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Community Listening Session

Help Save Fort Jackson! Shandon Baptist Church

Today at 2pm

The United States Army is going to be listening as the Columbia community comes together today to tell its story of its love for our military forces, our commitment to continue our BFF relationship with Fort Jackson and the threat to our economy should the Army ever (shudder at the thought) close the post down or cut it substantially... which could happen! Let your voice be heard! Your presence speaks loudly and lets the United States Army know just how critical Fort Jackson, our soldiers, their families, civilian employees and our military partners are to our nation’s defense and the greater Midlands community. Help the Columbia Chamber prove that we are the “Most Military Friendly Community in America”. GO!

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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Funny Little Thing Called Love | Chapin Community Theatre

Opens Friday February 27, 2015

This deliriously funny new comedy is all about everyone's favorite four-letter word: L-O-V-E. Under a full moon on an unpredictable night of romance, four rollicking tales take the audience on an around-the-world journey -- from Texas to Waikiki, on to a London Bistro, and finally, to Manhattan. Open your heart to romantic mayhem and come join the fun! By the time the evening is over and the moon works its magic, love will conquer all and your sides will ache from laughter. More information and tickets are available on Chapin Community Theatre's website!

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Lee Smith and the "Good Ol' Girls" | 701 Whaley

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Lee Smith, award-winning author of this year's One Book, One Community selection On Agate Hill, will be joined by fellow author Jill McCorkle and Nashville headlining musician Marshall Chapman for an evening of story and song. The Good Ol' Girls will entertain you, charm you and captivate as only three Southern women can! More information available here.

The Trojan Women

Thursday February 26 - Sunday March 1, 2015
This centuries old Greek meditation on the brutality of battle, adapted by acclaimed theatre scholar Nicholas Ruddall and here given an immersive, modern staging, continues to move and inspire, even in our war-torn present day. Euripides’ classic tragedy shows us war’s cost through the eyes of the women left behind, who must find the strength to go on when the destruction is over. More information here.

Go Red Fashion Show | Convention Center

Friday February 27, 2015
The fun begins at 5pm with a wine and cheese reception, and the fashion show gets underway at 6pm. Featuring fashions from some of Columbia's finest clothing shops, the audience will also be entertained with humor from Comedian Nikkita B. Emceed by WIS TV's Judy Gaston and hosted by Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine. Tickets are $25 with proceeds going to the American Heart Association. More info here.

3rd Annual Friends of Epworth Gala

Friday, February 27, 2015
The annual gala is the signature event for the Friends of Epworth. Described by many as “The Best Party in Columbia” the gala is a night of fun, food, and dancing for a good cause. Hundreds of fun-loving donors from across the state come together each winter to provide children the opportunity to dream. More info here.

Puccini’s La Boheme | Koger Center

Saturday, February 28, 2015
As the major production of the season, The Palmetto Opera presents Puccini’s La Boheme, one of the most popular and beloved operas in all of opera repertoire. Featuring the international cast of Teatro Lirico d’Europa and set in the boisterous bohemian section of nineteenth century Paris, the bittersweet and tragic love story between Rudolfo and Mimi will touch your heart. More info here.

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Last Chance to Save Big on February Foodie News Deals!

Offers Good Through Saturday February 28, 2015

Want to try a new restaurant or two this week? Here are some financial incentives to help you do just that...

PDQ (Devine St): Fast casual nice enough you'd take a date (maybe not on her birthday... although she'd love the place!) Get a free salad, sandwich or 3 tenders with the purchase of a combo meal. Click

Wings and Ale (St. Andrews): Buy one of their mouth-watering sandwiches or burgers and get the 2nd for 1/2 off! Click.

Frayed Knot on Lake Murray (Chapin): 20% off your meals - coupon may be used for multiple guests seated at the same table! Save big on steaks, prime rib, seafood and, well... everything! Click

J Peters (Forest Acres): If you have never tried this place, well, folks you really really should! Excellent food, big portions, reasonable pricing... you'll love it and the free order of croissants with your meal! Click

Le Peep (Downtown): Crepes, waffles, quiches, pancakes, eggs benedict, sandwiches... whatever your pleasure - buy one get 50% off the second of equal or lesser value! Click

Old Mill Brewpub (Lexington): Craft beers brewed onsite along with juicy burgers that make you salivate just thinking about 'em. That's Old Mill Brewpub. Buy one get one 50% off. Click

Sizzle Bacon Eatery (Five Points): BACON. Need we say more? Everything is better with bacon. Enjoy a free beverage of your choice (including well or house liquors and bottled beer) when you purchase an entree! Click

Bourbon : THE whiskey bar and Cajun-Creole restaurant located just steps from the state house. “Bite the Bulleit” for $10! From 2:30 to 5:30, Monday thru Friday, and 4pm – 1am on Sundaysenjoy a Burger, a Beer AND a shot of Bulleit Bourbon for only ten bucks. Dine-in only, of course. Visit their website here!

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Harpeth Rising | UU Coffeehouse

Saturday, February 28, 2015
HARPETH RISING chose to name themselves after a river because water is both dynamic and powerful. These words also describe the music created by the three women – Jordana Greenberg (violin, vocals), Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo, vocals) and Maria Di Meglio (cello, vocals). Unapologetic genre-benders, they fuse Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into a sound that is organically unique. More information here.

Black History Month Film Festival | USC Aiken

Saturday, February 28, 2015
The festival begins at 2pm with the showing of Dear White People and Slavery by Another Name beginning at 5pm. The series is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and a discussion will follow each film. Dear White People is a 2014 American satirical drama film written and directed by Justin Simien. Slavery by Another Name gives voice to the largely forgotten victims and perpetrators of forced labor and features their descendants living today. It was the official selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. More information here.

Julius Daniels Memorial Blues Festival | Denmark SC

Saturday, February 28, 2015
The festival will feature Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues, Chris Ndeti aka "Mama" and Warren Peay. Food items available for purchase. Proceeds go towards building a Bamberg County Museum. More information available here.

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26th Annual Harambee Festival at Benedict College

February 28 - March 1, 2015
This festival is one of the largest college-sponsored in the nation. It is an annual event for the entire family that has plenty of food, music, fun, art, and those hard-to-find merchandise items in the Shopping Village. The KIJIJI Children’s Village will feature scientific experiments, virtual classrooms, educational enrichment, and dance lessons. Other events include bounce houses outside for the children. More information here.

26th Annual Earlewood Classic - Disc Golf

February 28 - March 1, 2015
Love to throw a frisbee? This competition features both an amateur contest and a pro contest (held Mar 7 and 8). The Earlewood Classic is held in Earlewood Park. Register to be a part of the fun! More information is available here.

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Chamber Innovista Concert

Sunday, March 1, 2015
Adding vitality to Innovista's lifestyle component, Chamber Innovista provides a world-class collection of exciting and original chamber music performances to both the emerging creative class living and working in the district and to the entire Columbia community. More info.

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SC Philharmonic's Tasting Notes

Monday, March 2, 2015 | 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Wine and food lovers from throughout the Midlands are opening corks and picking up forks to support the South Carolina Philharmonic Monday, March 2 from 6:30 to 9:30 at the spacious, newly-renovated area of the S.C. State Museum.

For just $75, taste more than 50 high-end wines and River Rat Brewery beers, indulge on epicurean delights from 15 top Midlands restaurants, enjoy live musical entertainment, and so much more. Guests can purchase any of the wines they taste and bid on specialty wines and other items in the fabulous silent auction.
Tickets, restaurant and wine listings, and more at the SC Philharmonic's website.

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Al Black - Open Mic Night | White Rose Artisans Boutique

Tuesday March 3, 2015 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Come hear widely acclaimed Columbia poet Al Black read some of his works, as you're surrounded by an eclectic display of intriguing visual art. Al Black is a northern born southern poet, "I Only Left for Tea," Muddy Ford Press, 2014. He often may be seen hosting Columbia area poetry events and is known to quietly habituate coffee shops hoping to overhear a line to steal for a poem. It happens inside the new, cool, artsy boutique in West Columbia - White Rose Artisans Boutique. 831 Meeting Street, West Columbia. $5 Cover. More at White Rose Facebook page here.

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Comedy Roulette | Art Bar

Tuesday March 3 9:00 pm
Here's your chance, Funnyman! Open Mic Stand-Up Comedy! Local comedians sign up to perform 5 minutes of stand-up with a chance of Improv! More here.

MORE MUSIC

Jillian's
Shag in the Shack: Thursday, February 26, 2015 | LIVE THIS WEEK!!! The Entertainers Band

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Monday, March 2, 2015, 9pm | Hypercolor ~~~ Occupants

Hemingway's Music Pub Irmo
Saturday, February 28, 2015 | Gas Money

Liberty on the Lake Live music every Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 3pm - 7pm!

Old Mill Brewpub Located in the Old Mill in Lexington
Every Tuesday Brewpub Trivia with The Lovely Leslie | 7pm-9pm
Every Wednesday "Team Bingo" | 7pm-9pm
Every Thursday Red Fraley | 7pm-10pm
February 27th Chuck & Brad 8pm-11pm
February 28th Terry B Solo 8pm-11pm

Pearlz Upstairz Above Pearlz Restaurant on Gervais St. Very cool, intimate club.

Tsubaki. Columbia's Only True Karaoke Bar, next to Inakaya on Oneil Court in NE Columbia. Come make your own music! [Specials include $10 buckets of domestic beer, daily specials. Private Karaoke Rooms (for you and your pals to belt those tunes out) available! Open Tuesday - Sunday at 6pm! 224 Oneil Court. (803) 736-7474

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Paths of Destruction: Sherman’s Final Campaign | Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum

Now - March 6, 2016

“Paths of Destruction: Sherman’s Final Campaign” will detail Sherman’s last effort to quell the Confederacy in his army’s march through South Carolina, the state that fired the first shots of the Civil War. This example of total war, with little differentiation between military and private entities, left a lasting impact on the Carolinas and, officially ending April 26, 1865, was one of the final campaigns of the war. Artifacts include Union and Confederate weapons and accoutrements, ammunition, POW pieces, uniforms, excavated relics from locations along Sherman’s path, and flags. Highlights of the exhibit are a life-size diorama depicting Columbia after the burning, audio segments of first-person accounts during the campaign, and a pre-and-post burned Columbia interactive map. Visit the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum's website for details.

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Sugar (Some Like It Hot) | Town Theatre

March 6 - 21, 2015
A classic comes to life on Town Theatre's stage as they adapt the hilarious Some Like It Hot into an equally funny madcap musical. Follow the story of Joe and Jerry, two musicians who witness a mob hit in Chicago and have to make a break for it. The only way to escape, however, is to shave their legs, put on wigs and join an all-female band heading for Miami. Here they meet Sugar, the gorgeous lead singer, and the antics ensue. Find more information on this fabulously funny musical by heading to Town Theatre's website. Or, grab your tickets by calling the box office at 803.799.2510.

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River Rat Brewery One Year Anniversary Party

Saturday, March 7, 2015 | 2pm - 10pm
River Rat is celebrating their year of being open by throwing a major party for everyone who has supported them! There will be great music, amazing beers like Lost port Porter, Twisted Lemon Wheat Ale and many more, and, of course, fantastic live music. There will be performances by Death of Paris, Signs of Iris, The High Divers and many more! Come out to support River Rat as they hit one year old and remember to always Drink Local. More information is available on their facebook page.

All Access Columbia

Saturday March 7, 2015 8:30am - 1:30pm

Join the City of Columbia as they present an educational program that addresses 3 areas of bettering our community with a Neighborhood Leadership Summit, your finances (Bank on Columbia) and homeownership (owning, maintaining and gardening). Held at the Alcorn Middle School at 5125 Fairfield Road. More at the City's website.

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Charlie Wilson | Colonial Life Arena

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Charlie Wilson is bringing his Forever Charlie Tour to the Colonial Life Arena! Get your tickets now to see the man who won the BET Lifetime Achievement Award and fronted for the famous Gap Band. He's been nominated for nine Grammy awards and three NAACP Image Awards and has received numerous others. Come watch Charlie rock the house with Kem Joe, it's a show you don't want to miss! Tickets are available here!

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Journey and Steve Miller Band | Colonial Life Arena

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Journey and Steve Miller Band are coming to Columbia to rock the Midlands! These quintessential bands are the backbone of 70s and 80s rock and continue to be musical powerhouses to this day! With hits like Don't Stop Believin', Faithfully, Cryin' Now, The Joker, Space Cowboy, Take the Money and Run and so, so, so many more great classics, these are two bands you can't miss if you love classic rock. Head to the Colonial Life Arena and relive the Golden Days. Get tickets here.

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A Taste of Lake Murray

Thursday, March 19, 2015 | 6:30pm
As the sole fundraiser for the annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration, A Taste of Lake Murray is what keeps the Boat Parade and several fireworks shows a float. This event is heck of a party with food from 14 area restaurants--like Bistro on the Boulevard, All-Star Pizza Company, Alodia's, Rusty Anchor and so many more--to sample along with great beer, wine and specialty drinks. And don't think it's just about the food, The American Flyers Show Band--who performed at the Superbowl and World Series--will be providing entertainment for the party! So get your ticket right here, it includes entry to the event, food, and drinks.

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20th Annual Wingfest | Hilton Head Island

Friday, March 20 - Saturday, March 21, 2015
Hilton Head Island's Wingfest returns for its 20th year bringing with it a weekend of family fun, live entertainment like Sara Burns & Taylor Kent, Liquid Ginger, and Deas Guys, and, of course, delicious, juicy wings--more than 6,000 pounds! This years Wingfest is located at Shelter Cove Community Park and promises to be full of great fun and amazing food. Get your tickets now and be apart of this amazing festival! More information is available here.

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USA BMX Carolina Nationals & USA Cycling National BMX Championships

USA BMX Carolina Nationals: Mar. 20-22, 2015
USA Cycling National BMX Championships: Mar. 21, 2015

Rock Hill’s Novant Health BMX Supercross Track will host some exciting races in March! The Carolina Nationals is part of the USA BMX National tour and will serve as a USA BMX Pro
Series race where top pros and elite Olympic hopefuls will be in attendance. This 3-day event is expected to bring over 1,000 competitors from across the country as riders earn valuable USA BMX National points. Day 2 of the Carolina Nationals will also serve as the USA Cycling National BMX Championship where riders will compete to be crowned “National Champion.” Participants in this event will be eligible to qualify for a spot on Team USA for the 2015 UCI BMX World Championships. Stay tuned for more details on this exciting March weekend.

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The 83rd Annual Carolina Cup

Saturday, March 28, 2015
The 83rd Annual Carolina Cup is THE quintessential spring event. The call of the bugle, the warm sunshine, the thundering hooves, the brilliant fashion all around you! The Carolina Cup brings people from states away to come watch the horses and jockeys try to take home the prize! Come enjoy the first inklings of spring with beautiful people, beautiful animals, and the thrill of a day at the races. Get your tickets and more information here.

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US Quidditch World Cup

April 11-12, 2015 in Rock Hill, SC
Brooms Up! The eighth annual US Quidditch World Cup is coming to Rock Hill's Manchester Meadows sports complex this April 11-12, 2015. 80 teams and over 1,600 players from around North America will be competing in a real-life, co-ed, full-contact adaptation of the game of quidditch from the Harry Potter novels. Games will run from dawn to dusk both days on 10 fields simultaneously, with entertainment, bands, food, vendors, costumed fans, and more! Tickets go on sale soon! Become a fan of the event on facebook to learn more and be the first to know when tickets are available. This event is supported and organized by US Quidditch, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the City of Rock Hill Parks Recreation & Tourism, and Visit York County.

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