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January 25, 2013

Things to do and see, Jan. 25-31

Columbia Classical Ballet’s “LifeChance: Gala of the Stars” will present some of ballet’s leading stars on the Koger Center stage Saturday.

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Friday, Jan. 25

The Columbia Museum of Art will open “Impressionism from Monet to Matisse.” The exhibit, which runs through April 21, will feature 55 masterworks from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tenn. The show will include paintings by French Impressionists Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley, as well as work by American Impressionists. Will South, the museum’s chief curator, will give an opening-day lecture at noon. The museum is at Main and Hampton streets. The exhibit is free for members, $15 for nonmembers;

if ART Gallery will open two simultaneous solo exhibitions at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios. Both shows — “Laura Spong: Swinging On A High Note” and “Katie Walker: Words I Like” — will feature new work by abstract painters. Spong will show small and large paintings created in the last year, and the Greenville-based Walker will have new paintings up to 8-by-9 feet in size as well as some 400 small works on paper of 6-by-9 inches, according to a press release. The small works are part of what Walker refers to as her “Journal Entries” series. The show runs through Feb. 5. The artist reception is from 6-9 tonight. Gallery 80808/Vista Studios is 808 Lady St.; (803) 238-2351

“Alvin Staley — Voyage: The Quest for the Eternal” opens at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County. Staley, an artist-in-residence for Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School and a Claflin University adjunct professor, will exhibit paintings in the FAC’s Bassett Gallery through March 1. According to a press release, Staley’s art expresses his Christian faith. “His art expresses the relationship that exists between God, his family, mankind and himself. It is his hope that his artworks will glorify God, edify the saints and enlighten humanity.” There is an opening reception from 6-7:30 tonight. The FAC is at 810 Lyttleton St., Camden; (803) 425-7676, ext. 300 or

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” will perform in the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County’s Wood Auditorium for one night only. Who are the Wonderettes? Well, the Wonderettes — Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy — are high school students singing classic ’50s songs as they get ready for their senior prom. After intermission, the Wonderettes return for their 10-year high school reunion. Then they will sing songs of the ’60s. The performance is at 8 p.m. The FAC is at 810 Lyttleton St., Camden. $18-$20; (803) 425-7676, ext. 300 or

Was a remodeling effort at home one of your New Year’s resolutions? If so, the Columbia Home Building & Remodeling Expo is for you. There will be exhibitors of everything home-related from countertops to flooring to sunrooms. The expo will be held through Sunday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Hours: 2-8 tonight, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The convention center is at 1101 Lincoln St. $4;

“Patchworks of History: The Quilts of Historic Columbia Foundation,” an exhibit at the Robert Mills House and Gardens, opens. The show will feature more than 50 handmade quilts that illustrate 19th century craftsmanship and the kinds of imported fabrics available to create elaborate patterns. The Robert Mills House is at 1616 Blanding St. $3-$6. There’s a quilt workshop from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. For more, call (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or email

Saturday, Jan. 26

Columbia Classical Ballet’s “LifeChance: Gala of the Stars” will present some of ballet’s leading stars on the Koger Center stage. Dancers from Boston Ballet and Washington Ballet will perform at the gala at 7:30 p.m. Elgin native Brooklyn Mack, now one of the most popular classically trained dancers in the world, fell in love with ballet when he saw a “LifeChance” performance years ago. Mack, who won a gold medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2012, is now a member of Washington Ballet. Joining him from the company are Ayano Kimura, Tamas Krizsa and Maki Onuki. Jeffrey and Lia Cirio, siblings and lauded principal dancers with the Boston Ballet, are returning again to perform in Columbia. Misa Kuranaga and Sabi Varga, also with Boston Ballet, will perform. The program will include excerpts from well-known classical ballets as well as new pieces. The Koger Center is at 1051 Greene St. $5-$32; or (803) 251-2222

The Columbia City Ballet will host its first City Ballet Soiree. The theme this year is ’20s mob-era Chicago, which means you’ll have to look like a boss — or a boss’s woman, if the boss isn’t a woman herself, of course — to dress the part well. The evening, which begins at 7 p.m. at 701 Whaley, will include a live auction and music, among other things. 701 Whaley is at 701 Whaley St. $65 in advance, $75 at the door; (803) 799-7605

The Metropolitan Opera Auditions offers opera lovers a chance to hear the opera stars of tomorrow. Singers from around the country participate in state and regional competitions for the chance to sing on the Met’s stage in New York. The South Carolina audition begins at 10 a.m. at the Spears Music/Art Center on Columbia College’s campus. Three singers will be chosen to move on to the regional auditions in Atlanta by three judges certified by the Met. The regional winners will compete on the Met’s stage, and grand final winners will receive $15,000 each and exposure to the leading opera companies in the world. South Carolina’s David Daniels is a previous winner. In 2011, Maria Antunez a Uruguay native and College of Charleston graduate, won the South Carolina and Atlanta auditions. After seeing her perform at the Met, Placido Domingo, a famous tenor and conductor, asked Antunez to join the Young Artist Program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She has since performed with the Los Angeles Opera and the Chinese National Opera. Admission to the audition is free. Tonight, opera buffs can meet the audition judges at Carol and John Kososki’s Forest Lake home. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. 5225 Lakeshore Drive. $45; (803) 787-0287

Books on Broad will host author Janna McMahan from 1-3 p.m. McMahan’s most recent novel, “Anonymity,” was published earlier this month, and she will be signing copies. Books on Broad is at 944 Broad St., Camden. Free; (803) 713-7323

The Red Shoe Run, formerly known as the Red Nose Run, a race that benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia, will start at the Colonial Life Arena. If you happen to have red running shoes, this is the event for you. There’s a 10K and 5K. The racing begins at 7:30 a.m. For more,

Sunday, Jan. 27

"Lakeview, Booker and Johnson: the Hallowed Halls," a documentary film about three segregated Midlands high schools by Gene Washington, will be screened at 3 p.m. at Richland County Public Library’s main branch, 1431 Assembly St. For more, call (803) 786-1051.

Monday, Jan. 28

Science on Screen, a Nickelodeon Theatre community film forum series that pairs USC scientists with films that relate to their field, begins with Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “The Birds.” Loren Knapp, an associate professor in the department of biological sciences, will give a talk about migratory patterns, among other things, before the film. Also part of the series: “Blade Runner,” “Gattaca,” “There Will Be Blood,” “The Perfect Storm” and “The Man with the Golden Arm.” “The Birds” will be screened at 5:30 p.m. The Nick is at 1607 Main St. $10;

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