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Aphra Behn: Wanton. Wit. Woman. runs April 22-28 at the University of South Carolina’s Center for Performance Experiment.

Wednesday 17

You asked for it, you got it. At least that’s what the Comedy House is telling us about the return of the SC Kings of Comedy this week. Three comedians who got their start at the Comedy House, Skip-G Lawson, Steve Wannamaker and Big Mo Dixon, make a return appearance as a triple-threat after setting box office records the last time around. The Kings will perform one show at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and two shows a night Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $15. For more info, visit comedyhouse.us.— Vincent Harris

There aren’t a whole lot of self-described “indie jazz” bands in the world, but Charleston’s HONNA, which plays New Brookland Tavern tonight, delivers on the promise of that tag in spades. With winding dual guitars that are less of an attack than an undulating melodic dance, the group pairs a bit of post-punk drive with jazzy reverie for a cozily ambitious sound. Thunderbite, and Howling Child open. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show, open to attendees 18 and up, are $5. Head to newbrooklandtavern.com for more info. — Kyle Petersen

Thursday 18

Spring is in full swing, which makes it a fine time to take advantage of the Midlands’ many outdoor performance spaces. Lexington makes it easy for you to go enjoy its comfortable Icehouse Amphitheater this time of year with its weekly Lexington Live, which rolls into its second 2019 concert with Whiskey Run. The eagerly galloping Georgia country band throws back to a time before bro-y pop poses infected the Nashville mainstream, a decent soundtrack for sitting back on a nice spring evening, even if you don’t normally go in for such music. Like all Lexington Live concerts, this one’s free and starts at 6:30 p.m. Head to icehouseamphitheater.com for more.— Jordan Lawrence

Friday 19

The Columbia Fireflies are turning into pork rinds from Thursday through Saturday through the Copa de la Diversión program, meant to honor the growing Latinx culture in the baseball community and the country as a whole. The actual team name for those three days will be Chicharrones de Columbia and the food, music and uniforms will signify the change. Segra Park will serve chicharrones and other special foods for the occasion. Tonight’s game is at 7:05 p.m. against the Hickory Crawdads. Tickets range from $5 to $14. Go to columbiafireflies.com for more info. — April Blake

Saturday 20

Claflin University brings famed Trinidad and Tobago photographer Maria Nunes to Tapp’s Art Center tonight for a “virtual exhibition” and talk surrounding her work documenting the Carnival in her new book In a World of Their Own. The visiting scholar will provide her insider perspective on the gleaming beauty and elegiac tradition of the annual revelry. The event is free and starts in the Skyline Room at 4:30 p.m. More info available at tappsartscenter.com. — Kyle Petersen

Yes, you can play on the newly renovated Boyd Plaza at the Columbia Museum of Art’s Play on the Plaza event; in particular, you can play Palmetto Luna’s lotería, a bingo-like game popular at Mexican fairs. But you can also watch people play — playing the lotería, yes, but also dancers from the dance collaborative The Power Company, who’ll perform Blending Borders, Spiraling Toward Understanding. The playing runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; The Power Company performs at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Admission is free, but lotería cards will run you $2 to $5. Visit columbiamuseum.org for more information.— Patrick Wall

Diversity City offers an eclectic mix of acoustic performers, poets, comedians, visual artists and storytellers doing their thing. The rhyme or reason is a little thin, but maybe there’s some magic to be found in the acoustic alt-rock stylings of State of Mind or Supachai gliding next to spoken word champion Al Black amid stand-up comedians and painters. Should make for an interesting cocktail party at least. The free event starts at 4 p.m. at Drip Coffee in Five Points. Find out more at facebook.com/dripcoffeecolumbia. — Kyle Petersen

The University of South Carolina’s Swag & Tassel: The Innovative Stoneware of Thomas Chandler celebrates the work of celebrated 19th-century Edgefield potter Thomas Chandler, using new archaeological and archival research to broaden the academic understanding of the nature and scope of Chandler’s technical and aesthetic innovations. Thomas Chandler: A Panel Discussion is, uh, a panel discussion that, uh, discusses the new research and Chandler’s impact on Edgefield pottery. The discussion starts at 3 p.m. at the McKissick Museum; admission is free. Visit sc.edu/mckissickmuseum for more information. — Patrick Wall

Sunday 21

The Poetry Jam returns to The Weekend Restaurant & Lounge today with featured poet Kyla Jenee Lacey speaking her truth and live music provided by Mike Stone. The Poetry Jam is a chance to check out some of the most talented artistic voices in the area, and to remember when you wrote those totally awesome poems about your jerk ex back in high school. The jam begins at 8 p.m., and tickets are $10. Visit theweekendlounge.com for more event info. — Vincent Harris

Monday 22

When she wasn’t spying for King Charles II during the Second Anglo-Dutch War, Aphra Behn was a playwright, poet and novelist — and one of the first women to make a living as a writer. Aphra Behn: Wanton. Wit. Woman. charts trailblazing exploits as she grows into a revolutionary cultural figure in the late 17th century; it’s the debut play from Mariah Anzaldo Hale, a prominent theatrical costume designer. The University of South Carolina’s Center for Performance Experiment mounts the play today; curtain rises at 8 p.m. (part of an April 21 to 28 run), and tickets are $10. Visit theater.sc.edu for more information. — Patrick Wall

Tuesday 23

The Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies are popping once again, and to give people a better chance to enjoy them, Bierkeller Columbia is bringing its German-style biergartens back to Riverfront Park so you can have a drink close to the flower action. From 5 to 8 p.m., Bierkeller will pour delicious brews, and there will be guided walks with walks with rangers and guest naturalists at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the whole family, including dogs, but bring money for beer for the adults. These weekly Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Happy Hours will continue through the last Tuesday in May. Head to facebook.com/colascparksrec or facebook.com/bierkellercolumbia for more info. — April Blake

The USC Symphony closes its season at the Koger Center with two pieces based on the Arabian Nights character Scheherazade. The first utilizes the talents of the powerful mezzo-soprano operatics of Rachel Calloway on Maurice Ravel’s song-cycle for voice and orchestra, while the second is one of Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s most endearing works, the symphonic suite Scheherazade Op. 35. Scheherazade!, indeed. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $30 (multiple discounts available) and can be purchased at kogercenterforthearts.com. — Kyle Petersen

Wednesday 24

We’re not saying that director Gregory Nava’s film El Norte carries some timely social commentary with it to the Nickelodeon Theater, but the plot is as follows: A brother and sister named Enrique and Rosa flee persecution in Guatemala and travel north through Mexico and on to the United States, carrying with them the dream of starting a new life. It’s a moving and shattering story about the personal travails of immigrants crossing the border to America that’s full of compassion but never stoops to mere sentiment. So, you know, you can connect the dots here. Admission is free, thanks to the Nickelodeon and the Carolina Peace Resource Center, and the film begins at 6 p.m. Visit nickelodeon.org for more info. — Vincent Harris

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