As The Washington Post notes with the headline “The latest target of racist rumors about coronavirus: The ubiquitous dance troupe Shen Yun,” the company that returns to the Koger Center this week will not put you at any elevated risk of infection.

Look, we’re not saying ventriloquist comedian — ventrilocomedian? — Jeff Dunham is racist, misogynistic, homophobic and anti-Semitic. But his hacky, outdated, shopworn, minority-targeting, quote-unquote-politically-incorrect act is. 

Charles Bradley: Soul of America starts with the happy ending: It opens with the late soul singer, already 62 years old, on the precipice of releasing his debut record, No Time For Dreaming, on the vaunted Daptone Records soul imprint. 

Perchance you saw Free Times recent Best of South Carolina Music poll for 2019, read about Benny Starr and his moving and politically potent 2019 opus A Water Album, which landed at No. 1 on that list, and now you’re raring to see him live and in person? 

Superheroes are all the rage at the multiplex these days, with four of the Top 10 movies to date at this year’s domestic box office coming from that genre. Which makes this a fine time to go back to one of the formative early superhero films, 1978’s Richard Donner-directed Superman

An all-female acapella quintet from Zimbabwe that specializes in the mbube style of singing popularized by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Nobuntu brings an infectious performance style and a deep well of tradition and emotion registers to music that seems to have a strikingly universal appeal across languages and cultures.

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, North American Comedy Brewery Tour at Conquest Brewing Company, Carolina Archive of Storytelling's story slam at The War Mouth, A Midsummer Night’s Camp Party at the Columbia Museum of Art, The Monsters of Our Time, Skyline Follies, DJ Irv's Birthday Funkshun and Dance Party, Fiesta Patrias at Curiosity Coffee Bar, Look! photography exhibition at EdVenture Children’s Museum, Drink Small New Funk Band at The White Mule, Artists for Africa at Central Energy

Per online encyclopedia and criticism hub AllMusic, Washington’s Bikini Kill emerged in the early-’90s with “fiercely polemical and anthemic music [that] helped give rise to a newly empowered generation of women in rock, presaging the dominance female artists would enjoy throughout the decade.”