Kinky Boots poster

Kinky Boots is at the Koger Center Sunday and Monday.

Wednesday 9

River Rat Brewery is opening up 2019 in a grand way — with a huge party to show off some major changes to their outdoor area, though with what they’ve already done out there we can’t imagine what else it could be. They’ll also be releasing a barrel-aged Tabasco stout, a hot twist on a winter favorite. The no-admission party heats up at 6 p.m. Head to riverratbrewery.com to find out more. — April Blake

A family-friendly jazz series hosted by the Main Street Methodist Church, JoJo’s Jazz Jam is a monthly dinner-and-music event designed to highlight the power of jazz performance and to expand the engagement of the music at a non-traditional time and non-traditional space. This is a free event where you’re encouraged to purchase food and take part in fellowship as much as tunes. Doors at 6:30 p.m.; music starts at 7 p.m. Donations to support the program encouraged. Go to colajazz.com for more details. — Kyle Petersen

Thursday 10

There are more and more stand-up comedy options around Columbia these days, both for those looking to listen or those looking to take the stage and give it a shot. Tonight comes a chance to take in (or take part in) another such open mic while downing a fine lager, a tasty sour or some other tasty beverage down at Columbia Craft Brewing Company. The free event runs from 8 to 10 p.m. Find more info at facebook.com/ColumbiaCraft. — Jordan Lawrence

Friday 11

OK, we’re just gonna go ahead and say “Harlem Globetrotters” here so you can start hearing the familiar whistle of “Sweet Georgia Brown” in your head. Now that that’s taken care of, the Globetrotters will be bringing their family-friendly, one-of-a-kind brand of trickster basketball to the Colonial Life Arena, unleashing an array of mid-air ball-spins, behind-the-back passes and various other physics-defying tricks to confound the hapless Washington Generals and irritate the refs. In other words, they’ll be carrying on the 93-year tradition of the Globetrotters. Tickets start at $24.50 and showtime is 7 p.m. Visit coloniallifearena.com for more info. — Vincent Harris

Saturday 12

Dress down to get up for some classical music. The South Carolina Philharmonic’s annual Beethoven & Blue Jeans concert returns tonight, encouraging attendees to cover their legs in denim while they sit and listen to some masterworks. The program obviously includes Beethoven (Symphony No. 8 in F Major), but it steps out with a recent work from Adam Schoenberg (Go, a striking and innervating piece inspired by a motor racing) and Brahms (a performance of Violin Concerto in D Major featuring violinist Sayaka Shoji).Tickets range between $22 and $52. Head to scphilharmonic.com to find out more. — Jordan Lawrence

It might not be downtown in Boyd Plaza anymore, but you still have time to trek out to Holiday ICE at Columbiana Centre to get your public money-funded skate on. The rink will remain open through Jan. 21. Yes, you have to fight that gnarly Harbison traffic. But you’re that much closer to an Auntie Anne’s. Mmm … pretzels. The rink’s open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; admission is $10, and that includes skate rentals. Visit columbiasc.net for more information. — Patrick Wall

Sunday 13

Kinky Boots is the far-less-risqué-than-it-sounds musical that took Broadway by storm back in 2012, featuring music by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein. It’s the story of a conflicted young man named Charlie Price, who returns to his father’s slowly failing shoe company and tries to spice up sales with some daring designs, including a custom-made pair of spectacular stilettos for a daring performer named Lola. But what you’ll really see and hear at the Koger Center for the Performing Arts is some well-built Broadway showstoppers and dazzling dancing. Broadway in Columbia brings the show for a two-night stint starting tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $45 to $65. More info available at broadwayincolumbia.com. — Vincent Harris

As part of the Columbia Museum of Art’s current exhibitions (Midcentury Masters: Jasper Johns’ Gifts to the CMA and Jackson Pollock: Mural), the Local Ikebana Chapter 182, a group devoted to the Japanese art of flower arrangement, has created displays inspired by the work which will be showing today at the museum. You can also take in a tea demonstration at 12:30 p.m. and traditional Chinese dance demonstration at 2 p.m. Free with membership or admission. Further details available at columbiamuseum.org. — Kyle Petersen

On Dec. 15, 1944, United States Air Force Major Glenn Miller disappeared over the English Channel, and the world lost one of its finest big band leaders. Those were the days, or so Archie Bunker sang. The Glenn Miller Orchestra pays tribute to the big-band jazz giant at the Newberry Opera House at 3 p.m.; tickets run from $30 to $45. Visit newberryoperahouse.com for more information. — Patrick Wall

Monday 14

Interested in experiencing vegan food in a festive environment? The Reizod Vegan Experience — a, you guessed it, vegan restaurant in northeast Columbia — is putting six categories of vegan items up for the crowd to judge the best. Try different takes on vegan barbecue, chili, fried chicken, mac and cheese, meat-free steak, and dairyless desserts, no matter if you’re vegan, omnivorous, or anything in between. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased on Eventbrite. — April Blake

Tuesday 15

Though it’s a live music joint, it’s not often you get to hear original music at Tin Roof, with a litany of cover bands taking the stage most nights of the week. The monthly Rundown series gives patrons a brief reprieve from “Wagon Wheel,” instead creating a VH1 Storytellers-style environment that highlights touring and local singer-songwriters. January’s edition features St. Louis’ Seth Brand and his acoustic Americana alongside Stephen Evans and Shawn Sebro. The 7 p.m. event is free. More info available at tinroofcolumbia.com. — Cam Powell

Wednesday 16

If you ever had a love for painstakingly building model cars or toys and decking them out with the coolest paint jobs and decals, then Firefly Toys & Games’ Miniature Painting Competition might reawaken that passion. Just drop by the store on St. Andrews Rd., pick yourself up some miniature figures and give them your best, most creative coat of paint or paints, and drop off your entries by Jan. 31. The winner will receive a Citadel Project Box, a model-painter’s dream chock full of paints and brushes. For full contest info visit fireflytoysandgames.com. — Vincent Harris

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