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Hootie & the Drum Mafia; Brett Favre; Steely Dan

What's happening in Columbia SC? A lot, and FT Happenings helps you sort it out.
By Free Times
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 |
Cracked Rear View, Hootie & the Blowfish's breakthrough album, recently turned 20. How is at least one member celebrating? By hanging out with Columbia Drum Mafia July 23.

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Here are a few things on our radar right now:

* Hootie & the Blowfish’s Jim “Soni” Sonefeld hangs out with the Columbia Drum Mafia on July 23 at Conundrum Music Hall.

* Guess what? It’s time to concentrate on football. To get you ready for the season, Brett Favre is coming to town on July 24. Yes, the Wrangler-wearing Brett Favre.

* A string of big shows continues at the Township this summer, with Steely Dan on July 29, Maxwell on July 30, Crosby, Stills & Nash on Aug. 13 and Jack White on Sept. 24. See for details.

* What’s it going to be: Brew at the Zoo or Arts & Draughts? They’re both happening on Aug. 1.

* The biggest payday in bass fishing, the Forrest Wood Cup, is coming to Columbia. Check out the Forrest Wood Cup Expo at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Aug. 15-17.

* The S.C. State Museum is showing an exhibition called The American Revolutionary War in South Carolina until Aug. 17.

* The Columbia Museum of Art has a couple of complementary shows up: Animal Instinct and Cheer for the Home Team! The shows are up through Sept. 14.

* The State Fair, coming in October, has announced its lineup, and it’s a good one.

* Speaking of the Columbia Museum of Art, no doubt you’re familiar with the paintings of Norman Rockwell. But what about the photos he used as models for his paintings? The museum presents Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera, opening Oct. 17.

* We know it’s a long way off, but Cirque du Soleil is coming back to the Colonial Life Arena in November.

* What else is happening? A lot ... visit for more information.

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