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Here are a few things on our radar right now:
* Conrad Wise Chapman fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. He was also a painter. Chapman’s Charleston, 1863-1864 opens July 12 at the South Carolina State Museum.
* Midlands Grown Restaurant Week, the run-up to Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival,begins July 12.
* What could possibly make Sharknado, the pop culture phenomenon, better? Well, this. See it July 15.
* Guess what? It’s time to concentrate on football. To get you ready for the season, Brett Favre is coming to town on July 24. Yes, the Wrangler-wearing Brett Favre.
* On each Hump Day in July, The Five Points Association invites you to Wine Down Wednesday.
* Apparently there’s a significant debate out there as to whether the dead people in the Evil Dead series are zombies. For now, let’s just say they are — and if you weren’t scared enough of zombies, now they’ll be singing zombies. Evil Dead: The Musical runs through July 26 at Trustus Theatre.
* The S.C. State Museum presents Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time through the rest of 2014. The exhibition dinosaurs both familiar and obscure, and some of them are robotic. Awesome.
* Speaking of dinosaurs, EdVenture Children’s Museum has a dinosaur exhibition up, also. It’s called Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice.
* A string of big shows continues at the Township this summer, with Steely Dan on July 29, Maxwell on July 30, Crosby, Stills & Nash on Aug. 13 and Jack White on Sept. 24. See thetownship.org for details.
* The biggest payday in bass fishing, the Forrest Wood Cup, is coming to Columbia. Check out the Forrest Wood Cup Expo at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Aug. 15-17.
* The S.C. State Museum has a another recently opened exhibition, too, The American Revolutionary War in South Carolina. It’s up until Aug. 17.
* The State Fair, coming in October, has announced its lineup, and it’s a good one.
* Speaking of the Columbia Museum of Art, no doubt you’re familiar with the paintings of Norman Rockwell. But what about the photos he used as models for his paintings? The museum presents Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera, opening Oct. 17.
* We know it’s a long way off, but Cirque du Soleil is coming back to the Colonial Life Arena in November.
* What else is happening? A lot ... visit free-times.com/events for more information.