8 Days a Week

Cult Favorite RiffTrax Riffing on Sharknado

Plus: Royal Shakespeare Company’s performance of Henry IV

By Free Times
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Sharknado Rifftrax
Rifftrax riffs on Sharknado in a live simulcast on Tuesday at Regal Columbiana Grande and Regal Sandhill Stadium theaters.

Eight Days doesn’t think that And So It Goes, the latest rom-com from noted director Rob Reiner, derives its name from the repeated refrain from Kurt Vonnegut’s classic Slaughterhouse-Five. After all, the film centers on a sourpuss realtor whose estranged son saddles him with his even more estranged granddaughter, who he then pawns off on his single female neighbor — who, ostensibly, he’ll be falling in love with. Because rom-com. Regardless, the Nickelodeon Theatre screens the film at 8 p.m., and the screening’s followed by a live streaming interview with Reiner and members of the cast, which includes Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. Tickets are $18. Call 254-3433 or visit nickelodeon.org for more information.

The last time songwriter Richard Buckner came to town, we put him on the cover of the paper. We didn’t do that this time, but we still wrote many, many words on him, which you can find in the music section on page 34. He’ll be at the Columbia Museum of Art at 8 p.m.

We Are the Best! is the best — well, the best film about three girls in 1980s Stockholm who decide to form a punk band despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead, anyway. It’s one of two films opening today at the Nickelodeon Theatre; the other is Ida, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation. Screening times weren’t available when Free Times went to press; visit nickelodeon.org for the schedule.

Conrad Wise Chapman fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. He was also a painter; Chapman’s Charleston, 1863-1864, tells the story of those two years of the Civil War in Charleston through 33 original Chapman paintings and examinations of art during the Civil War, the military defenses of Charleston against the Union siege and other artists who worked in the Holy City during the war. The exhibition, seen for the first time in Columbia, opens today at the South Carolina State Museum, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibition admission is free with general admission or museum membership; call 898-4921 or visit scmuseum.org for more information.

Eat local! Midlands Grown Restaurant Week starts today; the run-up to next week’s Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival celebrates locally grown food served at local restaurants. For a list of where to munch on some local grub, see page 29 or visit tastytomatofestival.com.

OK, so before you go see the live screening of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s performance of Henry IV, Part II this afternoon at the Nickelodeon Theatre, here’s a quick recap of Henry IV, Part I. Ready? Deep breath: King Henry is pissed because his spoiled son, Prince Hal (who, spoiler alert, becomes Henry V), spends all his time in a tavern with the dissolute Falstaff and his other licentious buddies when he should be helping the King suppress the rebellion led by the Earl of Northumberland and his son and Prince Hal’s rival, Hotspur, but it all turns out OK because Hal comes to his senses, defends the crown and kills his rival in combat. Got it? OK. You’re up to speed. Henry IV, Part II screens at 2 p.m.; tickets are $18. Call 254-9732 or visit nickelodeon.org for more information.

Semper motociclismo! Art Bar’s Euro Motorcycle Club meets at 8 p.m. at — where else? — Art Bar. Call 929-0198 or visit artbarsc.com for more info.

A super-sized storm sucks sharks from the ocean and hurls them onto land, where they kill people. That’s the absolutely ridiculous premise of Sharknado, a totally bonkers B-minus cable-television horror movie that took Twitter by storm when it first aired last summer, and that’s why Sharknado totally rules. What could possibly make it better? How about the dudes from RiffTrax, also notable for being the brains behind the cult favorite Mystery Science Theatre 3000, providing live, non-stop riffing in real time — just like they did on the show! OMG! — on the spectacularly bad experiment in pulp horror? Yeah, that’d make it better. Regal Columbiana Grande and Regal Sandhill Stadium 16 screen an encore rebroadcast [online copy corrected] of Rifftrax Live: Sharknado at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $12.50. (The live show is Thursday, July 10, at 8 p.m.). Visit fathomevents.com for more information.

Now that you’ve read this week’s cover on Columbia’s jazz scene, you might be wondering: Just where can I catch some of that jazzmatazz? Well, the Township Auditorium’s Summer Sets Jazz Series welcomes The Nick Brewer Jazz Ensemble tonight, so, uh, that’s where. Music begins at 6 p.m., and admission is $5. Call 576-2350 or visit thetownship.org for more information.

Five Points’ Wine Down Wednesday series really isn’t much more than a gambit designed to get you into some of the neighborhood’s boutiques and restaurants by plying you with the prospect of free wine. But, hey, free wine! The vino flows freely and the sales, uh, get sailing from 5 to 7 p.m. Visit fivepointscolumbia.com for a list of participating retailers. 

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