It’s the 200th birthday of Adolphe Sax, the man who invented the saxophone, and the USC School of Music is throwing a party. “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue,” showcases jazz and blues, classical and contemporary compositions. 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall at the Darla Moore School of Music, 1014 Greene St. Free.
Art block bash
An under-the-radar block of retail space in Melrose Heights has become a mini art gallery district. Four galleries and studios will be open – Kemp Interiors Design Studio, Over the Mantel Gallery, Studio Carlisle and Viridian Gallery & Studio for you to show and browse for original paintings, pottery, woodworking and jewelry by 40 local artists, as well as furniture, lamps and accessories. Noon-7 p.m. Thursday at 3142 Carlisle St. (803) 791-1713
‘Hansel and Gretel’
“Hansel and Gretel,” the children’s story, comes to life in a weekend performance. 7:30 p.m. Friday at Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. Other performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. $25; seniors, USC faculty, staff and military, $20; students, $7. (803) 777-5369; http://sc.edu/music/opera
Decker Boulevard block party
Celebrate the completion of the International Corridor mural and all of the cultures that call Decker Boulevard home. Decker businesses will have the opportunity to showcase their products and services as vendors for the event. There will also be a DJ, face painting and balloon exhibition. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 2744 Decker Blvd. (behind the Staples building). (803) 576-2166.