Wednesday 1

Since its release in 1985, the USA for Africa charity single “We Are the World” has raised hundreds of millions of dollars. Artists for Africa, a nonprofit organization founded by professional ballet dancer and Columbia native Cooper Rust, might not raise that much, but every little bit helps. The group performs its annual Performance Art Event, a special night of music, dance and theater, at 6:30 p.m. at 1208 Washington St.; tickets are $35. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

As Slim Pickens, the Columbia duo of Brahnan Lowther and Alex Corboy concern themselves with crisp, quick pickin’ and throwing it into unusual contexts, whether that be coating a traditional bluegrass ramble in cozy electric guitar reverb, or sashaying through a funky groove with wry minimalism. It’s not always unique or refreshing, but it is consistently engaging and charming, and a swell display for their fine instrumental talents. Another local duo, Kelley Mclachlan and Brodie Porterfield, join Slim Pickens at New Brookland Tavern tonight, along with Quark Lepton and Gray & in the Way. More info on the $10 show ($6 for those under 21) is available at — Jordan Lawrence

Thursday 2

This month’s First Thursday on Main series links up with Artists for Africa, too: The nonprofit presents ballet and African dancing and drumming performances from 6 to 8 p.m. at the City of Columbia Art Center on Taylor Street. There are also new exhibitions (including one by Michaela Pilar Brown and kendallprojects at Tapp’s Arts Center, which you can read more about in the cover story), live music performances (Mark Rapp leads a cadre of top-flight jazzers at Hotel Trundle, for one) and food and beverage tastings galore, as is the custom for First Thursday (see On Tap for some highlights). Events run from 5 to 9 p.m.; visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

The Devine Street Association kicks off its annual sidewalk sale — which will continue through Sunday, including the Hot Summer’s Night Race at 7 p.m. Saturday — with a party running from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Craft and Draft, the neighborhood’s resident bottle shop-turned-friendly neighborhood bar. The Cottontown Brewlab, which has quickly established itself as one of the area’s most creative breweries, will release the newest beer from its Sour Project. If you can’t make it out on Thursday, Craft and Draft will continue to offer a spot to chill whilst shopping the deals at Devine Street retailers, with food trucks and $1 off pints through Saturday. For more, head to — Jordan Lawrence

Friday 3

Are you a novice beer drinker who doesn’t know what to order at the bar, or are you a more experienced quaffer, able to identify a beer style from a sip? No matter which you are, you’ll appreciate Brew at the Zoo, the annual fundraiser for the Riverbanks Zoo. Dozens of styles of beer will accompany an educational experience, whether your interests lie in ales or zebras. Tickets are $50 for the public and $40 for zoo members. Visit to purchase tickets. — April Blake

Saturday 4

Lost in My Wonderland adds a time-traveling element to Lewis Carroll’s psychedelic classic about a girl who tumbles down a literal and figurative rabbit hole. When Alice first lands in Wonderland, she’s in her home time period, the turn of the 20th century. But soon she’s hurtling forward through time, meeting familiar Wonderland characters as she races from the Roaring Twenties to the Swinging Sixties. The Broadway Bound Musical Theatre Company, a youth theatre troupe, performs the play at 3 p.m. at the Anna Tronco Williams Performing Arts Center at Cardinal Newman; tickets are $15. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Jonathan Green Carrying the Shade

Jonathan's Green's Carrying the Shade

Charleston artist Jonathan Green has grabbed no small modicum of fame for his depictions of the Gullah culture native to South Carolina and Georgia’s Lowcountry. His current exhibition at the University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum, entitled Sharing the Chores, focuses on the women, lionizing them for shouldering domestic chores, the farming and the cooking, but also for keeping alive the culture’s traditions of music, dance and spirituality. The exhibition closes on Saturday and is free to visit. Head to for more. — Jordan Lawrence

Sunday 5

On August 6, 1945, during the final stage of World War II, an American B-29 bomber dropped an atomic bomb — nicknamed Little Boy — over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of thousands more would die of radiation exposure in the months that followed. Nine days later, after the U.S. dropped another atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Emperor Hirohito surrendered, and World War II was over. Almost 73 years to the day, the South Carolina State Museum hosts the Carolina Peace Resource Center’s Hiroshima In Our Hearts: Moving Beyond the Bomb, an observance, remembrance and vigil to acknowledge the horror of nuclear weapons and the need for nuclear disarmament. The event runs from 2 to 4 p.m., and admission is free. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Tuesday 7

Sure, they were born in the same Louisiana lowlands, but no food and music pair better than Creole cooking and zydeco. The Nickelodeon Theatre celebrates the pairing through a double feature that’s part of its For the Record series, screening a pair of short Les Blank features: Hot Pepper, which captures a performance of zydeco king Clifton Chenier; and Yum, Yum, Yum! A Taste of Creole and Cajun Cooking, which offers a look into the preparation of traditional Cajun dishes like étouffée and boudin. The screening’s at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $11. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Wednesday 8

Sometimes, there’s a movie, well, it’s the movie for its time and place. It fits right in there. And that’s The Big Lebowski, for the late ’90s. The Coen brothers’ cult classic about a dude who loves to bowl and just wants his rug back celebrates its 20th birthday this year; Turner Classic Movies sponsors special screenings of the eminently quotable film at 2 and 7 p.m. at Regal Columbiana Grande Stadium 14 and Regal Sandhill Stadium Cinema 16, with Turner film critics sharing special insight on the film before the screening. Tickets are $13.13. Mark it eight, dude: Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall 

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