Stay leisure seems set to return to Lanarkshire with socially distanced exhibits

Live entertainment is expected to return to Lanarkshire this summer after the go-ahead for socially distant shows at a number of venues in the area.

Theater production The Wiz of Oz will take the stage and tell the classic story of the Pure Amazing Wizard of Oz, but with a Scottish twist.

Lanarkshire Live recently reported that the South Lanarkshire Council (SLC) cannot conduct social distancing productions due to limited capacity that makes performances financially unprofitable.

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However, funding from the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Fund and Creative Scotland ensured that the show could take place, starting at the Town House in Hamilton on the 30th of July.

She will move to Lanark Memorial Hall (August 1st), Rütherglen Town Hall (Tuesday 3rd August) and end at East Kilbride Village theater on August 5th.

Rutherglenen town hall

David Booth, General Manager of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (SLLC) said, “We are very excited to be returning to live shows.

“While reduced audience capacity is essential for public safety, it makes it difficult to make theater performances financially viable. But the support of the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland made it possible to produce this show for a completely physically distant audience and a small cast and crew.

“This production is not only great fun and a fantastic family show, it also gives us an opportunity to show that our venues are safe to visit.

East Kilbride Village Theater

“Ticket sales at all four venues went really well and it’s great to see our audiences return to the theaters that we know have been missing for so long.”

Tickets are on sale now on-line, at the box office or by phone at the venues.

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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

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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

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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

Socially Distanced Science Courses Return To Makersville After Pandemic Hiatus | Leisure

Learning science and math can be great fun and isn’t limited to the classroom.

That’s the message from Makersville, a Long Beach nonprofit that has been offering free and affordable craft and science courses for several years. But last year, organizers struggled with pandemic logs and decided to temporarily close their Shoreline Village location.

Courses were still offered online last year, but this week organizers announced that the physical location – called Makerspace by the Sea – has reopened, but with some adjustments to keep the room COVID-19 friendly.

“We’re constantly evolving, so creating classes that are socially distant and consider the pandemic is only part of our evolution,” said Patricia Tsoiasue, founder of Makersville.

At Makerspace By The Sea, parents can register their children for both sewing and LEGO courses. In the sewing class, students will learn how to use a sewing machine safely, making face masks, aprons, dolls and more. The cost is $ 10 per class and all materials are included.

The LEGO class teaches students how to build Ferris wheels and other Long Beach gadgets and landmarks while learning the basics of technology. The cost is $ 20 for a minimum of two students.

Tsoiasue said the COVID-19 guidelines will be followed as recommended by the CDC. This means that all participants have to wear masks and keep social distance.

For people who want to keep studying at home, Makersville offers a variety of online courses.

Minecraft Club

This virtual class takes place every second Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. Students learn how to build buildings in the Minecraft computer game and learn the basics of coding. The next class is on March 13th.

Students must already have the Minecraft Java Edition on their computers, which is available for download from the Minecraft website.

Play lego

Lego Play takes place on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. online via Zoom.

At this free event, Zoom gets creative with pieces of Lego. While the event is free, attendees must register in advance as attendance is limited.

Virtual tutoring

Tutoring for high school, middle school, and elementary school students in all core classes, including English, math, science classes, and Mandarin Chinese.

Prices vary between $ 40 and $ 60 an hour. However, lower-cost options are available for low-income residents. Go to

More events will be added in the coming weeks, Tsoiasue said. For more information or to register for an event, see For questions by email

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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CMA Chamber Music on the Main

For this performance, which will be broadcast live from the Columbia Museum of Art, the pianist Marta Aznavoorian, an instrumentalist who is familiar with both modern works and the classical repertoire, will join her sister, the sensitive and virtuoso cellist Ani Aznavoorian , brought together. and Columbia Orchestra concertmaster and violinist David Kim. The ensemble will perform pieces by Debussy, Kroll, Gershwin, Still and Mendelssohn. Access costs between $ 5 and $ 42. Music starts at 7pm. For more information, see PAT MORAN



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“Spoor” can be viewed in the Nickelodeon Theater’s virtual screening room.

The hunters are hunted in Agnieszka Holland’s “Spoor”, a mystical thriller set in the misty forests near the Polish-Czech border. Retired engineer Janina Duszejko is happy with her dogs, poetry, and astrology, but when the corpses of hunters pile up in the snow, surrounded only by animal tracks, she wonders if nature corrects an imbalance. A mix of film noir and fable, “Spoor” reveals ugliness while illuminating hope, feminism and ecology. The image is available for viewing in the Nickelodeon Theater’s virtual screening room until January 31st. Access is $ 12. For more information, see PAT MORAN


Colton Beasley

This episode of the On the Reel virtual concert series broadcast from the On the Marc recording studio in Chapin should be a good one. Singer / songwriter Colton Beasley will perform solo, and that will be quite a change from his regular gig, which is producing soaring hard rock anthems with his band Osara. It will be interesting to see Beasley move away from the booming amps and step into a more intimate setting. The virtual show on January 31st starts at 8pm over VINCENT HARRIS

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The brunch spot

More than most January, many of us are looking for outdoor brunch deals. Local Catering Company The Food Academy now offers two options with their brunch spot services – one in the Lake Carolina development, another in Saluda Shoals Park. In addition to providing a pleasant outdoor setting, they also offer a menu of semolina bowls, salmon croquettes, seafood gumbo, gourmet cupcakes and mimosa samplers, and local live music. Both weekly Sunday services take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, see JORDAN LAWRENCE


Dupre’s mobile market

Another week, one more outdoor shopping tip – we’re really digging the open air markets here in the Midlands. This time we’re heading to Lexington as Dupre Catering is hosting a market in the clubhouse in The Mill subdivision. The company’s food truck It’s a Matter of Taste will be on-site, and there will be a roast oyster and a stand selling fresh produce. You can also pick up frozen meals from Simply Dupre to prepare and eat at home. The event takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information. JORDAN LAWRENCE


Spend a day in Cottontown

The temperate weather in mid-January promises to continue this weekend. So why not spend some time outside in the busy Columbia area of ​​Cottontown? Treat yourself to a cup of joe in the Curiosity Coffee Bar or Indah Coffee, or throw back a beer in the adjoining beer garden of the CottonTown Brew Lab. Curl up on the terrace and enjoy a soothing southern meal with cocktails at The War Mouth or a quicker plant-based bite at A Peace of Soul Vegan Kitchen. Head home with a bottle of Vino Garage (and maybe a pizza from Il Focolare). All in a day off work. JORDAN LAWRENCE

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Public art adventure

Another great way to take advantage of the pleasant daytime weather would be to check out some of the many interesting public art exhibits in the Columbia area. One Columbia maintains an easy-to-use local public artwork director From the lush “Growing Together” mural on North Main Street to the giant robot head “Green Eyes” in the lower Vista, from the playful “Aaron Graves Tribute” mural on the side of the Hunter-Gatherer in the city center to the infamous “Busted Plug” “Sculpture on Taylor Street, there is a lot to see and One Columbia can help you with context and planning your own itinerary. JORDAN LAWRENCE


“One night in Miami”

At one point the four most famous figures in sports, entertainment, and politics were black men. And these men, Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay), Sam Cooke, Jim Brown and Malcolm X, are the centerpieces of the hot new film “One Night In Miami,” set one evening in 1964 in the title town. The Regina King-directed offer is a fictional rendering of what those friends would have talked about the night before a heavyweight fight that turned Clay into Ali. The talented cast includes Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr. via Amazon Prime Video. PREPARE JACOBS