From Bill Wasik’s 1998 essay, “What Would Journey Do?”: “Journey was no stranger to existential hunger. Escape 1, 2:02, perhaps captures this hunger best of all: ‘Workin’ hard to get my fill — everybody wants a thrill. Payin’ anything to roll the dice, just one more time. Some will win, some will lose — some were born to sing the blues. Oh, the movie never ends: it goes on, and on, and on, and on.’ In the face of such sorrow and hopelessness, does Journey go on to say that we should give up the fight? NO! Instead, we are told to not stop believing. To hold on to that feeling. May the streetlight person in each of us have the courage to listen.” Journey tribute act Don’t Stop Believin’ plays the Newberry Opera House. Tickets are $37.50; call 803-276-5179 to order or visit newberryoperahouse.com.
In the past year, Free Times has written several stories about the ColumbiaSC 63 project documenting Columbia’s civil rights history — which, in case you haven’t been reading, includes incidents that led to three landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings. Well, the project is winding down, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to forget what you learned. Instead, it’s a good time to help pass it on to the next generation. Friends of African-American Art and Culture are doing that for you: Tonight, the group presents the Our Story Matters Student Film Competition Awards, in which local students studied our city’s civil rights history and made short films about the challenges people faced. The ceremony is at the Columbia Museum of Art at 6 p.m. and it’s free. For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org.
“I like a taboo. I like things you’re not supposed to say — whether it’s because it’s too gross to say or inappropriate to say or too stupid to say.” So, apparently comedian Ben Kronberg would fit right in at a Free Times editorial meeting. He’s not coming to one, as far as we know, but he will be at the Red Door Tavern at 8 p.m. Kronberg has performed at SXSW, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and stars as Ted in the web series Ted & Gracie. Tickets are a mere $5; visit reddoortavern.net to order.
Alice in Wonderland: It’s not just for children anymore. No, really, it isn’t. Columbia City Ballet has performed Alice in Wonderland as a children’s ballet before, but now it’s expanded and developed the production into a full-length ballet, and it unveils its new creation tonight at the Koger Center at 7:30 p.m. What’s the occasion? Well, if you need one, next year will mark the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel. Tickets range from $16 to $39; visit capitoltickets.com or call 251-2222 to order.
A scavenger hunt! All around the city! It’s The Great Columbia Quest, an effort by Historic Columbia to celebrate the city’s history and to learn more about it. Teams register, then compete to find clues. Then, when you lose, you get to celebrate with a T-shirt and a pizza party anyway. Registration is $50 per team ($40 for members), and the fun runs from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit historiccolumbia.org.
It’s spring, and when it’s spring there are festivals: Riverbanks Zoo presents its Springtime at the Garden Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can talk with experts about gardening, composting and cooking; listen to the children’s band Lunch Money; shop for plants, tools and garden art; and more. The festival is included with regular zoo admission; visit riverbanks.org for more.
Truly grasping the Gospel might require a leap of faith, but appreciating gospel music is possible for anyone with ears and good taste. So while this Gospel Song Fest bills itself as a celebration of “singing, food and fellowship,” it’s likely that non-believers who arrive with an open mind can still enjoy the musical camaraderie. If not, the event doesn’t cost anything, so you’ll at least get a free dinner out of the deal. Festivities last from 7 to 8 p.m at Greenlawn Baptist Church on Garners Ferry Road. Call 776-4074 for more.
Civil Rights Sundays, the Nickelodeon Theatre’s recurring free series of films that focus on American race relations, continues with the 1979 film Killer of Sheep, an examination of Watts, a particularly rough Los Angeles ghetto during the mid-’70s. If you’re looking for some light Sunday entertainment, this isn’t the ticket, but the film is critically revered — “black-and-white images and deliberate editing create a sense of serene resignation,” noted the late great Roger Ebert. The screening begins at 5:30 p.m. More info at nickelodeon.org.
Tasting Notes, a fundraiser for the South Carolina Philharmonic, offers edibles from premiere Midlands restaurants and an exhibit of painted violins — including one instrument reworked to look like a damn stingray. But as the name implies, it’s the wine tasting that rules here, with selections from around the world available to taste and buy. The event starts at 6:30 p.m., and it’s at the South Carolina State Museum. More info at scphilharmonic.com.
Grammy-winning string ensembles don’t just flit through music schools every day, so the upcoming appearance of the Parker Quartet at the University of South Carolina is no small matter. The group’s mantle is overflowing with other awards, too, and it will soon be installed as the Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard. So yeah, pretty good get. The show — which includes works by Haydn, Schulhoff and Beethoven — is at the School of Music Recital Hall, starts at 7:30 p.m. and costs $15, $5 for students. Get tickets at capitoltickets.com or by calling 251-2222.
The Broadway reinterpretation of the story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons — among the ’60s more successful hitmakers — hits Columbia. Tickets for Jersey Boys $41 to $71, and the show runs through March 30 at the Koger Center. For more information, visit broadwayincolumbia.com; for tickets, head to capitoltickets.com or call 251-2222.
Leading Ladies Cabaret returns once more to Comedy House for a fabulous night of dress-up and singing. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the show; call 798-9898 to order. More info at comedyhouse.us.
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