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Halleluja to a Good-Eatin’ Healthy-Drinkin’ Weekend!

By Trinessa Dubas

Lawd, I have fallen in love and begun to stalk good eats! Columbia has been doing its best to please my ever-growing palette, and I am one thankful gal. In my new search for healthier, more wholesome foods, I have stumbled across the one I will stake a claim at the most. Have you guys heard of Good Life Café? Have mercy. Not only does this casual vegan spot have the most delicious alternative foods THEY SERVE WINE, organic wine at that… What? Did you think this was a get your good bite column? No ma’am(or sir). This was an opening about where to wind your Wednesday down. Ha!

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Wednesday (7/9) Good Life Café 1614A Main St. will be open for a Healthy Happy Hour 4-7. Get your friends or grab a coworker and stop in for a quick bite of something new, fresh and delicious. The Bar and serving staff are beyond friendly and rather knowledgeable about these good eats. Go on, break those old habits and start a new. When you get there ask for Dustin or Tyrelle, tell ‘em Trinessa sent you. BOOM!

You may also be inclined this same evening to join Trustus Theatre’s Managing Director, Larry Hembree for his Bring Your Own Dinner; Dinner Theatre. We all know and love Larry and this fundraiser I know will be above the limits in fun. The show is at Trustus Theatre 520 Lady St. You will get the best and worst (on purpose) in dinner theatre with this two act show. Guest are encouraged to wear their worst tourist outfits and bring food to enjoy. This sounds too fun to not be a part of. I’m thinking about taking my “at publix famous” chicken in the box. Doors open at 6p. Show starts at 7p and tickets are $20. If you know what I know, they may be sold out (but give it a try anyway!)

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Thursday (7/10) I have found something that looks interesting for all of my peeps that enjoy a good corny movie every now and again. Columbiana Grande 1250 Bower Parkway will be hosting RIFFTRAX LIVE. The screening will have the stars of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” commentate on the “ridiculousness” of “Sharkanado”. I have a few folks in my life that got a kick out of the television production and am sure they’d love this. If your with ‘em in this foolishnes. Feel free to join them and a host of others. It’s sure to be a good time. Tickets are $12.50 fandango.com

Oh, Friday (7/11) how I love thee. Get your pre- teen this evening and head out to Prime Time in the Parks. 8-11p. This event will be held in two places Hyatt Park 950 Jackson Ave and Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center 2611 Grant St. This “late night” event provides a safe environment for teens 13-18. There will be games, music, sports and refreshments. FREE FREE FREE.
Back over on the grown folk side of things, join me in supporting another of our beloved local acts as The Grand Opening feat. FatRat the Czar, Matt Monday and BLVCK will be performing at Conundrum Music Hall 626 Meeting St. Man, I really enjoy conscious rapping and an environment in which I don‘t feel threatened in attending due to the crowd (not so much the artist). This brother and his team are sure to bring it!! And if you are a lyrical lover this is the beat for you…doors open at 9. Admission is $10
I will be also spending a part of this night saying goodbye to a dear friend of mine, who has found better opportunities in Atlanta. Love you Tywila Walker, I will miss you something terrible…. (quick shout out to my roadie!!!)

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Saturday (7/12) I will be off ushering for the show I mentioned a few weeks back. The Hallelujah Girls. Midlands Technical College Harbison Theatre 7300 College St. Chapin Theatre Company is a group I find to be fun and full of talented local artist, such as George Dinsmore. Show starts at 8p and tickets are $18. I am excited and expect to have a romping good time. Side note: for those of you who love theatre, but can’t always afford to see a show…VOLUNTEER. It’s a secret myself and fellow ushers kind of keep to ourselves, but I am letting the cat out of the bag! (so to speak). Ushering is one of the easiest jobs no matter where you do it. Take patrons to their seats and keep it moving. Watch a show for free and go home (unless it’s Trustus, you gotta straighten up, then go) J . I do this as often as I can and will be doing it again in the next week for The Evil Dead closing at Trustus.
Before I conclude this weeks budget-friendly venues and activities, I have to toss in an event occurring NEXT Tuesday (7/15). I usually start off the column with hump day and by the time I am working on next weeks events, The New Word Order will have been here and gone. So, prepare yourself now for then. All of my spoken word loves will get a kick out of this. Whether or not you have attended a Session’s Live event. This new face and phase from the same folks that brought you the award winning forum are back with a new place and brand. Savalis Restaurant and Lounge1710 Main St. presents The New Word Order with Spyrit the tattoo poet as host and Kyla Lacey as feature. This is one of the best most relaxed atmospheres I have been to in quite some time now. I have been following these local cats and like what I hear. If you love spoken word and the power of it in our lives, then put on your most casual of attire and beat me there!! Show starts at 8. Admission is $7

Honey, I’ll see ya!
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CHEAP DRINKIN’ WEDNESDAY – WEEK 2: COLT 45

by FRANK THOMPSON

Admit it, we all wanted to be him.
Admit it, we all wanted to be him.

If you can’t trust Billy Dee Williams, friends, who can you trust? I mean, this man brought an intergalactic Rat-Pack-style cool to the Star Wars saga. Han Solo may have been the growling Sinatra, but Lando was Dean Martin, baby, all the way down to his patent leather space boots. And you know he would have been getting Princess Leia drunk if he’d had half a chance. And then there are the commercials…

With this in mind, I decided to try out Billy Dee’s favorite brew, Colt 45 Malt Liquor, only $2.85 for a 40 0z. bottle. (Yes, I could have gone with the tall boy can for about a buck less, but if you don’t drink Colt 45 out of a fawty, it just doesn’t count. )

Not the same.
Not the same.

The lovely Shell Station On Beltline, my usual stop for supplies when doing research for Cheap Drinkin’ Wednesday, was running a special on Uncle Ray’s Sour Cream & Onion chips, so I decided just to make a hootenanny of the whole thing and go all in. My total outlay was right around $4.00, which seemed right reasonable for an afternoon of fun and refreshment.

 

Breakfast Of Champion Drinkers
Breakfast Of Champion Drinkers

Taking the Colt 45 bottle in hand makes one feel at one with Billy Dee. Indeed, it inspires one to channel one’s inner Billy Dee; to hold the golden flagon slightly aloft, beckoning the fates and the slinky beauty at one’s side to come hither and partake of life, of sustenance, of the elixir that is…COLT 45…

"Works every time..."
“Works every time…”

I have, if I may, shot the 45 a time or two in my youth, (of course those were the days in which getting very drunk very quickly overrode all other concerns) but did not recall much about it either way as I began the sampling. The aluminum twist-off cap didn’t inspire a great deal of confidence, but its scratchy metallic palm-bite was familiar in a nostalgic way.

One thing I had completely forgotten was the amount of foam these babies can produce. Along with a yeasty odor with vinegar undertones, the uncorking (as it were) released a great deal of effervescence, topping off the pour with a head about half the size of the glass. I realize it may be a bit dandified to pour Colt 45 into a glass, but I just can’t see Billy Dee swigging from the jug and passing it to his lady friend.

Mr. Bland, we've had some issues with your specimen...
Mr. Bland, we’ve had some issues with your specimen…

The aroma is, as described, overwhelmingly yeasty, but with an underlying sharpness. You know how sometimes something that stinks also smells oddly good in a weird way? Colt 45 smells rather like cat pee, but not in an entirely unpleasant way.

Now, for the taste test…

 

Bottoms up...
Bottoms up…
At first it perplexes...
At first it perplexes…
...then the whang kicks in...
…then the whang kicks in…
...then you fear you may be ill...
…then you fear you may be ill…
...followed by a skunky stank that makes you pucker...
…followed by a skunky stank that makes you pucker…
...the bitter finish catches you by surprise...
…the bitter finish catches you by surprise…
...leaving one unsure how to feel about it all.
…leaving one unsure how to feel about it all.

…and that pretty much sums it up. Although not really.

You see, the odd thing is that after a couple of sips, I found myself strangely enjoying it. It’s almost as if the first wave of taste-numbingness had to do its business before I could settle into the drink. It became crisp, almost citrus in its nature, and after about half a glass I found myself quite cheery, indeed. I had a sudden urge to call up old friends I hadn’t seen in years, just to wish them well. I was filled with vast, expansive impulses…to write the world’s greatest novel, to solve the problems of society, to…to…

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…and after a few minutes I just wanted to sit down and close my eyes for a bit. This stuff lives up to its name, managing to be cold, steely, explosive, potent, and likely the cause of more than one violent incident. Approach with caution, and don’t try to down the whole thing unless you’re in training. You have been warned.

The Uncle Ray’s chips were quite tasty, albeit with a definite chemical zing beneath the crispy onion-flavored goodness. In fairness, this may have been a residual vapor burn from the Colt 45, which was, by then proving itself to be persistent, indeed. Half a bag of chips, a couple of bites of cold rice pudding and a glass of water had yet to eliminate the 45’s lingering fumes.

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In all, I just can’t bring myself to give a full thumbs-down to the Colt 45. It’s a cheap-ass malt liquor that’ll sneak up and punch you in the back of the head, but that’s not always a bad thing. If you’re young and bulletproof and/or just looking to get messed up fast for not much money and devil take the consequences, I recommend giving it a try. Tell ‘em Billy Dee sent you.

Wine, Women (kind of), and Jazz!

By Trinessa Dubas
Hey Columbia. I love being in a spot that I can recommend for your future Wine Down Wednesdays.
This week I am suggesting Liberty Tap Room and Grill 828 Gervais St. I was there on Tuesday and the first thing that happened was my chance encounter with a dear friend. I was already digging the ambience. People seemed to be enjoying their meals and the energy was above high. This made for good conversation until shortly after, my friend and I parted ways. I then sat at the bar and tried to figure out a good opening for this entry and, well…this is what you get!
Thursday night (6/26) join Dorae Saunders as she presents Leading Ladies of Cabaret. Comedy House 2768 Decker Blvd. The show will have opened on Wednesday night, but I didn’t have anything to fill in Thursday nights spot this week. This show is over the top fun! The “ladies” are great. Join some of Columbia’s best performance artists as they lipsync and twirl their way to the top hun-ty! Show starts at 8. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
Hallelujah! Friday (6/27) there is another play opening and this time it is at Harbison Theatre Midlands Technical College 7300 College St. CTC presents The Hallelujah Girls. After the death of a friend and re-appearance of an old boyfriend the ladies of Eden Falls, Ga. gather for a day of fun and laughter in a day spa. Show starts at 8p and tickets are $18 (military, student and senior discounts available).
As per every Friday so far this summer, there is plenty to do. And an abundance of music will be playing. USC School of Music Recital Hall 810 Assembly St. will present Summer Chorus 1: Mozart’s Requiem at 7:30. This beautiful blend of music and talent is FREE.
On the North Main side of town between 4-8pm A Night Out With Neighbors Fundraiser will be hosted by the Eau Claire Community Council 830 Wildwoood Ave. It will be afternoon into evening full of music, fun and games as well as community information. Dinners for eat in or take out will be available starting at $10. Tickets can be purchased at eauclairecommunity.org. proceeds from this event will go to Neighborhood Action Programs.
And one thing before I let Friday go. Sister Care of Columbia is presenting Sounds of Summer featuring Terence Young at 701 Whaley 701 Whaley St. Tickets are $25 and will benefit Sister Care of Columbia. Show starts at 8p
I’m going to have to repeat a venue for Saturday (6/28). Comedian Rodney Perry will be carrying host duties for “Off Chain” at Comedy House. This is one funny brother and I am sure he and his guests will bring it. Two shows will run Sat 7p and 9:30pm and one on Sunday at 7p. (if you’ve read this early enough you can catch the show Opening Friday night @8). Tickets are $15. two item minimum. comedyhouse.us.
I don’t usually add Sunday, but there is so much love to go around that I had to spread the words. Two places to be, thank god for different times. Sunday (6/29) head out to Mama’s and the Tapas 931-A Senate St as the Daisey Mack Project Presents The Vintage Jazz Brunch from 3-7pm. This event takes place every third Sunday of a month and is sweet music to my ears. There is no cover charge and free parking (Woot-Woot!). By now most people know that I am a friend and fan of The Dubber. Join me as I support this brother and his musical partner Brodie Porterfield at Jakes’s 2112 Devine St. The two are joing together to give this audience a chill atmosphere and music to fill your soul. Doors open at 6. Cost is $5 and there will be drink specials.
You gotta love Columbia. So much to do, hear and see. Grab a friend, go have a bite to eat and enjoy the rhythms. This will be a busy week for me as you can surely read. I will be on… the… go, so if you see me, you better speak!
Honey, I’ll see ya!!