InteriorsThe bedroom is the place where we feel the most freedom to be ourselves, so it makes perfect sense that Charleston-based artist Karen Ann Myers would select this room as the backdrop for her Interiors series. Melding geometric patterns with the intimate curves of the women themselves, Myers crafts a stark contrast between who we portray and who we become in the privacy of our own company. The intricate series forces viewers to take an introspective look at themselves through the eyes of a painter.
Greenville County Museum of Art, 420 College St, Greenville. Thru March 23. Wed–Sat, 10am–6pm; Sun, 1–5pm. Free. (864) 271-7570, gcma.org
Jerry SeinfeldBreak out your Festivus poles and strap on your manziers (or are they bros?). The comic who famously made much ado about nothing for nine seasons on television is coming to the Peace Center to present his stand-up routine, sure to continue his celebration of the inane.
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, Mar 14, 7pm & 9:30pm. $55-$85. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
Dance Theatre of HarlemFounded in 1969 to provide the children of Harlem an opportunity to experience the art of dance, the Dance Theatre of Harlem is renowned worldwide with artists from all backgrounds. The company is characterized by its excellence in ballet, both classical and contemporary.
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, Mar 25, 7:30pm. $35-$55. (864) 233-6733, peacecenter.org
AIDAOnly arias and eye-catching sets on an operatic scale could do justice to Verdi’s tale of a royal love triangle. Set in ancient Egypt, captured Ethiopian Aida serves the Egyptian princess Amneris, both of whom are in love with Ramades, captain of the Egyptian guard. Ramades returns Aida’s feelings, but his loyalties are tested when war with Aida’s native people becomes a reality.
Rodeheaver Auditorium at Bob Jones University, 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. Tues, Mar 18; Thurs, Mar 20; Sat, Mar 22. 8pm. Adults, $32-$39; students, $15. (864) 770-1372, bju.edu
International Kite FestivalSpartanburg Soaring! invites you to be a part of the first annual International Kite Festival, a carefree day not only for cloud gazing but also to celebrate the diversity of Spartanburg. Featuring a parade of kites representing various countries, the winners of previous kite competitions, and family-friendly activities, this is a festival that would earn even Mary Poppins’s approval.
Barnet Park, 248 E St. John St, Spartanburg. Sat, Mar 29, 11am–4pm. Free. (864) 542-2787, chapmanculturalcenter.org
Charlotte’s WebThis familiar barnyard tale based on the beloved novel by E.B. White gets punched up with song. Wilbur, the exuberant runt of the litter, wins over young Fern’s heart but is given to Fern’s Uncle Zuckerman for fattening and eventual butchering. The desperate pig discovers a friend above in the barn rafters, and Charlotte skillfully weaves messages into her spider web on Wilbur’s behalf that will win over Zuckerman and the audience every time.
Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown, 125 S Main St, Hendersonville. Mar 14–23; Fri, 7pm; Sat, 2pm & 7pm; Sun, 2pm. Adults, $18; students $10. (828) 693-0731, flatrockplayhouse.org
Preservation Hall Jazz BandThis New Orleans jazz band has performed and preserved the city’s music since 1961 and brings a bit of the French Quarter wherever they play. Their most recent album That’s It has made history with original compositions for the first time in the band’s existence. No other band has the ability to transport you from your theater seats to Bourbon Street with a single trumpet blast.
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, Mar 27, 7:30pm. $15-$35. (864) 233-6733, peacecenter.org
The Chocolate SoireeWho can resist an evening of chocolatey goodness? The Poinsett Club’s fundraiser for the Children’s Museum will include an auction involving the Sweet Seats project—a group of 10 benches with paintings by 10 local artists. These benches will stay on display for a year in the museum. The showcase of specialty desserts crafted by local chefs will prove a strong temptation, too, even if you’ve spent the last month binging on leftover Valentine’s Day chocolate.
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, 300 College St, Greenville. Thurs, Mar 20, 6:30pm. $125. (864) 553-7920, tcmupstate.org
The ProducersIn the cutthroat world of Broadway, a producer and former accountant discover that the best way to succeed is to flop. Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom team up to produce a lemon of a show while pocketing cash from little old New York ladies who want to support the arts. But Bialystock’s and Bloom’s scheme backfires in this comical tale of failure gone right.
Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Mar 27–Apr 19; Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $25–$35. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org
JDFR 2014 GalaThe 12th annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Gala, in honor of William and Annette Bradshaw of Bradshaw Automotive, promises to combine an elegant evening of cocktails, dinner, and entertainment with a little bit of the Wizard of Oz. JDRF is committed to providing information about Type 1 Diabetes and aiding those fighting the disease. Feel free to sport your ruby slippers in support.
TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Sat, Mar 29, 6pm. (864) 770-0276, gwc.jdrf.org
Flamenco Vivo featuring Carlota SantanaUnder the direction of co-founder Carlota Santana, Flamenco Vivo takes the traditional Spanish dance beyond castanets and swirling skirts. The Soul of Flamenco tour seeks to give movement to a spectrum of emotions while pushing the boundaries of the traditional Spanish art into the modern sphere while staying true to flamenco’s universal appeal.
Brooks Center at Clemson University, 141 Jersey Ln, Clemson. Tues, Mar 11, 8pm. Adults, $20; students $10. (864) 656-7787, clemson.edu
Pink MartiniFounder and bandleader Thomas Lauderdale was an aspiring local politician but left that world to solve the epidemic of boring fundraiser music. And thank goodness he did. Pink Martini has been charming audiences around the world for a decade with a sophisticated and playful repertoire of multicultural influences. It is clear that this mini orchestra enjoys entertaining even while providing a soundtrack for important public causes, regardless of your political inclination.
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, Mar 20, 7:30pm. $35-$55. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org