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8 Days a Week: Love & Hip-Hop, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Columbia Spells, For the Record

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Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Hale County This Morning, This Evening screens at the Nickelodeon Theatre on Tuesday.

Wednesday 30

As much a puzzle as it is a narrative feature, Shane Carruth’s Primer is one of the greatest — but also one of the most brain-meltingly confusing — science-fiction films because of its rigorous dedication to depicting scientific discovery and the theoretics of time travel as painstakingly accurately as possible. (There are Feynman diagrams in the movie, fer Chrissake.) Its maddening unity of physics and metaphysics helped reinvent the genre. The Nickelodeon Theatre screens Primer as part of its Science on Screen series today; the screening’s followed by a talkback session wherein a physicist (the University of South Carolina’s Brett Altschul), a comics expert (Carolina’s Qiana Whitted) and a Nick staffer (Alice Lilitu) will hold court on the possibility of time travel. The screening starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $11. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Thursday 31

It turns out that South Carolina is in fact a place in the United States. And as a place in the United States, it is increasingly inundated with new craft breweries, several of them rather good. Opened in fall 2017, Fort Mill’s Amor Artis Brewing is one of the more exciting new players on the Palmetto State scene, emphasizing barrel-aging and creative twists. (How’s a saison brewed with white tea sound?) Tonight, one of the Midlands’ local brew makers, Lexington’s Krafty Draft Brew Pub, will be featuring some of Amor Artis’ brews. The event runs from 4 to 10 p.m. Head to to find out more. — Jordan Lawrence

Friday 1

Over the years, local rapper (and frequent Free Times contributor) Preach Jacobs has sought to forge and uplift the connection between hip-hop and comic book culture, as his collaborations with the gallery Frame of Mind often emphasize. The Love & Hip-Hop show he put together, opening tonight, is no different, and features works by Chris Charles, Goldi Gold, Infamous Jean Claude, Dre Lopez, and Sammy Lopez, with music by Jacobs himself. Reception runs from 6 to 9 p.m. — Kyle Petersen

This year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe — Disney’s interconnected mega-franchise of Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy — will unleash its 21st (Captain Marvel), 22nd (Avengers: Endgame) and 23rd (Spider-Man: Far From Home) films. The three movies the MCU delivered last year grossed more than $1.5 billion at domestic box offices alone. Suffice it to say that the Marvel Comics characters that will swing and portal and smash their way through the stage-and-stunt production Marvel Universe LIVE! have never been bigger. The show’s three-day stand at Colonial Life Arena starts tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $33. More info available at — Jordan Lawrence

Saturday 2

An irreverent spelling bee for adults doesn’t always seem to make intuitive sense, but in practice Columbia Spells is a fun night on the town, as evidenced by the fifth incarnation of this Columbia Children’s Theatre fundraiser. Sign up in teams of three and see if you ... have what it takes, I guess? Happy hour begins at 6 p.m. Competition begins at 7. Teams are $100 to sign up. Individual spectator tickets are $15. More info available at — Kyle Petersen

The basic rules of a standard game of darts, as set by the Professional Darts Corporation, are as such: You throw three darts in a round, and at the end of the round you total up your points and subtract that total from 501. The first player to reach zero wins. Got it? Good. Now you’re ready for the epic darts tournament at the Lize Wessels Ye Olde Pub Night, the annual shindig hosted by the Columbia Music Festival Association. Well, OK, if I had to explain the basics to you, you’re probably not ready for an epic darts tournament. But you’re at least ready for the food, beer, wine and prizes doled out during the evening. The party starts at 7:30 p.m. at the CMFA’s headquarters at 914 Pulaski St.; tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. Call 803-771-6303 for more information. — Patrick Wall

Sunday 3

Indie Grits Labs is, above all, about people making things. That’s why something like the DIY Zine-Making Workshop they are offering this Sunday at 2 p.m. is so in their wheelhouse — using nothing but a photocopier, booklet finisher and collage materials, beginners can learn common zine binding method and go ahead and begin making little tactile, ephemeral pieces of cultural artifacts that have for decades proven to provide a thriving, cutting-edge print culture totally divorced from traditional publishing structures. Neat, eh? $50, or $35 for members. The workshop is at Indie Grits Labs headquarters on Duke Avenue. Head to for more. — Kyle Petersen

New Art, New Voices, today’s installment of the Columbia Museum of Art’s long-running Baker & Baker concert series, finds pianist par excellence Phillip Bush leading a quartet in a musical exploration of artistic pluralism. The program celebrates the fresh installation of the museum’s collection by pairing it with dynamic pieces of contemporary classical music. Of special note is a solo piano etude by Philip Glass, which connects with Chuck Close’s hyperrealistic portrait of the composer. The concert starts at 3 p.m. and is free. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Monday 4

Never let ‘em tell you that you won’t use what you learn in school. That’s the lesson in McKissick Museum’s Founding Feathers: Extinction and Conservation of Southern Birds. Two University of South Carolina students, middle level education major Maddie Colvin and environmental studies major Karli Sinclair have teamed up to curate this exhibit, which is based on a project they did for a shared history class. The exhibit tells the stories of extinct species of birds like the ivory billed woodpecker and the Carolina parakeet, and also delves into the birth of the conversation movements inspired by their disappearance. Visit for more info on the display, which runs through June 30. — Vincent Harris

Tuesday 5

Much like the work of filmmaker Errol Morris or documentarian Ken Burns, writer/director RaMell Ross’ film Hale County This Morning, This Evening manages to wrap some serious social commentary about an entire country into a movie about a small part of it. The documentary, which will be shown at the Nickelodeon Theatre tonight as part of its For the Record series, compiles the intimate and ordinary moments of people’s lives in an Alabama community. Through those small moments in these African-Americans’ lives, Ross creates a treatise on the social construct of race relations in America. The 6:30 p.m. screening costs $11. Visit for more info. — Vincent Harris

Wednesday 6

It takes a bit of volume for a singer-songwriter to go over with the crowd in a bar setting like the one at the Wild Wing Cafe in the Vista, but luckily Jeff Lucero has a loud and clear voice that sounds just as strong over an acoustic guitar as it does with a full-tilt rock band. Lucero’s tunes are melodic and catchy with big, anthemic choruses, and he’s a skilled guitarist with a good feel for his instrument. His show tonight starts at 6 p.m. and is free to attend. More info available at — Vincent Harris

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