FHNY by Jeff Blake

Famously Hot New Year rings in 2019 on Main Street Monday night.

Wednesday 26

‘Tis the day after Christmas and all through the house every single creature is stirring and it’s probably annoying the bejesus out of you. Pack up your stir-crazy kids, your cranky mother-in-law or whatever houseguest or house guests might be bedeviling you and head to the Columbia Museum of Art for its Post-Holidaze Creative Drop-In, wherein each and every one of ‘em can make their own piece of art. If it’s great, hang it on the fridge. If not, hang it on the fridge anyway. The drop-in runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; admission is free with museum admission. Visit columbiamuseum.org for more information. — Patrick Wall

Thursday 27

This is one of the coolest events the South Carolina State Museum has put on, because it involves the Disney film Frozen. See what we did there? Anyway, the Frozen Tea Party will be an afternoon of animated magic, light refreshments and imagination, where kids will have a chance to watch the film, work on some fun crafts and activities, and there’s even a more chilled-out (we did it again) family room apart from the two other theaters where you can lounge with pillows and blankets. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m., and ticket prices can be found at scmuseum.org. — Vincent Harris

Who says you can have too much of a good thing? With the four comedians on the Kings Of SC Comedy Tour — Timmy Tim, Steve Wannamaker, Skip G Lawson and Big Mo Gibson — this show should bring the laughs non-stop. And if you’re from around here, there’s a certain Southern-friendly vibe to their material, for sure. Their run at the Comedy House starts tonight at 8 p.m. and continues through Sunday. Tickets cost $10. More info available at comedyhouse.us. — Vincent Harris

Friday 28

Tapp’s Art Center is having a novel sort of “in-kind” holiday party, bringing their ragtag community of artists and patrons together to herald the end of 2018 and stock up on what the center needs for 2019. Sean Shoppell will be hosting a series of indie shorts at 6 p.m. and DJ sets start at 8 p.m. Food and merriment will abound. Entry fee is a purchase from the center’s wishlist (available at tappsartcenter.com) or a $10 donation. — Kyle Petersen

Saturday 29

The Belk Bowl doesn’t have the cachet of the Rose Bowl or Orange Bowl, nor does it have a cool name like the Fiesta Bowl or Gator Bowl, nor does it take place in an exotic location like the Bahamas Bowl or Hawaii Bowl. No, the Belk Bowl is held in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, and it’s a midtier bowl game sponsored by a department store that pits two barely-above-.500 teams against each other. Still, one of those teams is your South Carolina Gamecocks, so this town’ll do what it usually does on Saturdays in the fall and shift its collective attention to the gridiron. Are you ready for some football?! If you’re not, it’s probably best to stay away from sports bars and wing joints — probably most any sort-of family-friendly eatery, to be honest — this afternoon; kickoff is at noon, and the game’s telecast on ABC. Want tickets? Good luck, pal: Visit belkbowl.com.

Sometimes it’s easy to miss what we have in our own backyard, and it’s startling to hear that there have been over 180 different species of birds spotted within Saluda Shoals Park alone. You’ll get the chance to check some of them out if you take part in the Saluda Shoals Bird Walk today, taking a guided walk through the park with wildlife specialist Zach Steinhauser. Make sure to dress for the cold early morning weather — the walk begins at 8 a.m. And it’s BYOB: Bring Your Own Binoculars. Search Facebook for more info. — Vincent Harris

Sunday 30

If you think comedians on alcohol are a little intense, wait until you see ‘em after a couple of cups of coffee. Rae Hatton hosts Caffeinated Comedy, a day-time comedy open-mic in the cozy performance of Curiosity Coffee. Five-minute sets, but they talk really fast. The free event kicks off at 1 p.m. Find more info at facebook.com/curiositycoffeebar. — Kyle Petersen

Monday 31

Happy New Year! Below you’ll find some options for celebration that aren’t the free annual Famously Hot New Year block party on Main Street, which starts at 6:30 p.m. — Jordan Lawrence

Down at The Senate and Tin Roof, the conjoined venues show off the kind of block-wide celebration they’ve been talking about since Music Farm gave way to the new legislatively titled venue earlier this year. It’s one of the advantages they see in controlling bookings across both rooms. Here, the dual approach allows them to have a more dance-oriented room with DJ Apollo, and a more laid-back listening experience with the country-rocking Matt Bennett Band. A balloon drop at The Senate and a confetti cannon at Tin Roof (along with complimentary champagne) will ring in the new year. Doors open at 9 p.m. VIP tickets are available now for between $41 and $100. More info available at thesenatecolumbia.com. — Jordan Lawrence

While the big city shindig is happening just up the street, music fans looking for a more intimate New Year’s Eve experience would be wise to consider this show at Chayz Lounge featuring Willie Walker, who toured with beach music legends Chairmen of the Board and has played with a host of jazz and soul artists. Conversation Piece will be a ’70s-’90’s hit parade for the evening, providing the perfect soundtrack to ring in the New year. Tickets are sold out, but maybe you can scrounge one up? Head to chayzlounge.com for more info. — Kevin Oliver

Don Merckle and the Blacksmiths are the perfect kind of low-key party band, ably switching from smoky barroom alt-country introspection to raucous Pogues-style throwdowns at will, and often within the same song. Their ability to extend tunes with a rootsy, near jam-rock vibe will also be a likely key selling point for those attending the show to ring in the New Year in their dancing shoes. Wombat Junction lends support tonight at Foxfield Bar and Grille. The free show starts at 8 p.m. Go to facebook.com/foxfieldbar for more info. — Kyle Petersen

New Year’s Cover Show at New Brookland Tavern is practically an institution, and this year’s bill looks to be a straight-up banger. Barnwell will be doing the Strokes while members of The Restoration and Husband join Marshall Brown in digging into Fleetwood Mac. A cross-pollination of Real Work, Rejectioneers, the Lovely Few, and Lights for Nero will give Jimmy Eat World and Rage Against the Machine respective treatments. And the idea of indie rock favorite Dear Blanca doing a set of Black Sabbath tunes seems so out of sync with the universe’s master plan that it’s bound to be excellent. The show starts at 8 p.m. and costs $10. Find out more at newbrooklandtavern.com. — Michael Spawn

There was a time when hip-hop and country music seemed about as bankable a combination as peanut butter and mayonnaise, but here we are. And no local artist is down for the ride quite like Lenny Cooper. A loud-and-proud country boy with legitimate flow, Cooper’s game is a celebration of Southern male culture delivered with rap’s trademark bluster. If that sounds like an endorsement, it isn’t. In any case, he performs at the free New Year’s celebration at the new Average Joe’s Entertainment Bar in West Columbia tonight. Head to facebook.com/pg/Average-Joes-Entertainment-Bar-462414667582232 for more info. — Michael Spawn

It’s said that what you do on New Year’s Eve sets the tone for how you’ll spend the upcoming year. So if your idea of a perfect 2019 involves sweating, dance music and being surrounded by robots, Art Bar’s your place to ring in the New Year. Joseph Berliner mans the ones and twos. There’s a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, too. And the price is right: Admission is free. More info available at artbarsc.com. — Patrick Wall

Tuesday 1

If you’re willing to limit your imbibing on New Year’s Eve, such that your brain might be crisp come today, Flying Saucer begins a 12-week Trivia Bowl competition, enhancing the possible rewards of its well-attended trivia nights by crowning a champion after three months of competition. The opening tilt starts at 9 p.m. Head to facebook.com/FlyingSaucerColumbia for more info. — Jordan Lawrence

Wednesday 2

Columbia poet Al Black hosts a lot of arts events aimed at exposing local creatives to new audiences, but his core effort is the weekly Mind Gravy performance and reading showcase at Cool Beans. He kicks off the new year by hosting charming, ukelele-strumming singer-songwriter Ali Enlow and pet Tamara. The free event goes from 8 to 11 p.m. More info available at facebook.com/groups/mindgravy. — Jordan Lawrence

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