Jan 18-June 5
Protests, Prayers, & Progress: Greenville’s Civil Rights MovementIt’s hard to believe that only 50 years have passed since the schools in Greenville county were desegregated, but in celebration of this landmark time, Furman’s Upcountry History Museum will present a display of the figures, culture, and images that tell the story of civil rights. The exhibition calendar features interactive activities and discussions along with photographs and artifacts.
Upcountry History Museum, 540 Buncombe St, Greenville. Tues–Sat, 10am–5pm; Sun, 1–5pm. Adults, $5; seniors, $4; juniors, $3. (864) 467-3100, upcountryhistory.org
Warehouse Theatre’s 40th Anniversary GalaThe Warehouse Theatre has been a Greenville institution for 40 years, presenting more than 400 shows ranging from the controversial to slapstick. Now, they celebrate their ruby anniversary in true Hollywood fashion: a noir-themed gala at their downtown home. This “Affair to Remember” comes complete with a red carpet, live band, silent auction, and, of course, cosmopolitan cocktails and eats. Vintage duds sparkling with old glamour are highly encouraged as we celebrate the theatre that launched 1,000 rounds of applause.
The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Sat, 6:30pm. $100. (864) 235-6948, warehousetheatre.com
Thru Mar 23
InteriorsOur bedrooms are 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 ourselves to be and who we are in the privacy of our own company.
Greenville County Museum of Art, 420 College St, Greenville. Wed–Sat, 10am–6pm; Sun, 1–5pm. Free. (864) 271-7570, gcma.org
Thru Mar 20
Art & Light Gallery Presents Revolution, An Art ExhibitThis first-time collaboration between the Art & Light Gallery and Carolina Ballet Theatre showcases the potential of art to break through boundaries and transverse mediums. Artists Dabney Mahanes, Paul Flint, and Julie Hughes Shabkie have created nine original paintings to permanently capture the movements and emotions of CBT’s Revolution! performance.
Art & Light Gallery, 4 Aberdeen Dr, Greenville. Tues–Fri, 10am–5pm; Sat, 10am–3pm. Free. (864) 363-8172, artandlightgallery.com
Thru May 4
The World of Jan BrettJan Brett is known for her whimsical tales and charming illustrations that make even the spiny hedgehog a cuddly creature. Brett’s original artwork is the key to bringing her imaginative world to life, and the Upcountry History Museum is displaying more than 50 of her colorful illustrations. As for that loveable hedgehog, a family Snow Day event full of interactive activities based on Hedgie’s space adventure will celebrate Brett’s book Hedgie Blasts Off.
Upcountry History Museum, 540 Buncombe St, Greenville. Snow Day Event: Sun, Mar 9. 1–5pm. Adults, $5; Students $3. (864) 467-3100, upcountryhistory.org
Mar 1, 8, 22 & 29
Hearth Cooking Classes at Hagood MillFor some of us, trying to imagine life without Google is mind-boggling enough, but living in the days before electricity and running water is nearly unimaginable. The Historic Hagood Mill & Folklife Center is offering cooking classes, pioneer style. Try your hand at baking, boiling coffee, or cooking a full breakfast, all without the convenience of modern technology. Classes include Hearth Cooking 101, Breakfast—Pioneer Style, Sweet Mountain Delights, and Early Spring Mountain Cooking.
Hagood Mill & Folklife Center, 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens. 10:30am–3:30pm. Members, $55; non-members, $65. (864) 898-5963, visitpickenscounty.com
9 to 5: The MusicalThree disgruntled female co-workers conspire against their arrogant, sexist boss in ways that would make even the most lenient HR representative shudder. Using extreme methods, Violet, Judy, and Doralee rid the office of the loathed Hart and implement more egalitarian office policies under his name. With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, this musical lives up to the 1980 film’s reputation of big laughs, big hair, and big . . . hits.
Spartanburg Little Theatre, 200 E St. John St, Spartanburg. Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Adults, $25; students $17. (864) 542-2787, spartanburglittletheatre.com
Flamenco VivoUnder 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 and staying true to flamenco’s universal appeal.
Brooks Center at Clemson University, 141 Jersey Lane, Clemson. Tues, 8pm. Adults, $20; students $10. (864) 656-7787, clemson.edu
American Lung Association’s 5th Annual Oxygen BallAn Upstate favorite, this year’s Oxygen Ball will continue the Dancing with the Stars tradition with local celebrities paired with professional dancers from the American Dance Club. A gourmet dinner, dance exhibition, and former NFL player Chris Draft as guest speaker completes the night of glitz and glamour.
Hilton Greenville, 45 W Orchard Park Dr, Greenville. Fri, 7–11pm. $100. (864) 764-1777, alase.ejoinme.org/upstateoxygenball14
Jerry SeinfeldBreak out your Festivus poles, bring a quart of lobster bisque from the Soup Nazi, 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, 7pm & 9:30pm. $55-$85. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
Revolution! A Cultural Exploration of Modern and Classical DanceGuest choreographer Dwight Rhoden from the television series So You Think You Can Dance offers a synergy of modern and classical movement that will appeal to a range of tastes. A compelling juxtaposition in the form of Rhoden’s interpretation of Beatles’ hits in Beatle Juice set next to Rachmaninoff’s Preludes for a Farewell form the meat of this Carolina Ballet Theatre production.
Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 7:30pm; Sat, 2pm & 7:30pm; Sun, 2pm. Adults, $45; student/senior, $35. (864) 233-6733, peacecenter.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. Fri, 7pm; Sat, 2pm & 7pm; Sun, 2pm. Adults, $18; students $10. (828) 693-0731, flatrockplayhouse.org
Mushroom Mountain Farm TourThough it may sound like a level out of Mario Kart, the ’shrooms at Mushroom Mountain won’t give you the extra boost to leave Princess Peach in the dust. Learn to use these fungi in myriad ways from the experts at this research farm. This two-hour tour of the mushroom trail and greenhouse covers the benefits of a mushroom garden and basic mushroom ecology.
Mushroom Mountain, 129 Merritt Rd, Liberty. Sat, 9–11am. $15. (864) 855-2469, mushroommountain.com
Mar 18, 20 & 22
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. 8pm. Adults, $32-$39; students, $15. (864) 770-1372, bju.edu
The Chocolate SoireeWho can resist an evening of chocolatey goodness? This 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. 6:30pm. $125. (864) 553-7920, tcmupstate.org
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, 7:30pm. $35-$55. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
Disney Junior Live! Pirate and Princess AdventureDisney Junior has its finger on the pulse of America’s tiny youth: little girls and boys who want to be enchanting royalty and bloodthirsty brigands. This live show, based on Sofia the First and Jack and the Neverland Pirates, will indulge the fantasy of little princesses and swashbucklers alike.
Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sun, 1pm & 4pm. $20–$50. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com
Holocaust Memorial ConvocationThough it is sobering to meditate on this ghastly chapter of history, it is only by reflecting on the past that we can learn from it. In remembering the Holocaust, we can become even more devoted to promoting goodness and welfare of society in the true spirit of altruism. Sponsored by the Temple of Israel, Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, university professor of Jewish history and thought at Yeshiva University, will deliver the keynote address.
Younts Conference Center at Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville. Mon, 7pm. Free. yearofaltruism.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 now 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, 7:30pm. $35-$55. (864) 233-6733, peacecenter.org
Supporting Women Refusing to be Victims of Violence: A Lawyer’s JourneyLayli Miller-Muro has proved herself an advocate of abused women across the world with her key role in reforming U.S. asylum law. Miller-Miro founded the Tahirih Justice Center after representing a woman facing the threat of genital mutilation in Togo, opening the door for asylum grants based on gender persecution.
Daniel Chapel at Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville. Tues, 7pm. Free. yearofaltruism.org
Music on the Rock: Journey and Air SupplyThough you may be tired of hearing “Don’t Stop Believing” in your sleep, Journey is here to stay—you can thank Glee—so why not shamelessly revisit your favorite ’80s and ’90s hits at the Flat Rock Playhouse’s tribute to Journey and Air Supply? It’s okay if you sing your heart out to “Making Love Out of Nothing at All”—everyone else will.
Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown, 125 S Main St, Hendersonville. Thurs–Sun, 8pm. $24. (828) 693-0731, flatrockplayhouse.org
A Far Cry Chamber OrchestraWhen more than a dozen young musicians from all over the globe unite their musical virtuosity and passion, great things are bound to happen. Boston’s self-conducted chamber orchestra has been recognized for its excellence in performing classical music while interpreting and stretching the traditional form to relate to today’s audience.
Brooks Center at Clemson University, 141 Jersey Ln, Clemson. Thurs, 8pm. Free. (864) 656-7787, clemson.edu
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, 7:30pm. $15-$35. (864) 233-6733, peacecenter.org
Third Day & SkilletAward-winning bands Third Day and Skillet will headline this Christian rock concert also featuring artists Mandisa, Peter Furler, and We As Human. Perhaps some of the biggest names on the contemporary Christian scene, Third Day and Skillet (whose fans are aptly named Panheads) have made it their mission to communicate relatable stories of hope, faith, and the human condition through their music.
Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Thurs, 7pm. $20-$75. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com
Jane MonheitJane Monheit’s name has been placed alongside those of Michael Bublé and Ivan Lins, but this Long Island girl has a voice of her own. Her latest Grammy-nominated album The Heart of the Matter showcases Monheit’s skill in personalizing even the most familiar of jazz and pop standards and her affection for Brazilian music.
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 7:30pm. $35-$55. (864) 233-6733, peacecenter.org
JDRF 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 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, 6pm. (864) 770-0276, gwc.jdrf.org
Peter and the WolfThe Spartanburg Philharmonic, in collaboration with Ballet Spartanburg, has put together an afternoon concert designed to introduce to children the storytelling capacity of orchestral music. Peter and the Wolf is a delightful device to teach children about melody and instrumental timbre, and NPR radio voice Miles Hoffman will narrate the story of Peter and his animal friends as they encounter a hungry wolf in the forest. The orchestra will also perform Copland’s Appalachian Spring.
Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East St. John St. St, Spartanburg. Sat, 2pm & 4pm. Adults, $15; children $10. (864) 542-2787, spartanburgphilharmonic.org