Jan 18-June 5

Protests, Prayers, & Progress: Greenville’s Civil Rights Movement

It’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

Thru May 4

The World of Jan Brett

Jan 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

Thru Apr 19

The Producers

In 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 and Bloom’s scheme backfires in this comical tale of failure gone right.
Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. 8pm. $25-$35. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org

Apr 1–May 16

Bread and Circus

BreadAndCircus_0414Though certainly not the first to explore the effect of modern times on our inner lives, ceramicist Diana Farfán does so by utilizing the original human tool: her hands. Farfán carefully molds isolation and vulnerability into her expressive figures while managing to instill a child-like fantasy that escapes the severity of everyday life. 
Spartanburg Art Museum, 200 E St. John St, Spartanburg. Tues–Sat, 10am–5pm; Sun, 1pm–5pm. Free. (864) 582-7616, spartanburgartmuseum.org

Apr 3-19

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Neil Simon lifts the curtain on creative genius in the early days of the comedy variety show, before the likes of Lorne Michaels or Liz Lemon. Lucas Brickman gives voice to Simon’s thoughts on the writing room, where the creative juices still manage to flow amid arguments, writers’ block, and general shenanigans.
Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock. Wed, Thurs & Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Tues & Fri, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. $40. (828) 693-0731, flatrockplayhouse.org

Apr 18

Melissa Etheridge

Grammy-winner Melissa Etheridge puts her voice and emotions on display in a performance devoid of distractions. The This is ME solo tour revisits well-known hits, with Etheridge herself on guitar, piano, and harmonica. Rather than play the part of the distant rock icon on stage, Etheridge considers this tour a personal exchange with her fans.
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 8pm. $45–$65. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

Apr 18-27

Steel Magnolias

Robert Harling’s play focuses on six Louisiana women who remain strong in the face of adversity. Each woman fights battles unique to her stage of life, and the youngest, Shelby, experiences serious medical complications after her first pregnancy. Over the years, these women never fail to rally around her, and ultimately Shelby becomes the common thread that binds them together. 
Younts Center for Performing Arts, 315 N Main St, Fountain Inn. Fri & Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 3pm. Adults, $18; seniors, $15; children, $10. (864) 409-1050, yountscenter.org

Apr 19-20

Greenbrier Farms’ 5th Annual Organic Plant Sale

Greenbriar_0414This time of year, the Upstate’s green thumbs and garden aficionados spring out of winter hiatus. Greenbrier Farms is ready for the demand with a variety of organic starter plants, from standard summer vegetables to fresh herbs. Seasoned gardeners will be available on site to educate and give tips for everyone—even those of us who forget to water our indoor bamboo plant.
Greenbrier Farms, 772 Hester Store Rd, Easley. Sat–Sun, 9am–1pm. (864) 855-9782, greenbrierfarms.com

Apr 21

2014 Tee It Up for Cancer Tournament

In its fourth year, the BrightLife golf tournament has successfully raised thousands of dollars to support cancer research here in Greenville. After a day on the fairway, sit down to a relaxing barbecue dinner accompanied by a silent auction and know you are putting (a-hem) your stamp on the fight against cancer.
Thornblade Club, 1275 Thornblade Blvd, Greer. Mon, 12pm–8:30pm. Golf registration, $200; dinner, $20. brightlifesc.com

Apr 22-27

Flashdance: The Musical

Alex Owens dreams of leaving her lackluster job at the steel mill to study professional dance, but she has settled for an after-hours gig as an exotic dancer. In Flashdance, the classic story of reaching for your dreams is told ’80s style, including the well-known hits “What a Feeling” and “Maniac.” Please note: legwarmers will not be provided.    
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 6:30pm. $45–$75. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

Apr 25

The Reedy River Jazz and Wine Festival

It’s natural that jazz and wine be paired up—both can be rich, smooth, and smoky. And where better to appreciate the local jazz scene than on the banks of the Reedy River with a glass of pinot noir in hand? Add in food by Larkin’s on the River, and you have a charming way to spend an April evening. 
TD Stage, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 6pm–10pm. Music only, $25; music, food, and wine, $45–$60. reedyriverjazzandwinefestival.org

Apr 25-26

Stone Soup Storytelling Festival

He who tells the best story wins. We recognize the pervasive influence of storytelling in human history. Stories evoke empathy, move people to action, and drive systems of belief.  Woodruff’s Stone Soup Festival is paying homage to the art form with story swaps, character parades, and historical reenactments, all centered on this undying tradition that remains a mighty force even today. 
Locations vary, Woodruff. Fri–Sat, times vary. Free. (864) 476-8770. stonesoupsc.com

Apr 25-26

Blue Ridge Bookfest

Ken Grossman, author of Beyond the Pale and co-founder of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and Cassandra King, known for her novel Moonrise, will be the main attractions at this two-day event dedicated to the craft of writing. Workshops addressing the daunting topic of self-publishing will be available for the amateur author, but the topics of discussion will pique any bibliophile’s curiosity.
Blue Ridge Community College, 180 W Campus Dr, Flat Rock. Sat–Sun, times vary. Free. (828) 694-1700, blueridge.edu

Apr 25-27

A Night in Vienna

It’s a pity this concert doesn’t come with a prefabricated ballroom because, after indulging in the Viennese waltzes and polkas of Strauss and Suppe, you may well be inclined to brush up on your box step. The Greenville Symphony Orchestra will also be playing symphonies from Schubert and Haydn.
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri & Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $41. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

Apr 26

Centre Stage Spring 2014 Gala

The folks at Centre Stage have decided to throw a party, Broadway style. But don’t worry, no Bialystocks or Blooms will be in attendance. However, you can be sure that the flashy evening of gourmet food, entertainment, and an after-party with The Producers cast will be worthy of your best red carpet dress and smile.
Home of Tim McKinney, Greenville. Sat, 7pm. $100.    (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org

Apr 26-27

Shutterbugs Nature Photography Workshop

It seems photography has become an everyday commodity—think Instagram filters that amp up selfies and food pics—but there’s something to be said for the honesty of classic photography. In this workshop, learn professional techniques from pro photographer Les Saucier (whose images have been published in National Geographic) in a natural environment without the pressure of impressing your followers. It’s just you and the camera. 
Chimney Rock Park, 431 Main St, Chimney Rock. Sat, 8:30am–4pm; Sun, 8:30am–3pm. Annual pass-holder, $135; non pass-holder, $160. (828) 625-9611, chimneyrockpark.com

Apr 27

Taste of Spring

Bacon Bros. Public House and Chef Anthony Gray will host this Sunday afternoon fundraiser for Slow Food Upstate. Come join the fun and feast on whole-roasted lamb, local asparagus, ramps, and house-made charcuterie. Food stations arranged inside and out will allow guests to mix and mingle. A portion of every ticket goes to benefit Slow Food Upstate’s local grants program.
Bacon Bros. Public House, 3620 Pelham Rd, Greenville. Sun, 3–6pm. $55. To buy tickets, go to slowfoodupstate.com

May 1

Pawmetto Derby Party

Celebrate a different breed of four-legged friends before watching thoroughbreds take to the Kentucky Derby track. The Greenville Humane Society is hosting its inaugural Pawmetto Derby Party, featuring live music by The Saboteurs, an open bar, bourbon tastings, a puppy dash, and derby-themed eats by Saffron’s. Who knows—you might even end up going home with a new furry companion.
The Old Cigar Warehouse, 912 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, 6:30–9:30pm. Advance, $65; at the door, $75. (864) 242-3626, greenvillehumane.com

May 3

Red Party

You’ll want to find something shiny and sparkly to fit in with this “All That Glitters”-themed event. The Red Party promises desserts, drinks, raffle drawings, and plenty of dancing to DJ Randy Coleman’s record collection. Proceeds from this event will benefit AID Upstate, a local organization dedicated to providing support, prevention, and testing services for HIV/AIDS patients and their families.
Zen, 924 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 9pm. $25. (864) 250-0607, aidupstate.org

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