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The Addams Family Sings at the Koger Center

Plus: ArtFields; The Root Doctors; Olympia Fest; Quarry Crusher Run; Eau Claire Fest

By Free Times
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Addams Family musical runs Monday and Tuesday at the Koger Center.

Wednesday 23

You: Young professional looking to meet other young professionals and network your way to the top. COR: A young professionals’ group looking for you. Columbia Opportunity Resource presents CORelate, an annual celebration of leadership, service and fun, at The Hall at Senate’s End (320 Senate St.). The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $20 ($10 for members). But wait! That’s not all! Here’s proof of the networking possibilities: If you go, you’ll get to hear from Carl Blackstone, new CEO of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce; Sherard Duvall, media education director at the Nickelodeon Theatre; and Anita Garrett, CEO of The Weathers Group. Visit ourcor.org for more information. 

Thursday 24

Love! Deception! Marriage! Stubbornness! Taming of stubbornness! It’s Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew — only this time, instead of taking place in the Italian city of Padua, the action takes place at a contemporary all-girls high school. Directed by MFA acting program graduate Marybeth Gorman, USC’s Lab Theatre presents this modern-day adaptation tonight at 8 p.m., with additional shows through Saturday. Admission is $5 at the door; the theatre is at 1400 Wheat St. in the Booker T. Washington building. Call 777-9353 for more information.

Friday 25

ArtFields is back. In case your memory is short or you weren’t paying attention last year, ArtFields is an annual visual arts event that turns the small town of Lake City (about halfway to Myrtle Beach) into the center of the South Carolina arts universe, at least for 10 days. It all kicks off today with a farmers and artisans market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., an opening celebration from 5:30 to 6 p.m., the ArtFields Artwalk from 6 to 8 p.m. and more. Still have no idea what ArtFields is? Point the browser of your choice to artfieldssc.org to learn more.

The Root Doctors kick off the Music at Sandhill series from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Town Hall Common at the Village at Sandhill. If you’re a newcomer to the area or are completely clueless, The Root Doctors play funk, rock and R&B and have been playing local venues and festivals since 1987. The event will also feature kids’ rides, a balloon artist and more; visit villageatsandhill.com for details.

Saturday 26

Not one, but two Columbia neighborhoods celebrate their respective communities today: Olympia Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of Granby Mill and features food, the Quarry Crusher Run, music from Chris Compton and the Ruby Brunettes, and more. Visit olympiafest.com for more information. In north Columbia, today’s the day for Eau Claire Fest, which also features music (Martha Munizzi, Elliott and the Untouchables and more), food and a 5k, not to mention the Ngozi Afrikan Drum and Dance Ensemble, the Columbia College Dance Company and much more. It runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — and it, too, is free. We like free; visit eauclairefest.com for details.

Columbia, you have really outdone yourself today. There’s the Tchaikovsky Festival at the Township Auditorium (7:30 p.m., 771-6303); the Turkish Cultural Festival in West Columbia (11 a.m. to 6 p.m., scdialogue.org); the TEDxYouth@ColumbiaSC conference at IT-oLogy (10 a.m. to 3 p.m., eventbrite.com); Kid’s Day in Lexington (10 a.m. to 3 p.m., lexingtonkidsday.com); the Columbia Roller Derby Tournament (today and tomorrow, columbiaquadsquad.com); and much more. Want to see the “much more,” too? Visit free-times.com/events.

Sunday 27

For the seventh year, vinyl collectors representing various levels of musical nerdiness will descend upon the Columbia Museum of Art for the Greater Columbia Record Fair. Enthusiasts from up and down the East Coast will peddle their wares, so you can expect to find at least a few choice treasures if you’re willing to dig. Or if you’re more inclined to just come and hang out, The Whig will be on hand with an expansive array of craft beer, and KC Hotdogs will be slinging some meat. The fair runs from noon to 5 p.m., and admission is free. Visit facebook.com/greatercolumbiarecordfair for more info.

Monday 28

Down with The Addams Family and its comfortably sardonic creepiness — but wish they did a little more singing? Then this musical adaptation of one of film’s most enduring horror comedies — featuring the classic characters Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch — should hit you just right. Free Times hears that the wonderfully mischievous Thing only shows up to open the curtain, but we’re sure the show will make up for it. Somehow. The Addams Family starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Tuesday at the Koger Center, with tickets running between $47 and $58. For more info, visit koger.sc.edu or koger.sc.edu  or call 777-7500. For tickets, call 251-2222 or visit capitoltickets.com.

Tuesday 29

The Indie Grits film festival may be done, but the Nickelodeon Theatre still has a few tricks left in its projector. This special advance screening of Locke, in which Tom Hardy’s construction manager has his life changed by one phone call, continues the theater’s participation in the New York Film Critics Series, in which the movies are followed by an interactive web chat with the actors and filmmakers. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. screening are $18. Visit nickelodeon.org or call 254-3433.

Highlighted by renowned artistic director and cellist Edward Aaron, the newest edition of the Columbia Museum of Art’s Chamber Music on Main features him in a trio with pianist Jeewon Park and violinist Yosuke Kawasaki performing works by Bach, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn. Tickets are $30 ($20 if you’re a museum member; $5 if you’re a student). More info is available at columbiamuseum.org, or call 799-2810.

Wednesday 30

It’s Zipper Day, Adopt a Shelter Pet Day and International Jazz Day. So, by all means, please put your pants on correctly, rescue a puppy and top it off with some John Coltrane, Miles Davis or Thelonious Monk. It’s also National Honesty Day. So don’t lie. At least not to us.

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