Cody Jinks

Cody Jinks

Wednesday 31

Per the pop culture review aggregator Metacritic, the current, David Gordon Green-directed version of Halloween has received generally favorable reviews. But it still doesn’t hold a candle to John Carpenter’s original Halloween, wherein Jamie Lee Curtis tangles with the unkillable Michael Myers for the first time. That scene toward the end of the original, where Curtis’ Laurie cowers in the hallway and the now-iconic Michael mask slowly appears in the darkness behind her? Chills, four decades later. The Nickelodeon Theatre screens the 1978 Halloween at 8:30 p.m.; at press time, tickets were sold out, but who knows — maybe you’ll be able to scare up a ticket or two? (Get it? Scare up?) Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

One of the spookiest things about Bone-In Barbecue is that it’s in the former morgue of the Bull Street Asylum, and the restaurant is going all out for the first All Hallow’s Eve in the brick-and-mortar space. From 8 p.m. to midnight, join a no-admission-fee Bash at the Boneyard complete with costumes and a contest, live music, eerie cocktails (including ones served in blood bags) and a selection of bites (no dinner service during the party). Find out more at — April Blake

Thursday 1

As ever, there’s much going on at the monthly First Thursday on Main art crawl. For those into beer, the Arrogant Bastard(-maker)s at California’s Stone Brewing will take over taps downstairs at The Whig. For those looking for music, trumpeter Mark Rapp and band will bring slick jazz vibes to Hotel Trundle, and First Thursday regulars Les Flat Out Strangers will swing through with their lively gypsy jazz at Lula Drake. And for those who, you know, come for the art, Ansley Adams opens an exhibition of her body-positive paintings at Tapp’s Arts Center (read more on page 44), and local artists from Dre Lopez to Thomas Crouch to Lucs Sams to Fart.PDF and more open a group show called CARA CARA at the Anastasia & Friends Gallery in the front of the Free Times office, showcasing works that focus on human emotion and reaction through facial expressions. For more information on the event, which goes from 6 to 10 p.m., head to — Jordan Lawrence

Friday 2

The twang will be in full force when Texas country singer Cody Jinks hits the Township Auditorium stage. With a rich baritone that splits the difference between Chris Stapleton and Dan Tyminski, Jinks is one of a host of recent acts that fuse old-school country and Southern rock together in a way that seems like a better, more rebellious version of what mainstream country acts are trying to do. Show starts at 7 p.m., tickets run $20 to $75. Visit to find out more. — Kyle Petersen

Celebrate the seemingly arbitrary turning back of your clock with the City of West Columbia’s Fall Back Fest, which kicks off at 6 p.m. (before the clocks get turned back) on the corner of State and Meeting. There will be a musical performance by progressive rock singer-songwriter Rian Adkinson, and since this here fest is part of the State Street Shopping Art Crawl, there will be 10 artists live-painting a mural, along with food-and-beverage carts galore. Go to for more info. — Vincent Harris 

The long-running Columbia Choral Society tackles Brahms’ masterful German Requiem, an ambitious hour-plus composition that is one of the great treasures of the choral canon,  for their fall concert. The group will be backed by a chamber ensemble in lieu of the traditional full symphony, but in the walls of the Basilica of St. Peter, the sound is likely to be as full and mesmerizing as ever. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. More info available at — Kyle Petersen  

Saturday 3

The inaugural Festival of the Arts at Lexington’s Icehouse Amphitheater is a multimedia feast for those fond of music, dance, live theatre and, as always, face painting for the kids. This day, designed to shine the spotlight on local artists of various stripes, will include performances by the Columbia City Ballet, Trustus Theatre, ColaJazz and more. The festival begins at 10 a.m., all the performances are family-friendly, and admission is free. Visit for full details. — Vincent Harris

If you need to hear anything beyond the name Monster Truck Madness Spooktacular to convince you to come to the Historic Columbia Speedway today, we don’t even know why we’re doing this anymore. But, in the event that you somehow need more details, this Halloween-themed clash of the monster truck titans will include appearances by War Wizard, Lugoff, Mrs. Culture Shock, Wadded Up, Nothing But Trouble and more flying over dirt hills, doing donuts and generally being monstrous. There will also be trick-or-treating, drivers signing autographs and a power wheels race for kids ages 3-7. The monstering starts at 2 p.m., and admission is $12-$15. More info at — Vincent Harris

Sunday 4

Jake’s will once again host the perfect combination of bands, brews and very good boys that is Woofstock. The dog-friendly event will have live music, tasty booze and a silent auction to raise money for the Humane Society of the Midlands of South Carolina and for local local low-cost spay/neuter clinic and mobile spay/neuter vans. This year’s edition of Woofstock is dedicated to the late festival organizer and Humane Society Executive Director Wayne Brennessel, who spent his life working for the humane treatment of animals. Woofstock begins at 3 p.m., admission packages run from $10-$45 and full event details are at — Vincent Harris

Monday 5

The transition of Indie Grits from an annual film and arts festival to a year-round creative and educational hub means we get things like a Printmaking Primer course, a four-week experience at the Indie Grits Labs space at 1013 Duke Ave. which provides a crash course in the cost-effective, easily adaptable printmaking processes that’s true to the independent-minded, DIY spirit at the heart of the festival itself too. The cost is $120 ($90 for Nick members), plus materials. The first class is tonight at 6 p.m. More info at — Kyle Petersen

Tuesday 6

It’s not too early in the month to start training your body for The Big Meal, and a healthy serving of locally brewed craft beer on the side sounds just right. Old Mill Brewpub is hosting a four-course Low Country Cornucopia beer dinner beginning at 7 p.m. that brings together a ginger pumpkin saison and a filling shepherd’s pie to the same table. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased via Old Mill Brewpub’s Facebook page ( — April Blake.  

Wednesday 7

Jasper magazine inaugurated the 2nd Act Film Festival back in 2013 as a means of bringing together South Carolina filmmakers under a common project. The premise is simple: Filmmakers are given first and third acts of a script, and they have to come up with the second. So while the starting and ending points for each of tonight’s films are the same, what plays in between — well, that’s where the storytellers take their risks. The festival screens its films at Trustus Theatre at 7 p.m.; tickets are sold out. [Update: A second screening has been added at 9:30 p.m.; tickets to that session are still available.] Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall 

Public bathrooms are weird. Or at least weirdly designed, according to Harvey Molotch, a professor of sociology and metropolitan studies at New York University who the Columbia Design League brought in to speak on the subject at the Columbia Museum of Art tonight. Molotch will walk listeners through historical and contemporary public restroom design and think through the cultural attitudes around gender, class and disability. You don’t have to give a s#!t though. Tickets are $10. Social hour with beer and wine starts at 6 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7 p.m. More info available at — Kyle Petersen 

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