Fun activities in Columbia, SC For April 2013!

Columbia’s vibrant arts scene in full flower during One Month of April

One Columbia celebrates cultural abundance, city’s creative economy; kickoff event on April 4
COLUMBIA, SC – April 2013 – Columbia’s arts calendar is jam-packed in April, and the city’s culture boosters are encouraging citizens to seize the moment and get their fill of history, music, dance, theater, design, and film.
April is “One Month,” an initiative of One Columbia for Arts and History. One Columbia is a non-profit that promotes the city’s many and varied cultural offerings throughout the year, encouraging arts patronage not only for personal enrichment, but also to help stimulate Columbia’s creative economy. Because April is especially heavy on arts happenings in the city, One Columbia makes a special effort each year to remind residents and prospective visitors of the richness of the local arts scene. One Month kickoff April 4
One Month will kick off on the evening of April 4 as part of the city’s monthly First Thursday event. More than two dozen musicians, dramatists, street performers, and dancers from multiple genres (ballet, contemporary, hip hop) will perform at a stage at Boyd Plaza (near Main and Hampton) and at the stage at Tapp’s Art Center (near Main and Blanding).
The festivities will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Local galleries and merchants will be open, and food and libations will be plentiful and delicious.
Steve Varholy of WXRY FM will host events at Boyd Plaza from 6 to 9 p.m. Performers from the following well-known and up-and-coming groups will perform in 5- to 10-minute segments: JB Productions, ghost @ the feast, VISTA Ballroom, Stage 5 Theatre, USC’s McKissick Museum, Town Theatre, The Power Company, Next Door Drummers, TaGe Dance Group, T.O. Henderson Dance Incorporated, Columbia Hip-Hop Family Day/FatRat Da Czar with Shekeese Duvall, WOW Productions, Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet, Columbia Children’s Theatre, Sapphire Moon Dance Company, Columbia City Ballet, and the Columbia Summer Repertory Company.
Also at Boyd Plaza, One Columbia will host a photo booth where participants can have a photo taken that will become part of a new piece of public art to be unveiled at The Last Hurrah! during Artista Vista on April 27.
At the Tapp’s Arts Center stage, dance companies perform in 20-minute segments.
For a complete schedule of performers for the April 4 kick off, visit
One Columbia: Linking citizens with the city’s history and culture
On its website,, the group maintains a continuously updated master list of art and cultural activities occurring throughout the city to make it easy for people to find events that interest them.
“There are so many wonderful things that have been going on for quite some time,” says Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. “Our job has been to put them all in one place so that everyone can understand the incredible creative economy and the depth of artistic talent that we have here in Columbia, SC, and find a way to grow it in a way that not only drives art and culture, but also drives our economy.”
One Month highlights
Below is a sampling of the variety and depth of arts and history activities on offer in Columbia during April. For details on these and other events, visit

  • Five Points Happy Hour Tour (April 5–26). Put on by the Historic Columbia Foundation, participants will learn about the history of Five Points with stops for complimentary drinks and appetizers along the way.
  • Four Seasons—SC Philharmonic (April 6 at Harbison Theatre). Conductor Morihiko Nakahara leads the world-class performers of the SC Phil in a rousing performance of Vivaldi’s classic.
  • Runaway Runway—The Columbia Design League (April 6 at Township Auditorium). Columbia’s premier fashion show is a design competition that brings together talented designers to turn trash into sustainable fashion treasures.
  • Knuffle Bunny (April 12–24 at Children’s Theatre). Full of adventure, song and dancing laundry, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical is a tale of firsts: a stuffed animal’s first trip in the laundry, a little girl’s first words and a Daddy’s first time dealing with his child going “boneless.”
  • Indie Grits Film Festival (April 13 at Nickelodeon Theatre). Indie Grits empowers Southern filmmakers with an independent mentality and far-reaching artistic scope. The festival includes dozens of events—from puppet slams to film screenings.
  • Columbia International Festival (April 13–14 at the SC State Fairgrounds). The CIF features 60 national exhibitors, a food court and bazaar, an international fashion show, a parade of nations, and international dance and music performances.
  • Cinderella, the ballet. Presented by Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet and Columbia Music Festival Association (April 12-14 at Township Auditorium). Share this glittering and enchanting ballet with your entire family. See the Carolina Ballet weave a magical web of dance to the music of Prokofiev. This production will delight and charm young and old, balletomanes and those new to the experience of ballet alike.
  • King Lear—Theatre South Carolina (April 19–27 at Drayton Hall Theatre). Shakespeare’s gale-force tragedy rips back the curtain on a family torn by greed and an unquenchable lust for power.
  • An Evening with David Sedaris (April 21 at the Koger Center). Sedaris is an American humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor who was nominated for a Grammy Award.
  • Make History with the Mayor (April 27, start at Seibels House). Take a famously historic bike ride with Mayor Benjamin highlighting some of downtown Columbia’s historic landmarks, including the University, State House, Main Street, and the Vista.
  • Readings from the Limelight (April 30 at the Arcade Building on Main St.). The Limelight—A Compendium of Contemporary Columbia Artists, Volume 1 is a serialized collection of first-person narrative essays written by Columbia writers and artists about Columbia writers and artists.

About One Columbia  One Columbia for Arts and History is a non-profit corporation that works to promote collaboration among citizens, the cultural community, and city government through celebrations of Columbia’s arts and historic treasures. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life for our residents, attract tourist dollars to our city, and further build our vibrant community. In short, we serve as the promotional arm of the city for Columbia’s cultural community. Visit

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