Thursday 9

Based on the frequent rotation of events like Folly, Columbians have many a tale to tell. As with each monthly outing, this latest Screendoor Story Slam at the main branch of the Richland Library will feature people getting up and sharing experiences that align with the chosen prompt — “a time when you got on stage, dropped the ball, or hit the beach.” All stories must be less than 10 minutes and told without the help of notes. Come sign up and share a story, or just come to listen. The free event starts at 7 p.m. Head to for more. — Jordan Lawrence

Friday 10

Soda City Standup’s Cola Comedy Con is coming up in September, and most of the con’s comedy performances are free to attend, which is great. But that doesn’t mean they’re free to host, hence the Cola Comedy Con Fundraiser tonight at The War Mouth. Jenn Snyder leads a lineup of funny folks from across the Southeast, and Cola Comedy Con will be soliciting donations — on top of the $5 cover — to ensure that you can see some comedy for free come September. The laughs start at 10 p.m.; visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

This latest show at the State Street eyeglass/art gallery hybrid Frame of Mind is being billed as a return to the scene of sorts for visual artist Amanda Ladymon, who was a near-constant presence during the years she curated the walls of S&S Art Supply. A mixed media creator whose work explores biomorphic forms in abstract, often illuminating ways, Ladymon’s welcome return will feature older works alongside new pieces, as if serving as a reminder of the past as much as return to the present. Opening reception is tonight at 6 p.m. Head to for more. — Kyle Petersen

Saturday 11

Why are tomatoes from the grocery store so often bland and rubbery? It’s because they’re bred for long-distance shipping and mega-farming, not flavor. And it’s a question Sustainable Midlands’ annual Tasty Tomato Festival seeks to address each summer, celebrating locally and sustainably grown produce with a party down at urban farm City Roots. The festivities run from 1 to 7 p.m., with two stages of live music, an educational stage, heirloom tomato tastings, food trucks, craft drinks and more. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate, with kids 12 and under free; visit for more information. — Eva Moore

Sunday 12

If you were to compare craft beer to, say, feminism, coffee or ska, Liberty Tap Room used to be decidedly second-wave. But the long-running, spacious Vista eatery has some pretty intriguing and hip beer offerings these days — and now it’s teaming up with the glamorous young Cottontown Brew Lab to offer a beer brunch. Courses include a fried green tomato BLT paired with Cottontown’s Lemonade Sour, a mango and pepper Monte Cristo bite paired with Cottontown’s M’ango Unchained Witbier, and more. Tickets to the 1 p.m. meal are $40; visit to buy some. — Eva Moore

Modern interpretations of William Shakespeare’s classic dramas have been hit and miss. Julie Taymor’s 1999 adaptation of Titus Andronicus, set in Mussolini’s Rome? Brilliant. The Ethan Hawke-led production that took Hamlet into the turn of the 21st century? Uh, less so. Still, trust no one to do the Bard better justice than the venerable Royal Shakespeare Company; its most recent production of the classic Romeo and Juliet is gender-fluid, multicultural and youth-oriented, and the show is swift and lively. The Nickelodeon Theatre screens a Royal Shakespeare Company performance of Romeo and Juliet, recorded live in Stratford-Upon-Avon, at 1 p.m.; tickets are $18. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

85 South Show Live

The 85 South Show podcast crew is live at the Comedy House on Sunday.

It might get — scratch that, will get — lewd at the 85 South Show Live, a touring version of the hip-hop-inflected comedy podcast that features DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller and Clayton English cutting up in gloriously unfettered fashion. The blend of conversation, stand-up, sketch comedy, and audience interaction is a recipe for a good time, although anybody with concerns about politically correct propriety might want to pass. 85 South hits the Comedy House tonight. The 7 p.m. show is already sold out, but an added 9:30 late show still has tickets at press time. — Kyle Petersen

As local arts go, literature can often be the hardest to engage. Novels and longer pieces of writing take exponentially more time and commitment to consume than stopping by a gallery opening or taking in a few songs at a concert. Which is why efforts like the Jasper Project’s annual Fall Lines are so crucial. The “literary convergence” seeks to pull together and print a sampling of the best South Carolina authors. Per a press release, “with more than 500 submissions this year, 33 were selected for publication through a blind reading process.” The resulting fifth volume in the series releases today with a free unveiling and awards ceremony at 3 p.m. at the main branch of the Richland Library. Copies of the collection are also free. Go to to find out more. — Jordan Lawrence

Monday 13

The WWE SummerSlam Heatwave Tour brings the smackdown to the Colonial Life Arena tonight with not one, not two but three championship matches. In the WWE Championship headlining bout, current champ AJ Styles defends his belt against Rusev. The first undercard is a four-way United States Championship match between Jeff Hardy, Randy “The Viper” Orton, Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura; the second is the Women’s Championship Triple Threat match, which finds Asuka, Becky Lynch and Carmella entering the squared circle. That’s a lot of big-time rasslin’; expect elbow drops, figure-four leg-locks and powerslams aplenty. Doors open at 6 p.m., the first match begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets range from $18 to $283. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

What’s a charcuterie board without the meats? We’d call that a cheese board at best. Chef Frank Bradley’s charcuterie board series wraps up at 6:30 p.m. at City Roots with his tutelage on how to make pork and duck sausages for the ultimate in looking well-versed in the kitchen. Tickets are $65 per person and include meat knowledge, an appetizer, wine, and recipe cards. Find tickets and more information at — April Blake

Tuesday 14

While the 1958 film version of Tennessee William’s masterful, Pulitzer prize-winning play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which the Nickelodeon Theatre screens tonight at 7 p.m., suppresses much of the homosexual desire at the heart of the story, it’s amazing that Hays Code-era Hollywood even allowed the film at all. Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor take on the iconic lead roles as the simmering frustrations and resentments of the play come to life with startling clarity. This 1958 production is early proof of the entrancing possibilities of adapting a great stage drama to the cinema. For more on the 7 p.m., $11 screening (part of the theater’s LGBTQ-focused OUT Here series), go to — Kyle Petersen

A large swath of Midlands residents can vote today in the special Democratic and Republican primary elections for S.C. Senate District 20, including folks in Shandon, Rosewood, Harbison and Ballentine. Why should you care? Well, the last person to hold the seat, the powerful, long-serving Republican John Courson, pleaded guilty to public corruption — so let’s, you know, try to do better. Here's a rundown of the GOP field, and read last week’s story on the Democratic contenders. To see if you live in the district and to check your registration, visit — Eva Moore 

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