Otis Taylor’s Picks of the Week

March 30, 2012 

7:30 tonight: Eric Taylor at Alien Carnival House Concerts. Eric Taylor is a storyteller, a better-fitting appellation than singer-songwriter. Folk and Americana music, traditionally, are genres filled with musicians who can weave stories into poems then into songs. Few are as thoughtful as Taylor. Bring a covered dish, snack or beverage to share at 6 p.m. It’s an outdoor show, so bring a lawn chair. Don’t be afraid of the recliners. Listening to music is supposed to be relaxing at times, and Taylor will be playing under the Friday night lights. Chris Compton will open. For information or reservations, bocelts@yahoo.com.

8:30 a.m. Saturday: Hip-Hop for Hope at USC Dance building. This free workshop, hosted by the USC Dance program, will feature classes on hip-hop dance techniques such as popping, locking, breaking and robotics. If you have a date to impress in the near future, go to this event, which ends at 7 p.m. Workshop participants must bring canned food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank, and registration is required. The building is at 324 Sumter St.; hiphopforhopeusc@gmail.com

2 p.m. Saturday: Baker & Baker: Art of Music concert at Columbia Museum of Art. Pianist Jacqueline Schwab will explore the sites within “Nature and the Grand American Vision: Masterpieces of the Hudson River School Painters.” This is the final weekend of the exhibition, so if you’re looking for a reason to see the show, let Schwab and her improvisational playing further entice you. The museum is at Main and Hampton streets. $12; www.columbiamuseum.org

6 p.m. Saturday: The Freshniz at Conundrum Music Hall. The art collective Izms of Art is presenting what is being promoted as a live magazine experience. Guests, supposedly, will be permitted to delve into the art-making process. Carlleena Person, Darion "Storyteller" McCloud, THE Dubber and others are participating. It sounds like performance art more than a magazine experience. Even more exciting. Conundrum is at 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. $5; www.conundrum.us

8 p.m. Saturday: Free Planet Radio at UU Coffeehouse. This concert is a prime example of why the UU is so important to the scene’s calendar. Free Planet Radio features a trio of inventive musicians who can actually articulate the term “world music.” The band — Chris Rosser, various instruments; River Guerguerian, percussion; and Eliot Wadopian, bass — create a sound that is well-traveled, yet not predictable or weary. The coffeehouse is at 2701 Heyward St. $5 to $15; (888) 849-4224, ext. 4

9 p.m. Saturday: Genius of the Heard at Art Bar. Genius of the Heard plays a brand of rock that encourages hip movement. With The Fishing Journal, the rising punk-esque band fronted by an inspired and incensed (in a good way, of course) Chris Powell. Art Bar is at 1211 Park St. $5; (803) 929-0198

8 p.m. Monday: Wolter Wierbos at Conundrum Music Hall. Trombonist Wolter Wierbos’ music feels instantaneous, which is essential for an experienced improviser. With Great Architect, an experimental sextet with instrumentation that includes, at times, saxophone, guitar, cello, drums, lap steel, clarinet and violin. $8

6:30 p.m. Thursday: The Blue Dogs at the Five Points Fountain. The Blue Dogs are the first headliners of the spring Five After Five concert series. Tropic of Cancer band will open. The concerts, which run through May 31, are free; www.fivepointscolumbia.com/after5/

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