R&B

Erykah Badu and her friends

After reaching multi-platinum status in the late 1990s with her debut album “Baduizm,” R&B singer/songwriter Erykah Badu managed to maintain her artistic juices for three decades. Even after initial hits like “Next Lifetime” and the classic “Tyrone” disappeared from radio, Badu pursued an adventurous career that saw her go beyond soul music into a mystical sound all her own. . Badu’s performance at Colonial Life Arena includes the Goodie Mob and Lucky Daye. Show time is at 7 p.m. on May 8 and tickets range from $78 to $253. Visit coloniallifearena.com for more information. VINCENT HARRIS

FESTIVAL

Rosewood Crayfish Festival

More than a dozen vendors will line up to serve gators, burgers, Cajun delicacies and, of course, crawfish for the Rosewood Crawfish Festival. A Creole chef will cook more than 10,000 pounds of the little red crustacean, fresh from Louisiana, while live music plays with New Orleans rockers Cowboy Mouth. The event and activities open at 11 a.m. on May 7 at the State Fairgrounds. General admission is $10. All proceeds will go towards improving the Rosewood Drive area for residents and businesses. More information at rosewoodcrawfishfest.com. STEPHEN PASTIS

ART/MUSIC

First Thursday

Think of the CMA’s First Thursday as a labyrinthine floral arrangement, as the Art Blos-soms exhibit, which reconstructs iconic works of art as floral arrangements, sprawls through the museum and Boyd Plaza. The efflorescent theme continues with Anila Quayyum Agha’s immersive exhibition Let A Million Flowers Bloom, which uses floral and geometric forms to explore public and private psychic landscapes. The pop-up art exhibit of DJ Preach Jacobs and the Richland Library sits amidst the foliage. The May 4 event is free. More info at columbiamuseum.org. PAT MORAN

ART

“Unknown land”

“Terra Incognita” is a collaboration between visual artist Naomi Falk and musician/sound artist Greg Stuart that addresses the uncertain future of our physical world due to the “climate catastrophe wrought by late capitalism”. In practice, that means landscapes of 2x4s and textiles dramatically brought to life through an unsettlingly slow multi-channel audio collage. Dark? Sure. But also fascinating and potentially captivating, given the combined talents of some of USC’s most imaginative minds. The exhibition opens at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art on May 5 at 6:30 p.m., with a conversation between the artists and 701 Executive Director Michaela Pilar Brown. More info at 701cca.org. KYLE PETERSEN

ROCK

Dear Blanca, Sloppy Boys

Dear Blanca, of local indie rock fame Columbia, is kicking off The Great Atlantic Blowout tour with the California-based Sloppy Boys. You’re probably familiar with the previous one, but the latter maybe not as much. Comprised of three members of comedy sketch group The Birthday Boys, which had an IFC TV series produced by Bob Odenkirk, they play humorous but sometimes slyly sincere music. It pairs well with Blanca’s serious airs and, at times, equally goofy energy. The tour comes after Blanca frontman Dylan Dickerson performed with the messy Californians in a series of shows out West. The two play at Columbia’s Cola Town Bike Collective on May 6. Tickets are $10. More information on facebook.com/dearblanca. DAVID CLARY

THEATER/MUSIC

“Material Girls”

You may never meet pop icons like Lady Gaga in person, but this show will bring you closer. Newberry Opera House presents the high-energy musical Material Girls on its stage May 8 at 7:30 p.m. This show features dynamic singers who recreate the looks and sounds of some of pop music’s most iconic performers. like Cher, Madonna, Lady Gaga and Adele. Tickets start at $60. More information at newberryoperahouse.com. HALIE HAYES

ROCK

dead spring

“Stories Left Untold,” the newest release from Columbia band Dead Spring, is only two songs long, but there’s a world of great music embedded in those two tracks. The band, fronted by vocalist/guitarist Alec Edelson, likes to take clashing textures and put them next to each other. So you’ll get smashing, banging indie-rock choruses that collide with wondrous dreamy rock interludes that then merge into quasi-progressive sections with thorny, twisting tempos. It’s an exciting appetizer for whatever the band does next. Their show at New Brookland Tavern also includes Great Wide Nothing, Bleeding Trees, Subutech and Sometime In February. Show time is 6 p.m. on May 4 and tickets are $12-$14. Visit newbrooklandtavern.com for more information. VINCENT HARRIS

COMEDY

Hilliary Begely

Hilliary Begely is an Asheville comedian who starred in the Netflix movie “Dumplin” and the Prime Video movie “When We Last Spoke.” She will headline two COLAughs events. The first event on May 7 will take place at NoMa Warehouse, and tickets are $20 to see Petey Smith McDowell and Columbia comedians Allie Johns and Christian Williams. The next event, Brunch ‘N Munch, is at We’s on Meeting Street for a special Mother’s Day brunch. The brunch event begins at noon on May 8 and tickets are $15. More information at eventbrite.com. STEPHEN PASTIS

THEATER

“The Wedding Singer”

There’s a sweet old-fashioned air to ‘The Wedding Singer’ musical, based on Adam Sandler’s hit, and it’s not just because the story is set in the mid-1980s, the era of big shoulder pads and even bigger hair. The property also plays like a slimy 1930s comedy, with its heart firmly on its sleeve. The Workshop Theater production focuses on the music as well as the broken heart of wedding singer Robbie Hart. Tickets cost between $18 and $25 for the show, which begins May 6. More information on workshoptheatre.com. PAT MORAN

RAP/R&B/POP

Carolina Cree Festival

The latest edition of this outdoor festival at the Harbison Theater hosted by Reggie Sullivan features the bassist and bandleader’s own R&B/pop/jazz band alongside hip-hop scene leader OG FatRat da Czar, folk duo -exuberant pop Prettier Than Matt and the party group Partly Cloudy. The disparate lineup of acts share a crowd-pleasing artistic bent that aligns with the festival’s larger goals of showcasing quality South Carolina talent. The music starts at 3 p.m. on May 7, tickets are $15 with kids 10 and under free. More info at harbisontheatre.org. KYLE PETERSEN

R&B

Beth Inabinett

On May 6, Columbia’s Chayz Lounge brings the sultry vocals of Beth Inabinett as she performs Songs of The Ladies of Soul. This show will take you on a soulful journey, with Inabinett performing hits from Sade, Phyllis Hyman, Gladys Knight, Anita Baker and Jill Scott. Tickets start at $30 and the show starts at 8 p.m. More information on chayzlounge.com. HALIE HAYES

POP ROCK

The root doctors

Longtime Columbia band The Roots Doctors have been a reliable institution in town since the 1990s, and for good reason. Singer Walter Hemingway and company sure know how to deliver a good time, with a wide variety of covers and a high-octane stage presence that should light up the Icehouse Amphitheater in Lexington. This free show on May 5 begins at 6:30 p.m. More info at icehouseamphitheatre.com. KYLE PETERSEN

WINE

Wine tour

Is wine your favorite drink? If so, you’ll want to meet up at the Icehouse Amphitheater on May 7 for Wine Walk, sponsored by the Lexington Beautification Foundation. The event offers unlimited wine tastings – that’s right, unlimited. Food will be available for purchase and all attendees will leave with a souvenir glass of wine. Come listen to live music and enjoy the flavors of a variety of wines. Tickets start at $25. More information at icehouseamphitheatre.com. HALIE HAYES

CLASSIC

“Catesby Comes to the Carolinas: A 300th Anniversary Celebration”

The final concert in Columbia Baroque’s Around the Globe: Exploring Unfamiliar Territories series celebrates the 300th anniversary of famed English naturalist Mark Catesby’s visit to the Carolinas. The May 10 concert will be a high-profile event featuring historian John Myers, guest artist Richard Stone on theorbo and lute, and Brittnee Siemon, mezzo-soprano; Mary Hostetler Hoyt, baroque violin; Erika Cutler, baroque violin; Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba; and William Douglas, harpsichord. The concert includes material from William McGibbon and Georg Frederic Handel as well as English pub songs, and it takes place at 206 Recital Hall at the USC School Of Music. Tickets are $20. Visit columbiabaroque.org for more information. VINCENT HARRIS

NATURE/TALK

“Wild Bees” and Rudy Mancke

Rudy Mancke co-hosted SCETV’s NatureScene until 1978 and now hosts the SCETV and SC public radio show “NatureNotes,” while teaching at USC as a naturalist-in-residence. Suffice to say he is an expert on the natural world around us. In conjunction with the Wild Bees exhibit at the McKissick Museum, Mancke will take attendees into the intimate world of pollination and flowering plants on May 10 from 5:30-7 p.m. for free admission. More information at onecolumbiasc.edu. STEPHEN PASTIS

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