Straight outta Jersey! Crazy suburban white girl named Patti Cake$ ! Wants to be a famous rapper but does she have what it takes? Clearly, we don’t — and our apologies to Ice Cube (who, come to think of it, should probably apologize to us for Are We There Yet?, so we’ll call it square) — but Patti Cake$ follows a plucky underdog from gritty strip-mall suburbia who strives to reach the big time in the hip-hop scene. The Nickelodeon Theatre screens the film at 3:30, 6 and 8:30 tonight, and tickets are $ 10. Visit nickelodeon.org for more information.
After Prince died last year, the Columbia Fireflies paid tribute to the Purple One by partying like it was 1982, the year Prince recorded 1999. Stadium concession stands sold Purple Rain-themed drinks, fans who drove little red Corvettes to the park received free parking, team staff wore raspberry berets, a Prince tribute band performed before the game. Today, the Fireflies reprise their Purple Game concept, this time in tribute to John Blackwell, Prince’s drummer, who was born in Columbia and who died on July 4 this year. The Fireflies will again wear special, Prince-themed jerseys, this time modeled after the buttless lace suit Prince wore to the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards, and the Terence Young Experience will perform a pregame concert at 5:30 p.m. No pancake-eating contest this year, though. Dang. The game itself, against the Asheville Tourists, starts at 7:05 p.m.; it’s also the final home game of the season. Visit columbiafireflies.com for tickets and more information.
Need us to explain I Can Explain? OK, we’ll explain: I Can Explain is a storytelling event at The War Mouth hosted by the Carolina Archive of Storytelling, wherein storytellers — maybe even you — tell tales of confusion, mistaken identity, and intentions gone awry. Think of it as a live and local version of The Moth. The stories start at 8 p.m., though you should probably get there earlier if you want to put your name in the hat to tell your tale. Visit carolinastorytelling.org for more information.
If you’re up for a drive on this Labor Day weekend, the The Big Mo out in, uh, Monetta hosts its annual Labor Day Weekend Triple Feature, showing some of the summer’s hit movies on two of its screens — this year’s selections include the superhero bonanzas Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Wonder Woman — and a retro triple feature of The Sandlot, Grease and Dirty Dancing on its third. Gates open at 7 p.m., and the first movie on each screen starts at dark — so, around 8:30 p.m. or so. Do note, though, that you may not switch screens between movies. Admission is $ 9 for adults, $ 4 for kids. Visit thebigmo.com for more information.
This month’s First Friday Lowbrow Cinema Series entry at the Nickelodeon Theatre is a classic slasher set in a summer camp. No, it’s not Friday the 13th. Nor is it Sleepaway Camp. And it’s not Summer Camp Nightmare, either. So what does that leave? The Burning, of course, wherein a former summer camp caretaker, disfigured in a fire, terrorizes another summer camp. Look closely and you’ll notice Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens and Holly Hunter, all of whom made their big-screen debuts in the movie. Neat. The Nick screens the film at 11 p.m.; tickets are $ 11. Visit nickelodeon.org for more information.
Are you ready for some football?! If you’re not, it’s probably best to stay away from the Olympia neighborhood, and probably most of Rosewood, too, not to mention sports bars: The University of South Carolina kicks off its football season today at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, where the Gamecocks take on the North Carolina State University Wolfpack at 3 p.m. Here’s the bad news: The Gamecocks might not be very good; Athlon Sports predicts that they’ll finish 6-6, and fourth in the SEC East. Here’s the good — or at least less bad — news: North Carolina State isn’t projected to be much better; Athlon has the Pack finishing fourth in the ACC’s Atlantic Division and 7-5. And the last time South Carolina played North Carolina State? In 2009, when the Gamecocks beat the Pack 7-3 in Raleigh. ESPN is televising the game, all but ensuring that your favorite watering hole will be awash in a sea of garnet and black. Hey, football reigns supreme ‘round these parts. Visit gamecocksonline.com for more information.
Wait … you mean the Gamecocks aren’t the only football team in town? The Benedict College Tigers take on the Livingstone College Blue Bears in the Palmetto Capital City Classic at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium. Kickoff is at 5 p.m.; tickets are $ 20 ($ 25 for reserved seating) and are available at the Township Auditorium and Charlie W. Johnson Stadium. Visit palmettoccc.com for more information.
Haven’t seen That ’70s Show: Cool Art from the Collection at the Columbia Museum of Art yet? Take the 2 p.m. gallery tour; it’s free with admission — which, today being Sunday, is zero dollars. Visit columbiamuseum.org for more information.
Today-bor day is Labor Day, the day in which we celebrate labor by not doing any of it. (Yes, even in a right-to-work state like South Carolina.) But the fine people of Chapin wanted to work on Labor Day, so they’re throwing a festival. (Hey, we said it’s a right-to-work-state.) The Chapin Labor Day Festival starts with a 9:30 a.m. parade followed by a classic car show, children’s carnival, live music and other fun things. Events are free and open to the public; visit chapinsc.com for more information and directions.
Today-bor day, as we mentioned, is Labor Day, and since today-bor day is Labor Day, the summer is now officially over. (Take that, vernal equinox!) And no other event marks the end of summer more than the end of swimming pool season. The City of Columbia shuts down Maxcy Gregg Pool and Greenview Pool for the season today, so if you’re hankering for one last cannonball, get out there. The pools are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; admission is $ 4, $ 3 for kids. Visit columbiasc.net for more information.
Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the 2014 uprising in Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, comprising footage culled from the news media, phones and produced by the filmmakers. It’s also the first installment in the Nickelodeon Theatre’s new For the Record series of documentary films that explore and interrogate cinematic realism, and it’s followed by a talkback session led by Simple Justice organizers Ty dePass and Mila Burgess-Conway and local media mogul Sherard Duvall. The film screens at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $ 11. Visit nickelodeon.org for more information.
September is National Chicken, Biscuit, Honey, Mushroom, Potato and Rice Month. Mmm … all of the above!