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Lexington Cardiology

Left to right: Dr. Stephen E. Van Horn Jr.; Dr. William D. Brearley Jr.; Dr. Joseph J. Lawton III; Dr. Michael C. Roberts; Dr. Robert M. Malanuk; Dr. Amy Rawl Epps; Dr. R. Taylor Williams; Dr. Richard E. Umbach; Dr. S. Stanley Juk Jr.

The name is new, but the experience and talent of the physicians have served patients across South Carolina for more than 30 years.
Lexington Medical Center is proud to announce that the physicians of Columbia Cardiology have joined our Network of Care as Lexington Cardiology. Also joining the Lexington Medical Center Network of Care is William D. Brearley Jr., MD, the most recent physician to become part of Lexington Cardiology. We’re excited to welcome these nine experienced physicians and the staff of this practice as they continue to provide the highest level of care in the treatment of cardiovascular disease at three convenient locations.

2601 Laurel Street, Suite 260 • Columbia, SC 29204 (803) 744-4900 Phone • (803) 744-4938 Fax 131 Sunset Court • West Columbia, SC 29169 (803) 744-4940 Phone • (803) 744-4978 Fax 1 The Commons • Lugoff, SC 29078 (803) 729-4610 Phone • (803) 744-4995 Fax
A Lexington Medical Center Physician Practice


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Arts leagues do more than bring people together to paint; they help aspiring artists and those returning to the canvas gain confidence. Meet some of the people in the many arts leagues in the Midlands, and learn how to join one yourself. The Lexington County Museum has a piece of family history that’s also a piece of folk art. Find out more about the document, called a Fraktur.



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Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College in Irmo has become the new theatrical home for community groups. This is the first season that the theater will offer its own programming, under the guidance of the director of the venue, Katie Fox.



ON THE COVER An invitation to visit the Nickelodeon Theatre’s new home on Main Street. Story, Page 10. Photo by Kim Kim Foster-Tobin


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Sept. 3-Nov. 12: Brementown Musicians, Columbia Marionette Theatre, (803) 252-7366 Sept. 6: Anna Dragoni, Dick Goodwin and Friends, Fine Arts Center of Forest Acres, (803) 728-1678 Sept. 7: CMC Steel Rhythm on the River Concert Series, West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater, (803) 794-6504 Sept. 7: Columbia Baroque Soloists, USC School of Music, (803) 777-4280

Sept. 9: Cornelia Freeman Concert Series, USC School of Music, (803) 7774280 Sept. 13: The Good Night, Township Auditorium, (803) 576-2350 Sept. 14: The Killer B’s, Masterworks 1, S.C. Philharmonic, Koger Center, (803) 251-6333 Sept. 14-29: “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” Workshop Theatre, (803) 7994876 Sept. 14-Oct. 6: “The Music Man,” Town Theatre, (803) 799-2510


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Sept. 16: Jerry Butler, Newberry Opera House, (803) 276-6264 Sept. 20: USC Symphony Orchestra, Koger Center, (803) 251-6333 Sept. 21-22: “Spirit of America,” Colonial Life Arena, (803) 576-9200 Sept. 21-30: “Goodnight Moon,” Columbia Childrens’ Theatre, (803)6914548 Sept. 21-Oct. 7: “Forbidden Broadway,” Village Square Theatre, (803) 359-1436 Sept. 24: USC Wind Ensemble, Koger Center, (803) 251-6333 Sept. 26: Needtobreathe the Reckoning 2012 Tour, Township Auditorium, (803) 576-2350 Sept. 27: Ron White Moral Compass Tour, Township Auditorium, (803) 5762350 Sept. 28: Southern Exposure New Music Series, USC School of Music, (803) 7774280 Sept. 29: Gordon Lightfoot, Newberry Opera House, (803) 276-6264

{Museums & Art}
Through Sept. 3: Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit, State Museum, (803) 898-4921 Through Sept. 3: Tangible History: South Carolina’s Stoneware from the Holcombe Family Collection, State Museum, (803) 898-4921 Through Sept. 3: The Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy, State Museum, (803) 898-4921 Through Sept. 9: Moneyville, EdVenture, (803) 779-3100 Through Sept. 29: Bold Banners: Early Civil War Flags of South Carolina, S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, (803) 737-8095 Through Oct. 6: Blooming Butterflies, EdVenture, (803) 779-3100 Through Nov. 15: “From Here to Timbuktu,” State Museum, (803) 8984921 Through Dec. 14: Get Cocky! McKissick Museum, (803) 777-7251 Through Dec. 16: McKissick Mysteries, McKissick Museum, (803) 777-7251

Through Jan. 6, 2013: The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls, State Museum, (803) 898-4921 Through March 1, 2013: The Civil War in South Carolina: Naval Warfare on the Coast and Failed Attempts to Take Charleston, State Museum, (803) 7992810 Through June 2, 2013: Civil War in 3D, South Carolina Confederate Relic Room, (803) 737-8094 Through April 2015: The Civil War in South Carolina, 1861-1865, State Museum, (803) 898-4921 Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Gallery Tour: Highlights of the Museum’s Collection, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 7992810 Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25: Toddler Tuesday, EdVenture, (803) 779-3100 Sept. 5: Wee Wednesdays: Scratchy, Silky, Slimy! Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 Sept. 8-Dec. 18: The Ultimate Vacation:

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Watching Other People Work, McKissick Museum, (803) 777-7251 Sept. 9: Passport to Art: Feathery Friends, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 Sept. 11: Family Night, EdVenture, (803) 779-3100 Sept. 12: Community Leader Reader, EdVenture, (803) 779-3100 Sept. 14: One Room School House: The Alchemy of Art, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 Sept. 22: EdCeptional Kids Open House, EdVenture, (803) 779-3100 Sept. 25: The Nature of Things with Rudy Mancke, McKissick Museum, (803) 777-7251 Sept. 27: Tales for Tots, EdVenture, (803) 779-3100

Tournament, Lexington County Tennis Complex (803) 957-7676 Sept. 22: South Carolina Gamecocks Football vs. Missouri, Williams-Brice Stadium, (803) 777-4274 Sep. 29: Combo Playoffs, Lexington County Tennis Complex, (803) 957-7676 Sept. 29: South Carolina State Football vs. Norfolk State, Oliver C. Dawson Stadium, (803) 536-8579

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Sept. 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29: All Local Farmers Market, 701 Whaley St., Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Hay Hill Farmers Market, Hay Hill Garden Market, (803) 834-6652 Sept. 2: Main Street Latin Festival, Main Street, Columbia, (803) 348-0749 Sept. 3: 3rd Annual Blythewood Labor Day Run, Blythewood Middle School, Sept. 4: Woodrow Wilson Family Home Hard Hat Tour, Historic Columbia Foundation, (803) 252-1770 Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25: Sandhill Farmers Market, (803) 699-3190 Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27: Garden Volunteer Days, Historic Columbia Foundation, (803) 252-1770 Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27; Northeast Farmers Market, Lake Carolina Village Green, (803) 736-5253 Sept. 8: Jazz Under the Stars, Gervais St., Columbia, (803) 400-1879 Sept. 13: Cooperative Ministries Gala, Township Auditorium, (803) 576-2350 Sept. 13: Moonlight Cemetery and Secrets from the Grave Tour, Elmwood Cemetery, (803) 252-1770 Sept. 13-16: Columbia Greek Festival, Holy

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Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, (803) 252-6758 Sept. 14: 4th Annual Bar Stool Classic, Five Points, (803) 748-7373 Sept. 14: City Strolls with Historic Columbia Foundation, Robert Mills House and Gardens, (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 Sept. 14, 15: Family on Safari, Riverbanks Zoo, (803) 779-8717 Sept. 15: Women of Hampton-Preston Tour, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens, (803) 252-1770 Sept. 16: Dollar Sunday, Robert Mills House and Gardens, (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 Sept. 16: W. Gordon Belser Arboretum Open House, (803) 777-3934 Sept. 20: Garden Tour of the Robert Mills Founders Garden, Robert Mills House and Gardens, (803) 252-1770 Sept. 26: Historic Columbia Foundation’s Mann-Simons Site Tour: Uncovering the Past, Mann-Simon’s Site, (803) 2521770 Sept. 28, 29: Okra Strut, Irmo, (803) 331-3875 Sept. 28-30: Midlands Plant and Flower Festival, S.C. State Farmers Market, (803) 734-2200 Sept. 29: Multicultural College Fair, Columbia Conference Center, (803) 7729811 Sept. 29: Free Entrance Day, Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, (803) 561-4000 Sept. 29: Italian Festival and Bocce Ball Tournament, Main Street, Columbia. — Compiled by Diane Morrison

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Sneak preview. Patrons got a look at the progress of work on the Nickelodeon Theatre in March after Andy Smith, Nickelodeon Theatre executive director, announced the launch of the second phase of the company’s Move the Nick Capital Campaign.


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Coming attractions. Andy Smith, executive director of the Nickelodeon Theatre.

It’s goodbye and then hello for the Nick
Story by Otis R. Taylor Jr. • Photograph by C. Aluka Berry


fter 33 years on Main Street, Nickelodeon Theatre is moving to ... Main Street. The art movie theater is opening in the space that housed the old Fox Theatre. The move is another feather in Main Street’s revitalization cap. The Nick will feature two theaters, but when it opens in the new space on Aug. 31, only the 100-seat downstairs theater will be showing films. The larger upstairs theater is expected to open in 2013. The Helen Hill Media Education Center, named for the filmmaker and Columbia native who was murdered in post-Katrina New Orleans, will house the Nick’s media and literacy center. Among other initiatives, the center will teach children how to interpret film. The Nick expects to annually draw around 60,000 people to Main Street, becoming a

beacon for Main Street’s resurgence. With the growth of the Indie Grits Festival, it has already become a power in the independent film world. The theater has been working closely with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, an institute that supports and advises organizations on strategic planning and marketing, to maximize its impact. It also received grants from the Ford Foundation and Nord Family Foundation, totaling $300,000. To say a public goodbye to its old home, at 937 Main St., the Nick is hosting a goodbye party on Aug. 26. Then it’s on to the new Nick at 1607 Main St. For more information, visit, www.


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he Midlands fall arts season promises a lot of drama — of the good kind. Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College in Irmo stages its first series of shows (see story on Page 25), and Larry Hembree takes over the helm at Trustus Theatre. The Nickelodeon Theatre makes its move north along Main Street and the Columbia Museum of Art readies two blockbusters featuring Mark Rothko and Impressionist painters. What else is happening? Find out in our fall arts calendar.
stole a Confederate ship during the Civil War and later was elected to the South Carolina Legislature and U.S. Congress The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic and Bull Street: Life Behind the Wall: Sept. 1 through Oct. 14. These two exhibits look at the moving personal histories of some of the people who were patients at the State Hospital at Bull Street, the South Carolina mental institution, and the Willard Psychiatric Hospital in New York. The Civil War in South Carolina: A series of new exhibits marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War and is part of an expansion of the museum’s permanent Civil War exhibit that, when complete, will add another 2,200 square feet of new space to the

Columbia Museum of Art
Mark Rothko: the Decisive Decade, 1940-1950, opens Sept. 14: This is the first significant exhibition on Rothko, an abstract expressionist painter, in the state. There will be 37 works, including paintings, watercolors and works on paper taken primarily from the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Impressionism from Monet to Matisse, opens Jan. 25, runs through April 23, 2013: The exhibit includes 55 paintings, pastels and watercolors by prominent French painters such as Renoir, Cezanne and Monet. The museum is at Main and Hampton streets. To become a member, visit or call (803) 3432198

From Here to Timbuktu: Through Nov. 15. Journey through West Africa in this traveling exhibit Also: Farmville, Oct. 6; Beakers and Broomsticks, Oct. 26-27; Snowville, Nov. 19-Feb. 24, 2013; Girls Night Out, March 7, 2013 EdVenture is at 211 Gervais St. Details: (803) 779-3100 or
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Coming attractions. ‘Dancer Adjusting Her Shoe,’ by Edgar Degas, part of the Impressionism from Monet to Matisse exhibit opening Jan. 25 at
Columbia Museum of Art.


students’ college experience McKissick Mysteries through Dec. 16: A cooperative effort between McKissick Museum and the Public History Program to use the museum’s mystery objects as tools for teaching graduate students about researching and interpreting material culture. The Ultimate Vacation: Watching Other People Work Sept. 7 through Dec. 18: A snapshot of the history of factory tours of such companies as Hershey, Heinz, Sears and BMW. McKissick Museum is on the USC Horseshoe, 816 Bull St. Details: (803) 777-7251 or

Chapin Community Theatre
“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Oct. 19Nov. 3 All performances are at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo Details: (803) 240-8544 or www.

museum’s history floor. Also: Fall Heritage Festival & Pickin’ Party, Oct. 13; Tricks and Treats at the State Museum, Oct. 22 and Oct. 29; Winter Fest Dec. 15 through Jan. 1 The S.C. State Museum is at 301 Gervais St. (803) 898-4921, museum.

McKissick Museum
Get Cocky! through Dec. 14: This exhibit examines the dynamic role of athletics at the University of South Carolina and how it has impacted

Columbia Children’s Theatre
“Goodnight Moon,” Sept. 21-30; The Christmas Doll, Nov. 23-Dec. 2; “A Year


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Show and do tell. Artist Paula Grookett, right, and George Johnson share a laugh during a gallery opening of works from the S.C. Watermedia Society at The Village Artists at the Village at Sandhill.

Artists come together to create greater art
Story by Katie McElveen, Special to Lake Murray/Northeast Magazine • Photographs by C. Aluka Berry


n 1991, when watercolorist Marcia Murray moved to Columbia and began to pursue her art more seriously, one of the first things she did was to go looking for other painters who could offer advice on how to finetune her craft. She found it with the Crooked Creek Art League in Chapin. “Crooked Creek helped me meet people who are interested in the same things I am,” she says. “We learned from the speakers and from each other. It’s been very beneficial.” Today, Murray is not just a member of Crooked Creek, but an instructor as well, teaching beginning

painting. And, thanks in part to the league, her art has been shown at the Crooked Creek Community Center as part of the league’s yearly juried show. Alice Perritt, who owns House of Frames and Paintings, a framing shop and art gallery on Devine Street, is an ardent supporter of art leagues. “These juried shows provide up-andcoming artists an opportunity to show their work in a professional setting,” she explains. “Students can always find a place to show their work, but older artists…

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In the studio. Marcia Murray is a member of the Crooked Creek Art League and an active artist in Chapin. Here, she works in her home studio, painting
a family of raccoons she photographed in her yard.


not so much. I’ve also seen the quality of work improve over the years, and I attribute that to the active leagues and the educational support they provide.” Pat McNeely agrees. After retiring, McNeely decided to take up painting and joined both the Trenholm Artists Guild and the Log Cabin Art Guild. “Anyone remotely interested in art should join a league,” she says. “No matter your medium, what you see at the meetings is so inspiring. Last year, one artist demonstrated Japanese ink painting, another drew in scrimshaw on old piano keys. Both made me want to get up and paint.” Log Cabin’s juried competition is held at the Village Artists Gallery at the Village of Sandhill. The exhibition of entries runs for two weeks in spring.

The Trenholm Artists Guild, or TAG, is one of the region’s oldest and largest art leagues. Founded in 1971, its 170 amateur and professional members work in watercolor, oil, acrylics, pastel, sculpture, fiber and photography. “The educational opportunities we offer are the key to our success,” says publicity chairwoman and artist Renea Eshleman. “They focus on all areas of art, including the business side. We also offer lots of ways for members to network and exhibit their work.” One of the guild’s most well-known events is its annual juried art competition, which is held in the spring and culminates with a show and sale at the House of Frames and Paintings. Ongoing exhibitions at local businesses, including BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and Palmetto Health Richland, give members the thrill of seeing their work

hung in a public space. There are also weekly painting sessions at Forest Lake Park and group field trips to events like Spoleto in Charleston and local and regional museums. The group is organizing the art display and sale at the Rosewood Arts Festival on Sept. 29. “We have 60 spaces for artists working in ceramics, glass, fiber arts, jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture, woodwork, furniture, and printmaking,” says Eshleman. “Artists don’t have to be members of TAG to participate.” Though smaller than TAG, Seven Oaks Art League, which holds meetings at Seven Oaks Park in Irmo, is also quite diverse and active. “A lot of our artists do different things,” says publicity chairwoman and artist Pam Steude. “Members work in stained glass, and we also have sculptors and photographers.”


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For more information
Crooked Creek Art League; meets the third Monday of each month (September through May) at 7 p.m. at Crooked Creek Park, Old Lexington Highway in Chapin. Trenholm Artists Guild http://; Meetings are monthly September through May on the second Monday of the month at Forest Lake Park, 6820 Wedgefield Road. Seven Oaks Art League; Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Seven Oaks Park, at 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia. Log Cabin Art Guild; Meetings are held at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month, September through May, in the Auditorium Building at Sesquicentennial Park. Palmetto Painters; meetings are the second Saturday of the month at Green Hill Baptist Church, 1734 Augusta Road, West Columbia. Midlands Clay Arts Society midlandsclayartssociety2/ midlandsclayartssociety(mcas)2; CAS meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month (except June, July, August and December) City of Columbia Art Center, 1932 Calhoun Street. South Carolina Artists Group Gallery goods. Jannette Finch checks out a painting during a gallery opening of works from the
S.C. Watermedia Society at The Village Artists at the Village at Sandhill.

Like TAG, Seven Oaks also holds a juried show in the spring, and holds the exhibition at HOfP, always just before or after the TAG show. Columbia is also home to art leagues for artists who prefer not to work on canvas. Palmetto Painters is a society dedicated to decorative arts. “We paint anything that’ll sit still long enough for us to paint on,” says member Wanda Millians. “We paint furniture, fabric and walls using a variety of techniques, and teach

workshops as well.” Then there is the Midlands Clay Arts Society, an active group of about 60 members who wheel throw, hand build or sculpt clay. “Meeting with other artists really helps prime the creative pump,” says member Anne Schultz. “We also can share costs of materials.” The group holds an annual holiday sale at Gallery 80808 in the Vista the first weekend in December as well as a charity event in May in partnership with Rosewood Market. “We donate soup bowls and Rosewood donates soup,” says Schultz. “For one day, customers choose and buy a bowl which they get to keep, and Rosewood fills it with soup. The proceeds go to charity.” Not all art guilds offer workshops or instruction. South Carolina Artists Group, for instance, is all about promotion. There are no meetings or workshops. What they do offer is placement of works and opportunities to network with potential buyers at events where the artists are encouraged to not just show their work but be painting, sculpting or crafting while they’re there as well. Gallery locations include all six floors of the Lexington County Administration Building, the Lexington County Library, Zena Salon and the Flight Deck Restaurant, as well as other businesses. Although most works are paintings, the group also represents clay and fabric artists, sculptors and photographers. There’s even one artist who paints on

gourds. Director Alexandra White also offers marketing tips. “So many artists think in terms of the work but not how to sell it,” she says. “We’ve found that as much as we need to educate the public about art, we need to educate the artists about how to sell their works. Understandably, they tend to focus more on what they’re creating.”

Want to learn to paint?
• Join a league … and try these tips from Jennie Branham, founding president of the Crooked Creek Art League. • Get associated with other artists. • Consider starting with oil – it’s messy, but it’s also more forgiving than watercolor because you can cover mistakes more easily. • Prepare for an investment. Good paper, brushes and pigments can be expensive. • Consider acrylics. New formulations stay wet longer, giving beginners more time to work before decisions become permanent. • If you have no art training, learn to draw before you learn to paint. That way, you’ll have the structure to know what to paint.

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with Frog and Toad,” Feb. 8-17, 2013; “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical,” April 12-21, 2013; “The Commedia Rapunzel,” June 14-23, 2013 Performances are at Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive, Forest Acres Details: (803) 691-4548 or www.

What’s new: New leadership – managing director Larry Hembree and artistic director Dewey Scott-Wiley begin their jobs Sept. 1, taking the helm from Jim and Kay Thigpen. Trustus has added three performance series – Trustus Side Door, Off Off Lady and the Last Call, featuring late-night entertainment. For the first time, patrons can order tickets online at Mainstage Series: “Next To Normal,” Sept. 7-8,13-14,15-16,20-21, 22, 23,2729; “Next Fall,” Oct. 26-28, Nov. 1-4, 8-10; “[title of show],” Dec. 7-9, 13-16, Jan. 3-6, 10-12; “The M*********** with a Hat,” Feb. 8-10, 14-16, 17, 21-22; “Venus in Fur,” March 22-24, 28-30, April 4-6; “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark,” May 3-5, 9-12, 16-18; “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” June 14-16, 20-23, 27-29, July 11-14, 18-20; “Pine,” Aug. 2-4, 9, 10-11 Trustus Side Door Theatre Series: I Am My Own Wife, Oct. 5-7, 11-13, 18-20; 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, Jan. 17-19, 24-26, 31, Feb. 1-2; My “First Time,” April 12-14, 18-20, 25-27; “Fierce Love,” Aug. 16-18, 22-24, 29-31 Off-Off Lady Series: “The Twitty Triplets,” Aug. 23-25, 30-31, Sept. 1; “Red,” Oct. 10-14; “The Whipping Man,” March – specific dates TBA; “Collected Stories,” May 15-19 The Last Call Series: “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” Sept. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29; “Burlesque,” Jan. 4, 11; “Voices on Lady: Kevin’s un-Cabaret,” June 21, 28, July 12 Trustus is at 520 Lady St. Box office: (803) 254-9732 or

Coming attractions. Alan Feltus’ ‘Two Women,’ part of McMaster Gallery’s Dialoghi dell’Arte, an invitational exhibition of representational paintings that offer images and objects influenced by the artists’ travels to Italy, on display through Oct. 4. Drayton Hall Theatre; “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Oct. 5-13, Longstreet Theatre; “Compleat Female Stage Beauty,” Nov. 9-17, Longstreet Theatre; “Boeing-Boeing,” Feb. 22-March 2, Longstreet Theatre; “King Lear,” April 1927, Drayton Hall Theatre Longstreet Theatre is at 1300 Greene St., corner of Greene and Sumter; Drayton Hall Theatre is at 1214 College St., corner of College and Sumter. Box office: (803) 777-2551 Drive,” Feb. 28-March 3, 2013; “Twelve Angry Jurors,” April 25 - 28, 2013 The Lab Theatre is at 1400 Wheat St., between Sumter and Pickens, across from Blatt PE Center. Tickets available only at the door.

Town Theatre
“The Music Man,” Sept. 14-Oct. 6; “The Winter Wonderettes,” Nov. 22-Dec. 8; “The Fox on the Fairway,” Jan. 11-26, 2013; “9 to 5,” March 1-16, 2013; “Miss Saigon,” May 10-26, 2013 Town Theatre is at 1012 Sumter St. Box office: (803) 799-2510

Theatre South Carolina
Main Stage: “Looking Over the President’s Shoulder,” Sept. 12-15,

USC Lab Theatre
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Workshop Theatre
“Legally Blonde: The Musical,” Sept. 14-29; “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Nov. 9-24; “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” Jan. 11-26, 2013; “The Color Purple,” March 15-30, 2013; “Songs for a New World,” May 10-25, 2013 Workshop Theatre is at 1136 Bull St. Tickets: (803) 7996551 or

Village Square Theatre, Lexington
“Forbidden Broadway,” Sept. 21-Oct. 7; “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.,” Nov. 2-18; “Barefoot in the Park,” Jan. 24-Feb.3, 2013; “High School Musical Jr.,” March 8-24; “Arsenic and Old Lace,” May 16-26, 2013; Also: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” Dec. 6-16 The Village Square Theatre is at 105 Caughman Road in Lexington. Box office: (803) 359-1436

Columbia Marionette Theatre
“Hansel and Gretel,” Sept. 22 through December; “Beauty & the Beast,” January, 2013. The Columbia Marionette Theatre is at 401 Laurel St. (803) 252-7366 or

McMaster Gallery
Dialoghi dell’Arte, Aug. 28-Oct. 4; Gil Shuler, Oct. 23-Nov. 23; MFA exhibitions, December; Linda Foard Roberts: Photography, Jan. 15-Feb. 16, 2013; 57th Annual USC Student Art Exhibition, March 1-23, 2013; MFA exhibitions, April-May 2013 1615 Senate St., (803) 777-4236 or artsandsciences.

701 CCA
CCA Prize Art Competition Exhibition, Nov. 1; Open Studios, Spring 2013 701 Whaley St. (803) 779-4571 or

City Art
S.C. Watermedia Society exhibition, through Sept. 1; High Noon series, Saturdays through September 1224 Lincoln St.


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An illuminated life. This Fraktur records the birth of Maria Magdalena Sommer in 1780 and her marriage to Jacob Schleich in 1799.


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Fraktur: Southern folk art form with a German twist
Story by Gigi Huckabee, Special to Lake Murray/Northeast Magazine • Photograph by Kim Kim Foster-Tobin


local art treasure is back home in Lexington County. In function, it served as a birth certificate and a marriage certificate. In form, however, it’s one of the rarest versions of Southern folk art, a Fraktur. With elaborate calligraphy and stylized borders, the Fraktur registers the birth of Maria Magdalena Sommer in the vicinity of Crims Creek near present-day Pomaria on Dec. 8, 1780, and her marriage to Jacob Schleich on April 2, 1799. The tradition of an elaborately written birth certificate was brought to America by German-speaking immigrants from Switzerland and Alsace. Many originally settled in Pennsylvania, but large groups ended up in Virginia and the Carolinas. The Dutch Fork area between the Broad and Saluda rivers got its name from these immigrants’ German, or Deutsch, background. “We are very fortunate to have obtained this Fraktur,” says J.R. Fennell, director of Lexington County Museum. “Few have survived, and there are less than a dozen South Carolina Frakturs known to exist.” In the Old World, the “fractured” script was used only for birth certificates or baptismal documents, but in the New World, the tradition was expanded. Itinerant artists were commissioned

If you go
Lexington County Museum
The Fraktur is on display in the exhibition hall at the museum complex, which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

to create decorated documents to commemorate any important personal event. Stylized symbols such as hearts, birds, vines, flowers and occasionally columns painted in bright watercolors and outlined in black ink adorn the borders of the documents. The name of the Sommer Fraktur’s artist is unknown, but he likely was a learned man, either a minister or teacher whom the family commissioned to do the piece, Fennell says. Labeled the “Ehre Vater” artist, he

often begins his design with the title Ehre Vater und Mutter (Honor Father and Mother). His work has been found in South Carolina, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, which leads researchers to suspect he was an itinerant schoolmaster in the Lutheran or Reformed parochial schools, Fennel says. Fortunately, the descendants of Mary Summer and Joseph Sligh (the Anglicized version of the names on the document) lovingly preserved this Fraktur. The late Owen Roberts of Mississippi, who is a descendant on his maternal side of the couple, owned the piece. His widow, Mary Roberts, wished to have the Fraktur returned to South Carolina and contacted the museum. Fennell and retired museum director Horace Harmon traveled to Mississippi to pick up the local treasure. Funds from the Lexington County Historical Society and Friends of the Museum helped pay for the trip and the Fraktur exhibit. Gigi Huckabee is a freelance writer based in the Midlands

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Coming attractions. ‘Hierarchical Birds,’ part of Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade 1940-1950 at Columbia Museum of Art through Jan. 6


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Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet, (803) 7716303; South Carolina Contemporary Dance Company (803) 758-5962 or; Vibrations Dance Company, (803) 361-5262 or

Goodall Gallery
Columbia College Spears Music and Art Center, (803) 786-3899 or www.

Vista Studio/Gallery 80808
Fantastic Reality, through Sept. 4; Sculpture in Bloom, Sept. 6-11; Jonathan K Callicutt Full Circle, Sept. 27-Oct. 2; if Art Exhibition, Oct. 4-15; Laurie McIntosh, Oct. 18-Nov. 6; Vista Lights, Nov. 8-28; if Art Exhibition; Dec. 6-18; Midlands Clay Art Society Annual Sale, Nov. 29-Dec. 4; Laura Spong, New work, Jan. 24-Feb. 5; Columbia Forever, A Valentine’s Day exhibition and public art project kickoff, Feb. 14-19. 808 Lady St. Details: (803) 252-6134 or


Coming attractions. USC Symphomy Orchestra and David Kim perform the Violin Concerto by Max Bruch Sept. 20

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The Village Artists
First Friday, the first Friday of each month Village at Sandhill (803) 699-8886 or

USC Department of Theatre and Dance
S.C. Festival of Dance. Oct. 5; USC Dance Company Fall Concert: Voices of Choreography, Nov. 2-3; Fragments of Light: Student Choreography Showcase, Nov. 27-30; Wideman/Davis Dance Company in Concert, Nov. 27-30; USC Dance Company Spring Concert: “On the Edge,” Feb. 13-16; Eighth Annual Ballet Stars of NY Gala Performance, March 30; Velocity: Student Choreography Showcase, April 19 Performances are at Drayton Hall Theatre or the Koger Center for the Arts; call (803) 777-1001 or

Columbia Classical Ballet
Cabaret Night fundraiser, Sept. 23, 701 Whaley; “La Bayadere,” Oct. 12; “The Nutcracker,” Nov. 30-Dec. 2; “LifeChance,” Jan. 26; “Swan Lake,” March 1; “The Wizard of Oz,” March 1 Performances are at the Koger Center for the Arts at Assembly and Greene streets. Season subscriptions begin at $130; (803) 252-9112, Capitol Tickets at (803) 251-2222 or


Columbia City Ballet
“Dracula,” Oct. 25-27; “Nutcracker,” Dec. 89, 14-15; “Snow White,”Feb. 1-2; “Little Prince,” March 8-9 Performances at the Koger Center for the Arts at Assembly and Greene streets. Box office: (803) 799-7605 or

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A new space. Katie Fox, director of theatre operations at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College.


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The curtain rises
Harbison Theatre readies for its first season

Story by Chloe Gould, Special to Lake Murray/Northeast Magazine Photograph by Kim Kim Foster-Tobin

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Play’s the thing. Harbison Theatre hosted the first TEDx conference in the Midlands in January, putting the venue on the map as a destination for the arts.

he front doors open, revealing a curved wall winding through a tall, windowed lobby and into the 400-seat theater. It’s a page out of a magazine feature on modern decor, with straight lines and sleek polishing adding to the grand, impressive feel of the space.
Harbison Theatre, Midlands Tech’s newest player in performing arts, sits on the college’s Harbison campus in Irmo, an interstate away from Main Street, the Vista and the established venues of its kind. The theater, which officially opened in October 2010 after six years of construction, will host its first season of house shows in September in a true introduction to the mission of the new arts outlet. “It was always built with the community in mind,” said Katie Fox, Harbison Theatre’s director. It’s a theater on a college campus, bringing together two principles: the arts and education. And in marrying Midlands Tech’s continuing education and an area’s need for the arts, Harbison Theatre has created a rare and growing buzz. The “neighborhood” — including Harbison, Irmo, Chapin and Lake Murray — didn’t have a theater technically advanced enough to host local or touring acts, Fox said. “Building the theater was a way to offer something new to this community and engage both our students and the nonstudent community that we serve in a new way.” Fox was hired as the theater’s director in February 2011, but it was too late to create an original season. The theater was rented out to local and touring groups – including The Palmetto Mastersingers, Columbia City Jazz and WOW Productions – in its first year, booking


130 nights of programming and seating a total of 11,000 people. Chapin Community Theatre’s production of “A Little Princess,” a children’s play, was on the Harbison Theatre stage in July. The set-building workshop was dusted with the leftovers of a huge, handcrafted “Little Princess” backdrop. Rag dolls and stuffed animals filled the wings, and empty backstage halls – outfitted with four dressing rooms, a rehearsal space and costume shop – awaited opening night. Every inch of the theater, from the Eos light board which Fox termed the “granddaddy of them all” to the cameras and audio that keep everyone connected, is high tech. It was built to cater to the most advanced performances, but also to educate. Midlands Tech hopes to offer a technical theater program. However, in creating a program, the college has to prove there are enough local jobs to sustain the graduating students. And, at the time, there were not, Fox said.

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Harbison Theatre Schedule
Story Squad Sept. 22, 2 p.m. Tickets: $9-$10 This band of performers creates a theatrical, educational feast for ears and eyes that will have the entire family rocking. ALL HANDS ON DECK! Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $22 Based on Bob Hope’s 1942 USO tour to entertain the troops during WWII, “ALL HANDS ON DECK!” features singers, dancers, comics and a nine-piece orchestra performing more than 40 classic Big Band hits. Pilobolus Oct. 12-13, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$30 One of the most influential and entertaining modern dance companies in the country, Pilobolus highlights the geometry of the human form and explores the infinite ways in which dancers can connect and interact. Comedian James Gregory Nov. 16, 8 p.m. Tickets: $28$35 James Gregory creates an evening of nonstop laughter with a wry sense of the absurd, a Southern accent and universal storytelling. Holiday Pops with The SC Philharmonic Dec. 2, 3 p.m.Tickets: $22 Join celebrity conductor Morihiko Nakahara and the musicians of the S.C. Philharmonic orchestra as they welcome the holidays with everyone’s favorite symphonic classics. Valentine’s in “Casablanca” Feb. 17, 8 p.m.Tickets: $12 A classic film and a legendary love that has stood the test of time. As wartime refugees gather in Morocco, reunited lovers (the dashing Humphrey Bogart and the beautiful Ingrid Bergman) find their love and honor tested. Polygraph Lounge Feb. 23, 2 p.m.Tickets: $9-$10 Polygraph Lounge gets audiences buzzing with an arsenal of original instruments and vocal stylings, all fired directly at your funny bone. Fun fact: These musicians have toured with Paul Simon for 40 years. Squonk March 2-3, 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets: $20 Original music, design and staging combine with spellbinding projections and constantly transforming scenery to transport you to wondrous places your ears have long kept secret. Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” with the S.C. Philharmonic When: April 6, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $22 Morihiko Nakahara leads the world-class performers of the orchestra in a rousing performance of a Vivaldi eternal classic, “The Four Seasons.” Southeast Family Puppet Slam May 11, 2 p.m.Tickets: $9$10 Become mesmerized by the creations of puppeteers from throughout the Southeast, whose figures come to life with enthralling stories and beautiful craftsmanship. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.

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In lieu of the technical program, the theater holds workshops for its students and a partnership with District 5 schools, a district that lacks any kind of performing arts space among its three high schools. Midlands Tech students will work with District 5 high school students interested in technical theater throughout the year, and in April, Harbison Theatre will host a time for all three high schools to come together for on-stage performances. The theater will also offer the district free nights for band concerts and other school recitals. “We definitely have educational things going on here, but part of it is also how we can educate the local community about the rest of the world by the kinds of performances we bring in,” Fox said. Beginning in September, the theater will open with two performance series: the Signature Series, geared towards adults, and the Family Series. The two big names, both a part of the Signature Series are: Pilobolus, the long-lived contemporary dance company, and Squonk Opera, which brings together music, visual arts and acting to make a wonky kind of opera. Pilobolus, a favorite of Fox’s, is scheduled for two shows Oct. 12 and Oct. 13, with the possibility of a third Sunday show. The company will also offer its coveted master dance classes, which would otherwise warrant a trip to New York, Boston or London. It’s a huge show for a small, unestablished theatre. And with an annual operating budget between $400,000 and $500,000, according to Fox, Harbison Theatre struck a huge deal with the big name. “It’s the kind of amazing good will you see from artists,” Fox said. The Signature Series will also bring in comedian James Gregory, S.C. Philharmonic and “Sign Me Alice,” a play about the founding of Gallaudet University, the leading university for the deaf and hard of hearing, which incorporates American Sign Language into the script. Harbison’s Family Series has rounded out its season with two standouts: Polygraph Lounge and the Southeast Puppet Slam. Polygraph Lounge, or Rob Schwimmer and Mark Stewart, are staples at Carnegie Hall for shows with 30 instruments, and the puppet slam

Right on cue. Fox’s goal is to shake up the arts boundaries and appeal to theatergoers throughout
the Midlands.

is a special project by Lyon Hill from Columbia Marionette Theatre. “You know the Indie Grits puppet slam?” Fox asked. “Same thing, different content.” In booking the season, Fox wanted variety. Her goal is to shake up the arts boundaries and draw people from downtown to the theater, which, she adds, is only a 12-minute trip after rush hour. The theater hosted Columbia’s first TEDx conference in January, putting the venue on the map across the city, into the central arts scene. It’s that momentum, as

well as affordability, that Fox is trying to hold on to in the events, workshops and overall pull. “I think we have a grander vision of who our student would be here,” Fox said. “Our audience member might be a student, the retiree down the street or the person who just moved downtown to take a job and is living on Main Street. They’re our potential audience as well.” Chloe Gould served as a summer intern at The State, writing entertainment and arts stories.


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Coming attractions.
The Columbia Classical Ballet Company enters its third decade with a season that includes the first-ever production of “La Bayadere” in Columbia, “Swan Lake” and “The Wizard of Oz.”



USC Symphony Orchestra
David Kim, Violin Concerto by Max Bruch, Sept. 20; Alexander Fiterstein, Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto, Oct. 16; pianist Marina Lomazov, Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, op. 16, Nov.

13; Wagner’s Prelude to Act III from “Lohengrin,” Siegfried Idyll, Prelude and Liebestod from “Tristan und Isolde” and Ride of the Valkyries from “The Ring of the Nibelung,” Jan. 27; Valentine’s Day, songs from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein musicals “Carousel,” “The King and I,” “Oklahoma,” “The Sound of Music,” “South Pacific” and “State Fair” Feb. 12; Zeyu Victor Li, Violin Concerto

in D Major by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, March 26; Brasil Guitar Duo, April 25. Concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1015 Greene St. (Assembly and Greene streets) in Columbia. Details: (803) 251-2222, or ea/orchestra/schedule.html


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Food as art. Chef Jason Palmer of Cotton Grill in Lexington prepared a Farm to Table dinner using local ingredients. Clockwise from above: a herb and arugula salad with double candied pecans, blueberries, crumbled feta cheese and simple herb vinaigrette; grilled eggplant; peach melba with Madagascar vanilla bean ice cream, sweetened blueberry puree and fresh mint chiffonade.


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Taking a bow. Chef Jason Palmer thanks folks for their patronage after preparing a four-course meal for them at Cotton Grill in Lexington.

What’s in the local garden is now on the local menu
Story by Betsey Guzior • Photographs by C. Aluka Berry arm-to-table dinners bring together the folks who grow food with the chefs who make the food yummy. We dropped in on chef Jason Palmer of Cotton Grill in Lexington, who created a four-course feast featuring vegetables, fruit, nuts and meat raised on Big Moon Farm in Batesburg-Leesville in July. Guests tried seared Italian and grilled Polish kielbasa sausages on a bed of green tomato chowchow with roasted potatoes, caramelized sweet onions and herb-infused oil. They also enjoyed a baby arugula salad with feta cheese, sage tarragon vinaigrette and double-candied pecans. Vegetables included grilled eggplant and fresh green beans.


Dessert combined some of South Carolina’s best flavors – peach melba with vanilla bean ice cream, sweetened blueberry puree and fresh mint chiffonade. Big Moon co-owner John Oxner, who runs the farm with his wife, Catherine, said he has paired with other restaurants, including Solstice, on farm-to-table dinners. Three have been staged on his farm. Another dinner on the farm is planned for late September. For details, call Big Moon Farm at (803) 422-4718 or subscribe to the newsletter at Cotton Grill is at 711 E. Main St. in Lexington. (803) 957-1996 or

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Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra
Wine & Waltzes fundraiser, Sept. 28; unearth Celebration, Oct. 7; Guest: The Dick Goodwin Quintet, Nov. 11; Surprise Concert, Feb. 24, 2013; Concertos & Cupcakes, April 28, 2013 Concerts are at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo.

S.C. Philharmonic
Masterworks series: The Killer B’s, Sept. 14; Mozart & More, Oct. 13; Made in the U.S.A, Nov. 9; Beethoven & Blue Jeans, Jan. 12, 2013; Eternal Love, Feb. 9, 2013; Carmen, Remixed, March 16, 2013; Bolero & Petrushka, April 20, 2013 All concerts are at the Koger Center for the Arts. Call (803) 254-PHIL or visit

Broadway in Columbia
Mannheim Steamroller, Nov. 25; “West Side Story,” Dec. 20-21; “ELVIS LIVES,” Jan. 23-24, 2013; “The Midtown Men,” Feb. 2526, 2013; “Les Misérables,” March 19-24, 2013; “Dreamgirls,” April 12-13, 2013 All concerts are at the Koger Center for the Arts. (803) 251-2222 or www.

Coming attractions. ‘Untitled,’ 1949, part of Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade 1940-1950 at
Columbia Museum of Art througn Jan. 6

S.C. State Fair, Oct. 10-21
Pepsi Grandstand: Thompson Square with Colt Ford, Oct 10; Hot Chelle Rae with Allstar Weekend, Oct 12; O.A.R. Oct 13; Love Fellowship Choir featuring Hezekiah Walker, Oct 14 (4 p.m. show); Boyz II Men, Oct 18; Newsboys with Building 429, Oct 19; Doobie Brothers, Oct 20; Jake Owen with Eli Young Band, Oct 21 (6 p.m. show) Most shows at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Tickets on sale at

Sandlapper Singers with special guest Connie James, Sandlapper Singers Orchestra with Dick Goodwin Quintet, Feb. 8, 2013, Koger Center for the Arts.

The Reckoning 2012 Tour, Sept. 26; Ron White, Sept. 27; The Fresh Beat Band Live In Concert, Oct. 3; “Menopause The Musical,” Oct. 27 The Township Auditorium is at 1703 Taylor St. Box office: (803) 576-2350 or TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000

Palmetto Mastersingers
Holiday concert, Dec. 7, Newberry Opera House; Dec. 13-14, Harbison Theater at Midlands Technical College

S.C. State Fairgrounds
The Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic Arts & Crafts Festival, Nov. 2-4 Junior League of Columbia Holiday Market, Nov. 29-Dec. 2

Township Auditorium
Don Williams; Sept. 16; NEEDTOBREATHE

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Spirit of America, Sept. 21-22; Eric Church, Nov. 30 Colonial Life Arena is at Lincoln and Greene streets. www.; (855) 456-2849

Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County
Comedian James Gregory, Sept. 3; Kershaw’s Got Talent finale, Oct. 15; Drive-in Movie Night, Oct. 29; Camden Community Concert Band, Oct. 14; Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, Oct. 4-6; “Grits: The Musical,” Nov. 16-18; “A Christmas Story,” Dec. 13-16; The Marvelous Wonderettes, Jan. 25 Art exhibits: Robbie Hinson: Southeastern Americana, Oct. 15-Nov. 12; Alvin Staley Bassett Gallery Exhibit, Jan. 25-Feb. 8, 2013 810 Lyttleton Street, Camden, (803) 425-7676

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the arts issue

Newberry Opera House
John, Janet and Jazz, Sept. 9; Robert Earl Keen, Sept. 13; Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sept 14; Jerry Butler, Sept. 16; Maurice Williams, Sept. 21; Tommy Emmanuel, Sept. 23; The Royal Drummers & Dancers of Burundi, Sept. 24; Mother’s Finest, Sept. 27; Mac McAnally, Sept. 28; Gordon Lightfoot. Sept. 29; Jerry Sims, Sept. 30; Oktoberfest, Oct. 6; Steve Tyrell, Oct. 7; Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Oct. 11; Edwin McCain, Oct. 12; Deer Camp, Oct. 14; Janis Ian and Tom Paxton, Oct. 21; Cindy Williams in “Nunset Boulevard,” Oct. 22; Ailey II dance, Oct. 25; Jo Dee Messina, Oct. 30; “Away in the Basement – A Church Basement Ladies Christmas,” Nov. 8; The Hit Men, Nov. 9; “Into the Woods,” Nov. 16-18; “Fiddler on the Roof,” Nov. 27-28; Kings of Swing, Dec. 1; Crystal Gayle, Dec. 2; Carolina Freestyle – Jingle All the Way, Dec. 6; Palmetto Mastersingers, Dec. 7; 208th Army Band, Dec. 8; “A Chorus Line,” Dec. 9; Branson Country Christmas, Dec. 10; Christmastime in Ireland, Dec. 14; Christmas with Emile Pandolfi, Dec. 15; “A Christmas Carol,” Dec. 18. The Newberry Opera House is at 1201 McKibben St., Newberry, (803) 276-6264

unearth, A Celebration of Naturally Inspired Art
Oct. 5-7 A weekend of art and performances from local groups such as The SC Shakespeare Company, Alternacirque, Blue Dogs; a poetry workshop, photography contest and hands-on activities and workshops. Saluda Shoals Park is at 5606 Bush River Road, (803) 731-5208

Lake Carolina Wine & Food Festival
Oct. 13. A celebration of wines from around the world, local cuisine and live music. Lake Carolina Village Green, (803) 461-0915,

Coming attractions. The Irmo Okra Strut is
a weekend of family fun Sept. 28 and 29.

Columbia Gem & Mineral Society’s Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show
Nov. 16-18 Geodes, silver, semi-precious stones, grab bags, rocks, fossils and minerals for sale as well as finished jewelry and craft items. Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road, (803) 736-9317,

in-Residence Rudy Mancke will talk about the changes that take place locally during the seasons of the year. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch and join him for a free, fun and educational program on the Horseshoe in front of McKissick Museum.

Special Events
Jazz Under the Stars
Eighth annual Jazzfest Sept. 5-9. The Skipp Pearson Jazz Foundation presents a series of after-dark concerts on the north lawn of the State House and live late-night jam sessions at Le Cafe Jazz, 930 Laurel St.

Irmo Okra Strut
Sept. 28-29 Live music, food, parade, rides and street dance, 10K dam run and okra-eating contest. Irmo Town Park,

Lights Before Christmas
Nov. 17 through Dec. 30, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Annual lights display sparkles the zoo in the evenings. www.

Viva la Vista
Sept. 29. Enjoy live music while sampling food offered by more than 30 restaurants in the Vista. Lincoln Street, from Lady to Senate and parts of Gervais in downtown Columbia,

Vista Lights, Nov. 15 Holiday Lights on the River
Nov. 21 through Dec. 31 More than a million lights will brighten the night in over 400 themed, animated light displays on the 2-mile loop through Saluda Shoals Park. Enjoy the Dazzling Dancing Forest, Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail, Winter Wonder Ride and Nights of Wonder featuring family-oriented activities. Saluda Shoals Park is at 5606 Bush River Road, (803) 731-5208

Greek Festival

Sept. 13-15 Annual celebration of all things Greek with food, church tours, crafts, live music and much more. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, corner of Sumter and Calhoun streets (803) 4610248,

Congaree Bluegrass Festival
Oct. 6. Family-oriented event with music from IIIrd Time out, The Carolina Rebels, Blue Iguanas and Easy Pickin’s. Granby Gardens Park, 1800 12th Street Extension, Cayce City Hall Complex, (803) 796-9020,

The Nature of Things with Rudy Mancke
Sept. 25 and Dec. 18. USC’s Naturalist-


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The marquee of the Fox Theatre on Main Street reflects the building’s former use. The building has been renovated and is set to open in late August 2012 as the new home of Nickelodeon Theatre.


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25 things you must know about Lake Murray and the Northeast, with advice from some of the area’s most knowledgeable residents. The third annual Blythewood Labor Day Run 10K, 5 K and 1-mile kids’ fun run is set for Sept. 3. Proceeds from the event will be used to buy a scrolling sign for Blythewood Middle School and contribute toward construction of a Fallen Heroes landmark at Blythewood Community Park. The races will begin at Blythewood Middle School starting at 7:30 a.m. The route will take runners through Longcreek Plantation, as well as the surrounding areas. To register, visit


The Chapin Labor Day Festival begins Saturday, Sept. 1with the Run or Walk Crooked 5K for Meals on Wheels at Crooked Creek Park in Chapin. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the race starts at 8 a.m. Children can participate in a fun run. Proceeds benefit the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission Meals on Wheels program. On Sunday, enjoy a free concert by Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass at Chapin Presbyterian Church from 4-6 p.m. A block party “sock hop” from 7-10 p.m. on Clark Street follows. Lines form beginning at 8 a.m. Monday for the annual parade, which begins at 9:30 a.m. on Chapin Road from GIS along Chapin Road to Lexington Avenue, along Lexington Avenue past the fire station to Columbia Avenue, along Columbia Avenue to Boundary Street, along Boundary Street to Weisz Street and back to U.S. 76, ending at GIS. On Beaufort and Clark streets, enjoy a children’s carnival, a classic car show, food concessions and other entertainment. To register for the Crooked 5K, visit crooked-walk-run.aspx. For more details on the Chapin Labor Day Festival, visit


The Outback Cup Regatta, Lake Murray’s premier event for Performance Handicap Racing Fleet sailors, is set for the weekend of Sept. 29-30, hosted by the Columbia Sailing Club. The regatta is open to all PHRF-rated mono-hull yachts. Classes include cruising yachts, racing spinnakers and racing non-spinnaker yachts. Activities includes a welcome party Friday evening and an Outback Steakhouse dinner on Saturday, followed by a party. Races are Saturday and Sunday. Supporters are the Columbia Sailing Club, Lake Murray Sailing Club and the Windward Point Yacht Club. Preregister by Sept. 1 for the chance to win a drawing; the deadline for pre-registration is Sept. 25. Details: or (803) 261-3391 Have an item for People, Places and Things? Email Event notices can be included in our monthly calendar, but must be sent at least six weeks in advance.

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