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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!!
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Fashion Week, The Undead, and Delicious Desserts!

By Trinessa Dubas
Hey Columbia!  I want you to start your week off right, let the Monday blues get on through. If anyone knows me they know that I am a Wednesday kinda gal, so most of my posts about bargain dining and entertainment start with the day in which we hump!
Wed (6/18) kicks off the 3rd annual Columbia Fashion Week.
I will be attending bits and pieces of this. The bits and pieces that won’t cost me an arm and a leg. At the moment I don’t have much information on prices, just that they will vary. And until they are confirmed I can only say that I am extremely excited about the event itself. Sorry about the lack of info, but my insider failed to reach me on time.
Thursday (6/19) film producer/director Bud Ferillo is presenting a screening of his documentary When the Baugh Breaks.
The Wine and Unwind Lecture is from 6p to 7:30 at the Lourie Center 1650 Park Circle(Maxcy Gregg Park). Wine and refreshments will be served. It’s a free event, however there is a suggested donation of $5.
Friday (6/20) there are so many options. I had to narrow it to a select few. I am so excited about opening night of Evil Dead, The Musical at Trustus 520 Lady St.
I believe this one is going to be one to remember. Based on Sam Raimi’s 80’s cult classic and cast phenomenally. Tickets are $27. Show starts at 8p, but arrive early to chat with other guests and enjoy the bar.
If scary isn’t your thing then grab your partner and head over to CCT 3400 Forest Drive for their Late Night Date Night showing of The Commedia Snow White. This show is for ADULTS ONLY, don’t let the name (snow white) or the facility( Columbia’s Children’s Theatre) fool ya! Go and enjoy this hilarious interpretation of a children’s story. It‘s $10. Thank me later!!
By chance, neither of these suggestions works for you, then I’ll add The Comedy House 2768 Decker Blvd. John “Pops” Witherspoon will be in town. This man is a hoot.
You may remember him as Craig’s father in the movie Friday or Pops from The Wayans Brothers television show. There will be several shows. Friday night there are two. 8p and 10:30p. $20 and runs through Sunday (6/22).
Saturday (6/21) I am going to wind my week down by attending the AIDS Benefit Foundation of South Carolina Dining With Friends Dessert Finale. I will be joining friends and friends of friends as we celebrate all of life and how far we’ve come in AIDS research and information. If you can, please come and enjoy. The Finale will be held at Koger Center for the Arts 1051 Greene St. $25 and starts at 8p
This week I hope all that I shared either brings you joy and laughter or inspires you to keep getting up, getting out and getting involved in the city. I know I am!  So, when you are down or around town and you see me, you already know what to do….
Honey, I’ll see you!

Going Off the Sauce III: Reflections

By Jillian Owens

Hi all!  When last we spoke, I was about to go off booze for 2 weeks.

So…did I make it?  Or did I cave to peer pressure, stress, or the desire to take a few luxurious sips of a crisp Pinot Grigio on a balmy SC day?

You’ll be happy to know I made it!  I went 14 days without a single drop of alcohol!  Huzzah!

It really wasn’t a big deal.

Marques was right.  I was incredibly surprised by how not a big deal those two weeks were.  I still went to events, parties, and bars with friends.  My social life didn’t change at all.  The only difference was that I wasn’t drinking alcohol.   And I still had a blast.  Anything I enjoyed with booze I still enjoyed without booze.

Having a fine time…totally booze-free!
Having a fine time…totally booze-free!

When I started this experiment, my friends thought it was kind of silly…a totally unnecessary display of self-discipline.  But despite thinking this, they were really awesome and supportive throughout the two weeks.  When they had parties, they made sure to have delicious non-alcoholic options available for me (which I never looked at as even being their responsibility).

Even bartenders who I was sure would get a bit miffed with my tea totaling ass were still super nice when instead of ordering my usual Moscow Mule, I ordered non-alcoholic Ginger Beer instead.   Of course I always made sure to tip just as much as I would for a cocktail to keep in their good graces.

No…that's not a stout.  It's just a root beer, y'all.
No…that’s not a stout. It’s just a root beer, y’all.

I discovered some tasty substitutions.

I discovered that a glass of sparkling lemonade in a wine glass can sometimes be just as nice of a treat after a long day at work as a cocktail.  And I actually had a ton of fun raiding the soda section of World Market for lots of of sparkling bevvies I had never tried before.

Behold!!!
Behold!!!

Drunk people didn’t annoy me.

I totally expected to find spending time amongst tipsy companions to be super-obnoxious, but it wasn’t.  Fun & Silliness are contagious, and I found myself giggling right along with the imbibers.

Nothing really changed (and I think that’s a good thing).

Everyone told me to expect to sleep better, run faster, jump higher, and become more productive while not drinking.  But that didn’t really happen.  I’m still ridiculously clumsy and I still don’t do mornings.  I wasn’t suddenly motivated to hit the gym with a new fervor (or indeed at all), and my productivity stayed at the same exact level.

It was kind of disappointing, really.

But there was one BIG advantage to my two weeks off the sauce…

I DEFINITELY saved money.  I still went out to bars with friends, but guess what?  At just about any bar I went to, nonalcoholic beverages were totally free.  As I said before, I still tipped my bartenders (so as not to be an inconsiderate jackass), but my most expensive drink of those two weeks was this:

Can you guess which one was mine?
Can you guess which one was mine?

That’s really it.  No great catharsis.  No brilliant conclusions to be drawn.  I feel reassured that my relationship with alcohol is clearly not destructive or problematic, so at least there’s that.

*shrug*

Cheers!

Bottoms Up!
Bottoms Up!