There are two kinds of people in this world — those who lash out at the things they’re afraid of, and those who know enough not to be afraid. Those who lash out do stupid things like try to ban Shariah law in the U.S., even though there isn’t any Shariah law in the U.S. And those who don’t? They go to talks called “Introduction to Understanding Muslims and Islam,” such as the one being held at Masjid As-Salaam at 5119 Monticello Road from 6 to 8 p.m. It’s part of the the state’s Interfaith Harmony celebration, which started back in December when Gov. Haley decreed that it should be so. (Or, well, maybe just agreed that it should be so.) Visit interfaithpartnersofsc.org for details.
You’re accustomed to seeing Columbia City Ballet dancers at the 2,200-capacity Koger Center, dancing classic ballets on the big stage with elaborate sets and costumes. But sometimes these dancers want to try something different — innovative, experimental choreography, danced in front of a small but attentive audience in an intimate setting. That’s what the Body and Movement Explored program is all about, with mixed-repertoire choreography by William Starrett, Pat Miller Baker, Wayland Anderson, Jordan Arthur Nelson, Ricky Davis and David Ligon. The show is at the CMFA ArtSpace at 914 Pulaski St. in the Vista at 7 p.m., with additional performances Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door; and $10 for students. Call 799-7605 or visit bme2014.brownpapertickets.com to order.
Last year, Free Times photographer Thomas Hammond traveled to the Middle East to document the Syrian conflict and its consequences. Tonight, the Carolina Peace Resource Center presents a Syrian Refugee Relief Benefit at Conundrum Music Hall, at which Hammond will discuss his trip and photos. The benefit runs from 6 to 8 p.m.; suggested donation is $10 to $20. Visit conundrum.us for details.
A lovesick peasant! The wealthy object of his affection! A quack’s love potion! What could possibly go wrong? Opera at USC presents Donizetti’s Elixir of Love tonight through Sunday at Drayton Hall on the University of South Carolina campus at the corner of Sumter and Greene. Tickets are $25 ($7 for students), and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 251-2222 or visit capitoltickets.com to order.
While national scrutiny has descended on Columbia’s local government for its recent proposals to deal more harshly with the homeless, members of the town’s artistic community are pitching in to lend a helping hand. Continuing Light the Way, an ongoing series of concerts benefiting the homeless, Spirals of Light presents the world premiere of Figment of my Imagination, composer Meira Warshauer’s setting of a poem by Jack Burkheimer, who once endured living on the street. The concert starts at 3:30 p.m. at the Tree of Life Congregation. Tickets are $20, $10 for students. Visit lightthewaysc.com for more information.
With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, the Township Auditorium offers some traditionally grounded Irish entertainment. Celtic Woman — actually a four-person ensemble — performs old-fashioned anthems, pop standards and originals by the Emmy-nominated David Downes. The show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $39 to $99. More information at thetownship.org.
Need some eloquence and passion for your Sunday afternoon? Head to Trustus Side Door Theater, where Aldrich Press hosts a poetry reading by Jerred Metz and Sarah Barker from Metz’s newly published volume. The free event goes from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more, visit trustus.org.
The Ozark Jubilee is being marketed on the prowess of one player, Doofus Doolittle — really veteran violinist Randy Newman (no, not that Randy Newman) in hillbilly garb ripping through fiddle lines and jokes. So even if this outfit truly has just the one trick up its sleeve, it might still be worth the $26 cost of admission. Two performances — 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. — both at the Newberry Opera House. For tickets and more details, visit newberryoperahouse.com.
We admit it: Eight Days loves contemporary classical music, and we’re on a mission to make you love it, too. The University of South Carolina presents an evening of works by student composers — which, if past experience is any guide, will be far more sophisticated than the word “student” might suggest. The concert is free, it starts at 7:30 p.m., and it’s in the School of Music Recital Hall.
Concerned parties at the South Carolina chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual State House Day will meet with lawmakers to drum up support for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Respite Program. Got something to say about it? Make your voice heard. Event starts at 9:30 a.m. and is free to attend. More information at alz.org/sc.
North Augusta artist Edward Rice just won a Verner Award, the highest statewide honor for those in the arts community. So, maybe you should go see what the fuss is all about; his if ART exhibition Edward Rice: The Fortress Series is only up through March 8. The gallery is at 1223 Lincoln St.; visitifartgallery.blogspot.com for details.
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