Otis Taylor’s Picks of the Week

June 21, 2013 

6:30 p.m. Friday: Reginae Carter and Bria Williams at Books-A-Million. Don’t recognize the names? Here’s two you will: Lil Wayne and Bryan “Baby” Williams, aka Birdman, of YMCMB money-spending fame. Well Reginae and Bria are their daughters, respectively. And the two 14-year-olds are appearing to promote their debut teen novel, “Paparazzi Princesses.” Through the characters Kyla Jones and Promise Walker, a story of being born famous and meeting expectations on the way to adulthood is told. Reginae is a former member of the OMG Girlz, who performed at Township Auditorium in 2011. Books-A-Million is at 164 Forum Drive; (803) 788-4349

7 p.m. Friday: Southern Guitar Festival at Columbia College. There will be three days of concerts. The first, at 7 p.m. Friday, will feature guitarists, a double bassist and saxophonist playing a variety of music. The competition rounds – in elementary, college and middle school and high school divisions – begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. At 7 p.m., Maharajah Flamenco Trio will perform. On June 23, there’s a local showcase, final rounds of competition, as well as solo concerts by guitar virtuosos Artem Dervoyed and Rovshan Mamedkuliev. Columbia College is at 1301 Columbia College Drive. Events range from free to $15; southernguitarfest.com

7:30 p.m. Friday: Mad Hot Tango Show at Tapp’s Arts Center. The show is part of Vista Ballroom’s Mad Hot Tango Marathon, a four-day event. Friday’s authentic Argentine tango performance will feature exceptional dancers Dario Farias and Sabrina Morando and Orlando Farias and Erin Bolshakov. Music will be performed by Chicago Tango Orchestra. Tickets for the tango cost $30 in advance and $40 at the door. For more on the marathon, visit www.madhottangomarathon.com or call (803) 546-3705

8 p.m. Friday: SC Irish Arts Weekend at various venues. The seventh annual arts weekend, hosted by The Redbird School of Irish Music, will be held through Sunday. The weekend will feature concerts and workshops at Conundrum Music Hall and the Columbia Museum of Art. At 8 p.m. Friday, Pat O’Connor, Eoghan O’Sullivan and Mai Hernon, among others, will perform a free concert (donations will be accepted) at Conundrum (626 Meeting St., West Columbia). From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, there will be free mini-concerts at the museum (Main and Hampton streets), as well as traditional Irish music and song workshops ($40 per session). There will be a dance workshop from 3-5 p.m. at the museum. More workshops and music, including the closing session from 3- 6 p.m. at Delaney’s (741 Saluda Avenue), will be held Sunday. To register and for a detailed schedule, visit cornerhousemusic.com.

8 p.m. Friday: Girls Rock Fest: Guys Rock For Girls Rock at New Brookland Tavern. Here’s another fundraiser for this summer’s Girls Rock Columbia. The players: Rodney Queen, a band featuring members of Say Brother, The Unawares, The Restoration and Yes Yes. After the show, there’s a dance party... but during intermission (an intermission at a rock show?!) there’s a drag show. NBT is at 122 State St., West Columbia. $8-$10 before 12:30 a.m., $4 after; www.newbrooklandtavern.com

9 p.m. Friday: Don Merckle & The Blacksmiths at Utopia. Donald Merckle & The Blacksmiths play what has been described as high-energy folk and Americana. Certainly at this show the energy will be turned up a notch. Utopia is at 3830A Rosewood Drive. Free; (803) 733-2222

11 p.m. Friday: Samantha Crain at Hunter-Gatherer. Samantha Crain, who peacefully combines elements of country and indie rock with her unique voice, is playing a show in support of her new CD, “Kid Face,” which was produced by John Vanderslice. This is also an issue release party for Stereofly, a website that shines a spotlight on Southern musicians. With The Mazloom Empire and Rachel Kate. H-G is at 900 Main St. $5; www.facebook.com/thestereofly

4 p.m. Saturday: Listen Inc. Music Festival at Leaside. The second annual festival, which will benefit Pets Inc. & Sister Care, will feature Mattie Phifer Band, The Cleavers, Renee Russell, Elaine Townsend, Flat Out Strangers and Pamela Dale. Bring a lawn chair, but no cooler or pets. There will also be a silent auction. Leaside is at 100 East Exchange Boulevard. $25 in advance, $30 at the door; www.listenincsc.com

9 p.m. Saturday: Hip Hop is Alive at NBT. B-Familia Muzik, the crew helmed by the rapper Ben G, a recent Brick Squad Monopoly recruit, is hosting this show alongside his B-Fam affiliates Wally Fatz and OX. Performers include Mantiz, Collard Green, J Chris & Nique and Deezy Slim, among others. $5

9 p.m. Saturday: The Fishing Journal at Art Bar. The Fishing Journal – Chris Powell (vocals and guitar), Josh Latham (drums) and Chuck Sligh (bass) – continue to rattle indie rock music with their punk sensibilities. With Sein Zum Tode, Ghost at the Feast and Release the Dog. Art Bar is at 1211 Park St.; www.artbarsc.com

9 p.m. Saturday: “The Commedia Rapunzel” at Columbia Children’s Theatre. Sure, Rapunzel is a well-known fairy tale and the production is running at a children’s theater. But get this, Saturday’s show is for adults only. Sam LaFrage, a Camden native now working in New York, wrote the script and he assures us adults will dig it. The theater is at Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive. $8; www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com

7:30 p.m. Monday: Owen at NBT. In 2001 Owen, the solo project of Mike Kinsella, played one of my most memorable shows in Columbia. In support of his self-titled debut, Owen stopped at NBT on the Owen, Cait and Kyle tour. (Cait and Kyle are Caithlin De Marrais and Kyle Fischer of Rainer Maria). Kinsella has played in seminal indie rock bands – such as Cap’n Jazz, Joan of Arc, Owls, Aloha and one of my personal favorites, American Football, among others – that played emo before emo was a commercialized and demonized genre designation. But Owen was a departure from pop delivered with a punk ethos. Owen is something more personal, at times heartbreaking. He has a new album, “L’Ami du Peuple,” that will be released next month. The Daytrotter.com session previewing the album, posted last Friday, is sublime in its revelatory beauty. After that 2001 show, Owen, Cait and Kyle sat around NBT’s pool table and sang cover songs, including a handsome version of Red House Painters’ glum “Mistress.” How I long to have had a smartphone that recorded video then. With Slingshot Dakota and Those Lavender Whales. $10 in advance, $13 at the door

7 p.m. Tuesday: WWE SmackDown at Colonial Life Arena. A highlight of this wrestling show is “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus teaming with “The Viper” Randy Orton and Chris Jericho in a six-man tag team match against The Shield. Also appearing: Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Fandango and The Divas, among others. The arena is at 801 Lincoln St. $17-$97; www.LMCtix.com or (855) 456-2849

8 p.m. Wednesday: Tonight a Clown Will Travel Time at Conundrum Music Hall. We’ve been told this is going to be a “fast-paced live-action comic book.” Yes, that is something unusual on the scene. Albert Billows, a clown, archivist and amateur scientist has built a time machine, sources have told us. This production is being presented by Miniature Curiosa, a Pittsburgh-based puppet company. The one-hour performance is intended for a mature audience. Conundrum is at 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. $10; www.miniaturecuriosa.com

8 p.m. Thursday: The Mountain Goats at NBT. The Mountain Goats, fronted by John Darnielle, plays folkish-indie music that contain observation and imaginative narratives. With The Baptist Generals. $18

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