Hot Dates: Don’t-miss things to do in and around the Midlands


One lump or two?

The New Heights Community Players will bring Belle and the Beast’s classic love story to life in musical fashion with Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

WHERE: New Heights Church, 5501 Broad River Road

COST: $5-$10, additional $5 for dinner, all seats reserved

INFORMATION: (803) 318-7646 or


Hey y’all

Country music singer Jessica Cayne Urick and her band will bring a little bit of whiskey and trouble to the Music at Sandhill concert series.

WHEN: 6-8 p.m.

WHERE: Village at Sandhill Town Center Commons

COST: Free


The Great Emancipator

Honest Abe struggles with the request to build a Northern hospital for wounded soldiers toward the end of the Civil War in the 2008 Trustus Playwright Festival winner “Better Angels” by Wayne Peter Liebman.

WHEN: 8 tonight through Aug. 23

WHERE: Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. COST: $17.50-$20

INFORMATION: (803) 254-9732 or


Party round the clock The State Museum celebrates two decades with a fun-filled hour for each year at the “20 Hour Birthday Bash.” Live entertainment from The Sensational Epics and Billy Scott and the Prophets, hay rides, astronomer-guided star gazing and much more are planned.

WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday through 5 a.m. Sunday

WHERE: State Museum, 301 Gervais St.

COST: Free

INFORMATION: (803) 898-4921 or

Windy conditions

The Coastal Breeze Party Band will blow into Finlay Park with a mix of jazz standards and easy-listening tunes for the Summer Concert Series.

WHEN: 7-10 p.m.

WHERE: Finlay Park

COST: Free