Darion McCloud

Youngsters enthralled by Columbia storytelling festival

Darion McCloud is an accomplished raconteur. And on Friday the local actor and director shared with schoolchildren gathered in downtown Columbia for a storytelling festival an old Gullah tale about a man named Aaron Kelly. McCloud began by explaining to the children that Gullah is an African-influenced culture and language still found today on the coast of South Carolina. Then…

Arts incubator hatches local choreographer’s ‘Ruins’; debut is Saturday

A group of nine dancers and actors twist and turn across the Harbison Theatre stage. It’s a Wednesday night, the performers have finished school and work, and they’ve gathered for one of the last rehearsals before Saturday’s debut. The performance stage reverberates with the thump, thump, thump of songs from Nina Simone, India Arie and D’Angelo and the Vanguards. The performers rehearse…

National debate on racial profiling sparks conversations in Columbia

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the location at which Darion McCloud was issued a citation in December. Information provided by the Columbia Police Department correctly states that an officer made contact with McCloud on Broad River Road. We regret the error. Darion McCloud is a well-known figure in Columbia’s arts scene. He is the founder and…