Friday, Dec. 5
JOE BANAMASSA: 8 p.m. Friday at Township Auditorium. Guitar virtuoso/sing/songwriter Joe Bonamassa is a former lead guitarist for Bloodline. www.thetownship.com
BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY: 9 p.m. Friday at Music Farm Columbia. Grammy-winning group known for their album “Tha Crossroads.” www.musicfarm.com
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WWE LIVE: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Colonial Life Arena. See wrestling superstars in action including John Cena, Seth Rollins and Nikki Bella. For more information visit www.coloniallifearena.com
USC PHOTO FESTIVAL: 5-10 p.m. Friday at Tapp’s Arts Center, 1644 Main St. Lecture and panel discussion on “Photography in Appalachia,” featuring a panel that includes Roger May, Tom Rankin and Aaron Blum. Stick around for Columbia’s first Slideluck show, a combination of a slide show and a potluck. Slideluck is an organization that brings together diverse groups of people, artwork, food, music, ideas and perspectives. (803) 988-0013; http://tappsartscenter.com
McKISSICK MIXER: 6-9 p.m. Friday at McKissick Museum, 816 Bull St. Archaeologist Carl Steen and Southern ceramics collector Philip Wingard will discuss the recent acquisitions for the museum’s Southern stoneware collection. Pottery from the collection of Stephen and Terry Ferrell includes an 1840 signed and decorated Phoenix Factory jar and an 1825 churn, both attributed to Thomas Chandler ; and a bowl by John Durham, Chandler’s father-in-law. $15; members, free. The items will be on exhibit through March 28; museum hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 777-0169.
TOWN OF LEXINGTON SNOWBALL FESTIVAL: Concert and carnival 6 p.m. Friday at Lexington Square Park (East Main Street and South Lake Drive), featuring music by Tara Scheyer and the Mud Puppy Band, magic shows, face painting, balloon animal makers, stilt walkers, visits with Santa and craft vendors. Stick around for the 8 p.m. tree lighting, hot chocolate and s’mores. Round out the weekend with two holiday movies at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Lexington square. (803) 356-8238; http://lexsc.com
“THE HOMECOMING”: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road. Adaptation of “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story,” the TV movie that served as pilot for the long-running series “The Waltons.” Tickets are $12; youth, students and seniors, $10. Shows 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. (803) 359-1436; http://villagesquaretheatre.com
Saturday, Dec. 6
HAIR OF THE DOG MUSIC FESTIVAL AND BBQ BATTLE: 10 a.m. Saturday at TLC Sports Bar, 936 S. Stadium Road. All-day music festival and barbecue competition will feature indoor and outdoor full bar service; barbecue samplings, $1; cornhole and Frisbee games. Friendly, leashed dogs welcome, PETS, Inc.’s Neuter Scooter Cheap Shots Clinic will be onsite for rabies shots, DHPP, bordetella and heartworm tests for dogs. Nail trims will also be available. Proceeds will be donated to PETS, Inc. http://hairofthedogcolumbia.webs.com
WAR BETWEEN THE STATES LANTERN TOURS: 6-9 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Cayce Historical Museum, 1800 12th St., Cayce. As darkness falls, scenes from the great American war come to life. Presented by the 20th S.C. Volunteer Infantry. (803) 739-5385
Sunday, Dec. 7
CAROLINA JAZZ SOCIETY: Dixieland jazz concert, 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Jazz, ragtime and swing with Dick Goodwin, trumpet; Doug Graham, clarinet; Bruce Clark, trombone; Reggie Sullivan, bass; Jim Hall, drums; and Aletha Jacobs, piano. $10; students 18 and younger, free. (803) 432-1504
Wednesday, Dec. 10
CMA CHAMBER MUSIC ON MAIN: 7 p.m. Dec. 10 (happy hour at 6 p.m.) in the DuBose-Preston Reception Hall at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Program will feature compositions by Haydn, Dohnayi and Brahams. Presented by U.S. Trust. $40; members, $30; students, $5. Season tickets, $170; members, $130. (803) 799-2810; http://columbiamuseum.org