The Blue Note Jazz Combo brings an evening of standards and original arrangements to Conundrum Music Hall in West Columbia at 8 p.m. Does the Blue Note Jazz Combo have any affiliation with the classic Blue Note jazz label or the classic Blue Note club? No, it doesn’t, as far as we can tell. However, we suspect if the combo sticks around long enough, it will get one of those lovely “cease and desist” letters from either the label or the club’s attorney, or maybe both. Then again, maybe there are enough blue notes to go around for everyone. Admission is $5; $3 for students. Visit conundrum.us for more information.
You know the drill: If it’s the first Thursday of the month, then it’s time for the First Thursday on Main art crawl, during which arts patrons head downtown for an evening of mingling and mayhem. OK, so most of you won’t get into any mayhem — but this month, the crawl runs from 6 to 10 p.m. instead of the usual 9 p.m., giving you more time to find some mayhem if you so choose. Highlights of this month’s event include a three-artist creative challenge event from Palmetto Luna at 7 p.m. (1500 block of Main St.), bluegrass from the Randy Lucas Trio (Mast General, 1601 Main St.), the release of Marvin Chernoff’s book Unlikely Success (Anastasia & Friends, 1534 Main St.) and exhibitions at Frame of Mind (1520 Main St.), Tapp’s Arts Center (1644 Main St.), Wine Down on Main (1520 Main St.), Carolina Hair Studios (1537 Main St.) and more. For full details, visit firstthursdaysonmain.com.
What’s the appeal of the Tour of Homes? Well, if you’re in the market for new digs, it gives you a chance to see what’s out there without pressure from a hovering real estate agent (or spouse, as the case might be). And if you’re not in the market for new digs, it’s pure real estate voyeurism — a chance to peer into 44 homes that aren’t yours. This year’s tour features 20 builders in five different developments: Cobblestone Park, Lake Carolina, Saluda River Club, Springhill Lake and Woodcreek Farms. The tour runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 1 to 6 p.m. tomorrow, and it continues each weekend (same hours) through May 18. Visit columbiabuilders.com for more information.
The S.C. State Museum teams with Hispanic Connections to present Festival Cinco de Mayo from 12:30 to 6 p.m. What might you find at said festival? Mexican and Latin American food, for one. Plus: dance, a puppet show, a piñata, crafts, games and a band traveling all the way from Guatemala, among other festivities. Also, since today just happens to be Dollar Day at the museum, admission is — yes, a dollar. Visit scmuseum.org or call 898-4999 for details.
Farm to Table continues its series of fresh and festive meals at City Roots with the Cinco de Mayo Harvest Dinner, and like each gathering before it, the four-course affair will feature seasonal offerings culled from nearby farms along with wine pairings, all curated by resident Chefs Kristian Niemi and Travis Rayle. $60 per guest for the 6:30 p.m. dinner. Call 301-2328 for more information.
Tired of getting up and going somewhere to participate in a fundraiser? Well, the Midlands Gives initiative allows you the opportunity to help out community organizations from the comfort of your couch or covers. Spreading funds to organizations throughout its 11-county footprint, the Central Carolina Community Foundation presents this 24-hour online giving challenge to raise the profile of philanthropy and, with your help, bring in more donors. Donate throughout the day at midlandsgives.org; see our cover story on page 16 for more information.
Jon Favreau — whose sleek direction has seen varying action success in titles like Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens — goes culinary with Chef, wherein the filmmaker and actor also plays the lead role, a renowned chef who opens up a food truck after he leaves a high-profile restaurant. (So, it’s pretty much the most 2014 movie premise you could think up.) The film comes to the Nickelodeon Theatre as part of the New York Film Critics Series, which pairs each movie with an interactive web chat with cast and crew. Tickets for the 8 p.m. screening are $18. More info at nickelodeon.org.
Eat, drink and . . . help prevent teen pregnancy. The SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy 20th Anniversary celebration hits the Columbia Museum of Art tonight with gourmet eats, music from the Root Doctors and an appearance from University of South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley. The fundraiser costs $100 per person — hey, preventing teen pregnancy costs money — and starts at 7 p.m. Visit teenpregnancysc.org.
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