The Last Suit

The Last Suit screens Sunday as part of the Columbia Jewish Film Festival.

Wednesday 17

There isn’t an age gap, per se, in Modest Mouse’s fan base — at least not as big as the one marking the divide between pre- and post-millennial fans of, say, Red Hot Chili Peppers. But there’s a definite distinction between those who cut their teeth on the Pacific Northwest indie rock band earlier, elliptical material (see: 1997’s The Lonesome Crowded West) and the songs it’s churned out during its unlikely alt-pop stardom (see: pretty much everything after 2001’s Good News for People Who Love Bad News). The band’s live setlists, though, are rooted in the old and the new, making Modest Mouse the rare careerist band that can connect across its fanbase. Modest Mouse plays at 8 p.m.; tickets are $45. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

“Double, double, toil and trouble” is a hell of an opening line, and Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy Macbeth only gets better (and weirder) from there. Ostensibly picked because of the spooky witches fitting with the Halloween season, 8 Days is relating more to the idea of a tyrannical king ruling with fascistic paranoia because some randos with questionable motives convinced him he would make a good leader. Alas. The South Carolina Shakespeare Company’s production of the play is free at Finlay Park tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m. Head to for more info. — Kyle Petersen

Thursday 18

The long-running ART Uncorked series is really just a fun way to have a standard art opening, with wine and light hors d’oeurves in the snazzy environs of Saki Tumi. The real draw here is featured artist Thomas Washington’s work, which utilizes a broad range of color and revels in a kind of magical realism and unusual juxtapositions that invite heady contemplation. Reception starts at 6 p.m. More info available at — Kyle Petersen

The South Carolina State Fair is still going this week, welcoming visitors every day through Sunday. If you head out today, you could see American Idol alum and Bojangles fan Scotty McCreery (tickets, which include fair admission, cost $15 for the 7 p.m. concert); or you could take in McKissick Museum’s ongoing FOLKFabulous@theFair programming, which today includes Justin Guy will be creating and talking about Edgefield pottery; or you could just ride the rides, check out the agricultural exhibits and eat some ridiculously fattening food. Happy Fair-ing. Admission costs $10 (some discounts apply). Head to for more. — Jordan Lawrence

Friday 19

The fifth annual Columbia Salsa Summit celebrates the fun and spicy dance form with a host of workshops, shows and social parties featuring a live band laying down the groove. While the exact schedule of things has yet to be announced, Atlanta’s Stacey Paulín headlines a diverse group of dancers and musicians from around the region. Friday’s events will be held at Columbia Music Festival Association at 914 Pulaski St., while Saturday’s festivities will be at The Barn at 680 Cherokee Lane in West Columbia. Various passes and tickets are available at — Kyle Petersen

Just because the sound of baseballs cracking against bats is over for the season doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy Spirit Communications Park, as it sits there in its award-winning splendor. The Fireflies are hosting Pints at the Park for the second year, with more than 100 beers from 40-plus breweries on tap, plus live music, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and are available at — April Blake

If you’re the kind of person who enjoys seeing someone excel (or fall flat on their face) under pressure, then the Sink Or Swim Vol. 3 might be for you. Columbia comedians are brought up onstage at Tapp’s Arts Center and given a random topic that they have to riff on for five minutes. Creator Joe Coughlin refers to it as “no set list comedy,” and it’s essentially an exercise in (hopefully funny) tension and a release for the performer and the audience. Sink or Swim begins at 7:30 and admission is $10. Visit for more information. — Vincent Harris

Saturday 20

The Blocking Dead — get it, because it’s October, and The Walking Dead is a show about zombies, which are scary, and “blocking” kinda sounds like “walking,” which makes it a roller derby pun — is a two flat-track slamma jamma starring the Columbia QuadSquad and some stiff competition. Tonight’s doubleheader, titled Night of the Living Dead, pits the senior QuadSquad against the Gate City All-Stars at 8:30 p.m., following the 6:30 p.m. bout between the Columbia Junior Rollers and the Greensboro B-team. Tickets are $12, or $20 for a weekend pass that includes tomorrow’s bouts; if you come in costume, you get $2 off. Visit for tickets and more information. — Patrick Wall

Ghoulish Oktoberfest is a Carolina Film Network-created film festival geared towards Carolina filmmakers designed to inspire quick production and growth for the still-nascent community we have here. Participating filmmakers are simply given a genre assignment (comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi, etc.) and two weeks to complete a 10-minute film. The results screen at Tapp’s Art Center this afternoon starting at 2 p.m., with a host of cash prizes up for grabs. More info available at — Kyle Petersen

Sunday 21

Besides delighting those who love alliteration, Vamps, Vixens, Victors and Villains is a show that takes out all the pesky plots from musicals and operas and presents the songs by the characters we love to hate, lust after or watch triumph over evil. The program will include “Modern Major-General’s Song” from The Pirates Of Penzance, “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables, “The Jewel Song” from Faust, “Vedrai, carino” from Don Giovanni and many more. The show begins at 7 p.m. at Shandon Presbyterian, and admission is free, though donations are accepted. Visit for more info. — Vincent Harris

The Last Suit

The Last Suit screens Sunday as part of the Columbia Jewish Film Festival.

The Columbia Jewish Film Festival sets as its mission, per the website, “to offer outstanding world cinema that promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish experience.” Suffice it to say that in the current political climate, highlighting such diversity is as important as ever. We’re lucky to to have them doing their thing here in Soda City. The programming runs through Oct. 28 at the Nickelodeon Theatre and continues today with the free South Carolina Student Short Film Competition (3 p.m.) and the feature film The Last Suit (5:30 p.m.). Find out more at — Jordan Lawrence

Monday 22

Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice was a hit when it was released, and Michael Keaton’s portrayal of the ghost with the most is firmly cemented in pop culture history. But it’s nice to the see Hocus Pocus, a 1993 film about a trio of wacky witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) taking its place in the pantheon of beloved Halloween films. Flying Saucer will screen both films as part of its Hocus Pocus & Beetlejuice Pint Night, pairing them with its regular Monday special of $3 pints, Hocus Pocus kicks things off at 6 p.m., and Beetlejuice starts at 8 p.m. Visit to find out more. — Vincent Harris

Tuesday 23

Any other year, I’d probably make a joke here about how sexual harassment was once taken quite seriously and could (almost) prevent you from holding high public office. But this month, Brett Kavanaugh — a man who in his confirmation hearings displayed temperament and judgment that should have disqualified him from a job slinging burgers, let alone a spot on the highest court in the land — was officially appointed to the Supreme Court. And this s#!t’s just not funny anymore. The annual I Believe Anita Hill Party in Columbia is the oldest event of its kind in the country, celebrating 27 years of standing up for and believing women when they challenge men in power. And, in Trump’s America, it’s a celebration that’s more critical than ever. The event runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 701 Whaley and features an open bar and light hors d’oeuvres. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Wednesday 24

Tonight, local organization ColaJazz kickstarts its efforts to begin funding jazz workshops and performances in the community — “from schools in need to children’s hospitals and more,” per the Facebook event — with the City of Stars Charity Fashion Show at the South Carolina State Museum. One hundred diverse women and men will walk the runway wearing items from featured designers 831MINHLE and L. Howard Artistry in Leather. Tickets to the 5:30 p.m. event run from $20 to $1,000. Find out more at — Jordan Lawrence

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