You’ve probably noticed that there are a lot of negative stereotypes about black men out there — ill-founded assumptions that sometimes lead to tragic consequences. Given what we’ve seen recently in Ferguson, Missouri, the need for a play like Terrance Henderson’s The Black Man … Complex is exceedingly high. The play explores black male identity through four distinct characters, one of which is The Stereotype. The work is at Trustus Theatre at 8 p.m. tonight and Friday only. Call 254-9732 or visit trustus.org for tickets.
When parents take their kids to EdVenture Children’s Museum, they have to be on their best behavior — no drinking and no cursing, just enthusiastically accompanying the kids through the museum’s many interactive exhibits. But when parents don’t take their kids with them, things get really fun. The EdVenture After Dark series presents LOL, a night of adults-only standup comedy featuring the homegrown talent of Wayne Cousins, Jenn Snyder, Topher Riddle and Joe Coughlin. You might have seen them at the Red Door Tavern or River Rat Brewery — but you haven’t seen them in a children’s museum; that should be a whole different experience. Tickets are $20, and River Rat will be serving up the evening’s brews. Proceeds go toward helping underserved families visit the museum. Visit edventure.org or sodacitystandup.com for more information.
Looks like local postmodern lamp artists Lewis + Clark have figured out this whole Third Thursday thing; the longtime local artisans are hosting a combined Lamp Viewing/Beer Tasting as part of the Vista’s monthly art crawl and open house. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Lewis + Clark is at 1001 Huger St.; make sure to pop into other Vista businesses to see what they’re up to, also. For details, visit vistacolumbia.com/vistanights.
The launch party for Columbia author Tom Poland’s new book, Classic Carolina Road Trips from Columbia, will take place at Uptown on Main at 1204 Main St. today at 2 p.m.
A depressed musician, a perplexing lover, an out-of-control sister … it’s any night at a local bar, right? Maybe so, but it’s also the setup for the latest film by acclaimed indie film guru Jim Jarmusch, Only Lovers Left Alive, which screens tonight in the Skyline Room at the Tapp’s Arts Center as part of the P.O.V. series. Oh yeah — there’s some vampire thing going on, too. Admission is $7, and the film screens at 7 p.m. [online copy corrected], with additional showings Thursday and Sunday. Seats are limited, so bring your own chair if you’re so inclined. Visit facebook.com/povcineclub for more information.
Columbia, do you want festivals? You’d better, because you’ve got a lot of them today. FOLKFabulous runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum and celebrates the opening of the exhibition Traditions, Change and Celebration: Native American Art of the Southeast. The free event features Native American dancers, musicians, storytellers and artisans. Moving from Native American to African-American heritage, Jubilee: Festival of Heritage runs from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Mann-Simons Site at 1403 Richland St. The free festival celebrates the heritage of Celia Mann, a property-owning former slave, and her descendants. Among the offerings: the Benedict College Concert Choir, Horizon Band, storytellers, sweetgrass basket makers and more. Visit historiccolumbia.org for details. Last but not least, thousands of people will be out for the Main Street Latin Festival — which, you guessed it, celebrates Latino culture. The festival starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 10 p.m. This year’s headliner is Rika Swing. Visit mainstreetlatinfestival.com for details.
Wait — you want more festivals? Today also offers the Freeway Music Festival at Tin Roof (see page 48); Elizapalooza at Saluda Shoals Park (10 a.m. to 7 p.m., free); and the Summer Relief Music Festival (see page 36) at Irmo Community Park (2 to 8 p.m.; bring a canned good donation).
High and Lonesome sounds like it should be the name of a Hank Williams cover band, but no — it’s the name of a crazy-ass experimental duo. And if you know anything about Eight Days, you know Eight Days likes some crazy-ass music now and then. The duo, composed of bassist Jason Ajemian and experimental artist Conrad Freiburg, plays Conundrum Music Hall at 9 p.m. Ajemian will play solo works, and together they’ll play “improvised songs about the audience,” which sounds … uncomfortable, but intriguing. Admission is $8.
Did you forget about the Stanley Donen film festival? We didn’t: The event, part of A Lotta Talent and a Little Luck: A Celebration of Stanley Donen, celebrates the Columbia native and acclaimed Hollywood director. And today is the second-to-last screening in the month-long event: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, showing at 5:30 p.m. today and 3 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $10; visit nickelodeon.org to order or for more information.
Have you checked out the latest exhibition at City Art in the Vista yet? You only have a few more days: Allan Anderson’s Discovering Painting runs through Aug. 30. City Art is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit cityartonline.com or call 252-3613 for more information.
It’s Wednesday: Pick up a Free Times, read The Side Line football publication you’ll find inside it and hunker down for the USC-Texas A&M matchup. Will Spurrier’s squad live up to the hype? It’s time to find out.
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