Do you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC? If so, here are some things to do around town.
Everybody likes hearing secrets … and secrets from the grave? They’re even better! Historic Columbia presents its Secrets from the Grave and Moonlight Cemetery tours at Elmwood Cemetery. At 7:30 p.m., the Secrets from the Grave tour explores the symbols found on headstones and markers in the cemetery; at 8 and 8:30 p.m., Moonlight Cemetery tours delve into the lives and burials of prominent local residents of the 19th and 20th centuries. Tours are $12 for adults ($8 for members) and $6 for youth ($4 for members).
Being the discerning, book-loving person you are, you probably already know that the South Carolina Book Festival is coming to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center this weekend. If not, though, here’s the deal: The festival, which attracts local, regional and national authors from just about every possible genre, kicks off in earnest on Saturday morning, but tonight there’s an opening reception — at which many of the authors will be present — at the University of South Carolina’s Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library.
How often do you get to see a violinist from Mongolia? Not too often, we’d venture to guess. Tonight, violinist Nyamsaikhan Obsuren performs at Shandon Presbyterian Church. Obsuren is currently working on his doctorate in orchestral conducting at the University of South Carolina; as a violinist, he has represented his country at festivals in Turkey, China and Russia and performed throughout Europe. For this 7:30 p.m. concert, he’ll be playing with renowned local pianist Philip Bush. Can’t make it tonight? No worries: They’re also playing tomorrow night, same place and time.
Show tunes and alcohol … what could possibly go wrong? Trustus Theatre presents Under Our Influence, an evening of Rat Pack-style entertainment showcasing the talents of Jason Stokes, Terrance Henderson and Kevin Bush, as well as offering a sneak peek at Trustus’ forthcoming bar, The Cabaret at Marv’s. The bar will be open throughout the show — all you have to do is sit back, drink and take in some Vegas-style tunes. Show time is 8 p.m., and tickets are $20. Visit trustus.org for tickets or more info.
Let’s be honest: When you picture a classic cowboy herding cattle or riding a wild horse, that cowboy is probably … white. But guess what? That picture can change. The Columbia Black Rodeo comes to the Colonial Life Arena at 7:30 p.m. Cowboys will compete in such categories as bull riding, steer wrestling, bareback riding, calf roping and more. Eight Days would perform horribly in each and every one of these categories, but these guys? They’re pros.
Who says somebody actually has to be getting married for you to enjoy a wedding? At My Faux Wedding, you’ll get the works — a champagne greeting, “rehearsal” dinner and a short ceremony featuring ABC Columbia’s Alicia Barnes. The reception will feature drinks and food prepared by acclaimed local caterer and Cooking Channel alum Scott Hall. The 4 p.m. event at the Corley Mill House costs $30 to attend.
The S.C. State Museum celebrates International Bluegrass Month with a 3 p.m. performance by Palmetto Blue and a presentation by bluegrass historian Pat Ahrens. The program is included with regular museum admission.