Are you not entertained?! | Cedric the Entertainer performs Saturday at the Township Auditorium.
WUSC-FM continues its annual Fall Fundraiser week today with a screening of A Band Called Death, a documentary about seminal black punk band Death, tonight at the Nickelodeon Theatre; the screening’s followed by a question-and-answer session with filmmaker Jeff Howlett. The Nick screens the documentary at 9 p.m.; admission is $10, a portion of which goes to WUSC. (What does WUSC raise money for? Well, licensing fees, for one, and things like new equipment. Plus, if — when — you donate, you get cool WUSC swag.) For more information on WUSC’s fundraising activities, visit wusc.sc.edu.
The New York Times once described pianist Eldar Djangirov as “an ebullient impressionist” whose “blend of musical intelligence, organizational savvy, enthusiasm and prowess that was all the more impressive for seeming so casual.” He’s so good, Jazz Times says, that “maybe he made a pact with Lucifer to be the greatest pianist ever.” Djangirov performs a recital at the University of South Carolina School of Music Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m., and even if Djangirov traded his soul, you don’t have to — admission to the recital is free. Call 777-4280 for more information.
Oh, yeah, today’s Halloween, too. If you want to scare yourself silly, the Nickelodeon Theatre screens The Shining, widely considered one of the greatest horror films of all time, at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 254-3433 or visit nickelodeon.org for more information. If you just want to get silly, Art Bar begins its three-day Dead Alien Discotheque Halloween party tonight; it features live DJs — tonight, it’s B-rat and Hitman — a costume contest and, natch, drink specials. Doors open at 8 p.m.; call 929-0198 or visit artbarsc.com for more information.
Arts and Draughts returns to the Columbia Museum of Art tonight, and this installment of the see-art-drink-beer-hear-music-be-merry series is a doozy. On tap — you see what we did there? — for tonight’s shindig: Performances by super-awesome bands The Winter Sounds, The Shine Brothers, Meagan Jean & the KFB and The Mustache Brothers; a unique perspective tour of Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage led by Indie Grits Film Festival co-director Seth Gadsden; live figure-drawing sessions by Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School; and a Whig-provided beer tasting of Red Hare Brewing Company’s Gangway IPA. Awesome. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $8, or $5 for members. For more information, call 799-2810 or visit columbiamuseum.org.
Regarding John Waters’ seminal transgressive black comedy cult classic Pink Flamingos, the Detroit Free Press sums it up best: “Like a septic tank explosion, it has to be seen to be believed.” So see it: The Nickelodeon Theatre screens the film tonight as part of Chris Bickel’s First Friday Lowbrow Cinema Explosion! series. Admission is $10. No word if the Nick will be providing Pink Phlegmingo barf bags. (Pro tip: You, uh, might need one at the end.) Call 254-3433 or visit nickelodeon.org for more information.
One of Cedric the Entertainer’s best and hardest-hitting jokes from his breakout performance in the 2000 stand-up comedy docu-film The Original Kings of Comedy was his bit about why there could never be a black president. (His reasoning: A black president couldn’t deal with the deficit — “Tell ‘em I ain’t got it, man!”) Wonder what he thinks about Obama. Find out tonight: The original king of comedy — seriously, Cedric the Entertainer’s a very funny man, and his stand-up performances shine — performs tonight at the Township Auditorium; tickets for the 8 p.m. show run between $46 and $63. Call 576-2350 or visit thetownship.org for more.
What time is it? Folk time! Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award Winners John Fowler and Will Moreau Goins offer an afternoon of Appalachian and Native American storytelling and music at the University of South Carolina McKissick Museum today; Folk Time runs from 1 to 4 p.m., and admission is free. Call 777-7251 for more.
The Koger Center hosts the Songs of Life Festival today; the arts section has more.
Look, we all wish we could blow off work some Mondays to play golf. Today, though, you just might: The South Carolina Philharmonic hits the greens at The Members Club at Woodcreek in Elgin today for its annual Golfing with the Phil fundraiser. If you want to whack some balls around with Morihiko Nakahara and crew, it’ll run you $125, and shotgun start’s at 1 p.m. Visit scphilharmonic.com/golf to sign up.
There’s a segment of the criminally underrated animated sitcom The Critic wherein titular critic Jay Sherman finds his evening saved by a screening of a piece of French cinema. “I like French films,” he sings to the tune of “Alouette,” “pretentious, boring French films!” The films of Francophile film festival CinéCola, today at the Columbia Museum of Art, are neither pretentious nor boring, but they are French. Or at least French-Canadian: The featured film is Canadian director Philippe Falardeau’s award-winning Monsieur Lazhar. Screenings start at 7 p.m.; admission is $10. Call 799-2810 or visit columbiamuseum.org for more information.
The renowned Ailey II dance company dances with the University of South Carolina Dance Department at 7 p.m. at the Koger Center; tickets are $21, $36 and $44. Call 777-5112 or visit capitoltickets.com for tickets and more information.