If it’s Wednesday, then it must be time for Wine Down Wednesday in Five Points. What is Wine Down Wednesday, you ask? Well, it’s an event that runs from 5 to 7 p.m. every week in July at which Five Points businesses ply you with wine in an effort to get you into their establishments. And, frankly, you’d be dumb not to take them up on the offer — especially because many of these businesses are serving up discounts, too. So, to review: Wine + discounts = get butt down to Five Points. Learn more at fivepointscolumbia.com or facebook.com/fivepointssc.
If Columbia were a character in a graphic novel, what words would be in its speech bubbles? The answer to that question will be explored in the latest project from local art collective PIENSA, which presents a graphic novel-inspired public art project called Get the Picture? A Columbia Monologue today as part of the First Thursdays on Main series. The project — unfolding on the 1500 block of Main Street between 5 and 9 p.m. — will present three chapters of 12 panels each, with resident artists Sam and Dré Lopez interacting with members of the public to determine what goes in the novel. Visit firstthursdaysonmain.com or see page 20 for more on this month’s First Thursday events.
Celebrate your freedom by … doing whatever the hell you want to. (Because it’s your freedom, after all.) If you’re looking for ideas, we’ve got 14 of them for you in this week’s cover package starting on page 14.
Consider this Fourth of July idea No. 15: the recently wed Chris Bickel brings his Lowbrow Cinema Explosion to the Nickelodeon Theatre at 11 p.m. Tonight’s offering: classic 1975 blaxploitation film Dolemite, starring Rudy Ray Moore as an ass-kicking pimp. Tickets are $10; visit nickelodeon.org for more information.
You know what’s awesome? That Columbia has a downtown farmers market. The Soda City Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 1400 and 1500 blocks of Main Street. Grab some coffee, eat some breakfast, shop for some produce. Need more info? Head to sodacitysc.com.
It’s the fourth night of a five-night run at the Comedy House Theatre for Doo Doo Brown, the self-proclaimed King of Underground Comedy. Tickets are $15, and shows are at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Call 798-9898 or visit comedyhouse.us for more information.
While some people cling to the notion of Columbia as a sleepy Southern city where nothing much ever happens — aside from the occasional political scandal, of course — others are waking up to the reality that there’s a lot of momentum in the city these days. One such example: our new music scene, which is particularly welcoming to contemporary classical music. So, how about you all roll out the red carpet for Alaska-born, Montreal-based cellist Jari Piper, who mixes minimalism, jazz and Balkan folk music and who’s playing the Conundrum Music Hall in West Columbia at 8 p.m.? Admission is $10; $5 for students. Read more on page 30.
You might have noticed that amid all the hoopla that is the 2014 World Cup, a sizable minority of Brazilians is none too happy about hosting the games. Why is that? Well, in addition to the billions of dollars that went toward building stadiums and whatnot, architect Anthony Ling has estimated that 250,000 Brazilians were forcibly removed from their homes to make way for soccer-related infrastructure. And here’s the thing: The context is that this is taking place in a country that already had big problems with people living in shantytowns and on the streets. The Nickelodeon Theatre presents When Home is the Street, a documentary exploring the lives of Brazilian and Mexican street children, at 5:30 p.m. Want to buy tickets? Too bad — admission to this one is free.
Learning about the treatment and prevention of strokes doesn’t sound particularly fun. Learning about it while drinking beer? Well, at least your slurred speech might help you relate a bit better to the topic at hand. EngenuitySC’s Science Café series presents Souvik Sen, a nationally recognized neurologist and SmartState endowed chair in clinical stroke research at the University of South Carolina. The learning and drinking is at Speakeasy in Five Points from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; the learning is free, the drinking is not. Call 354-5720 or visit engenuitysc.org for more information.
If you’ve never just sat back and been entertained (and possibly embarrassed) by Larry Hembree, then you really can’t call yourself a legitimate resident of Columbia, now can you? Hembree — the witty, hilarious and effective director of Trustus Theatre — presents Bring Your Own Dinner Dinner Theatre, an evening of lighthearted entertainment aimed at raising cash for theatre operations. Tickets are $20 and the fun starts at 7 p.m. Visit trustus.org for details.
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