Otis Taylor’s Picks of the Week

March 15, 2013 

7 tonight: Jasper Magazine’s women’s issue at Arcade Mall. Jasper Magazine, the arts publication, will release its second annual issue dedicated to female artists working in Columbia. Here’s some of what’s happening: Bonnie Goldberg, who has a show opening Thursday at Aiken Center for the Arts, will be painting from a live model in her studio; spoken word poetry by Kendal Turner, Anna Howard, Cassie Premo Steele and Debra McQueen; Michaela Pilar Brown will be installing a new work-in-progress; Kimi Maeda, a puppeteer, will perform some of her work; music by Susanne Kapler; dance by Kiyomi Mercandante; and essay reading by Kristine Hartvigsen, Bonnie Boiter-Jolley and Cindi Boiter. The Arcade is at 1332 Main St.; www.facebook.com/


7 tonight: Winter Jam at the Colonial Life Arena. Winter Jam, the annual concert featuring popular contemporary Christian music singers and bands, has one of its best lineups. Performers include: TobyMac, NewSong, RED, Matthew West, Jamie Grace, Sidewalk Prophets and Royal Tailor. Nick Hall will provide an inspirational message. Also, there’s a pre-jam party with former “American Idol” contestant Jason Castro, OBB and Capital Kings. $10 and only available at the door; www.jamtour.com

8 tonight: Craig Hultgren at Conundrum Music Hall. Craig Hultgren plays cello, which doesn’t sound remarkable. But Hultgren focuses on amplification and unusual manners of playing the instrument. He will be using guitar pedals and digital effects during the performance. He will play 15 one-minute solo compositions. With Bellhop Collective, a local collection of musicians, poets, visual artists and others. Conundrum is at 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. $5; conundrum.us

2 p.m. Saturday: Harlem Rockets at Benedict College. Harlem Rockets is a comedy basketball team whose performance often includes crowd participation. The Rockets will play against local players — that is when there is actually a game going on. Benedict is at 1600 Harden St. $6 and $10; (803) 917-3241

3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: Sisters Wee Bit Irish at Stage 5 Theatre. Here’s something different for St. Patrick’s Day. Sisters Kate Brighton and Catherine Francetti will perform a routine about “growing up Irish in the 1950s and 1960s as threats of entering the nunnery collided with the Beatles.” Brighton is a storyteller whose instrument is a Ball Mason jar; Francetti plays fiddle. This show is for adults. The theater is at 947 South Stadium Road, No. 4 Stadium Park. $20; (803) 834-1775 or www.brownpapertickets.com

9 p.m. Saturday: The Harlem Downtrotters at Art Bar. The Harlem Downtrotters play pop-punk with big choruses. With Gravitron, Kill Baby Kill and The Berries. Art Bar is at 1211 Park St.; www.artbarsc.com

7:30 p.m. Wednesday: The Sea Wolf Mutiny at New Brookland Tavern. The Sea Wolf Mutiny plays a soaring brand of rock that doesn’t forget its roots. In other words, the band rocks. With King of Prussia, People Person and Silent Spring Ensemble. NBT is at 122 State St., West Columbia. $5 for over 21, $8 for under; www.newbrook


7:30 p.m. Thursday: Loading Dock Live at Township Auditorium. The outdoor concerts, on Township Auditorium’s loading dock, is like a mini block party with a food and beer trucks. The Finesse Band will play jazz and R&B songs. Township is at 1703 Taylor St. Free; www.thetownship.org

9 p.m. Thursday: Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow at NBT. Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow takes the vintage sideshow revue performance and modernizes it. Expect human oddities, contortionists and stunts that will leave your mouth agape. What’s going on in the city? In recent weeks Columbia has become a destination for circus shows. Just last week the 999 Eyes Freak Show and Surreal Sideshow was at Conundrum. It’s a national trend, apparently. “Freakshow” is a new series on AMC. $12

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