Wednesday 10

Organized by the South Carolina Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation, No Blame, No Shame is designed to be a small-scale, community-oriented way for individuals to personally reckon with our racialized world, both past and present, in ways that promote acceptance and understanding. The Collaborative hopes to spark conversations about these difficult topics that are far too often avoided, particularly in a state and region with its very own strange and peculiar legacy. The panel will be at the main branch of Richland Library at 6 p.m. It is free to attend. More info available at — Kyle Petersen

Thursday 11

For their Fall Fest, the Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries are leaning on what has become one of the city’s most reliable food and drink team-ups — Craft and Draft, the cozy Devine Street haunt with the knowledgeable and friendly beer pourers and quickly rotating draft lineup, and City Limits Q, the food truck with the flat-out fantastic brisket and pulled pork. The beer portion in this case will feature limited edition concoctions brought to the party by Cottontown Brew Lab. There will also be live music and live art from Shelby LeBlanc. $30 ($25 for Contemporaries members) gets you two drink tickets and food. Head to for more. — Jordan Lawrence

[This event is postponed. New date TBD.]

Lyle, a masterfully small-scale indie update of Rosemary’s Baby for the 21st century, screens tonight at 7 p.m. as part of the Nickelodeon Theatre’s month-long series devoted to the “monstrous feminine.” The Stewart Thorndike-directed reimagining of the iconic original brings an astute, new perspective on gender and some modern twists that give a new relevance to the classic descent-into-madness narrative and features a virtuoso performance from Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent, Girls) as the pregnant lesbian housewife at the center of it all. For more, see — Kyle Petersen

Friday 12

It’s pretty impressive when any marriage lasts 30 years, and it’s even more so when the couple in question works together. Artists Winton and Rosa Eugene have done just that, creating pottery and other wares for three decades and creating their own cottage industry while keeping their romance alive. The Friends of African American Art & Culture will host an Artists’ Talk with Winton and Rosa at the Columbia Museum of Art, where hopefully they can talk about both staying together and making art. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m., and admission is $5 (free with FAAAC membership). Visit for more info. — Vincent Harris

The most important thing you need to know about comedian and actor Bill Bellamy, who will perform at the Comedy House, is that he is credited with coining the phrase “booty call.” Anyone with that kind of lexicon-inventing power is bound to be handy with a good stand-up routine, and Bellamy has had a few decades of performing live, and appearing in films and TV shows like Def Comedy Jam, Fastlane and How to be a Player, to hone his act. Bellamy will perform five times through Sunday (starting tonight with shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m.), and tickets range from $25 to $35. Visit for show info. — Vincent Harris

Saturday 13

Hammered dulcimer player Matthew Dickerson is skilled enough at his unwieldy-but-undeniably-melodic instrument to have won the 2012 National Hammered Dulcimer Championship, which sounds like kind of a big deal. Dickerson can conjure some shimmering tones out of his instrument, and he’s even put together an all-original album of hammered dulcimer tunes. His show at the Covenant Baptist Church will feature accompaniment by guitarist Matt Watson and bassist Dave Holder, and admission is free. Showtime is 7 p.m., and you can find more info at — Vincent Harris

Art Along the Trail puts, uh, art along the, uh, trails of Riverfront Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Among the paintings and the pottery and the drawings will be the if.else experimental music duo; they’ll be performing D. Edward Davis’s instill, a sounding meditation installation piece that invites visitors to navigate a grass labyrinth while interacting with the flute-led soundscape. Finally, an event for those among us who’ve thought to ourselves, “You know what this art walk really needs? Mazes. And flutes.” Admission is free; call 803-545-3093 for more information. — Patrick Wall

The charmingly-named Eyeslicer is a TV show that compiles short films by rising indie filmmakers, and it’s seems like a pretty good name for a horror film. Which is handy, because Eyeslicer is touring the country with a Halloween Special chock full of scary short films. We’ve got everything from the story of a woman trapped in a Red Lobster commercial to an increasingly macabre “documentary” on pumpkin carving to a Sundance-Film-Festival-award-nominated piece by Carrie Coon. It’s a not-for-kids evening of weird scares that begins at 9 p.m. at the Nickelodeon Theater; tickets are $11. For a breakdown of all the films, visit — Vincent Harris

Sunday 14

Double Durang is a double-shot of one-act plays written by the Tony-award winning Christopher Durang, presented by the University of South Carolina and performed at the school’s Lab Theatre. The first play is a twisted Tennessee Williams sendup called For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls, in which a fading Southern belle tries to set up her neurotic son with a “feminine caller.” The second is a darker, but no less amusing piece called Wanda’s Visit, a sort of opposite-world Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf in which a bored married couple have their lives turned upside down by a visitor from hell. Showtime is 8 p.m. each night through the Oct. 17, and you can find ticket info at — Vincent Harris

The Freeman Sundays concert series is a chance for the USC music faculty to shine, and that’s pretty much what they do. Pianist Armen Shaomian and singer Janet Hopkins will open the show with a rendition of Russian composer Olga Harris’s “Hoff Nunca,” which will be followed by a jazz-indebted set from the SC Guitar Ensemble, a group that features four six-string pickers from faculties around the state. Show starts at 3 p.m. and the USC School of Music Recital Hall. Ticket are $15 for adults, $10 seniors, faculty and staff, and $5 for students. Find more info at — Kyle Petersen

Monday 15

You could go to the South Carolina State Fair today to ride some rides — perhaps The Frisbee, which, per the event’s website, “soar[s] 44 feet in the air as four gigantic legs hold a mighty pendulum that swings side to side while accelerating up to 50 miles per hour.” You could go to see Trace Adkins — the country singer performs on the Pepsi Grandstand at 7 p.m.; tickets cost $20. Or you could go just to eat some freaking fair food — I personally tend to pair one of those surprisingly great gyros (they better still be there!) with some fried cookie dough from the fried candy bar stand (DAMN IT, THEY BETTER STILL BE THERE!). Admission is $10 (some discounts apply; entry is included with an Adkins ticket). The Fair is open Oct. 10-21. Head to to find out more. — Jordan Lawrence

Tuesday 16


National Theatre Live screens Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Harbison Theatre on Tuesday.

Another year, another lineup of cool National Theater Live screenings of world-class British theater productions at Harbison Theatre. The first offering this year is Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starring Sienna Miller (known for films such as American Sniper and The Lost City of Z) and Jack O’Connell (who played the lead in the Angelina Jolie-directed movie Unbroken). Harbison Theatre does a lot of unexpectedly great things for a small venue at a technical college in the suburbs. But these screenings are one of the best. Tickets range from $10 to $15. Find out more at — Jordan Lawrence

Wednesday 16

If you’re the kind of person who knows which actress from ABC’s Roseanne made a cameo appearance in the second Scream movie, or which Poltergeist film starred Tom Skerritt, you might want to head over to New Brookland Tavern tonight for their Horror Movie Trivia contest, where your scary movie knowledge (and possibly your knowledge of the Scary Movie movie) could win you some prizes. There’s a costume contest going on, too, so show up dressed up. The fun begins at 9 p.m., and admission is free. Get more info at — Vincent Harris 

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