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Celebrate Black History Month Early with Richland Library

 

Richland Library is starting the celebration a little early. Please join us for Black History Month Fair 2020: The Jubilation Begins from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Saturday, January 25 at our Main location (1431 Assembly Street). The program is free and open to the public. Drop in and explore the history, contributions and culture…

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$20,000 NEA grant awarded to Spartanburg Philharmonic

 

Spartanburg Philharmonic has been approved for a $20,000 Art Works grant to support Discovering The Banjo. This project will improve the awareness within Spartanburg, and surrounding communities, of the banjo as an instrument with a rich musical and cultural history. Overall, the National Endowment for the Arts has approved 1,187 grants totaling $27.3 million in…

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EngenuitySC to conclude Competitiveness Week 2020 with a celebration of creative entrepreneur Mark Rapp

 

EngenuitySC, the local nonprofit that works with area leaders to make the Columbia, S.C., region a standout choice for top talent and competitive companies, will close out its annual Competitiveness Week 2020 with a celebration of one of the city’s greatest levers of growth — its thriving arts community. EngenuitySC has partnered with one of…

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The Lindler House, Beautiful Survivor

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   It’s high noon at High Noon gift shop in Ballantine, South Carolina. I’m signing books when a lady approaches. “You write about old homes don’t you?” “When I come across one I like.” “Have you seen the Lindler House?” “No, where is it?” “Right around the corner.” Those two questions led…

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Uncut Gems – A Movie Review

 

By Tammy Davis   One Man’s Many Rock Bottoms Uncut Gems opens with a chaotic Ethiopian mining scene where a worker has been badly injured. At first, the opening didn’t make sense.  Lots of screaming and confusion with nobody focusing on what needed attention – the injured man.  Now I see the introduction as a…

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Top Grossing Movies – January 13, 2020

 

Theatrical grosses from comScore   Week of 01/10/2020 to 01/16/2020 Rank Title Weeks Weekend Gross Cumulative 1 1917 3  $37,000,200  $39,721,479 2 Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker 4  $15,187,034  $478,297,724 3 Jumanji: The Next Level 5  $14,005,131  $257,130,112 4 Like A Boss 1  $10,011,272  $10,011,272 5 Just Mercy 3  $9,713,228  $10,149,216 6 Little Women…

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Local Artist Dances into New Role at Richland Library

 

A local artist, who has served as a Columbia College dance professor for nearly 35 years, is ready to share her talents with Richland Library over the next four months. We’re excited to welcome Martha Brim as our next artist-in-residence, starting January 13. With a background as choreographer, educator and arts professional, Brim has a…

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Freshfields Village to host internationally-acclaimed artist Benjamin Walls for exhibit and film screening

 

Freshfields Village in partnership with the Benjamin Walls Gallery will host a weekend-long art exhibit and exclusive pre-release screening of the award-winning film, KIFARU on the Village Green. The Art of Adventure: A Weekend of Art & Film at Freshfields Village will take place February 14 to 17, 2020 to coincide with the annual Freshfields…

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Spoleto Festival 2020

 

General Director Nigel Redden announced details of the 44th season of Spoleto Festival USA, taking place May 22 – June 7, 2020, in Charleston, South Carolina. For 17 days and nights, a variety of artists fill the city’s theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with wide-ranging performances and concerts. “As Charleston celebrates the 350th anniversary of…

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Face Jugs

 

By Tom Poland   Bulging whites with snake-eye slits for pupils and yellow teeth like chipped piano keys radiated light as if shadows could never exist. Its gruesome expression captured the way a face might look just before a bullet shatters skull bone and sends brain matter spattering. The angry face seemed about to utter…

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GRAMMY-nominated Ranky Tanky brings renowned Gullah sound to Harbison Theatre @ MTC on January 18

 

This Charleston, SC-based quintet performs timeless music born from the Gullah culture of the Southeastern Sea Islands. Their debut album was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and the TODAY show. It also soared to the #1 position on the Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes jazz charts. Playful game songs, ecstatic shouts, and heartbreaking spirituals can…

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Trustus Theatre welcomes the revival of Coker College’s stirring production of We Are Proud to Present […]

 

In preparation for presenting the 2019 Pulitzer Winner Fairview, Trustus Theatre is partnering with Coker College to revive their stirring production of We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Hero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915—an earlier work by Fairview playwright Jackie Sibblies…

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Storyboard future careers in film industry at Richland Library

 

Fast-forward and visualize how to secure a job in the film industry. Join Richland Library for Careers in Film from 3 – 4:30 p.m., Saturday, January 11 at our Main location (1431 Assembly Street). The program is free and open to the public, and it features a panel discussion. Hear from Tom Clark and Dan…

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Local artist’s costumes emulate cherished characters in mini-exhibition

 

Prepare for non-human subjects to come alive during a mini-exhibition at Richland Library, and no, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. Gijinka goes on display Friday, January 3 in the Community Gallery at our Main location (1431 Assembly Street). The mini-exhibition features several pieces from former Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Margaret “Markie” Gaddis. She outfits…

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The Warehouse Theatre

 

The Warehouse Theatre is committed to creating high-quality professional work that is vital, diverse, and adventurous. We aim to inspire and challenge our audiences and artists alike through cutting-edge productions that are not available anywhere else in the Upstate. We provide a space to grow, experiment, and engage for everyone. The Warehouse expands the reach…

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Walmart invests in arts education

 

Lisa O’Connell, VP of Resource Development, (far right) & Brad Wright, Corporate Giving Manager, (2nd from right) accept check from Dorman Centre Walmart associates on behalf of Chapman Cultural Center Chapman Cultural Center is pleased to announce it received a $2,500 grant from the Dorman Centre Wal-Mart. The grant was used in support of Chapman’s…

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Deck The Halls

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   You know the lyrics … “Deck the halls with boughs of holly …” Sadly, songs like “Deck the Halls” fall victim to commercialism. This time of year businesses and ad agencies cram the airwaves with cheesy jingles. Yes, this time of year ads hijack Christmas songs to sell everything under the…

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Travel abroad through the eyes of a local artist

 

As we prepare to travel into a new decade, experience a new exhibit that paints the journey of a local artist’s travel abroad. Bitácora/Travelogue goes on display Friday, December 20 in The Gallery at Richland Library. The exhibit features 40 pieces, which encompass watercolor paintings, high-resolution reproductions and personal travel journals of Alejandro García Lemos.…

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Carols, Candlelight Tours, and Carriage Rides at Christmas

 

By Tammy Davis   If you love history and want to get in the Christmas spirit, take a holiday tour with Historic Columbia. For the Candelight and Carriage Tour, we parked on the street and walked into a pretty, gravel courtyard with white lights strung overhead. The crowd was mostly couples enjoying a romantic night…

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Charleston Jazz announces new Executive Director

 

Charleston Jazz announces Tatjana Beylotte as the new Executive Director. Tatjana Beylotte was hired in July 2018 as the Director of Development at Charleston Jazz. Ms. Beylotte has held a variety of leadership roles and has 19 years of experience in fundraising for arts organizations. Before coming to Charleston Jazz, she was the Deputy Director…

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Families Helping Families, Families Helping Me

 

By Tammy Davis   Before the flood, I loved working with organizations that provided Christmas for families in need. Angel Trees, Red Cross, Families Helping Families, we did them all. I did it to help the less fortunate, of course, but if I am honest I think I liked the feeling of being in a…

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The Chapel In The Vale

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   I spend more time photographing country churches than attending my own country church. Not sure what that says about me, but I’ll go with it. The large churches of the city hold no power over me. No charm there to be honest, but let me drive past a gleaming white country…

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Southern artist Harrison Blackford launches latest collection of individually hand-painted throw pillows

 

Harrison Blackford, a Charleston, S.C. based abstract and impressionist artist, is launching her latest throw pillow collection: HARRISON HOME COLLECTION. The collection launched on Tuesday, December 10th on her website at 11:00 a.m. EST. Harrison’s studio is located at 78 Line Street, Charleston, S.C. 29403. Blackford has found a way for her art to transcend the canvas to become something much more versatile; she’s transferred her…

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Federation of Families of South Carolina to hold statewide art contest for the South Carolina Children’s Mental Health awareness poster

 

The Federation of Families of South Carolina will hold a statewide Art Contest in recognition of Children’s Mental Health Month. This year’s Art Contest theme is “Messengers of Hope.” During the month of May, the Federation of Families of South Carolina celebrates National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week and recognizes the month of May as…

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Emma Rice’s Romantics Anonymous to run the length of Spoleto Festival USA’s 44th season, May 22 – June 7

 

The charming musical will open at Dock Street Theatre on May 22, 2020  Spoleto Festival USA announces Romantics Anonymous, a musical theater production set to run during the 2020 season. Produced by Plush Theatricals in association with Wise Children, the work, which premiered in 2017 at Shakespeare’s Globe in London—comes from the mind of Emma Rice,…

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The Magic Light Bulb

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   You probably think an ordinary light bulb is boring in this era of LED lights. Well, the ordinary light bulb holds a special place in my memories. Our family visited my grandparents a lot of Sundays. That meant a trip to Mom’s family in the Beulah Community of Lincoln County. Back…

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Van Gogh, Far From What He Wanted to Be

 

By Tammy Davis   Van Gogh’s work is valued in the billions of dollars, and, yet, he died a failure. He tried to be a preacher like his father. That didn’t work out. He taught school for a while. That wasn’t his gig. He was fired from an art dealership. Professionally, he was a loser.…

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Holiday sales show opens Friday, December 6-14

 

The Arts Center of Kershaw County is counting down the days until the popular Holiday Sales Show opens in the Douglas-Reed House. This year, the Holiday Sales Show will take place from Friday, December 6 through Saturday, December 14, 2019. This unique holiday shopping experience has become a Kershaw County tradition. .  “Coordinating the artists…

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Home for the Holidays

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Join Town Theatre Sat., Dec. 14 at 7:30 PM and Sun., Dec. 15 at 3 PM for a special holiday event, Home for the Holidays, featuring classic holiday songs from the funny to the formal. Crooning some of your favorite tunes will be Josh Finch, Jeremy Hansard,…

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21st annual Christmas concert at PC – December 7 & 8

 

Christmas at PC has rung in the Christmas season for many on and off the Presbyterian College campus for the past 20 years. This year’s program, “The Gift for All Mankind,” promises to do the same. Christmas at PC performances are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3…

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The Sad Ballad Of Moses Corley

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Each Thanksgiving, I Remember Moses We all cross paths with a person we can’t forget. And so, a man by the beautiful name of Moses Corley lingers in my mind. If every life is a song, then Moses’s life was a sad, sad ballad. Moses worked as the janitor in the…

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Popular free concert series returns to groove into the holidays

 

Chaye Alexander presents Live at Boyd Plaza: A Jazzy Afternoon The Columbia Museum of Art announces a holiday addition to its dynamic, free outdoor concert series on the beautifully renovated Boyd Plaza. The incredibly popular Chaye Alexander presents Live at Boyd Plaza returns Sunday, December 8, for a jazzy afternoon with Mike Frost and Company.…

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College of Charleston alums’ band Ranky Tanky earns Grammy nomination

 

Three College of Charleston alumni are in the running for a Grammy nomination with their band Ranky Tanky. Started by alumnus Clay Ross ’98, Ranky Tanky, which is a Gullah term loosely translated as “work it” or “get funky,” takes a modern approach to the traditional sounds of Gullah music. Rooted in the cultural traditions passed…

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Funerals Down South

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   “Lawdy, Miss Ruth, I don’t know when I enjoyed a funeral so much.” Whenever a funeral came up Mom repeated what this lady told her. I didn’t know the woman. She may have belonged to the Newberry Missionary Baptist Church or another church back home in Lincoln County, Georgia. I remember…

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My Dog Bruzer – He Trained Us Well

 

By Tammy Davis   Most dogs greet their humans at the door at the end of the day. Not my dog. My dog, Bruzer, plays hard to get. When we come in from school, we call to him and tell him we’re home. His response? Nothing. You would never know there was a dog in…

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Kick off the Holidays with Historic Columbia

 

Decorative house tours, classic carriage rides and breakfast with Santa heighten the holiday season Historic Columbia is the home for holiday traditions, and the new season of events is sure to bring back memories — and establish new ones. The Historic Columbia holiday season will officially kick off on Friday, Nov. 22 with historic holiday…

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Apply to become Richland Library’s next artist-in-residence

 

The search is underway for local artists who are looking for a space to create and willing to share their talents with the community. Richland Library is currently accepting applications for its next artist-in-residence in spring 2020. We encourage artists, spanning all mediums to apply. These mediums include – but are not limited to: traditional/fine…

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Chapman Cultural Center

 

Chapman Cultural Center provides major funding and education for many of Spartanburg’s arts and cultural organizations. Its educational programs serve more than 40,000 public and private school students throughout Spartanburg County, with residencies by professional artists in the disciplines of music, dance, visual arts, literature, media, theatre, and crafts. Our Mission is to provide cultural…

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The-Fluff-The-Straw Philosophy

 

By Tammy Davis   Old people call it fluffing the straw.  It’s a genius gardening hack for when your flower beds start to look bad.  You take a pitch fork, lift up the pine straw, give it a good shake, put it back down, and voila, your beds look good as new.  No need to…

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Return Of The Beavers

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   All these years later I still don’t know who is right, Uncle Joe or the beavers. I know one thing, though. The old mine hole, long filled by rain and a creek, is still going strong. A long time ago, men mined manganese on what is family land back in Georgia.…

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BMW Plant Spartanburg announced as the 2019 Cultural Champion

 

Chapman Cultural Center announces that BMW Plant Spartanburg was awarded the “2019 Cultural Champion” at the annual Champions luncheon on Thursday, November 7th. Each year, Chapman Cultural Center honors its corporate donors with a celebration luncheon at which the Cultural Champion is announced. Over 110 companies doing business in our community and region have contributed…

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Inaugural Holiday Market and Open House at Aurora Farms

 

On Friday, November 29, from 10am until 2pm, Aurora Farms is presenting an inaugural  “Holiday Market and Open House” event. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to visit and tour Greenville’s newest event venue, while purchasing Christmas gifts from local crafters and vendors. Located at 1045 Milford Church Road, Taylors, SC,  Aurora Farms…

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Fatrat Da Czar releases double album Tribe, with 40 South Carolina collaborators

 

Fatrat Da Czar to perform Tribe album release at Columbia Musem of Art this Friday, November 15th   South Carolina’s godfather of hip-hop FatRat Da Czar released his double album TRIBE today, with 25 tracks and nearly 40 collaborators, including 30 features and nine of the state’s most respected producers. Czar’s highly anticipated ninth studio album…

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Gain First-Hand Writing Techniques from Trio of Notable Authors

 

Whether you enjoy writing or reading, Richland Library is providing local residents three opportunities to interact with notable authors throughout November. Seeing as our staff are also observing National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which issues a challenge of writing 50,000 words for a book in 30 days, it’s the perfect chance to explore story development…

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Nature Never Sleeps

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   You and I are here just for a bit, and so are the things we build. Nature is here forever and she never sleeps. I can take you to a house that kudzu owns. You can see the powerline that runs into a towering mound of green leaves, but that’s it.…

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International Ballet Star Joseph Phillips to headline Columbia Ballet School’s Nutcracker

 

Columbia Native is Ballet’s Most Decorated Male Dancer Joseph Phillips, a Columbia native and the most decorated male ballet dancer in the world, will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Cavalier in Columbia Ballet School’s fifth annual production of The Nutcracker. Performances will take place Fri., Nov. 15 through Sun., Nov. 17 at the A.C.…

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Citizen input to help form new long-range S.C. arts plan in public meetings and survey, S.C. Arts Commission queries arts’ direction

 

The South Carolina Arts Commission is fanning out across the state this fall and winter, gathering public input to help it form the next long-range plan for arts and culture in South Carolina. Every 10 years, dating back to 1980, the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) conducts the Canvass of the People in public and…

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One Book, One Community’s 2019 selection follows story of immigrant family

 

Share your passion for reading through the month of November by joining Richland Library for One Book, One Community. The community-wide initiative encourages everyone to read the same book at the same time, and this year, the pick is Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko. Get ready to dive into the 2019 selection together – whether it’s…

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Richland Library seeks submissions for upcoming art exhibition – Deadline November 22

 

Richland Library is currently accepting submissions for an exhibition, highlighting works by contemporary South Carolina and regional artists that focus on the importance of inclusion and racial equity in our community. Speaking to the life experiences of marginalized and underserved communities, the exhibition will run from March 4 – May 1, 2020 at our Main…

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