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What to do in Columbia: Halloween

10/26/2012 12:00 AM

10/26/2012 12:32 AM

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“Dracula: Ballet With a Bite,” the Columbia City Ballet’s blood-curdling (in a good way, of course) production opens tonight at the Koger Center. Dracula, as a dancer, is more seductive than the vampire count introduced in Bram Stoker’s 19th century horror novel. Robert Michalski, for the fifth time, will reprise his role as Dracula. Ballerina Regina Willoughby will dance as Lucy Westenra, Dracula’s, uh, love interest. The production runs through Saturday. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. each night. The Koger Center is at 1051 Greene St. $16-$39, but tonight, students can see the performance for $10 with a student ID; or (803) 251-2222 Go to to see a time-lapse video produced last year of Michalski transforming into Dracula.

Road crew

Atlas Road Crew, a band that punctuates its rock vibe with Southern gentleman swagger, will release its self-titled EP at 10:30 tonight at 5 Points Pub. The five-song effort, produced by Mark Bryan of Hootie & The Blowfish, mixes in Southern rock traditionalism (“Sweet Southern Woman” sounds like decades-old classic rock without sounding, well, old) with a penchant for instrumental patches that allow the players to flex their muscles. This band’s jams are heavy and precise. The pub is at 2020 Devine St. $6-$8;

Improv jazz

Ab Baars and Ig Henneman will perform at 8 tonight at Conundrum Music Hall. Ab Baars, who plays saxophone, clarinet and shakuhachi, and violist Ig Henneman, are masterful Dutch technicians of improvisational jazz. The duo is touring in support of “Autumn Songs,” an album of improv and compositions. Conundrum is at 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. $10;


Pocket Productions and Tapp’s Arts Center will host Brainstormagnaza, a gathering to share and create ideas for ArtRageous and Playing After Dark, from 6:30-9 tonight at Tapp’s Arts Center. ArtRageous involves public performances and art, which could be considered one in the same, and Playing After Dark is the intermittent collective art experience. Both are cool. The Mobros will get the funky and creative thoughts flowing. Tapp’s is at 1644 Main St. For more, visit

Rooftop Rhythms

Jet Lag Jones and The Root Doctors will perform at Rooftop Rhythms from 5-9 tonight on the rooftop of Richland Mall. Forest Acres restaurants will serve food and there will also be an oyster roast. Families are encouraged to dress their children in Halloween costumes, and the best will win a $50 gift certificate to Be Beep Toys. Free, but a dozen oysters cost $10. The mall is at the corner of Beltline Boulevard and Forest Drive.

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