These days, when you say “Jersey Boys,” lots of people probably think of Chris Christie and his cronies. But the Broadway in Columbia show Jersey Boys has nothing to do with the governor and potential presidential candidate; rather, it’s about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, who first hit the charts with “Sherry” in 1962 and went on to land 38 more singles on the Billboard pop charts. The show is at the Koger Center tonight at 7:30 p.m. and continues through Sunday; visit capitoltickets.com or call 251-2222 to order.
Pegasus, a unicorn and a woolly mammoth take center stage at the Colonial Life Arena at 7 p.m. as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show Legends comes to town. (Or at least reasonable facsimiles of Pegasus, a unicorn and a wooly mammoth, anyway.) In addition to the aforementioned mythical creatures, you’ll see acrobats, a lion tamer, clowns, dancing dogs and much more — including circus protesters, who will set up shop near the arena at 5:45 p.m. Tickets (for the circus; you’ll see the protesters for free) range from $15 to $42; visit lmctix.com to order or coloniallifearena.com for more information.
Hobey Ford makes ridiculously cool puppets. He makes shadow puppets and rod puppets; he makes marionettes; he’s developed a special contraption for controlling puppets’ heads; he’s developed tiny puppets with tiny eyes that have side-to-side movement. Hell, his puppets are so cool there’s even a movie about him: It’s called Turtle Island Tales: The Puppetry Art of Hobey Ford; it came out in 2000. Why are we telling you this? Because Hobey Ford brings his Animalia show to the Columbia Marionette Theatre today and tomorrow. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets? A mere $5. Visit cmtpuppet.org for more information.
How important is Leo Twiggs to South Carolina art? We’re not sure where to start. In 1980, he was the first visual artist to receive the state’s Verner Award. His work was in the 1999 exhibition 100 Artists/100 Years at the S.C. State Museum. He’s received national attention for his paintings that infuse layers of new meaning into images of Confederate flags. He’s been a professor of art and a museum director at S.C. State University in Orangeburg. And his career is documented in the 2011 book Messages from Home: The Art of Leo Twiggs. Today, he’ll be at if ART in the Vista from 6 to 9 p.m. for the opening of his new exhibition, Shifting Symbols. On Saturday, he’ll give an artist talk at 1 p.m. Visit ifartgallery.blogspot.com or call 255-0068 for more information.
Dress well! Drink up! Watch horses run fast! Yes, it’s time for the Carolina Cup at the Springdale Race Course in Camden. Gates open at 9 a.m.; the horses start running at 1:30 p.m. Tickets range from $45 for general admission to $615 for a grandstand box. (If you pay for the box, you’ll probably want to make some cash back on the race … not that you would do that.) Visit carolina-cup.org for details.
Editor’s note: This event was scheduled for Saturday but has been moved to Sunday due to forecasts for rain. Eight Days loves corn in all its forms — corn on the cob, baked corn, corn chips, corndogs and, yes, cornbread. So we’re pretty excited about the South Carolina Cornbread Festival coming to 2800 Main Street (the large field by the Bank of America branch) in the north Columbia area. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and has all the festival goodies you might want: a 5k in the morning, a mayor-dunking tank (you might see Moe Baddourah there), bands, comedy, a cornbread cookoff and much more. Admission is $5 for adults and free for kids 12 and younger. See Chew on This or visit sccornbreadfestival.com for more info.
Once again, Columbia will celebrate the on-screen contributions of one particularly rich culture. The Columbia Jewish Film Festival gets going tonight with an opening party at the Nickelodeon Theatre, featuring Israeli food and a movie tour of the same cuisine — Jerusalem on a Plate. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. Screenings continue throughout the week at the Nick, spanning a wide variety of subjects and genres and culminating on Thursday with a documentary look at the life of Jewish blues singer and rock songwriter Doc Pomus. Tickets range from $10 for individual screenings to $150 for a festival pass (including tonight’s party). For times and other information, visit columbiajewishfilmfestival.com.
Struggling to come up with ideas for food on your big day? Why not take a ride in a limo, going from one potential wedding reception venue to the next, tasting and talking with different culinary staff along the way? Admission is $15, and the tour starts at Meet.Plan.Design (1700 Alta Vista Drive, off Fontaine Road). Find out more about this Bridal Tour of Columbia, which goes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling 262-9411.
Also at the Nickelodeon this week is the final presentation in the theater’s Science on Screen series, wherein science-fiction classics are followed by lectures on actual science. Tonight, you’ll get the 2013 film Computer Chess paired with a talk by mathematics professor Joshua Cooper on the numerical intricacies of computer gaming. For more on the 5:30 p.m. screening, visit nickelodeon.org.
Not intrigued by a bunch of people in formal wear sawing away at music that doesn’t even have any words? Well, when the University of South Carolina Symphony performs with Cirque de la Symphonie, you’ll get visual stimulation to go along with all that wonderful sound. Choreographing their routines to classical masterpieces, the Cirque crew should prove an apt and colorful complement to the symphony’s program. Tickets are $31 for adults; $26 for USC faculty/staff; and $9 for students. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center; the arts section has more on page 24.
Little more than a week after yMusic wowed a crowd at USC with its accessible but challenging contemporary classical music, the School of Music again displays its zeal for experimentation. The USC Computer Music Concert will showcase works produced by the Experimental Music Studio, an outlet for digital composition and performance. Humans and machines working together — mass hysteria! And hopefully some pretty rad tunes. The show is free, starts at 7:30 p.m. and is in the School of Music Recital Hall. Call 777-4280 for more info.
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