Jan Swanson’s exhibit Interpretations: New Works opens with a reception at City Art Thursday.
If it’s Wednesday, then it’s time for you to make an utter fool of yourself doing karaoke at Art Bar. The fun starts at 9 p.m. with Linda’s Carraoke, and it lasts at long as you make it last. Call 929-0198 for more info.
Eight Days enthusiastically embraces the mission of the Talented Tenth, which is to build, nurture and empower young black professionals and connect them with established business and civic leaders. We do think, however, that the group has a bit of a branding issue: When you call yourselves the Talented Tenth, after all, you’re pretty much implying that the other 90 percent are untalented, which is a bit rude. Regardless, the group kicks off its annual conference at 5:30 p.m. at a reception Mayor Steve Benjamin is expected to attend. The reception is in the lobby of the BB&T building (1201 Main St.) and costs a mere $10; visit talentedtenth.com for more info on the conference, which runs through Saturday.
Remember the old Bus Stop Gallery on Millwood Avenue? Well, the owner of the gallery was Jan Swanson; she doesn’t have the gallery anymore, but she is still painting. City Art in the Vista presents Swanson’s Interpretations: New Works, which kicks off with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Visit cityartonline.com for details.
The Craftsmen’s Classic hits the S.C. State Fairgrounds this weekend. Chosen as a Top 20 Event by the Southeastern Tourism Society, the three-day arts and crafts extravaganza features painters, jewelry makers, furniture makers and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults and $1 for children. Visit gilmoreshows.com for more information.
Want to see some local comedians throw down? It’s round three in the Soda City Showdown Comedy Competition at the Red Door Tavern on State Street in West Columbia. The fun runs from 8 to 11 p.m.; visit reddoortavern.net for details.
There’s a new art festival in town, and this one is for the cool kids. Villa Ville Columbia features film, dance, comedy, poetry and more at Conundrum Music Hall from 12:30 to 6 p.m. See the arts section for more information. [Corrects date from print edition.]
Just a few days ago, NASA announced the discovery of more than 700 previously unknown planets. We kind of doubt you can see them with a regular telescope, or you would have heard about them before now. Nonetheless, how awesome is the idea of looking at planets and drinking beer at the same time? The S.C. State Museum brings its Planets for the People program to Hunter-Gatherer on Main Street from 6 to 10 p.m. It’s free; all you have to do is show up. Call 898-4918 for more info, though we can’t imagine what that might be since we just told you everything you need to know.
We’re going to give it to you straight: $150 is a lot of money for a party. But the annual galas at the Columbia Museum of Art are epic, and this year’s From Geisha to Gatsby — so named because of the museum’s Japan and the Jazz Age exhibition — should be particularly so. So, if you want to be able to say, “I was there,” then you need to cash that tax refund check and sign it over to the museum posthaste. Call 799-2810 or visit columbiamuseum.org to order.
Eight Days sings the praises of Harbison Theatre on a regular basis, so we’ll try to make it quick this time: Isn’t it great how small arts groups like the Chapin Theatre Company can now perform in a swanky, 400-seat space? Yes, it is. The company presents Marvin’s Room, which The New York Times called “one of the funniest plays of the year, as well as one of the wisest and most moving.” The 1991 play by Scott McPherson tells the story of Bessie, who lives in Florida where she cares for her ailing father and aunt. In the midst of all this decrepitude, Bessie learns that she, too, has a life-threatening disease. But yes, there is still some humor in there somewhere. Show time is 3 p.m., tickets range from $12 to $18, and performances continue through March 16. Visit harbisontheatre.org for details.
Today is Fill Our Staplers Day. It’s also Land Line Telephone Day, Napping Day, U.S. Paper Money Day and International Day of Awesomeness. Wow, we might actually enjoy this Monday for once.
When an Iranian man ditches his French wife, that’s the end of their story, right? Not so much — because the wife starts seeing another man, and then things get complicated. The Nickelodeon Theatre presents The Past, directed by Asghar Farhadi, who also directed the worldwide 2011 hit The Separation. Screenings are at 2:30 and 8:30 p.m.; visit nickelodeon.org for more information.
Ever fantasized about getting a highly respected scientist drunk and taking him or her home with you? Well, you really shouldn’t do that — unless you’re both single, that is. Anyway, we digress. EngenuitySC presents Science Café: How is Nanotechnology Affected the Environment? Answering that question will be Jamie Lead, SmartState Endowed Chair in Environmental Nanoscience and Risk at the University of South Carolina. It all starts at 6 p.m. at Speakeasy in Five Points, and it’s free. Call 354-5720 for more info.
Green River Ordinance headlines a three-band bill at New Brookland Tavern. Never heard of ‘em? Hey, they have 59,000 likes on Facebook, so they must be doing something right. Visit greenriverordinance.com for more info on the band or newbrooklandtavern.com for show details.
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
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