'63 Boycott

’63 Boycott screens at the Nickelodeon Theatre on Monday.

Wednesday 8

Kinda gonna be weird to see comedian/radio host/actor Rickey Smiley onstage doing standup in his own voice at the Comedy House. He’s best known for his outrageous prank calls. But even without a phone in his hand, Smiley’s still a funny dude, and no one can say he doesn’t hustle. He’s been everywhere from Showtime at the Apollo to hosting the gossip TV show Dish Nation to appearing alongside Ice Cube in Friday After Next. Smiley brings the, uh, smiles for four shows starting tonight at 7 and 9: 30 p.m. Tickets cost $30. Visit comedyhouse.us for more info. — Vincent Harris

Thursday 9

There’s not much we can say about comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White that his millions of fans don’t already know, but the short version is that White shot to stardom thanks to Jeff Foxworthy’s squeaky-clean *Blue Collar Comedy Tour and quickly proved himself not so squeaky clean. The scotch-sipping, stogie-smoking White has a much more profane (and hilarious) style of his own, so don’t bring the kids to his show at the Township Auditorium tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $46.75 to $56.75. Visit thetownship.org to find out more info, including the particulars of the “200-Proof V.I.P. package.” — Vincent Harris

52 Windows – An Evening of Art is the Mental Illness Recovery Center Inc.’s annual arts auction gala. Named after a 52-window donation early in the organization’s history, the gala currently features 10 visual artists (Lee Monts, Jay Bender and Ruth Saunders, among others) as part of an elegant evening featuring live music from The Knott Trio, catering and an open bar. Tickets are $85 for one person or $150 for a couple, and the event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at 701 Whaley. Head to facebook.com/MIRCISC to find out more. — Kyle Petersen

Friday 10

The Tru Sol band boasts a 150-ish strong song list, with selections ranging from soul music (Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight) to shag classics (Chairmen of the Board) to pop (Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie) to, somewhat improbably, a couple of songs by Lynyrd Skynyrd. So it sounds like their show at the Village at Sandhill’s Village Commons Outdoor Stage (part of their Spring Concert Series) will basically be a living jukebox. Showtime is 7 p.m., it’s free, and we really need someone to request “Sweet Home Alabama.” Go to facebook.com/villageatsandhill to find out more. — Vincent Harris

Workshop Theatre brings a collection of musical theater powerhouses to The Fierce & Fabulous Cabaret at the Cottingham Theatre at Columbia College. Watch as some of the Midlands’ finest voices, including Katrina Blanding, Mandy Applegate Bloom and Robin Gottlieb, pay tribute to some of the greatest hits delivered by the women of Broadway under the direction of Jocelyn Sanders with musical direction from Kathy Seppamaki. The show opens tonight and runs through May 19. Tickets ($15 to $20) and times are available at workshoptheatre.com. — Kyle Petersen

For as long as they’ve existed, silent films have presented an oft-irresistible opportunity: the chance to make a movie your own by adding — or perhaps even performing — your own soundtrack. Atlanta-area organist Ron Carter is known in large measure for silent film accompaniments, and he’ll show off his acumen tonight at Shandon United Methodist Church, lending music to Buster Keatons The High Sign, Harold Lloyd’s From Hand to Mouth and Charlie Chaplin’s The Floorwalker. The free presentation starts at 7 p.m. Call 803-781-9781 to find out more. — Jordan Lawrence

Saturday 11

The pedal steel guitar traces its roots to the Hawaiian Islands, where native Hawaiians slackened the tunings of six-string Spanish guitars brought to the island by Mexican vaqueros and played them — the guitars, not the vaqueros — by laying the instrument flat across the lap and using a smooth metal bar to alter the pitch. It wasn’t until the mid-1950s — when the instrument added the electric pickup, extra strings, legs, pedals and levers that gave it the endless glissando and deep vibrato it’s known for — that it became associated with country music. Its boundaries have been pushed far and wide since — it’s now common to hear the pedal steel in sacred music, jazz and Nigerian music — but this weekend’s South Carolina Steel Guitar Convention mostly sticks to that high lonesome sound: The convention starts today at Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor; it runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and offers a classroom-style workshop, an afternoon jam session and an evening-time dance. Visit scsteelguitar.com for tickets and more information. — Patrick Wall

Unlimited tastings of craft beers from all over the country, delicious food and nice weather in a field — what more could you need? Today is Krafty Draft Brew Pub’s fourth iteration of their Brew Fest, and it runs from noon to 4 p.m., offering a day drinker’s paradise, complete with actual bathrooms and indoor space as needed. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door and include a tasting glass and beer samples. More info available at kraftydraft.com. — April Blake

Tapp’s Arts Center’s reputation as an artistic laboratory makes it the perfect host for a table read through Bad Girls, the forthcoming film from Films Colacitta, the filmmaking crew formed by Chris Bickel, who directed and produced the well-regarded underground horror flick The Theta Girl. After the read-through, Bickel and company will open up the floor for critique and feedback. The reading starts at 1 p.m. in the Skyline Room; admission is free. Visit tappsartscenter.com for more information. — Patrick Wall

Sunday 12

The Palmetto Chamber Orchestra closes out its season at the main branch of Richland Library today with Musical Landscapes, a program that features guest artists the Randy Lucas Trio as well as a roving set of works by Albeniz, Shostakovich, Schnittke and Ligon. The community orchestra’s performance will begin at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public. More info available at suzannapavlovsky.com. — Kyle Petersen

Monday 13

On October 22, 1963, more than a quarter-million students walked out of Chicago Public Schools in protest of racial segregation. ’63 Boycott splices unseen 16mm footage of the march with modern-day reflections from the participants to paint a complete picture of one of the largest civil rights demonstrations and frame a contemporary discussion around race, education and activism. The Nickelodeon Theatre screens the doc tonight as part of its Screening Justice series; accompanying it is Black Cop, a documentary that’s set to the music of John Coltrane and follows the day-to-day tasks of black policemen from New York and Los Angeles in 1969. The paired screenings start at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $11. Visit nickelodeon.org for more information. — Patrick Wall

Tuesday 14

The folksy, John Prine-ish charm of singer/songwriter Ken Baldwin, a solo artist and former band member in Kentucky Standard Band and Privacy by Voice, is a natural fit for the Tapp’s Art Center’s Songversations series that provides ample time and space for a raconteur-like Baldwin to delve into the amusing and affecting stories behind his tunes. Tickets are $7 ($35 for a table of 4 and a bottle of wine), and the show starts at 7 p.m. Find out more at tappsartscenter.com. — Kyle Petersen

Wednesday 15

Comedy Scrabble at Curiosity Coffee Bar is one of those events that can be either wildly entertaining or a total train wreck, which is also sort of wildly entertaining. Here’s how it works: Seven comics will draw 14 letter tiles at 6 p.m. and then spend 30 minutes developing a stand-up set based on said tiles. It’s a combination of comedic writing, improv and chaotic randomness that will feature Rae Hatton, Joe Coughlin, Kevin Lamont, Jonathan Moore, Patrick Fowler, John Gibson and Ryan Easterbrooks. Tickets to watch the Scrabble-ing are $5, and you can get more info at curiositycoffeebar.comVincent Harris

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