Otis Taylor's picks of the week

7 tonight: Sarah Kervin at Terra. Terra's Music on the Patio series continues with Kervin, a singer who will complement your dinner as well as a glass of wine. Terra is at 100 State St., West Columbia. Free; (803) 791-3443

8 tonight: Le Cafe Jazz at Columbia Marriott Hotel. Le Cafe Jazz is Skipp Pearson's weekend hotel gig. Tonight's theme is Bal Marcel, or Our French Halloween. Attendees are encouraged to come in a costume with a French New Orleans theme. Cherimaree Newton will be the featured vocalist. The Columbia Marriott Hotel is at 1200 Hampton St. Reservations are suggested. $10; (803) 400-1205

8 tonight: Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band at New Brookland Tavern. Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band plays a mixture of funk and rock that was made for parties. With Pinna. NBT is at 122 State St., West Columbia. $10; (803) 791-4413

8 tonight: The Greencards at the Newberry Opera House. The Greencards bill themselves as "a new Underground Folk movement from two Australians and a Brit." Folk music has helped folks come together, so that's not new. But the sound, a melding of pickin' bluegrass and acoustic pop, is refreshing. The opera house is at 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $30; (803) 276-6264

9 tonight: Cary Ann Hearst at The White Mule. Cary Ann Hearst hovers over her songs likes she's a director sitting in a rocking chair with a glass of brown liquor in her hand. She's a little bit rock 'n' roll, a little bit country. More importantly, she's the all-knowing narrator of what's going on. When she sings "I'm not the one polishing my gun" - as she does in the song "Are You Ready to Die," which includes a beautiful nod to late-era vocal group doo-wop - you know the plot has thickened. The White Mule is at 1530 D Main St. (803) 661-8199

9:30 tonight: Columbia Alternacirque at Art Bar. Columbia Alternacirque, an alternative vaudeville circus that combines belly dancing, fire eaters, spinners and hula-hoopers, will perform shows at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. Then there will be the MIXXD dance party featuring DJs Dick Not Richard and Peter A. mixing electronic dance, '80s, disco, hip-hop and punk, among other genres. Art Bar is at 1211 Park St. Free; (803) 929-0198

7 p.m. Saturday: Strike Anywhere at NBT. Strike Anywhere headlines this hardcore and punk show that will also feature Polar Bear Club, Ruiner and Defeater. What, no Halloween party this year at New Brook? We're sure costumes are always welcome, especially with the painted faces I saw after the LFO show in July. $12

8 p.m. Saturday: The South Carolina Broadcasters at Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor. You won't see this duo, Ivy S. Lindley and David Sheppard, broadcasting news at this show. But they will sing old-timey music featuring fiddle, banjo, guitar and tight harmonies. Bill's is at 710 Meeting St., West Columbia. $10; (803) 796-6477

10 p.m. Monday: Des Ark at Hunter-Gatherer. Des Ark, Aimee Argote's emotionally punctured band, presents rock songs as if they were played with fingernails pressed into their backs. Ouch! But it feels - and sounds - so good. With Pygmy Lush and Ghastly City Sleep. Hunter-Gatherer is at 900 Main St. $5; (803) 748-0540

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