January PlanAhead: Your Columbia events calendar

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Happy January + welcome to 2022, Cola. 🎉

Whether your resolutions involve getting fit, learning something new, growing professionally, or just getting out on the town — there are events for all.

So, dust off that new year mood, grab your 2022 planner, and start marking your calendar. Note: COVID-19 protocols are changing rapidly to curb the spread of the Omicron variant in MKT. Please make sure to check event listing pages + venue websites for the most up-to-date information.

Saturday, Jan. 1 

  • Charlie Wilson | Sat., Jan. 1 | 8 p.m. | The Township Auditorium | $69+ | Charlie Wilson is headed to Cola with New Edition and Jodeci on “The Culture Tour.” 🎶
  • Noel Lindler and the Bank Walkers | Sat., Jan. 1 | Doors open at 5 p.m. | Skyline Club, 100 Lee St. | $5+ | The show officially starts at 9 p.m.
  • Music of Clark Terry | Sat., Jan. 1 | 9 p.m.-12 a.m. | The Joint, 1710 Main | Free 🎶
  • New Years Day Brunch | Sat., Jan 1 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | The Woody on Main | Traditional New Year’s Day meals, including collard greens, black eyed peas, ham or Turkey, plus live music from Brooks Herring starting at noon. 

Sunday, Jan. 2 

Monday, Jan. 3 

Tuesday, Jan. 4

Wednesday, Jan. 5

  • Focal Points: An Artist Epiphany | Wed., Jan. 5 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Columbia Museum of Art | This is an ongoing series of gallery talks featuring topics + themes the tour guides of CMA love to talk about. 
  • Outdoor Family Storytime | Wed., Jan. 5 | 10-10:30 a.m. | Richland Library Main | Free

Thursday, Jan. 6

Friday, Jan. 7

  • Succulent + Sangria Workshop | Fri., Jan. 7 | 6:30-8 p.m. | PlantHouse Cola, 702 Cross Hill Rd. | $38 | Guests must be paid for in advance and 16+. 🪴
  • Third Eye (Tool Tribute) at Main Course | Fri., Jan. 7 | 9 p.m. | The Main Course, 1624 Main St. | $15+ | Enjoy a tribute to Tool, featuring band members Brian Kelly on lead vocals, Andrew Sullivan on guitar, Dave Johnson on bass, and Ben Owens on drums. 🎵* 
  • Amos Hoffman Trio | Fri., Jan. 7 | 9 p.m.-12 a.m. | The Joint at 1710 Main | Free 
  • Party Girls Paint Class x Summer Doodles | Fri., Jan. 7 | 6-8 p.m. | Graduate Columbia, 1619 Pendleton St. | $60 | Paint the Party Girl of your dreams on a 12×16″ canvas, cheers bracelet from Pawmetto Pup, champagne + photo opportunities.
  • Archer Ave Showcase | Fri., Jan. 7 | Doors open at 7 p.m. | New Brookland Tavern | $10 | A lineup featuring Ben Walker, Pullover, Whistler, and Paisley & the Birdwalkers.

Saturday, Jan. 8

Sunday, Jan. 9

  • UofSC Women’s Basketball vs. Kentucky | Sun., Jan. 9 | 1 p.m. | Colonial Life Arena | $6+ 🏀
  • Citizen Cope | Sun., Jan. 9 | 7 p.m. | The Senate | $31+ 🎶
  • BrideCityShows.com Bridal Expo | Sun., Jan. 9 | 1-5 p.m. | Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center | $12 | Calling all Cola brides — see the latest wedding trends and get ideas for your wedding.
  • Stagbriar, Jenny Besetzt | Sun., Jan. 9 | Transmission Arcade | 10 p.m. | Free 🎶
  • Tommy Stinson Solo Show | Sun., Jan. 9 | Cola Town Bike Collective, 711 Elmwood Ave. | 7-10 p.m. | $25+ | American rock musician who came to prominence as bass player for The Replacements. 
  • Terrarium Basics | Sun., Jan. 9 | Sage Studios, 1117 B Ave. | 1 p.m.-3 p.m. | $45 | Materials are included for the in-person terrarium making class. 🪴

Monday, Jan. 10 

Tuesday, Jan. 11

  • Table for Six: Cola on the Move | Tues., Jan. 11 | 6-8 p.m. | Ratio | $40+ | This event will focus on leaders who are helping move Columbia forward, and tickets include two drinks + dinner from Ratio.
  • Dedication of New Peace Pole Structure | Tues., Jan. 11 | 10 a.m. | 900 block of Senate Street | The Columbia Peace Pole Initiative, in collaboration with One Columbia for Arts and Culture, commissioned Columbia artist Eileen Blyth to create a unique, artistic version of a peace pole.
  • CMA Chamber Music on Main Columbia Museum of Art | Tues., Jan. 11 | 6-7 p.m. | Columbia Museum of Art | $42 | The CMA and Andrew Armstrong welcome back previous artistic director Edward Arron and a second pianist, Jeewon Park, for the third iteration of this year’s Chamber series. 🎶

Wednesday, Jan. 12

  • Menopause The Musical | Wed., Jan. 12 | 7 p.m. | Koger Center for the Arts | $33+ | This show will be one night only.
  • Art Class: Oil Painting | Wed., Jan. 12 | 6-9 p.m. | Columbia Museum of Art | $140 | Explore the process of oil painting to better understand color blending, brushwork, and glazing in this three-part painting class.
  • Urban Birding with Congaree National Park | Wed., Jan. 12 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Richland Library Ballentine | Free

Thursday, Jan. 13

Friday, Jan. 14

  • MLK Freedom Fest | Fri., Jan. 14 | 7 p.m. |  Colonial Life Arena | $73+ | Line up featuring Rod Wave, Moneybagg Yo, Latto, and Young Bleu. 🎶
  • Festival of Laughs | Fri., Jan. 14 | 8 p.m. | The Township Auditorium | $59+ | Laugh at a lineup of 5 comedians. 
  • Emo Night Columbia | Fri., Jan. 14 | 8 p.m. | The Senate | $10+ | It’s Columbia’s meetup for ages 18+ that never really left the Black Parade once they were welcomed into it. 
  • Moss Wall Workshop | Fri., Jan. 14 | 6:30-8 p.m. | PlantHouse Cola, 702 Cross Hill Rd. | The PlantHouse crew will walk you through how to attach moss to an in-set frame, then choose from an array of accessories to make your moss wall uniquely yours.

Saturday, Jan. 15

Sunday, Jan. 16

Monday, Jan. 17

  • Bank of America Family Day | Mon., Jan. 17 | 10 a.m-5 p.m. | Columbia Museum of Art | Free | Enjoy free admission all day courtesy of Bank of America
  • Invisible No More Book Launch and Roundtable | Mon., Jan. 17 | 4-6 p.m. | Pastides Alumni Center | Free | celebrate the release of Invisible No More: The African American Experience at the University of South Carolina.

Tuesday, Jan. 18

Wednesday, Jan. 19

Thursday, Jan. 20

  • Young Leaders Society Oyster Roast | Thurs., Jan. 20 | 5-8 p.m. | City Market, 705 Gervais St. | $40+ | The event will feature live music from Prettier than Matt, food stations and an open bar.
  • Yacht Rock Revue | Thurs., Jan. 20 | 8 p.m. | The Township Auditorium | $28+ 🦪
  • Succulent + Sangria Workshop | Thurs., Jan. 20 | 6:30-8 p.m. | PlantHouse Cola, 702 Cross Hill Rd. | $38 | You’ll be able to select your succulents + decor to make your own terrarium. 🪴
  • LCAA 24th Annual Leadership Summit | Thurs., Jan. 20 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Capital City Club – Columbia | $50+, free for members | This half-day conference will highlight the work that local Midlands businesses are doing to make Columbia a leader in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Young Leaders Society Oyster Roast | Thurs., Jan. 20 | 5-8 p.m. | City Market Place, 705 Gervais St. | $40-50 per person | Shuck oysters, groove to Prettier Than Matt + give back through the silent auction or raffle, benefitting Be a Book Bunny — cold-weather donations are encouraged.*

Friday, Jan. 21

Saturday, Jan. 22

Sunday, Jan 23

  • Jersey Boys | Sun. Jan. 23 | 7:30 p.m. | Koger Center for the Arts | $43+ | Experience The Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning true-life musical phenomenon.
  • Freeman Sundays | Sun., Jan. 23 | 3-4:30 p.m. | School of Music 206 Recital Hall | $5+ | The concert features the university’s renowned music faculty

Monday, Jan. 24

Tuesday, Jan. 25

  • Vision Board Night | Tues., Jan. 25 | 6-8 p.m. | The Well Collective, 3000 Rosewood Dr. | $11 members + $22 non-members 

Wednesday, Jan. 26

Thursday, Jan. 27

Friday, Jan. 28

  • Niko Moon | Fri., Jan. 28 | 7 p.m. | The Senate | $16+ 
  • Eddie Griffin | Fri., Jan. 28 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Comedy House, 2768 Decker Blvd. | $48.50 
  • Amos Hoffman Trio | Fri., Jan. 28 | 9 p.m.-12 a.m. | The Joint at 1710 Main | Free
  • BLSD with Tre Smith | Fri., Jan 28 | 5-9 p.m. | Steel Hands Brewing | Free | Grab a brew and enjoy live music by Tre Smith.
  • Mark Rapp Funktet | Fri., Jan. 28 | 7-10 p.m. | Jazz on Dargan | TBD | …
  • Winter Sidewalk Sale | Fri., Jan. 28-Sun., Jan. 30 | All day |  Devine St. | Free
  • Let’s Speak English | Fri., Jan. 28 | 11 a.m. | Richland Library One | Free

Saturday, Jan. 29

Sunday, Jan. 30

  • The Palmetto Opera presents Rigoletto | Sun., Jan. 30 | 3 p.m. | Koger Center for the Arts | $45+ | A classic tale of tragedy, Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto is one of the most famous operas ever written.

Monday, Jan. 31