You have a choice, and this choice will define you in the eyes of many: You can go hear R&B hits from Maxwell at the Township Auditorium, or you can go listen to the mesmerizing music of Japanese composer-guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto at Conundrum Music Hall in West Columbia. Maxwell starts at 7:30 p.m. and costs $46 to $77; Tsukamoto starts at 8 p.m. and costs $8. What’s it going to be?
Columbia metal band Trees on Mars headlines a six-band bill at New Brookland Tavern. The show starts at 7 p.m.; admission is $5 if you’re at least 21 years old and $8 if you’re not. Call 791-4413 or visit
newbrooklandtavern.com for details.
It only comes around a few times per year, so set your Google Calendar alert for tonight’s Arts & Draughts party at the Columbia Museum of Art. Surely you all know the deal by now, but if not: Arts & Draughts brings together live bands, local food trucks, craft beer and DIY art projects in an evening that music, beer and art lovers come out for by the hundreds. Tonight’s bands are Shallow Palace (7 p.m.), Stagbriar (8 p.m.), Bo White Y Su Orquestra (9 p.m.) and Banditos (10 p.m.). The shindig starts at 7 p.m.; tickets are $8 ($5 for museum members). Need more info? Visit
Ever dreamt of driving a racecar? If you’re a red-blooded American, your only possible answer is “yes.” Xtreme Xperience Supercar Driving comes to the Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw. It ain’t cheap — cost is $219 and up — but if you get out there, you can drive a real sports car on a real Formula One-inspired track. It’s taking place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday; call (803) 475-2448 or visit xxspeed.com for more information.
Five Points and Devine Street are only a few blocks apart, but people tend to think of them as totally different entities — you know, Five Points is for partying and Devine Street is for upscale boutiques, so the thinking goes. Actually, though, Five Points also has retail shops, and Devine Street also has bars and restaurants. So why not team up now and then? That’s the idea behind the Summer Sidewalk Sale & Tax-Free Weekend, in which merchants in both areas open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and offer all sorts of deals and discounts. Adding to the festive air will be musicians and performing artists. The sale runs Friday through Sunday.
You know what sucks? Crime, that’s what. For 31 years, National Night Out has been working on bringing neighbors, law enforcement officials and civic leaders together to do something about it. Tonight, National Night Out comes to Finlay Park from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be public safety vehicles (kids love that stuff), inflatable rides and more. Plus, since the event coincides with the Summer Concert Series, at 8 p.m. saxophonist Dante Lewis will take the stage. Visit columbiasc.net or call 545-3373 for more information.
Decker Boulevard’s Comedy House is unquestionably Columbia’s home for nationally touring, top-tier black comedians, and they score once more with George Willborn. The co-host of the nationally syndicated Doug Banks Radio Show is known as “The Stress Reliever,” likely referring to the way his comedy targets nagging societal tensions, dispersing anxiety with some hearty laughs. This is the final night of Willborn’s weekend-long residency. Tickets for the 7 p.m. performance are $20. Visit
comedyhouse.us more info, including showtimes on Friday and Saturday.
When the Nickelodeon Theatre commits to doing something, it most always does it right. And so it goes with the programming for A Lotta Talent and a Little Luck, the theater’s month-long celebration of the Columbia-born Stanley Donen, the last of the notable directors from Hollywood’s golden age still living. Tonight, the Nick screens Charade, an often overlooked vehicle for Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn that finds Donen working with two of the silver screen’s most legendary talents. Monday’s 5:30 p.m. showing and Tuesday’s 3 p.m. encore both cost $10. For more info on the festival, visit nickelodeon.org/festivals/stanley-donen-retrospective.
How often is it that a U.S. congressman shows up at your book club meeting? We’re betting not very often — and, no, the Richland Library Friends group isn’t exactly a book club. Nonetheless, it’s pretty cool that U.S. Rep. James Clyburn will be speaking at the group’s annual meeting, which is at the main library on Assembly Street at 6 p.m. Clyburn will talk about his autobiography, Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black. The event is free and open to the public; call 929-3475 or visit
richlandlibrary.com for more information.
Blurring lines of gender and sexuality while delivering some of the best hooks in the Carolinas, Museum Mouth — based in the coastal North Carolina burg of Southport — is one of the most exciting pop-rock bands in the entire country. The group’s new record, Alex I Am Nothing, pushes both its politically charged themes and resplendently ragged energy to their furthest extremes, making it a must-listen for anyone looking for catchy songs that also make you think. Tonight, Museum Mouth hits Rosewood’s Foxfield Bar and Grille alongside Bitchmouth and a host of other feisty rock groups. For more on the show, flip to page 47.
For those with a specific sense of humor — one that enjoys whimsy and biting sarcasm in equal measure, and also appreciates the occasional foray into avant-garde weirdness — Britain’s Monty Python is among the funniest performing troupes ever to grace the stage or screen. Rallying its full number — including famed director Terry Gilliam and cherished comic actors John Cleese and Eric Idle — the troupe takes to the stage in London for its first performances in 30 years, also planned to be its last. Like many theaters around the world, the Nickelodeon will screen two nights of their stint at the O2 Arena. Monty Python Live (Mostly) starts at 5:30 p.m. on both Aug. 6 and Aug. 10. Tickets cost $18. Visit nickelodeon.org for more.
Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
Going someplace cool this weekend?
Let The Backpacker help you go lightweight, comfortable and in style! Patagonia, Prana, Merrell, The North Face and more! Click for location, hours and more info.
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
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