Negro Terror

Negro Terror screens at the Nickelodeon Theatre on May 8.

Wednesday 1

Looking to feed your mind as well as your mouth? On Wednesdays through June 26, the main branch of Richland Library on Assembly Street hosts a farmers market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fruits and vegetables, local honey and a bakery will be among the vendors onsite, and all of them accept cash, credit and SNAP. While you’re there, pick up a book or two, or return last week’s checkouts. Find out more at — April Blake

Thursday 2

It’s First Thursday on Main in Columbia, and in addition to the adventurous concert on Boyd Plaza (which you can read more about in Sound Bites) and Olga Yukhno’s exhibition at Tapp’s Arts Center (which you can read more about in the arts section), the monthly arts crawl will feature a tap takeover from Terrapin Brewing at The Whig; ARTistik Vibrationz, a “fusion of art and music” in the Arcade Building; Prologue: Rescue From Without, a new exhibition from kendallprojects at the Anastasia & Friends gallery in the Free Times building; and an exploration of Chinese art and culture at the Columbia Art Center. More events and more info listed at — Jordan Lawrence

Friday 3

While the regular Art on State crawls don’t have quite the same cachet as First Thursdays on Main, they are arguably an even better casual stroll. The West Columbia street is cordoned off for pedestrians and strung with ambient lighting, with ample room for a host of activities, including live music from Seventy Six and Sunny and mural painting from more than a half-dozen local artists. The free event runs 6-9 p.m. — Kyle Petersen

It’s not as if ABBA really needed the money, having sold a bajillion records and all, but the musical Mamma Mia! took 25 of the Swedish quartet’s greatest hits and built a story of a girl named Sophie and her dream of being a singer around them, creating one of the most successful and beloved productions of the last couple of decades. Town Theatre mounts the classic pop music fest that is Mamma Mia! starting today and running through May 19. For full showtime and ticket info, visit — Vincent Harris

The Festival of Gardens is the year’s biggest fundraiser for Columbia Green, an organization that promotes beautification of the Columbia area through landscaping, gardening, horticulture, education and conservation. The festival is a two-day event that offers tours of neighborhood gardens, with the gardeners themselves as your tour guides, pointing out the various flora on display and making you feel like garbage for repeatedly killing the plants you tried to grow on your windowsill in vain. The 2019 tour will hit the Forest Lake neighborhood starting today (9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and continuing tomorrow. Tickets range from $25 to $40. More info available at — Vincent Harris

Saturday 4

Columbia expat and illustrator Tommy Bishop returns to town to release his second children’s book, The Incredibly Strange 1, 2, 3s, at The War Mouth this afternoon with a bid to capture the cool parents crowd, pairing a kids dance party and coloring pages with an author reading and music from the Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul. Plus, you know, The War Mouth’s signature cocktails. The event runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Find out more at — Kyle Petersen

Do you like comic books? Do you like free stuff? Well, today is your day. It’s Free Comic Book Day, the annual promotion that looks to lure folks into independent comic book shops with no-cost titles. Locally, Heroes & Dragons will open at 10 a.m., adding to this year’s haul with appearances from artists including Chad Bowers, Corey Davis and Vic Carbotta and specal sales. More info available at Cosmic Ray’s will also be taking part, opening at 10 a.m. with raffles, giveaways, cosplay, balloons and candy. More info available at — Jordan Lawrence

Today is Intergalactic Star Wars Day. May the fourth be with you, reader. (Get it?) The Mothers, Trustus Theatre’s Lando-smooth in-house improv troupe, gets its Jedi on today, throwing a Star Wars-themed May the 4th Be With You Improv show in a galaxy far, far away — er, wait, no, the Richland Library at 3 p.m. The over/under on sketches revolving around Nien Nunb is 2.5. Admission is free; visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Sunday 5

If you’ve ever considered using trickery to get your kids interested in science, then you’ll want to head to the South Carolina State Museum’s Hall Of Heroes exhibit before it closes today. Using our societal obsession with superheroes as a hook, the exhibit combines fun stuff like a recreation of Batman’s Batcave from the 1960s TV series or photo-ops with The Hulk and Superman with science-y stuff like a wind-tunnel, a laser lab and interactive memory games that help tell the story of heroes in our culture, both real and fictional. Admission runs from $4 to $13.95, and you can get more info at — Vincent Harris

The folks who put on The Big Nosh at the Tree of Life Congregation know that when people gather to eat lovingly prepared food, they want to eat a lot of it. So nosh big on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on traditional Jewish food that tastes just like being around the family dinner table. Admission and parking is free, bring cash for food a la carte. Find out more at

Monday 6

Button, button, who’s got the button? The University of South Carolina's McKissick Museum has got the button; its Hot Buttons: Political Issues in the United States exhibit highlights political debate writ small through regional and national examples of miniature political propaganda addressing candidates and a range of social, economic, gendered, cultural, racial, environmental and ecological issues. There’s also a pair of John Kerry–branded flip-flops. Get it? The museum is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; admission is free. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Tuesday 7

Midlands Gives is back, but a little different this year. There’s still a whole bunch of nonprofits — 415 in all — that all you “everyday philanthropists” can throw some of your hard-earned cash, but instead of the give-a-thon lasting a full 24 hours, it will be condensed down to a sprint between 6 p.m. and midnight. Find a worthy cause and donate $20 or more at, where you can also find more info. — **Jordan Lawrence**

The Columbia Museum of Art’s Chamber Music on Main series has always been about combining reliable excellence with tradition, and this program, featuring both new artistic director Andrew Armstrong on piano and former artistic director and cellist Edward Arron along with the Grammy-winning violinist James Ehnes, is a fine case in point. The trio tackles classics by Beethoven, Chopin and Dvořák. Happy hour at 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 to $42 ($5 for students). More info available at — Kyle Petersen

Wednesday 8

Omar Higgins was a beloved figure in the Memphis music community. He was a church youth leader and praise team music director. He was a musical ambassador for the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. He was on the front lines of anti-racist and anti-fascist efforts in Memphis. He also fronted a black punk band called Negro Terror, a trio that outstripped its provocative name by engaging in complex dialogue around the history, music and politics of their hometown. Higgins died a few short months after Negro Terror, the documentary about his band, premiered. The Nickelodeon Theatre hosts a screening tonight, along with a Q&A with director John Rash and the surviving members of the band: guitarist Ricardo Fields and drummer Ra’id Omar. The film screens at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $11. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

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