Arts & Entertainment

State Museum showcasing Hall of Heroes: interactive superhero exhibit

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Chefs battle for Golden Noodle trophy at Mac and Cheese Fest

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Kayakers race Columbia rapids in Millrace Massacre and Iceman Championships

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Behind-the-scenes tour scheduled for historic 1920s Five Points building

Claussen’s Inn, located at 2003 Greene St. Karamie Sullivan photo. Historic Columbia released their January schedule of events Wednesday.  One of the upcoming activities will be a behind-the-scenes tour of the long-standing Five Points landmark, Claussen’s Inn. The historic building was originally built as Claussen’s Bakey in 1928 for George Frederick Claussen, the grandson of a German immigrant who previously…

Brent Johnson debuts new morning radio show on 93.1 The Lake

Brent Johnson spoke to listeners the first day of his new morning show on 93.1 The Lake. Karamie Sullivan photo. Award-winning radio personality Brent Johnson returned to local radio Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. on 93.1 The Lake.  Johnson, who has spent most of his 40-year radio career in Columbia, joins the station as program director and morning show host…

Moving train set in Columbia business window drawing in crowds for 12 years

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Funeral service information announced for Columbia TV Sports Director Bob Shields

Bob Shields. Photo from Caughman-Harman Funeral Home. Funeral service information has been announced for Bob Shields.  Shields, the longtime WLTX-TV sports director who covered high school and college sports in the Columbia area for 30 years, died late last week. Shields, 59, had been battling cancer for about a year and a half. Obituary from Caughman-Harman Funeral Home Robert Arthur…

West Columbia restaurants offer New Year’s Eve dining at its finest

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Richland Library releases list of year’s most checked-out items

The Richland Library had more than 200,000 library card holders in 2018.  The most-trending items of the year, according to the library’s announcement, covered a variety of genres.  Associates were able to compile a list of the 10 most popular books, music, and movies that were checked out or downloaded throughout the year. Richland Library’s 2018 most-popular items: Adult books…

State Museum’s Winter Fest continuing for another week

SC State Museum photo. The South Carolina State Museum is providing festive winter activities for the whole family to enjoy. Winter Fest is the museum’s holiday celebration that will continue through Jan. 6. “Enjoy snowball fights, igloo building, hands-on activities like scavenger hunts and holiday crafts and more,” reads the announcement. All Winter Fest activities are included in the museum…

Columbia’s Bourbon soon to undergo transformation for annual “tiki week”

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Historic Columbia offering holiday tours through end of month

Historic Columbia photo provided. Historic Columbia is inviting guests to see a variety of holiday decorations and experience traditions in both of their historic buildings through December 30.  Tour guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained guests during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Robert Mills House will offer guests…

Columbia’s lantern parade celebrates “shortest” day of year

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Capital City Cloggers selected to dance in London New Year’s Day Parade

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Thousands turn out for Blythewood Christmas parade (photo gallery)

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Bierkeller Columbia serves up beer by the river

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Cirque du Soleil performing acrobatic show in Columbia, part of North American tour

Photos from Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo video. It was announced Wednesday that Cirque du Soleil’s latest production, Corteo, will be making a stop in Columbia during its North America tour in 2019. The show will visit the Colonial Life Arena from July 10 to 14, for a limited run of seven performances. The show first premiered in Monteal in April…

See Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo until Dec. 30

Riverbanks Zoo photos. The “Lights Before Christmas” at Riverbanks Zoo is a seasonal tradition in the Midlands that has spanned three decades. Specifically, the Lights Before Christmas are a million shiny green, red, yellow, blue and white lights all over the zoo. With Christmas tunes playing in the background, the zoo is illuminated at night with the glow of the…

Naturalist Dr. Rudy Mancke discusses all things winter at seasonal nature talk

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Pictures with Santa one of many holiday events offered at State Museum

Photo provided by SCSM. Santa made his first appearance at the South Carolina State Museum last weekend. Guests will be able to see him again Saturday, and take a train ride on the SCSM North Pole Express. Santa meet-and-greets are included with museum admission or membership, and train rides are $3 per ride ($2 for museum members). Guests who purchase…

Crafty Feast makes holiday shopping local and unique

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Five Points lights up for A Starry Night holiday festival

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Students highlight West Columbia tree lighting ceremony

Tree Lighting Show Caption Hide Caption Tree Lighting Show Caption Hide Caption Tree Lighting Show Caption Hide Caption Allen Wallace photos. West Columbia kicked off the holiday season Friday night with its 14th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. A crowd of more than 100 gathered at West Columbia City Hall despite the chilly weather for the occasion, which also included recognition…