Arts & Entertainment

‘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…

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…

Deerfield Elementary teacher debuts first published book

A newly published author, Deerfield Elementary teacher Lauren Dasher, recently drew from her experiences to teach students about perseverance and the process to create a children’s book. Image provided Dasher’s first book, “Freddy Frog and His Adventure,” hit shelves in October and is available for sale at Amazon. The first-grade teacher says the concept for the book started when she…

Is there still time to get on the Nice List?

Santa and Mrs. Claus to visit EdVenture every weekend in December

The holiday season is in full swing in Famously Hot Columbia, and the city is hosting some very special guests during the month of December. Santa has arrived in Columbia, joined by his wife, Mrs. Claus. The two said they are excited to share part of their holiday season with children at EdVenture Children’s Museum in downtown Columbia. In fact,…

Christmas the way it used to be

Perhaps you once heard stories of old-fashioned Christmases from your grandparents or great-grandparents. The Lexington County Museum is working to bring that experience to life. Photos provided The museum will host its 20th annual Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will allow visitors to experience Christmas traditions of the past, as…

Local music spotlight: Unconventional rock duo Dreiberg says ‘Hi’

Despite the success of some high-profile examples such as The White Stripes or The Black Keys, the typical lineup of the average rock ‘n’ roll band is still overwhelmingly at least guitar, bass, and drums. Image provided Columbia duo Dreiberg is proving that less can be more even on a local level, and on its new EP Tell ‘Em We…

Snowball Festival weekend kicks off Christmas in Lexington

Baby, it’s … NOT cold outside. Still, despite the lack of holiday chill, folks in the Midlands can nonetheless get their fill of Christmas cheer when the Town of Lexington’s annual Snowball Festival kicks off its three-day run this Friday evening downtown. Here’s the lineup and what you need to know if you plan to attend. Friday, December 2: Concert and…

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…