Summer art exhibitions
Opening receptions for American realist painter Bo Bartlett exhibition and Herb Parker’s outdoor architectural installation, 7-9 p.m. Thursday at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley St., second floor. $5 suggested donation; 701 CCA members, free. (803) 319-9949
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Town Theatre’s sneak peek
“Let’s Go To The Previews” at 8 p.m. Friday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St., feeatures 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”) and “Spamalot.” General admission is $10 (includes popcorn and a soft drink). Tickets available by calling (803) 799-2510, online at http://towntheatre.com or at the box office.
Columbia Mini Maker Faire
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. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Tickets available at http://makerfairecolumbiasc.com or at the door.