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Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band headlines the LoCo Craft Beer Jam Saturday at City Roots.

Wednesday 6

Whether or not the Columbia duo of Jessica Skinner and Jeff Pitts are, in fact, actually prettier than Matt is still in question, but there’s no question that their band, Prettier Than Matt, makes darned enjoyable pop music, as their most recent EP, Uncover, proves. Seriously, try to get the bouncy head-nodder “Heaven Forbid” out of your head once you’ve heard it at their show at The White Mule and let us know how that works out for you. Showtime is 9 p.m., and tickets are $5. Visit whitemulemusic.com for more info. — Vincent Harris


Thursday 7

It’s another First Thursday on Main in Columbia, and there’s plenty on tap. The recently renovated Boyd Plaza is slated to reopen with a block party featuring music from the Dick Goodwin Big Band and the Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul, DIY art projects, along with free refreshments until they run out. The Whig brings another tantalizing tap takeover, this time from Pennsylvania’s vaunted Victory Brewing (the much-sought-after Sour Monkey will be among the selections). Blue Note Poetry will host an evening of music and spoken word in the Arcade Building. To find out what else is on tap between 6 and 10 p.m., go to firstthursdayonmain.com. — Jordan Lawrence


Friday 8

The next seven days are big for Colonial Life Arena. Kicking off a March that will also include the venue’s first-ever men’s NCAA Tournament rounds, the room will host big-time concerts on March 7 (P!NK) and March 13 (Elton John). But tonight’s stop from Funny as Ish Comedy Tour is also a big deal. Led by comedian and actor Mike Epps, the stand-up smorgasbord also features Sommore, Earthquake, Lavell Crawford and DC Young Fly. Laugh up. Tickets for the 8 p.m. event start at $62. More info available at coloniallifearena.com. — Jordan Lawrence

Let’s just say for a moment that you’re some sort of inhuman monster who’s not a fan of live music or barbecue. You should still go to Kemopalooza 2019 at The Senate and grab some pulled pork and listen to The Finesse Band crank out the tunes, because all of the proceeds from this event go to Prisma Health Children’s Hospital’s Camp Kemo programs, including a summer camp experience for children with cancer and blood disorders. Pretty easy to get behind that, right? Now work on the barbecue thing. Kemopalooza starts at 8 p.m., and you can learn about the various ticket packages at classy.org/event/kemopalooza-2019. — Vincent Harris


Saturday 9

In the five years since River Rat Brewery opened as Columbia’s second production brewery, a lot has happened. Five more full-on production breweries have opened since, meaning River Rat now operates in a far more crowded market. But the Rat has kept pace, enhancing its Instagram-worthy hangout space with a rooftop bar looking out at Williams-Brice Stadium and upping its production capacity. Come celebrate at the brewery’s 5 Year Anniversary Party and toast them with one of their many quaffable concoctions. The big bash will feature five different pouring locations and an expansive selection of brews. The free party kicks off at noon. Head to riverratbrewery.com for more. — Jordan Lawrence

The South Carolina State Museum knows how to do special programming. The annual Art Day this year focuses on the intersection of art and technology, complete with virtual reality experiences, a special planetarium show, a variety of family-friendly hands-on activities and a host of S.C. artist exhibits. Bonus point for the live sets from the sci-fi indie folk troupe The Lovely Few on the hour at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Free with general admission ($6.95-$8.95) to the museum. More info available at scmuseum.org. — Kyle Petersen

The ceilidh — céilí, in its original Irish — is a traditional Irish social evening, a party with music, dancing and storytelling. The local chapter of the Ancient Order Of Hibernians hosts its annual charity ceilidh tonight at the American Legion Hall on Pickens Street; local Celtic-leaning punkgrass outfit The Black Iron Gathering provides the music, and the Hibernians supply the food, drinks and raffle prizes. You’re on your own for the dancing. The shindig starts at 6 p.m.; tickets are $10. Visit facebook.com/ColumbiaSCAOH for more information. — Patrick Wall

If you’re a guitar head or a world music geek, the Guitar From East To West show at Al-Amir on Main might be your cup of six-string tea. The show will present two guitarists: Ukranian Marina Alexandra and American Steve Sloan, showing off their respective skills and disparate styles on the acoustic guitar. Alexandra’s program will feature the music of Russian composer Nikita Koshkin, while Sloan’s will concentrate on music from his new album, A Peaceful Escape. Admission is $32, which includes a dinner buffet, and showtime is 6 p.m. Go to guitarmusesc.com for more. — Vincent Harris

In the spring and fall, there’s no shortage of opportunities to drink beer and watch bands outside in Columbia. The LoCo Craft Beer Jam at City Roots is another one, returning this year with an eight-act lineup crowned by the cartoonishly enthusiastic funk-rock of Asheville’s Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, beer from breweries such as Palmetto, Stone, Columbia Craft and Hi-Wire, and eats provided by vendors such as Pawleys Front Porch and San Jose. Like any of the many hoagies loaded with roast beef, turkey and swiss with dipping sauce on the side you’ll find in this town, it’s a variation on a quintessentially Columbia combination. The festivities run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $7. Head to lococraftbeerjam.com for more. — Jordan Lawrence


Sunday 10

There is both tragedy and triumph in the book release event at the main branch of the Richland Library today. Historian Rachel Haynie spent years researching and writing a book about dance instructor and local icon Isabel Whaley Sloan, who was born on Gervais Street in 1897. Haynie died before she could finish the book, and her friends Pat McNeely and Gene Atkinson collaborated to finish South Carolina Dances with Isabel Whaley Sloan. In addition to McNeely and Atkinson speaking about and signing copies of the book, this free event will feature dancers demonstrating Sloan’s style. It all begins at 3 p.m., and you can get more info at richlandlibrary.com. — Vincent Harris

Romantic comedies may be on the wane in movie theaters, but there is no doubt there is a large audience for lovable cases of matchmaking and short-term amnesia that yield guffaws and tears in equal measure. Such is the case in Getting Sara Married, a fun romp from TV writer Sam Bobrick that is getting a full treatment from Chapin Theatre Company. The production closes today with a 3 p.m. matinee performance at American Legion Post 193. Tickets are $18 ($15 in advance). — Kyle Petersen


Tuesday 12

The Songversations series returns to Tapp’s Arts Center tonight; this installment features longtime local songwriters Bentz Kirby and Todd Mathis, who’ve been collaborating on a series of songs that explore dark times in the poorest parts of the foothill area of Greenville County. The songversations start at 7 p.m.; tickets are $7. Visit tappsartscenter.com for more information. — Patrick Wall


Wednesday 13

Shoplifters — a rich and deeply affecting tale about a family of thieves living on the outskirts of Tokyo — won the Best Feature Film prize at the Mainichi Film Awards and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars and Golden Globe Awards. The Nickelodeon Theatre screens it at 7 p.m. as part of its Foreign Focus series; tickets are $11. Visit nickelodeon.org for more information. — Patrick Wall

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