Wednesday Aug. 15

If you haven’t checked out the sparkling new state-of-the-art Columbia Art Center located at the corner of Taylor and Sumter, you really should. It’s a beautiful open studio that can be adapted to a variety of uses, even if their main bag is pottery and ceramics classes, which they offer a ton of. In between the beginning throwing and ceramics sessions though, they offer other arts and crafts-type fare, like the stamped copper jewelry workshop tonight at 6 p.m. Taught by Valerie Lamott, the $70 fee includes all supplies and materials to create a finished piece of jewelry. More info available at — Kyle Petersen

Between the two of them, Def Leppard and Journey have sold a staggering 150 million albums worldwide, and they’ve landed a playlist’s worth of songs on the pop culture immortality list. Whether you want to admit it or not, songs like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Photograph,” “Open Arms” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me” have probably taken up some form of residence in your head, and the pairing of these two acts at Colonial Life Arena is a guilty-pleasure paradise. Showtime is 7 p.m., and tickets range from $39-$179; visit for more information. — Vincent Harris

Thursday Aug. 16

It’s not that I hate having the University of South Carolina’s undergraduates in town. It’s nice to feel the city, particularly Five Points, re-energize when they come bubbling back to occasionally hit class and frequently hit bars (that is, if their college experience was anything like mine). Anyway, classes at the university begin a week from today, so if you’re a fan of anything offered by regular student hangouts — the nitro cold brew from Drip in Five Points, the biscuits at College Grounds, and the surprisingly on-point curries at Grilled Teriyaki are three of my favorites — get them today before move-in weekend cranks up. — Jordan Lawrence

Friday Aug. 17

Comedian Faizon Love has appeared in scores of TV shows and movies, including The Parent ‘Hood, Big Momma’s House, Black-ish and The Replacements, and he’s even been a voice in one of the Grand Theft Auto video games. But his real talent is standing on a stage with a mic, detailing the trials of life, love, society and (especially) marriage, with a whole stockpile of voices, perspectives and theories to offer on it all. Love will be doing all that during two shows at the Comedy House at 7 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $25. Visit for more info.

Trustus Theatre has always been notable for its willingness to take risks on new plays, as the annual Trustus Playwrights Festival makes clear. This year’s entry is a bit less of a risk, however, as it’s by assured local playwright Jon Tuttle, who will be premiering his sixth play at the theater, and because the play itself, Boy About Ten, is a farcical send-up of white trash child-rearing. Expect a deft blend of social critique amid punch lines and laughter for the opening performance tonight at 8 p.m. The play runs through next Saturday, Aug. 25. For More, head to — Kyle Petersen

Columbia Museum of Art upstairs gallery

Modern and contemporary works hanging in the Columbia Museum of Art’s reinstalled upstairs galleries.

Due to ongoing major renovations, the Columbia Museum of Art has been closed to the public since July 23. But it reopens today with a special preview that will give you a chance to see two new featured exhibitions — Something’s Happening: The Big Art of Katie Pell, which focuses on the artist’s oversized, embracing characters from Peter Frampton to Jesus; and Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Exposed, which features the artist’s large-format photographs, that, per the museum’s website, “offer a primordial, nonlinear sense of time” — and a chance to check out the reinstallation of the permanent collection into the expanded upstairs galleries, incorporating contemporary art and shifting to a progressive non-chronological, theme-based organization. Talks with Pell (6 p.m.) and Chief Curator Will South (7:30 p.m.) will be featured. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cash bar. Entry costs $15 (free for members). More info available at — Jordan Lawrence

Saturday Aug. 18

In case you don’t feel like hitting up the Journey and Def Leppard concert at the Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday, or maybe if you just gotta hear more classic-rock hits, Resurrection: The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band can scratch that Steve Perry-related itch at the Sumter Opera House. There won’t be any obscure album cuts or new versions of old favorites; this will be down-the-line hits delivered as close to the original versions as possible. Tickets are $19 in advance and $24 day-of-show. Visit to learn more. — Vincent Harris

Sunday Aug. 19

Yellow Submarine, the animated 1968 film that embellishes The Beatles song of the same name, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and it’s a cinematic touchstone for a whole generation. The battle between the Fab Four and the Blue Meanies in Pepperland, rendered in exaggerated, psychedelic fashion, is unique in that kids can enjoy it in a way entirely separately from the way adults do, especially baby boomers. There’s even a brief moment at the end where the real-life Beatles are together again, if only up on a giant screen. Tickets start at $5 to $11 for screenings at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Head to to find out more. — Vincent Harris

As a teenager, the future President Woodrow Wilson lived briefly in Columbia. It was during the tumultuous Reconstruction era after the Civil War, when the federal government tried to create racial equality amid a rebuilding South — and Historic Columbia has dedicated the Woodrow Wilson Family Home to exploring this era. And on the third Sunday of each month, admission to the house museum is just $1 for Richland and Lexington county residents. Visit for more information. — Eva Moore

Any avid craft beer fan probably has a surfeit of specialty glassware clogging the cabinets. This Sunday, you’ll have the chance to add to your collection with some extra-special glassware in honor of Columbia brewery Swamp Cabbage’s fourth anniversary in business. The low-key brewing company celebrates from 1 to 7 p.m.; swing by the tap room at 921 Brookwood Drive for beer, food and music. More info available at — Eva Moore

Tuesday Aug. 21

Words and Wine is another in the encouragingly strong number of events that seek to get local creatives mingling. The focus here is on readers and writers, with wine and light refreshments available to facilitate networking and sharing, but talented acoustic instrumentalists Ken Baldwin and Igo Agafonov will also be on hand, and mystery writer Raegan Teller will serve as the presenting author. The free event starts runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Jubilee! Circle. More info available at — Jordan Lawrence

Wednesday Aug. 22

Hey teachers — we know you read us. We recommend going ahead and reserving your (free) ticket for the Columbia Museum of Art’s Evening for Educators, where you’ll get professional development credit for drinking wine and being cool. No seriously, you’ll be hearing a lecture on Matisse from USC printmaking instructor Frol Boundin while taking in CMA exhibitions and talking about hands-on studio lesson plans. The event runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., space is limited so head over to to grab your spot. — Kyle Petersen   

The Wild Out Columbia Improv show at the Comedy House is not your typical comedy performance, and it’s not even your typical improv night. A group of up-and-coming comedy performers, along with personalities from HOT 103.9/93.9, will form two teams and compete with each other in a series of improv games, with musical interludes sprinkled throughout the night. Think of it as a live Whose Line Is It Anyway? episode with a concert (by DJ Pretty Boy Mel, Ms. Raine, and Ke’Ton) thrown in, all for $10. Visit for more details. — Vincent Harris 

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