February 14, 2014

Columbia entertainment calendar, Feb. 14-20

Check ahead to make sure events aren’t canceled

Friday, February 14

Love is in the air at Epworth Children’s Home’s Valentine’s gala, A Night at the Silver Screen, 8 p.m.-midnight Friday at Leaside, 100 E. Exchange Blvd. Enjoy music by Tokyo Joe and a selection of heavy hors d’oevres and an open bar. Tickets are $100 per person or $150 per couple. (803) 256-7394; www.friendsofepworth.org

Irish music legends Kevin Burke and John Carty will perform, 8 p.m. Friday at Conundrum Music Hall, 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. The event is presented by the Redbird School of Irish Music. Tickets are $18 at the door. http://cornerhousemusic.com/RedbirdConcert2.html

If this week’s winter precipitation has got you feeling down, cheer up with “Singin’ in the Rain” Friday night at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St. in Irmo. Dessert will be served at 7 p.m., and the classic romantic musical starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and include the pre-show sweets. (803) 407-5011; www.harbisontheatre.org

Saturday, February 15

Calling all history buffs! Watch a commemoration of Gen. William T. Sherman’s 1865 firing on Columbia, noon Saturday on the West Columbia side of the Gervais Street bridge. Confederate sharpshooters will be on the Columbia side of the bridge. Billy Williams, a World War II veteran and Silver Star recipient will participate in the first firing. Sponsored by the General Wade Hampton Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Free. (803) 237-4409

Celebrate the reopening of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home, Saturday through Monday at 1705 Hampton St. Bring the entire family to the opening day festival from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature tours, food trucks, live music, crafts and shopping. Festival tickets are free; tour tickets are $8 for the general public, $5 for youth and free for Historic Columbia members. Home and garden tours also will be offered from 1-5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday. Free admission to the grounds on Sunday and Monday, plus crafts for the kids and shopping. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; www.historiccolumbia.org

You can support the Special Olympics South Carolina by participating in the Lake Murray Polar Bear Plunge, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Lake Murray Recreation Area on the Lexington side of the dam (entrance is at the intersection of S.C. 6 and Corley Mill Road). Registration begins at 10 a.m., there will be a costume contest at 11 a.m. and the plunge is at noon. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of $50 in donations which will include an event T-shirt and refreshments. Co-sponsor is the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. www.firstgiving.com/so-sc/lake-murray-plunge

Women of all ages are invited to an afternoon of pampering at Nefertiti’s Golden Spa, 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. The spa day is a celebration of the museum’s “Tutankhamen: Return of the King” exhibition. Guests will learn ancient Egyptian beauty secrets as well as a few modern day ones. A series of stations will teach participants how to use and make some of the concoctions. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $10 for museum members (includes general admission and admission to the King Tut exhibit). Space is limited; call (803) 898-4999 or go to www.scmuseum.org for reservations.

Check out the UU Coffeehouse on Saturday and hear Chase Bradley on the Side Stage at 7 p.m., followed by Reeve Coobs with Tiffany Wilkinson opening for Chuck Brodsky at 8 p.m. Brodsky’s music tells the stories of oddball or underdog characters. His 10 albums have received worldwide critical acclaim. The UU Coffeehouse is located at 2701 Heyward St. Tickets are $15 for adults with a reservation and $17 at the door; high school and college students are $3; children in 8th grade and younger are free. (803) 200-2824; www.uucoffeehouse.org

Sunday, February 16

Don’t miss The Lettermen in concert, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Take a walk down memory lane with hits including “The Way You Look Tonight,” When I Fall in Love,” “Theme from Summer Place,” and more. Tickets are $35 and $40 (group discounts available). (803) 276-6264; www.newberryoperahouse.com

Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra presents Valentines from France, romantic music centered around French composers and themes, 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. The concert will feature cello soloist Amy Gotto, a fourth-grader from Columbia. The program will include selections from Berlioz, Bizet, Dick Goodwin and more. Free. (803) 400-3540; www.lmso.org

Wednesday, February 19

There’s fun to be had at Disney Junior Live on Tour: Pirate and Princess Adventure, 4 and 7 p.m. Wednesday at Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St. The show will feature characters from Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Tickets are $22-$47; children younger than one are free. (803) 576-9200; www.coloniallifearena.com

Thursday, February 20

EdVenture Children’s Museum isn’t just for kids! Adults will have a blast at EdVenture After Dark: Glow, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at 211 Gervais St. Make a statement with glow-in-the-dark manicures and body paint, play a game of laser tag and show off your artistic side with light graffiti. The event will also include beer, wine and pizza. Tickets are $20 per person and include two drinks. Proceeds will benefit the Yes, Every Child Fund. (803) 779-3100; www.edventure.org

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