To-Do Record: Socially distanced Columbia arts and leisure picks (March 3-10) | Arts


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