Arts & Entertainment

“First Night Southern Lights” art project to premier Aug. 19, Eclipse Weekend

Southern Lights, a signature, long-term art installation by artist Chris Robinson, will span the Congaree River between the Blossom Street and Gervais Street bridges. The general public is invited to “First Night Southern Lights,” a free event hosted by the Vista Guild celebrating the premier of the installation, on Saturday, Aug. 19,  as part of the Total Solar Eclipse Weekend…

EdVenture’s FLIGHT- with Boeing 757 cockpit, opens Saturday

1/4Flight 4 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Flight 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Flight 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Flight 1 Show Caption Hide Caption EdVenture is opening its newest permanent exhibit, FLIGHT.  Museum members are invited to preview the exhibit at 9 a.m. Saturday. It’s open to EdVenture guests, in general, at 10 a.m. FLIGHT has been made possible with…

Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation grants $90,000 to 3 South Carolina charities

More than $2.5 million in grants awarded since Foundation’s inception

The Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation is granting $90,000 over three years to three South Carolina charities working on projects that benefit child welfare and youth arts programs. The three organizations and their projects are: · Carolina Youth Development Center; Nu House: Independent Living Transition House for Youth Aging Out of Foster Case – In South Carolina, more than 600…

Columbia’s First Thursday on Main features 70s trivia, “That ’70s Show” art

Thunderstorms brought an early end to many of the outdoor activities planned for Columbia’s First Thursday on Main, but inside the Columbia Museum of Art, a crowd of more than 100 ignored the weather and the present for a trip back in time. The museum hosted a night of 1970s trivia in honor of one of the current exhibitions: “That…

Gilbert Peach Festival is the center of the universe on July 4th

1/4Peach Festival Gilbert 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Peach Festival Gilbert 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Peach Festival Gilbert 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Peach Festival Gilbert 4 Show Caption Hide Caption There’s only one way to celebrate America’s birthday for many people in Lexington County, and the party turns a town of less than 1,000 into the center of…

Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra performs “Star Spangled Salute”

1/5Lake Murray Symphony Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Lake Murray Symphony Monday night Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Lake Murray Symphony attendees Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Crowd Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Song list Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan A little rain didn’t stop hundreds of people from gathering Monday night to listen to a patriotic concert put on by the…

EdVenture’s Americana Day held Saturday, Tuesday is Military Appreciation Day

1/3Ed2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3ED1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Ed3 Show Caption Hide Caption Lots of baseball, lots of hot dogs and lots of red, white and blue. That’s what visitors to EdVenture found Saturday, as the children’s museum hosted Americana Day as an early celebration of the nation’s birthday. “I got to learn about where fireworks come from,” said…

Miss Columbia, Suzi Roberts, is new Miss South Carolina

1/3Suzi Roberts during talent competition. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Miss SC, Suzi Roberts, of Columbia. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Suzi being crowned. Show Caption Hide Caption The newest Miss South Carolina calls the state’s capital city home. Suzi Roberts, Miss Columbia 2017, won the Miss South Carolina crown at Saturday’s night’s finals at the Township Auditorium. Roberts, who finished as…

Miss South Carolina Teen crowned, Columbia Teen, Emily Schultz, in top 10

A new Miss South Carolina Teen was crowned Friday night. A 16-year-old from the Upstate won a pageant at her high school in February, and her road led from there to the title of Miss South Carolina Teen. Ally McCaslin, the 2017 Miss Woodmont High School, took the state crown and sash Friday night at Township Auditorium. Miss Columbia Teen,…

West Columbia Solar Fest West to include live music, food trucks, eclipse education stations

The City of West Columbia is holding the Solar Fest West event to view the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, from noon –until-  4 p.m, at the Wyman M. “Mac” Rish Riverwalk and Amphitheater, 109 Alexander Road, West Columbia. Solar Fest West will feature live music from Seventy Six and Sunny with Prettier than Matt, food trucks, a beer…

Leeza Gibbons’ Dare2Care charity event comes to Columbia Saturday

The Dare2Care Reception and Live Auction promotes a culture of Kindness in Columbia. It’s planned for the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Proceeds go to help Columbia-based Leeza’s Care Connection of the Midlands. Leeza Gibbons is an Emmy Award winner and health advocate. Her Dare2Care event with a Gratitude Event and Take the Dare live auction is on Saturday from 5…

Marriott’s Midlands’ Modern Southern Food Arts unanimous shrimp and grits winner

Event organizer Brian Cole, left, and Midlands Executive Chef Jeremy Lane. The judges have spoken. The people have spoken. And for the second consecutive year, they have agreed. Columbia’s best shrimp and grits is prepared and served by Midlands’ Modern Southern Food Arts, the restaurant inside the Marriott hotel on Main Street. Midlands took home both the judges’ choice and…

Cayce holds its first Soiree on State music and art festival

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Cayce closing some streets Saturday for Soiree on State event

Multiple streets in the City of Cayce will be closed and/or have detours Saturday  in conjunction with the Soiree on State event. The event site, State Street from Poplar Street to Railroad Street, will be closed to through traffic starting at 10 a.m. and will remain closed into the evening for event clean up. Multiple adjacent streets will be closed…

Music Farm presents free country music in June

By Caroline Petrone Columbia’s Music Farm hosted its second week of free country music, Wednesday night. The featured act this week was LanCo, a Nashville-based country music band. Kentucky’s Carly Pierce with her bluegrass tone, and Midland, another country music group, performed too. When LanCo took the stage, the band incorporated the enthusiasm of the crowd, while  performing a variety…

EdVenture installing Boeing 757 cockpit, Friday

What:    EdVenture will be installing a Boeing 757 cockpit on the outside wall of the museum overlooking the Columbia Canal side as a feature of an new exhibit called “Flight”. The cockpit will lifted by crane and attached to the side of the building. The entire exhibit will be opening mid-July. When:       Friday,  7 a.m. Where:        EdVenture,…

West Columbia on board with Congaree River Southern Lights Exhibit coinciding with eclipse

1/3lights 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Lights Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3lights 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Chris Robinson is an artist and professor at the University of South Carolina. He is creating a light-beaming art project that will be placed between the Gervais Street and Blossom Street bridges. Laura Ros, of “What’s Next Midlands” asked West Columbia City Council…

Columbia’s Summer Movies Series at Finlay Park this Friday

The City of Columbia’s Summer Movies Series continues this week with a showing of “Moana” on Friday, June 9 at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street. The Summer Move Series will run Friday nights through July 28. The following movies are free and open to the public: ·         June 9: “Moana” ·         June 16: “Angry Birds” ·         June 23: “Ghostbusters” ·        …

Five After Five concert in Five Points, great atmosphere on a June evening

The 19th season of the Five After Five concert series in Columbia’s Five Points is in full swing. On Sunday more than 500 people gathered near the district’s iconic fountain for the June edition of the free family and pet-friendly event. “Great weather, great music, and lots of dogs: that’s as much as I could ask for,” said Joe Wiggins…

Ft. Jackson celebrates its 100th birthday with concert party for everyone

1/5Ft. Jackson Centennial Celebration 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Ft. Jackson Centennial Celebration 4 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Ft. Jackson Centennial Celebration Concert 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5The Dude celebrates with Ft. Jackson Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Ft. Jackson Centennial Celebration 3 Show Caption Hide Caption It was June 2, 1917 when Congress approved plans to establish a military…

West Columbia is full of summer fun and activities

The Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto arrived at what is now the Congaree River in West Columbia on April 21, 1540. He described the site as alive with the activity of the Native American tribes that inhabited the area. As spring 2017 progresses, West Columbia river-users are filled with the same excitement of the ages, rising from all of the…

Rhythm on the River Spring Concert Series concludes Saturday night

It was a hot day with a cool breeze as the evening began on the Congaree River. And the 13th Annual Spring  Edition of the CMC Steel Rhythm on the River Concert Series ended Saturday. There is a Fall Concert Series. The concerts are held at the  Wyman “Mac” Rish  Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater in West Columbia. Saturdays bands were The Travelin Kine and Black Iron Gathering. Top Photo: The…

Pop-Up Summer Drive-In Movie Series starts Saturday at Historic Columbia Speedway

What’s Next Midlands’ newest project, a pop-up drive-in movie theater, features a new movie every month between May and August in a festival environment. WHEN: Saturday, May 20. Gates open 7 p.m., movie starts shortly after sundown (8:30-ish.) WHAT: “The Sandlot” will be shown on a 55-foot outdoor movie screen as the first installment of The Summer Drive-In Movie Series, presented by…

Line-up for Columbia’s Free Summer Concert Series, begins June 3

Ruben Studdard, Dante Lewis and S.O.S. Band to Perform

The City of Columbia’s live outdoor concert series will return June 3 to Finlay Park with a variety of local and national recording artists, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. The free Summer Concert Series will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on the following dates: · June 3 (R&B): Ruben Studdard · June 17 (Variety): The Boomers…