Arts & Entertainment

USC String Project classes

The USC String Project provides instruction in violin, viola, cello and bass through group classes and orchestras. The nationally recognized program offers beginning classes for children in 3rd through 5th grade as well as beginning classes for adults. Continuing students can receive private lessons and play in String Project orchestras through high school. Teachers are undergraduate and graduate students supervised by USC faculty members. Link to Strings…

Don’t forget, Midlands Gives 24-hour giving to nonprofits, is Tuesday

Click for link to site The fourth annual Midlands Gives effort is a 24-hour giving event presented by the Central Carolina Community Foundation. It begins Tuesday and encourages individuals to donate online to their choice among more than 300 nonprofits in 11 Midlands counties. Midlands Gives is a one day affair, but contributors can start giving early at this website:…

City of Columbia releases Summer Movies Series at Finlay Park schedule

Finlay Park (Photo Permitted) The City of Columbia’s Summer Movies Series will kick off on Friday, June 2 at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street. Movies will be shown on Friday nights from June 2 through July 28. The following movies are free and open to the public: June 2: “Star Wars: Rogue One” June 9: “Moana” June 16: “Angry Birds”…

Hunter Hayes, Kellie Pickler playing Ft. Jackson Centennial Celebration Concert

  Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will present a Fort Jackson Centennial Celebration featuring country artists Hunter Hayes and Kellie Pickler, taking place at Hilton Field on June 3. Family and MWR is proud to bring Hunter Hayes to Fort Jackson for the first time and Kellie Pickler for her second time entertaining Soldiers, Family members and civilians at…

Thursday Grass Is Dead, at Township, POSTPONED – New date TBD

Click for link to info. Thursday Grass Is Dead, at Township, POSTPONED – New date To Be Determined The Township Auditorium Foundation will be presenting the Grass Is Dead from  6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday (April 27.) It is a free concert and it will take place in the loading dock area directly behind the Township Auditorium. It’s a night…

Vista Guild hosting Vista After 5, Thursday

The Congaree Vista Guild is hosting “Vista After 5.” It’s a free concert in partnership with Music Farm and Tin Roof. Details are below. “We’ve missed having a live music event in the Vista and look forward to bringing it back so that the community, Vista residents and tourists staying in the neighborhood can come together after work,” said Meredith…

Lincoln Street tunnel is reopened

Leadership Columbia Photos from the ribbon-cutting. The Leadership Columbia Class of 2017 held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday to unveil “WatermarkedSC,” its Lincoln Street tunnel beautification project. The tunnel is at Lincoln and Lady streets. At its opening Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin spoke as a part of the kick off of the annual Artista Vista arts celebration. The Leadership Columbia class spent…

Let’s Move! Columbia Kids Day Warrior Challenge is May 6

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is inviting the public to test their mental and physical strengths at the Let’s Move! Columbia Kids Day Warrior Challenge on  Saturday, May 6  at Finlay Park. This free, fun and interactive event will feature a variety of activities including a rock climbing wall, boxing, an obstacle course, fitness relays, inflatable maze & more!…

Riverbanks Zoo sets attendance record during spring break

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is boasting a new milestone in its 43-year history following a wildly successful spring break. During the nine day stretch from Saturday, April 8 to Sunday, April 17, the Zoo welcomed nearly 93,000 guests and set a single-day attendance record of 14,382 visitors on Friday, April 14. The record was announced Thursday in a press release….

ARTISTA VISTA – APRIL 20 – 22

SPRING IN THE MIDLANDS MEANS GALLERY CRAWLING THROUGH THE VISTA AT THE ANNUAL “ARTISTA VISTA” APRIL 20th THRU THE 22nd. STROLL THROUGH GALLERIES AND PARTICIPATING ARTISTA VISTA HOTSPOTS, SEE NEW WORKS BY RENOWNED ARTISTS, POP-UP INSTALLATION ART AND MORE. IT ALL STARTS WITH ART NIGHT THURSDAY 5 to 9 PM. Don’t miss the lantern and light PARADE THURSDAY AT 8PM! You can bring your homemade lantern and participate or one will…

Reminder: Leadership Columbia holding Lincoln Street tunnel ribbon-cutting, Thursday

The Leadership Columbia Class of 2017 (LC17) will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday to unveil “WatermarkedSC,” its Lincoln Street tunnel beautification project. Guests will be welcomed at 3 p.m., with the ceremony beginning at 3:20 p.m. at Lincoln and Lady streets. The event is free and open to the public. Mayor Steve Benjamin and other local dignitaries will speak. The event…

Easter Bunny visits Columbia

1/4Easter Bunny visits kids Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Games Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Large crowd Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Easter celebration at the ball park Show Caption Hide Caption Easter Bunny in Columbia. (Photos by Terry Ward) The City of Columbia and Mayor Steve Benjamin held the 7th annual Let’s Move! Columbia Easter Eggstravaganza, Saturday. The event included an Easter Egg…

Good show at West Columbia’s Rhythm on the River Saturday

Reggie Sullivan Band. (Terry Ward Photos) The Reggie Sullivan Band played the CMC Steel Rhythm on the River Spring Concert at West Columbia’s Riverwalk, Saturday. Don Russo also played the event. It was the second show of the season. It was held at the Amphitheater at the Gervais Street Bridge. In addition to the show, there is a VIP tent…

Bowman’s Yonder Field to hold music festival May 27

Yonder Field is pleased to announce the first music festival to be held on Saturday, May 27th at the new outdoor venue space in Bowman, SC. Bowman’s Yonder Field. (Rendering Submitted) “With something for everyone,” President & General Manager, Stacie Darr White, said she is “thrilled to present ‘BOWMAN BOUND’ which will bring a variety of musical acts to Yonder…

Columbia’s City Community Development to host Block Party

Click to enlarge WHAT: The City Community Development Department has celebrated National Community Development Week (April 17 –  21) all week. City of Columbia Community Development will close the celebration with The Community Block Party. The Community Block Party will include Free: Food Games Music Door Prizes City Department Vendors WHO: City of Columbia Community Development Staff WHEN: Friday, April…

West Columbia issues parking info for Tartan Day Amphitheater events

The City of West Columbia is participating in the following Tartan Day South Events: West Columbia Amphitheater at Gervais Street Bridge. Celtic Movie Night on Thursday (March 30) Kirkin’ of the Tartans on Sunday (April 2) Those events will be held at  the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater.. Public parking for the Tartan Day Events will be available at the following…

Experience the World at the Columbia International Festival, Saturday, Sunday

1/6Columbia International Festival Show Caption Hide Caption 2/6Columbia International Festival Show Caption Hide Caption 3/6Columbia International Festival Show Caption Hide Caption 4/6Columbia International Festival Show Caption Hide Caption 5/6Columbia International Festival Show Caption Hide Caption 6/6Columbia International Festival Show Caption Hide Caption The Columbia International Festival is this Saturday and Sunday, at the S.C. State Fairgrounds. Columbia International Festival The…

Freeway Music Festival for green house to help local neighborhoods

Buy discounted ticket Friday

Freeway Music and Music Farm Productions have scheduled the Fifth Annual Freeway Music Festival on Saturday, May 20. It’s at Music Farm Columbia and The Tin Roof. Joe Pug will headline the festival. Freeway Music Festival’s proceeds will go to Songs 4 Life Charity. The event will raise funds for the Food 4 Life Campaign: providing local in-need neighborhoods a…

Tartan Day South, John Banks’ baby is growing up

TDS begins March 29 and ends April 2

John Banks, right and his wife, Pam, at the Carolina Classic Home Home and Garden Show. And Banks at West Columbia’s City Council. (Photos Terry Ward) Wherever you see John Banks these days he’s promoting Tartan Day South. Banks is the tourism director for the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. And he’s the proverbial boss of Tartan Day South….

Could Tim Tebow come back to Columbia to play for the Fireflies?

Tim Tebow, who has played in Columbia’s Williams-Brice Stadium, could be coming back. Tim Tebow of the Mets. (Photo Contributed.) If Tebow does come to Columbia, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, will be wearing a Columbia Fireflies baseball uniform. Tebow signed with the Mets last fall. He played in the Arizona Fall League. On Wednesday, Tebow made his spring training debut against…

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…