Broadway in Columbia The Wizard of Oz

Touring production of The Wizard of Oz hits the Koger Center on Feb. 18 as part of Broadway in Columbia’s current season.

Wednesday 13

Mid-February seems a little bit early for the University of South Carolina Dance Company to host its Spring Dance Concert, as the vernal equinox isn’t for more than month yet. But we’re mid-semester now, and the weather’s been really nice lately, so we’ll allow it. This year’s spring concert presents a challenging repertory of innovative contemporary choreography that includes an original dance by associate professor Tanya Wideman-Davis. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Drayton Hall; performances continue through Friday. Tickets are $22. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Thursday 14

Looking to jazz up your Valentine’s Day? Here’s two options: Chayz Lounge, the routinely packed little smooth jazz joint attached to Nonnah’s in the Vista, steps out by hosting Valentine’s Dinner & Dancing at Senate’s End (7 to 10 p.m.) with music from Chris Legacy & the Uncle Sam’s Got Soul Band (gourmet meal by Dupre Catering, wine and cocktails are included with tickets that range from $75 to $100); Swing Cupid at The Venue on Main (7 to 10 p.m.) will offer jazz and classical music played by Mark Rapp, Catherine Galan, Nyamka Odsuren, Sam Edwards, Brendan Michael Bull and Greg Patterson, among others (exclusive menu from executive chef Michael Ellis is included with tickets that range from $50 to $100). More info available at and, respectively. — Jordan lawrence

Friday 15

Even if you’ve caught a few of the Third Thursday Comedy Nights that Tapp’s Art Center has hosted over the past year, you’re probably not quite ready for this — many of those same performers from across the Southeast donning hilarious get-ups way out of their comfort zones for Comedy Is a DRAG. Hosted by Soda City Stand Up leader John Gibson and featuring familiar local comedy figures like Jenn Snyder and Wayne Cousins, this drag show is sure to be anything but a drag. The show runs from 8 to 11 p.m. and costs $10 to attend. Head to for more. — Kyle Petersen

Saturday 16

In its second year separated from its founding publication (the now-defunct All About Beer magazine), the World Beer Festival seems intent on offering what it always has. The plethora of beers on offer is massive enough (the list of participating breweries stretches more than halfway to the century mark) to serve as a solid primer for those uninitiated into the world of craft beer, but its historic emphasis on flagship varieties makes it more an opportunity to get drunk for those already in the know. Either way, it can be a very fun time, stoked by a variety of entertainment and food options. 2019 sessions happen today from noon to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 10 p.m. at the State Fairgrounds. Head to for more info. — Jordan Lawrence

After 20 years as an iconic Five Points business, the costume/vintage clothing shop Hip Wa Zee is capping their run in the only way they can, with The Final Costume Party. Sets from local punk and alternative bands (The Wage Slaves, Brandy and the Butcher, Damn the Sun, and Dead Spring) will soundtrack the last great hurrah with special clearance pricing of the remaining store stock. $2 suggested donation for the bands; show runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Go to to find out more. — Kyle Petersen

Sure, you could take your beloved out for a nice dinner or something this weekend, or you could do what you know will be a lot more fun: Compete against other couples to win a scavenger hunt while being stalked by zombies. Seems pretty obvious to us that Dark Castle Haunted Attractions’ My Zombie Valentine is the way to go here, especially since you can even add a dinner package and enjoy a ribeye or chicken with bacon before fighting for your life with your betrothed. Also there will be complimentary tea and desserts while your score is tabulated! The terror begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $60 per couple. Visit for more info. — Vincent Harris

If your honey has the classical gas this Valentine’s weekend, take them to the Guitar Gala hosted by classical guitarist Marina Alexandra and friends at 300 Senate. The elegant evening features beautiful guitar music from Alexandra and special guest performances, including one from renowned soprano Janet Hopkins. Dinner’s included in the $62 ticket price, and there’s a cash bar as well. The gala starts at 6 p.m. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Sunday 17

We don’t really want to imagine a world without Tyler Perry’s Madea character around to smack us upside our collective heads and talk some sense into us, but here we are. Yes, Madea’s Farewell Tour, featuring Perry, Cassi Davis-Patton, Tamela Mann and David Mann, is indeed upon us, and she will be bringing her 20-year reign of good Christian sense to the Township Auditorium for three performances — Thursday, Friday and today (at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $47 to $107. More info available at — Vincent Harris

Craft beer isn’t just delicious straight up, it’s a great flavor enhancer for food when applied correctly — just like the chefs will be doing from noon to 4 p.m. at the Smoke & Beer Festival at City Roots, where they’ll be competing for the winning dish, voted on by attendees. Beer from Georgia, North and South Carolina breweries and spirits-infused cigars will be featured at the cash bar. Tickets are $20 and can be bought at — April Blake

We’ve still got a lot of Valentine’s Day stuff going on for the post-Valentine’s weekend, and in this case, The Poetry Jam is literally incorporating Valentine’s Day into their show at The Weekend Restaurant & Lounge. Led by Mr. Emotional, The Poet, the evening’s topics will be the ravages of romance and the hazards of love, all delivered in a more artistic fashion that most of us poor saps could possibly muster. Spirit will host the love-fest, and live music will be provided by Mike Stone. The heartbreak begins at 8 p.m., and the cover is $10. Visit for more info. — Vincent Harris

Monday 18

This ain’t a community theater presentation we’re talking about here. Broadway In Columbia brings the real-deal touring version of The Wizard of Oz, so it’s kind of a pull-out-all-the-stops thing. This stage version of the classic film will have the dazzling special effects, colorful sets and gripping score you’d expect from a Broadway show, and it will presumably have those damn flying monkeys that terrorize Dorothy and her pals, the ones that gave us nightmares when we were kids. So get yourself some courage and, uh, have a heart and follow the yellow brick road to the Koger Center at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $49 to $59. More info available at — Vincent Harris

Tuesday 19

Brass professors Michael Wilkinson, of the University of South Carolina, and Micah Everett, of the University of Mississippi, are all about that bass — specifically the low brass, the lower register of the labrosone family. The musicians will swap between alto, tenor, bass and contrabass trombones, euphonium, tuba and cimbasso — I don’t even know what that last one is — during their duo recital, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at the University of South Carolina School of Music Recital Hall. Admission is free. No treble: Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Wednesday 20

What is Artists for Africa about? Well, it’s all right there in the name, isn’t it? Today’s Postcard Art fundraiser at the Embassy Suites on Greystone Boulevard benefits the Columbia-based nonprofit, which aims to support arts education in the poorest parts of Africa. Here’s how it works: Each piece of art, the size of a postcard, costs $65 — there is no bidding — and the artworks are displayed anonymously, so you’re buying on aesthetics rather than name recognition. The event starts at 6 p.m.; the artwork will be sold starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25; visit to order. For more information, visit — Patrick Wall

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