As a comedian, is it better to be feared or loved? We would think the latter, but Henry Welch thinks otherwise. And, seeing as he bills himself as the most feared man in comedy, maybe we’ll just defer to him so he won’t kick our scrawny little ass. Welch, based out of Atlanta, brings his act to the Comedy House Theatre tonight and tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10; visit comedyhouse.us or call 798-9898 to order.
It’s Columbia in the summer, and there’s not a damn thing going on … except actually, there is. If it’s the third Thursday of the month, that means it’s time for Vista Nights, during which participating businesses and galleries in the Vista stay open until 8 p.m. At Gallery 80808, Carolina Wildlife — a nonprofit dedicated to the rehabilitation of orphaned and injured animals — is bringing in animals for photographers to shoot … with their cameras, of course. City Art will have artist Lee Monts on hand to talk about his paintings in the exhibition Age and Intuition. And if ART Gallery is transforming itself into a studio for the night; patrons who stop by can see works-in-progress by Michaela Pilar Brown and Tonya Gregg. Plenty of other businesses will be open, too; all you have to do is stroll through the Vista to take part.
When you think of community theater productions of Peter Pan, do you, like Eight Days, think of all the mishaps that might befall Peter while swinging across that stage? Well, we’re pretty sure Town Theatre will have all those aerial details worked out, so Peter Pan won’t be crashing into the set or falling onto the audience. Peter Pan — directed by Shannon Willis Scruggs — opens at 7:30 p.m. with additional shows Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for seniors, military and college students; and $15 for youth ages 17 and younger. The show runs through Aug. 2. Visit towntheatre.com for more info; call 799-2510 for tickets.
Looking for something a little more edgy? If you haven’t had enough blood splattered on you yet this summer, there are still a few chances to see Evil Dead: The Musical at Trustus Theatre. Tonight’s performance is at 8 p.m., and the show continues through July 26. Visit trustus.org for details.
What goes better with local comedy than local beer? No, that’s not the setup for a joke — Eight Days really isn’t that funny — it’s just a rhetorical question. http://www.free-times.com/arts/soda-city-standup-051414#sthash.m4CVgRm5.dpuf”>Soda City Standup performs at River Rat Brewery at 9 p.m. Tickets are a mere $2. Visit sodacitystandup.com for more information.
The plot to Disney’s 2013 animated film Frozen goes like this: “Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.” But you don’t care about any of that; you just want to know if the kids will laugh. And with a 7.8 rating on IMDB.com, they probably will. Harbison Theatre presents a Snow Ball at 2 p.m. — featuring face painting, crafts, an onstage dance party and more — followed by a screening of Frozen at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $10; visit harbisontheatre.org to order. Best of all? It benefits Girls Rock Columbia.
For the latest installment in its Civil Rights Sunday series, the Nickelodeon Theatre offers the unorthodox documentary Who is Dayani Cristal? After the body of an unidentified immigrant is discovered in the Arizona desert, director Marc Silver and acclaimed actor Gael Garcia Bernal embed themselves within a group of migrants hoping to cross the border themselves, striving to put a face onto the plight of an unknown person. The 3 p.m. screening costs $1. Call 254-3433 for more information.
Crappy thing about most summer camps — it’s only the kids that get to take part in all the fun. Not so with the Challenger Center’s Family Fun Day, which allows parents to play and learn alongside their young’uns. One session from 9 a.m. to noon offers the opportunity to build and launch a rocket. Another from 1 to 4 p.m. instructs attendees on how to construct a robot. See: Parenthood isn’t without its perks. Cost is $35 per camper and $10 per chaperone. Find out more and register at thechallengercenter.net.
Have you been out to Capital City Stadium to see the Columbia Blowfish play yet this summer? Only five games remain on this summer’s home schedule, and tonight is as good a time as any to grab a dog and maybe a beer and take in some top-notch amateur talent. It’s Guaranteed Win Night, which means if the Blowfish don’t win against the Wilson Tobs, you get complimentary admission to the next home game. Tickets for the 7:05 p.m. contest cost between $6 and $7. Call 254-3474 for tickets, or just buy them at the gate.
Looking to expand your punk rock horizons into more intimidating territory? Nashville hardcore outfit Van Hägar provides a nice opportunity to see if such sounds might be your thing, tempering the often overwhelming body blows of power-violence with catchy melodic underpinnings and a mischievous sense of fun. For more on the group’s 8 p.m. show at Foxfield Bar and Grille, go here.
The Columbia Drum Mafia — a recurring performance and discussion forum for local percussionists at Conundrum Music Hall — gets a high-profile bump this week from Hootie & the Blowfish’s Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, who drops by mere weeks after the 20th anniversary of the group’s landmark debut Cracked Rear View. More info on the 7 p.m. event can be found in the feature on page 32.
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