Things to do in Lexington County.
“Matilda, Jr.” (play)
Head over to Village Square Theatre (105 Caughman Rd.) for a performance of “Matilda, Jr.”: “Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts and could be the school pupils’ saving grace.” Production continues through Feb. 19. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, military members, students and youth. Visit villagesquaretheatre.com for more information.
Modern Daze (concert)
Enjoy “An Evening of Rhythmic Grooves” at Chayz Lounge (607 Meeting St. in West Columbia) with a performance by Modern Daze. Expect to hear hits and classics by Ronnie Laws, Herbie Hancock, McFadden & Whitehead, David Sanborn, Bob James, Mary J Blige, Mint Condition and much more. Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets are $25. Dressy attire is required. Visit chayzlounge.com for more information.
The Millhands (concert)
Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor (710 Meeting St. in West Columbia) hosts a performance by The Millhands. Come experience and evening of bluegrass, gospel and country music. Showtime is 8 p.m., and admission is a $10 donation. Visit billsmusicshop.com for more information.
Strait Country (concert)
Enjoy an evening of country classics at the Skyline Club (100 Lee St. in West Columbia) with Strait Country – A Tribute To George Strait. Expect to hear hits and classics like “All My Exes Live In Texas,” “Amarillo By Morning,” “I Can Still Make Cheyenne” and many more. Showtime is 9:30 p.m., and tickets cost $10 in advance, $15 at the door and $20 for VIP seating. Visit facebook.com/skylineclub803 for more information.
Brave the cold and head over to the Lake Murray Dam Park site (1832-34 North Lake Dr.) for the Polar Plunge. The Polar Plunge is part of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run campaign and 100% of the funds raised directly benefit Special Olympics programs around the state. Admission is $50 and plungers get a T-shirt and lunch for their efforts. The plunge is at noon. Visit classy.org/campaign/2023-lake-murray-polar-plunge for more information.
Prettier Than Matt (concert)
Columbia pop band Prettier Than Matt performs at Steel Hands Brewing (2350 Foreman St. in Cayce). Showtime is 1 p.m., and the show is free to attend. Visit facebook.com/steelhandsbrewing for more information.
Miley Cyrus Drag Brunch
Columbia Kings n’ Things is throwing a Miley Cyrus drag brunch tribute at The Hideout in WeCo (118 State St.in West Columbia). Showtimes are at 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. and are open to those 18 and up. Admission costs $10 ($15 at the door). The show will also be live-streamed on YouTube for $1. All funds raised go toward Soda City Queers Bash Back to distribute medical supplies to local members of the LGBTQ+ community in need. Find more info at facebook.com/colakingsnthings.
S.C. Jazz Masterworks Ensemble (concert)
The S.C. Jazz Masterworks Ensemble and the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Tech (7300 College St. in Irmo) present “Jazz Is For Lovers,” an evening of great jazz love songs delivered by veteran local jazz players. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost between $25 and $50. Visit harbisontheatre.org for more information.
Valentine’s Day Pottery Session
State Of The Art Gallery and Pottery Studio (2007 State St. in West Columbia) hosts a special Valentine’s Day Pottery Session. Bring your significant other and create your own personal pottery. This romantic couple’s session also features light refreshments. Sessions are available by appointment on Valentine’s Day and the cost is $120. Visit stateoftheartsc.com for more information.
Valentine’s Day Dinner & Jazz (concert)
Enjoy a special Valentine’s evening at Chayz Lounge (607 Meeting St in West Columbia.) as owner Chaye Alexander presents Valentine’s Day Dinner & Jazz. There will be a three-course meal curated by Chef Augusta, and live music courtesy of J. Michael Peeples and his band. Expect to hear hits and classics by George Benson, Norman Brown, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Earl Klugh, and more. Showtime is 7 p.m., and admission is $94. Dressy attire is required. Visit chayzlounge.com for more information.
Valentine’s Day Party
Head over to the Irmo Branch Library (6251 St. Andrews Rd.) for an afternoon Valentine’s Day party. Enjoy snacks, punch, card-making activities and more. This event is free to attend and runs from 3 to 5 p.m. Visit lexcolibrary.com for more information.
Savage Craft Ale Works (430 Center St. in West Columbia) and Alexander Valley wines present a paired wine dinner. Each of the four courses will be paired with a glass of Alexander Valley wine. This event runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and tickets cost between $100 and $180. Visit facebook.com/savagecraftaleworks for more information.
Columbia RV Expo
Are you an RV aficionado, or perhaps you’re just looking to invest in your first RV? If so, then you’ll want to head over to the state State Fairgrounds (1200 Rosewood Dr.) for the Columbia RV Expo on Feb. 10. There will be dozens of dealers with hundreds of RVs to choose from. The Expo runs from 12 to 8 p.m., rain or shine, and admission is $8. Visit scstatefair.org for more information.
Journey and Toto (concert)
Classic rock bands Journey and Toto perform at the Colonial Life Arena (801 Lincoln St. in Columbia) on Feb. 10. Come hear hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Open Arms,” “Africa” and many more. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost between $75 and $198. Visit coloniallifearena.com for more information.
Gene Watson (concert)
Veteran country singer Gene Watson (“Love In The Hot Afternoon”) plays at the Newberry Opera House (1201 McKibben St.) on Feb. 10. The hit-making Watson, who will perform songs by Kris Kristofferson, Larry Gatlin, Bill Anderson and more, starts his show at 8 p.m. Tickets cost between $40 and $60. Visit newberryoperahouse.com for more information.
Kevin James (comedy)
Stand-up comedy legend Kevin James performs at the Township Auditorium (1703 Taylor St. in Columbia) on Feb. 11. James, who is visiting Columbia as part of his Irregardless Tour, takes the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets cost between $35 and $101. Visit thetownship.org for more information.
Amore Under the Stars
Enjoy a unique Valentine’s Day experience at the S.C. State Museum (301 Gervais St. in Columbia) as it presents Amore Under the Stars. The Feb. 14 event features night sky observing in the Boeing Observatory, a special planetarium experience featuring immersive visuals, live music from the Cola Jazz Little Big Band, food and special desserts by Anna Cline Catering, a tour through the museum galleries and much more. The event begins at 6 p.m., and tickets are $80 for general admission, $60 for museum members. Visit scmuseum.org for more information.
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