Center Stage: What's hot in the Midlands


"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 with cords, belts and other items. Questions immediately arise. Who is the victim? Who is the assailant? Is Marjorie now guilty of kidnapping?

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

It's the last night of Boo at the Zoo, the Halloween-themed after-hours event at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Kids should wear their costumes because zoo employees will hand 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

HalloWonka, EdVenture's after-hours exploration of the children's museum, won't be like hanging out with Charlie in a chocolate factory. But tonight and Saturday, you can find out what it's like to hang out with the world's largest child on Halloween. Let's see how Eddie trick-or-treats. HalloWonka is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. EdVenture is at 211 Gervais St. $6.50; or (803) 779-3100


The Quilters of Kershaw County have a special Halloween treat for area quilters. Bethany Reynolds, the originator of the Stack-n-Whack quilting trick, will present a lecture and trunk show 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County.

The FAC is at 810 Lyttleton St., Camden. Free; (803) 425-7676

SUNDAY, Nov. 1

"Mechanic to Millionaire: The Peter Cooper Story," a documentary about a 19th-century man who escaped poverty to become an inventor and philanthropist, will be screened at the State Museum. His most famous invention might be the first steam locomotive, but he also developed the wrought iron I-beam for multistoried construction and Jell-O. The film will be shown at 2 p.m. The museum is at 301 Gervais St. Free with museum admission or membership; or (803) 898-4921

The Carolina Jazz Society will perform a Dixieland jazz concert 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Capital Senior Center. The senior center is at 1650 Park Circle near Maxcy Gregg Park. $8, but free to students 18 and younger; (803) 432-1504


American Revival is a traveling show that highlights rising stars of roots music, which combines the genres of folk, country and bluegrass. The following bands will play at 8 p.m. at Newberry Opera House: The Dixie Bee-Liners, a bluegrass band; Sierra Hull, an accomplished mandolin player with vocals just as smooth; and Uncle Earl, a band built on combining genre influences and harmonies.

The opera house is at 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $35; (803) 276-6264