Arts & Entertainment

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…

January events mark Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy

USC plans several ways to honor and spotlight the civil-rights icon

The University of South Carolina will host a series of public events in commemoration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. from Jan. 12 through Jan. 15. This year marks the 34th year for the university’s annual celebration to honor the civil rights leader. The 2017 commemoration will include a panel discussion, a community breakfast and gospel…

Donna The Buffalo: 25 years of community through music

Renowned road warriors bring their infectious musical blend to New Brookland Tavern on Thursday

Donna The Buffalo is a band that has made its reputation on the road, playing the festival circuit and the bars alike with an infectious blend of rock, folk, cajun, country, and more for the past 25 years. One indication of the level of appreciation the band’s fans have for them came in 2016 when they had to retire the…

New arts-focused charter school planned for Columbia

Information sessions for parents and the community scheduled this coming weekend for the planned Midlands Arts Conservatory

Parents in the Columbia area could soon have a new school option next year. A committee of arts professionals, educators, parents and community members is moving forward with plans to open an arts charter school in Columbia, to be named the Midlands Arts Conservatory (MAC). The school will have a focus on the visual arts, theater, dance and music, according…

Pelion High inducts students into Tri-M Music Honor Society

Pelion High recenty hosted an induction ceremony for its newest honor-society members. Sponsored by the National Association for Music Education, the Tri-M Music Honor Society focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. Photos provided Students must meet minimum requirements in both arts and academics to join. Members serve the school and community through performing music and…

Richland Library tackles popular 2017 resolutions

Free programs available to help you reach your goals in the New Year

As folks wave goodbye to 2016, Richland Library is encouraging the community to set and tackle another round of New Year’s resolutions. Whether local residents are looking to clean up their fiances, revitalize their career search, focus on their health or explore a new hobby, the library is offering a number of free programs throughout January to help reach those…

Capital City Playboys bring local spark to Famously Hot New Year celebration

This year’s Famously Hot New Year celebration in downtown Columbia will feature New Orleans musical legend Trombone Shorty in the headlining slot and 90’s pop-rock favorites Sister Hazel, but the undercard features a pair of local acts in the R&B sounds of Mike Stone and the garage rock of Capital City Playboys. The latter group includes a trio of Columbia…

For ‘Queen of Bluegrass,’ it feels like coming home

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage play New Year's Day at Bill's Music Shop in West Cola

For lauded bluegrass artist Rhonda Vincent, playing in Columbia always evokes a little bit of nostalgia. She originally met Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor founder Bill Wells when she was just a child prodigy in Minnesota with her family’s band, The Sally Mountain Show, and Wells was touring the Midwestern bluegrass music circuit. Many trips to the West Columbia…

How to beat the holiday-break doldrums at Richland Library

Students in school districts across Richland County may be taking a brief intermission from the classroom to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends, but it doesn’t mean learning has to stop. If your family needs a respite from the holiday winter break, officials at Richland Library are offering special programs tailored to all ages. Here are some of…

Carolina musician forges new path in old-time music

The story of musician Mike Collins Jr. is one of constant motion – moving from town to town, and from genre to genre, in search of his own musical identity. While in his home state of South Carolina, Collins played in the bands Mercy Mercy Me and Say Brother, both swampy, boozy garage-rock outfits with attitude. A move to San…

Grab your partner: Ballroom dance academy opens in Columbia

Columbia’s dancers, and those who want to learn, have a new place to cut a rug. Elite Ballroom Dance Academy officially opened its doors with a Christmas Showcase on Saturday night at its new home at 3512 Bush River Rd., putting on a show for experienced dancers and newcomers alike, and raising money for Epworth Children’s Home in the process….

EdVenture lends worldly air to Christmas

'Festivals of Sharing' gives kids and adults a sense of how other cultures celebrate the season

Joyeux Noel, and Feliz Navidad, ya’ll. Celebrate winter holidays around the world at EdVenture’s annual Festivals of Sharing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, December 17. Children will learn the values of the “Season of Giving” by celebrating their own and others’ holiday traditions. Throughout the day, families can explore the festivities from around the world through performances, hands-on…

Making a list: Your Christmas season local A&E best bets

This time of year, everyone seems to be in the holiday spirit, including our local arts organizations. If you’re looking for some entertainment and fun outings with the family amidst the hustle and bustle of the holidays over the next couple of weekends, there are plenty of events to choose from. Cola Daily talked with a few of the organizers…

Local Music Spotlight: Barnwell growing their music, not changing their tune

The year 2016 was many things, but for Columbia band Barnwell it was the year they grew into a potent combo with a definite identity on their March release “Motel Art,” something singer/guitarist and primary songwriter Tyler Gordon acknowledges was a collaborative process that had been a long time coming. Image provided “The first EP we released in 2014 was…

Trans-Siberian Orchestra spectacular comes with local connection

West Cola native provides vocals for the powerful Christmas rock show set for Saturday

Most fans of Christmas music know the Trans-Siberian Orchestra through the group’s classic holiday hit “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24),” an instrumental that fuses arena rock excess and bombast with Broadway-worthy melody and a tinge of melancholic holiday spirit. The group didn’t start out to be a Christmas music juggernaut, but its history twists and turns through several other bands and…

Cayce-West Cola set Saturday for ‘Parade of Lights’

The Cayce-West Columbia Holiday Parade of Lights is one of the most-anticipated events of the season. Photos by Terry Ward The nighttime parade features lighted units that glow down 12 Street through West Columbia and Cayce. The number of parade entries reached capacity quickly this year. “We got more than the limit of 100-plus entries earlier this year than ever…