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Ashley Wright and the Vance Gap Ramblers are performing at Indah Coffee this weekend.


Ashley Wright and Prettier Than Matt throw parties

A happy return as COVID-19 (hopefully) continues its slow departure from our heads: album release celebrations. Two projects that highlight female singers with bright, clear twang are getting their money’s worth this week. One, Prettier Than Matt, can toast an album that was just released when the polished but very emotional folk-pop duo are releasing their third original album, “Colors”, with a free performance on April 10th at 1:00 pm outdoors is celebrating Steel Hands Brewing (and a virtual concert at 6 p.m. on Twitch on April 9th). The other, Ashley Wright and the Vance Gap Ramblers, celebrates a 2019 vinyl release of Too Good to Be True, a lovely showcase for the rustic warmth and easy-going instrumental chemistry of the country rock group. The band will play outdoors on April 10th at 7pm at Indah Coffee (on Sumter Street) with no cover, with the support of Station Seven Band. JORDAN LAWRENCE


“You now on the moors”

Who Needs Heathcliff? Four beloved heroines – Jane from “Jane Eyre”, Jo from “Little Women”, Elizabeth from “Pride and Prejudice”, and Cathy from “Wuthering Heights” – leave their suitors behind to discuss sexist advertising methods in modern language that the might hurt Victorian sensibilities. Heartbroken Heathcliff, Rochester, Mr. Darcy and Laurie retaliate in a battle royale between the sexes that culminates in a series of Moorish Wars. See the University of South Carolina production at Drayton Hall April 9-17. Tickets cost $ 15-22. The COVID-19 protocols include the mandatory wearing of masks at all times. Visit for more information. PAT MORAN


Spring Fair Food Drive-Through

Mmm cotton candy. Mmm elephant ears. Mmm roasted corn. Mmm Fiske Frieze. All of that and more is still available to you as the South Carolina State Fair continues its Spring Fair Food Drive-through this week to replicate the success of last year’s annual marquee replacement in October. It is open daily until April 11th from 10am to 8pm. Visit for more information. JORDAN LAWRENCE


Jazz outdoors: Mark Rapp quintet

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, the return of spring and the return of outdoor seating at Boyd Plaza. Trumpeter, composer and band leader Mark Rapp founded ColaJazz, a jazz initiative to promote and support jazz in and around Columbia, together with the corresponding ColaJazz Festival. Rapp has released eight different albums, and his quintet with clarinetist Pete Neighbor revitalizes and reinterprets music from the swing era. The free concert on April 9th ​​starts at 11:30 am. More information is available at PAT MORAN

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Film in the garden: “Field of Dreams”

You can act hard whatever you want, but you know there is a place deep inside you that loves the moment in the 1989 movie “Field Of Dreams” when Kevin Costner asks his father to play tag. You will have the opportunity to relive that moment and pretend you won’t cry again on April 9th ​​when Historic Columbia’s “Movies in the Garden” series at 8pm at Hampton-Preston Gardens’ Field Of Dreams “presented in all its baseball glory will be provided by the local Doggy Bagz food truck in addition to the Craft & Draft drinks! You can get yourself a socially distant pod for $ 40 (HC members) or $ 50 (non-members). However, you will need to bring your own tissues. Visit for more information. VINCENT HARRIS


Lexington Herbal Festival

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME HERBS? Not like herb, but herbs that you can use to liven up your special recipes. The Herb Bunch of Lexington is hosting the 9th Annual Herbal Festival on April 10th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Lexington County Museum. There are more than 120 different types of herbs for sale, not to mention a cake sale and auction. Better yet, The Herb Bunch will donate a portion of the proceeds towards a scholarship to a Lexington County student to continue his education in agriculture, horticulture, or nutrition. Face masks and social distancing are required and entry is free. More information is available at VINCENT HARRIS


“Nina Wu”

“They don’t just want to take my body, they want to take my soul!” An overripe dialogue from a film within a film takes on an uncanny meaning in “Nina Wu”. Actress Nina, played by screenwriter Wu Kexi, has given up the performance of her life as abuse on the set by her directors. It’s a #MeToo story filtered through David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive,” which combines reality and nightmares. The film can be streamed in the Nickelodeon Theater’s Virtual Screening Room until April 16. Access is $ 10. More information is available at PAT MORAN


Artificial flowers

Garden clubs and designers try fabulous floral interpretations of world-class artwork in this one-of-a-kind exhibit / fundraiser for the Columbia Museum of Art. Only open for four days (apparently flowers are time sensitive or something), the exhibition opening ceremony is tonight at 7 p.m. – tickets are $ 60 each, social distancing is enforced. At you can find tickets or other event details related to Art Blossoms. Kyle Petererson

Artists from Colombia go to the front yard to share their wares



If you missed the chance to see Columbia City Ballet’s production of “Cinderella” at the Koger Center last month, this week is your chance to see her in a more intimate setting at Midlands Tech’s Harbison Theater. As with the Koger Center, masks are required at all times along with other COVID-19 security protocols. Buy tickets and find more information at JORDAN LAWRENCE


Beer cellar on tour

It’s been a while since we had the chance to enjoy some of the crispy and crushable German lagers from Bierkeller Columbia right on one of the city’s beautiful river walks. This week, it won’t be on Columbia’s side as it was before the pandemic, but it will be a smaller beer garden on the West Columbia Riverwalk as part of the brewery’s spring edition of their On Tour events. The event takes place from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and includes beer cellar Kölsch, cellar beer, Kraeusen beer, fasting beer and bock beer. Tables can be reserved in advance, but this is not required. Visit for more information about biergarten and the other dates in the Bierkeller On Tour calendar, which runs until May 29th. JORDAN LAWRENCE