Arts & Entertainment

Eclipse was the largest tourism event in state’s history

Solar Fest West (ColaDaily Photos) The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse attracted more than a million-and-a-half visitors to South Carolina, according to the SC Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. It was the largest tourism event in the state’s history. The SCDPRT reports that 1.6 million people came to – or traveled within- the state to view the eclipse. With…

Columbia Greek Festival begins Thursday, get information

The Columbia Greek Festival begins Thursday. The four-day (Thurs.-Sun.) event  features Greek foods, art and culture. The mission is to raise money for the church and charities. The Columbia Greek Festival is in its 31st year. The event is free to attend.  Columbia Greek Festival hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. The festival’s hours Sunday are noon…

Columbia Museum of Art premieres Henri Matisse exhibit

1/4Museum of Art 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Museum of Art 4 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Museum of Art Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Museum of Art 3 Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan  Art lovers will soon have the opportunity to view a collection of work by European artist Henri Matisse beginning Friday at the Columbia Museum of Art….

Unity Festival in Hyatt Park brings people together on a beautiful Saturday

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West Columbia Beautification Foundation’s Tribute for Trees is Sept. 12

Click image to enlarge The West Columbia Beautification Foundation will hold its 3rd Annual Tribute for Trees Fundraiser on Tuesday, September 12, at the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street. It’s from 5 p.m. until – 7:30 p.m. Funds raised at the Tribute for Trees will be used to purchase trees to complete the plantings on Sunset Boulevard…

Ensemble Eclectica Premiere, dinner theatre, is Sept. 14, at 300 Senate St.

Ensemble Eclectica Premiere, a dinner theatre,  will be the inaugural performance of a brand new addition to the Columbia art scene. The dinner theater production will offer an eclectic blend of original compositions as well as arrangement of more familiar pieces, combined with unexpected artistic surprises. It’s  at 6:30 pm. on Thursday Sept. 14, at 300 Senate St. Columbia. Ensemble Eclectica…

EdVenture to put satellite children’s museum in Hartsville in 2018

EdVenture in Columbia. EdVenture announced this week its plans to open a satellite location in Hartsville, in 2018. The project will be the museum’s first new satellite location. EdVenture merged with the Children’s Museum of South Carolina in Myrtle Beach in March, and plans to open a new location there in 2019. The Hartsville location will focus on serving families…

Hampton-Preston Mansion’s bicentennial is nearing, upgrades being planned

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Richland County Sheriff’s car show in Hopkins raises funds for children’s gifts

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Southern Lights creator Chris Robinson given key to 3 cities, as laser art project is introduced

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Couple travels 860 miles for eclipse, Soda City Market extends hours for eclipse visitors

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Chernoff Newman celebrates “The Big Spectacle” with big spectacles and the Fireflies

John Katz, Fireflies, David Campbell and Heather Price, Chernoff Newman. (ColaDaily photo)  Chernoff Newman, with the Columbia Fireflies, unveiled the world’s largest eclipse glasses at Columbia’s Spirit Communications Park on Friday. “It’s a big, once-in-a-lifetime event, and we wanted to be part of it,” said David Campbell, Chernoff Newman president, referring to the eclipse. Chernoff Newman is a Columbia-based marketing…

Darlington Raceway to honor Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. at Bojangles’ Southern 500

“Earnhardt Towers” will feature graphics honoring Earnhardt Sr. and Earnhardt Jr. in advance of Dale Jr.’s final Bojangles’ Southern 500 DARLINGTON– In celebrating the legacy of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and honoring Dale Earnhardt Jr. in his final NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 start, Darlington Raceway is dedicating its Turn 3 suite towers in their names, respectively. Earnhardt Towers will…

FLW Forrest Wood Cup Lunch Break Tailgate Party with pro anglers and The Dude – Photos

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Fundraiser in Irmo Saturday to help Randy Jones in fight against cancer

The Irmo community is rallying around “one of its own” who is in the fight for his life battling cancer. Local photographer Randy Jones, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer.  As an active member of the Irmo community, Randy’s love of community and giving spirit have touched so many people over the years. Because so many people have been positively…

Solar Fest West, a free Eclipse event at West Columbia’s Riverwalk Amphitheater

The Total Solar Eclipse is a big deal. And nowhere is that more apparent than at West Columbia City Hall. “We’ve been planning for months for the big day,” said Kelli Ricard, West Columbia events manager. Anna Huffman, the city’s public information officer, said West Columbia is a wonderful place, and when the multitude of visitors descend upon the area,…

City Roots Tasty Tomato Festival appreciates the South Carolina tomato

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Nationally known skateboard team at Columbia’s Bluetile Skate Shop

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The landmark restaurants of West Columbia

West Columbia is not a really big place, but it has some high-profile restaurants, along with some iconic eateries that have become landmarks. From the elegant Al’s Upstairs and the down home deliciousness of Zesto, to the must-have fare at Cafe Strudel, West Columbia attracts a wide variety of palates. The restaurant opened in March of 1979. It was founded…

Rodeo is a big hit in South Congaree

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S.C. State Fair issues statement on ride safety after Ohio accident

The South Carolina State Fair continues to enjoy a long record of ride safety and will maintain additional ride inspection protocols for this year’s fair, officials announced in a press release, Thursday. One person was killed in Ohio, Wednesday, after a ride called the “Fireball” malfunctioned. Several others were injured in the accident. The Fireball ride involved in an accident…

Black Super Hero Magic Mama coming to Trustus Theatre

2016 Playwrights’ Festival Winner Opens on August 4 in Its East Coast Premiere

Trustus Theatre brings 2016 Playwrights’ Festival Winner Black Super Hero Magic Mama to the Thigpen Mainstage this August in its East Coast Premiere. Black Super Hero Magic Mama is a play that will inspire a shift of perspective when it comes to the way that our nation views the current social situation surrounding black youth, police forces, and the commentary…

Alonzo Van Wilson Mardi Gras costumes displayed at USC

1/3Costume Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Costume 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Costume 2 Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan Decorative Mardi Gras costumes with intricate beadwork, large plume feathers, and striking historical accuracy will soon be on display at USC’s McKissick Museum. The costumes were designed by Wilmington, NC native, Alonzo Van Wilson. The exhibit is titled “Well Suited:…

Brothers Osborne to play 2017 S.C. State Fair

Country performers Brothers Osborne will entertain visitors at the 2017 South Carolina State Fair Oct. 11. The group is among six musical acts slated to perform in the Pepsi Grandstand during the fair’s 12-day run in Columbia. “This family duo has become a crowd favorite across the country, and we are pleased to have them as part of our Pepsi…