Wednesday 27

The Thalea String Quartet fashions its name from one of the nine Greek muses, but Thalia wasn’t the muse of music. That was Euterpe; Thalia presided over comedy and idyllic poetry. But the name also means to flourish or to blossom, and in that the young string quartet — which has been mentored by the Míro Quartet and tabbed by the Kronos Quartet for its 50 for the Future project — has found a perfectly fine moniker. The quartet performs at the Newberry Opera House at 8 p.m.; tickets run $20 to $40. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Thursday 28

So it turns out that Columbia produced one of the best dang choreographers and film directors ever to say, “Action!” in the person of one Stanley Donen. During his 94 years on this planet, Donen gave us silver-screen versions of On the Town, Singin’ in the Rain, Funny Face, and the work that the Richland Library main branch is celebrating today, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. The 1954 musical extravaganza starring Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards and a whole lot of lovely song-and-dance numbers will be screened as part of the library’s Stanley Donen Retrospective starting at 6 p.m. Visit for event info. — Vincent Harris

Friday 29

It’s funny to think of Southern rappers like Scarface and Juvenile as “legends of hip-hop,” but I suppose we’re at that point now. Scarface, the key figure in the Houston-based group Geto Boys before hitting on a string of iconic Southern-style gangsta rap solo records and subsequently taking over Def Jam South, pairs nicely with Juvenile, the proto-Cash Money star from New Orleans who brought bounce music to the masses. The two proverbial statesmen are backed by a murderer’s row of stars from their era on the Legends of Hip-Hop tour, which lands at the Colonial Life Arena at 8 p.m. tonight. Tickets run between $55 and $102. More info available at — Kyle Petersen

Derek Sheen

The Giant Idiot Comedy Tour featuring comedian Derek Sheen will be at New Brookland Tavern on March 30.

Saturday 30

We’re not sure if the Giant Idiot Comedy Tour is truth in advertising, but we are sure that the tour features comedians Derek Sheen and John Gibson and will be at New Brookland Tavern tonight. Sheen, the headliner, has toured with Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Janeane Garofalo and Rory Scovel, and his standup is a true study in turning crippling neuroses and insecurities into comedy gold. Which, come to think of it, probably describes the art of stand-up in general. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. The show is 21-and-up only, and tickets are $10. Visit for more info. — Vincent Harris

The Columbia City Ballet typically splits its springtime offerings into two camps: adventurous leaps into ambitious programming and time-tested, audience-friendly standbys. The Sleeping Beauty is the latter, a sort of ace in the sleeve in the company’s repertoire. The company dances the Tchaikovsky-Pepita classic at the Koger Center at 3 and 7:30 p.m.; the matinee is preceded by a kid-centric 1:30 p.m. Sleeping Beauty Tea. Both performances are soundtracked by the South Carolina Philharmonic. Tickets are $20 to $52; visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

America’s Got Talent-style shows are far from uncommon on local stages. But the Harbison Theater at Midlands Tech seems bound and determined to make a mark with this one, showcasing 13 contestants, eliciting Good Morning Columbia’s Curtis Wilson, the Dick Goodwin Big Band’s Kristi Hood and Walter Graham, choral director and fine arts chair at Dreher High School to judge, and leaning on local arts stalwart Larry Hembree (currently of the Columbia Children’s Theatre; previously of the Nickelodeon Theatre and Trustus Theatre) to help with production. The MTC Showoff gets going at 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost between $15 and $20. More info at — Jordan Lawrence

The She Festival at Tapp’s Art Center is more than a showcase of talented women in the arts — it’s designed as a politically aware corrective designed to inspire and encourage women and LGBTQ+ artists in an arts world still far too dominated by white, straight men. The closing celebration will feature, in addition to the art on exhibit, an artists’ market, stage performances and film shorts. $10 gets you in the door, and things kick off at 5 p.m. For the full roster of artists and activities, head to — Kyle Petersen

Sunday 31

Columbia has its fair share of great dancers, but an important part of our dance culture is events like the annual Ballet Stars of New York Gala that the University of South Carolina’s dance department puts on each year. Thanks to a long-running partnership with the New York City Ballet, some of the world’s leading ballet talent, including NYCB principal dancer and Columbia native Sara Mearns, will take the stage at Township Auditorium, performing alongside dancers from the USC Dance Company with musical accompaniment from a live orchestra. Tickets run from $15 to $35, and show starts at 6:30 pm. More info at — Kyle Petersen

Red hot sun turning over: on Southern myths, monuments, and histories finds composer David Kirkland Garner (he of the excellent Dark Holler) continuing his work interpreting the sounds and songs of the South, but here he’s chewing on meatier topics. The sweeping 80-minute multimedia work turns its critical eye toward divisive political and historical issues — namely, the current debate around Confederate monuments in the South — using archival recordings from the Library of Congress and the University of South Carolina Moving Image Resource Center, statistical data and quotations and references across the spectrum of American music (e.g., Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, Stephen Foster, Ralph Stanley) to inform its oeuvre. Garner’s work gets its premiere tonight at the Koger Center; it’s performed by the far-reaching University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble. (Of note: This is conductor Scott Weiss’ final concert leading the ensemble. His work with the ensemble has been extraordinary.) The concert begins at 4 p.m.; admission is free. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

“Have you ever noticed that very few cities, streets, and statues are named for women?” goes the explanation on Columbia City of Women’s website. “In Columbia, only 4 percent of our 145 landmarks are specifically named for women. Only one of the 41 streets in downtown Columbia is intended to recognize a woman — Lady Street — yet its name does not reflect the true recipient, Martha Washington.” Tonight, the new joint effort between WREN, Historic Columbia and the City of Columbia kicks off with a launch event at the Columbia Museum of Art, formally beginning its quest to share the stories of this city’s many remarkable women. There will be “treats” provided by Spotted Salamander and a signature cocktail created by Bourbon’s Kat Hunter, along with live entertainment. Tickets cost between $35 and $250 for the event, which runs from 6 to 8 p.m. More info available at — Jordan Lawrence

Monday 1

The City of Women launch isn’t all that WREN (the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network) has going on this week. The organization will also host its 2019 annual summit at the Columbia Museum of Art, bringing in speakers and various interested parties, the event will ponder ways to live up to the theme “The Time Is Now,” as in, per the website, the time is now for “building individual and collective commitments to close the gender and racial wage gap and accelerate women’s economic empowerment in South Carolina.” Beloved former Lady Gamecock basketball star and current member of the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces A’ja Wilson is the keynote speaker. The event runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wilson’s keynote conversation with Roshanda E. Pratt is at 4 p.m. and will be followed by a 5 p.m. reception. Find out more at — Jordan Lawrence

Tuesday 2

We’re not sure which is more stunning — the sheer architectural beauty of the DeBruhl-Marshall House, built in 1820 and named (partially) for its owner, Lowcountry planter Jesse Debruhl, or the fact that the person who designed it is unknown to this day. Regardless of the mystery of the unknown architect, the recently renovated House is essentially a Columbia version of the Biltmore House, and much like Biltmore, they offer Behind-the-Scenes Tours courtesy of Historic Columbia organization. The Tuesday night tour begins at 6 p.m., and tickets are $35 for members and $50 for non-members. Visit for more info. — Vincent Harris

Wednesday 3

There’s a beer for every part of your day, and Wicked Weed and the Vista’s Liberty Tap Room are pairing up to walk you through A Day in the Life with a beer and meal in the time it takes to enjoy a beer dinner. From breakfast to bedtime, experience what beers go best with what time of day, according to Wicked Weed. Tickets to the 6:30 p.m. dinner are $60 per person and can be purchased at — April Blake

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