Center Stage: Picks of the Week

Friday, Oct. 3

Photojournalist Donna Ferrato documented domestic violence for 17 years. Her exhibition “Living with the Enemy” will be up through Oct. 11 at City Art Gallery, 1224 Lincoln St. Ferrato will be at the opening from 4:30-9 tonight; that event is $25. Sponsored by the S.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault.

Friday, Oct. 3-Saturday, Oct. 4

The animal kingdom gets a little art education when the USC Dance Company and the arts department converge to perform “Carnival of the Animals,” a mixture of visual art, music, poetry and dance based on the 1886 musical score by French composer Camille Saint-Saens. Performances are today at 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Koger Center. $10-$16; (803) 251-2222 or

Friday, Oct. 3-Sunday, Oct. 5

Saluda Shoals’ outdoor art exhibition, Unearthed 2008, continues tonight with a performance by the Palmetto Mastersingers at 6:30 p.m. The events continue with a picnic and live entertainment at 6 p.m. Saturday and a day of art featuring demonstrations and concluding with a performance by the Lake Murray Symphony at 1 p.m. Sunday. $5 parking fee. For a full schedule, visit

Street and studio collide with Skate and Create, an exhibition featuring skateboard creations by local artists. They will be on display 5-11 p.m. today through Sunday at Gallery 80808, 808 Lady St. Free;

Saturday, Oct. 4

Take a trip back to the 1880s with a rare tour of the Millford Plantation from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. by the Sumter County Museum. Tickets to see this home, built by John Lawrence Manning and his young wife, Susan Frances Hampton, daughter of Gen. Wade Hampton, are available at the museum offices, 122 N. Washington St., Sumter. $20-$25; (803) 775-0908 or

USC’s Southern Exposure New Music Series starts with a performance by the International Contemporary Ensemble, a 30- member chamber group that combines music with other media in high-energy productions. See them at 7:30 p.m. in the School of Music recital hall. Free; (803) 777-4336 or

This is one day it’s OK to be a little picky. At the Congaree Bluegrass Festival, you can catch tunes from Sugarloaf Mountain Boys, Last Road Bluegrass, The Bluegrass TarHeels and more beginning at 11 a.m. at Granby Gardens Park, 1800 12th St., Cayce. Free;

Long live good food. See what the finest restaurants in the Vista have to offer at Viva la Vista.

Sunday, Oct. 5

The blue notes just keep on comin’ at the Village at Sandhill’s Jazz at the Village, this week featuring the Robert Gardiner Quintet from 2-4 p.m. at the Town Center Commons. Free;

Monday, Oct. 6

Join the USC School of Music in celebrating the 100th birthday of American composer Elliott Carter with a selection of his works performed by the faculty at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall. Free; (803) 777-4336 or

Wednesday, Oct. 8

Take advantage of $1 admission on the opening day of the State Fair. All the rides, shows and food are here to stay until Oct. 19.

Thursday, Oct. 9

Slow down for the tunes of Joal Rush and opener Soul Mites at Five After Five from 6:30-10 p.m. Free;

Get in the election year spirit with the Sandlapper Singers’ fall concert of patriotic and American songs, “Oh, Beautiful, For Spacious Skies,” featuring the Columbia Community Band and the Dreher High School choir. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Dreher High School Auditorium. $5-$15;