Carolina Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker

The Carolina Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker finishes its 2018 run at the Township Auditorium on Sunday.

Wednesday 21

There’s a reason that jukebox musicals never go out of style. Seeing theatrical versions of songs you know and love sung by people who can really sing ‘em — well, sometimes it’s even better than seeing the real thing. Especially if conjuring the real thing involves walkers or ouija boards. To test the theory, head out to see the touring production of Jersey Boys, the 2005 musical featuring the sounds and songs of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, which closes its two-night stint at the Koger Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost cost between $45 and $65. More info available at — Kyle Petersen

All black everything. Better than you’ve ever seen. Never have you ever seen anything like it. Actually, maybe you have: Tonight’s All Black Affair is the 12th such solely sable-colored soiree. Here’s what you need to know: It’s a masquerade party, and the first 100 ladies through the door get a complimentary mask (so if you’re planning on being fashionably late, bring your own). Yes, there’s a dress code: your finest black attire, and hard bottoms or heels. Hot 103.9’s Neek at Night emcees the event, and the station’s DJ Phat Boi provides the music. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Museum of Art; tickets are $25. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Thursday 22

Happy Thanksgiving. May your festivities bring you all the turkey, dressing, gravy, sides, football, libations and naps you desire. Should you stay here in Columbia for the holiday and find yourself in need of a little movement after your sedentary feasting, the city’s outdoor Holiday ICE skating rink — formerly known as Main Street ICE and hosted downtown on Boyd Plaza in front of the Columbia Museum of Art — kicks off its first season out at the Columbiana Centre from 5 to 10 p.m. Normally costing $10 per adult ($8 for active duty military with ID and seniors age 55 and up), all will get the $8 price to celebrate opening day. The rink will remain open through Jan. 21. Head to for more info. — Jordan Lawrence

Friday 23

Black Friday ain’t just for heading to suburban malls both strip and indoor. It’s also a day to go hit up your favorite independent vinyl hockers to grab some quality tunes for the music-obsessives among your friends and family — and, you know, yourself, if you deserve an early present. (You do.) Columbia’s Papa Jazz Records (opening at 8 a.m.), Lexington’s Turntable City (opening at noon) and West Columbia’s Scratch N’ Spin Records (opening at 8 a.m.) are all listed among the participants in Record Store Day Black Friday, the fall companion to April’s annual Record Store Day that brings a similar slate of limited and special releases from labels both indie and major. We suggest calling ahead to see which RSD releases (the full list can be found at each store has ordered before showing up and waiting in line. Scratch N’ Spin is making a particularly big day of it, hosting local musician BC Villanova, who just released his first album as a solo artist, for an acoustic in-store performance at 11:30 a.m. — Jordan Lawrence

Frequent theatergoers in Columbia will recognize the faces — and, perhaps more importantly, the voices — of Clayton King and Vicky Saye Henderson, two of the most prominent and audacious vocal talents that frequent our stages. The two singers have teamed together to serve up a mix of pop hits and Broadway tunes for a “No Turkey” post-Thanksgiving shindig at Gervais & Vine. No cover, music starts at 6:30 p.m. Head to for more. — Kyle Petersen

Saturday 24

There are a lot of comedians who have to run around the stage and scream at the top of their lungs to get a crowd to laugh, but Bo Dacious (whose name would be a perfect fit for a pretty-but-cowardly pro wrestler) doesn’t need any of the trappings. He simply lets his booming voice and some seriously cutting observations do the work for him, which he’ll presumably be doing at the Comedy House for five shows over the weekend, including ones at 7:30 and 10 p.m. tonight. Tickets cost $15. Find more nfo at — Vincent Harris

Sunday 25

There are few holiday-themed works more beloved than Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1892 ballet The Nutcracker, and few events designed better to make you regret giving up those dance lessons when you were a kid. The Carolina Ballet will look to harness that grace and beauty at the Township Auditorium with its annual production of The Nutcracker, performing it three times between Wednesday and today’s 3 p.m. finale. For complete showtimes and tickets, which range from $12.50 to $21.50, visit — Vincent Harris

Monday 26

The annual Sustainable Holiday Market (organized by Sustainable Midlands) at 701 Whaley is a great way to make a quick, one-stop-shop for gifts that are distinctive and unique instead of counting on Amazon Prime for feeble last-minute stopgaps. The market features the work of local artisans and craftspeople to that end, as well as entertainment, food from local chefs and, of course, a wine bar. Admission is $5 and covers entry and food samples. The market opens at 4:30 p.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m. — Kyle Petersen

Tuesday 27

The Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas is electric, indeed, but not in the sense that, say, Trans-Siberian Orchestra sings the holiday electric. There are costumes and music, yes, but the New Orleans-based theater troupe, once a semifinalist on America’s Got Talent, designed sculptures and costumes using electroluminescent wire arrangements to weave together traditional themes and motifs for a new spin on Christmas classics. The lights go down — no, really; this is a glow-in-the-dark performance — at the Newberry Opera House at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $12.50. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

There are a lot of concert series around the Columbia area, but few of them will make you feel as classy and educated as the Columbia Museum of Art’s Chamber Music on Main. The November edition of the series will feature a five-piece ensemble led by new Artistic Director Andrew Armstrong performing chamber works by Mozart, Beethoven, Zwilich and Dvořák. The performance will begin at 6 p.m., and tickets range from $5 for students to $42 for the general public. for more info. — Vincent Harris

Let’s see if I can get through these next three sentences without making a “breaking wind” joke: Under the baton of conductor Cormac Cannon, the University of South Carolina’s Symphonic Winds ensemble performs music that represents both traditional and contemporary genres. Tonight, the ensemble performs a joint concert with the University Band at the Koger Center at 7:30 p.m.; admission is free. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Wednesday 28

Why not change your history of last-minute holiday gift shopping and head out to the Junior League of Columbia’s Holiday Market at Cantey and Goodman Buildings at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds. There will be 160 different vendors there selling just about everything you can think of — from clothes to crafts to home decor — and the best part is that the event raises money for the Junior League and has done so for over a century. For market times and more info, visit — Vincent Harris

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