Children’s Author and Illustrator Anita Lobel Comes to Richland Library

Plus: Southeastern Piano Festival Continues, SouthEast Crab Feast, Revolutionary War Talk at State Museum
By Free Times
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 |
Anita Lobel’s All the World’s a Stage runs through Aug. 17 at the Columbia Museum of Art and the main branch of the Richland Library. She discusses her work on Friday at the library.
Wednesday 18
Off and running since last Friday, the Southeastern Piano Festival will push its slate of intriguing events through Saturday. Tonight’s appearance by Ingrid Jacoby maintain’s the festival’s high quality. The winner of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition headlines an artist showcase at the University of South Carolina School of Music, offering dexterous technique and vivid range. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $30. For more, call 777-4280.

Thursday 19
Around here, the summer months are flush with opportunities — though sweaty — to tee off for a good cause. This week, your chance comes courtesy of the Bulldog Golf Classic, which offers 18 holes at the Golden Hills Golf Club complete with cart, catered lunch, drinks and snacks. $320 per team; $100 to become a hole sponsor. The festivities start at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit scholarships at the Glenforest School. Call 796-7622 for more information.

You might not peg Columbia as a place to receive an offbeat film education, but between the offerings at the Nickelodeon Theatre and the flicks presented as part of the Point of View Film Series, locals have plenty of avenues to get an arthouse cinema fix on. Tonight, the latter of the two outlets presents Black Orpheus, Marcel Camus’ 1959 revision of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in Rio de Janeiro. The 7 p.m. screening at Tapp’s Arts Center costs $5. Call 988-0013 for more.

Friday 20
With galleries in the Columbia Museum of Art and the main branch of the Richland Library hosting All the World’s a Stage, an exhibition of visual works from award-winning children’s author and illustrator Anita Lobel, it only makes sense that the writer would make an appearance in town. Lobel hits the library’s Bostick Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. for A Midsummer’s Eve, discussing her career and then signing some books. For more info, call 799-2810.

No muss. No fuss. The Famously Hot Blood Drive, while larger than your average hemoglobin donation day, operates under familiar principles: Show up. Give some blood. Get a free T-shirt (and a Red Cross cooling towel). The drive is open at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday 21
Craving some crab? We’ve got you covered. The SouthEast Crab Feast rolls into Saluda Shoals Park today, offering blue crabs and some Lowcountry boil — shrimp, potatoes, corn and beef sausage — along with music and other activities. Find out more about the event in Chew on This on page 58.

Do women get an even shake when it comes to marketing their art? The Columbia Museum of Art explores that topic today, screening Women Artists: The Other Side of the Picture, a 1997 feature that poses big questions, like “Where are the works of the great women artists?” and “Why are there so few represented in museums?” The noon screening is free with membership or admission. Call 799-2810.

History buffs would do well to make a stop at the South Carolina State Museum, which hosts two Saturday discussions linked to its ongoing exhibition, The American Revolutionary War in South Carolina, which runs through Aug. 17. At 1 p.m., you can stop in for Real People, Making Real Decisions, in Real Time, which will focus on South Carolina Revolution War heroes, including Francis Marion and William “Danger” Thomson. Then at 3 p.m., you can attend Trying to Keep the Southern Frontier Quiet, an examination of how the Cherokee Nation attempted to push white settlers off its lands with British assistance. Both discussions are free with membership or museum admission. Call 737-4159.

Sunday 22
In this week’s music section, frequent Free Times music writer Kevin Oliver praises Floridian folk singer Grant Peeples, extolling the merits of his “speak-sing delivery” and “story songs that deliver keen-eyed socio-political commentary.” For more on his 6:30 p.m. appearance at West Columbia’s Red Door Tavern, flip on back to page 63.

Monday 23
Speaking of Floridian things, today is — believe it or not — Pink Flamingo Day. And while Columbia doesn’t have any organized competitions that we’re aware of, the Lawn Greetings Business Owners Forum is sponsoring one online. To participate, simply set up at least four pink flamingos in your yard and follow the rest of the critieria at lawn-greetings.com/pink-flamingo-day before shooting them a photo or video of your decorated homestead.

Tuesday 24
Both the 2014 Miss South Carolina and 2014 Miss South Carolina Teen pageants bring their glitz and glamour to the Township Auditorium this week. Preliminary rounds start today and run through June 26, with the final night of competition taking place on June 28. For more information — including details on the complex pricing for tickets — call 576-2350.

It takes a lot to be name-checked as the best guitarist in the world. It takes even more to grab that honor twice. So Tommy Emmanuel’s 2008 and 2010 anointments as Best Acoustic Guitarist per Guitar Player magazine are nothing to sneeze at. His rich and immersive fingerpicking has been utilized to great effect by Chet Atkins; tonight and tomorrow, he’ll show off his chops at the beautiful Newberry Opera House. Both shows start at 8 p.m. and cost $30. Emmanuel also teaches a $75 masterclass at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Call 276-6264 for more information.

Wednesday 25
Nothing adds vigor to your midweek doldrums like some celebrity impersonations, right? If you agree, then head to the Comedy House, which once more hosts one of its frequent favorites, Leading Ladies Cabaret. The colorful evening offers “elaborate costumes, Vegas-style showgirls, song and dance from celebrity look-a-likes.” Presented by America’s Got Talent semifinalist Dorae Saunders and hosted by Samantha Hunter. Performances are tonight and tomorrow, both of which start at 8 p.m. For more, call 798-9898.

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