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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.

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/.


  • 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


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