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8 Days a Week: Record Store Day; BBQ & Blues; Rhythm on the River; Women Sing Dylan; Opera at USC; Wonder of the World; Garry Winogrand; Bierkeller Columbia

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Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable screens Tuesday at the Nickelodeon Theatre.

Wednesday 10

Dr. Sketchy’s is a worldwide “alternative drawing movement” which celebrates figure drawing in hip, casual, artist-friendly bars and studios rather than sterile academic environments. The Columbia edition meets the second Wednesday of every month and features an eclectic range (within the female-identifying scope) of rotating models. Tonight’s event features local actor and puppeteer Jenny Mae Hill and is at The Aristocrat. Sketching session starts at 8 p.m., admission is $10. More info available at — Kyle Petersen

Thursday 11

There will be dozens of vendors on hand at the South Carolina State Farmers Market starting today and running through Sunday, selling all manner of plants, flowers, yard décor and all sorts of gardening implements as part of the Midlands Plant & Flower Festival. There’s no admission fee, and if you’re like us, this is your chance to finally exile that black thumb of yours and raise some incredible looking plants in a pleasantly-appointed atmosphere. Or it’s your chance to start the cycle of plant killing all over again. Head to to find out more. — Vincent Harris

Friday 12

The premise behind eyewear shop cum art gallery Frame of Mind’s Collectively Supported Art series is simple: You show up, throw down a few ducats, watch an artist create a large-scale work, then take home an small piece — or, if you pay a premium, four small pieces — of it. Tonight, the artist in question is the local neo-expressionist Michael Krajewski; he starts painting at 7 p.m. Shares are $42 a pop, and there’s a limit of 45 shareholders. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Flat Out Strangers aren’t what many people think about when they think about jazz, which makes sense here: Saluda Shoals Park isn’t the dimly lit club many associate with the genre either. The Columbia group will bring its chugging and swinging gypsy jazz across the river for this week’s installment of the park’s jazz series, giving you the opportunity to check out their jovial energy and impressive chops in a pretty outdoor setting. Tickets for the 7 pm. concert cost $10. Head to for more info. — Jordan Lawrence

Jasper Magazine magazine makes a habit of presenting interesting happenings every time it releases a new issue, and tonight’s celebration at the Owens Field location of the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery is no exception. The centerpiece is a Women Sing Dylan concert in which some seriously great local musicians — King Vulture’s Kate Pyritz, The Boomtown Waifs’ Kelley McLachlan,  Deborah Adedokun, Jade Janay Blocker and People Person’s Jessica Oliver, among others — will tackle some of the nasally legend’s tunes. There will also be a screening of Hip Tags, which premiered last month at the Indie Grits festival. The festivities start at 7 p.m. There’s a $10 suggested donation for entry. — Jordan Lawrence

Saturday 13

It’s Record Store Day, that hallowed April Saturday when music nerds line up way too early at their local shops, hoping to snag one (or several) of the limited releases put out to drum up cash as these hard-scrabble businesses deal with paying their taxes. Local stores Scratch N’ Spin and Papa Jazz (both open at 8 a.m.) will have exclusive RSD releases on offer — check out the official list at, and give the shops a call (Scratch N’ Spin at 803-794-8888, Papa Jazz at 803-256-0095) to find out if they’ll have what you’re after. — Jordan Lawrence

The Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s Rhythm on the River series is a veritable rite of spring, a chance to bask in some pleasant weather — before the humidity starts suffocating us all — and listen to some pleasant music down by the riverside. Rhythm 54 and Vollie McKenzie play this date in the series; the music starts at 6 p.m., and admission is free. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

A great opportunity presents itself today at BBQ & Blues at the Icehouse Amphitheater, and not just for free samples of barbecue from fine local establishments. The festival will feature music from Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues, one of the best and most respected blues-rock bands in the region. Arnold and his gas-can guitar are a mainstay of our local music scene, but he’s not just a S.C. music icon. This dude plays bass on the Sanford & Son theme! The fun begins at 4 p.m., and tickets are $15. for more info. — Vincent Harris

The Midlands Astronomy Club will host their Planets For The People event outside of Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse today. Depending on cloud-cover, of course, you’ll have a chance to observe the moon and Mars, all courtesy of the club, a nonprofit with the goal joys of astronomy and observing the wonders universe with others. And the way things are going down here on Earth, you might also want to try to scope out some sweet real estate on the red planet. The observing begins at 7:30. Visit — Vincent Harris

Sunday 14

Helmed by Wade Sellers, The Jasper Project’s Interview Roundtable series peeks behind the curtain of the creative process. Tonight, Sellers facilitates a discussion among theater directors — Trustus Theatre’s Robin Gottlieb and Chad Henderson, and Irish Fulbright Scholar Cormac O’Brien — to deconstruct the directing process and discuss the theater scenes in the U.S. and Ireland. The talk starts at 7:30 p.m. at Trustus Theatre; admission is $5. (Jasper Guild members are admitted free.) Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

This is your last chance to catch Opera at USC’s production of Armida. The one-act opera is presented for free in the University of South Carolina School of Music Recital Hall. The Judith Weir-penned composition is a contemporary love story set in a modern war zone, which means fresh space and plenty of grand melodrama to hit all of those operatic high notes. Today’s 3 p.m. performance along with the 7:30 Friday night show represent the North American debut for this piece. Head to for more info. — Kyle Petersen

Tuesday 16

The photographer Garry Winogrand has been called “the first digital photographer,” in that he disregarded the economy of film: He shot tens of thousands — probably hundreds of thousands — of rolls of film during his chronicling of the American metamorphosis in the 1950s and 1960s, and he left thousands of rolls undeveloped when died in 1984. The documentary Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable examines Winogrand’s so-called snapshot aesthetic, which helped move street photography from journalism to fine art and helped form the idiolect of contemporary image-making. The Nickelodeon Theatre screens the doc at 6:30 p.m. as part of its For the Record series; tickets are $11. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

In the spring and fall of last year, Bierkeller Columbia proved that the city’s Riverfront Park is a sublime spot for a biergarten, placing its traditional long tables in and around the historic Pump House, pairing picturesque views of the river and the Columbia Canal with its superb German lagers. Bierkeller is back at it this spring, setting up every Tuesday between now and the end of May. This first outing will feature four of Bierkeller’s brews (the reliable flagship Kellerbier, along with the delicately smoky Rauchbier, the honey-kissed Helles and the Fastenbier, a dark lager that’s rich but never overpowering). As ever, The Wurst Wagen will sling sausages. Admission is free (beer and food are not). The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. More info available at — Jordan Lawrence

Wednesday 17

The University of South Carolina’s Lab Theatre was founded as a box performance space, a laboratory for students to explore new ideas and put classroom studies to practical use. Tonight, the theater opens a production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s maniacal, absurdist Wonder of the World, in which the soul-searching adventures of a runaway bride go over the edge at Niagara Falls. Curtain rises at 8 p.m.; tickets are $10. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

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