If you want to get a snapshot of the direction of local music, as dictated by the college-age students who move the crowds, go to Srsly? Records' showcase at The White Mule. The Artichokes, Hello Tomorrow, Cherry Case, Attalaya, The Fluorescents and Gray Scale will perform at the show that starts at 7 p.m. The White Mule is at 1530 D Main St. $5; (803) 661-8199
Do you hear that rumbling? Well, you'll hear it when the Colonial Life Arena erupts during the performances of Tyler Perry's "Madea's Big Happy Family." Perry will perform as Madea, the grandmother you don't want to mess with. The show runs through Saturday. Showtimes: 8 tonight and 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday. $47 to $67; http://www.TWCtix.com or (877) 489-2849
Take a walk on the wild side at "What's Love Fest 2010" at 701 Whaley. At 7 p.m. Saturday, view art that ranges from sappy to erotic. The art show can also be viewed from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 14. 701 Whaley is at 701 Whaley St. $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Sid & Nancy, S&S Art Supplies and Frame of Mind.