Trustus' The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby runs through Saturday at Trustus Theatre.

Wednesday 24

This week is your last chance to catch a special cross-disciplinary display at Trustus Theatre. In bringing its The Great Gatsby to the stage, the company leans on an original score from ColaJazz head Mark Rapp, who also leads a live band for the show, as well as dancers from the Columbia City Ballet. So even if you’re no fan of green lights and big eyeglasses deployed as symbols in a story about the impossible American dream, you can at least know that you’re seeing entities that rarely share a stage working together. Tonight’s show starts at 8 p.m. The play runs through Saturday. Tickets range from $30 to $35. Find out more at — Jordan Lawrence

Thursday 25

This week is also your last chance to catch a true theater premiere in Columbia. Supported by the Performance Incubator at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Tech, which also hosted a performance earlier this month, Aphra Behn: Wanton. Wit. Woman will finish off its first-ever production with a last spate of shows at the University of South Carolina’s Center for Performance Experiment. The play, written by first-time playwright Mariah Anzaldo Hale, digs into the life of the titular 17th century revolutionary, thought to have been the first woman to earn a living writing for the stage. Tonight’s performance starts at 8 p.m. The play runs through Sunday. Tickets cost $10. More info available at — Jordan Lawrence

Friday 26

Can we just take a second and acknowledge that Southern Discomfort is the perfect moniker for Columbia Roller Derby’s annual flat-track fracas? And can we also take a second to appreciate that this year’s tournament has an international flair, with Toronto Roller Derby and the Royal City Roller Derby crew from Guelph, Ontario, representing our neighbors to the north? Canada represent! Doors open at 2 p.m. at the National Guard Armory on Bluff Road; games run though Sunday. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

While Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet is best known for its annual production of The Nutcracker, that’s not all the pre-professional company does. They prove it this week at Township Auditorium with a production of the comic ballet Coppella, featuring original choreography from Arthur Saint-Leon and music by Leo Delibes. The ballet runs today (with performances at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.) and tomorrow. Tickets run from $10.50 to $20.50. More info available at — Jordan Lawrence

Painter Chris Lane’s Resist and Preserve is part of a much larger collective exhibition, called Resist Division, that’s traveling to Washington, D.C., in May. It makes a quick pit stop at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College starting today; The Jasper Project presents the exhibition’s opening reception tonight. The reception starts at 6 p.m.; Lane will make some brief remarks at 6:15 p.m. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Saturday 27

It’s a packed day west of the River. First, from 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on State and Meeting streets in West Columbia, is Kinetic Derby Day. The second annual event starts with a parade of “kinetic sculptures” (creative handmade floats that are human-powered) and continues with an afternoon of soapbox derby racing for children and adults. Just as Kinetic Derby Day is ending, the Soiree on State kicks off down State Street in Cayce. The block party runs from 3 to 8 p.m. and will feature a headlining set from Tokyo Joe, the hard-gigging local band that’s known more for its covers (including its frequent Rocketman tributes to Elton John) than its originals. Both events are free to attend (though you’ll have to pay to soapbox race). Find more info at and— Jordan Lawrence

The Midlands Men’s Chorus — proudly billed as “the gay men’s chorus of Columbia” — takes to the Reformation Lutheran Church tonight for a particularly cheeky spring concert entitled Feel the Beat. Promising show-stopping numbers taken from the disco canon and popular musicals, the show should be non-traditional in more ways than one. Show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $15 in advance on Brown Paper Tickets or $20 at the door. — Kyle Petersen

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco is the gorgeously shot black-and-white documentary from 2002 that chronicles the extraordinary story of the band’s masterful Yankee Hotel Foxtrot LP, from the tendentious recording process to major label wars and its belated but critically acclaimed release. Shot by first-time filmmaker Sam Jones, it’s now considered one of the great rock docs of all-time. Stagbriar’s Emily McCollum plays a short opening set prior to this 9:30 p.m. screening at the Nickelodeon Theatre. Tickets are $12. More info available at — Kyle Petersen

The phrase “house music” might, for those of a certain age, conjure memories of early ’90s raves, but the real origins of the synth-and-drum machine fueled dance party music lie in the basements and underground clubs of Chicago. That’s the communal, no-hassle environment that the Columbia House Music Project seeks to recreate. The group’s dance-happy, free event at The Venue at 1626 Main St. features multiple DJs (in this case, DJ Police, Katt in the Hat and DJ Kelly Kel). The funky party starts at 4 p.m., and you can visit for more info. — Vincent Harris

The South Carolina Philharmonic’s Masterworks series typically goes deep on some of the, well, masterworks of the classical canon. And this final concert in the 2018/2019 series does that, but it is also billed as a Youth Extravaganza thanks to special features from the SCP Youth Orchestra on Liszt’s Les Préludes and Southeastern Piano Festival youth winner Catherine Huang on Rachmaninoff’s illustrious “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.” So think of it as an elegant balance of past, present and future. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts. Tickets run from $16 to $46. More info available at — Kyle Petersen

Sunday 28

The Greater Columbia Record Fair has been getting bigger and better for 12 years now, but its impetus remains the same: gather a bunch of cool record vendors from the Southeast, have them bring their coolest records into town, and have record lovers come and bask in the makeshift garden of vinyl delights. Yes, there will be food (courtesy of The War Mouth, The Belgian Waffle Truck and Wolf Pizza Company). Yes, there will be beer (courtesy of The Whig). Yes, there will be music (courtesy of The Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul). And, because the record fair is held at the Columbia Museum of Art, there will be art. But the focus, as it should be, is on the records. Amen. The record fair runs from noon to 5 p.m.; admission is free. Spin the black circle: Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Monday 29

The Columbia Design League has invited designers, artists, architects, landscapers and plain-ol’ citizens like you and, well, probably not us, to take part in a fun and potentially lucrative little game called Play With Your City: Reimagining Lady. It’s an open design competition in which entrants are invited to share their ideas on how to redesign and reinvigorate the not-so-pedestrian-friendly Lady Street Corridor between Main and Lincoln streets, mostly because it’s a super-important link between Main Street and the Vista. Oh yeah, and the winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize. But the submission deadline for your brilliant idea (and its accompanying $125 entry fee) is midnight tonight. Get the rules and specifics at — Vincent Harris

Tuesday 30

It appears that putting on one festival a year is not enough for local nonprofit ColaJazz. After bringing Scotty Barnhart, music director for the Count Basie Orchestra, to town for its second annual ColaJazz Festival back in March, the organization will rally an array of connected gigs, mostly in the Vista, to celebrate International Jazz Day. Word on the exact artists was still forthcoming as Free Times went to press, but the Facebook event for the ColaJazz Crawl does promise “fiery, exciting Cuban jazz presented by Gino Castillo” (part of the Jazz @ 701 series at 701 Whaley), along with a “jazzy Japanese flute lead quartet” at The Aristocrat, a “hip jazz jam” at Hunter-Gatherer on Main Street, and a “burning session” in the upstairs lounge at Pearlz. Events start at 5:30, 6 and 8 p.m. More info available at — Jordan Lawrence

Wednesday 1

The 2019 Season for the Blythewood Farmers Market kicks off today with the May Day Festival, a big mix of vendors with produce, eggs, baked goods, grits, jelly, and fresh chicken, beef and pork, along with live music, food trucks and children’s activities, too. There will be more than 10 different farms selling their wares. And provided today doesn’t extend our recent stretch of rainy days,  this should prove a nice, outdoor, fun-for-the-whole-family kind of thing. The Festival begins at 4 p.m. You can get more info at — Vincent Harris

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