FRIDAY, Oct. 23
The Columbia Museum of Art will open two exhibitions. The centerpiece is "Ansel Adams: Masterworks," and it's not to be missed. But while you're at the museum, you also should view "The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States."
The 50 works that will be on display were a gift to the museum.
Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a postal clerk and a librarian, respectively, collected more than 4,000 pieces of minimalist artwork in their small New York apartment. They used her salary to live on and his salary to collect art. It's a fascinating story, and the Nickelodeon Theatre will screen a film about the Vogels, "Herb & Dorothy," at 6 p.m. Nov. 10.
"Extremities" opens at Trustus Theatre. William Mastrosimone's controversial drama revolves around a young woman, Marjorie, who turns the table on her would-be rapist, Raul. Her roommates come home to find Raul tied up in the fireplace. Questions immediately arise. Who is the victim? Who is the assailant?
"Extremities" was the first play staged at the theater's old walk-up space on Assembly Street 25 years ago. On opening night, a fire threat was called into the space and the audience had to be evacuated.
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. The play runs through Nov. 14. Trustus is at 520 Lady St. $15 to $22.50; (803) 254-9732
High Voltage Theatre will perform "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheatre tonight through Sunday and Oct. 29 to 31. We hear there's an actual headless horseman galloping around the river. The shows start at 8 p.m. The amphitheater is at 120 Alexander St., West Columbia. $10 to $12; http://www.headlesshorsemanriver.com
Boo at the Zoo, the Halloween-themed after-hours event at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, runs tonight through Oct. 30. Kids should wear their costumes as the zoo will be handing out candy at 16 stations along the trick-or-treat trail. Boo at the Zoo is 6 to 9 p.m. You have to order tickets in advance. The zoo is at 500 Wildlife Parkway. $6 to $8; (803) 779-8717 or http://www.riverbanks.org
Rick Black, a former Jerusalem bureau reporter for The New York Times, is an award-winning haiku poet. The USC Arts Institute is bringing Black to Columbia for two events at the Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center. The first, "Telling Our Stories: A Memory to Memoirs Haiku Workshop," is 2 to 3 p.m. today. The second, "Peace and War: A Poet's Journey Through Israel," is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Both events are free. The center is at 306 Flora Drive. For more information, visit http://www.artsinstitute.sc.edu or call (803) 787-2023.
FRIDAY, Oct. 23, and SATURDAY, Oct. 24
Where are the ghost, ghouls and goblins? At the State Museum, of course. "Tricks and Treats at the State Museum" will start at 10 a.m. Young guests will participate in a scavenger hunt for scary treasures. Those who come in costume will get $1 off admission.
The museum also is hosting a "Spooky Sleepover" Friday night that starts with family check-in at 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., you'll watch the movie "Night at the Museum II: Battle of the Smithsonian." Sleepover guests will also go on a scavenger hunt that will cover the museum's three floors. Tickets, which include snacks, cost $15 to $25.
The museum is at 301 Gervais St. $3 to $7; http://www.museum.state.sc.us or (803) 898-4921
SATURDAY, Oct. 24
The South Carolina Shakespeare Company will open its theatrical season with "Romeo and Juliet." The play will be staged in the Finlay Park amphitheater tonight and Oct. 28-31. Showtime is 8 p.m. $6 to $10; (803) 787-2273
SUNDAY, Oct. 25
The Columbia Choral Society will perform its fall concert, titled "A Haydn Celebration," at 4 p.m. at Washington Street United Methodist Church. The program, which honors the 200th year of Haydn's death, will feature Te Deum and Mass No. 3 in D minor ("Lord Nelson Mass"). The church is at 1401 Washington St. $10 to $12; (803) 933-9060 or http://www.columbiachoralsociety.org
Mike Simpson will perform a house concert at 7 p.m. at the Redbird School of Irish Music. The show is a CD-release party for his record "Other Forms of Magic," which incorporates traditional and contemporary Irish music. Simpson teaches fiddle, Irish flute, tin whistle, tenor banjo, bodhran and guitar. Before the concert, Simpson will offer private lessons for students of fiddle, guitar, tin whistle, Irish flute and bodhran. The lesson costs $35.
Tickets for the concert cost $5 to $12. For reservations, visit http://www.cornerhousemusic.com or call (803) 254-3461.
Celtic Woman will perform at the Koger Center at 7 p.m. The Isle of Hope Tour features four vocalists with a Celtic violinist performing renditions of Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary songs. The Koger Center is at 1051 Greene St. $35 to $61; (803) 251-2222