• Spotlight: Julian Ryan And Workshop Theatre’s Lend Me A Tenor

    By Haley Sprankle “Well at first I thought ‘this will be like a cakewalk,’ but then reality gave me a big ol’ slap across the head,” says Julian Ryan on his preparation for playing a lead in a nonmusical production for the first time. Ryan steps into the lead role of Max in Ken Ludwig’s [...]

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    Spotlight on Al Black – Celebrating 5 Years of Mind Gravy!

    Five years ago Al Black started a spoken word poetry group called Mind Gravy hoping to make some difference in the local, and highly diverse, poetry scene. Today, Wednesday night Mind Gravy has become the most anticipated night of the week for a large cadre of devoted attendees. Some people come to read or recite, [...]

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    Jasper Magazine – March/April 2015

    Check out Vol. 4, Issue 4 of Jasper! Inside you’ll find features on visual artist Tonya Gregg, indie rocker Molly Ledford, and the acting trio The Twitty Sisters, as well as a roundtable discussion featuring the organizers of Indie Grits Film Festival, a history of the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra, a farewell letter from outgoing theatre editor August Krickel, and much more!

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    Spotlight on Amy Shumaker & Runaway Runway

      By Haley Sprankle One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Local president of Columbia Design League, Amy Shumaker takes this idiom quite literally as she spearheads the return of Columbia’s 8th annual Runaway Runway, an unusual fashion show which features clothing designs completely composed of recycled materials. The show is explicitly designed to raise [...]

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    Spotlight on Tracie Broom

    By Grace Fennell Tracie Broom, a Columbia native, couldn’t wait to leave as a teenager. It wasn’t until years later, when she returned from working in San Francisco as a food writer, that she became fully committed to the beauty and thriving culture that Columbia had to offer. She also had become very interested in [...]

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    A History of Storms: An Interview With James McTeer

    By Susan Tekulve James McTeer grew up in the shadow of legendary storms. A native of Beaufort, South Carolina, he was six when Hurricane Hugo hit, and ten when the Storm of the Century blew through. He grew up deep in the balmy South, where winds could peel the roof off his family’s house in [...]

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    Call for Entries: Riverbanks Zoo is Looking for Outdoor-Friendly Art for Their New Children’s Garden

    Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Gardens is the largest gated attraction in South Carolina, with over 1 million visitors annually to its 170-acre wonderland. And they’re expanding. Plans for a new chldren’s garden are already in the works, and the Zoo is calling for artists and craftsmakers to submit ideas to “enhance and embellish” the space [...]

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    Preview: Abraham.In.Motion’s Pavement at Harbison Theatre

    by Guest Writer and Visual Artist Michaela Pilar Brown. Fresh from a MacArthur Genius Award win, acclaimed choreographer Kyle Abraham and his company, Abraham.In.Motion, present Pavement, an urban-contemporary dance performance which tells the story of two historically black neighborhoods in Pittsburgh and their cultural ebbs and flows, this Saturday, March 28th, at 7:30pm at the [...]

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    Review: Trustus Theatre’s Godspell

    By Jillian Owens Trustus Theatre surprised me when they announced they would be mounting the often-produced Godspell this season. For a theatre that I associate with being new, raw, and edgy, this seemed a milquetoast choice. I mean, your church (if you’re of the church-going sort) has probably done a production of this show. Middle [...]

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    Columbia’s Cabaret Scene

    By August Krickel Theatre people like to perform. They also like to socialize, sometimes with a cold beverage in hand. Cast parties often evolve into spontaneous performances of favorites from the top 40 or from Broadway. More and more, local theatres are finding a way to formalize this trend by presenting cabaret performances featuring some [...]

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Spotlight: Julian Ryan And Workshop Theatre’s Lend Me A Tenor

By Haley Sprankle “Well at first I thought ‘this will be like a cakewalk,’ but then reality gave me a big ol’ slap across the head,” says Julian Ryan on his preparation for playing a lead in a nonmusical production for the first time. Ryan steps into the lead role of Max in Ken Ludwig’s [...]

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Spotlight on Al Black – Celebrating 5 Years of Mind Gravy!

Five years ago Al Black started a spoken word poetry group called Mind Gravy hoping to make some difference in the local, and highly diverse, poetry scene. Today, Wednesday night Mind Gravy has become the most anticipated night of the week for a large cadre of devoted attendees. Some people come to read or recite, [...]

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Jasper Magazine – March/April 2015

Check out Vol. 4, Issue 4 of Jasper! Inside you’ll find features on visual artist Tonya Gregg, indie rocker Molly Ledford, and the acting trio The Twitty Sisters, as well as a roundtable discussion featuring the organizers of Indie Grits Film Festival, a history of the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra, a farewell letter from outgoing theatre editor August Krickel, and much more!