Martinez in Columbia County ranked #21 on Cash’s 50 Greatest Locations to Dwell

First Evans, now Martinez.

For the second year in a row, a Columbia County township was named Money magazine’s Top 50 list of places to live in the United States.

Among the cities and towns with a population of 25,000 to 500,000, Martinez was ranked 21st on the publication’s 35th annual list.

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“Things are going well in Columbia County, and that’s putting Martinez back in the spotlight,” said Kerry Bridges, chairman of the board of directors for Columbia County’s Development Agency.

“We’re excited to have Martinez named one of the best places to live in the United States,” said Doug Duncan, chairman of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners. “It’s not just a testament to just how successful Columbia County is, it’s the entire Augusta region.”

In 2020, Evans took first place on the list.

According to Money, the rankings are based on “nearly 100 different metrics,” which include data that falls into nine categories – cost of living; economic opportunity; Diversity; Education; “Fun” (or convenience); Health and safety; Real estate market; Income and personal finances; and quality of life.

Evans didn’t make the list this year because the list’s editors and researchers disqualified last year’s top five churches in an effort to “keep the list interesting” in 2021. In addition, winners were limited to one per county and three per state.

Two other Georgia cities, both in suburbs of Atlanta, made the list – Peachtree City at number 24 and Woodstock at number 31.

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It’s not uncommon for the same county on the money list to spawn a top 50 community in recent years. This year, 21 counties in addition to Columbia County completed the feat.

It is also not the first time that the unincorporated communities have been highlighted in the magazine. When Money curated a top 100 list of the best communities, Evans was ranked 32nd in 2005 and Martinez ranked 76th in 2007.

When describing Martinez, the magazine highlighted many outdoor recreational spots like the Savannah River and several trails for hikers, joggers, and cyclists.

“Aside from its extensive outdoor offerings, Martinez is among the top 5 for economic growth opportunities among the 1,200+ locations we considered for our list this year,” the magazine wrote in its new issue. “Of the 50 positions that have made it, it is No. 6 for job creation in the (past) five years. The suburb also had the third lowest unemployment rate of any city on our list in June at just 3%, well below the 5.9% for the country as a whole. ”

The magazine also cited Fort Gordon’s U.S. Army Cyber ​​Command and Columbia County’s new Amazon facility as evidence of Martinez’s growth potential.

According to the numbers

Columbia County’s Martinez Ward, as reported by Money magazine:

Population: 37,997

Median household income: $ 82,027

Median house price: $ 180,712

Unemployment rate: 2.6%

Columbia Metropolis Council considers concepts for American Rescue Plan cash


Columbia City Council pondered how to spend $ 25 million received from the federal government.

The discussion came as the council prepares to vote on its budget for fiscal year 22. Funds from the American Rescue Plan make up a small percentage of the money the council must garner, but many have urged the council to invest in areas it frequently does not invest in while fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

The council discussed how to use the money to fight homelessness in the city. Citizens’ surveys have shown that housing construction is a priority for consideration. The draft plan prepared by city officials for ARPA funding shows that $ 3 million will be spent on this issue. The Voluntary Action Center has asked for ARPA funds to help with its Opportunity Campus for people affected by homelessness, including shelter. The group said it would take $ 5 million to get it established.

The council members discussed how best to use this money. Mayor Brian Treece said $ 3 million could be too expensive. He said the city needs to ensure that whatever it has spent money on produces results in solving the problem.

“I think there are some unique needs that I think the city should be a partner on,” said Treece. “And I think the county has to be a partner and I think the private sector has to be a partner.”

First ward councilwoman Pat Fowler said the city needs to spend enough money to make the program in which it has invested successful. So did other urban ARPA investment ideas, including mental health services and community violence prevention.

“Now if we put extra strain on a nameless person to make all of these connections and bring all of these things together, the chances are they’ll fall apart,” said Fowler.

City Manager John Glascock revealed his plan for spending at a news conference on July 29th. The $ 474 million budget includes a 3 percent raise for all employees and the creation of 38 new jobs in the city. The government is still cutting back on staff cuts that were cut in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Glascock said the city is in “good financial condition” and expects to raise $ 443 million for the fiscal year beginning October 1.

The Council held its first public hearing on the budget on August 16. He will hold two more hearings, scheduled for September 7th and September 20th, before possibly voting on September 20th.

The health department also asked for more money to keep some temporary positions. Deputy Director Scott Clardy said the department must hire investigators on the case to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic because of the recent surge caused by the Delta variant. Clardy said the $ 1.2 million needed would also be paid for through grants and the county.

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“Summer of the Soul”

“Rewrite history”? No. “To the right story.” That is the mission of the trailer for “Summer of Soul”, the new documentary film directed by Questlove, roots drummer and all-round music expert. The theme is the Harlem Cultural Festival, the festival of black culture and music, at which Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, BB King, Sly and the Family Stone and many others performed and which is often frustratingly reduced to the “Black Woodstock” because it also took place in the summer of ’69. That corrective intent and focus on black creativity make it a perfect match for The Luminal Theater, a nomadic cinema project based in Colombia that seeks to highlight films and other media out of the black African diaspora. This week Luminal is hosting a free preview of the documentary coming to Hulu on July 2nd. The screening on June 25th will take place at 7pm in the Spotlight Cinemas Capital 8. More information at JORDAN LAWRENCE

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Trampled by turtles, Tedeschi Trucks

Right now there are only two Cola concerts on the Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center before September, but they are significant. Future Trampled by Turtles front man Dave Simonetti was a rock ‘n’ roller until someone stole all of his electrical equipment. He switched to acoustic instruments and founded the bluegrass juggernaut Trampled by Turtles, which put his team together from other newcomers in the genre. The result is a crack acoustic crew that plays with the frenetic speed and firepower of a hard rock crew. Led by married guitarists Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, the Tedeschi Trucks Band mixes southern soul, gospel, funk and rock and is reminiscent of the roots rockers Delaney and Bonnie of the 60s. On the Tedeschi Trucks Fireside Live Tour, the duo of the same name closes this year’s COVID spring in a reduced way. Trampled by Turtles will be accompanied by Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country Club for a concert on June 24th starting at 7pm. The Tedeschi Trucks show on June 26th also starts at 7 p.m. at least four due to the socially distant seating bays of the venue. Learn more at PAT MORAN


“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”

Long-time Free Times theater critic August Krickel loved Katrina Garvin as jazz legend Billie Holiday in the Trustus Theater’s first live production since the COVID-19 shutdown. “‘Lady Day’ is first and foremost an opportunity for a star performance by a talented singer who recreates a club appearance of a long-forgotten icon for a modern audience,” he announced in his review. Fortunately for you, this week presents unexpected chances to see the show as Trustus has extended it to June 26th. Tickets cost between $ 30 and $ 35. Go to For more information. JORDAN LAWRENCE

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A midsummer night swing

Columbia is a city of embarrassing fortunes when it comes to its jazz scene, and one of its real treasures is composer and musician Dick Goodwin. The longtime University of South Carolina music professor with a diverse and eclectic experience brings his longtime Carolina Jazz Society outfit to the Koger Center for a (late) “summer solstice jazz event” that brings the best and brightest of traditional swing melodies in the lobby of the performance hall on June 27th. Tickets are $ 18. Doors open from 7 p.m. For more information see KYLE PETERSEN


Darby & Saul in the round

What we have here is kind of the best of both worlds. Greenville singer-songwriter Darby Wilcox teams up with Saul Seibert of Columbia swamp punk band Boo Hag for an acoustic gig at the Curiosity Coffee Bar. Wilcox started out folk style but has added some country twang and serious attitude over the years, and Seibert has shown that he is a versatile writer who can sculpt his songs into any style. It should be fascinating to see the similarities and contrasts between the two performers, especially in the song trading format promised here. All of this makes it a good first concert for Curiosity as the COVID-19 pandemic continues its slow exit. The June 24 show starts at 7 p.m. and costs $ 10. More information is available at curious coffee VINCENT HARRIS


Deray Davis

Comedian Deray Davis has starred in movies and television, voiced his voice on Kanye West albums, and is also the older brother of R&B singer Steph Jones. He’s perhaps more known for his sideline occupations than his comedies, and that’s a crime. His stand-up weaves deeply personal routines about race, poverty, growing up on Chicago’s Southside projects, and speaking the truth to power. He’s at the Comedy House June 25-27. Tickets are $ 30. Learn more at PAT MORAN



Cracker frontman David Lowery previously founded old rocker Camper Van Beethoven and lectures on music business at the University of Georgia in Athens. In this final guise, he rattled the music industry’s cages and used streaming services to pay pathetic royalties to musicians. He’s still going strong with Cracker’s tenth studio album, Berkeley to Bakersfield, a collision between The Flamin ‘Groovies and Merle Haggard. The band will be in the Senate on June 25th. The show starts at 8 p.m. and costs between $ 25 and $ 29. More information at PAT MORAN


Rose Hotel, Rex darling

So you screwed up and ran out of tickets to the sold out SUSTO Rogue Acoustic show at the New Brookland Tavern on the 26th core of the quirky Charleston folk-rock band while clad in Castro-esque military attire? Well, you can at least see the opening act – Rose Hotel, the lo-fi and leisurely-emotional songwriting project of Jordan Reynolds from Atlanta. She plays the same day at 3 p.m. in Scratch N ‘Spin, along with local band Rex Darling, who turn indie rock upside down by basing it on the classic guitar-studded lounge stylings of the core duo Catherine Hunsinger and John Vail. The in-store concert is free to attend – and if you’re lucky, you can even win the free SUSTO tickets, which are among the prizes offered by Scratch N ‘Spin. For more information, see JORDAN LAWRENCE


Let’s Talk Race: A conversation with GB Tran

The Richland Library continues to present itself as a living response to culture at the national and local level, with its events amid the current (ongoing?) Strained racial dynamics of America. The latest is a conversation with acclaimed author GB Tran, who was born in South Carolina in 1976, a year after his parents fled Vietnam. His best-known book, the graphic memoir “Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey”, takes up this story. His virtual visit to the Richland Library will be on June 27th at 3pm. Further information and registration at JORDAN LAWRENCE

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Violent life Violent death

With each of their four EPs, Charlotte’s Violent Life Violent Death have further refined their atmospheric metalcore with a strong impact. VLVD make comparisons with acts like Converge and Integrity, using atmosphere and structural nuances to fuel their tense riffs and guttural howls. “Roseblade” from 2020’s “The Color of Bone” has a driving mid-tempo throbbing, while it alternates between chugging hardcore riffs and a devastating atmosphere. The band hit the headlines at New Brookland Tavern on June 27th, with support from Backslide, Circle Back and Severed by Dawn. The show starts at 7 p.m. and costs between $ 8 and $ 12. For more information, see BRYAN C. REED


Nashville nights

This first edition of the Nashville Nights summer series at Steel Hands Brewing, hosted by Michael Haney, features singer-songwriters Chris Canterbury and Zack Logan. Canterbury is a troubadour in the folk song tradition, a performer whose songs feature lonely hearts, liquor stores, truck stops, low rent motels, and the crooks and passers-by who visit them. Logan is more ironic, cynical, based on Townes Van Zandt and John Prine and adds snappy humor to his music. Showtime on June 25th is 6:30 PM and is free. visit For more information. VINCENT HARRIS

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Babe Club, A la Mids

At what may be the New Brookland Tavern’s biggest show since COVID-19, three groups show the power of their singers. Charleston’s Babe Club delivers indie pop with a charismatic touch and a mischievous sneer, with singer Jenna Desmond splitting the difference with sovereign verve. Columbia’s Rex Darling brings a similar instrumental clarity to songs that tend more towards chamber music intimacy, a perfect complement to Catherine Hunsinger’s expressive and sonorous voice. In between, the local vocal supergroup A La Mids Hunsinger unites with Cayla Fralick and Stagbriars Emily McCollum and underlines their radiant harmonies. Jody Jackson opens the 7pm concert on June 10th. Admission is $ 12 ($ 8 upfront). Learn more at JORDAN LAWRENCE


Main Street Caribbean Festival

Summer is here and it’s time to feel the heat at the Main Street Caribbean Festival, a three-day event designed to be a feast for the senses. The theme is “Music, Food & Culture” and you get the best of all three, with music by J’ouvert (10pm, June 11th at Dance South), Block Party (midday, June 12th at Main Street Block Party ) and Punch’d (noon on June 13th at Robert Mills House and Gardens). There will also be handicrafts and more food than any reasonable person could ever ask for. The event, hosted by the South Carolina Carnival, was created to pay tribute to Caribbean Heritage Month. Tickets cost between $ 20 and $ 55. The Main Street Party is free. For more information, see VINCENT HARRIS

The SC Jazz Masterworks Ensemble brings dynamic rising star Veronica Swift to the Irmo concert


Doo Doo brown

As a rapper, actor and film producer as well as a comedian, Brown first asserted himself as one of P. Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy. Although a near-death experience at a concert in the 1990s led Brown to religion, he has not dulled his confrontational style. Brown attacks the audience, rocking them on their heels before lightening the mood with keen observations on black manhood. He will perform at Comedy House on June 11th and 12th, with show times at 7pm and 9pm on both evenings. Tickets are $ 10. For more information, see PAT MORAN


1 or 2 sessions LIVE

On June 11th, we invite you to join us for 1 or 2 sessions LIVE outside at the Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens. 12 of the local performers we highlighted in our socially distant performance video series give you the opportunity to play short sets and allow you to see them live and in person. The line-up includes different shades of spoken word (Tammaka Staley), hip-hop (LaLisa, H3RO), jazz (Dante Lewis, Amos Hoffman), pop and R&B (Ara-V, Katera, Brien), folk and country ( THE Dubber.). , Admiral Radio) and Rock (Dear Blanca, Boo Hag). And another artist in the “1 or 2” series, DJ Preach Jacobs, will provide movement between the sets. The concert is free, the gates open at 4 p.m. and music starts at 5 p.m. We would like to thank our partners One Columbia, Richland Library and SceneSC for their help with the implementation of the series – and this live event. For more details, see JORDAN LAWRENCE

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Story time in the garden

So it’s Saturday afternoon and you have to get the kids out of the house; You need a family friendly activity, pronto. Why not take the little ones to Storytime in the Garden at the Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens? Presented by the Richland Library, the event features fun stories, songs, and activities and is free. The story time starts on June 10th at 2 p.m. and a mask is compulsory from 3 years of age. Registration is also required and you will need a blanket or lounge chairs for outdoor seating. visit For more information. VINCENT HARRIS


Record store day 2021 part 1

West Columbia’s record and comic oasis, Scratch N ‘Spin, is celebrating the latest RSD drop – where Record Store Day broke its list of promotional releases for indie stores to encourage pandemic shopping – by inviting two promising heavy bands from South Carolina for In-Save performances. Columbia instrumental group FireNest adds wet intensity to riff-laden jams that suggest Pelican, and while the arrangements aren’t as invigorating as this eternal powerhouse, the local crew has an foreboding and captivating vibe that could turn into something really special. Splitting membership between the states of Palmetto and Tar Heel, Shun arrives a bit more complete, blending mathematical melodies with pounding rhythms infused with Southern Metal. The free show starts on June 12th at 12:30 pm. Scratch N ‘Spin is open for shopping from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Go to to find out more. JORDAN LAWRENCE


Antiques and more galore

North Main’s vendor-and-art venture NOMA Warehouse features Antiques and More Galore, a steady stream of entertaining programming aimed at providing shoppers with vintage, antiques, collectibles and various curios, while also having live music and a classic car show to offer outdoors. If you haven’t visited the place yet, the adaptable space is well worth a visit and return there. The event lasts on June 13th from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, see KYLE PETERSEN


Concerto for two pianos

Inspired by the sound of a Balinese gamelan, Poulenc’s “Concerto for Two Pianos” challenges the best keyboard players. At the season finale of the South Carolina Philharmonic, Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers play Poulenc’s magnum opus. Jessica Zhang, winner of the first prize at the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition 2019, will play Mendelssohn’s concert no.1. The concert, the prelude to the Southeastern Piano Festival, begins on June 12 at 6 p.m. in the Koger Center. Tickets cost between $ 20 and $ 55. Go to PAT MORAN

New Columbia Music Club in a building owned by a downtown church


Opus and the frequencies

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: there’s a vaguely contentious, undeniably melodic pop-rock quartet of USC alumni ready to take the world by storm, that of a genre-flowing black front man with enviable singing talent. Sure, it would be hard to catch lightning in a bottle twice, but Hootie & the Blowfish never brought Bruno Mars level of pop-funk perfections like Opus and the Frequencies “FAM” to the market at 9pm. Tickets are $ 10. More information is available at KYLE PETERSEN


“Twilight Zone 2020”

Columbia artist Thomas Crouch’s latest exhibit, recently extended to June 26 in Tapp’s Outpost, comes out of quarantine to respond to pressing issues – the American police state and immigration policy, different responses to the (hopefully) lessening Pandemic. His captivating style overlays various colors and symbols – for example, he captures animals in architecture to comment on the environmental impact on humanity. A reception with the artist will take place on June 18 at 6 p.m. More information at JORDAN LAWRENCE

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“BROADWAY: Limited Exposure”

After a brief restart last autumn, the oldest continuously operated community theater in the country is back in operation. And it will deal directly with the COVID-19 pandemic, not just in their safety logs, but also in the on-stage footage as the cabaret production “BROADWAY: Limited Exposure” tries to give the pandemic we are having a “unique perspective.” “To give in the past year … remember with humor and song some of the realities of life in the time of COVID and even have a little fun with them. Masks are required at all times in the building, for example. Tickets cost between $ 15 and $ 25. The show runs April 16-18 with virtual streaming options. Learn more at JORDAN LAWRENCE


Saluda Shoals Jazz Series / Drive-In Music Night

The blooming spring weather and the waning, but still lingering, concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic make this a wonderful time to enjoy jazz outdoors. This week presents two attractive options. Les Flat Out Strangers bring their fast and dynamic gypsy jazz vibe to the Saluda Shoals Jazz Series on April 16 and play on the deck in Riverside Park. Admission to the show at 7 p.m. is $ 10. Beer and wine can be bought. Learn more at The Harbison Theater also has an outside jazz option this week as it is bringing back its Drive-In Music Nights with the Dick Goodwin Quintet and Kristi Hood on April 17th, which should satisfy those looking to be more old-school big-band Look for vibes. Tickets cost between $ 30 and $ 50 per parking space for the 6 p.m. concert. Masks are required when purchasing concessions (including groceries from the Hippie Chicks truck). More information at JORDAN LAWRENCE


Rock the block / beat on the brats

If you want to listen to rock and roll outdoors, there are two great options too. In Rock the Block of the Trustus Theater you will find three bands with a female front – the staunchly mocking old-school punks Brandy and The Butcher, the Crazy Horse-oriented post-Liz Phair indie / classic rock band Paisley and the Birdwalkers, the cunning ones and the garage duo Pinky Doodle Poodle from Athens on Japan – play for a good cause: make sure that the adventurous professional theater group recovers from their pandemic problems. The April 17th concert starts at 4 p.m. and costs $ 10. For more information, see At Granby Grill’s Beat on the Brats, also on April 17th, the cast will feature five acts of Wombat Junction (who filters 90s indie rock through a Rootsier lens) and Harry & the Hootenannies (who have different inflections from Prog to Folk) deserve their claim: “We don’t believe in ‘Genre’. We only believe in Hoots”). The event is also a stop on the spring tour of the local brewery Bierkeller Columbia through various locations in the Midlands with a beer garden where you can enjoy the always refreshing German lagers. Granby Grill offers brats and pretzels. The event takes place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is free. Learn more at JORDAN LAWRENCE


“Beatles the Ballet”

Imagine turning your fingers on “Fool on the Hill” or a Petit Jeté on “Paperback Writer”. Columbia City Ballet is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a multimedia ballet on the theme of the 1960s. Art director William Starrett’s 40-song concept traces the Beatles’ careers and the cultural and social impact of their music. Tickets range from $ 15 to $ 52. The performances will take place on April 17th at 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. In addition to other safety precautions for COVID-19, masks are required at all times in the Koger Center. visit For more information. PAT MORAN

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The first NoMa flea

Located next to Indah Coffee in the Cottontown neighborhood, the new NoMA warehouse is an artistic space full of possibilities. The first NoMa flea tonight is a good opportunity to test these possibilities out. Local artists, sellers and manufacturers of all kinds sell their various goods from 6 p.m. While it sounds like they are testing the water with this event, the openness of the space and surroundings give it a sense of burgeoning potential. Learn more at Kyle Petererson


Friday night gardening

In conjunction with its ongoing exhibition, Art Blossoms, which showcases the art of flower designers and gardening clubs, the Columbia Museum is hosting its Friday Night HortiCULTURE event on April 16. The 2017 documentary will be shown at Boyd Plaza. Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf ”on the Dutch garden designer tituarl as well as a lecture by Keith Mearns, the director of historical Colombia, and the landscape architect, artist and horticulturist Dave Robbins for“ a botanically motivated conversation ”. The talk starts at 7:00 p.m., followed by the film at sunset. $ 35 tickets include entry to the CMA galleries. For more information, see JORDAN LAWRENCE


Oyster Roast & Music Festival

If you’ve ever thought that there weren’t enough oysters, live music AND causes going on here, you’re in luck. The Oyster and Music Festival, which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year campaign, scratches all three of those itches at once, featuring performances by Lefty at Washout, BC and Friends, the Herbie Jeffcoat Project, Civil Remedy and Rut Spence as well as ice cold beer and all the steamed oysters that you can peel. This mothershucker starts on April 16 at 6 p.m. and tickets are $ 50. Further information is available at VINCENT HARRIS

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“The Marijuana Conspiracy”

Get high, get paid and don’t get broken. What could go wrong? In this drama, based on events that took place in 1972, five young women take part in a study of the effects of marijuana on women. Problems arise in the city when women perform better on assigned tasks after smoking. This is not the result that the study’s sponsors would like. The film is available until April 16 in the Virtual Screening Room of the Nickelodeon Theater. Access over $ 12 PAT MORAN


CMA Chamber Music on the Main

The virtual version of the Columbia Museum of Art’s Chamber Music On Main concert series, broadcast live from the museum, continues. Artistic director and pianist Andrew Armstrong welcomes Demarre McGill on flute, Valerie Muzzolini on harp and Ani Aznavoorian on cello. The program includes arrangements by Kernis, Fauré, Falla, Jongen, Saint-Saëns and Poulenc. Tickets are $ 5 for students, $ 35 for members, and $ 42 for non-members. After purchase, ticket buyers will receive an email with a Vimeo link to the performance on April 19th. to reserve your tickets. VINCENT HARRIS

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The Frame x Frame Film Club will discuss “The Watermelon Woman” on March 10th.


Frame x Frame: “The Watermelon Woman”

Former employees of the Nickelodeon Theater, of which the Frame x Frame Film Club is a part, continue their efforts to “amplify voices historically oppressed and marginalized in the Midlands of South Carolina and beyond,” according to their website, with one another film discussion week. This time the selections are “The Watermelon Woman,” a 1996 film that follows “Cheryl, played by (director Cheryl) Dunye trying to make a documentary about Faye Richards, better known as Watermelon Woman: a gay , black actress from the 1930s whose role as mother and housemaid did not do justice to her elusive and complex life. “The film is free to watch on Kanopy (accessed with a Richland Library badge) and you can join the virtual discussion on March 10th at 6pm on JORDAN LAWRENCE


USC Virtual Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Wikipedia’s gender dysfunction is well documented. The website contains fewer and fewer articles about women, and less than 10 percent of contributors identify as female. Art + Feminism is committed to bridging the gender information gap with a three-day event dedicated to engaging a greater number of Wikipedia authors, improving articles about women, and promoting underrepresented people and topics. When information is skewed and misrepresented, stories become skewed and the story turns out to be unreliable. Find out how to participate between March 8th and 10th at PAT MORAN

What is the social responsibility of social media influencers?


Vilai Harrington Duo

Backcountry singer-songwriter Vilai Harrington specializes in a plaintive brand of roots music that ripples and glides through folk traditions while maintaining a subtle but distinctive foot in the modern age. Though he wasn’t quite as retro-oriented as the Old Crow Medicine Show or strict like Mandolin Orange, for example, he would find happy company tucked between the two on a streaming playlist or an Americana radio. Harrington and company will play at 5pm on March 4th More information about the free outdoor concert. Kyle Petererson


“Test pattern”

The insane roadblocks that the protagonists encounter in Shatara Michelle Ford’s electrifying directorial debut may seem like a bureaucratic Kafkaesque nightmare, but they’re all too real. After Renesha, a black woman, is sexually assaulted, her white friend Evan drives her from hospital to hospital in search of help and justice. Instead, they are discovering that race and gender are disadvantages, while help from health care and policing is a demoralizing illusion. The film is available from March 3rd to 5th in the Virtual Screening Room of the Nickelodeon Theater PAT MORAN

Go out

Picnic in the statehouse

Hallelujah, March is here. And this will soon be followed by those blissful weeks in which the weather in Colombia is neither too cold nor, as is often the case, too unbearably hot. Celebrate by grabbing a blanket and enjoying a picnic in the beautifully landscaped grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse. Grab a sandwich (Beezers, Drip on Main, and Swanson’s Deli all have great options) or maybe something spicier from Family Fresh Mex and sit back. Columbi-yes. (If you feel the need to flash a finger or two at Ben Tillman’s statue while you’re there, so be it.) JORDAN LAWRENCE


Harvest dinner in March

Speaking of nice weather, it should be a good night for one of F2T Productions’ popular harvest dinners. This month’s edition, slated for March 8, highlights new Black Rooster chef Alex Strickland, who is in with his rotating ramen special and other fun creative flourishes that stretch without the restaurant’s Franco-Mediterranean vibe Affecting West Columbia has attracted attention. Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. meal (using COVID-19 logs) are $ 85. For more information, see JORDAN LAWRENCE

Columbia City Ballet brings back the ambitious original production in all its glory


Film in the Park: “Peter Rabbit”

OK, another post in the hope of better weather. How about packing up the family, walking to a nice, spacious park and watching a fun outdoor family movie screening? While I can’t vouch for the quality of the film (“Peter Rabbit” has a 63 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so you’re probably okay), I can recommend Doko Meadows Park in Blythewood as a lovely place to go Lean back lawn and look at a screen. The free event starts on March 5th at 6:30 p.m. Non-perishable food donations for the Christian Assistance Bridge are welcome. For more information, see JORDAN LAWRENCE


LIVEstream: Drew Medlin

Jazz guitarist Drew Medlin is the newest FeatureD artist in ColaJazz’s LIVEstream series – and like many of the seasoned players on the town’s scene, he can slice it up in a variety of ways. His last appearance in November featured a swinging and funky quintet with a trombone and a saxophonist sharing the solos. This week’s iteration is bound to be something different, so all you have to do is tune in to catch the mood. The free stream starts on March 10th at 8 p.m. Kyle Petererson

Columbia bars and leisure venues open up as COVID-19 numbers go down | COVID-19

COLOMBIA – Willie’s Bar and The Blue Note are two local businesses that will reopen this weekend as COVID-19 case numbers continue to decline in Boone County.

Boone County saw that lowest number of active cases since July 31, almost two weeks ago on February 15. The health department reported 33 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. By doing last 24 hoursThe county also reported 29 hospital admissions, one of the lowest since the pandemic began.

The reopening comes two weeks after the city of Columbia changed health orderThe Columbia / Boone County’s Public Health and Human Services spokesperson stated that for many businesses that are reopening, health regulations are a factor that allows bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues to open until midnight rather than 10:30 PM stay.

“We think this was a good change in the new health regime as it gives local businesses more flexibility to serve their customers,” said Humm. “We care about the safety and well-being of the community, but we also want to make sure we support our local businesses.”

Willie’s announced on his Instagram on Monday that the bar will reopen on Thursday with safety and health measures. The company uses the Line Leap Tickets app, which allows people to reserve in advance.

“This app enables us to make table reservations in time windows of 2 to 3 hours,” says the Instagram post. “That way we can deliver a great experience that limits a large number of customers waiting to enter.”

The Blue Note is another entertainment venue reopening this weekend with COVID-19 cases declining in Boone County. The music venue will restart its concert series on Friday.

To ensure social distance, The Blue Note is Operating with limited capacity and requires wearing a mask at all times. Willie’s & Fieldhouse Bar operate on similar guidelines. Humm said that in order to reopen, companies would have to submit a plan to the city of Columbia.

“We want our stores to reopen, but we want to do it safely to protect our community,” said Humm. “Companies will go through an approval process so we can make sure they are working safely.”

With nearly 14% of Boone County vaccinated against COVID-19 and the number of positive cases remaining low, Humm explained that health and safety precautions are still important, although we may slowly be nearing the end of the pandemic.

“It’s really encouraging because we’re seeing this combination of lower COVID-19 numbers staying low and more people getting vaccinated in our community,” Humm said. “It feels a little like the light at the end of the tunnel, but we still want to emphasize that we are not out of this pandemic yet.”

KOMU 8 has the latest COVID-19 numbers and vaccination information for middle Missouri.

To-Do Checklist: Socially distanced Columbia arts and leisure picks (Feb. 17-24) | Arts


Alarm sounds: video chat variations

With innovative recordings and performances that have been praised for their exuberance, virtuosity and nonchalance, the 20-piece Alarm Will Sound Orchestra has set the bar for risky approaches to contemporary classical music. The ensemble has explored works that range from minimalism by Steve Reich to ambient techno by Aphex Twin. Orchestra members will virtually collaborate with music students at the University of South Carolina on this live broadcast. The presentation concludes the 2020-21 COVID-adapted season from the school’s dependably award-winning Southern Music Exposure New Music series (overseen by Alarm Will Sound member Michael Harley) as Terry and Gyan Riley’s final live performance due to the ongoing pandemic was canceled. The free presentation on February 19 can be viewed at 7:30 p.m. on the USC School of Music’s YouTube page. Learn more at PAT MORAN

[Update: The Terry and Gyan Riley concert has been replaced with an outdoor concert at the Cooper Library featuring USC faculty and students on April 16.]


“Bad Girls”

The local filmmaker Christopher Bickel provides the low-budget thrill with the follow-up to his 2017 film “The Theta Girl”. Made for the price of a decent used car, Bad Girls follows a trio of ladies who live up to the title as they drive around the country in various cool cars, killing the crap of some hideous and creepy dudes. It’s a whirlwind of subversive grind house thrills and overwhelming psychedelic craziness – and a bevy of fun local locales and cameos for die-hard soda burgers to enjoy. The film is currently available through Take a look back at for a deeper look at the project. JORDAN LAWRENCE

The Columbia exhibit offers visual appeal and food for thought


2021 Lexington Chili Cookoff

Yes, the Lexington Chili Cookoff 2021 at the Icehouse Amphitheater is subtitled “and Music Fest,” but we know what you want. You want the chili, all the chili, and nothing but the chili. This is what Lexington County Blowfish, the Old Mill Brewpub and the City of Lexington have to offer on Sunday from 12 noon to 5 pm: Different teams cook the hottest and tastiest chilli to warm your stomach. Masks are required except when eating, and vendors are two meters away. Visit for ticket information. VINCENT HARRIS


Uptown Hip-Hop Throwdown: NY Edition

The Curiosity Coffee Bar hosts an uptown hip-hop throwdown series every last Wednesday of the month that focuses on matching music, food, vendors, and more in the typical progressive DIY style of the Community Hub. In the opening salvo, DJ Kingpin VOV exclusively plays New York hip-hop with Brooklyn beer on tap and NY-inspired food from chef Hector Sanchez. Vintage vendors, shoes and live screen printing complete the offer. The event will take place on February 24th from 5pm to 8pm in the front parking lot. Kyle Petererson


Carnival at the Granby Grill

This year, there will be no tiered chaos on Fat (Saturday) day at City Roots Farm as the Mardi Gras Columbia Festival avoids the spread of COVID-19. But those starving for a smaller party can still solve their problems. Especially if they also long for live punk rock. Longshot Odds, Soda City Riot, Ghetto Blaster, Brandy and the Butcher, and Les Merry Chevaliers will range from genuinely pissed off to cheerfully disrespectful on the patio in front of the Granby Grill. The celebrations begin at 12 noon. Les Merry Chevaliers closes at 5:00 p.m. The event is free and beer and groceries are available for purchase. Learn more at JORDAN LAWRENCE


Alzheimer’s Association Live Stream Benefit

Some of the region’s best musicians will team up on Sunday for the Alzheimer’s Association Live Benefit, a Facebook Live performance with 15-minute live and recorded sets. The meat and potato rockers Pharaohs In Space, the acoustic daredevils Boomtown Trio, the no-BS punk rockers Soda City Riot, the veteran Palmetto State chanteuse Danielle Howle and the folk rockers of the Chris Compton Band will perform live. stripped-down appearances by Sam Scollon and Robert Drew, Russell Goodman and Carolyn Wadkins, Don Merckle and Josh McGill. The service begins on February 21st at 4:00 p.m. via the COLA MUSIC CARES Facebook page with a link to the Alzheimer’s Association for donations. VINCENT HARRIS


CDL Virtual Screening: “The Ice Storm”

The Columbia Museum of Art’s affinity group, the Columbia Design League, features Ang Lee’s 1997 drama about souls floating in the suburbs of the 1970s. As the title storm lashes through a tony subdivision, adults cling to a life of silent desperation in which their once dependable escape into drugs and infidelity has become hollow. Meanwhile, curious children copy their elders. The film works as an evil satire, drunken sex farce and heartbreaking tragedy. The free demonstration on February 21st starts at 2 p.m. PAT MORAN


K. Wayne Thornley’s Little Gallery

In his artist declaration, K. Wayne Thornley describes well the works contained in his exhibition Tiny Gallery – “Figures that are surrounded by or float in minimal, barren landscapes”. The pieces are mostly covered in dirty blacks and browns, and the often distorted and misshapen figures have emptied and somewhat empty faces that evoke loneliness and exhaustion – fitting for a digital exhibition to be seen during a pandemic. The small works can be admired (and purchased) virtually at until February 28th. JORDAN LAWRENCE

The Columbia Museum of Art underscores MC Escher's enduring influence


LIVEstream: Brendan Bull

ColaJazz continues to roll out livestream performances to fill the void in our community’s jazz scene, and the latest features include drummer and singer / band leader Brendan Bull. Bull’s eclectic selection of styles and experiences, often involving any number of jazz and band Pop music groups playing drums should make this solo bills set a fascinating set. The performances will go live on Facebook on February 24th at 8 p.m. Kyle Petererson



The sci-fi satire “Lapsis” is set in a dystopian alternate reality and will resonate with anyone struggling in the gig economy. With the world on the brink of technological breakthrough, worker Ray competes with desperate workers and treacherous robots to pull cables across dangerous terrain and pay for his brother’s obscenely expensive healthcare. The film impales class discrimination, faux-empowering corporate speak, and the undelivered promises of big tech. Access it through the Nickeloden Theater virtual screening room for $ 6.99 through February 25th PAT MORAN

Vandals Steal Cash, Shatter Glass of Native Asian Eating places at Mall in Columbia – NBC4 Washington

Local Asian restaurant owners are picking up the pieces after thieves broke into three restaurants, stole money and destroyed property on New Year celebrations, the most important holiday in Chinese culture.

The same group of thieves hit a restaurant called Urban Hot Pot, Kung Fu Tea, and Bonchon.

Zong Chen is the owner of the latter two at the Columbia Mall. He said the past year has been tough for business and he feels that they aimed to be Asian.

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“It’s a shame to be a victim now,” said Chen. “We all have families. We are all just trying to make money and make a living for our families. “

This break-in marks the third time that Chen’s stores have been robbed.

Last summer there was a break in at Kung Fu Tea in Rockville. A few weeks later, the kung fu tea in Laurel was also hit.

“We came to America to find better opportunities and to have better lives,” said Chen.

Asian restaurants attacked: In the early morning of the Lunar New Year, three Asian restaurants in the mall in Columbia were broken into, according to Howard Co Police. Today I spoke to Zong Chen, the owner of Kung Fu Tea & Bonchon. He fears they have been targeted as Asians. Story by 5 / 6p @nbcwashington

– Aimee Cho (@ AimeeCho4) February 15, 2021

Bonchon and Kung Fu Tea have repaired their damage and are now open for business. For the entire month of February, restaurants plan to donate 10% of their sales to raise awareness of hate crimes against Asian Americans.

Nearly two dozen attacks have been committed in the San Francisco Bay Area in the past few weeks. People threw plants at Asian residents and seniors were knocked to the ground.

Hate crimes against Asian Americans have increased since the coronavirus hit the US last year. Amanda Nguyen, CEO of civil rights group Rise, recently told LX News why “Asian Americans are out to be heard”.

John Yang, the executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, said the organization is tracking hate incidents and has seen more than 3,000 since the pandemic began.

“It scares the Asian-American community really often,” said Yang. “The fact that certain politicians, including the former president, used terms like the China virus and the Wuhan smoke and worse derivatives, really got our community to do so.” a goal to be made. “

No arrests were made in the robberies, but Chen said he hoped to further raise awareness.

“The more we don’t talk about it, the more it will happen,” said Chen.

Columbia eating places, bars, leisure venues can keep open till midnight | COVID-19

Restaurants, bars with alcohol and entertainment options can stay open until midnight Stephanie Browning, director of public health and human services for Columbia, Boone County, announced a press conference Thursday noon.

Previously, according to the health ordinance, these facilities had to close from September 18 until 10:30 p.m. The Order’s social distancing and masking areas are still present.

“It is still crucial that we pursue disease control strategies like wearing a mask, social distancing, avoiding gatherings, washing hands regularly, and staying home when sick to limit the spread of new infections,” said Browning in a press release.

The county has reached another milestone: The number of people vaccinated in the county has exceeded the total number of people who tested positive for COVID-19. In the county, 17,036 people tested positive, and 22,096 people received the first dose of the vaccine. Mayor Brian Treece said this was an important metric that the city was monitoring.

MU Health Care held a Mass vaccination clinic last week distributed 4,000 cans from the state. It is slated to have another round of dosing in the week of February 15, said Mary Beck, chief nursing officer.

The Boone Health Center is also ready to hold mass vaccinations if needed, said Robin Blount, chief medical officer. Local Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies are also available Hand out vaccines this week.

Supply remains the limiting factor in vaccinating Boone County’s residents. Treece said while the vaccination process may not be ideal, he doesn’t see anything sinister in the state’s plan.