Arts & Entertainment

Meet Columbia’s ‘family of comedy’

No joke: Jenn Snyder, John Gibson and cohorts seriously at work building a vibrant local comedy scene

“Laughter is the best medicine.” “Dying is easy, comedy is hard.” Insert your favorite quote here, but the fact is that we tend to lean on our comedians for solace in difficult times. What many in Columbia may not realize, however, is that there is a thriving bunch of funny guys and gals who have forged a local comedy scene…

‘Festival of Trees’ kicks off local holiday season

Some say Thanksgiving Day is the official start of the holiday season, but in Columbia, many would argue that it begins with the Festival of Trees. The 27th annual festival is happening this weekend at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center downtown. It’s presented by Palmetto Health Foundation, with funds raised benefiting Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. It’s open to the public…

Local music spotlight: Kari Lebby and sandcastles.

Alone No More: Kari Lebby on community, catharsis, and overcoming depression

Even if you’ve never met Kari Lebby, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced something he has been involved in over the past several years in Columbia. Kari Lebby (Photo via Twitter @karilebby) From his collegiate joke-rap duo Sweet Vans, to roles at Trustus Theater (where Lebby is now a company member), to this past summer’s well-received Hoechella festival – and…

USC Symphony Orchestra teams up with virtuoso violinist

Maestro Donald Portnoy and the USC Symphony Orchestra will present a concert of Hanson and Shostakovich on Tuesday at the Koger Center for the Arts. And they’ll be joined by a very accomplished guest. Sandy Cameron (Image provided by USC) Sandy Cameron, a virtuoso violinist, joins the orchestra on Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto in A minor. Cameron has performed extensively as…

Talented tunesmiths convene for special Columbia event

“Songwriter's Serenade” on November 11 at Foxfield features Tonya Tyner, Kenley Young, and Richard Strater

South Carolina’s music scene is rich with songwriting talent, something the Palmetto Songwriter’s Association was founded to help promote. This week’s edition of their quarterly showcase, “Songwriter’s Serenade” – a free show to be held Friday, November 11 at 8 p.m. at Foxfield Bar and Grille at 406 Howard St. – features a trio of talented tunesmiths in Tonya Tyner,…

Columbia’s Main Street ICE returning for a fifth season

Sharpen up those skates and put that whole “Famously Hot” slogan in the deep freeze. Outdoor ice-skating is returning to downtown Columbia. (Image via Columbia Parks and Recreation Dept.) Main Street ICE, the City of Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink, will return for its fifth season Thanksgiving Day at Boyd Plaza (at the corner of Main and Hampton streets), city…

So, who IS Trombone Shorty?

Get to know this year's Famously Hot New Year's Eve headliner

Trombone Shorty (Photo provided) In a video posted online Monday, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin announced the headliner for this year’s Famously Hot New Year’s Eve event will be Trombone Shorty & New Orleans Avenue, with support from 90’s hit-makers Sister Hazel and local rockabilly-punk band Capital City Playboys. It’s an unusual pick for the sixth year of the concert, which…

State Fair closes 2016 run with record attendance numbers

An expanded ride promotion, record football Saturday attendance and ideal weather lead to a banner year for the 147th South Carolina State Fair, which welcomed 464,878 visitors before the gates closed for the year Sunday night. The 2016 attendance figures marked an increase of 34,931 over last year’s fair, which followed after last October’s historic floods in the state. “We were thrilled to…

White Knoll student earns coveted spot with U.S. Army All-American Marching Band

Many try, but only a few succeed in landing a spot in one of the nation’s most prestigious marching bands and color guard. However, for the second year in a row, a Lexington County School District One student will represent White Knoll High School – this year as a color-guard member. Jennings Walker (Photo provided) Jennings Walker, a senior and…

‘Famously Hot New Year’ organizers to reveal headlining musical artist online Monday

Rock, Hip-Hop, or Soul? Some old-school Funk, perhaps? Or, maybe for the first time, a noteworthy Country music artist or group? A scene from the 2015 Famously Hot New Year. (Photo provided) If you’re among those wondering who will headline Columbia’s upcoming, sixth-annual “Famously Hot New Year,” event organizers will reveal the answer for all to see via an online…

New Lexington amphitheater envisioned as prime catalyst for downtown development

Ribbon-cutting ceremony precedes this weekend's inaugural Lexington Craft Beerfest

After numerous weather-related construction delays over the past 13 months, Lexington’s long-awaited downtown amphitheater is officially open for business. Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall cuts the ceremonial ribbon, officially opening the town’s new 900-seat amphitheater Thursday. (Photo by Hal Millard) Led by Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall, numerous local officials and business and civic leaders took part in an official ribbon-cutting ceremony…

‘Holy Schnitzel!’ Church’s annual Oktoberfest to celebrate German beer, food, and fun

Beer drinking and church-going might not normally go together, especially in the South. But when it’s Oktoberfest time, such norms can be tossed aside. That will be the case beginning this Friday at 11 a.m. when Columbia’s original Oktoberfest returns to Incarnation Lutheran Church, at 3005 Devine St. A scene from last year’s Oktoberfest at Incarnation Lutheran Church in Columbia….

New public artwork welcomes creators to Community Innovation Center

New public artwork is on display thanks to a partnership between One Columbia for Arts and History and United Way of the Midlands. The two organizations united to commission a set of sculptures in conjunction with the dedication of the Community Innovation Center. The sculptures, called “Infinity Extended I and II,” were created by Columbia-based artists Sharon Collings Licata. One…

Beer festival to be first event in newest Lexington venue

The Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center leaders plan to unveil the town of Lexington’s latest project with a bang … and a brew. Mayor Steve MacDougall (right) joins chamber President Otis Rawl in announcing the Lexington Craft Beerfest. (Photo provided) The chamber will host the Lexington Craft Beerfest on Oct. 15 to celebrated the grand opening of the Icehouse…

Local deputies to perform in ‘Concert Across America to End Gun Violence’

Two local law enforcement officers will be part of a nationwide musical event aimed at raising awareness and bringing an end to gun violence. The Faith Coalition on Gun Violence in Columbia will participate in the “Concert Across America to End Gun Violence” this Sunday. The Columbia event will be one of several concerts conducted across the United States, each…

They’re back! Trustus brings back ‘Rocky Horror’ with new face for Frank-N-Furter

Cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has been a staple of Trustus Theatre’s programming for years. And the downtown Columbia theatre is bringing the kitschy horror musical to the stage from Oct. 7 through Nov. 5 to start off their 32nd season. And they’ll be doing so with a fresh face for the show’s bustier-bursting antagonist, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, and…