Lexington/Columbia, S.C. Things to do March 9 - 15, 2012

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March 9 - 15, 2012


Finesse performs R&B, Motown hits, Carolina Beach music, Soul, Classic Rock... bring your dancin' shoes!

Loading Dock Live! Township Auditorium

Tonight! Thursday, March 8, 2012

Welcome Spring and the first of Greater Columbia's outdoor concerts! The Township Foundation presents the first event in their new Loading Dock Live Series. This event will feature Columbia's own the Finesse Band (recently featured in the major motion picture Nailed)performing live off the back dock of the building. This is a FREE event that will have live music, fun and the food from Columbia's food Trucks - 2 Fat 2 Fly, Alfresco Mobilista, and Pawley's Front Porch Truck! Visit the Township website for details!

The Sleeping Beauty: Columbia City Ballet

Friday, March 9th, 2012 and Saturday March 10th at 7:30pm with a matinee performance Saturday March 10th at 3pm.

"A storybook perfect performance” perfect for the entire family is in store, when Columbia City Ballet takes to the Koger Center for the Arts stage with their production of the ballet, The Sleeping Beauty. For more information, call (803)799-7605 or (800)799-7408 or visit www.columbiacityballet.com. Don't miss the SLEEPING BEAUTY TEA on March 10th before the matinee performance! Children are $20 and adults $15....enjoy tea and crumpets in the Grand Ballroom of the Koger Center with your little princess (or prince) before the ballet. Hear the real story of Sleeping Beauty and meet the principal dancers! Visit the ballet company's website for info.

The Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show: State Fairgrounds

Friday March 9, 2012 - Sunday March 11, 2012
Don't miss the largest home and garden exhibition in the Midlands featuring displays in all buildings at the state fairgrounds. Over 250 construction, home improvement, and outdoor products exhibits fill the Cantey, Ellison, Moore, and Hampton Buildings, plus outdoor areas! Educational seminars are offered daily by exhibitors on a variety of topics like home building, remodeling, crawlspace maintennance and landscaping. All seminars are free to attend with admission to the show. Visit the HBA website for details.



Christian Music's popular event is back! This year's Winter Jam's artists include:
Skillet - Newsong
Sanctus Real - Kari Jobe
Group1Crew - Peter Furler
Speaker Nick Hall - Illusionist Brock Gill and more!
Come early so you don't miss the Pre-Jam party! Click here for more event information. No tickets are required for this event. Winter Jam requests a $10 donation at the door. For info visit the Colonial Life Arena website!

The 39 Steps: Town Theatre

Friday March 9, 2012 - Sunday March 25, 2012

The 39 Steps is an amazingly brilliant production that will introduce you to more than 140 characters portrayed by only four actors. Yes, that is correct. Four. This fast-paced whodunit is both comedy and thriller combining the mastermind of Alfred Hitchcock with a taste of Monty Python. A man whose life is rather mundane, Richard Hannay, meets a woman who identifies herself as a spy. After their meeting, she ends up dead. Her death spurs the involvement of a peculiar organization called "The 39 Steps" that is hot on Richard's trail trying to find the mysterious woman's killer. Hitchcock fans will enjoy the allusions to (and puns on the titles of) his other works including Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest. Visit the Town Theatre website for info.

Click to view the Ethan Allen Romance Collection and sale!

Home in the Woods. Thomas Cole

Historical Reenactment: That Which Affects the Imagination

Saturday March 10, 2012 - 2pm

Join actor Howard Burnham and the Columbia Museum of Art for this historical re-enactment as it provides perspective on the life and art of Thomas Cole. He recalls his Lancashire, England, origins; his family's immigration to the United States and subsequent vicissitudes; his fortuitous summer trip to the Catskills and his apprentice work in the Hudson River Valley leading to his discovery by wealthy patrons; his inspiring visits to London, Paris and Italy; his varied influences and inspirations; and the establishment of 'his' school. Visit the Columbia Museum of Art for details.

Columbia SC Half Marathon & Health and Fitness Expo : Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Friday March 9, 2012 & Saturday March 10, 2012

For two days, more than 50 exhibitors will offer free samples, showcase the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health & nutritional information and much more. You’ll also receive special pricing for those last minute pre-race purchases!

On Saturday, join the excitement of the inaugural Columbia SC Marathon as Columbia, SC hosts its first marathon since the 2000 Women's Olympic Qualifier! The Health & Fitness Expo will take place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, directly in front of the start/finish line of the marathon, half-marathon, 10K, and kids' marathon. Event details at the race website.

Ying Pan Li, one of the winners

USC Symphony Orchestra & Winners of the USC Concerto-Aria Competition

Tuesday March 13, 2012

Each academic year, the USC Symphony Orchestra sponsors
a concerto-aria competition. Any sophomore, junior, senior,
master’s, or graduate certificate student enrolled at the
University of South Carolina and studying applied music on
the Columbia campus may compete. Winners perform with
the USC Symphony Orchestra, and the names of winners are engraved on the concerto-aria plaque, which is on permanent display in the USC School of Music. Categories are strings, woodwinds, and brass. Visit the USC Music Times for info on the winners. Visit the School of Music's website for tickets.

Oyster Roast and Keg Party: Boyd Plaza on Main Street

Wednesday March 14, 2012
Join the Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries for the annual Oyster Roast & Keg Party on Boyd Plaza. Enjoy an exciting fun-filled evening of live music, all you can eat oysters and bottomless beer. Postponed in the event of rain. Sponsored by Mosquito Squad. Get more information on the Columbia Museum of Art's calendar page.

Family Fun Day at Columbiana Centre's Play Area

March 13, 2012 10:30 am - Noon

Join us for Family Fun Day at the Play Area with Music Makers. This event is free for children 7 and under with a parent or guardian. Children will enjoy a make and take art project, story-time, Kindermusic and a Puppet Show. Each family will go home with retailer promotions and coupons! Don't miss this FREE event! LOCATION: JC Penney Court Visit the Columbiana Centre website for all the info!

Godspell: A Legendary Musical Shandon United Methodist Church

Thursday March 15, 2012 and Friday March 16, 2012 7:30pm

GODSPELL was written in 1971 by Stephen Schwartz, the Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer of “Wicked” and is a musical drama based on the Gospel of Matthew. “The overwhelming aspect is why Godspell is truly an iconic musical.... It is about love and joy.” Tickets: $10 adults/youth, children under 12 free. Call 256-8383. A Community/Shandon production. 3407 Devine Street, Dunn-Smith Center. Visit the Shandon United Methodist website for details.

Get Your Coupon for a FREE Parents' Survival Night at The Little Gym!

Inside the Spring issue (page 25) of Discover Columbia! Head to your nearest Publix or Food Lion or one of hundreds of restaurants and businesses distributing the new issue! This $30 value is available with advanced registration... one coupon per family. Offered every Friday from 6-10 pm, your little ones will have a ball at either The Little Gym location (Beltline or Lexington) while you go out and have some "me" or "us" time!


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