Groundhog Day

There is no way that this winter is *ever* going to end as long as this groundhog keeps seeing his shadow. I don’t see any other way out. He’s got to be stopped. And I have to stop him. –  Phil (Bill Murray), Groundhog Day

1200 Block

The Whig – Ballast Point Night! Enjoy all taps, bottles, cans, and snacks to match!

1300 Block

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

Pelliclaude (Arcade Mall) – Drop by to find handmade goodies, sweet treats, and a good time! Get a free handmade candle or coaster when you spend $10 + // Open 10am – 9pm

1400 Block

East Bay Deli – Open until 10 pm. Mention First Thursday, and receive 10% off your entire bill. Enjoy a beer on their patio or dive into one of their DELIcious sandwiches!

Land Bank Lofts (1401 Hampton Street) – Stop by their Grand Opening of The Gallery featuring South Carolina artists. Tour three “Large Art” gallery floors and six hallway exhibits featuring original two & three-dimensional art. Enjoy refreshments, music and more from 6 – 8 pm

1500 Block

Columbia Museum of Art – Join Nepotism and Izms of Art as they premier the new visual to “War Zone (Choppa)” inside the Columbia Museum of Art at 6pm. “War Zone (Choppa)” is lifted from Nepotism’s latest tape, The Free Lunch Program. Nepotism will be joined by The Dubber for a live concert experience

CMA Museum Shop – Stop by the Museum and enjoy free, tasty samples from Zoe’s Kitchen and a trunk show featuring local artist Heart of Sarah and her string art. Enjoy one complimentary glass of wine (photo ID required).

Anastasia & Friends Gallery (Free Times) – Opening reception of Reinvented, a Sustainable Collection; a solo exhibition of works by Flavia Isabel Lovatelli. 6 – 9 pm

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

Drake’s Duck-in: Open until 9:00 pm. Enjoy craft beer on the patio!

Main Street Public House – Live Jazz with the Mark Rapp Group. 7-10 pm.

1600 Block

Mast General Store – Live music with Pharaohs in Space, a feel-good Southern Rock Trio.  Enjoy their eclectic country rock performance of original and classic songs.  6 -7:30 pm.

The Nickelodeon – Enjoy a Groundhog Day double screening of the Bill Murray/Andie McDowell classic about a newsman who goes to report on Punxsutawney Phil and ends up getting stuck living the same day over and over again! 8 & 10 pm.

Good Life Café – Stop by and enjoy some great First Thursday specials!

Michael’s Café & Catering – Live music with Flat Out Strangers. Enjoy food and drink specials: fig & prosciutto pizza, $2.50 on all domestic bottles, and a special California Jade Tree cocktail (Tito’s Vodka, St. Germaine, orange-cilantro shrub, and a splash of soda water).

Grapes & Gallery (1113 Taylor) – Stop by The Cellar, the newest art gallery located in their basement. Enjoy an opening of Dark Arts-New Works by Lucas Sams. Meet the artist in person, while enjoying Grapes and Gallery’s fine selection of craft beers and wine. 6 pm

Tapp’s Arts Center – Join us at February’s First Thursday for ‘Love Letter’, an exhibition centering around radical self care, affirmation, and acknowledgement of the humanity of marginalized groups and individuals most threatened by Trump’s America. Curated by Michaela Pilar Brown and featuring Atlanta-based artist, Sheila Turner and Columbia-based artist, Roni Nicole Henderson, this exhibition presents photography, installation, and participatory art centered around the collective experience of voices from the periphery.

Infinite Room After Party at Tapp’s: Malefica vol. 1 featuring Nermal + Hissy Fit. This show is the first episode in a series of multi-genre, multi-media shows and events as spells with Malefica + Friends. Doors open 8 pm and show begins 8:30 pm. $6.

1700 Block

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

1800 Block

Main Street United Methodist Church – Enjoy USC’s premier choral ensemble! The USC Concert Choir and USC Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus present a free concert. 7:30 pm.