Waiting for Godot USC Theatre

Waiting for Godot opens Thursday at the University of South Carolina’s Center for Performance Experiment.

Wednesday 6

Music, at its heart, is a sacrament. At least according to the Main Street United Methodist Church, which has been hosting jazz players through their JoJo’s Jazz Jam series, where church members and the public alike are welcomed to take in a jam while sharing some good food and fellowship. Doors at 6:30 p.m.; music starts at 7. Donations to support the program are encouraged. More info available at colajazz.com. — Kyle Petersen

For three years, the Nickelodeon Theatre’s Black Stories series has taken Black History Month as an opportunity to feature independent black films that aren’t commonly programmed at arthouse cinemas. This year’s series, Black Stories: Rural Voices, plumbs issues facing small and rural black communities in the Southeast through documentary, horror, Afrofuturist and fantasy lenses; the first of this year’s series, Benh Zeitlin’s gorgeous 2012 film Beasts of the Southern Wild, screens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $11; visit nickelodeon.org for more information. — Patrick Wall

Thursday 7

It’s First Thursday on Main once again, and there’s plenty on offer should you choose to hit up the popular art crawl. The Whig has a tap takeover featuring Seattle’s increasingly popular Elysian Brewing. Tapp’s Arts Center opens two new exhibitions — The Beautiful Lie, a multimedia collaboration between 6ixx and Sunday Morning, and The Crystal Cave, a collection of work by Thomas the Younger that you can read more about on page 20. Tapp’s also hosts the headliner announcement for April’s Hip-Hop Family Day, while guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Sean Thomson (The Post-Timey String Band, The Restoration), who just released The Boogz, a crackly collection of winningly rough garage-blues, plays on Mast General Store’s front porch. For more info on this month’s festivities along Columbia’s Main Street, head to firstthursdayonmain.com.— Jordan Lawrence

Justice for All: South Carolina and the American Civil Rights Movement illuminates the Palmetto State’s pivotal role in the national civil rights movement, deploying oral histories, film clips, diaries and more to highlight largely overlooked chapters in the movement’s history. The exhibition opens today at the University of South Carolina’s Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library; there’s an exhibition opening at 6 p.m. with special guest speaker Cleveland Sellers Jr. that’s sold out, but you can add your name to a wait list. Admission, otherwise, is free during museum hours; visit tinyurl.com/uscjusticeforall for more information. — Patrick Wall

Friday 8

The Mothers are Trustus Theatre’s resident comedy troupe. The Mothers’ Lovey Dovey Sketch Show is a Valentine’s Day-themed sketch show. Does that make it a romantic comedy? Find out: The show starts at 11 p.m. Tickets are $10, and the show is rated PG-13. (There’s also another Lovey Dovey Sketch Show next Saturday.) Visit trustus.org for more information. — Patrick Wall

One new priority for USC’s Koger Center is to use the space for more than just the concerts from the S.C. Philharmonic and the touring productions from Broadway Columbia and the other performances that take over the main hall. The Generations exhibition opening this week is a good example. The joint exhibition from students and faculty of the School of Visual Art and Design features works that explore various media, seeking to represent “the vibrant artistic community [the university] aims to create.” The display, which runs through March 28, has its opening reception tonight from 6 to 7 p.m. Find more info at sc.edu. — Jordan Lawrence

Saturday 9

Comedian Liv Duval is one of those “that guy” guys — one of those people you’ve seen in dozens of films (the Stomp The Yard and Scary Movie series), on TV shows (MTV2’s Guy Code and Ain’t That America) and music videos (“Get Low” by Lil Jon, “Law” by Yo Gotti, “Whatever You Like” by T.I.). But his first love is stand-up. Duval will bring those skills to the Township Auditorium at 7 p.m. with some help from Chico Bean of the 85 South Show and Karlous Miller. Tickets range from $45 to $65. For more info, visit thetownship.org. — Vincent Harris

The latest concert in the S.C. Philharmonic’s Masterworks series takes its name from Hector Berlioz’s most famous composition. Appropriately, Symphonie Fantastique is a program of Romantic French epics pairing the titular classic with works by Tomasi (Trombone Concerto, featuring Brad Edwards) and Bizet (L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2). Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. concert at the Koger Center range from $30 to $46. More info available at scphilharmonic.com. — Jordan Lawrence

Sunday 10

Part of the Columbia Museum of Art’s writer-in-residence program, the Write Around Series invites wordsmiths of all stripes into its galleries for inspiration. Today, those wordsmiths are poets Nathalie Anderson and Len Lawson, and they’ll read works inspired by the museum’s recently reinstalled collection galleries. Readings begin at 3 p.m.; admission is free. Visit columbiamuseum.org for more information. — Patrick Wall

Dance Church Sunday is the kind of left-field participatory arts happening that fits Tapp’s Arts Center to a T. The monthly improvisational dance experience is led by Anne Marie Cockrell, a certified Azul Conscious Movement Teacher and aims to provide a no-judgment space for creativity and exploration of movement that, as the name implies, borders on sacred. Warm-up music starts at 10:15 a.m., and dancing runs 10:30 a.m. to noon. Sliding scale admission runs from $10 to $20. More info available at tappsartscenter.com. — Kyle Petersen

Monday 11

The pair of repertory productions opening this week at USC’s Center for Performance Experiment look both back and forward to further the space’s adventurous mission: Samuel Beckett’s 1953 hallmark Waiting for Godot (opening Thursday and running through Feb. 17; performance tonight at 8 p.m.) continues to inspire new theater artists with its dystopian absurdism. Lauren Gunderson’s 2018 play The Revolutionists (opening Feb. 6 and running through Feb. 17) is marked by its subtitle as A Comedy, a Quartet, a Revolutionary Dream Fugue, a True Story. It focuses, per USC’s website, “on a disparate band of courageous women” during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror, exploring with irreverent comedy the ways “art and activism can intersect to make history.” Tickets for both productions cost $10. More info available at sc.edu. — Jordan Lawrence

Tuesday 12

The USC Dance Marathon Showcase is an event benefiting the university’s student-run charity organization, a group that raises money for the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. And don’t worry, it’s not one of those contests where people dance ’til they drop while they gulp water and sweat. This event at Wild Wing Cafe in the Vista is basically just a fun, low-stress evening of music and dance from USC students and all you have to do is eat, drink and watch. Just drop your receipt in the collection bowl after dinner and drinks and Wild Wing will donate 10 percent of your tab to USC Dance Marathon and Columbia’s Children’s Miracle Network. And have some water on us. Visit uscdm.org for full event info. — Vincent Harris

Wednesday 13

You’re probably going to spend time and money doing something romantic on Valentine’s Day, so why not blow off a little steam beforehand by taking in Conversation Hearts Comedy at Curiosity Coffee Bar? You’ll hear some insights on love, life and, God help us all, dating, from seven different comedians: Rae Hatton (your host), Jonathan Moore, Ryan Pichoff, Ryan Easterbrooks, Gregory Hardy, Kevin Lamont and Rory Hayes. The free show starts at 6:30 p.m. More info available at curiositycoffeebar.com. — Vincent Harris

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