Luke Cage 2016

Columbia native Mike Colter plays the title role in the Netflix series Luke Cage.

Thursday 23

Boney James is a smooth jazz saxophonist whose crystal-clear tone and soothing instrumental jams have sold more than 3 million albums, nothing to sneeze at in the jazz world. His influence on others has been widespread enough that Billboard magazine named him among the top three “Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Decade” in 2009. James performs at the Newberry Opera House; tickets range from $75 to $95. Get more info at — Vincent Harris

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If you didn’t know, black women entrepreneurs are doing some amazing things out there, as Renae Bluitt, the creator of the blog In Her Shoes, knows well. That’s why she made the documentary She Did That, which screens at 6 p.m. at the main branch of the Richland Library. The film, like the blog, is a celebration of black women entrepreneurs and philanthropists, and will be followed by a panel of black entrepreneurs and businesswomen from the Columbia area. Head to for more. — Kyle Petersen

Friday 24

The South Carolina Black Pride Week, a multi-day celebration of LGBTQ+ people of color in the MIdlands, kicks off today with a welcoming reception at Wet Willie’s featuring DJ Aiko, Finesse and Kam, which should be hella cool — but there’s a lot more to this four-day extravaganza, including a Cultural Arts and Wellness festival on Saturday at Forest Lake Park and a family-friendly Unity Festival on Lake Murray on Sunday. Go to for full details. — Kyle Petersen

Beer, Bubbly & Botox is a remarkably descriptive name for what’s on offer at this fundraiser for Famously Hot South Carolina Pride at The Vista’s Robert Jeffrey Salon. Sign up for the 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. slot; get some Botox injections for $10 per unit from Dr. Tony Chauhan of Balance Medical & Day Spa; and enjoy some sparkling wines and beer. Pride merch and salon products will be for sale as well. To sign up, visit — Eva Moore

Historic Columbia’s fourth annual Happy Hour Water Balloon Battle may seem like just a fun idea to combat the sweltering August heat, but the popular event also provides a bit more than that. Far from an anarchic backyard battle, participants will break into teams to learn about military tactics through history and do hydro battle on the grounds of the Robert Mills House & Gardens. Reserve your spot at; the event runs 5:30 to 7. Try not to get wet. — Kyle Petersen

Saturday 25

If day drinking is on the agenda, but you feel like you should squeeze in some education, then History on Tap may be what your Saturday needs. A two-mile walking tour on the Saluda Riverwalk led by Palmetto Outdoor Center’s Michael Mayo will focus on the importance of the rivers in the city’s history, and will culminate at Columbia Craft Brewing Company for a tour and brews. The walk begins at 10 a.m. Find more information and get $25 tickets at — April Blake

The annual Main Street Latin Festival está vuelta! Or something like that, our Spanish isn’t great. But this is one of the many street festivals in Columbia worth your time, embracing the food, music, dance and culture of Latin America while encouraging both community solidarity and support alongside broader exposure to the rest of the city’s population. Things start rolling at 11 a.m. on the 1400 block. More info available at — Kyle Petersen

Sunday 26

Of all the guests at this year’s Soda City Comic Con at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, I’m willing to be that people in Columbia will be most excited about Mike Colter, the strapping, thoughtful force behind the impenetrable skin of Netflix’s Luke Cage — and a South Carolina native who got his bachelor’s degree at the University of South Carolina. But there’s much more on offer at the convention, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday — including St. Matthews-based comics legend Roy Thomas and Billy West, the voice of Ren (from The Ren & Stimpy Show) and a gaggle of characters from Futurama (including Fry and Dr. Zoidberg). Tickets range from $15 to $25. For more info, head to — Jordan Lawrence

Monday 27

We’d like to say this should be the last Harvest Dinner at City Roots with hotter temperatures, but Mother Nature is so fickle. Like the warmth? This dinner brings extra heat with Chefs Tito and Leila Marino from Embers and Ashes, who will be preparing four courses over open flame, their signature style. Cocktails will be prepared by Bourbon and wine pairings are by Advintage. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at — April Blake

Tuesday 28

If the term “SC BTMA” confuses you, it actually just stands for the South Carolina Bluegrass and Traditional Music Association. Their mission is to preserve, promote, publicize and support bluegrass and traditional music through concerts, workshops and public education programs, and they invite all who feel like picking an acoustic instrument or singing along to the August edition of their monthly Museum Jam at the South Carolina State Museum at 6 p.m. All skill levels are welcome, and the jam is free of charge. Visit to learn more. — Vincent Harris

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