunday at 2768 Decker Blvd. Wannamaker has appeared on “Magnum P.I.” and “Hawaii 5-0.” Tickets are $15. (803) 798-9898;

Tuesday, July 15

Township Auditorium’s Summer Sets Jazz Series continues with the Nick Brewer Jazz Ensemble, 6 p.m. Tuesday in the theater’s lobby, 1703 Taylor St. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the box office. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Presented by the Township Auditorium Foundation. (803) 576-2350

Wednesday, July 16

Take a mid-week break at Wine Down Wednesday in Five Points, 5-7 p.m. each Wednesday in July. Enjoy complimentary refreshments while perusing summer shopping specials and dining opportunities in Five Points.

Thursday, July 17

Round up your friends for the next Renovation Rodeo, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Cottontown neighborhood. Historic Columbia’s Palladium Society takes its tour series to Vino Garage, 2327 Main St., for light hors d’ouvres as well as beer, a wine tasting and a discount on growlers. Renovation Rodeos highlight old homes and buildings in the Columbia area that have been refurbished and renovated while staying true to the roots and history of the site. The tour is $5 for the general public and free for Palladium Society members. Register at or call (803) 252-7742, ext. 15.

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