On a cold winter day, it can be tempting to hole up at home in front of the television.
Forget that idea.
There’s a lot going on in Columbia – yes, even in the winter, particularly if you enjoy music and the arts.
So we’ve rounded up a few of the activities we’ll be putting on our calendars, going on now and through mid- to late March.
And it’s just a sampling, with more things coming out every day. So check Go Columbia, gocolumbia.com, for the latest in things to do.
Now get out there and enjoy.
Deckle Edge Book Festival: A new book festival planned for multiple venues across the city. Friday, Feb. 19-Sunday, Feb. 21; www.deckleedgesc.org
Dance Theatre of Harlem: The world-renowned company comes to Columbia for one night, hosted by the USC Department of Theatre and Dance. Tuesday, Feb. 2, Koger Center for the Arts; www.kogercenterforthearts.com
HT@MTC Performance Incubator presents “Ruins:” An original work of contemporary dance from award-winning, locally based choreographer and performer Terrance Henderson. Saturday, Feb. 27, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College; www.harbisontheatre.org
Black History Month Step Show: An evening of music and dance and judging. Saturday, Feb. 20, The Township; www.thetownship.org
“Cinderella:” Columbia Classical Ballet’s show based on the classic fairy tale. Friday, Feb. 26, Koger Center; www.kogercenterforthearts.com
“Aladdin:” Columbia City Ballet’s performance based on the classic “Arabian Nights” story. Friday, Jan. 29-Saturday, Jan. 30, Koger Center; www.kogercenterforthearts.com
“Peter Pan:” Columbia City Ballet’s performance based on the classic children’s book. Friday, March 18-Saturday, March 19, Koger Center; www.kogercenterforthearts.com
USC Symphony: With guest violinist Vadim Gluzman. Tuesday, Feb. 23, Koger Center; www.kogercenterforthearts.com
Winter Jam Tour Spectacular: One of Christian music’s largest annual tours. Friday, Feb. 26, Colonial Life Arena; www.coloniallifearena.com
Palmetto Opera Company presents “Rigoletto:” An opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. Saturday, Feb. 20, Koger Center; www.kogercenterforthearts.com
R. Kelly: A concert with the R&B superstar. Friday, Feb. 12, Colonial Life Arena; www.ColonialLifeArena.com
Widespread Panic: The Athens, Ga., combo is known for its elaborate jam band style. Saturday, Feb. 13-Sunday, Feb. 14, The Township; www.thetownship.org
The Legends of Southern Hip-Hop: Featuring Juvenile, Bun B, 8 Ball & MJG, Trick Daddy, and Pastor Troy. Saturday, March 12, The Township; www.thetownship.org
Moody Blues: British rock ’n’ roll comes to Columbia. Wednesday, March 16, The Township; www.thetownship.org
Tanya Tucker: The country star comes ahead of Valentine’s. Friday, Feb. 12, Newberry Opera House; www.newberryoperahouse.com
“All That Jazz:” USC Philharmonic concert. Saturday, Feb. 6, Koger Center; www.kogercenterforthearts.com
“Poems and Songs:” USC Symphony Orchestra, with New York Metropolitan Opera’s Janet Hopkins. Tuesday, March 22, Koger Center; www.kogercenterforthearts.com
“Sayaka in the Spring:” USC Philharmonic concert. Saturday, March 12, Koger Center; www.kogercenterforthearts.com
“Classical Shuffle:” Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra plays classical favorites. Friday, Feb. 26, Harbison Theatre; www.harbisontheatre.org
Cherish the Ladies: This award-winning folk band blends instrumentals, vocals and Irish stage dancing with entertaining stories of their Irish-American upbringing. Thursday, March 10, Harbison Theatre, www.harbisontheatre.org
Disney Live! “Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic:” A show for the family. Friday, Feb. 19, Colonial Life Arena; www.coloniallifearena.com
“Things Your Man Won’t Do:” A man tries to get his woman back. Friday, March 4, The Township; www.thetownship.org
Blue Man Group: A performance packed with “insane music, art, color and humor.” Friday, March 11, Koger Center; www.kogercenterforthearts.com
“Broadway Back Together:” See four of Broadway’s brightest stars from shows like “Rent,” “Wicked,” “In The Heights” and “Motown the Musical” shine in a collaborative performance. Saturday, March 5, Harbison Theatre; www.harbisontheatre.org
“Once:” Part of the Broadway in Columbia series, this is the tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a young woman’s interest takes his music to new heights. Wednesday, March 30-Thursday, March 31, Koger Center; www.kogercenterforthearts.com
“The Honky Tonk Angels:” What do you get when three women seek to leave behind their humdrum lives to become country music stars? The Honky Tonk Angels, of course. Friday, Feb. 19-Sunday, March 6, Town Theatre; www.towntheatre.com
“Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” by Mitch Albom: The uproarious story of two bumbling Alabama brothers who never shot a duck but think they shot an angel. Friday, Feb. 26-Sunday, March 6, Chapin Theatre; www.chapintheatre.org
“Appropriate:” Winner of the 2014-2015 Obie Award for Best American Play, the show is a portrait of an American family that confronts its past as members gather to settle the accounts of the newly dead patriarch. Friday, Jan. 29-Saturday, Feb. 13, Trustus Theatre; www.trustus.org
“Peter and the Starcatcher:” Tony Award-winning play with a dozen actors playing more than 100 characters in this comedic performance. Friday, March 11-Saturday, April 9, Trustus Theatre; www.trustus.org
“Menopause: The Musical:” A musical parody about four women in a lingerie store who find out they have much more in common than just the lacy black bra on sale. Wednesday, March 30, The Township; www.thetownship.org
“Miracle in Memphis, A Musical:” Jolene and Earl can’t even have a baby until Jolene’s mama tells her to pray at Elvis’s grave. It’s a miracle when Presley Ann is born. Her growing up is a bit more complicated in this comedy. Friday, Feb. 12-Sunday, Feb. 21, Onstage Productions; www.onstagesc.com
“The Odd Couple (The Female Version):” Unger and Madison are at it again. Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of “The Odd Couple.” Through Sunday, Jan. 24, Workshop Theatre; www.workshoptheatre.com
“Steel Magnolias:” The action is set in Truvy’s Louisiana beauty salon, where she dispenses shampoos and free advice to a host of Southern characters and friends. Friday, March 11-Sunday, March 20, Workshop Theatre; www.workshoptheatre.com
“Little Shop of Horrors:” A sci-fi musical hit with audiences for more than 30 years, featuring meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn coming across a new breed of plant he names after his co-worker crush. Turns out, it’s no ordinary plant. Thursday, Jan. 28-Sunday, Jan. 31, Camden Community Theatre; www.fineartscenter.org
“Dr. Dolittle Jr.:” The classic tale of kindness to animals trots, crawls and flies onto the stage. Friday, Jan. 29-Sunday, Feb. 14, Village Square Theatre; www.villagesquaretheatre.com
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang:” Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Friday, March 11-Sunday, April 3, Village Square Theatre; www.villagesquaretheatre.com
“Scapin:” Trickster servent Scapin helps two men in their romantic pursuits in an adaptation of one of Molière’s final plays. Friday, Feb. 19-Saturday, Feb. 27, USC On The Main Stage; http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/thea
“REMIX: Themes & Variations in African American Art:” A groundbreaking exhibition that includes a variety of work dating from the early 20th century to the present. REMIX highlights the practice among many African-American artists of retelling or refashioning themes, ideas, and objects in new ways and from their own unique perspectives. Friday, Feb. 5-Tuesday, May 3, Columbia Museum of Art; www.columbiamuseum.org
“Spoken: African American Art from the Collection:” African-American artists shown give voice to their own definitions of self and to how they choose to frame blackness. Opens Friday, Feb. 19, Columbia Museum of Art; www.columbiamuseum.org
“Holocaust Remembered:” Exhibit that tells the personal stories of the Holocaust from South Carolina survivors and liberators. Created by the Columbia Holocaust Education Commission to honor the memories of the survivors and victims of the Holocaust. Saturday, March 19-Saturday, April 16, S.C. State Museum; www.scmuseum.org
“ART: A Collection of Collections:” The S.C. State Museum is home to a collection of nearly 4,000 works of art and handmade objects related to South Carolina, dating to 1590. This new exhibit showcases the many creative South Carolina natives and artists who have relocated to this area to continue their craft. Opens Saturday, March 26, S.C. State Museum; www.scmuseum.org
“Dinosaurs: The Big Dig:” This exhibit features roaring robotic dinosaurs such as the Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and Triceratops. Dig for fossils in the Dino Dig Pit, and pan for gemstones in the Treasure Creek. Saturday, Jan. 23-Sunday, April 24 at EdVenture Children’s Museum; www.edventure.org