National Theatre Live screens The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

National Theatre Live screens The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time at the Harbison Theatre on Tuesday. Photo by Manuel Harlan

Wednesday 13

It’s time to hold that candle in the wind one last time — Sir Elton John’s farewell tour waves goodbye at Colonial Life Arena tonight. There’s no denying the incredible body of work the pianist and pop tunesmith has amassed over the decades, and, as a consummate showman, he’s likely to pull out every single last stop on this tour before settling down into retirement for a few years before the next last tour. Head to for more information. — Kyle Petersen

Thursday 14

Double entendres abound in 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche. The year is 1956, and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein — an association of, uh, unmarried women who gather annually to sample one another’s, uh, pies and whose motto is “No men. No meat. All manners.” — is having its annual, uh, breakfast. But the morning takes a dark turn, as America comes under nuclear attack and the women’s basement is pressed into service as a bomb shelter. OK, so maybe there aren’t many double entendres in that second sentence. Trustus Theatre mounts the play — OK, that’s better — at 8 p.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church, and performances run through Sunday. Tickets are $25. Visit for more. — Patrick Wall

Friday 15

Off the Wall and Onto the Stage is perhaps the Columbia City Ballet’s greatest triumph. The elaborate production, which was conceived and choreographed by artistic director William Starrett and which brings the Lowcountry Gullah painter Jonathan Brown’s art to life, is perennially popular in town and has been performed to raves in major cities. The troupe performs the ballet at 7:30 p.m. at the Township Auditorium; tickets are $29 to $49. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall [Online copy corrected.]

It’s time to join Tim Curry’s sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania and do the “Time Warp” again at the Historic Columbia Speedway’s Rocky Horror Picture Show Festival. In addition to watching Brad and Janet fall under Dr. Frank N’ Furter’s lascivious spell, you can jump into the audience-participation zone and dress up as Riff Raff or Portia or even Meatloaf. And you can finally lose your shame and learn the steps to the Time Warp. Gates open at 6 p.m., the film starts at 8 p.m., and leashed pets (of the human and animal variety) are welcome. General admission tickets are $15. Visit for more info. — Vincent Harris

Saturday 16

I’m not really here to endorse Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Fans of the first book following the exploits of the world’s most famous young wizard rejoice at how faithfully it follows the text, but in the hands of Home Alone director Chris Columbus, there’s not enough darkness or menace to the threats Potter and his friends face to really grab adults. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun to munch some popcorn in the afternoon, perhaps getting a late start on watching a film franchise that I promise gets better as it goes. The screening as part of the Nickelodeon Theatre’s Saturday Stories series starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are $9 ($5 for children 12 and under). Head to for more info. — Jordan Lawrence

Sunday 17

The number of Peter Pan stories and adaptations that have been tried over the decades is dizzying, but that’s mostly because the fantastical magic of the original tale holds so much power. The musical adaptation Peter Pan and Wendy from Alyn Cardarelli and Steve Goers leans into that logic, creating a fast-paced version built for child and parent alike. The Columbia Children's Theatre presents a production of the fresh take at Harbison Theatre today at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12. Head to for more info. — Kyle Petersen

Forging connections between artistic disciplines isn’t always easy. Individual disciplines often tend to build up their own communities of patrons and practitioners, making them sometimes feel like worlds to themselves. This is what makes things like the Columbia Museum of Art’s Write Around Series necessary. The series hosts authors — in this case poets Cindi Boiter and Jennifer Bartell — sharing work inspired by the works in the museum’s galleries. The event starts at 3 p.m. and is free with museum membership or admission. More info available at — Jordan Lawrence

Monday 18

The Crooked Creek Art League out in Chapin may exist on the fringe of the Columbia arts scene, but the group has churned along since 1995 supporting amateur and professional artists and artisans in the area. Their Annual Juried Show Awards Reception, which features over 100 works of art from their members, is today at the Crooked Creek Park building at 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. — Kyle Petersen

Tuesday 19

Technically, it’s not yet spring. The vernal equinox isn’t until tomorrow. But the weather’s nice and it’s been a long winter and Rudy Mancke is a Palmetto State treasure, so we’ll just go ahead and consider spring sprung after The Nature of Spring, a guided nature tour led by the University of South Carolina’s naturalist-in-residence that starts at noon in front of the McKissick Museum on the university’s Horseshoe. Admission is free; call 803-777-7251 for more information. — Patrick Wall

Want to open chamber music up to a broader audience? Well, one solid tactic is to program such sounds in not-so-stuffy spaces. Indeed, for many Free Times readers, I’m sure the prospect of sitting back in a relaxed brewery atmosphere drinking delicious sours, lagers and IPAs (which Columbia Craft Brewing Company has in abundance) to enjoy a little chamber music sounds much better than spending an evening in a dry recital hall. Not that one is intrinsically better than the other, but more options means more listeners. Tonight’s Chamber Brewsic concert at Columbia Craft features flutist Sabrina Raber and the University of South Carolina’s Spark Collective performing “traditionally classical works in a nontraditional venue.” Bully. The free event starts at 7:30 p.m. More info at — Jordan Lawrence

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time is a moving, and shattering tale of a young severely autistic boy named Christopher and his attempt to be a great private detective. Christopher has found a dead dog belonging to his neighbor, Mrs. Shears, and he’s suspected of killing it. In order to clear his name, Christopher begins an investigation that reveals more about him, his father and the world around him than he ever could’ve dreamed. This version of the play was actually performed by the National Theatre in London and recorded, and it will be shown at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College at 7 p.m. Visit for ticket prices and other info. — Vincent Harris

Wednesday 20

First of all, we’re going to be saying the word “Banff” a lot here, and we really love doing that. The Banff Mountain Film Festival brings its annual world tour to The Senate, presenting a travelling version of the annual film festival at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, a prestigious performing and fine arts center located in the city of, you guessed it, Banff. The festival features 40 short films and documentaries about sports, the outdoor lifestyle, exotic landscapes and adventurous travel, so none of your typical snoozy high-art stuff here, just adrenaline, dazzling visuals and lots of Banff. The Festival starts at 7 p.m., tickets are $15, and you can visit for more info. — Vincent Harris

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