Let’s Pokemon Go Enjoy the Arts on Main Street

IMG_6163It’s going to be a hot one, so be sure to have yourself a few drinks. And, bring the Pokemon Go player in your life to take advantage of lures that will be dropped at various locations throughout the evening. 

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PalettoBrewingatWhigThe Whig – Palmetto Brewing Tap Night. 5-11pm https://www.facebook.com/events/153516445052349/

PersonaPersona Pizzeria – $4 craft beer and Italian wine.

Uptown – Open until 8 pm. Shop their sale and see all that is new for Fall!

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Cantina 76 – Stop by for their First Thursday 1/2 off Original House Margarita

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Marriott – 20% off food and drinks at Midlands or Rocks at Midlands. Just mention First Thursday!

Nest – Trunk show featuring the woodworks – including wooden puzzle boxes – of Chuck Augustine. Enjoy bourbon lemonade and bourbon soda shooters.

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Columbia Museum of Art –

  • Exhibition & Film – View the Daufuskie Memories exhibition, and then enjoy a film screening of Conrack at 6:30 pm. Galleries open until 8 pm. $7 or $5 for members.

Museum Shop – Enjoy complimentary wine and 20% off all items.

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Anastasia&FriendsAnastasia & Friends Gallery (Free Times) – Opening reception of “Time and a Place” – a solo exhibition of works by Dylan Fouste. https://www.facebook.com/events/1792069644362400/

Random Records – Pop-up sidewalk record stand with vintage vinyl for sale!

Metropolis Salon & Dry Bar – featuring the art of AbstractAlexandra & Jason Freeman. Artist, Abstract Alexandra will be featuring her latest figurative works. While, Jason will be showing his new characters in his graphic take on modern painting. Both artist will be on hand to discuss their work. Metropolis Salon & Dry Bar will also be featuring several in Salon Specials. Book now.

Drake’s Duck-in: Open until 7:30 pm. They have teamed up with @weirdbeerguysc and will be selling craft beer on the patio. Stop by and enjoy a cold one and some delicious chicken!

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MastDeanCook2Mast General Store – Enjoy live music with Dean Cook. 6 – 7:30 pm.

The Nick – Member happy hour! Discount on beer and wine for members. And a special screening of Toro Y Moi: Live from Trona. Following his fourth studio album, acclaimed musician Chaz Bundick, a Columbia native otherwise known as Toro Y Moi, brings to the screen a sonic experience featuring all new live arrangements. Filmed in the middle of the Mojave desert, Toro Y Moi: Live from Trona presents an entire concert album, recorded live beneath the geological wonders known as the Trona Pinnacles. Movie starts at 6:30pm and features a talkback following the screening. Purchase tickets in advance here: http://nickelodeon.org/films/toro-y-moi-live-from-trona/

Michael’s Café & Catering – Live music with Emily Wells. Featuring multimedia artist John Miranda. Food specials include fresh mussels, fresh tomato pies, local beer specials, and gourmet cheese board. Beers and Hymns in conference center beginning at 7 pm.

Good Life Cafe – It’s HOT HOT HOT! Not just the weather but First Thursday on Main at Good Life Cafe. Healthy food and libations as well as some real HOT Salsa with David Rodriguez and the Palmetto Latin 5 Jazz Band. Also we will be featuring the photography of Adam Smith and you can view his work here: http://www.adamsmithphotographer.com/

Grapes & Gallery – $5 beer tasting and live music from Tim O’Keefe and Emily Whitecotton. Art on display by Allison C Fowler and photography on display by Tony Claremont. 3 – 9 pm.

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  • Art – Opening reception of A Diligent Dream, a solo exhibition of local Columbia artist, Kris Lars. Beginning at 6 pm. Live performance in the courtyard – MallFighter is Malls & Autofighter, the experimental dance music side-projects of multimedia artists Lucas Sams and O’Neal Peterson. https://www.facebook.com/events/880591635419113/.

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  • After Party – enjoy Infinite Room’s After Party featuring Amigo, King Vulture, and Morgan of the Pines. $6. 8:30 – 11:30 pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/261935910854672

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Villa Tronco – Palmetto Opera singers. 6 -8:30 pm. Reservations are required. 803-256-7677

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Gallery at City Hall – Reconstructing Home Art Show created by Transitions and volunteers. Open until 8 pm.

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The Whig – Elysian Brewing Tap Night. Check out a first round of kegs from Elysian Brewing. https://www.facebook.com/events/1037542579663613/
TheWhigPersona Pizzeria – $5 base pizzas and first topping only 99 cents.

Uptown – Open until 8pm with face painting for the kids and a fun family-friendly Boom Box. Shop the Gambler’s Sale for some great deals!

The Oak Table – $5 select red wines and select white wines. Buy one get one ½ off.

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Cantina 76 – Stop by for the First Thursday 1/2 priced Original House Margaritas!

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Columbia Marriott – 20% off food and drinks at Midlands or Rocks at Midlands. Just mention First Thursday!
NestNest – Trunk show featuring Kayla Sansom of Carolina Soap Works. Free Bourbon Lemonade and Bourbon Soda Shooters!

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Columbia Museum of Art – Drop-in Studio: create your own abstract prints with unconventional materials from 6-8pm (FREE). Meet Big & Bold curator, Catherine Walworth at 7pm (Free with admission or membership) Exhibitions:

  • Daufuskie Memories – A series of over 60 photographs taken from 1977-1982, captures African American life on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina. (Free with admission or membership)
  • Big & Bold – Selections from the Collection (free with admission or membership)

Museum Shop – Tag Sale! – Items $10 or less! 5-8pm

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Mast General Store – Music with Slim Pickens from 6-7:30pm

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Michael’s Cafe and Catering – Enjoy a Jazz, Blues and Book exhibition along with live music with Flat Out Strangers.

Grapes & Gallery – $5 (pay at bar) Beer Tasting from 6-8pm Two new beers from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. $5 off all bottles of wine from 4-7pm. Live music from Jackson Well House Band.

TappsTapp’s Arts Center – The Pace of Nature (EXTENDED!) and Infinite First Thursday After Party. Multi-media witchcraft experience with bands. Doors open at 8:30pm and concert begins at 9pm. $6 at the door. https://www.facebook.com/events/1675529676028550/

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Villa Tronco – Palmetto Opera Singers. Reservations are Required. 803-256-7677

Gallery at City Hall – Reconstructing Home Art Show created by Transitions and volunteers.

The Girls Gonna Rock the Block for June!

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The Whig – Boston’s Harpoon Brewery Tap Takeover. Beginning at 5 pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/234627703578627/
Persona Pizzeria – $4 craft beers and tap wine.
Uptown – Open until 8pm for Father’s Day shopping!
Uptown & Persona Special – Make a purchase at either location and register to win a Free Pizza and Refills with a Tervis Tumbler compliments of Uptown and Persona.
The Oak Table – $5 select red wines and select white wines. Buy one get one ½ off.

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Cantina 76 – Stop by for the First Thursday 1/2 priced Original House Margaritas and Live Entertainment!

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Nest – Trunk show featuring the jewelry and art of Kait Masters, creator of larkspur + laurel! Bourbon Lemonade will be served, as well as some new Bourbon Soda Shooters, featuring Cannonborough Bev. Co’s sodas. All free! https://www.facebook.com/events/952185944896453/

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Columbia Museum of Art – Lecture at 6:30 pm with photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ash. Free and open to the public. Due to limited space, pre-registration is required.

Museum Shop – Members Appreciation Day! Members save 20% off of everything in the shop until 8 pm.

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  • Help raise funds for Girls Rock Columbia! Performances by Paisley Marie Suttlemyre (6:30 pm), Can’t Kids (8 pm), and Tomboi (9 pm). Food by The Wurst Wagen. https://www.facebook.com/events/1116143145104284/
  • Featuring the Fringe Dance Collective between stage performances throughout the evening.
  • Izms of Art presents Art on Boyd Plaza with Live Painting and Visual Art by Tariq Mix. http://www.tmixstudios.com
  • City of Columbia, Community Development table with information on homeownership.

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Anastasia & Friends Gallery at Free Times – Opening reception of “Reflections” a photography exhibition by John Hodge, Drew Baron and Brennan Booker. 6 – 9 pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/881780921934370/ . Also featuring, Art-o-mat in the gallery space.

Random Records – Pop-up sidewalk record stand with vintage vinyl for sale!

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Mast General Store – Enjoy live music performed by father/son duo, Mike and Matt Fenech. 6-7:30pm

The Nickelodeon – Member happy hour! Discount on beer and wine for members.
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Michael’s Cafe and Catering – Alternative acoustic pop artist, Jon Rooks performing at 6pm.

Grapes & Gallery – $5 beer tasting! Explore 3 very different beers from Anderson Valley Brewing Company. Drop by anytime between 5:30 and 8 pm to sample these beers. (No tickets required in advance, pay at bar. While supplies last.) Enjoy art on display by Allison C Fowler and photographer Tony Claremont. Happy Hour specials include $5 off any bottle of wine from 4 to 7 pm.

Tapp’s Arts Center – Infinite Room First Thursday After Party. Doors open at 9:30 pm and concert starts at 10 pm. Cost for admission is $6 at the door. https://www.facebook.com/events/1621778891478810/

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Villa Tronco – Palmetto Opera Singers. Reservations are Required. 803-256-7677

May First Thursday

It’s Cinco de Mayo, folks. 

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  • TheWhigThe Whig- D9 Tap Takeover. https://www.facebook.com/events/1715112208756689/
  • Persona Pizzeria – $4 craft beers and tap wine. One-topping pizza for $5.99 from 3 – 5 pm.
  • Uptown – Book signing with Warren Bingham from 12 – 2 pm. Open until 8 pm. Featuring the art of local artist, Ansley Grier.

Uptown & Persona Special – Make a purchase at either location and register to win a Free Pizza and Refills with a Tervis Tumbler compliments of Uptown and Persona.

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  • The Oak Table – $5 select red wines and select white wines. Buy one get one ½ off.

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  • Cantina 76 – Stop by for 1/2 priced Original House Margaritas.
  • Let’s Cook Culinary Studio (1305 Assembly St.) Cinco de Mayo Class.  Two for the Price of One.  6:15 pm. Registration $50

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  • Columbia Marriott – Full bar outside featuring Three Olives’ blueberry vodka lemonades.

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  • Nest – Trunk show featuring PURE (handmade artisan soaps and skincare products), along with a live performance outside the Marriott by Appalachian-folk band Conservation Theory! Free Bourbon Lemonade. https://www.facebook.com/events/138347329901398/

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  • Columbia Museum of ArtMuseum Shop –  Enjoy 15% discount on everything in the shop (jewelry, baskets, scarves, and more!) 6 – 8 pm.

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  • Boyd Plaza – Local pop-up beer garden in celebration of Cinco de Mayo! Sights, sounds, eats, and drinks! Featuring Izms of Art and food from Ledel’s Stuffed Quesadillas and KC Hotdogs. https://www.facebook.com/events/226107391086554/

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  • Anastasia & Friends Gallery at Free Times –Featuring Blobs, Frogs, Dogs, Etc., New Paintings by Marius Valdes.  This exhibition includes large acrylic paintings on canvas and over a hundred small ink drawings on mini canvases that will appeal to adults and kids.  Art-o-mat will be back in the gallery space. https://www.facebook.com/events/424359144401063/
  • Random Records – Pop-up sidewalk record stand with vintage vinyl for sale!

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  • Mast General Store – Music with Pocket Buddha. 6 – 7:30 pm.   At the heart of Pocket Buddha is storytelling. Featuring fiddle, slide guitar, banjo, mandolin, and twelve different players, it’s Americana at its finest. Side B’s studio session was all recorded live to tape, giving the intimate feeling of the band playing in your living room.
  • The Nickelodeon – Member happy hour! Discount on beer and wine for members.

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  • Michael’s Cafe and Catering – Flat Out Strangers will be playing live. Plan to enjoy great music, excellent food specials and beer deals!Beers and Hymns in their Hampton Room beginning at 7 pm.

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  • Grapes & GalleryBeer Tasting Special: $5. Pay at the door, while supplies last.Live Music: Local band – Jackson Well House Painting: “Love Tree” at 6 pm. Reserve your easel at grapesandgallery.com

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  • Villa Tronco – Palmetto Opera Singers. Reservations are Required.

April First Thursday!

The Word on the Street Edition

The 1100 block of Hampton Street will be closed in front of Boyd Plaza. Enjoy a FREE concert featuring live music, art and poetry in honor of National Poetry Month. Proceeds from sales by The Whig will benefit the Deckle Edge Literary Festival.

 

 

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  • Uptown on Main – Featured art by Ansley Grier. Meet Ansley until 8pm.
  • The Oak Table – $5 select red wines and select white wines. Buy one, get one 1/2 off.

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  • Cantina 76 – Stop by for 1/2 priced Original House Margaritas.

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  • Columbia Marriott – Full bar outside featuring Three Olives’ blueberry vodka lemonades.

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    Columbia Museum of ArtMuseum Shop – Enjoy a wine reception and trunk show by local jewelry artist Hippy Do Da Creations until 8pm. Sip & Scribbles – Enjoy a coloring book party featuring African-American art from the CMA collection, as well as art from Afrocentric coloring books. Sip on wine and enjoy the relaxing art of coloring while listening to jazz, soul and Afrobeat music. CMA Galleries – Special admission pricing – $5 REMIX: Themes and Variations in African-American Art open until 8pm. Special Film Screening at 6:30pm – Hip-hop film Style Wars. More information: http://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/remix

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  • Boyd PlazaIzms of Art – Art on the Plaza exhibition featuring artists Robert Coffey (photographer), Victor Garcia (illustrator/painter) and Yvette Jones (painter). Richland Library – Sharing the love of poetry! Stop by their table and create your own poetry themed button. Mini Maker Faire/EdVenture -Using strips of multicolored flexible particle board, guests are free to make anything they want!  Quick projects might include a simple picture frames, or in the spirit of spring- make a trellis to take home with you! Feel free to come work as long as you like, and make something as big as you like!
  • Anastasia & Friends Gallery at Free Times –Indie Grits Does First Thursday -Join us for a special preview show featuring work from two Indie Grits art projects. Jordan Young, Susan Lenz, and Dr. Jerry Griggs will show their collaboration titled ‘Flooded.’
    Josh Yates (also the Nickelodeon Theatre‘s filmmaker in residence) will exhibit a series of photographs featuring portraits from his oral history project that focuses on community members who were affected by the October flooding. And, be sure to check out the Cola Art-o-Mat for some $5 art! More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1777298525832511/
  • Random Records – Pop-up sidewalk record stand with vintage vinyl for sale!

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  • Mast General Store – Stillhouse performing from 6-7:30pm. More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/208392909533256/
  • The Nickelodeon – Member happy hour! Discount on beer and wine for members.
  • Agape Pharmacy – Guess the winner of the Masters and you’ll win a 12-pack of golf balls! Also, guess the amount of candies in their featured candy jar and win an ice cream bar!

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  • Michael’s Cafe and Catering – Beers and Hymns in their Hampton Room at 7pm. Live music by Don Russo outside weather permitting.
  • Sandwich Depot – Open late and featuring a dinner special.

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  • Grapes & Gallery – From 6-8:30pm stop by to taste 3 different beer and coffee pairings.

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  • Tapp’s Arts Center – Richland One School Distric Art Show and music in the courtyard from 6-9pm.

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  • Gallery at City Hall – “Freshwater Veins” exhibit featuring river-inspired work by artists from SC. Curated by the Palmetto Curatorial Exchange. Reception from 6pm-8pm
  • Villa Tronco – Palmetto Opera Singers. Reservations are Required.

March First Thursday!

Join us for First Thursday on Main on March 3rd. From the State House to the gallery at City Hall, enjoy art, entertainment, shopping, dining, and all that Main Street has to offer! City Center Partnership’s Yellow Shirts offer complimentary shuttle services along Main Street and to and from the Vista. Call 803-309-7758 for a free shuttle until 11 p.m.

March Lineup Includes:

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  • The Whig- Stop by the Whig for their monthly tap takeover as part of First Thursday on Main. This month Sierra Nevada Brewing, now brewed right up the road in Fletcher, NC.  For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1108120545900114/
  • Persona Pizzeria – Free drink with purchase of pizza and $4 draft beer and wine.
  • Uptown on Main – open until 7pm
  • The Oak Table – $5 select red wines and select white wines. Buy one, get one 1/2 off.

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  • Cantina 76 – Stop by for 1/2 priced Original House Margaritas. Enjoy live music, weather permitting.

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  • Columbia Museum of Art – Museum Shop – Enjoy a wine and cheese reception until 8pm, CMA Galleries – Open until 8pm featuring REMIX: Themes and Variations in African-American Art. REMIX Spark Tours at 6pm and 7pm. More information: http://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/remix
  • Anastasia & Friends Gallery at Free Times – Local artists have donated art to show their support for Anastasia, who is battling a life-threatening disease. Proceeds go to her. Also food, drinks, birthday cake on hand with The Wurst Wagen outside. More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/953272171433859/

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  • Random Records – Pop-up sidewalk record stand with vintage vinyl for sale! All Jimmy Swaggart albums are 50% off.

 

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  • Mast General Store – If you like music, singing, laughing and awkward dancing, then you’ll love the Juniors. Stop by Mast from 6-7:30pm

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  • The Nickelodeon – Member happy hour! Discount on beer and wine for members.
  • Agape Pharmacy – Celebrate March Madness and enter their drawing for a chance to win a Spalding Basketball!
  • Good Life Cafe – Enjoy the popular Palmetto Latin Orchestra’s 5-piece ensemble! They will perform from 7-9:30pm.
  • Metropolis Salon & Dry Bar (1218 Taylor) – Peruse the work of local artists, Cole Smith and Matthew Mattox, while receiving complimentary services. Also featuring popup shops from Thrifted Sisters and Carolina Soap Works. More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1553062835022363/

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  • Sandwich Depot – Open late and featuring a dinner special.
  • Grapes & Gallery – From 6-7pm taste two featured wines for $5. From 7:15-8:15pm, taste two featured beers for $5. While supplies last! More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/920393928076734/

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  • Main Street United Methodist Church – Enjoy the USC Concert Choir Concert (7:30pm) The Bach Cantata “Jesu, der du Meine Seele” accompanied by a chamber orchestra with soloists Anna Young, Aubrey Nelson, Mark Bischoff and Jonathan Trotter. And in honor of the centennial of Robert Shaw, the choir will sing a set of arrangements of American folk hymns and spirituals set by Shaw and his writing partner, Alice Parker. Works by Daniel Elder and Michael Barrett will also be performed.

February First Thursday

Join us for First Thursday on Main on February 4th. From the State House to the gallery at City Hall, enjoy art, entertainment, shopping, dining, and all that Main Street has to offer! City Center Partnership’s Yellow Shirts offer complimentary shuttle services along Main Street and to and from the Vista. Call 803-309-7758 for a free shuttle until 11 p.m.

February Lineup Includes:

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  • The Whig- Stop by the Whig for their monthly tap takeover as part of First Thursday on Main.  Allagash Brewing Company purveyors and creators of all things awesome are taking over the basement.  For more information details https://www.facebook.com/events/1545154272475161/

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  • Persona Pizzeria – Stop by Persona and enjoy a Dinner Special for two ($28.00).  Choice of one specialty pizza, two salads, and choice of any two beverages (wine, beer, and non-alcoholic selections).
  • Uptown on Main – Open until 7 pm.  This is a great time to do some Valentine’s Day shopping!  New items arriving every day!

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  • The Oak Table- Select wines for $5.00

 

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  • Cantina 76- 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas

 

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  • Fancy That Bistro & Catering – Enjoy 10 wings for $5.00, FREE salsa and chips, hot chocolate for $1.00, $2.00 domestic beer, and $3.00 glass of wine.
  • Nest – Nest will host a trunk show featuring the nails-and-string artwork of Sarah Bradford of heART of Sarah. They’ll also be having a sale on many vendors’ work and products to ease your gift shopping worries! As always, the Double Trouble girls will be supplying free Bourbon Lemonade cocktails and light snacks. More details https://www.facebook.com/events/962155863820857/

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  • Columbia Museum of Art – CMA is hosting its members opening for REMIX: Themes & Variations in African American Art – it is members only, but you can join the CMA that night and enjoy the party too! Members receive 30% off in the CMA Shop on First Thursday! Party begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • On Boyd Plaza
    • What’s Next Midlands- What’s Next Midlands is a social innovation program focused on helping people with great ideas connect with the community, the capital, the support and the volunteers they need to turn those into reality. Thanks to a Connected Communities grant from Central Carolina Community Foundation, we were able to launch our pilot year on July 1, 2015. At First Thursday, we’ll be asking the community for their ideas about “what’s next” for the Midlands. The goal is to generate 1000 ideas between now and February 19. By early March, we will select two ideas to be executed by June. Come interact with our idea board and take this opportunity to create your future community.
    • Public Life Public Space Collaborative- A partnership between the City of Columbia, Central Carolina Community Foundation and the Gehl Institute will host a table to collect ideas and feature possible ideas for enhancing Columbia public spaces. Stop by to chat about the project and propose ideas!
    • Scenario Collective- Enjoy impromptu musical performances by artists from the Scenario Collective, including Paper Shoes, Prince Rupert, Aqua Koala, Pedro LDV, and Mr. B. Make sure to ask them about their upcoming special performance at a mysterious location in the Congaree Vista.
    • Girl Scouts of South Carolina- Stop by the informational table to learn about volunteer options and troop information.
  • Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse – Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse will offer a Special 2016 Promotion. Please mention 2016 First Thursday and they will give you a full dinner menu ($34 value) for $20.16!
  • Anastasia & Friends Gallery – Enjoy an exhibition by installation and fiber artist Susan Lenz entitled, PLAYA: A Month in Paradise. The exhibition will open from 6 – 9 pm on First Thursday and continue weekdays from 9 – 5 through February 27th.  This is the first opportunity for the artist to share work made and inspired by a unique, four-week art residency at PLAYA in the remote, Oregon “Outback”.

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  • Drake’s Duck-In – Extending their normal business hours: Enjoy burgers, chicken fingers, fries, and ice cream!
  • Random Records – Pop-up sidewalk record stand with vintage vinyl for sale! grease-album-cover

 

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  • Mast General Store – Enjoy Odd-Hokum-Ragtime-Blues/Jazz – that’s what Sean Thomson makes with various finger pickings of guitar/banjo and his gin dipped voice. You can occasionally catch him doing a solo set of tunes ranging from old 20’s foxtrots with a twist to newer ragtime interpretations. (6 – 7:30 pm)

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  • Nickelodeon- Member happy hour!  All Nick members enjoy a discount on beer and wine for all evening.
    • Screenings:
      Trumbo – 6 pm
      Anomalisa – 8 pm
      Room – 8:45 pm

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  • Good Life Café – Enjoy the popular Palmetto Latin Orchestra’s 5-piece ensemble! They will perform from 7 – 9:30 pm.

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  • Michael’s Café & Catering– Enjoy Live music by Lakitah and appetizers and pizza specials!   “People Reading”, a visual tribute also opens on First Thursday. Artists whose works will be showcased in this exhibition, in which all the pieces have subjects reading something, include: Stephen Chesley, the late Reuben Gambrell, Bonnie Goldberg, Pete Holland, Cherie Holmes, Robert Kennedy, Meg McLean, Boyd Saunders, Cary Weathers, and Barbara Yongue.“Beer and Hymns” in the Conference Room and the specialty cocktail will be the Moscow Mule.

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  • One Columbia for Arts and History (1219 Taylor Street) – Enjoy their open house featuring information about the upcoming literary festival, Deckle Edge. And, make sure to stop by the Nickelodeon Theatre to buy some art from the Columbia Art-o-mat!
  • Tapp’s Arts Center– Join us for the opening reception to Alex Smith’s solo exhibition ‘SITUATIONS’, along with ‘Off Page – Photography’, presented by One Book, One Community, Deckle Edge Literary Festival, The Jasper Project, USC Press, Richland Library and One Columbia for Arts and Culture. Music in the Tapp’s Courtyard will be from Near Extinction. And in the Skyline Room, experience a variety of performances in ‘A Village and Then Some’ presented by Mission A to Zed!
  • Grapes and Gallery
    • Wine Tasting – Some Sweet Stuff – $5 pay at bar Beginning at 6 pm (in The Cellar Bar downstairs). They will be trying 3 sweet wines.  Cost: $5/person. This is NOT a ticketed event. Pay at bar, while supplies last. First come, first serve.
    • Beer Tasting – A Stout, a Witbier and a Sour – $5 pay at bar Beginning at 7:30 pm (in The Cellar Bar downstairs). They will be trying a few new arrivals including a Stout, a Witbier & a Sour.  Cost: $5/person.  This is NOT a ticketed event. Pay at bar, while supplies last. First come, first serve.

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  • The Gallery at City Hall– Experience the South Carolina State Museum at a special exhibit in the Gallery at City Hall, located at 1737 Main Street. Selections from the Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition will be on display along with work from the Palmetto Portrait Project.  Both exhibits, showcase photographers, fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina.
  • Villa Tronco- Palmetto Opera will be Performing. Reservations are required!  803-256-7677.

 

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  • Main Street United Methodist Church- Enjoy the USC Concert Choir Concert (7:30 pm) The University’s premier choral ensemble presents a free concert. The program includes Tayloe Harding’s “War Prayer,” with text by Mark Twain presenting the idea that when we go to war and pray for victory, we also are praying that people on the other side will suffer death and destruction. Also on the program is the great 19th-century masterpiece, Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, written for the composer’s mother, and a set of pieces by William Averitt. A chamber orchestra accompanies the Requiem and War Prayer, which also features soloists bass-baritone Jacob Will and tenor Paul Spencer Adkins, both of whom have international careers singing leading roles in operas and oratorios.

January!!

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The Whig – Stop by The Whig on First Thursday on Main and drink local during an all out tap takeover from New Holland Brewing.  Read more…

The Oak Table- Select wines for $5.00

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Cantina 76 – Stop by for their famous 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas.

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Fancy That Bistro & Catering- Enjoy 10 wings for $5.00, FREE salsa and chips, hot chocolate for $1.00, $2.00 domestic beer, and $3.00 glass of wine.

Columbia Marriott- Enjoy full bar and live music on the Outdoor Patio.

Nest – Enjoy a trunk show featuring the work of Laura Burns Fine Art.  As usual, they’ll have their free snacks and Bourbon Lemonade cocktails!  Read more…

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Columbia Museum of Art-

  • Galleries open until 8 p.m. – Free with admission or membership.
  • CMA Shop – Enjoy a glass of wine and a 30% discount on all Georgia O’Keeffe items.
  • Friends of African American Art and Culture Lecture – Meet Artists Tonya Gregg and Kimberley LeDee at 5:30 pm (Free).   Artists Tonya Gregg and Kimberley LeDee discuss their work in the Independent Spirits exhibition, celebrating the creativity of 30 contemporary South Carolina women artists. The talk is followed by a screening of the film Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Carolina Story and a reception immediately after. Presented by the Friends of African American Art & Culture, a CMA membership affiliate.

Main Street ICE – Enjoy downtown outdoor ice skating!

Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse – To celebrate 2016, Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse will offer Full Dinner Rodizio including all 16 meats for $20.16 for everyone who mentions First Thursday Special!

Anastasia & Friends Gallery– Stop by the gallery from 6 to 9 pm for an opening reception of “Casa de fruta y pan.” (Photography exhibition and book signing by Meg Griffiths).  Read more…

Drake’s Duck-In- Extending their normal business hours: Enjoy burgers, chicken fingers, fries, and ice cream!

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Nickelodeon- Member happy hour!  All Nick members enjoy a discount on beer and wine all evening.


Good Life Café – will feature Flat Out Strangers starting at 7:00 pm, with swing dancers most likely joining them.

Michael’s Café & Catering- Enjoy live music with Bradley Sanders, various food specials, and featured Columbia bridge artwork from various artists.

Tapp’s Arts Center –  Stop by Tapp’s at 6 p.m. for the opening reception of “Where They Cut Her I Bleed”, an exhibition of work by Tapp’s Artist in Residence, Michaela Pilar Brown.Read more…

Grapes and Gallery (1113 Taylor Street)- Stop by Grapes and Gallery for First Thursday!
  • $5 Wine Tasting at 6:30.  They will be trying at least 3 new wines. Come help them choose what to keep around. This is NOT a ticketed event. Pay at bar. While supplies last. First come, first served.  Read more…
  • $5 Beer Tasting 7:30.  They will be trying at least 3 new beers. Join them in helping to choose which ones to keep around. This is NOT a ticketed event. Pay at bar. While supplies last. First come, first served. Read more…
  • Artist-Led Painting Session 6 p.m.  They will be painting “Alone” at 6 pm with Allison Fowler. Please reserve your easel ahead of time atgrapesandgallery.com
One Columbia for Arts and History (1219 Taylor Street) – Hosts an open house/drop-in for folks interested in joining Ron Hagell‘s Cola Screenwriters group. Stop in and  chat about screenwriting or any other art form in Columbia as you move along Main Street!
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Villa TroncoPalmetto Opera will be performing. Reservations are required. 803-256-7677

For more information, please email la@cartertodd.com or visit and “Like” First Thursday on Main’s Facebook page , or follow FirstThursdayonMain @FirstThursMain for updates.

November 1700 Block

 

The Gallery at City Hall- Benedict College Faculty Exhibitfeaturing the work of Wendell George Brown, Cornelius Cakley, Jasmin Cyril, Gina Moore, Amanda Ladymon-Stockard, Brian Rego and Tyrone Geter. This First Thurday will feature a gallery talk by Wendell George Brown andCornelius Cakley starting at 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Villa TroncoPalmetto Opera singers from 7-8:30. Reservations are required. 803-256-7677

November 1600 Block

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Mast General Store- Enjoy music with Jellyroll & Delicious Dish. They play both original and cover tunes, with influences from Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt, The Grateful Dead, and traditional folk such as Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. May Kirby and Jenn McCallister on harmony, Bentz Kirby on lead vocals, accompanied by Chris Lawther on guitar. 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Nickelodeon- Member happy hour!  All Nick members enjoy a discount on beer and wine all evening.

Good Life Café– Enjoy live music by Flat Out Strangers, wonderful food, and a full bar, 7 – 9 p.m.

Michael’s Café & Catering- Live music from The Entertainment.  Author John Sherrer, Historic Columbia’s Director of Cultural Resources, will sign “Remembering Columbia”, from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. as part of Celebrating Columbia. Gallery space will feature artwork by locals Donna Rozier and Ron Weathers, whose paintings are featured on the CD: A Brush with Columbia History, Told Through Art.

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Tapp’s Arts Center- Foundation, Formulation, Failure: A Solo Exhibition in Three Acts by Thomas Crouch from 6 -10 p.m. Tom Hall and the Plowboys playing music in the Courtyard (6:30-9 p.m.) and a Day of the Dead celebration hosted by Palmetto Y Luna on Main Street in front of Tapp’s.

Grapes and Gallery (1113 Taylor Street)- EPIC Beer and Wine Tasting paired with Mast General Store Candy. Join them as The Beer Fairy (Ashley Bower of Girls Pint Outand Rafa Distributing) and Mike Wine-Guy (Mike Simmons of Ben Arnold Beverage Co.) face off by pairing four candies with four beers and four wines. Tickets to this event are $15. There are only 15 tickets available.  Read more for further details and the link to purchase tickets.