Friday, Nov. 21
WHO’S BAD MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE: 9 p.m. Friday, Music Farm Columbia, 1022 Senate St. The ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute band plays tribute to the “King of Pop.” Tickets are $12-15 and the event is 16 and over. Doors open at 8 p.m. www.musicfarm.com
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA: 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday at Colonial Life Arena. TSO will perform their rock opera The Christmas Attic on their Winter Tour 2014. For more information, visit www.coloniallifearena.com
SCOTTY McCREERY: The winner of the 10th season of “American Idol” from North Carolina brings his country-tinged See You Tonight tour to The Township. 7:30 p.m. Friday at Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, visit www.thetownship.org
FESTIVAL OF TREES: 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Bid on 180 holiday items and gifts. Proceeds benefit Palmetto health Children’s Hospital. www.festivaloftreescolumbia.org
GEM, MINERAL AND JEWELRY SHOW: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday at the Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road. Jewelry, beads, loose stones, fossils, minerals, gold, silver, tools, geodes, members’ collections on exhibit, lapidary demonstrations and more. $5; three-day pass, $10; age 16 and younger free with paying adult; all military and dependents, free. Sponsored by the Columbia Gem & Mineral Society. (803) 736-9317; http://cgams.org
HISTORIC COLUMBIA HOLIDAY TOURS: Friday through Jan. 4 at the Historic Columbia homes (Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and the Mann-Simons Site). Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. $8; youth, $5; Historic Columbia members and age 5 and younger, free). The houses are open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (last tour starts at 3 p.m.) and 1-5 p.m. Sundays (last tour starts at 4 p.m.). Closed Mondays and major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). (803) 252-8842; http://historiccolumbia.org
701 CCA PRIZE 2014 ARTIST TALK SERIES: 6 p.m. Friday at the Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley. Meet finalist Shannon Rae Lindsey, who teaches art as an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina. Her work has been included in some 20 exhibitions in Florida and South Carolina. Lindsey is an interdisciplinary artist who explores drawing, painting, sculpture and installation with unconventional materials and processes. (803) 319-9949; http://701cca.org
“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 8 p.m. Friday on the Thigpen Main Stage at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Five actors will play numerous roles throughout the performance, while creating a live musical score. Tickets are $22; military and seniors, $20; students, $15. Half-price Student Rush Tickets are available 15 minutes prior to curtain. Shows through Dec. 20. (803) 254-9732; https://trustus.org/show.php?show_id=74
MAIN STREET LIGHTS: 6 p.m. Friday, downtown Newberry. Starting at 5:30 p.m. Main St. will transform into a mini-festival. Help light the tree in front of community hall. Special guest John Farley. www.visitnewberrysc.com
“WHITE CHRISTMAS”: Through Dec. 7 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Adaptation of the classic film with songs by Irving Berlin. Show times are 8 p.m. Nov. 21-22, 28; Dec. 4-6 and 3 p.m. Nov. 23, Dec. 7. $25; age 65 and older, active military, college students, $20; age 17 and younger, $15. (803) 799-2510; http://towntheatre.com
LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 5-9 p.m. Friday through Dec. 30 (except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Music in Motion lights spectacular, Jingle Bell bonfire, snow every night and you can visit with Santa from 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 23. Some of the zoo’s indoor exhibits will remain open – Gorilla Base Camp, Koala Knockabout and Riverbanks Farm. Tickets are $10, ages 2-12, $8. Riverbanks members are eligible to receive one free visit with their current membership card and picture ID; guest passes are not accepted. To avoid long lines, purchase your tickets in advance online at https://etickets.riverbanks.org/eTickets/LightsBeforeChristmas/tabid/161/Default.aspx
“THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE”: 8 p.m. Friday at USC’s Lab Theatre, 1400 Wheat St. (between Sumter and Pickens streets). Inspired by a true story, playwright Deborah Brevoort tells the story of a mother from New Jersey to travels to Scotland in search of her son’s remains after the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Tickets are $5, available only at the door. Performances also Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday, Nov. 22
MUSTACHE BASH: 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday at Tin Roof Columbia. Prizes for best mustache. Event is free. http://tinroofcolumbia.tunestub.com/
Sunday, Nov. 23
PALMETTO CONCERT BAND: 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Free.
GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA: 3 p.m. Sunday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. The present orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year. $35; groups, $30 per person; students, half price. http://newberryoperahouse.com
NATIVE AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL: Noon-9 p.m Sunday at Conundrum, 626 Meeting St. 17th Annual festival of the Southeast. www.conundrum.us
THE 18TH ANNUAL S.C. OYSTER FESTIVAL: Noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at the Robert Mills House & Gardens, 1616 Blanding Street. Tickets $5 in advance, $10 at gate, kids 12 and under free, available at Robert Mills House Gift Shop, PEARLZ oyster bar and st eventbrite.com. Enjoy live music, fresh food and oysters. Proceeds benefit Pawmetto Lifeline. Bring chairs and blankets, no coolers.
Monday, Nov. 24
UNIVERSITY BAND AND SYMPHONIC WINDS CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Jayme Taylor and Stephen Meyer will conduct. Free.
Wednesday, Nov. 26
“THE NUTCRACKER”: 10 a.m. Nov. 26, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 and 3 p.m. Nov. 30 at The Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St. Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet production will feature a company of more than 100 performers with full orchestra and chorus. Doors open one hour before each performance. Nov. 26 tickets are $12.50; Nov. 28, $20.50; students, $15.50 (available at the box office only); Nov. 30 tickets are $12.50-$20.50. Age 6 and younger free, but they must have a ticket, available at the box office only. (803) 576-2356; http://ticketmaster.com
HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE RIVER: Nov. 26 through Dec. 31 at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Midlands’ largest drive-through light show features the Dazzling Dancing Forest, animated scenes, Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail, Winter Wonder Ride downhill tubing, Santa’s Claus’ Gift Shop and more. Holiday Lights will be open 6-10 p.m. every night until Dec. 31. Admission is $15 per car, $25 per 15-passenger van and $40 per bus. Winter Wonder Ride ($2 per slide with admission or $10 for an all-you-can-slide pass) and the Gift Shop will be open 6-10 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays except Thanksgiving and Christmas. (803) 772-3903; http://icrc.net
Thursday, Nov. 27
MAIN STREET ICE: Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink opens 5-10 p.m. Nov. 27 in Boyd Plaza, Main and Hampton streets. Opening day price is $8. The rink will be open 1-10 p.m. Nov. 28. Hours through Jan. 19 will be 4-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 4-10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and 1-9 p.m. Sundays. Special operating hours Dec. 15-Jan. 2 will be noon-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and noon-10 p.m. Fridays. Closed Christmas Day, open until midnight New Year’s Eve. Adults, $10; age 12 and younger, active duty military and seniors age 55 and older, $8. (803) 545-3100