Arts & Entertainment

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

1/5Skatrboard Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Skateboard 5 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Skateboard 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Skateboard 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Sakeboard 4 Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan It was a chance to get to see of the top talent in the craft. Skateboarding fans came to Blue Tile Skate Shop in Columbia Monday to get…

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…

“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

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Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra performs “Star Spangled Salute”

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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

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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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