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Go Columbia Picks of the Week, May 14-20

Scenes from the Riverbanks Botanical Garden's 'Rhythm and Blooms, Music and Art in the Garden' series held every Thursday evening in May.
Scenes from the Riverbanks Botanical Garden's 'Rhythm and Blooms, Music and Art in the Garden' series held every Thursday evening in May. Kim Kim Foster-Tobin

THURSDAY (May 14)

Rhythm and Blooms

Music and flowers after hours with live entertainment, food and a cash bar at the Riverbanks Botanical Garden every Thursday. Thursday’s entertainment will be Mississippi Kites.

6-9 p.m. May 14, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Pkwy. www.riverbanks.org.

Historic Columbia cemetery tours

160 years of history come to life as tours of Columbia’s oldest cemeteries tell stories etched in stone. There are two tours to choose from: “Secrets from the Grave” and “Moonlight Cemetery Tours.”

7:30-9:30 p.m. May 14, Elmwood Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Ave. www.historiccolumbia.org.

FRIDAY (May 15)

“Spamalot”

Join King Arthur and his sidekick Patsy as they recruit a few good men to form the Knights of the very, very, very Round Table. Upon gathering the assortment, the group goes in search of the “Holy Grail.” Thursdays through Sundays until May 30.

8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays, Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. www.towntheatre.com.

“Lend Me a Tenor”

Set in September 1934, Saunders, the general manager of an opera company is primed to welcome a world famous tenor to their one night only show. A screwball comedy sure to bring tears.

8 p.m. May 15, The Market Space, 701 Whaley St. www.workshoptheatre.com.

Chamber Music Series

Two concerts on consecutive nights presented by Philip Bush and Lynn Kompass. Guests include Robbert Jesselson, Joseph Eller, Daniel Sweaney and Nyamsaikhan Odsuren. $15 for each concert.

7:30 p.m. May 15-16, Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St.

Saturday (May 16)

SC Book Festival

Over 50 writers, poets, and novelists converge in Columbia to talk about their work and writing styles. All events are free to attend excluding writing workshops.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 16; noon-4:50 p.m. May 17, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Linocoln St. www.scbookfestival.org.

Columbia Black Rodeo

The Southeastern Rodeo Association and the ABRA Rodeo will feature professional cowboys performing for $8,900 in prize money in categories such as bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and more.

7:30 p.m. May 16, Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St. www.coloniallifearen.com.

Forest Acres Festival

The annual Forest Acres Festival includes rides, magic shows and mascots. The event also features professional bands and community performances. Free admission.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 16, A.C. Flora, One Falcon Drive

Sunday (May 17)

My Faux Wedding

Scott Hall Catering and Events presents a wedding celebration and showcase of the city’s best bridal coordinators and vendors. Guests will enjoy an entire wedding celebration from a champagne greeting and rehearsal dinner to a short and sweet ceremony.

4-8 p.m. May 17, Corley Mill House and Garden, 221 Corley Mill Road. www.corleymillhouse.com.

Aberdeen Polo

Enjoy polo action as two regional teams compete for the Aberdeen Cup.

1 p.m. May 17, Camden Polo Field, Polo Lane. www.cityofcamden.org.

Columbia Children’s Theater’s birthday

The Columbia Children’s Theater celebrates its 10th birthday. There will be face painting, balloon art, appearances from some of CCT’s most memorable characters, a free concert by Lunch Money and of course a birthday cake.

1-3 p.m. May 17, Heathwood Park, 800 Abelia Road. www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com.

Monday (May 18)

“Courage: The Vision to End Segregation”

Explore the story of a powerful grass-roots “people story” behind the Supreme Court’s landmark Civil Rights decision Brown v. Board of Education.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Saturdays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays, SC Musuem, 301 Gervais St. www.scmuseum.org.

State House Tours

While the legislature is in session (January through May) tours are offered every half hour beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. Walk-in tours are welcome and encouraged.

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays, South Carolina State House, 1100 Gervais St. www.scstatehouse.gov.

Tuesday (May 19)

Early Columbia Lecture Series

Warner Montgomery, author of “Columbia Revisited,” leads this series focusing on the rebuilding of Columbia from 1865 to 1914. Tuesday’s discussion will be on Public Education.

6-7:30 p.m. May 19, Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St.

Clemson Sandhill Farmers Market

This farmers market is home to farmers from around the region selling local produce, plants and baked goods. There will also be an “Ask a Master Gardener Booth” available to anyone with lawn and garden problems.

2-7 p.m. Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road. www.clemson.edu/sandhill.

Wednesday (May 20)

“The Dorothy Project”

This site-specific exhibit by Jason Kendall revolves around three areas of investigation adjoining the three main female characters from the “Wizard of Oz.”

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, Tapp’s Art Center, 1644 Main St. www.tappsartscenter.com.

Linda’s Carraoke

One of Columbia’s hottest karaoke nights.

8 p.m. May 20, Art Bar, 1211 Park St. www.artbarsc.com.

Submit your event to calendars@thestate.com

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