Columbia City Ballet to Honor the Emanuel 9

    The ballet will examine the realities of bigotry, prejudice and hate – rooted in fear and ignorance, then provide a view of the marginal progress we’ve made in issues of tolerance and racial equality.   The Columbia City Ballet is producing a new, full-length, multimedia ballet in the upcoming 2016-2017 performance season.  It […]

Welcome Jasper’s 2016 Summer Interns

    My name’s Ony Ratsimbaharison and I grew up here in Columbia, and studied Writing for Print and Digital Media at Columbia College, where I graduated in 2014. I play bass in a band called fk mt. and have been playing guitar for almost 10 years. My favorite band is Unwound because they made me think of […]

Beyond the Triple Threat — It Takes Experience to Teach an Artist How to Make It on Broadway

      When Gillian Albrecht first appeared in A Chorus Line on Broadway in 1975, she had that magic, that unidentifiable quality that says, not only am I a triple threat – I can sing, dance, and act – I’m more! She had that spark of energy, that mysterious amalgam that fills in the […]

Jasper’s Spoleto Picks 2016

  As South Carolina’s own international arts festival nears its 40th anniversary, Spoleto Festival USA brings as exciting a package of performing arts as ever this year, including opera, theatre, dance, and, as usual, an emphasis on music, be it choral, jazz, chamber, symphony, folk, or Americana. Spoleto Festival was founded in Charleston in 1977 […]

ESSAY by Ed Madden — Tonight, it’s a birthday party, or transformation, beauty, and community at GUESSWORK

      The big garage doors are open, the weather perfect.  It used to be a radiator shop, I think, its bays marked by the row of rolled-up doors.  Now it’s an artist’s studio, painted red.  Tonight, it’s a birthday party.  There’s a grill pulled out, smoke seeping from under the lid.  There’s an […]

2016 JAY Nominations Open July 31st

Nominations for Jasper Artists of the Year 2016 in Dance, Music, Theatre, Literature, & Visual Arts Will be accepted from Sunday, July 31st thru Friday, August 26th For the period of July 31, 2015 – July 31, 2016   Individual Artists, 18 and older, working in the greater Columbia arts community are eligible for the […]

Keep Jasper Free – Join the Jasper Guild (like these fine folks did!)

  A Heartfelt thank you to the members of the Jasper Guild Masters William Schmidt, Will Barnes & Erika Sizemore, Barry Wheeler, Susan Felleman and Peter Chametzsy Journeymen Toni Elkins, Ron Hagell, Ceille Baird Welch, Billy Guess, Easter Antiques, Nancy Marine, Mancy Miller Chambers, Kristine Hartvigsen, Caroline Matalene Apprentices Joseph Counts, Todd Mathis & Cully […]

On Prince. And Hunter Boyle. A message from Cindi.

Hunter Boyle is not a particularly good friend of mine. In fact, I don’t know much about him. I don’t know his favorite films or foods. I wouldn’t know where to find him on a Monday morning, like I would most of my friends. I don’t even know how old he is or where he […]

Jasper Magazine January/February 2016


Deckle Edge is a New Kind of Literary Festival

This year’s inaugural Deckle Edge Literary Festival is making a name for itself as anything other than your mother’s book fest. Yet, even with the intentional mission of creating something edgier, more casual, and more 21st century than yesterday’s book fest, there’s still plenty of stuff going on at this three-day inaugural event that your mom will […]