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Disney’s Rockin’ Ever After

Plus: John Legend at the Township Wednesday

By Free Times
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Disney on Ice’s Rockin’ Ever After is at Colonial Life Arena Thursday through Sunday.

Wednesday 16

If you’re ancient, when you think of the song “All of Me,” you think of the 1931 jazz standard — you know, the one you’ve heard Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra sing. If you’re not ancient, you think of the contemporary piano-and-vocals ballad by John Legend, which came out last year. Legend is at the Township Auditorium at 8 p.m.; tickets range from $39 to $77. Visit thetownship.org for details.

What are the odds of you getting in to see British novelist Martin Amis at the University of South Carolina’s Open Book Series tonight? We’re not sure, but we suggest you duck out of work a bit early if you want to find a seat. Amis is at the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library at 6 p.m. Find details at artsandsciences.sc.edu/theopenbook.

Thursday 17

Fairy tales — on ice! Hit songs — on ice! Disney characters — on ice! We have no idea what it is about putting a show on ice that makes it so popular — but hey, how often do you get to see Ariel and Sebastian (The Little Mermaid) or Rapunzel and Flynn (Tangled) … on ice? Exactly. Disney on Ice production Rockin’ Ever After comes to the Colonial Life Arena tonight through Sunday. Tonight’s show is at 7 p.m.; tickets range from $17 to $47. Visit lmctix.com to order; or coloniallifearena.com for more information.

For working stiffs, partying on a Thursday is kind of like getting an extra day tacked on to your weekend: You go out, have a great time, and the next day at work you just muddle through until 5 p.m. and start all over again. Tonight, the Vista invites you to party at its galleries and retailers (not to mention its restaurants and bars), as businesses keep their doors open until 8 p.m. for the Third Thursday series. At 7:30 p.m., if ART Gallery presents a reading and book signing with Quitman Marshall, whose new book of poems is called You Were Born One Time. While you’re out and about, check out Sergio Marcel’s Colors exhibition at City Art. Visit vistacolumbia.com for more information. 

Friday 18

Have you seriously not been to see the Japan and the Jazz Age exhibition at the Columbia Museum of Art? Honestly, we thought more of you than that. Regardless, you have until Sunday to check that off your list. And if you head to the museum tonight, you can not only see the exhibition, but also hear the Noel Freidline Quartet play a program of Japanese-inspired jazz by classic jazz artists such as Dave Brubeck, Horace Silver, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, Django Reinhardt and Cal Tjader. It’s all part of the CMA Jazz on Main series, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m. if you want to see the exhibition.) Tickets are $40; $30 for museum members; and $5 for students. Visit columbiamuseum.org for more info.

Did you know that Kaiserslautern, Germany is Columbia’s sister city? (For those keeping track, so are Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Plovdiv, Bulgaria; Chelyabinsk, Russia; Yibin City, China; and Accra, Ghana.) Well, it is, which gives if ART Gallery a good reason to bring the artwork of two Kaiserslautern artists to town. The Vista gallery presents works by Klaus Hartmann and Reiner Mährlein in the exhibition Kaiserslautern Calling. The show kicks off with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m.; there will also be an artist talk Saturday at 4 p.m. Call 238-2351 or visit
ifartgallery.blogspot.com for more info.

Saturday 19

Frankly, we liked it better last year when the animé convention NashiCon was on Main Street, so we could walk outside our office and see all types of creatively costumed attendees. But we can’t begrudge organizers their success, and moving to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center is a good sign that the event is growing. The event features a dealers’ room stuffed with video games and animé cartoons; cosplay chess, in which participants dressed as their favorite characters do battle on a giant chessboard; a formal ball with a bunch of rules (no Chuck Taylors!); panels on everything from Japanese wrestling and Doctor Who to basic sewing — and a bunch of other activities that anyone who’s into animé should enjoy. The convention runs today and tomorrow; tickets are a mere $25 for both days. Visit nashicon.com for more information.

Sunday 20

Limes are a cool fruit and all, a bang-up accent for a Corona or a gin and tonic, but the LimeFest Music Festival opts for the word as it is used in Caribbean slang, signifying a particularly laid-back hangout — likely the kind at which one would knock back a few cervezas or cocktails. The music runs from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and focuses on the kind of deliberately lulling styles that suit this idea best, with smooth local jazz outfits led by locals Reggie Sullivan and Mark Rapp leading the charge. Tickets for this chilldown at The Block on NOMA (2615 River Drive) cost $10. For more info visit facebook.com/howard.hunt.art.

Monday 21

Free? We like free. The University Band plays a free concert at the Koger Center at 7:30 p.m. Call 777-4280 for more information.

Tuesday 22

In a book you might have heard about, this guy named Jesus famously turns water into wine. At Tuesday’s Wine for Water Celebration, you’ll get the chance to turn the other cheek, tasting wines from around the world and sampling food from local restaurants while bidding on items in a silent auction, all of which will benefit the upkeep of local watersheds. The event is at Senate’s End; admission for the 6 p.m. soiree is $35 — $25 if you’re a member of the Gills Creek, Rocky Branch or Smith Branch watershed associations. Call 727-8326 for more.

Wednesday 23

Italian music and art is a broad and voluminous topic, but Music 101 will endeavor to chart its progression through the 17th and 18th centuries, blitzing through key classical contributions from Vivaldi, the invention of opera, and a variety of other fascinating subjects. You’ll be in good hands as you embark on your journey, with Peter Hoyt, adjunct curator for music at the Columbia Museum of Art, leading the way. Classes take place at the museum for six consecutive Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. starting today. Cost is $80 for the series ($65 for members) and $15 for individual lectures. Visit columbiamuseum.org or call 799-2810 for more info.

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