Tales of Woe: Works by E. A. Poe runs Saturday to Tuesday at the Columbia Marionette Theatre.

Wednesday 24

What’s better than dining al fresco at that very moment summer gives way to autumn in Columbia? A host of city and nonprofit entities are hosting a timely kind of giant potluck (grilled chicken and drinks provided) dubbed On the Table, Under the Bridge at the head of the Vista Greenway underneath the overpass where I-126 turns into Elmwood. Bring a dish and enjoy poetry from the Columbia’s poet laureate Ed Madden as well as a dance performance from the Power Company Collaborative as attendees chat about our community and public spaces. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free, but you need to RSVP at info@onecolumbiasc.com. — Kyle Petersen

Thursday 25

Two of Columbia’s most visible poets and raconteurs-about-town, Tim Conroy and Al Black (affectionately dubbed “the Sluggo Brothers”), are in their natural element in a place like The Local Buzz, where they’ll be reading from their most recent books during Two Hats & a Ponytail. Folkie singer-songwriter Lang Owen is the second hat in the name, and he’ll be adding some original tunes to the proceedings. Entertainment kicks off at 7 p.m. Head to facebook.com/thelocalbuzzcolumbia for more on the free event. — Kyle Petersen 

Were you born in the 1980s? So was the South Carolina State Museum, and it’s celebrating like anyone born in that decade would — with craft beer for all of its friends from 7 to 10 p.m. The museum is hosting Growl at the Moon with a Teen Wolf/1980s-themed costume party that also comes with the Pink Floyd Planetarium experience, a “glow room,” museum ghost tours, 4D movie showings and more. For more information and tickets ($35; $28 for museum members), visit scmuseum.org/events/growl-at-the-moon. — April Blake 

It’s just about the perfect time of year for the Carolina Archive of Storytelling to once more take to the patio at The War Mouth, the (finally) cool weather ideal for sipping cocktails or beers out of doors and listening to fellow Columbians try their hat at spinning public yarns. The group’s second annual Halloween event invites those willing to sign up and “bring your ghost stories, alien encounters and tales of creepy happenings.” Costumes are encouraged. Email hello@carolinastorytelling.org to get a storytelling spot between 8 and 10:30 p.m. — Jordan Lawrence

Friday 26

If we may paraphrase the best-known musical number from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, let us do the Time Warp once more. The classic 1975 gender-bending movie musical about a sweet transvestite, his/her band of alien sex fiends and, for some reason, Meatloaf, will be shown at the Historic Columbia Speedway, and yes, there will be an audience-participation zone for those who want to take part in the movie’s call-and-response wackiness. The Rocky Horror Picture Show Festival begins at 5:30 p.m., and admission ranges from $10 to $200. You can get full info (and hopefully a helpful diagram on the Time Warp steps) at cwcchamber.com. — Vincent Harris [Update: This event is postponed until Nov. 2.]

Saturday 27

“Wire sculptures come alive, a life-sized paper man is murdered, and painted dreams drift by.” Thus reads the online description of Lyon Forrest Hill’s two-person, adult-targeted show Tales of Woe: Works by E. A. Poe, which starts its four-day run at the Columbia Marionette Theatre tonight at 9 p.m. Anyone who’s ever hit up one of the annual Puppet Slams at the Indie Grits Festival knows there’s a strong audience for such programming in town; Poe’s works, with their mix of playful language of macabre imagery, mesh well with puppetry. Tickets cost $10. Head to cmtpuppet.org for more info. — Jordan Lawrence

In its review of In on the Kill Taker, the band’s third record, Rolling Stone called Fugazi “the only band that matters.” Instrument, the Jem Cohen-helmed documentary about the band, reinforces that notion. Shot on 8mm and 16mm film and video cassette and painstakingly edited over five years, Instrument doesn’t tell a linear story. Rather, its mélange of tour documentary, studio diary, concert footage, interviews and stock b-roll present a mesmerizing patchwork — a unique portrait of the band that allows the viewer to make up their mind about just who that band really was. The Nickelodeon Theatre screens the film at 9:30 p.m. as part of its Sound & Vision series; tickets are $11. Visit nickelodeon.org for more information. — Patrick Wall

Sunday 28

So by now the University of South Carolina School of Music just has a standing reservation for the Parker Quartet at The Inn at USC, right? I mean, the quartet’s here seemingly all the time; it’s held multiple residencies at the music school and been a featured guest performer several times. The Grammy-winning group comes back — yet again — at 5 p.m. at the Johnson Performance Hall in the Darla Moore School of Business; the setlist to this Friends and Family Concert comprises Schubert’s Octet in F Major, D. 803 and features guests musicians Craig Butterfield (double bass), Joseph Eller (clarinet), J.D. Shaw (horn) and Michael Harley (bassoon). Admission is free; visit sc.edu/music for more information. — Patrick Wall

In an interview with Free Times leading into his 11th season with the South Carolina Philharmonic, Music Director Morihiko Nakahara talked about his ambition to pursue programming that opens up new audiences to classical music. He highlighted today’s Halloween at Hogwarts concert, which will attempt to use Harry Potter music composed by John Williams as a bridge to spooky pieces by J.S. Bach and Camille Saint-Saëns, mingling the sometimes rigid notions of pops and masterworks. Audience response has been strong — the 3:30 p.m. concert is sold out — so the Phil is trying out another new maneuver: opening the 10 a.m. technical rehearsal at the Koger Center to the public. Tickets are $20. Head to scphilharmonic.com for more. — Jordan Lawrence

Monday 29

Klaatu! Barada! Uh, New Belgium? Flying Saucer’s Evil Dead Pint Night starts at 7 p.m.; the Senate Street beer hall will screen the entirety of Sam Raimi’s excellent Evil Dead trilogy, and it’ll be serving specialty cocktails and complimentary popcorn. Just don’t order a Rogue Dead Guy. It’s too obvious. Kill her if you can, loverboy: Visit facebook.com/FlyingSaucerColumbia for more information. — Patrick Wall

Tuesday 30

The Carolina Peace Resource Center will host a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1957 anti-war film Paths of Glory in the Stavros Lecture Hall at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, with a discussion of the movie afterwards. Kubrick’s film stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax, the commanding officer of French soldiers who refuse to continue a suicidal attack, and the plot unflinchingly takes on ruthless ambition, the futility of war and the consequences of split-second decisions. The screening is free and begins at 7 p.m. Visit carolinapeace.org for more info. — Vincent Harris

Wednesday 31

Celebrate the devil’s holiday with his own favorite food — chocolate — and that wicked brew that we call craft beer. Sinners, devil worshippers and those who just like a taste of life’s most quality delights can park their broomsticks outside of Craft and Draft at 6 p.m. for a pairing of Wicked Weed beers and Evolution Through Chocolate’s extra-spooky handmade creations. Tickets are $16 and available at facebook.com/craftanddraftsc. — April Blake   

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