Friday, Feb. 3
“The Book of Mormon”
The popular religious satire musical chronicling the misadventures of two Mormon missionaries returns for a short run in Greenville from Thursday to Sunday at the Peace Concert Hall (101 W. Broad St.). A limited amount of tickets, priced between $45 and $125, are still available for each show. (Note: Show contains explicit language.)
Visual art galleries in Taylors, downtown Greenville, Village of West Greenville, and Travelers Rest will be open from 6–9 p.m. on Friday as part of the First Friday series to promote local art, artists, and crafters in the community. Mediums represented include “oils, watercolors, acrylics, pottery, jewelry, glassworks, wood works, photography, and mixed media.” For a list of participants, click here.
Parents’ Survival Night
The Little Gym of Greenville (1451 Woodruff Road) is giving parents the opportunity to have a night out to themselves. From 6–10 p.m., parents can drop off kids ages 3–12 at the Little Gym knowing they’re in a safe, structured environment for the evening. Kids will enjoy pizza, music, games, LEGO activities, and more. Pricing starts at $25 for gym members and $30 for nonmembers. (Note: Advanced registration is required; spots book quickly.)
Saturday, Feb. 4
On Saturday and Sunday, the Furman University Pauper Players, a student-run musical theatre group, are putting on “Hairspray” at McAllister Auditorium (3300 Poinsett Highway). Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for faculty, and $5 for students.
Auction for a Kaws
Auction for a Kaws is a way to say thank you to the many local animal rescue organizations seeking to end animal cruelty and neglect, including Kitten Action Team, Paved Paws, Upstate Rescue Foundation, and Let ‘Em Live Upstate, among others. The event, held at Embassy Suites (670 Verdae Blvd.), will auction off 29 Upstate bachelors and bachelorettes. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with a meet-and-greet and silent auction, followed by the live bachelor/bachelorette auction at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance here for $45 or $55 at the door.
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is opening the Spark!Lab, a new permanent exhibit, on Saturday. Spark!Lab is a “hands-on invention experience” that originated at the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. The Children’s Museum will have the sixth one of its kind. According to the museum’s website, the exhibit will offer “science experiments, games, activities, and special programs” to “explore the invention process, enhance creativity, collaborate with peers, solve problems, develop new skills, and build confidence in their abilities.” Click here for information about the exhibit’s hours.
The 5K State Park Series continues Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Paris Mountain (2401 State Park Road) with the Groundhog 5K. Participants have the option to walk, run, jog, or walk their dogs (on leash) — it’s open to anyone who wants to get out and exercise. Registration, which closes Feb. 3, is $30, and participants will receive a T-shirt and other giveaways. The trail race starts at Picnic Shelter No. 3.
Taylor’s Team — Kids Helping Kids is a community group inviting kids to help each other by working on projects that benefit kids fighting cancer. On Saturday from 10 a.m.–noon, a group will be going to Build-A-Bear Workshop at Haywood Mall (700 Haywood Road) to stuff bears for the Greenville Children’s Hospital. Anyone interested can RSVP on the Facebook event page and let organizers know how many bears they plan to stuff. (The cost is $13/bear and due at the event.)
Borderlands Annual Sale
Borderlands Comics and Games (1434 Laurens Road) is having their annual sale from 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Discounts include comics for $1, 20–50 percent off miniatures, 25–70 percent off games, and 25–90 percent off toys. There will also be discounts on new comics, trades, and graphic novels and other announced specials and door prizes.
Sunday, Feb. 5
Super Bowl Social
The Sixth Annual Super Bowl Social at the Loft at Soby’s (22 E. Court St.) will be on Sunday from 6–10 p.m. during the game. The event is presented by CoolerTalk Sports and Upstate Veterans Business Network. CoolerTalk Sports seeks to raise money for underprivileged kids to attend sports camps, while Upstate Veterans Business Network connects area veterans to raise scholarship money for fallen heroes’ children to participate on a travel team or sports camp. The Loft at Soby’s is the restaurant’s private dining area, and attendees can enjoy fine food and drinks and amenities. Tickets are $100, and space is limited.