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    In Memoriam: Leslie Pierce

    This past Sunday, June 28th, 2015, The Columbia arts community lost one of its best. For nearly two decades, Leslie Pierce, a visual artist herself, worked as a volunteer and staff member at the Columbia Museum of Art, eventually becoming the director of adult programs and partnerships, and became well-known for her passion and dedication [...]

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    In Memoriam: Leslie Pierce

      This past Sunday, June 28th, 2015, The Columbia arts community lost one of its best. For nearly two decades, Leslie Pierce, a visual artist herself, worked as a volunteer and staff member at the Columbia Museum of Arts, eventually becoming the director of adult programs and partnerships, and became well-known for her passion and [...]

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    SC Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth dedicates poem to victims of Charleston Shooting

      SC Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth reads for the BBC

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    Arts and the Confederate Flag: Ed Madden’s Evocative Poem “When we’re told we’ll never understand”

    On Saturday, June 20th, 2015, thousands of impassioned South Carolinians gathered on their statehouse grounds to peacefully stand shoulder to shoulder and speak truth to power. Three days earlier, a disturbed young man, one of our own, walked into a place of solace in our sister city, shattered its peace, and stole the lives of nine [...]

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    Film Review: Love and Mercy

    An effectively stylized glimpse into Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson’s troubled life composing what remains as the arguable pinnacle of the modern American popular music canon, in the brilliant Love and Mercy we find depicted his mid-1960s creative eruption as well as the sad, bizarre interlude twenty years later when the shattered Wilson, his work by then rightly venerated and admired, nevertheless found himself under the mental and [...]

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    Shining Light in the Dark: Caitlin Bright on Culture Shake and the underground arts scene By Haley Sprankle

    Every day we are faced with monotonous opportunities. We revel in routine and consistency. We stick to what we know because it’s safe. How often do we challenge ourselves and step outside of our comfort zones? Caitlin Bright, Executive Director of Tapp’s Arts Center, asks Columbia just that with her recent Culture Shake initiative. “We [...]

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    Writing What He Knows — Spotlight on James D. McCallister by Kirby Knowlton

      James (Don) McCallister grew up in Kershaw County, where he dreamed of one day writing big, literary novels. Now, a published author and teacher, McCallister has created an entire fictionalized world: Edgewater County, SC, where most of his writing is set. This summer, McCallister returns to his Storytelling Workshop at Midlands Technical College after [...]

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    On Andy Warhol’s Jimmy Carter 1, by Ed Madden

      His hand is a fist but it is not a fist.  His watch is on the inside of his wrist.  Doctors do that, and nurses.  But so do farmers.  It’s so you don’t scratch the crystal when you’re doing manual labor, doing something difficult.  Is this a signal?  He is about to do something [...]

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    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 [...]

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    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 [...]

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Al Black reading Ed Madden's poem below. Photo by Leslie Gilroy

Arts and the Confederate Flag: Ed Madden’s Evocative Poem “When we’re told we’ll never understand”

On Saturday, June 20th, 2015, thousands of impassioned South Carolinians gathered on their statehouse grounds to peacefully stand shoulder to shoulder and speak truth to power. Three days earlier, a disturbed young man, one of our own, walked into a place of solace in our sister city, shattered its peace, and stole the lives of nine [...]

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Film Review: Love and Mercy

An effectively stylized glimpse into Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson’s troubled life composing what remains as the arguable pinnacle of the modern American popular music canon, in the brilliant Love and Mercy we find depicted his mid-1960s creative eruption as well as the sad, bizarre interlude twenty years later when the shattered Wilson, his work by then rightly venerated and admired, nevertheless found himself under the mental and [...]

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Shining Light in the Dark: Caitlin Bright on Culture Shake and the underground arts scene By Haley Sprankle

Every day we are faced with monotonous opportunities. We revel in routine and consistency. We stick to what we know because it’s safe. How often do we challenge ourselves and step outside of our comfort zones? Caitlin Bright, Executive Director of Tapp’s Arts Center, asks Columbia just that with her recent Culture Shake initiative. “We [...]