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Founding Feathers: Extinction and Conservation of Southern Birds @ McKissick Museum
Dec 15 2018 @ 8:30 am – Jun 30 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Undergraduate students Maddie Colvin and Karli Sinclair have teamed up to curate McKissick Museum’s newest exhibition. What started as a group project in a University classroom has been transformed into an educational museum exhibition on extinct and endangered birds. Showcasing three heartbreaking extinction stories: the ivory billed woodpecker, the Carolina parakeet, and the passenger pigeon, the exhibitions also brings to light the conservation efforts inspired by their disappearance. Their legacy sparked the beginning of conservation efforts around the United States including the successful conservation of the Bald Eagle. This 3rd floor lobby exhibition will open December 15th and run until June 30, 2019, featuring objects from the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, the Museum of York County, the South Carolina State Museum and more.

Arsenic and Old Lace @ Town Theatre
Jan 4 @ 8:00 pm – Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm

Mortimer Brewster is a happy man – holds a steady job and is recently engaged. He is excited to share the news of his upcoming nuptials with his sweet spinster aunts. But upon learning that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years, his world goes topsy-turvy. When Mortimer’s brother Jonathan returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury their newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé – all while trying to keep his own sanity as well. An uproarious farce, Arsenic and Old Lace is certainly a play that gives the word “hospitality” a bad name!

Chip Collins (The Game’s Afoot, Million Dollar Quartet) plays Mortimer who seemingly has it made until he learns the truth about his aunts, Abby and Martha. Veteran actresses Kathy Hartzog (Driving Miss Daisy, Always…Patsy Cline) and Leah McNeely Tudor (Singin’ in the Rain, Annie Get Your Gun) take on the roles of the sweet little old ladies who love to entertain! Adding additional mayhem is brother Teddy portrayed by Corey Langley (Beauty and the Beast), brother Jonathan played by Town newcomer, Michael Sugar, and Dr. Einstein, in the capable hands of Bill DeWitt (My Fair Lady, White Christmas). Sarah Strobolakos (You Can’t Take It With You) plays Mortimer’s love interest, Elaine, with Steve Reeves (The Odd Couple) seeking law and order as Officer O’Hara. Gayle Stewart (Nice Work
If You Can Get It), Scott Stepp (Catch Me If You Can, Shrek) and Willam Refo (The Buddy Holly Story) work alongside Town newcomers Tony D’Elia, Matthew Woodle and John Underwood to complete this stellar cast.

Arsenic is directed by Allison McNeely and runs January 4-20, 2019.

Show times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM. Priority members can get tickets beginning December 14, regular members beginning December 19 and the general public starting December 28. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 12 noon – 5 PM. Beginning January 4, hours extend to curtain on weekdays and also include Saturdays at 3 PM and Sundays at 1 PM.

Arsenic and Old Lace is sponsored by Lexington Medical Center.

Celebrate Restaurant Week with Midwood Smokehouse @ Midwood Smokehouse
Jan 10 @ 5:04 pm – Jan 20 @ 11:04 pm

Kick off 2019 by celebrating Restaurant Week in Columbia. Spend a night and dine with Midwood Smokehouse in Cross Hill. For $25 per person, we’re serving an appetizer, main entree, dessert, and our special Kentucky Mule On Tap for $4. Call for a reservation and come and dine with us!

Flip Flops & Soap Boxes: Issue Voting in the United States @ McKissick Museum
Jan 14 – Jun 13 all-day

Most people are familiar with the Democratic and Republican Parties in the United States. However, party affiliation is not the only factor people use to decide how to vote. Many voters choose candidates based on specific issues, like abortion or gun control. Historically, some of the biggest issues for voters have been the economy, the Vietnam War, and busing to integrate schools during the Civil Rights movement. Flip Flops & Soap Boxes explores the variety of ways American voters have communicated their opinions on these and other issues in the past

In Cotton High and Low: The History of a Carolina Cash Crop @ McKissick Museum
Jan 14 – May 4 all-day

Cotton has changed significantly from its humble roots as a plant growing wild in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world to its position today as the primary fiber in textiles. It has influenced the history of agriculture, labor, race, and gender, not only in the US South, but around the world. Explore the material culture of cotton through these lenses, beginning with the natural history of the plant itself and progressing to the social effects of its cultivation in the US South.

Raffle to Benefit AVID/Gills Creek@DentMiddle @ Dent Middle School
Jan 16 @ 12:00 am – Feb 10 @ 12:00 am

Thank you for supporting AVID and Gills Creek @DentMiddle! All proceeds benefit students in these programs at Dent Middle School.

Tickets go on sale January 14, 2019.

Each ticket you purchase gives you a chance to win a set of 5 park hopper passes to Walt Disney World!

We will be giving away TWO sets of 5 park hopper passes on February 15th, 2019!

Tickets are $6 and are available online at

We’re Celebrating Valentine’s Day Early on Carlisle Street @ OTM Gallery
Jan 17 all-day

We’re Celebrating Valentine’s Day Early on Carlisle Street
Thursday, January 17 – 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Gift Wrap – Champagne & Strawberries
Original Paintings
Handmade Necklaces and Bracelets
Ceramic Vases & Wine Holders
OTM Gallery
3142 Carlisle Street
Columbia, SC 29205

Behind-the-Scenes Tour | Claussen’s Inn @ Claussen's Inn
Jan 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Go behind the scenes with Historic Columbia and explore a historic Five Points landmark! Claussen’s Bakery was built in 1928 for George Frederick Claussen, the grandson of a German immigrant who had previously established a steam bakery in Charleston. Until it ceased operation in 1963, Claussen’s made significant contributions to the industrial and commercial development of Columbia. Learn more about the origins of this building, its evolution in the 20th century, and how the project’s current owners plan to bring new life to Five Points with boutique residential apartments at this exclusive behind-the-scenes tour.

Neighborhood Toolkit and Certification Program @ Richland County Administration
Jan 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Richland County Neighborhood Improvement Program staff will take County residents through a three-day course on establishing a plan for their neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Toolkit will be utilized to guide residents through the process of creating a vision, mission, goals and objectives for their community and neighborhood-scale projects they can implement. Participants will be asked to share what they learned about Neighborhood Planning and how they will apply that knowledge to improve where they live. Richland County Planning Commission member, Heather Cairns, will wrap-up the sessions with an informative presentation on neighborhood association bylaws and covenants.

UofSC MLK Weekend: Black Women on the Front Lines of Freedom @ Karen J. Williams Courtroom at the School of Law
Jan 17 @ 6:00 pm

When: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Where: Karen J. Williams Courtroom
The Honorable Matthew J. Perry Chapter of the National Black Law Student Association will host the screening of a documentary, “I Am Somebody,” which centers on Coretta Scott King and the hospital workers strike in Charleston, SC in 1969. Following the documentary, there will be a panel discussion featuring Jaribu Hill, a judge, human rights attorney and executive director of the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights; Gicola Lane, a community advocate, organizer and leader of a non-profit to assist low-income Nashville citizens with bail; and Louise Brown, one of the 12 former nurse assistants that initiated the Charleston Hospital Workers Strike. School of Law graduate Lashawnda Woods-Roberts with the South Carolina Appleseed Justice Center will moderate the panel. The event is free and open to the public.