Michaela Pilar Brown For the Lost/Water Memory

Michaela Pilar Brown’s new show Water Memory opens Wednesday at if ART Gallery.

Wednesday 7

Michaela Pilar Brown’s new work is always a must-see experience, but this show at if ART Gallery, entitled Water Memory, is especially noteworthy given that much of it was created during her recent residency in New Zealand that encouraged artists to interact and relate to the land (and water?) around them. Given Brown’s already-incisive relationship with place and space, the cultural juxtaposition must have been exceptionally fruitful. The show opens tonight with a reception starting at 5 p.m.; Brown gives a gallery talk Saturday at 2 p.m. Water Memory will remain on view through Dec. 1. More info available at ifartgallery.blogspot.com. — Kyle Petersen

Thursday 8

The mission of Girls Rock Columbia isn’t to teach girls how to play instruments or be in a rock ‘n’ roll band. It’s to teach girls how to be brave, to impart upon them that their voices matter. That mission is essential; that the city at large recognizes that is encouraging. To wit: Tonight’s Cola Rocks for Girls Rock fundraiser features a house band comprising longtime Girls Rock staffers and counselors backing a host of notables from inside Columbia’s music scene (Caroline Guitar Company honcho Philippe Herndon, badass emcee LaLisa) and outside it (Richland County Council Candidate Allison Terracio) in a live-band karaoke shindig; proceeds from tickets sale go toward Girls Rock’s efforts to expand its after-school programming. The show starts at 7 p.m. at Trustus Theatre; tickets are $25 (but well worth it, and tax-deductible). Visit facebook.com/GirlsRockColumbia for more information. — Patrick Wall

The USC Dance Company has long been fortunate to have permission to perform works by George Balanchine, arguably the most preeminent choreographer of the 20th century, and this fall concert is no exception. The company will perform the classic Tschaikovsky-scored Serenade followed up with original work from faculty members Olivia Waldrop and Thaddeus Davis. The concert will be performed tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center; ticket information avaialable at kogercenterforthearts.com. — Kyle Petersen

Artists Yulian Martinez-Escobar and Lillian Burke are two of the seven fellows participating in Indie Grits Labs’s Rural Project, a yearlong art project that focuses on the contemporary issues facing small towns and rural communities in the Southeast. Among Strangers: Cuba and Saluda in Conversation is their joint exhibition, and the Rural Project’s second; the series of photos and collages documents the connections made and conversations undertaken in their travels in Cuba and the western fringes of the Midlands. The exhibition opens today at Indie Grits Labs’ space on Duke Avenue; the opening reception runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Visit indiegrits.org for more information. — Patrick Wall

Friday 9

One of the most important 20th century visual artists to emerge from South Carolina, painter Edmund Yaghjian was known for his masterful portraiture and cityscapes that chronicled New York City and, later, Columbia itself with a distinctive blend of both abstraction and the vernacular. This excitingly comprehensive exhibition at The Goodall Gallery at Columbia College runs through Dec. 16; There’s a reception tonight from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at which the family of the artist will be present and light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Go to facebook.com/goodallgallerycc to find out more. — Kyle Petersen

The Columbia Museum of Art will host a free screening of the 2017 film Les Guardiennes (The Guardians) as part of the CineCola series. The 2017 film, which concerns women in a rural French village keeping up the home front during World War 1, stars Nathalie Baye, her daughter Laura Smet, and Iris Bry. The film will have subtitles for people like me, who are not fluent in French beyond their sophomore year of high school, and there will be a pre-movie reception hosted by the Alliance Française of Columbia at 6 p.m. Visit columbiamuseum.org for more info. — Vincent Harris

If you haven’t heard, Frame of Mind, the eyewear boutique and art gallery on State Street, has a pretty fun concept going to get money into local artists’ pockets. Its Collectively Supported Art series, which offers a sixth installment this week, invites patrons to be there as a local artist completes a large-scale work, which is then broken into piece for attendees to take home. Karl L. Larsen, whose work deals fascinatingly with shape and memory, is the artist this time out. Tickets for the 8 p.m. event cost $42. Head to artofeyewear.com for more. — Jordan Lawrence

Saturday 10

Ponyo is a 2008 animated film directed by Hayao Miyazaki that playfully recasts the Hans Christian Anderson children’s story “The Little Mermaid” (yes, the one that Disney made a film of, as well). In Miyazaki’s version, a goldfish named Ponyo who wants to become human befriends a five-year-old boy named Sosuke and draws the ire of a powerful sorcerer, but the real reason to see this film is Miyazaki’s dazzling animation work. The film is kaleidoscopic in its imagery, and the voiceover cast includes Tina Fey and Liam Neeson. The film will be shown at 1 p.m. at the Nickelodeon Theatre, and you can find ticket info at nickelodeon.org. — Vincent Harris

For nearly 20 years, Mark Lyvers, better known to WUSC listeners as “Uncle Gram,” hosted the student radio station’s Red Bank Bar and Grill show. The program garnered a faithful audience with its thoughtful trips through folk and alt-country. Lyvers died in August, and there are unsurprisingly many WUSC alumni who wish to pay tribute. They’ll do just that over the airways from 8 a.m. to noon today. Find more info at the Facebook event page for the WUSC Tribute to Uncle Gram (facebook.com/events/558299821284895). — Jordan Lawrence

Sunday 11

Get it on, bang a gong — well, at least we hope the University of South Carolina Percussion Players have a gong. The percussion ensemble performs a free concert at the University of South Carolina School of Music Recital Hall at 3 p.m. Seriously: Gongs are awesome. Visit music.sc.edu for more information. — Patrick Wall

The “V” and “S” in the name of the VS Guitar Duo stand for guitar-playing siblings Vadim and Sasha Kolpakov, who play in the gypsy and flamenco styles but remain contemporary enough to tour with Madonna (as Vadim has) and to release an album of covers that includes Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” The duo will perform at the Columbia Museum of Art a free concert presented by Baker & Baker at 3 p.m. Visit columbiamuseum.org for more info. — Vincent Harris

Monday 12

It’s kind of difficult to overstate how big a deal it is that Alice Walker will be speaking at the R2i2 Conference Center. This is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, National Book Award-winning author we’re talking about here, the person who wrote The Color Purple and seven other incredible novels while also spinning out life-changing poems and short stories. Attendees will be able to acquire a signed copy of her new book of poems, Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Visit.richland2.org for full event info. — Vincent Harris

The list of soldiers declared missing in action kept by the Defense Department’s POW/MIA Accounting Agency is more than 82,000 names long. A Solemn Promise: America’s Missing In Action looks at the lives and families — many of which spend generations without knowing how or where their loved ones were lost — that these soldiers left behind. The Nickelodeon Theatre screens the documentary at 6 p.m.; admission is free. Visit nickelodeon.org for more information. — Patrick Wall

Tuesday 13

Do you like golf? Do you like video screens? Do you like madly swinging clubs indoors while imbibing alcohol? For the triple-yes-ers out there, your personal Valhalla may just have arrived on Columbia’s Main Street, as the much-ballyhooed Topgolf Swing Suite virtual golfing attraction holds its grand opening. There will be a ribbon cutting, happy hour specials and live music at the event, which runs from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Swing away, Merrill. Merrill, swing away. — Jordan Lawrence

Wednesday 14

Been to a harvest dinner at put on by F2T Productions and really liked the wine they served? Farm to Trunk is an opportunity to fill your coffers with bottles that have been hand-selected by the wine experts from Advintage, who help with those dinners, and to sample 20 wines while enjoying appetizers at City Roots. Stock up, get mad discounts, including by the case, and have your friends think you’ve got excellent taste in vino. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $20 at f2tproductions.com. — April Blake