Columbia’s vibrant arts scene in full flower during One Month of April
- 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 onecolumbiasc.com.
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