Mark your calendars! 2010 entertainment dates

It's only the first day of a new year in a new decade. But that doesn't mean you can't plan ahead.

Some important 2010 dates in the Midlands, and in TV and movies:


Jan. 7-23: "Rent," Trustus Theatre

Jan. 10: "Big Love" returns with a new season on HBO

Jan. 11: Restaurant Week Columbia

Jan. 12: New season of "American Idol"

Jan. 15-30: "Odd Couple," Town Theatre

Jan. 16: World Beer Festival, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Jan. 16: Beethoven & Blue Jeans, S.C. Philharmonic concert

Jan. 17: Golden Globe Awards

Jan. 23: Lifechance Gala of the Stars, Columbia Classical Ballet, Koger Center

Jan. 29-Feb. 13: "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," Workshop Theatre

Jan. 29-June 20: Centennial History of the Boy Scouts of America, State Museum

Jan. 31: Grammy Awards


Feb. 2: Oscar nominations announced

Feb. 2: Final season of "Lost" debuts on ABC

Feb. 4-7: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Colonial Life Arena

Feb. 5: The Chemistry of Color: Contemporary African-American Artists, Columbia Museum of Art

Feb. 5-6: "Cleopatra," Columbia City Ballet

Feb. 12-March 6: "Crowns," Trustus Theatre

Feb. 12-13: "Madea's Big Happy Family" stage tour, Colonial Life Arena

Feb. 13: "From Russia, With Love," S.C. Philharmonic concert

Feb. 13-14: "What's Love" event at 701 Center for Contemporary Art

Feb. 19-March 6: "Always... Patsy Cline!" Town Theatre

Feb. 26-28: S.C. Book Festival, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Feb. 26: Disney Live! Rockin' Road Show

Feb. 27: Columbia Half Marathon


March 5: "Alice in Wonderland," directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp

March 5: American Red Cross gala

March 5-24: "The Sound of Music," Village Square Theatre

March 7: Academy Awards

March 13: St. Pat's in Five Points

March 16-22: Charleston Fashion Week, Charleston

March 18: S.C. Midlands Master Gardener Spring Symposium

March 19-April 3: "Love! Valour! Compassion!" Workshop Theatre

March 20: USC Dance's Ballet Stars of New York

March 26-April 17: "The Last Five Years," Trustus Theatre

March 27: Carolina Cup, Camden

March 27: Cooper River Bridge Run, Charleston

March 27: "Dance, Dance, Dance," S.C. Philharmonic concert


April 3: Tartan Fest, State Museum

April 15: Artista Vista

April 17-18: Naturefest, Congaree National Park

April 17: Red Hot ... Cool Gala, Columbia Museum of Art

April 23: Runaway Runway, Columbia Museum of Art Design League

April 24: Congaree Art Festival, State Museum

April 30: Taylor Swift (sold out), Colonial Life Arena

April 10: Elmwood Park Home and Garden Tour

April 24: "Shadow and Light," S.C. Philharmonic concert

"The Last Song" starring Miley Cyrus

"Why Did I Get Married Too" with Tyler Perry

"Date Night," with Tina Fey and Steve Carell


May 1: Free Comic Book Day

May 1: Carrie Underwood, Colonial Life Arena

May 1: Rosewood Crawfish Festival

May 1: Providence Heart and Soul Five-Miler

May 2: Martina McBride, Colonial Life Arena

May 7-16: "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," Village Square Theatre

May 7-29: "Last Summer at Bluefish Cove," Trustus Theatre

May 7-29: "Annie Get Your Gun," Town Theatre

May 7-22: "Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits Vol. 1," Workshop Theatre

May 21: Imperial Splendor: Renaissance tapestries from Vienna, Columbia Museum of Art

May 28-June 13: Spoleto USA music festival, Charleston

"Iron Man 2"

"Shrek Forever After"

"Prince of Persia," with Jake Gyllenhaal

"Sex and the City 2"

Blooming Butterflies re-opens, EdVenture Children's Museum


June 18-July 17: "Hair," Trustus Theatre

"The A-Team"

"Toy Story 3"

Season 3 of "True Blood"


"Twilight: Eclipse"

"Salt," with Angelina Jolie


Aug. 6-14: "The Paradise Key," Trustus Theatre


Sept. 2: First Gamecocks home game against Southern Mississippi


Oct. 29: Contemporaries Black & White Ball, Columbia Museum of Art


Nov. 19: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"

Vista Lights


Lights Before Christmas, Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens

Holiday Lights on the River, Saluda Shoals Park

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