FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, Nov. 20-21
Why are there Christmas trees, wreaths and other holiday decorations in the atrium of the State Museum?
It's not for the Festival of Trees. The trees are for the Palmetto Holiday Showcase hosted by the AIDS Benefit Foundation of South Carolina.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, visitors will enjoy live performances by a variety of performing groups. And Saturday night, there's a black-tie-optional gala with live music, food, drinks and an exclusive silent auction.
The museum is at 301 Gervais St. The showcase viewing is free. The gala is $75 for one ticket or $140 for a pair and $500 for eight. For more information, visit www.palmettoholidayshowcase.com or (803) 546-0473.
FRIDAY through SUNDAY, Nov. 20-22
USC's department of theater and dance will present "Flight," an original play by USC professors Steven Pearson and Robyn Hunt at the Center for Performance Experiment, the experimental actor training and performing space at Hamilton College gymnasium.
"Flight" explores the triumphs and fortitude of the first female aviators, among other interests of Pearson and Hunt. You could go see "Amelia," starring Hilary Swank as Amelia Earhart, the aviator who vanished while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937, in movie theaters. But "Flight," which opened Wednesday, has a more personal temperament.
Showtimes: 8 tonight and Saturday and 10:30 p.m. Sunday. $10; (803) 777-5208 or www.cas.sc.edu/thea
"Paranormal Activity" has galvanized moviegoers with spooky events of confronting the unseen. "Language of Angels," a production at Lab Theatre, examines what happens when you try to ignore the unseen. The ghost stories of a girl who disappears in a North Carolina cave come back to haunt her friends who try to forget her disappearance. The characters are faced with questions. Is there a curse? Is the cause human or supernatural? Am I next?
The Lab Theatre is in the Booker T. Washington building on Wheat Street. Showtimes: 8 and 10:30 tonight and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $5
SATURDAY, Nov. 21
The closest we get to snow in the winter is "Snowville," EdVenture Children's Museum annual exhibit, which will run through Feb. 28. The interactive "Snowville" lets you do what people in the Northeast and Midwest get to do every year: slide down snowy hills and throw snowballs. You just won't freeze. EdVenture is at 211 Gervais St. (803) 779-3100 or www.edventure.org
Keith and Kristyn Getty will perform at 7:30 p.m. as part of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church's Palmetto Artist Series. The Gettys will play with a Celtic-style band as well as the Chancel Choir of St. Andrews Presbyterian. Accomplished performers and songwriters, the Gettys wrote "In Christ Alone," which has been covered by performers such as Natalie Grant and Newsboys. The church is at 6952 St. Andrews Road. $15; (803) 732-2273 or www.sapc.net/pas
Columbia for Invisible Children, a concert that will be held on the Blatt PE Fields, will benefit www.invisiblechildren.com. The nonprofit organization has been fighting the enslavement of children in Uganda for more than 20 years. The bands playing: The Apprehended, Autumn Gold, Problem Child, Small Change and All Get Out. The concert starts at 6 p.m. at the fields on Wheat Street. For USC students, it's free, but there is a suggested $5 donation. $8 for non-students.
There's no football for USC fans to watch, but there will be still be some tackling in town. The Columbia QuadSquad Rollergirls will battle the Soul City Sirens at 6:30 p.m. at Jamil Temple. The temple is at 206 Jamil Road. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. www.columbiaquadsquad.com
The 61st Annual Trinity Bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. The bazaar is more like an extravaganza - for shoppers. The garage-sale like atmosphere will include furniture, toys, housewares and clothing. Don't forget about the food, too. The church is at 1100 Sumter St. (803) 771-7300
SUNDAY, Nov. 22
The Palmetto Concert Band will open its season Sunday at the Koger Center with a performance by a guest band, the Triangle Wind Ensemble. The ensemble, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, is a wind and percussion band. The Palmetto Concert Band, co-conducted by James K. Copenhaver and William J. Moody, will perform after intermission. The concert starts at 4 p.m. The Koger Center is at 1051 Greene St. Free.
The Columbia College Dance Company will present its fall faculty concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at Cottingham Theatre. Faculty members including Martha Brim, Marcy Yonkey-Clayton and Stephanie Wilkins will present works. One that immediately jumps off the program notes is "Made From Scratch." The piece will be performed by Dance Lab, a group of Columbia College dancers who improvise their movements. This will be the group's inaugural performance. The theater is on the schools campus. $5 and $10; (803) 786-3850
When you need to get away, chocolate candy doesn't always provide the results you're looking for. How about this: The 16th annual Carolina Renaissance Festival, which is being held near Charlotte, ends Sunday. It's like the State Fair, except that the fun invokes medieval times.
The Carolina Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, a theater, a circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast. Going there will give you the getaway moments you need. Haven't you ever wished you could turn back the clock?
Hours: 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. The festival is just north of Charlotte, between Concord and Huntersville on Highway 73 at Poplar Tent Road which is between I-77 and I-85. $7 to $18; (877) 896-5544 or www.RenFestInfo.com
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25
Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park will, well, turn the lights on. There will be more than 1 million lights with more than 300 themed and animated light displays on the park's two-mile route. New this year: the Winter Wonder Ride. You'll get to tube downhill without the snow.
Holiday Lights, which runs through Dec. 31, is open from 6 to 10 p.m. $10 per car, $15 for passenger vans and $35 for buses. (803) 772-1228 or www.icrc.net/saludashoals/
THURSDAY, Nov. 26
The 5th Annual 8K and 3K Turkey Day Run will start at 9 a.m. at the Colonial Life Arena. So that means you'll get the exercise in before you stuff yourself with turkey and stuffing and pie. And you won't have any guilt when you go back to the kitchen after watching football.
Both races will support the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands.
The 8K course, which is USA Track & Field Certified, will take runners and walkers through downtown Columbia, across two bridges and through West Columbia and Cayce.
Here are some pertinent race details:
- Pre-register online at www.StrictlyRunning.com or at www.BGCMidland.org
- On-site registration is from 8 to 8:55 a.m.
- The 8K starts at 9 a.m. and the 3K Family Fun Run starts at 9:15 a.m.
- Otis R. Taylor Jr.