Arts & Entertainment

SUSTO “takes the music to them” in Columbia show, Thursday

If there is a breakout band in South Carolina right now, it has to be SUSTO. The rootsy, laid back vibe of the Charleston band’s new album on the nationally distributed Caroline Records, **& I’m Fine Today** is generating major attention. SUSTO (Photo Contributed.) A tour with Lumineers is imminent, and the band just made their network TV debut on…

Richland Library hosting prominent journalists turned authors

MEET LEONARD PITTS, JR. and COKIE ROBERTS

In collaboration with two community-wide initiatives, Richland Library is excited to present back-to-back visits with two award-winning journalists. Please join us for the following events: An Evening with Leonard Pitts, Jr. is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday February 23 at 701 Whaley (701 Whaley Street). A Conversation with Cokie Roberts is scheduled for 4 p.m., Friday, February 24 at our…

St. Pat’s in Five Points offering in-store pre-sale tickets beginning Monday

Beginning Monday, pre-sale outlets for St. Pat’s in Five Points, are available. It is March 18. Be prepared to shake your shamrocks at the 35th Annual St. Pat’s in Five Points – one of the largest green and Gaelic celebration in the Southeast! In addition to online sales, which have been available since November, six stores are have hundreds of tickets to…

Soda City, street fair for street fare

from clothing and woodworks to art and goat cheese

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Several Columbia-area high school basketball players chosen as Players-of-the-Year

The S.C. Basketball Coaches Association has named Brookland-Cayce’s Lloyd Hemming picked as the 3A Boys State Player-of-the-Year and Gray Collegiate Academy’s Jalek Felton is the 2A Boys Player of the Year. A.C. Flora’s James Reese was named 4A Boys Player of the Year; and Dutch Fork’s Jordan Davis, was named 5A Boys Player of the Year; Swansea’s Danae McNeal was…

“Rocketman” Gregg Bickley set to take on Koger with Elton John Tribute, Feb. 25

Tickets are selling fast

Tokyo Joe’s Greg Bickley is ROCKETMAN. He will perform his Elton John Tribute at the Koger Center in Columbia on Saturday, Feb. 25. With 10 days left before the show, ticket sales are moving toward a sell-out. Click this link for Rocketman Ticket Info. Gregg Bickley, in costume, as Rocketman Sir Elton John. (Photo Vickie Lovett.) Bickley found out as…

Indah Coffee Co., Circa Barber Shop coming to Cottontown

The redevelopment of 2238 Sumter St. in the Cottontown neighborhood has been launched by the Cason Development Group has. The newest tenants are Indah Coffee Co. and Circa Barber Shop. Indah Coffee Co. Cason has also acquired 2222 Sumter St. and it will be redeveloped in the future. Rendering of Indah Coffee Co. at 2238 Sumter Street in Cottontown. (Photo…

Trustus pushes boundaries (again) with ‘Marcus, or the Secret of Sweet’

Final entry in dramatic trilogy from Oscar-nominated 'Moonlight' story writer begins 10-show run this Friday

Columbia’s Trustus Theatre has a reputation for challenging its audiences, both in subject matter and in the manner its plays are produced. “Marcus, Or the Secret of Sweet” (opening this Friday and running through February 18) is the latest installment in a series of three plays Trustus has presented over the last three seasons. Actor John Floyd (Photo provided) They’re…

City of Columbia Black History Extravaganza planned for Feb. 20

At Greenview Park

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to celebrate Black History Month at the Black History Extravaganza on Monday, Feb. 20 at Greenview Park. The event will include exhibitors, live entertainment and more. WHO: The Black History Extravaganza is open to youth, adults and seniors age 55 and older. WHERE: Greenview Park, 6700 David Street, Columbia,…

St. Pat’s in Five Points organizers unveil music lineup

A range of musical styles will fill the air at the state's largest St. Patrick's Day festival

It’s going to be a soulful day at the 2017 edition of St. Pat’s in Five Points. Organizers unveiled the musical lineup for the annual festival Tuesday evening at Delaney’s Music Pub & Eatery, with local musicians providing entertainment before the announcement. St. Paul and the Broken Bones (Photo provided) Travis Robinson, Columbia said he likes the variety. “I’m excited….

Ben Lippen dance marathon raises thousands for children’s hospital

Katie Kendall knows as well as anyone how important Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital is. She learned firsthand during 2-½ years of treatment there as she battled leukemia. Dance Marathon organizer Katie Kendall addresses the crowd Saturday at Ben Lippen School. (Photos by Allen Wallace) She won her fight, and thanks to her efforts and the efforts of those she inspired…

A thousand-plus take part in Capital City Clogging Classic

Columbia’s Jamil Temple echoed with the sounds of music and dancing feet from Saturday morning until late Saturday night, as more than 1,000 competitors took part in the Capital City Clogging Classic. “It’s just so awesome to see so many good dancers and people who love clogging,” said 9-year-old clogger Amy Payne. “You get to meet new friends and we…

Irmo High School announces first Hall of Fame Class

Induction ceremony will be announced at a later date this year

The inaugural Irmo High School Hall of Fame Class – for 2017- has been announced. The class includes: Leeza Gibbons, Jay Burks, B.J. McKie, Courtney Shealy Hart and Marti Suber. Gibbons is a 1975 graduate and attended the University of South Carolina where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Gibbons is an Emmy Award winning American talk show host and is one…

Local Music Spotlight: Our Brother George

Former Jam Band Musician from Columbia, Now in Nashville, Learning To Fly Solo

When is a band not a band? When it’s a mostly solo project from former Walk With Porpoise member Henry Long dubbed “Our Brother George.” The easygoing Americana of 2016’s Delight: Live In A Hotel proved he could expand his songwriting past the loose experimental jams of that local high school band; but he still performs under a band name…

Black History Parade and Festival set for Feb. 4

Celebrate Black History Month at the 13th Annual Karamu Statewide Black History Parade and Festival next month. The event will be held from 12-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, located at 2300 Greene St. in Columbia. The parade begins at Harden and Gervais streets. The event will spotlight the National Buffalo Soldiers. The festival also will…

Riverbanks’ Zoo director announces retirement

Satch Krantz will step down in June after more than 40 years

Satch Krantz, president and CEO of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, has announced plans to retire on June 30, marking the end of an era in the zoo’s history. “I have been blessed with a wonderfully rewarding career,” said Krantz in a release. “All along I’ve had a supportive governing authority, an incredibly talented staff, and a community that cares deeply…

Local Music Spotlight: Atlas Road Crew

Charleston-based band with Columbia roots gearing up for a big year

This time last year, the guys in Atlas Road Crew were getting ready to fly to Europe for their first international shows, a short tour of the continent that saw the band play in countries such as Germany, France, and Spain. A year later, they are still not quite believing that it happened. (Story continues below) Atlas Road Crew (Photo…

Trustus Theatre to shed light on social justice

Trustus Theatre is Columbia’s go-to place for cutting-edge, live-theater productions, but this week is different. This week, they’ll be doing more than acting out scenes on stage when the venue hosts the local gathering of The Ghostlight Project’s nationwide effort to shine a light on issues of social justice. This Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. – on the eve of…

Columbia crowns its new queens

A University of South Carolina alumna will serve as Miss Columbia in 2017. Miss Columbia 2017, Suzi Roberts (Photos by Allen Wallace) Suzi Roberts won the crown Sunday night and will represent the Famously Hot city in this summer’s Miss South Carolina pageant. Joining Roberts in the Miss South Carolina competition will be Jordyn Fox, who was crowned Miss Capital…

Columbia author celebrates new novel

James D. McAllister borrows from local lore for his latest

There’s a grain of truth in even the most fictional story, but in Columbia author James D. McAllister’s new novel, “Let The Glory Pass Away,” any local followers of the city’s cultural scene would be forgiven if they feel like they recognize whole wheat fields of characters, settings, and more. In this third novel from McAllister, he’s finally drawing from…

Cayce’s Hard Knox Grill – gone but not forgotten

Short-lived, but legendary, rock club will hold a musical reunion at Ozzie's on Sunday

A live music club is a hard business to operate, as anyone who’s tried it will tell you. Photo provided Pete Koutrakos took a stab at it back in 2009 with the Cayce rock club Hard Knox Grill, which only lasted a little more than a year. Patrons and staff remember it fondly enough, however, to have organized a reunion…

‘Adult spelling bee,’ with a twist of adult beverages, spells F-U-N

Leave your kids at home for this grown-up fundraiser to benefit the Columbia Children's Theatre

Spelling bees are a part of our national culture, from the famous Scripps National Spelling Bee to local contests within our own children’s schools. If you are an adult spelling and word afficionado, however, opportunities to prove that skill are mostly limited to Facebook games and Scrabble nights. For the third year, however, Columbia Children’s Theatre is hosting “Columbia S-P-E-L-L-S,”…

Katrina’s Kids hosts Cola benefit concert for foster kids

Hear four live acts, bid on Darius Rucker's guitar, and more at special concert to help kids in need

Music and children are a natural fit. But for many foster children in South Carolina, activities like music lessons or band camp are simply out of reach. So are summer camps, athletic and recreation programs, scouting, leadership development, job skills training – and a whole host of other after-school and summer enrichment activities. S.C. Sen. Katrina Shealy, founder of Katrina’s…

‘Night at the Museum’ sleepover planned at State Museum

The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia is giving families a chance to experience a night at the museum this coming weekend. S.C. State Museum exhibit space (photo provided) Overnight, from Friday January 13 through Saturday, January 14, guests will get to explore the entire museum, including a special exclusive preview of the museum’s new blockbuster exhibit Savage Ancient Seas, and a variety…

Soda City Rock Show: Building a music scene one show at a time

Showcase of five hard-hitting bands hits New Brookland Tavern Saturday night

If you’re in a local rock band and you perceive something is lacking in the opportunities afforded to you and your like-minded peers, what do you do? StarDog (Photos povided) If you’re StarDog, you put a series of shows together featuring various local and regional rock acts and dub it “Soda City Rock Show.” On Saturday night, they’ll host the…