THEATER“Oliver,” part of the Broadway in Columbia series, is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Koger Center. Tickets are $45 - $55; (803) 251-2222 or

“Othello,” a tragedy by William Shakespeare performed by the S.C. Shakespeare Company, is at 8 p.m. Thursday-Oct. 25 and Oct. 29-Nov. 1 at Finlay Park amphitheater, Gadsden Street between Laurel and Taylor streets. Tickets are $12, $7 for students, free for children younger than 12; (803) 787-2273 or

MUSIC The Payne Family Concert, with Dorothy Payne, USC professor emerita of music theory, and her siblings Karl Payne and Rebecca Payne Shockley, starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the USC School of Music recital hall, Assembly and College streets. Music by J.S. Bach, Claude Debussy, Percy Grainger and others is on the program. Free; (803) 777-4280 or

The USC Symphony Orchestra with cellist Andres Diaz perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Koger Center. On the program: Franz Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D major, Carl Maria von Weber’s “Der Freischutz Overture” and Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3. $25; (803) 251-2222 or

VISUAL ARTSThe opening reception for “Textile Tales,” the inaugural exhibition at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art, is 6-9 tonight at 701 Whaley St. The show features art related to textiles and textile mills and communities by S.C. artists Beth Melton, Phil Moody, Ellen Kochanski and Scotty Peek and will be up through Jan. 4. Free; (803) 779-4571

“Open Gestures: (Re)Active Drawings” by Sara Schneckloth continues through Nov. 18 at the USC art department gallery, Senate and Pickens streets, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. (803) 777-4236 New and in-progress drawings, paintings and sculpture by Tyrone Geter are up through Dec. 1 at the Benedict College art gallery, 1600 Harden St. (803) 705-4463

“Dr. Seuss for President 2008,” an exhibition of political work by Dr. Seuss, continues through Nov. 4 at HoFP Gallery, 2828 Devine St. (803) 799-7405

— Compiled by Jeffrey Day