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In the Heat of the Summer

Capture First Thursday on Main Competition!

Attention local photographers: We want to see First Thursday from your eyes. Take part in our first photography competition! To enter simply come to First Thursday on August 3 and take photographs. All formats are welcome, but the images must be submitted digitally. The photographer determines the subject matter and focus, but the images must be taken during the event. Send your submissions to firstthursdayphotocomp@gmail.com. Up to 3 submissions per applicant will be accepted. A panel of judges will review all submissions, and the winners will be displayed at the September First Thursday on Main event, with prizes being awarded to first, second, and third place. All skill levels are welcome to apply. See you there!

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The Whig – International IPA Day with Founders & Holy City! Enjoy a full tap lineup of 10+ IPA’s and special food menu. https://www.facebook.com/events/1365312266851342/

Persona Pizzeria – Enjoy $5.99 wood fired pizza and $3 beer specials! Open until 10 pm.

The Lobby of 1201 Main Street – Get ready for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017! Meet us in the Lobby of 1201 Main Street for a family-fun presentation about the Eclipse! John Adams Hodge will present the fun slide-show beginning at 6:15 pm on First Thursday! Mr. Hodge is a member of NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors Program. He is a geologist, airline pilot, environmental and aviation lawyer, and part-time professor who resides in Columbia.

Oak Table – Enjoy a three course dinner curated by Chef Todd Woods for $35.

Uptown on Main – Stop by Uptown and take a look at their Eclipse display! They will have items to help educate your kids and souvenir items for this 100-year event! Open until 8 pm.

Bourbon – Featuring $5 Seasonal Moscow Mules!

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

Pelliclaude – Handmade. Local. Modern. Art. Clothing. Jewelry. Skincare. Shop local, sip mimosas, and visit the bunny!

Blue Sky Gallery (Arcade Mall) – Check out artist, Blue Sky’s new renovated gallery space!

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East Bay Deli – Join us for 1st Thursday for a DELIcious deal! Buy one prepared salad and get a 2nd prepared salad 50% off with the purchase of two fountain drinks. Equal or lesser value. Must mention 1st Thursday to redeem offer. Not valid on salad bar or with any other offer or discount. Featured: Chef Salad

Miss Cocky –Check out their new collections and location! Go Gamecocks! Open late.

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Columbia Museum of Art – Panel discussion on “More than a Home: The Art and Craft of Historic Preservation.” What goes into planning and constructing a community? Who does the work? How is the work done? How does historic preservation balance with structural changes in a community? Cash bar. 6 – 8pm.

  • Galleries open until 8:00 p.m. (free with membership or admission)
  • Museum Shop – A trunk show featuring local jewelry artist, Londres Noir. Free wine with ID. 6 – 8pm.

Anastasia & Friends Gallery (Free Times) – Join us for the opening reception of Art Pop & Alchemy, an art show of works by Caitlin Maloney and Lindsay Radford Wiggins. https://www.facebook.com/events/483752738627306/

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

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

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Mast General Store – Enjoy live music with Stillhouse, an eclectic blending of styles and philosophies that is nothing less than stellar. With five capable vocalists and a myriad of talents, they create intricate harmonies and arrangements that leave their audiences wide-eyed and amazed. 6 – 7:30pm.

Michael’s Café & Catering – Live music with Flat Out Strangers.

Agape Conference Center – The American Advertising Federation of the Midlands is hosting its Annual Local Art Auction featuring Midlands artists.  5:30 – 8 pm. Free event.  More than 15 local artists will be featured, including “That Godzilla Guy” Sean McGuiness, Tim Floyd, Melissa Ligon, Jeff Amberg, Shelby LeBlanc, Trina Jester, and Olivia Rae.

Good Life Cafe –  Check out their First Thursday Specials!

Grapes & Gallery (1113 Taylor) – Art show opening for O’Neal Peterson in the Cellar at Grapes.  Happy hour $5 off bottles of wine.

Tapp’s Arts Center – Opening reception of The Great Barrier: An Installation by Flavia Lovatelli, which is a visual metaphor highlighting the destructive results of man’s waste and consumption. The Great Barrier, is a 46-foot-long barrier reef constructed from cups, plastic bags, and other detritus collected during her three-month residency. 6 – 9pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/268244273660555/

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

Holiday Week

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The Whig – River Rat Takeover! Enjoy a cold River Rat Brewery pint before, during, or after the festivities! 5 pm – 1 am. http://www.facebook.com/events/2014132288612473/

 

Persona Pizzeria – Enjoy $5.99 wood fired pizza and $3 beer specials! Open until 10 pm.

Oak Table – Enjoy a three course dinner curated by Chef Todd Woods for $35.

Uptown on Main – Check out their Gambler’s Sale! 25% off selected merchandise through July 8th!

Bourbon – Featuring $5 Seasonal Moscow Mules!

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

Pelliclaude (Arcade Mall) –Enjoy cold drinks and hot crafts to start the Summer off with a bang!

 

Blue Sky Gallery (Arcade Mall) – Check out artist, Blue Sky’s new renovated gallery space!

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Richland Library (1431 Assembly St.) – Enjoy the exhibition Constructed, featuring the work of artists whose public art has been incorporated into the different branch locations. Kirkland Smith will be in the gallery from 6-8pm with the everyday disposable assemblage materials she uses in her artwork. Visitors are invited to create an assemblage to take home. All materials provided.

 

Boyd Plaza – Live rock featuring the 121 Band!

Columbia Museum of Art – Enjoy ‘70s trivia! Test your knowledge of trivia about the era in five rounds: music, film, history, art, and literature. Main Street prizes will be awarded for top score, best outfit, and best team name. $12 per team (limit 6 people). Includes admission to the galleries. Cash bar. (7 – 8 pm).

CMA Museum Shop – Enjoy Christmas in July! All holiday merchandise is buy one, get one free. Galleries are open and free with membership or admission. Open until 8 pm.

 

Anastasia & Friends Gallery (Free Times) – Saint Anastasia: One Night Only in Columbia! Saint Anastasia is a densely stitched and hand beaded triptych depicting the beloved Anastasia Chernoff as a venerated Russian icon. Anastasia posed for the work more than a year ago. She suggested the phrases used in the side panels. Anastasia knew that the completed artwork would be headed to Birmingham, England’s Festival of Quilts in August 2017. http://www.facebook.com/events/116598125609025/

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

 

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

 

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Mast General Store – Enjoy Brightly, Davis, Fowler Project, a local group of musicians formed out of open mic jams from the music stage at Foxfield Bar & Grill on Rosewood. This group jams a mix of Blues, Americana and Roots-based music featuring acoustic guitar, mandolin, keyboard, and sax.

Good Life Café – Join artist Dan Newbanks for his first solo exhibition! Featuring Dan’s best work in fine art photography over the years. Enjoy First Thursday dinner and drink specials! http://www.facebook.com/events/137359650148972/

 

Michael’s Café & Catering – Delicious First Thursday specials – Salmon Salad with Pico de Gallo, and Sangria! Enjoy art by multiple local artists, and live music with Flat Out Strangers.

Grapes & Gallery (1113 Taylor) – The Cellar at Grapes presents Dreams and Omens Opening, a series of oil painting by Chango Harry. Bar opens at 4 pm. Last call at 9 pm. $5 off bottles of wine from 4 – 7 pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/1957319031154495/

Tapp’s Arts Center – Enjoy opening reception of Smaller Beckons, a group exhibition of works under 35 square inches. 6 – 10 pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/700937846765173/

Infinite Room – Boy harsher & Baggageklaims Cd Release show with Alarm Drum. 8 pm – Midnight. https://www.facebook.com/events/912399102235649/

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

The Start of a Very Musical Month

This First Thursday features the WXRY Music Crawl, which includes 30 acts spread out across two crawl-able blocks of Main Street.  WXRY Music Crawl is brought to you through a partnership between The Whig, Main Street Public House, Tapp’s Arts Center, City Center Partnership, First Thursday on Main, One Columbia, WXRY 99.3, and the City of Columbia. Be sure to join us at the stage on Hampton Street at 6pm for a special proclamation by Mayor Steve Benjamin!

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The Whig – Tap takeover feature Sierra Nevada https://www.facebook.com/events/127011721185736

Persona Pizzeria – Enjoy $5.99 wood fired pizza and $3 beer specials!

Uptown on Main – Open until 8 pm.

Bourbon – Featuring $5 Seasonal Moscow Mules!

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

Capitol Places – Pick up a free Koozie, water and snacks!

Pelliclaude (Arcade Mall) – Enjoy a sip of French lemonade, and check out their new handmade clothing – fresh from the runway. Or just say hi to Pelly!

Blue Sky Gallery (Arcade Mall) – Check out artist, Blue Sky’s new renovated gallery space!

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WXRY Stage (Main & Hampton) – https://www.facebook.com/events/1839408706319443

  • Mayor Steve Benjamin (6 pm)
  • Debbie and the Skanks (6:15 – 7 pm)
  • Stop Light Observations (7:15 – 8:15 pm)
  • The Unlikely Candidates (8:30 – 9:30 pm)

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 Columbia Museum of Art – Celebrate contemporary Pakistani artist Sana Arjumand and her exhibition, Light Beings. Arjumand gives a brief talk and tour of her work. Enjoy light snacks and music from the region, beautify your hands with henna designs from a local mehndi artist, and watch demonstrations from a master of Arabic calligraphy. Free. 6 – 8 pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/289062144874193

CMA Museum Shop – Featuring #ThrowbackThursday where you’ll have a last chance to purchase some classic CMA merchandise before they renovate their shop. All CMA-specific items will be 40% off this evening only.

Anastasia & Friends Gallery (Free Times) – Enjoy the opening reception of Dark Places, a solo exhibition of work by Rob Gadient. https://www.facebook.com/events/642580139271838

Random Records

  • Pop-up sidewalk record stand with vintage vinyl for sale!
  • Tom Hall and the Plowboys (6 – 8 pm)
  • Los Perdidos (8 – 10 pm)

Drake’s Duck-in:

  • Open until 9:00 pm. Enjoy craft beer and wine on the patio!
  • Will Pittman (6:30 -7:30 pm)
  • Brent Lundy (7:30 – 9 pm)

Main Street Public House

  • Mark Rapp Group (6 – 9 pm)
  • H.D. (9 – 9:45 pm)
  • The Hindenburgs (9:45 – 10:30 pm)
  • Grand Republic (10:45 – 11:45 pm)
  • Tigerdog (12 – 1 am)

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Mast General Store – Performance by Rev. Marv Ward (6 – 8 pm)

Good Life Café – Performance by The Palmetto Latin 5 (6- 9 pm)

Michael’s Café & Catering – Enjoy their June exhibition, “Thanks, Satch!”, a multi-artist show featuring paintings of zoo animals in a tribute to departing Riverbanks Zoo director. (Image by artist, Dawn Faber).

  • Flat Out Strangers (6 – 9 pm)
  • Stop by courtyard (behind Michael’s) and enjoy some refreshments!

Mad Monkey – Performance by Freeway Music Students (6 – 9 pm)

Grapes & Gallery (1113 Taylor) – The Cellar at Grapes Presents: Life in the Dark Open, an exhibition of work by Trina Jester. The Grapes and Gallery bar will feature a special of all Sierra Nevada products for $2. https://www.facebook.com/events/510301622426958

  • T.A.T. (Shives, Taylor, Allen, Turner – 7:30 – 8:15 pm)
  • Jackson Spells (8:30- 9:30 pm)

Tapp’s Arts Center

  • Courtyard – Stillhouse (6 – 9 pm)
  • Infinite Room
    • fk mt. (9 – 9:45 pm)
    • Youth Model (10 10:45 pm)
    • Pray For Triangle Zero (11 – 12 am)

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

June First Thursday will feature the WXRY Music Crawl!

WXRY Music Crawl is the kickoff event for Make Music Month with 30 acts spread out across two very crawl-able blocks of Main Street on First Thursday in June.  Craft beer will be paired with hotdogs, pizza, and tacos and a ton of free bands. WXRY Music Crawl is brought to you through a partnership between the Whig, Main Street Public House, First Thursday, One Columbia, WXRY 99.3 FM, and City of Columbia.

For more information https://www.facebook.com/events/1839408706319443/

Victory Starts Here for 100 Years

First Thursday on Main Salutes Fort Jackson and their 100th Year Anniversary! The celebration will include special performances by the 282nd Army Rock Band on Boyd Plaza, the 282nd Army Band’s Brass Quintet strolling along Main Street, Fort Jackson historical displays, period costume soldiers, and more!

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The Whig – Tap takeover feature Sugar Creek Brewing Co. https://www.facebook.com/events/443800095962207

Uptown on Main – Military discount all day! Enjoy 20% off most items. Open until 8 pm.

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Cantina 76 – Stop by for their First Thursday 1/2 off Original House Margarita and $2 PBRs (Celebrating Red, White, and Blue!)

Pelliclaude (Arcade Mall) – Enjoy the Mother’s Day Sale, with up to 33% off select pieces! Grab a Mimosa and say hi to Pelly while you shop their collection of local, handmade items.

Blue Sky Gallery (Arcade Mall) – Check out Blue Sky’s newly renovated gallery space! Join Blue Sky and Lynn Sky for an evening of conversation. New works will be shown and a few surprises – presenting a jewel or two from their private collection for sale! 6 – 10 pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/1653389374969645

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Nest – Featuring Jane Caldwell Higgins with her handcrafted works. Free snacks and Bourbon drinks. 4 -10 pm. The store will be closing its doors permanently May 31, so this will be your last opportunity to experience a Nest First Thursday! https://www.facebook.com/events/443853152618277/

East Bay Deli – Open until 10 pm.  Mention First Thursday and receive 10% off your item.

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  • Mayor Steve Benjamin presents proclamation for Fort Jackson’s 100th Anniversary to Major General John “Pete” Johnson (6 pm)
  • 282nd Army Rock Band (7 pm)
  • Historical Display of Fort Jackson Photos
  • Izms of Art Presents Art on Boyd Plaza featuring artists Sophia Neghesti, Ty Davis and Vaughn Glenn

Main and Hampton – Jam Room Fest Fundraiser (8-10 pm) –https://www.facebook.com/events/1885221895082860/

CMA Museum Shop – Enjoy complimentary wine from 6 – 8 pm.

Anastasia & Friends Gallery (Free Times) – Opening reception of “Between Layers” a solo exhibition by Candace Cotterman Thibeault. 6 – 9pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/664871090363156/

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.

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Mast General Store – Performance by The Juniors, featuring original material and their toe-tapping covers. The group is best described as a folk-pop-Americana trio, and their rich harmonies make each concert feel like a living-room jam. 6-7:30 pm

Masala on Main – Enjoy Lululemon + Tiny Devotions Trunk Show and Art Opening featuring Lyssa Harvey’s newest collection.

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

Michael’s Café & Catering – Stop by and enjoy live music with Flat Out Strangers and Cinco de Mayo themed food and drink specials!

Grapes & Gallery (1113 Taylor) – Celebrating Fort Jackson’s 100th anniversary with the opening of their newest exhibition American Life, a new series that takes a look at life in the United States through the unique vantage point of photographer Tony Claremont. Upstairs Grapes and Gallery will be having a tasting of Service Brewing Company from Savannah Georgia for $5 or free with a military I.D. https://www.facebook.com/events/461329834199471

Tapp’s Arts Center – Enjoy a special exhibition “Afterburner”, featuring a menagerie of scrap-metal behemoths and small intricate creatures fashioned from jettisoned snippets and forgotten machinery. Formed in the mind of local artist Andy White, this exhibition of fantastic beasts will be open from 6 – 10pm.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1660112114297992/

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Gallery at City Hall – Featuring a special exhibition of the history of Camp Jackson, a major Army base of 2,000 structures where 200,000 soldiers were trained.  Using ten major panels outlining the history of the base and the men who trained there, the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum is pleased to make this new exhibition available at Columbia City Hall.

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

I’ve Got the Spring Fever

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The Whig – Featuring Unknown Brewing Tap Takeover. 5 pm – 2am. Enjoy ginger wheat ale or some of the Whig’s favorite flagship beers! https://www.facebook.com/events/588968807966157/

Uptown on Main – Stop by for a FREE sample bag of State Street Caramel Popcorn! (while supplies last). Also, Uptown will donate a portion of their sales for Walk a Mile in Their Shoes. Open until 8 pm.

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

Pelliclaude (Arcade Mall) – Check out their new original candle fragrances, try on a dress made exclusively for the shop (by Anton and Maxine), or just grab a sip and a bite and say hello to Pelly (their furry friend).

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Nest Trunk show featuring photography taken by Valery Smith of Nest. Enjoy some free Bourbon Lemonade, Bourbon Soda Shooters, and non-alcoholic beverages. 6 -10 pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/394224170941662/

 

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!

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Boyd Plaza – Spring Arts Showcase presented by: The Jasper Project. 6 – 10 pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/480783825378818/ Featuring:

Columbia Museum of Art – Are you ready? Because things are about to get surreal. The CMA is turning back the melting clock as we celebrate weirdness with a night devoted to Dalí. Join us for neo-surrealist poetry inspired by the works in Salvador Dalí’s Fantastical Fairy Tales, play Exquisite Corpse (surrealists’ game of choice), create your own Dalí-esque art assemblages and poetry, and watch some trippy surrealist cinema. Out-there tunes provided by DJ Paul Grant. Cash bar featuring a signature cocktail. Live performance byPedro Ldv and Winston Warner. $5 for members / $12 non-members
Surreal attire highly encouraged with a prize awarded to the best-dressed guest. https://www.facebook.com/events/136897543500307/

CMA Museum Shop – Featuring local jewelry artist, Karen Dickey’s trunk show. The rest of the shop will be offering a 20% discount for military and their families from 6-8 pm.

 

Anastasia & Friends Gallery (Free Times) – Map Acrobático Opening Reception with Diana Farfán. 6 – 9 pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/1482117861826825/

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.

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Mast General Store – Live bluegrass music featuring River Baby Bathwater Revival. 6 – 7:30 pm.

Masala on Main – Enjoy Lululemon + Tiny Devotions Trunk Show and Art Opening featuring Lyssa Harvey’s newest collection.

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

 

Michael’s Café & Catering – Enjoy a special exhibition of 10 notable Midlands artists, all selected by Midlands Anchor arts contributor, Rachel Haynie. https://www.facebook.com/events/444328142575508/

 

Grapes & Gallery (1113 Taylor) – The Cellar at Grapes Presents: Paint on Pointe Opening Reception. Meet Columbia area painter Shelby LeBlanc! Enjoy a cold beverage – the bar will be open. https://www.facebook.com/events/622954081222073/

Tapp’s Arts Center

  • Hide/Seek: Local Musician Pairs Electro-Acoustic Music with Projections and Philosophy featuring flutist and electronic musician Philip Snyder, sound engineer Chris Johnson and projection artist Michael Shoppell. 6 – 8 pm. Free. Fountain Room. http://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/first-thursday-hideseek/
  • Meet Me at Tapp’s Showcase – Featuring painting, installation, video, sculpture, jewelry and conceptual mixed media. Enjoy corn sticks and soup and meet the studio artists. 6 pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/1938458933044224/
  • “Today is a good day to GO WILD” will be on display in the corner window at Tapp’s. Be sure to drop by and check it out during First Thursday! The installation, featuring wildlife and wild places I’ve painted over the past few years, will be viewable during April and May. Many of the pieces are available for purchase. https://www.facebook.com/events/1198153436968453/

  • Sneak Preview of LOOK! Forward Photography Exhibit – See the beauty of strength of children and young adults with disabilities or special healthcare needs through the lens of 22 Midlands’ photographers. Hosted by Family Connection of South Carolina. FamilyConnectionSC.org.
  • Watson Village plays the Tapp’s Courtyard for April’s First Thursday https://www.facebook.com/events/1742619666049138/

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DaufusKEYS Gullah Bistro – Open until 8pm. https://www.facebook.com/Daufuskeys/

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

“My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them”

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The Whig – Bell’s On FTOM. Straight from Kalamazoo to you, tapping all the Bell’’s beers they can get their hands on for their monthly tap takeover. https://www.facebook.com/events/1058932647567150/

Uptown on Main – Stop by Uptown and check out the latest spring arrivals!  Enjoy a sampling of their new Savory Snack Cracker Seasoning!  Open until 8 PM.

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

Pelliclaude (Arcade Mall) – Stop by Pelliclaude for sparkling drinks and delicious hors d’oeuvres! Discover modern handmade items. Don’t forget to say hi to Pelly (their furry friend) when you stop by their shop! Open until 9 pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/1900754093491561/

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Nest Featuring local hot-sauce and ceramics makers Diane Gilbert and Benoit St. Jacques of Meet your Cremator! Enjoy a free small sampler table, Bourbon Lemonade, and Bourbon Soda Shooters – make with two seasonal flavors of Cannonborough.

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!

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Columbia Museum of Art – Galleries are open with a tour of the collection at 5:30 pm. Sara Thomas of the Half and Half gives a talk on screen printing and Psychedelic Design: Rock Posters from the Mel Byars Collection, 1966–1971 at 6:00 pm, and The Power Company Collaborative will premiere a new dance titled “My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them” in the loft at 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm. FREE!

CMA Museum Shop –Stop by the Museum for their Clear out the Basement Sale! You can save up to 70% off select items. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine.

Anastasia & Friends Gallery (Free Times) –  Please join us March 2nd for a very special show, “Friends for Anastasia”.  We will be celebrating Anastasia’s birthday, which happens to be March 2nd, and we know she loved a good party! Local artists’ works will depict how Anastasia inspired them and all proceeds from sales will be donated to the Anastasia Chernoff Fund, a fund dedicated to creating a public art piece. We look forward to seeing you at this unique event!

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.

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Mast General Store – Live music with The Dawn Key Shotguns. 6 – 7:30 pm. West Columbia, SC duo, lyric singer-songwriters Brodie Porterfield and Tonya Tyner share a passion for songwriting.

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

Michael’s Café & Catering – Live music with Flat Out Strangers. Enjoy a new wide selection of craft beer, and craft cocktails with a hint of St. Patrick’s Day flare.

Grapes & Gallery (1113 Taylor) – Opening of ASYLUM, a new exhibition by Massachusetts area photographer Stephen Byrne. 6 – 9 pm. Enjoy light snacks and adult beverages available at the bar. Live music provided by local singer songwriter Kelley McLachlan Douglas from 7-7:45 and perhaps a few surprises as well! https://www.facebook.com/events/390166041356998/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1487688783473347

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

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

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The Whig – Ballast Point Night! Enjoy all taps, bottles, cans, and snacks to match! https://www.facebook.com/events/384574978600708/

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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
https://www.facebook.com/events/1321954451197348/

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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

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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 https://www.facebook.com/events/374463446244545/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1484855202838637

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.

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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 https://www.facebook.com/events/206154016521986/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1484868664638727

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/1128117113954328/

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

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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.

The Post-Celebration Celebration

You’ve already partied on Main Street because it’s a new year. Now come out for a nice quiet drink and/or dinner with a friend and a little art.

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The Whig – Enjoy a tap takeover from Birdsong Brewing Co.! https://www.facebook.com/events/741211659360966/ 

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

The Arcade Mall

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Columbia Museum of Art – Enjoy the S.C. Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble and a Celebration of CMA Executive Director, Karen Brosius. Celebration for Karen Brosius at 6:30 pm, Concert at 7:00 pm, and Galleries open 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

CMA Museum Shop – Stop by the Museum and enjoy free, tasty samples from Zoe’s Kitchen. 6-8 pm.

Anastasia & Friends Gallery (Free Times) – Opening reception of Compart Mentalization, a solo exhibition of works by Jordan Morris. 6 -9 pm https://www.facebook.com/events/197215977410494/

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!

Something Special Florist – Open until 8pm. Enjoy store-wide discounts.

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

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Good Life Café – David Rodriguez Music and the The Palmetto Latin 5 will be providing the music starting at 7 pm, and they will have special pricing on Vegan Nachos and canned craft beers. https://www.facebook.com/events/1840668976179518/

Michael’s Café & Catering – Live music from Flat Out Strangers. Michael’s also rings in the New Year with Cola Time, an art exhibition of clocks.

Grapes & Gallery (1113 Taylor) – Art on display by Allison C Fowler and photography on display by Tony Claremont. Enjoy Happy Hour with $5 off all bottles of wine.

Tapp’s Arts Center –Stop by the opening of BeAsPacificAsPossible::26, an immersive audio/visual installation on display. Custom software polls meteorological and atmospheric data provided in real-time by 26 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) buoys across the Pacific Ocean. This data is sonified using sinusoidal oscillators and transmitted via 17-channel audio throughout a large geodesic dome situated in the center of Tapp’s. https://www.facebook.com/events/1839827756289919/

Infinite Room After Party at Tapp’s: RAVECOP/ Soft Focus/ The Black Stare of Soledad Miranda. Doors open at 8 pm and Show starts at 8:30 pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/1369813603069908/

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

Fahoo Fores Dahoo Dores, Welcome Christmas Come this Way

Trim up the tree with Christmas stuff
Like bingle balls, and whofoo fluff
Trim up the town with goowho gums and bizilbix and wums
Trim every blessed window and trim every blessed door
Hang up whoboohoo bricks
Then run out and get some more!

It’s a Holiday First Thursday in conjunction with the the 50th Annual Governor’s Carolighting! Join us for the tree lighting at the State House, a holiday market in the Arcade Mall and music and ice skating at Boyd Plaza! Get in the spirit!

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50th Annual Governor’s Carolighting – Entertainment leading up to the lighting of the State Christmas tree will include performances from a variety of choirs and musical talent across the state. Beginning at 7:00 pm.

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The Whig – Enjoy all the Stone Brewing beers on tap! https://www.facebook.com/events/636362019872421/

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Uptown – Meet Pete the Cat from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. He will be signing his books as well as sharing favorite snacks with his fans! https://www.facebook.com/events/1121991321182688/  Also enjoy listening to cellos from the Suzuki Strings at USC from 5:15 – 6:15 pm.

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

The Arcade Mall

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  • The Power Company Collaborative presents “The Home Project,” an interactive performance installation focusing on the notion of home. Performances are at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m.
  • The Mistletoe Market – Enjoy handmade items from various artists and local crafters.

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Nest – Trunk show featuring the all-natural-ingredient body products of PURE. Enjoy free Bourbon Lemonade, Soda Shooters, and a small sampler table.

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Hampton Street/Boyd Plaza – Enjoy a Merry Block Party full of holiday delights, ice skating, ales, & snacks! Enjoy live music from Mustache BrothersLos PerdidosGreater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul, and more! Hampton Street stage from 6 –10 pm – https://www.facebook.com/events/1136177313104488/

Columbia Museum of Art – 25% off all merchandise in the CMA Shop!

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Anastasia & Friends Gallery (Free Times) – Enjoy a Holiday Art Sale featuring over 15 artists! You can find a perfect holiday gift at an affordable price.  This year, they are also hosting Toys for Tots. The donation box will be in their gallery until December 14th. https://www.facebook.com/events/326421324398396/

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!

Something Special Florist – Open until 8pm. Enjoy store-wide discounts.

Ally and Eloise Bakeshop – Open until 8pm and featuring selections from the holiday menu!

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

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Mast General Store – Santa Cotton visits from 4:30 to 6 pm! Bring your camera to capture special moments with Santa. Photos are free.  Later, enjoy music from the Post-Timey String Band from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Michael’s Café & Catering – Featuring music with Flat Out Strangers 6- 9 pm! Beers and Hymns in their Hampton Room. Enjoy drink and food specials!

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

Grapes & Gallery (1113 Taylor) – Enjoy $2, $3, and $4 craft beer specials. $5 off bottles of wine from 4-7 pm. Artwork on display by Allison C Fowler. Photography on display by Tony Claremont. Free koozie with any drink purchase!

Tapp’s Arts Center

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