Birds of Passage

Birds of Passage screens at the Nickelodeon Theatre on April 10.

Wednesday 3

Before he became one of the most celebrated choreographers in Hollywood history, Stanley Donen grew up in Hollywood — the Hollywood/Rose Hill neighborhood, that is. The filmmaker, who died in February, is the subject of the Richland Library’s Stanley Donen Retrospective series, which screens the Audrey Hepburn-Albert Finney vehicle Two for the Road at the Nickelodeon Theatre tonight. The film starts at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $11. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Thursday 4

The monthly First Thursday on Main street crawl really comes into its own in the spring, when the affable weather and increased outdoor offerings bring the 1200-1700 blocks of the district alive. A particular highlight for this month, aside from the usual art openings and drink specials, is the free fundraiser for Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands on the still-shiny Boyd Plaza, which reopened following renovations last month, with live music from Blocker and Jordan Igoe, a pop-up arcade put on by the forthcoming Transmission Arcade & Bar, and a cash bar by The Whig. More info on the other events happening at this First Thursday available at— Kyle Petersen

Columbia filmmaker David Axe is carving out quite a little blood-soaked niche for himself. He wrote the script for director Chris Bickel’s heralded exploitation flick The Theta Girl in 2017, then wrote and directed his sequel, Azrael, in 2018. Now he’s back with a new scare flick, S H E D, which was shot in Columbia and Eastover on a $25,000 budget. S H E D, which focuses on a “humanoid parasite” marauding a Halloween party, has all the Axe staples you’ve come to expect: bloodshed, bare breasts and cinematic mayhem. It shows at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Drip Coffee in Five Points, followed by a Q&A. Head to for more info. — Chris Trainor​

It’s now April, which means Columbia’s busy slate of spring outdoor events is fully upon us. Tartan Day South, one of the more unique offerings on the calendar is this week, is hosting events in Columbia, Lexington, Cayce and West Columbia honoring Celtic heritage. There’s a free kickoff party tonight from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at The British Bulldog Pub. There’s a Celtic Commotion concert at 6 p.m. at the Icehouse Amphitheater featuring Celtic music, demonstrations and arts exhibitions; tickets cost $10. There’s the main Highland Games & Celtic Festival event starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Historic Columbia Speedway, which features highland athletics, dancing, celtic music including mass pipe bands, sheep dog herding and birds of prey exhibitions, traditional food and drink and a Quidditch tournament, among other attractions; tickets cost $15 ($20 to get into both Celtic Commotion and the Highland Games). And on Sunday, there will be a free Kirkin’ of the Tartans service at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater at 11 a.m. More info available at — Jordan Lawrence

Friday 5

If you’re the kind of person who isn’t interested in events like the Monster Jam at Colonial Life Arena — i.e. the kind of person who doesn’t enjoy watching gigantic-wheeled trucks crush smaller, less fortunate vehicles beneath them, or who doesn’t enjoy seeing said trucks go up on two wheels or race one another, or who doesn’t like ridiculously tricked-out monster trucks with names like Bigfoot and Max-DTM crunching and crashing their way over huge hills of dirt — then we’re very different people. If you’re my kind of person, though, the destruction begins at 7 p.m. Visit for ticket info. — Vincent Harris

The youth performers at Town Theatre will be trying their hands at My Son Pinocchio, a musical built for young actors based on Disney’s 2000 made-for-television movie Geppetto, giving it familiar characters and an uber-family-friendly cachet that makes it perfect for the community theater’s broad audience. The show opens tonight at 7 p.m. and runs through Sunday Tickets range from $10 to $15. More info available at — Kyle Petersen

Saturday 6

Looking to prove that you’ve got the strongest stomach and legs of all? The Soda City Beer Mile is here to help those who need to prove that point by drinking a beer and running a quarter mile four times on the roads around Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company. Throwing up will be punished with extra running. Proceeds from the event benefit Homeward Bound Pet Rescue, for those that need extra motivation to tackle this challenge. Registration starts at $20 and can be completed at — April Blake

The newly formed collective No Radius is one of a few local organizations that have recently embraced zine culture, leaning into the freedom of expression afforded by these informal, xeroxed publications in our current digital age. The group hosts its second event today, rallying more than 20 visual artists, zinemakers and printmakers along with a vintage clothing store in the basement venue The Space Hall at Tapps Arts Center. There will also be a fully stocked bar and music going all day. The free event starts at 11 a.m. Head to for more info. — Jordan Lawrence

Sunday 7

Lemony Snicket’s ingenious combination of children’s theater and classical music The Composer is Dead is a whodunit that is equal parts narration and orchestra and brings fun energy and accessibility to an art form often closed off to kids. Harbison Theatre and the South Carolina Philharmonic wisely teamed up for a production of the piece, which starts at 3:30 p.m. today. Tickets range from $25 to $30 and are available at— Kyle Petersen

Monday 8

Ever since Curiosity Coffee Bar expanded its space and offerings following the closure of location partner Vino Garage last July, it’s proven to be down for just about anything. This weeklong invasion of old-school arcade and pinball machines brought to you up by the Transmission Arcade pop-up is just more proof of their anything-goes spirit and creative pluck. The games will be in the shop through April 16 and available to play for free during regular hours. More info available at —Kyle Petersen

Tuesday 9

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time isn’t an Arthur Conan Doyle mystery (though it takes its name from one), but it is a mystery. In the Tony-winning play, adapted from Mark Haddon’s critically acclaimed novel, an autistic math savant becomes consumed with finding the killer of his neighbor’s dog — and what he finds in his investigation shatters his world. Theatre South Carolina opens the play this week; tonight, it stages the play at 8 p.m. at Longstreet Theatre. Tickets are $15 to $22. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Wednesday 10

There are a couple of interesting tidbits here when we’re discussing the Bruch Chamber Orchestra’s performance of Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D at the University of South Carolina School of Music. First off, the Flute Concerto was a 1778 re-working of Mozart’s 1777 Oboe Concerto in C Major, so never let it be said that the classical masters weren’t fond of a remix. The other point of interest is that the flautist performing the concerto, Miguel Hijar, has a serious resume, including stints with the South Shore Symphony Orchestra in Florida, an international performance at the Vianden Festival 2016 in Luxembourg, and a Woodwind Fellowship at USC. The performance begins at 5 p.m., and you can find more info at — Vincent Harris

The 2018 Colombian film Birds Of Passage is both epic and intimate. The epic part comes in the main character Rapayet’s rise through the drug trafficking world of Colombia in the 1970s; his story arc is dramatic and predictable in many ways, leading through riches and power and finally to bloodshed. But the intimate part of the film is equally powerful, as it chronicles Rapayet’s mother Ursula’s objection to and unease with his newfound wealth, and the many omens he disregards on his inevitably dark path. This powerful film, the Colombian entry in the Best Foreign Film category at the 91st annual Academy Awards, will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Nickelodeon Theatre. Visit for more info. Tickets to the 7 p.m. screening cost $11. — Vincent Harris

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