Interview: Prairie Willows talk to Erika Ryan

Despite Columbia cranking out more metal bands than Americana groups, The Prairie Willows have become a staple in the city’s scene. In 2012, Kristen Harris, Kelley Douglas, and Perrin Skinner became the Prairie Willows, together writing delightfully folky, southern ballads about anything from biscuits to breakups. After a handful of original tunes and local performances […]

The Capote-Van Halen Hypothesis: Michael Spawn Talks Guitar Gods and Wordsmiths

  A week ago, a friend and I were sitting in a local tavern, drinking Yuengling, talking literature. Next on his hit list, he told me, was Truman Capote’s landmark true-crime opus In Cold Blood. “It’s a great book,” I said. “You’ll like it. Capote’s got a really interesting style.” “What’s it like?” he asked. “I’ve never […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Review – Palmetto Opera’s La Boheme

By Kyle Petersen We tend to think of opera as high-brow entertainment, far removed from our modern culture by the passage of time as much as the language barriers which make the music sound alien and strange. But that really isn’t the right attitude. Yes, opera singers tend to be virtuosic, and the songs they […]

Lunch Money – Gingerbread Man

Lunch Money’s Molly Ledford is the March 2015 centerfold.