Things to do in Lexington County.
Indie rock bands Sunhouse, Som’bout, and Hillmouse hit West Columbia’s quintessential rock dive. The show at New Brookland Tavern (122 State St.) starts at 8 p.m. and costs $10. Find more info at newbrooklandtavern.com.
Rod Foster (concert)
Chayz Lounge (607 Meeting St.) and bassist Rod Foster present “A Night of Soulful Grooves.” Foster and his band will play hits and favorites by Tevin Campbell, Luther Vandross, Marcus Miller, Roy Ayers, Brandy, Stevie Wonder, Maxwell, The Isley Brothers and more. Showtime is 9 p.m., and tickets are $25. Dressy attire is required. Visit chayzlounge.com for more information.
Bring your instrument or just your ears for an evening of acoustic jamming at Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor (710 Meeting St. in West Columbia). It’s a great chance to hear some bluegrass and country music in a relaxed setting. The jam begins at 6 p.m., and admission is a $10 donation. Visit billsmusicshop.com for more information.
Colton Beasley (concert)
Singer/songwriter Colton Beasley performs at Savage Craft Ale Works (430 Center St. in West Columbia). Beasley will perform a mix of covers and originals starting at 7 p.m. and running until 10 p.m. The show is free to attend. Visit facebook.com/savagecraftaleworks for more information.
Hollow Creek Distillery (112 Rocky Ridge Rd. in Leesville) hosts a day of free tastings starting at 10 a.m. Come by and sample some of Hollow Creek’s delicious spirits. Visit facebook.com/hollowcreekdistillery for more information.
Meeting Street Artisan Market
Head over to the Interactive Art Park (425 Meeting St. in West Columbia) for the Meeting Street Artisan Market. The market includes vendors selling original art, crafts, foods, and produce. Support local vendors, interact with the unique sculptures throughout the park, and then head to State and Meeting Streets, and Court Avenue to continue shopping and dining. The Market is free to attend and runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit facebook.com/MeetingStreetArtisanMarket for more information.
Rock’s Not Dead Brunch
The Hideout (118 State St. in West Columbia) presents a day of music and fun with the Rock’s Not Dead Brunch: “Marty McGuy and Han D. Mann are back at the Hideout for a rock n’ roll brunch you’ll never forget! King Perka $exxx and A. O’Elle are joining them, with a spotlight from DJ Baebeas Corpus as well. There will be three 18-plus shows at 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m., and tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.” Visit facebook.com/thehideoutinweco for more information.
Murder On Mondays Book Club
The Batesburg-Leesville Branch library (203 Armory St.) hosts a meeting of the Murder On Mondays book club. Read a book of your choice to fit the monthly mystery theme. It’s a great way to give (and get) mystery recommendations. The club is free to attend, and it begins at 6 p.m. Visit lexcolibrary.com for more information.
Come join the fun at the Gilbert-Summit Branch Library (405 Broad St.) as they host an Escape Room game. You and your team must escape an avalanche on a remote ski trip. Can you make it out in time? This game, which runs from 5 to 6:15 p.m. is for sixth-eighth graders and is free to attend. Visit lexcolibrary.com for more information.
Outside The Lines Arts & Crafts
The Irmo Branch Library (6251 St. Andrews Rd.) hosts Outside The Lines Arts & Crafts. Let your imagination lead the way in this open-ended arts arts crafts program. Try a new technique following our demonstration or create something that’s entirely your own. Materials are provided. This event is for grades 6-12 and begins at 4:30 p.m. It’s free to attend. Visit lexcolibrary.com for more information.
Micro Wrestling Federation
The Skyline Club (100 Lee St. in West Columbia) offers up something a little different with an appearance by the Micro Wrestling Foundation. It’s a full-scale, WWE type event supported by an entire cast under five feet tal: “It’s going to be pandemonium as the Micro Wrestlers body slam, bear hug, and headlock throughout an evening of nonstop action.” The event begins at 8:30 p.m., and general admission tickets are $23.99. Ringside seats are $44.99, and elevated 4-seat stage tables are available for $249.99. Visit facebook.com/skylineclub803 for more information.
Visit the Irmo Branch Library (6251 St. Andrews Rd.) for a fun evening of mahjong games. Mahjong is a rummy-like game played with tiles rather than cards. The program starts with 30 minutes of instruction, followed by an hour of playing. All skills levels are welcome. The games begin at 6 p.m., and this event is free to attend. Visit lexcolibrary.com for more information.
Thursday Night Bluegrass (concert)
Hazelwood Brewing Company (711 E. Main St.) hosts Thursday night bluegrass. Enjoy an evening of acoustic music, delicious beers and food specials. The bluegrass begins at 7 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m., and it’s free to attend. Visit facebook.com/hazelwoodbeer for more information.
Deas-Guyz Band (concert)
The Newberry Opera House (1201 McKibben St.) presents a concert by Deas-Guyz Band on Jan. 6. For over 20 Years, Deas-Guyz has played an entertaining mix of Motown, jazz standards, rhythm and blues, country, pop, rock, reggae, and more. Showtime is 8pm and all tickets are $35. Visit newberryoperahouse.com for more information.
Soda City Market
Head over to Main Street in downtown Columbia for the Soda City Market on Jan. 7. Shop for food, clothing, arts and crafts and more at this event inspired by traditional European street markets. The market opens at 9am and runs until 1pm and is free to attend. Visit sodacitysc.com for more information.
Columbia Anime & Video Game Expo
If you’re a fan of video games or anime, you’ll want to check out the Columbia Anime & Video Game Expo on Jan. 7 at the Jamil Shrine Temple (206 Jamil Rd. in Columbia). There will be over 60 vendors, panels, cosplay, arcade/game room, special guests and much more. The convention begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and runs until 5pm on Sunday, January 8th. Visit columbiacomicexpo.com for more information.
Carolina Jazz Society (concert)
The Carolina Jazz Society performs at Heyward Street United Methodist Church (2501 Heyward St.) on Jan. 8. Enjoy an afternoon of traditional New Orleans style jazz, ragtime and swing. Showtime is 2:30 p.m., and the concert runs until 5 p.m. Tickets are $10, ages 18 and under get in free. Visit sites.google.com/site/carolinajazzsociety for more information.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Head over to the Koger Center for the Arts (1051 Greene St.) for an evening with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on Jan. 11. Tyson will be discussing the latest discoveries in the universe. Tyson’s discussion begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost between $47 and $167. Visit kogercenterforthearts.com for more information.
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