Wednesday 5

Since apparently anti-choice Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is going to waltz onto the Court this month, women’s rights are about to come under new, unprecedented attack in a way that we haven’t seen since, well, Roe v. Wade. That’s why WREN (Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network) is screening No Choice, a documentary that delves deep into what the United States was like before abortion was legalized and the barriers that still exist in present-day South Carolina, at the North Main branch of Richland Library today at 6 p.m. Attendance is free, but seating is limited, so you’ll want to register in advance. Talkback to follow. More info is available at — Kyle Petersen

Thursday 6

Like any monthly events, the First Thursday on Main art crawl develops traditional elements as it keeps going. Here’s hoping Mark Rapp’s jazz sets in the lobby at the Hotel Trundle become one of them. For the second straight month, Rapp and his talented fellows will bring their swank, modern flavor of jazz to the swank, modern boutique hotel from 6 to 9 p.m., with craft beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres on offer. Admission is free, but drinks and food cost. There will, as always, be more live music, gallery shows, and other happenings from the 1200 block to the 1700 block. Head to for more info. — Jordan Lawrence

Some folks may remember the acerbic, mischievous, spiky-blonde-haired comedian Luenell from her appearances on VH-1’s Best Week Ever or I Love the …  series, but more people probably know her from her R-rated (and occasionally X-rated) stand-up comedy, in which she burns every notion about modern women, relationships and, most often, herself, to the ground. She’s been in a plethora of TV shows and films, from Think Like A Man, Too to It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and she’ll bring more than 25 years of sharp, hilarious observations to the Comedy House tonight (at 8 p.m.) through Sunday. Tickets are $20. More info at — Vincent Harris

Mark Super

Mark Super brings his illusions to the Harbison Theatre on Friday.

Friday 7

Mike Super has one of the most unique superlatives one can give to a magician. The talented illusionist, who works some low-key observational comedy into his dazzling sleight-of-hand, is the winner of the NBC magic competition show Phenomenon, making him the only magician in history to win a live magic competition on primetime U.S. network television. He also appeared on America’s Got Talent, meaning that millions of people have seen him pull off his tricks. Mark will perform at the Harbison Theatre at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $30. Get more info at — Vincent Harris

We love our water in Columbia. So enjoy two forms of it at Paddle and Pint by taking a leisurely paddle on the lower Saluda at Saluda Shoals Park, then enjoying a few delicious beers that are made with — you guessed it — water. Kayak for an hour and enjoy a selection of brews curated by Vino Garage to reinvigorate after the effort of paddling. Event is limited to those 21 and up and costs $37 per person. Search Paddle and Pint on Facebook for tickets. Go to for more info. — April Blake

Saturday 8

It’s time to bounce, Columbia. Bounce hard. The Great Inflatable Race is setting up its zany fun-meets-obstacle course at Saluda Shoals Park today. And if you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it’s basically something that looks like it’s straight out of your six-year-old’s bouncing castle-obsessed imagination. This is meant more for older kids and adults, though — the organization recommends it for children five and up, and the course stretches between two and three miles in total. Register for your specific “wave” online — tickets are $75, but discounts were still available at press. Head to for more. — Kyle Petersen

Hey, you cool parents who really dig the Indie Grits film festival — this is for you. Well, your kids, anyway. Indie Grits Labs is setting up its Kindie Grits offering at the Eau Claire Unity Festival at the Eau Claire Print Building from noon to 8 p.m. today. They’ll have their PrintLab set up for zines, publications, shirts and posters, and the Kindie Grits Animation Workshop will happen from 3 to 5 p.m. IGL fellowship artists Curtis Onyango Heru and Rico McDaniel will also be on hand to showcase their projects too. All free. Visit for more info. — Kyle Petersen

The performance by The Fab Four at the Newberry Opera House on Saturday will be a chance to move step by step through the career of John, Paul, George & Ringo. Starting out with their matching suits and hair-flinging phase, The Fab Four will knock out Beatles hits like “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “She Loves You” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and move (thanks to multiple costume changes) through the more artistic Revolver-Sgt. Pepper years. There will even be an appearance by Ed Sullivan, introducing the lads from Liverpool. Tickets run from $55-$65, and you can learn more — Vincent Harris

Sunday 9

Nick Cannon’s Wild N’ Out, a fast-paced improv-comedy and sketch show that began airing on MTV in 2005 and eventually moved to MTV2, is one of the highest-rated shows in the history of either network. Lightning-fast comedians trade off-the-cuff lines in improv games, but the show’s real calling card is the freestyle rap battles, where quick-witted emcees tear each other to shreds. A live version of the popular show comes to the Colonial Life Arena at 7 p.m.), and tickets run from $19-$149. Get seating and show info — Vincent Harris

Monday 10

In a piece Free Times ran following her death last month, ever-discerning if ART Gallery owner Wim Roefs had the following to say about the work of local artist Laura Spong — ”I thought she was a fabulous painter. The formal qualities, the line work, the mark-making, the compositions, the handling of the palette — she was just stellar at all of those things. What I thought was really grand about her body of work is that there was so much variety within the consistency.” Through Sept. 14, you can check out a selection of that work at Stormwater Studios at Laura Spong: The Tribute Show. The show is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Go to for more info. — Jordan Lawrence

Tuesday 11

Columbia is fortunate to have a trombonist the caliber of Mitch Butler, whose lengthy career as a performer, composer and educator has led him to do everything from backing up Darius Rucker to playing in the six-trombone JassBonez to spots in the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and the John Brown Big Band. His current quartet here in town features consummate professionals who should prove natural counterparts to Butler’s dexterous skill set at this Jazz@701 gig at 701 Whaley. More info available at — Kyle Petersen

Wednesday 12

The plot of writer/director Rungano Nyoni’s 2017 film I Am Not A Witch initially makes it sound like a dark, deadly serious movie. And in some ways, it is. An eight-year-old girl named Shula [online copy corrected] shows up suddenly in a Zambian village and the suspicious villagers brand her a witch after some odd events accompany her arrival. But as the film unfolds, it begins to blend an absurdist tone and a streak of satire into its biting realism. This British Academy Award-winning film will be shown at the Nickelodeon Theatre as part of the Foreign Focus series. Get more info at — Vincent Harris 

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