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Arts and culture preview

During the spring semester, there’s plenty to do while we wait for the weather to warm up. Here’s a preview of arts and entertainment events on and near campus.

Visual Art

  • Just north of the State House, the Columbia Museum of Art is home to a variety of visual art pieces and events. Currently on display is the Sergio Hudson: Focused on the Fit exhibit, which showcases fashion that highlights everyone. Looking ahead, Art Blossoms will return in March. This exhibit features beautiful botanical pieces just in time for spring. 
  • With collections dating back to 1801, the McKissick Museum offers tons of culture and history to explore. Visit and experience the three physical exhibits on display this season. Guided tours are also available to request via email or by calling 803-777-2876.
  • Speaking of history and tradition, the 69th annual juried student exhibition is currently on display at the McMaster Galley. This showcase offers various artworks created by talented School of Visual Art and Design students. Visit the gallery for free from now until Feb. 15. 

Dance, Music and Theater

  • USC Symphony Orchestra: The Lark Ascending will be on Feb. 6. To close out that week, the USC Dance Company Spring Concert will be Feb. 8-10. Both events are free for students.
  • The USC Theatre department has three shows you can catch this semester. Starting off, Language of Angels will play from Feb. 15-18 in the Lab Theatre. Longstreet Theater will welcome back students with the opening of A Raisin in the Sun on Feb. 23. The show will run until the start of spring break on March 1.  
  • The South Carolina Ballet is celebrating their 63rd season this year. From dance performances to backstage tours and Nutcracker Teas, there is something for everyone. Their first performance this year will be the Motown Ballet hosted at the Koger Center on Feb. 3.
  • Speaking of the Koger Center, this place is not only home to locals but also national touring groups. This semester the Koger Center will welcome in the cast of Hamilton, Mean Girls and many others.

Film and Other Entertainment

  • In 1979, two USC media arts students were inspired to open a theater to show classic films. With over 40 years under its belt, the Nickelodeon is now a cornerstone in the community and the only nonprofit art-house theater in the state. Students can become members to receive discounted tickets.
  • In addition to basketball games, Colonial Life Arena offers fun entertainment for everyone. Some concerts and events to keep on your radar are Sam Hunt, Disney on Ice and Bert Kreischer.