Damien Sneed

Damien Sneed brings We Shall Overcome: A Musical Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King to the Harbison Theatre on Jan. 23

Wednesday 23

Radney Foster might just be one of the most underrated roots/country songwriters in a world that’s pretty dang full of underrated roots/country songwriters. On his latest album, For You To See The Stars, Foster spins brokenhearted tales and dispenses sage wisdom, something he’s only been doing for about 25 years or so as a solo act. Don’t miss a truly great songwriter at The White Mule. Show starts at 8 p.m. Hootie & the Blowfish’s Mark Bryan opens. Tickets are $25 ($20 advance). More info Available at whitemulemusic.com. — Vincent Harris

Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy is a lengthy anthology of remembrances and testaments about the South Carolina literary giant, and this panel at the Newberry Opera House is a celebration of both that collection and the author’s life. Fellow South Carolinian and Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker anchors the panel, which also includes a host of other writers, including Pat’s brother, poet Tim Conroy. Tickets are $17 and copies of the book will be available but sold separately. Panel begins at 7 p.m. Go to newberryoperahouse.com for more info. — Kyle Petersen

There’s a lot to We Shall Overcome: A Musical Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, the current touring program led by Damien Sneed. The production combines some of the great music of the last two centuries, from gospel standards like the show’s title track to jazz titan Nina Simone’s “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” to Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and many more, with audio excerpts from King’s speeches. It’s a celebration not just of his life, but of the messages of love, peace and understanding that King tried to spread. The show comes to the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College tonight. Tickets cost between $25 and $30. Head to harbisontheatre.org to find out more. — Vincent Harris

Thursday 24

Deux Saisons, the classical music duo of vocalist Keri Lee Pierson and guitarist Christopher Schoelen, and Wired Music, a performing arts organization looking to amplify the voices of young professional musicians and composers, are perfectly matched: Each looks to make classical music hip and accessible by taking it out of academia’s ivory tower and into casual settings. Case in point: Wired Music presents Deux Saisons at 5 p.m. at Curiosity Coffee Bar; admission is free. Visit curiositycoffeebar.com for more information. — Patrick Wall

The title Devices for Filling a Void suggests many possibilities — the turntables, stereos, video game consoles, computers and televisions that fill our collective space with consumable media; the cars, plans and other modes of transportation that help us bridge the distance between us. But this new solo exhibition by Lauren Kalman is actually talking about the spaces within. “The title points to ideas about women being incomplete or lacking,” reads the press release, “requiring augmentation by men, objects, dress, makeup, and adornment.” The artist fashioned objects resembling growths or medical devices out of gold-plated electroformed copper and fabricated brass and silver, among other things, snapping pictures of faces contorted by shiny objects, twisting notions of beauty and control in the process. The exhibition opens at McMaster Gallery today with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., and runs through Feb. 28. For more, head to facebook.com/svadmcmastergallery. — Jordan Lawrence

Friday 25

Columbia Baroque, as one might expect from the group’s name, comprises musicians who specialize in the music of the Baroque era, the post-Renaissance, pre-Rococo period where everything — especially the music — was ornate and extravagant. The group’s concert tonight, called Passionate Purcell, employs a host of Baroque singers and instruments — The lute! The viola da gamba! The harpsichord! — in the service of Baroque masterworks by Handel, Campion and, yes, Purcell. The concert starts at 7 p.m. at the University of South Carolina School of Music’s Recital Hall; tickets are $20. (Students get in free.) Visit columbiabaroque.org for more information. — Patrick Wall

There’s a sense in which Stormwater Studios seems to have emerged out of the ashes of 80808 Gallery and Studios in the Vista, as it’s a similar space and a few of the tenants at the latter made the move to the new space. The latter will continue in the 80808 tradition as it hosts artists Stephen Chesley, Mike Williams, Ed Wimberly, and David Yaghjian once again for a traditional “CWWY” show (along with guest artists Emerson Yaghjian and Guy C. Allison), now dubbed CWWY+2. The opening reception is tonight from 5-9 p.m.; the exhibit runs through Feb. 15. More info available at stormwaterstudios.org. — Kyle Petersen

Historic Columbia is jumping on the bandwagon a bit with this Hamilton musical-themed Historic Happy Hour (check their website for their six degrees of Kevin Bacon gymnastics), but we won’t quibble — after all, we don’t want to throw away our shot either. Try out your history/hip-hop operetta knowledge at their trivia session from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Seibels House & Gardens. Tickets include drinks and light apps, and are $25 ($20 for members) and must be purchased in advance. Head to historiccolumbia.org for more info. — Kyle Petersen

Saturday 26

These days, Columbia isn’t lacking for special-release beer events, with each of the city’s production breweries offering one-off in-house drafts or limited bottle/can offerings. Conquest Brewing’s long-standing Finisher helped spark the local trend. The imperial stout made with seven grains, brown sugar and honey, and clocking in at 17.5 percent ABV (the max allowed under state law) is greeted each year by an eager line of beer drinkers outside the brewery’s Williams-Brice-adjacent location. They call it Finisher Day. Doors open at 10 a.m. More info available at facebook.com/conquestbrewingcompany. — Jordan Lawrence

Sunday 27

If you enjoy piping hot food, spicy peppers and the smell of a good pot of beans ‘n’ beef, then the Lexington County Chili Cook-Off at the Icehouse Amphitheater should be your destination today. Presented by the Old Mill Brew Pub and the Lexington County Blowfish, the event will feature various teams of Lexington’s finest chili chefs whipping up some serious heat. Musical accompaniment for your face-stuffing will be provided by the Freeway Music School. Festivities starts at noon, and tickets range from $5 to $12, with all proceeds going to local charities. Visit icehouseamphitheater.com for more info. — Vincent Harris

The long-running Sundays at Lowman series kicks up again today; the first guest of the new year is pianist Eunjung Choi, an assistant professor of piano and keyboard studies at Claflin University with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Dongduk Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. The concert starts at 3 p.m. at the Heritage at Lowman in Chapin; admission is free. Go to theheritageatlowman.org for more information. — Patrick Wall

In her MIT Press book Modernism’s Masculine Subjects, art critic Marcia Brennan traces how the works by Modernists, Jackson Pollock among them, came to stand as symbolic representations that by turns challenged and reproduced the archetypal conceptions of masculinity. At Tender Savages: The Masculine Construction of Jackson Pollock’s Destruction, writers David Joy, Adam Vines and Ray McManus focus specifically on Pollock, reading from their latest works and discussing the mythos of masculine selfhood embedded in Pollock’s splatterings. The shindig starts at 3 p.m. at the Columbia Museum of Art; admission is free. Visit columbiamuseum.org for more information. — Patrick Wall

Monday 28

If you’re one of those folks who somehow thinks that we don’t talk enough about politics in this country, then the Hot Buttons: Political Issues in The United States exhibit at USC’s McKissick Museum might be just your cup of debate. The exhibit examines the various factors that have played a role in how people decided to vote throughout American history, touching on everything from the economy to the Vietnam War to civil rights. The display is on view through June 13. Visit sc.edu for details. — Vincent Harris

Tuesday 29

Sticking firm to its listening room roots, The White Mule continues its tradition of hosting a songwriters-in-the-round night. This Freeway Music-presented lineup features a couple of familiar figures in indie rocker Tyler Gordon (Barnwell) and Americana stalwart Kelley McCulloch McLachlan (The Post-Timey String Band, The Boomtown Waifs) along with Bellavida’s Catherine Galan and Sofia K. Lynch. No cover, doors at 6 p.m. More info available at whitemulemusic.com. — Kyle Petersen

Wednesday 30

The only actual 30 in the 30.30.30th January pop-up photography exhibition is in the date: The exhibition features more than 30 photographers, and its works span more than 50 years. But 30.30-Plus.50-Plus doesn’t really have that much of a ring to it, we guess. Our bad jokes aside, the exhibition, curated by the Photographic Society of South Carolina, celebrates the diversity of photography and photographers in South Carolina. The pop-up exhibition pops up rom 6 to 9 p.m. at 701 Whaley; tickets are $10. Visit facebook.com/photosocietysc for more information. — Patrick Wall

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