The Wound

The Wound screens at the Nickelodeon Theatre on Tuesday.

Wednesday 14

It’s getting chillier out, which means our thin Southern blood needs an extra boost of heat in the form of winter warmer beers to keep us from freezing to death in these frigid 50-degree temps. The Whig will be popping their kegs of Cold Mountain, the special Highland Brewing spiced seasonal at 4 p.m. with $1 off draft crafts all night as part of their weekly pint night. They’ll have a few bottles for those who might not make it in Wednesday but supplies are limited. Go to for more info. — April Blake

Thursday 15

Long one of the traditional holiday season kickoffs in the Midlands, Vista Lights is an opportunity to crawl up and down our city’s signature entertainment district amid shop and restaurant specials, artistic performers and the annual lighting of an oddly shaped tree at the corner of Gervais and Lincoln that only a Columbian could love. Performances kick off at 6:15 p.m.; Tree lighting is at 7 p.m., with bands playing until 9:45 p.m. Head to for more information. — Kyle Petersen

Silent Voices at Tapp’s Arts Center gives us a chance to see the artistic side of a group we ignore all too often: the homeless. Every person who performs a spoken word or musical piece at this event is homeless, and the proceeds raised from the show, and from the silent auction beforehand, go directly to the performers. It’s difficult to think of a more worthwhile evening of entertainment to attend. Silent Voices performances begin at 7 p.m., with the silent auction kicking off at 6 p.m. There’s a $10 suggested donation, and you can find more details at — Vincent Harris

To borrow a phrase from the sports world: Lee Blessing’s Eleemosynary is small, but it plays big. It features just three characters — eccentric grandmother Dorothea, strong-willed and eccentric mother Artie, and precocious daughter Echo — but nonetheless tells a poignant and powerful tale about the power of words to control life and the failure of words to replace feelings. The University of South Carolina’s Center for Performance Experiment opens its three-night production of the play tonight; curtain rises at 8 p.m., and tickets are $10. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Friday 16

Renowned for his depictions of the American flag and other evocative symbols, Jasper Johns is one of most noteworthy artists in this country’s history. But he’s not the only artist included in the Columbia Museum of Art’s Midcentury Masters exhibition. Johns grew up in the Palmetto State, attending the University of South Carolina for a few semesters before making his way to New York. Back in 1999, he tipped a cap to this part of his life by giving the CMA 39 works from his personal collection, including some of his own pieces alongside others from the likes of Josef Albers, Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol. See the haul today through Feb. 24. More info is available at — Jordan Lawrence

The Tomorrowquest Theatre group has heard your incessant whining for more improv games, sketch comedy and general audience-participation tomfoolery, so they’ve taken over the regular Soda City Standup show at Tapp’s Arts Center to give you more of the unpredictability you crave. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the fun starts at 8 p.m. The cover is $7 in advance and $10 at the door, and you can get tickets at — Vincent Harris

Like Whitney Houston — requiescat in pace, you beautiful, tormented soul — before me, I believe the children are our future. The University of South Carolina Concert Choir does, too; it performs a solo and combined repertoire tonight with the choirs of Gilbert High School, Chapin High School and Irmo High School. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church; admission is free. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Saturday 17

As always during the holiday season, when the majority of the animals at Riverbanks Zoo go to sleep, the complex takes on a different, more-electric kind of life with Lights Before Christmas. Nearly one million twinkling lights in all kinds of different displays light up the night, accompanied by nightly visits with Santa and a Jingle Bell Bonfire, among other seasonally appropriate activities. Hot cocoa, s’mores and other foods will be available for purchase. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 30 (save for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). More info available at — Jordan Lawrence

Sunday 18

Poets Joy Priest and Tim Conroy are the latest literary artists to participate in The Write Around Series, a program that is part of the Columbia Museum of Art’s Writer-in-Residence program which has local writers crafting new work in response to the newly installed thematic galleries that reimagine the museum’s permanent collection. The two bards will be reading their newly created work at the museum at 3 p.m. The reading is free with membership or admission to the museum. More info available at — Kyle Petersen

Tuesday 20

The Nickelodeon Theatre doesn’t shy away from showing controversial films, and director John Trengrove’s 2017 South African movie The Wound caused a serious stir when it was released. The film, which tells the story of a factory worker named Xolani and his trek to an annual ceremony in the mountains of the Eastern Cape, takes on both tribal initiation rituals and homosexuality, and it was banned in large sections of South Africa after violence and protests broke out. The screening of The Wound as part of the theater’s OUT Here series begins at 7 p.m., and you can get $11 tickets and more info at — Vincent Harris

Who needs to sit in a quiet room and read poetry from a book when you can attend The Writer’s Block Poetry Show at Tapp’s Arts Center (hosted by Queen It Shall Be) at 7 p.m.? The mic is open to any aspiring writer or performer who wants to sign up and bare their soul, and if you’re just there to watch, you could potentially catch some serious literary talent in an intimate space. The show begins at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door, and you can get full event information at — Vincent Harris

Wednesday 21

Yes, the actual story of The Nutcracker is pretty bizarre — but hey, it’s the Christmas ballet! And Anne Brodie’s Carolina Ballet’s performance of the iconic Tchaikovsky-scored fever dream of a dance story on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving at the Township Auditorium is a holiday ritual for many. Get in the holiday spirit as this civic dance company does their part in keeping tradition alive. Show starts at 10 a.m.; tickets are $15.50. More info available at — Kyle Petersen   

Jersey Boys isn’t the first jukebox musical, and it might not even be the best. (There’s an argument to be made for Movin’ Out.) But Jersey Boys remains the jukebox musical against which all others are made: The Tony-winning tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons sports classic songs and seamless direction. Broadway in Columbia brings it around to the Koger Center for its second run (it last came in 2014), which closes starting tonight; show’s at 7:30 p.m., tickets run from $45 to $75. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall 

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