WAYSIDE SIGNS UNVEILING: 10 a.m. Friday at the corner of Main and Gervais streets. Part of Columbia SC 63’s project to commemorate and recognize Columbia’s civil rights story. Following a short program, there will be a walking tour on Main Street to view the signs that tell the story of student activism, peaceful protests, marches, demonstrations and racial reconciliation. http://columbiasc63.com
CMA ARTIST SALON SERIES: Noon Friday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Gallery talk will feature Columbia City Ballet artistic and executive director William Starrett, who will discuss his creative process in staging the upcoming performance of “Alice in Wonderland.” Free with membership or admission. http://columbiamuseum.org
WINTER JAM TOUR SPECTACULAR: 7 p.m. Friday at Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St. Christian music concert will feature Newsboys, Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch, Plumb, NewSong and Colton Dixon. Come early for the pre-jam party with Love & the Outcome, Everfound and Derek Minor. Admission, $10. (803) 576-9200; or http://jamtour.com
Never miss a local story.
FESTIVAL OF CHOIRS: 7:30 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Columbia, 1306 Hampton St. Featured choirs performing sacred music mixed with lively spirituals will be Lexington High School Chamber Choir, Brookland Baptist Church Male Chorus, Greater Columbia Children’s Choir, Greater Columbia Chamber Choir and Chamber Choir of Kershaw County. Palmetto Mastersingers serve as hosts. Tickets are $10 at the door or call (803) 765-0777 to order. http://palmettomastersingers.org
“ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JUNIOR”: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Wonka’s rules in the factory — or suffer the consequences. Tickets are $12; seniors, students, military and age 12 and younger, $10. (803) 359-1436; http://villagesquaretheatre.com
“MARVIN’S ROOM”: 8 p.m. Friday at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo.Tickets are $18; students age 13 and older, seniors 60 and older and active duty military, $15; age 12 and younger, $12. http://chapintheatre.org/tix.html
“SEE ROCK CITY AND OTHER DESTINATIONS”: Friday through April 5 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Contemporary musical about connections missed and made at tourist destinations across America. Dewey Scott-Wiley will direct the Drama Desk Award winner for outstanding musical, book and lyrics. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. March 23, 30. Tickets are $27; military and seniors, $25; students, $20 (half-price Student Rush tickets are available 15 minutes prior to curtain. (803) 254-9732; http://trustus.org
“BILOXI BLUES”: Friday through March 29 at Workshop Theatre, 1136 Bull St. The second of Neil Simon’s trilogy which began with “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” picks up with Eugene Jerome as a recruit stationed at boot camp in Biloxi, Miss., in 1943. Show times are 8 p.m. nightly Wednesdays-Saturdays except for a 3 p.m. matinee on March 16. $20; seniors and military, $17; students, $14; children, $10. (803) 799-6551; http://workshoptheatre.com
COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Rosenwald Community Learning Center, 420 Hendrix St., Lexington. Health care vendors, including physical, mental and spiritual health providers will be on hand. Children’s activities are also on the schedule.
PROJECT ALPHA YOUTH CONFERENCE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Heyward Career and Technology Center, 3560 Lynhaven Drive; check-in and registration begin at 8:30 a.m. The program is designed to help young men ages 11-18 to learn the responsibilities that come with sexuality and fatherhood. Participants will also engage in workshops on a variety of topics including peer pressure, gangs and violence, HIV/AIDS and developing healthy relationships. Sponsored by the Omicron Iota Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia. Free; but preregistration is required for attendance. To register online, go to http://alphaoil.org
“THE ANT BULLY”: 10 a.m. Saturday at Nickelodeon, 1607 Main St. A boy becomes the size of an ant and learns about companionship, acceptance and the courage to stand up for himself. Free Family Fun Day is part of the Nick’s Science on Screen series. Following the film, some insect experts will create interactive activities for the whole family. (803) 254-3433; http://nickelodeon.org
“ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JUNIOR”: 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Wonka’s rules in the factory — or suffer the consequences. Tickets are $12; seniors, students, military and age 12 and younger, $10. (803) 359-1436; http://villagesquaretheatre.com
STATE MUSEUM: Reception for the virtual exhibit “The Art and Life of Addie Sims: A Look into Her World,” 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. A one-time opportunity to see the works by South Carolina Civil War-era artist. After the reception, the paintings will be put in storage for conservation and preservation. Reception is free with museum admission or membership. The virtual exhibit will be accessible beginning Saturday, free of charge at http://scmuseum.org/exhibits.
OLD CAR DROP IN: 3-7 p.m. Saturday at Fuddruckers, 1801 Bush River Road. Trophies for best of Ford, GM, Mopar, truck, street rod, manager’s choice and ladies’ choice. Dash plaques to the first 75 registered vehicles, registration fee, $10. No-alcohol event will also feature door prizes, 50/25-25 cash drawing and music from the 1950s-1970s. Rain date will be March 29. Sponsored by the Columbia Classic Chevy Club. (803) 957-9737 or (803) 333-0396
CONTRA DANCE: 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Arsenal Hill Park Building, 1800 Lincoln St. Live music by Cabin Fever, caller will be Marolyn Ford. New dancers workshop, 7-7:30 p.m. Bring clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes. Sponsored by Columbia Traditional Music & Dance, admission is $8; students with ID, $5. (803) 760-5881; http://contracola.org
“BILOXI BLUES”: 8 p.m. Saturday through March 29 at Workshop Theatre, 1136 Bull St. The second of Neil Simon’s trilogy which began with “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” picks up with Eugene Jerome as a recruit stationed at boot camp in Biloxi, Miss., in 1943. $20; seniors and military, $17; students, $14; children, $10. (803) 799-6551; http://workshoptheatre.com
HISTORIC COLUMBIA EXHIBIT: “Making a Way Out of No Way: The Legacy of Modjeska Monteith Simkins,” 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Simkins House, 2025 Marion St. Permanent exhibit combines images, text, video and artifacts offering coverage of the activist, her life, work and lasting impact on the state of South Carolina. Free. Additional free tours are planned for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays, March 20 and April 3; and 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays, March 25 and April 8. Private tours can also be arranged for groups of 10 or more. http://historiccolumbia.org
“BILOXI BLUES”: 3 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through March 29 at Workshop Theatre, 1136 Bull St. The second of Neil Simon’s trilogy which began with “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” picks up with Eugene Jerome as a recruit stationed at boot camp in Biloxi, Miss., in 1943. $20; seniors and military, $17; students, $14; children, $10. (803) 799-6551; http://workshoptheatre.com
AN AFTERNOON WITH STEINWAY: 3 p.m. Sunday at Rice Music House, 470-16 Town Center Place, Village at Sandhill. Concert will feature Douglas Weeks, Babcock Professor of Piano at Converse. Free, but seating is limited, call (803) 254-2777 to RSVP.
FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 6-7:30 p.m. Monday at the Richland Library, North Main Branch, 5306 Main St. Sponsored by the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, the clinic will cover end-of-life issues, including health care powers of attorney, living wills, DNR orders, powers of attorney, funeral planning and cremation. Free; format typically consists of an overview followed by a Q&A session. (803) 799-6653, ext. 158
IPAD AND IPHONE DEVICES: 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 18-27 at Richland 2’s Rogers Center, 750 Old Clemson Road. Instruction will be given in maximizing the use of your iPhone or iPad (bring your own). $20 for four sessions. (803) 736-8787, ext. 25103
BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH WORKSHOPS: 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 18-April 22 at the Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way. Designed by Stanford University for people living with ongoing health conditions, such as arthritis, depression, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or lung disease. Topics include developing an action plan to improve your health, exercising safely, healthy eating, talking to your doctor and dealing with dangerous emotions. Space is limited, call (803) 898-0760 to sign up.
GALLERY TALK: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at A Pocket Gallery, 1825 St. Julian Place, Middleborough Condominiums, Suite D. Textile artist and sculptor Lee Malerich will demonstrate her creative process showing work in progress and the use of an embellisher during her talk on “Layers,” on exhibit in the gallery. (803) 790-7040
“MADAME MAGAR’S WORKSHOP”: Tuesday through May 4 at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley St., second floor. An artist’s reception will be held 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at CCA; $5 suggested donation for non-members; members, free. Charleston artist Leigh Magar will turn the gallery into a workshop and showroom environment taking visitors through her creative process, culminating in a fully realized Mill Collection of work garments. The collection will feature frocks, aprons, hats and accessories inspired by Lewis W. Hine’s early 20th century photographs of children who worked in the textile mills. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. (803) 779-4571; http://701cca.org
IKEBANA EXHIBITION AND DEMONSTRATION: Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday at the Garden Club Council Building, 1605 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Li Yueh Huang of Ikenobo School will demonstrate the art of Japanese flower arranging at 1 p.m. Join Chapter 182 Ikebana International members for tea as they celebrate their 40th year. (803) 738-0240
AN EVENING WITH HABITAT: 6-10 p.m. Thursday at 701 Whaley. Fundraiser for Central SC Habitat for Humanity will include a Lowcountry Southern dinner from Hudson’s Catering, a silent auction featuring handcrafted items using recycled and reclaimed wood materials from Habitat’s ReStore, awards presentation including the George Cauthen Lifetime Achievement Award and recognition of homeowners who have paid off their mortgages. Tickets are $50. (803) 252-3570; http://habitatcsc.org
“OUR STORY MATTERS” AWARDS CEREMONY: 6 p.m. Thursday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. CMA membership affiliate group Friends of African American Art & Culture event commemorates and raises awareness about Columbia’s role in the civil rights movement. Students from local schools created short videos after researching the challenges faced in a person’s life or event. The winning entries will be screened. Free. http://columbiamuseum.org
A TASTE OF LAKE MURRAY: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at DoubleTree by Hilton, 2100 Bush River Road. $60, includes food, beer, wine, specialty drinks and music by The American Flyers. Proceeds will benefit the Lake Murray 4th of July fireworks celebration and boat parade. (803) 781-5940; http://tasteoflakemurray.com
GIRLS NIGHT OUT: 7-10 p.m. Thursday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. EdVenture and Coplon’s present a night of food, music and fun featuring runway fashions by designer Yigal Azrouël. Proceeds will benefit the Yes, Every Child Fund, EdVenture’s commitment to providing underserved families with access to EdVenture for $1 per person. Tickets are $50-$150, available at http://edventure.org
“WEST SIDE STORY”: The Voice of Chapin (Chapin High School choirs) will offer performances at 7 p.m. Thursday and March 21 in Spring Hill High School auditorium, 11629 Broad River Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door; $10 for adults, students, $5.
CREATIVE JOURNEY FOR COMBAT VETS: 10 a.m.-noon March 21 at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Arts Center, 1928 Calhoun St. The program offers art resources in pottery and painting to those combat veterans who would like to channel their energies. Sessions meet the third Friday monthly; there is not charge and all supplies are provided. (803) 545-3093 or email email@example.com
CLAY RICE EXHIBIT: March 21-June 29 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Original hand-cut illustrations from Rice’s new children’s book, “Mama, Let’s Make a Moon.” Free with museum admission or membership. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. (803) 898-4921; http://scmuseum.org
COMMISSIONERS CUP BBQ COOK-OFF AND FESTIVAL: March 21 and 22 at the State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. More than 40 teams will compete for the State Barbecue Championship title and other prizes. The festival kicks off with the “Anything Butt” contest, 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 21. This year’s challenge is chicken wings. The Blue Iguanas will perform on the Farm Bureau Music Stage on March 21. On March 22, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., you can sample barbecue or purchase large amounts to take home; there will be children’s activities, too. While the festival is free, ticket prices range from $2-$35 for food samples. Canned food donations will be accepted for Harvest Hope Food Bank. http://agriculture.sc.gov
SPRING PLANT FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 22 on the grounds of the Kershaw County Farmers Market, Church and Rutledge streets, Camden. Plants, handmade yard art, birdhouses, seed exchange and Master Gardeners will answer your questions. http://kcfarmersmarket.org
“WHO KILLED THE BOSS?”: 6:45 p.m. March 21 and 22 at Columbia Dinner Theatre, 3400 Forest Drive. Theatre Rowe production follows the folks at National Universal Technology Services (NUTS, get it?) as they prepare for the annual company party. Menu is your choice of chicken marsala or sauteed tilapia with Chardonnay sauce, rice pilaf, sauteed squash and zucchini, tossed salad, rolls, desserts, tea. Tickets are $30; students, military and seniors, $27. (803) 200-2012
WELL TEMPERED CLAVIER MARATHON: 7 p.m. March 21 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1301 Richland St. In celebration of J.S. Bach’s 329th birthday, Matthew Ganong, artist in residence for Patrons/Friends of the Arts at Ebenezer, will play all 48 preludes and fugues from memory. Spectators may come and go between pieces and can enjoy food provided by the Wurst Wagen and beer from Conquest Brewery, both local busineses. The performance is free. (803) 765-9430, ext. 17
PALMETTO ARTIST SERIES: “You Amaze Us Tour” featuring Selah, Mark Shultz and J.J. Heller, 7:30 p.m. March 21 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 6952 St. Andrews Road. Tickets are $15. (803) 732-2273, ext. 210; http://sapc.net/pas
ARTS AT SHANDON: 7:30 p.m. March 21 at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Free concert will feature organists Bill McNair, Charles Frost and clarinetist Susan Steedman. (803) 771-4408
RUN FOR BLUE 5K FUN RUN/WALK FOR AUTISM SPEAKS: 8:30 a.m. March 22 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. $25; family or team of four, $70. T-shirts and swag bags available while supplies last. All proceeds go the Autism Speaks. All proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks. (803) 673-7443
GREAT COLUMBIA QUEST: Historic Columbia’s 3rd annual citywide scavenger hunt, 9 a.m.-noon March 22. Teams of two will meet at the Carriage House at Robert Mills and follow clues that test their knowledge of local art, architecture and history on their way to various historic sites and monuments downtown.Teams will have three hours to solve puzzles and complete challenges for points (you may travel on foot or bike). Prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third place teams as well as teams with the best name and best costume. Registration is $10 and includes a shirt and goody bag for each team member and admission to a finish line party with snacks, drinks and awards. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; http://historiccolumbia.org
HORTICULTURE FOR HOMEOWNERS: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, March 22, 29 at the Lexington County Clemson Extension Office, 605 W. Main St., Lexington. Participants will learn essentials for creating and maintaining a healthy and environmentally responsible home landscape — soils and fertilization, pest management (insects, plant disease and yard varmints), tree and shrub care, lawn maintenance and pesticide safety. Class is limited to 25; fee is $100. Registration deadline is Wednesday. http://calendar.clemson.edu/event/horticulture_for_homeowners
SPRINGTIME AT THE GARDEN FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 22 at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Get expert advice on keeping your backyards in bloom, how to manage pesky seasonal pests and see what’s growing on at Riverbanks Botanical Garden. Garden-related activities, more than 40 vendors offering plants, tools, jewelry and garden art; children’s activities and performances by indie band Lunch Money (10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) Free with paid admission or zoo membership. (803) 779-8717; http://riverbanks.org
FAMILY HISTORY EVENT: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. March 22 at the Richland Library, 1431 Assembly St. Clemson University Libraries and Richland Library have partnered to host a one-day family history themed event. Funded by a Knight Foundation grant, the session will focus on discovering ancestral roots, preserving the past and making new family memories. Things get going with a family story time, followed by a talk by local author Dinah Johnson, whose book “All Around Town” explores the photography of Richard Samuel Roberts. Lunch will be catered by Albert’s Deli and attendees can browse the various informational tables set up around the auditorium. A photo booth will be available so families can step in and create new memories and take home a fun photo strip. After lunch, there will be the opportunity to digitize family history materials, including photos, recipes, etc. Participants wil lbe asked to sign a waiver that allows the materials to be added to the Walker Local and Family History Center’s digital collections. Free, no registration necessary. (864) 656-0229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
HAY BALE GARDENING: 11 a.m. March 22 at The Farmer’s Shed, 2514 Augusta Highway, Lexington. Learn a unique way of growing vegetables and get ready for summer’s bounty. Call (803) 996-9122 to register.
DINNER AND A SHOW: 5:30 p.m. March 22 at RIchland Northeast High School, 7500 Brookfield Road. In addition to an elegant dinner, attendees will see “Hairspray” performed by the Palmetto Center for the Arts theatre students. Sponsored by the Richland Northeast Education Foundation, proceedsd will help sponsor teacher and student grants. Tickets are $30; students, senior citizens and military, $20; couples, $50. (803) 699-2800
FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 6:30-8 p.m. March 25 at the Richland Library, Main Branch, 1431 Assembly St. Sponsored by the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, the clinic will cover family law issues, including divorce, custody visitation and support. Free; format typically consists of an overview followed by a Q&A session. (803) 799-6653, ext. 158
FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 6:30-8 p.m. March 27 at the Richland Library, Northeast Branch, 7490 Parklane Road. Sponsored by the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, the clinic will cover criminal law issues and expungements. Free; format typically consists of an overview followed by a Q&A session. (803) 799-6653, ext. 158
MOSAIC STEPPING STONE WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, March 29 and April 5 at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Students age 14 and older will make two 12x12 stepping stones. $60, includes all materials. Class is limited to a minimum of five participants and a maximum of 12. Registration deadline is Monday. (803) 545-3100; http://columbiasc.net