Lexington/Columbia, S.C. Things to do February 18 - 24, 2011

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Lexington/Columbia, S.C. Things to do February 18 - 24, 2011

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February 18 - 24, 2011

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University of South Carolina Baseball: Opening Day

Friday February 18, 2011 at 3 pm
Enjoy this first game of the season of Gamecock Baseball in the friendly confines of Carolina Stadium. Arguably the finest college baseball facility in the nation, Carolina Stadium provides a superb environment for head coach Ray Tanner and the defending NATIONAL CHAMPIONS. USC vs Santa Clara

Artie Shaw Orchestra; James Gregory; The Lettermen: Newberry Opera House

Friday February 18, 2011 - Sunday February 20, 2011
The historic Newberry Opera House is the setting for a weekend of fabulous entertainment, beginning Friday night with the Artie Shaw Orchestra and its celebration of Swing, then Saturday, James Gregory, The Funniest Man In America, gives three shows and on Sunday, The Lettermen take you back through the music of your life with incredible harmony and charm. Details.

The Suicide: Longstreet Theatre at USC

Friday February 18, 2011 - Saturday February 26, 2011
Theatre South Carolina will present the once-banned and rarely-performed Russian farce The Suicide as the third in its main stage series February 18-26 at Longstreet Theatre. The farcical play takes us into the downtrodden existence of Semyon, an out-of-work tubist at the end of his proverbial rope. When his wife confides to a neighbor that he may be considering suicide (he isn’t), interested locals, each representing a different facet of society (the intelligentsia, the bourgeoisie, et al.) begin trying to make him a martyr for their own pet causes. He might be worth more dead than alive, but to whom? Details here.

Animal Grossology: South Carolina State Museum

Now through September 5 , 2011
Explore the disgusting side of science with some of the slimiest, stinkiest and downright yuckiest creatures on earth in this new blockbuster exhibition. Featuring sophisticated animatronics, interactive learning games, and imaginative animated characters adapted from the best-selling Grossology children’s book series by author/science teacher Sylvia Branze. Oozing with disgusting science and interactive learning games, this exhibit is sure to provide a unique perspective on the animal kingdom. More information.

Help Break the World Record!

Saturday, February 19, 2011
Exercise Your Way to Heart Health at Zumbathon® and help us break the World Record for the most people doing Zumba®
The event will be held at the Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center at 1000 Blossom Street. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. World Record Session begins promptly at 10 a.m. Be sure to wear a red t-shirt. You also can buy one at the event for $10. All participants will be registered to win an elliptical trainer!
Need more info? Call 296.2273 for details. A Palmetto Health Heart Hospital event.

Columbia's Longest Days

Saturday February 19, 2011
The Greater Columbia Civil War Alliance in conjunction with the South Carolina State Museum and the Confederate Relic Room will be hosting its annual event, Columbia's Longest Days. This event is in commemoration of General Sherman's March to Columbia, SC, and the burning of the city in February of 1865 with a reenactment of the firing on Columbia and a Civil War expo. Click here for a full schedule of events.

Storytelling Festival: Lexington County Public Library | West Columbia Cayce Branch

Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 2 pm
Our 15th Annual Storytelling Festival will feature tales from around the world told by a variety of storytellers. Come join us for a fun-filled experience of stories and songs! For more information call Youth Services at 791-6791, ext. 5.

Make Your Move | Strategic Play Through the Centuries: EdVenture Children's Museum

Saturday February 19, 2011 - Sunday, March 20, 2011
From simple amusements to complex exercises in strategic thinking, games have been a part of our lives since ancient times. Make Your Move! explores the origins of the world’s best-loved games in an exhibit featuring oversized game pieces and playing areas that give children a chance to explore the fun of strategic play in a new dimension. More Information.

Shorts 2011: Columbia College Theatre Program

Wednesday February 23 - Saturday February 26, 2011
You’ll meet characters from superheroes to fashionistas in Shorts 2011, a program of five short plays to be presented at Columbia College on February 23, 24, 25, and 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Griffin Arena Theatre. The evening is short, lively, and sure to please. More information.

Skate and Create: Columbia Museum of Art Community Gallery

Wednesday February 23. 2011 - April 24, 2011
Skate and Create displays artwork and skateboards altered with unique and original art created by a variety of artists, skate enthusiasts and skaters. This year's Skate & Create will also feature artwork from well-known skaters Don Pendleton, Russ Pope and Paul Brabenec. Reception for exhibit will be held on Tuesday, February 22 from 6 - 8pm. Live music by Chuck Treece. Cash bar provided by the Whig.


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Mahalia : Trustus Theatre

Through March 5, 2011
A Gospel Musical by Tom Stolz; Directed by Jocelyn Sanders
Mahalia Jackson comes to the Main Stage in February. Equal parts gospel musical, biography, and revival meeting, MAHALIA creates a spiritual and spirited look at Mahalia Jackson, "The Queen of Gospel Music," and is guaranteed to lift you out of your seats with such songs as "His Eye is on the Sparrow," "How I Got Over," "Deep River" and "Move On Up a Little Higher." This breathtaking and inspiring show will fill the streets of Columbia with music as Valdina Hall takes the Main Stage to portray the American gospel sensation Mahalia Jackson. Details.

Alice in Wonderland: Columbia Children's Theatre
Through Sunday, February 20. Lewis Carroll's unflappable young heroine slips through an enchanted looking glass into an off-kilter world of mock turtles, dancing flora, punctual rabbits and mad tea parties, where playing cards hold court and nothing is as it seems. Whimsy and wordplay are the order of the day in this imaginative musical adaptation of a favorite of generations of children, adults, and psychoanalysts! This version is fun for the whole family. Columbia Children's Theatre

A Midsummer's Night's Dream: Columbia City Ballet

Friday, March 4th at 7:30 pm and Saturday, March 5th at 7:30 pm
Columbia City Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings the whimsy and magic of William Shakespeare’s greatest romantic comedy to the Koger Center stage. Four lovers and a troupe of amateur actors are caught in a quarrel, turning their world upside down with hilarious consequences. Executive & Artistic Director William Starrett’s choreography blends Shakespeare’s comedy with the grace and grandeur of ballet in an enchanting tale that’s perfect for the whole family! Deemed by the The State as “delightful…you are in for an enchanted evening.”

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