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Young Frankenstein at Workshop Theatre

Plus: Shakespeare's Cymbeline at Finlay Park; Abbey Road Live; Dinosaurs; Say Brother

By Free Times
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Workshop Theatre brings Young Frankenstein to its Bull Street stage Friday.

Wednesday 7

No doubt you’ve heard of Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But Cymbeline? Maybe not. No worries; this lesser-known Shakespeare play is full of the forbidden love, mistaken identity, petty trickery and vows of revenge that you know and love. The South Carolina Shakespeare Company presents Cymbeline at 8 p.m. today through Saturday in Finlay Park. Admission is free, though a $10 donation is suggested. (And you’re a good person, so just give them the damn $10, OK?) Visit shakespearesc.org for more information.

Thursday 8

On first glance, Beatles cover bands are kind of cheesy. As in: Seriously, you guys expect us to accept you as a reasonable facsimile of The Beatles? On second glance, Beatles cover bands are kind of creepy. As in, these guys sound a lot like The Beatles, and that’s just … eerie. And on third glance? Well, if you can get past the cheesiness and the creepiness and get into the spirit of the thing, then it’s almost like seeing The Beatles — which you probably never did, and certainly never will. And that’s, uh, kind of amazing. Abbey Road Live — which plays a wide range of Beatles repertoire, with an emphasis on the later years — plays the Five After Five series at 6:30 p.m. The concert is free; visit fivepointscolumbia.com for more information.

Friday May 9

Run for your lives! Dinosaurs are laying waste to the State Fairgrounds! No, really — there will be enormous dinosaurs marauding about the Cantey Building on the South Carolina State Fairgrounds as the show Dinosauria Experience comes to town. The show, featuring one of the largest collections of life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs in the world, is open 3 to 8 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. (Hint: If you’re a heathen, go Sunday before noon and you’ll practically have the place to yourself.) Tickets range from $12 to $20; kids under age 2 get in free. Visit dinosauriaexperience.com for more info or to order tickets.

Workshop Theatre is relocating next season after decades on Bull Street (see page 24), and there’s only one production left in the current space: Young Frankenstein, a musical based on Mel Brooks’ classic cult movie. Seeing as Mel Brooks is also the guy who brought you Blazing Saddles, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Spaceballs, you know it’s going to be hilariously absurd. Chad Henderson directs a cast that includes Kyle Collins, Hunter Boyle and Vicky Saye Henderson. The show starts at 8 p.m. and runs through May 24; tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors/military, $16 for students and $12 for children. Order online at workshoptheatre.com or call 799-6551.

Saturday 10

Local band Say Brother brings its spirited, upbeat and ridiculously catchy country-infused rock to the Rhythm on the River series at the West Columbia Amphitheatre. The show is free and runs from 6 to 9 p.m.; Capital City Playboys open.

Remember the past couple of weekends, when every festival imaginable happened in Columbia? Take note, organizers: None of them are happening today. But the 246th Army Band is playing at Ebenezer Lutheran Church — and, you know, that doesn’t happen every day. The concert is at 7 p.m., it’s free and the church is at 1301 Richland St. Visit patronsandfriends.org for more information.

Sunday 11

Mother’s Day looms. Looking to do something a little different for mom on her big day? Columbia’s got options: The Riverbanks Zoo will open up its botanical gardens for a Sunday brunch complete with a do-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar and live music; if you’d rather plan your day with a higher priority on the tunes, R&B stalwarts Keith Sweat and Joe hit the Township Auditorium for an All About Love Mother’s Day Concert; or, if your mom is the kind who digs more participatory activities, the Studio Cellar on Lady Street will offer an afternoon of scenery painting. More info on all three can be found at free-times.com/events.

Monday 12

The monthly Richland Democratic Women’s meetings offer a forum for local women to express their views and to hear those of various speakers. This month the assembly takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Adult Activity Center on Parklane Road with oration from state Rep. Mia McCleod and Richland County Treasurer David Adams, among others. For more details, call 462-9995.

Tuesday 13

Realizing that lofty topics often go down easier with a little lubrication, EngenuitySC’s regular Science Café talks offer enriching discussions in a relaxed bar environment. Tuesday’s edition features Paul Venhovens, SmartState BMW Endowed Chair in Automotive Systems Integration at Clemson University, who will discuss the present and future of automotive manufacturing. Admission to the 6 p.m. talk at Speakeasy is free. Drinks are not. More details at

If you’re like most people, you haven’t likely given much thought to the history of Southern furniture. Well, the Columbia Museum of Art is out to enlighten you. At the Furniture in the Lower Southern Piedmont lecture, Dale Couch, curator of decorative arts at the Henry D. Green Center for the Study of the Decorative Arts at the Georgia Museum of Art, will talk about furniture from northwest South Carolina and northeast Georgia and lead a discussion on scholarship in his field. The free talk starts at 6:30 p.m., but there’s a happy hour (OK, 30 minutes) at 6 p.m. More info at columbiamuseum.org.

Wednesday 14

Got a jones for off-the-beaten-track tourism spots — like that abandoned island James Bond visits in Skyfall? The Behind the Scenes — Columbia Down Under tour explores such a place right here in Columbia. Open from 1972 to 1974, Down Under Columbia — a group of shops, bars and restaurants once operating just below the surface of Columbia’s Main Street — sought to mimic the success of Georgia’s Underground Atlanta. This guided look lasts from 7 p.m until 9:30 p.m and costs $35; $25 for Historic Columbia members. More info at historiccolumbia.org.
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