Wednesday 27

The Wolves, the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama from playwright Sarah DeLappe, is in keeping with a raft of similar brutally honest explorations of teen life that are popular today, as it lends its focus to the discomfiting intimacy of the stretch circle of a high school girls’ soccer team. It’s lovely to see the University of South Carolina’s theater department dig into such a timely and appropriate production. The show runs at Longstreet Theatre through March 2. Tickets to tonight’s 8 p.m. performance range from $15 to $22. More info available at — Kyle Petersen

Thursday 28

If there were a Venn diagram of Free Times’ core topics, this event would land right at the center. At Art, Beer & Brats at 701 Whaley, you get a new exhibition from Columbia contemporary artist Shelby LeBlanc. You get beer from Bierkeller Columbia, the city’s reliable purveyors of finely crafted German lagers and relaxing biergartens. And you get brats courtesy of The Wurst Wagen, which serves delicious German-style sausages at a variety of local events. The festivities run from 6 to 8 p.m. and are free to attend. Go to to find out more. — Jordan Lawrence

Think of a staged reading of a play as something of a beta test — the intermediate step between the blank page and the full-monty production. The work is mostly finished, but, as in a beta test, there might be some kinks to iron out that an audience can identify. Tapp’s Arts Center hosts a staged reading of Blue Camp, a new play written by former Columbian Jack Calvin Hanna and actor-director Tim Caggiano at 6:30 p.m.; the reading features, among others, beloved local actor Terrance Henderson and undergraduate actors from the University of South Carolina Department of Theatre and Dance. Tickets are $10; visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

The Carolina Archive of Storytelling continues its thematic series of semi-open mic storytelling events with Love Stories today at The War Mouth. The rules are simple: Tell a true story from your own life in less than 10 minutes, without notes, and loosely related to the theme (so your fatal attraction to The War Mouth’s cocktail menu counts). You can reserve a spot in advance or throw your hat in the ring once you arrive. Stories start at 8 p.m. and admission is free. — Kyle Petersen

Friday 1

Some stories are eternal. And the tale of the girl who flees a witch to go hang out with some tiny dudes before eating a poison apple will likely remain one of them. Likewise, some art forms are eternal, which is what Columbia Classical Ballet seeks to prove about the traditional elements of their craft. The company presents its production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs tonight at the Koger Center. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance range from $5 to $30 and can be found at — Jordan Lawrence


Sarah Robinson

USC alumna and flutist Sarah Robinson has developed an unlikely repertoire out in Los Angeles that incorporates acoustic flute with electronic and orchestral backing that has found its way into film, television and video games. Purposefully built for the bar as much as the concert hall, Robinson will be showcasing these pieces under the name Flaut Haus as part of the third annual CFG Alumni Recital at Tapp’s Arts Center. Tickets are $10 ($3 for USC students and faculty with ID), show starts at 7:30 p.m. Head to to find out more. — Kyle Petersen

If you were ever a theater nerd in high school or college, or loved someone who was, you probably know about Newsies, the musical story of Jack Kelly, a newsboy who dreams of life away from the big city. The popular Disney film and Broadway show were both based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, but you don’t really need to know that to enjoy the high-energy dancing, soaring vocals and one of the most memorable scores in musical history. Newsies opens tonight at Town Theatre with an 8 p.m. performance and will run through March 17. Visit for more info. — Vincent Harris

Columbia’s David Axe just can’t stop making movies. After helping to create 2017’s The Theta Girl, a bloody horror flick that garnered attention at more than a few festivals and publications, Axe has now offered two movies as writer and director — last year’s Azrael and this year’s S H E D. The latter premieres tonight at Tapp’s Arts Center. The free screening starts at 8 p.m. More info available at — Jordan Lawrence

Saturday 2

No Walls, a fundraiser showcase presented by the Southeastern Professional School of the Arts ballet school, is all about breaking the boundaries between the contemporary canon and classical masterpieces. Broken boundaries, no walls. Get it? Students from arts school are the stars of the evening,  and guest performers include students from Dreher High School and Conder Elementary School. The dancing starts at 7 p.m. at Columbia College’s Cottingham Theatre; ticket are $25. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

We should probably point out that Aag Ki Raat: Night Of Fire isn’t really about fire, which is kind of a bummer, but what it is is a red-hot dance competition inspired by the Bollywood spectacles you’ve likely seen in Indian films. The event brings in dance teams from all over the country to compete in colorful, ensemble-style routines, and the USC-hosted competition has become a staple of the Columbia arts calendar. The competition kicks off at the Koger Center at 6 p.m. Visit for ticket info. — Vincent Harris

Sunday 3

Bricked is a new film from director Aleshia Cowser that delves into the world of bipolar disorder, and into the stigma that people suffering from mental illness often suffer. A young man, played by Tracy Campbell, is sent to an institution after having violent outbursts and exhibiting manic behavior, and he’s forced to navigate his own psyche, intense psychoanalysis and the search for the right medications for his condition. In the process, he unearths a dark family secret. Showtime at the Nickelodeon is 3 p.m. Tickets cost $15. For more info, visit — Vincent Harris

Monday 4

As shticks goes, you can’t do much better than the gorgeous chamber music/hip-hop mashup of Black Violin. The classically trained string duo brings studied musicianship and orchestral ambition to the stage along with the poise and acumen of hip-hop producers for an exhilarating, genre-bending experience that actually lives up to its billing, whether the duo is running through Bach, Kanye or its own original compositions. The group hits Newberry Opera House tonight at 7 p.m.; tickets range from $45 to $60. Go to to find out more. — Kyle Petersen

What we’ve got with the touring production of Something Rotten that Broadway In Columbia brings to the Koger Center is some sort of unholy mashup of Spamalot, The Producers and The Book Of Mormon, set in medieval times. Back in 1595, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play. They’ve come up with this weird idea for something called a “musical,” thanks to a mysterious soothsayer who says the future of theater lies in singing, acting and dancing. It’ll never work. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Visit for ticket prices and other info. — Vincent Harris

Tuesday 5

The Chamber Music on Main series returns to the Columbia Museum of Art tonight, when pianist and series director Andrew Armstrong leads a quartet — completed by violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, cellist Raphael Bell and clarinetist Bharat Chandra — through works by Brahms, Debussy, Elgar and Bohuslav Martinů. The 7 p.m. concert is preceded by a 6 p.m. happy hour; tickets are $42, $35 for museum members or $5 for students. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Wednesday 6

Lexington’s Krafty Draft Brew Pub is hosting a five-course beer dinner, which means each course will be paired with five complementary beers, so get ready to indulge. This dinner will show off the skills of Jonathan Trezoglou, the pub’s new chef and kitchen manager. Tickets for the 7 p.m. meal are $30 per person and must be purchased in advance via Krafty Draft’s Facebook page. — April Blake

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