First Thursday: A series of firsts

March 6, 2014 

Painted Violins, the annual fundraiser for the S.C. Philharmonic, debuts at First Thursday on Main

COURTESY PAINTED VIOLINS

It’s a series of firsts for this edition of First Thursdays on Main.

This month’s First Thursdays on Main, the monthly art crawl, is 6-9 p.m. on Main Street between Hampton and Laurel streets.

The highlight is the debut of the newest set of Painted Violins (benefitting the S.C. Philharmonic) at Anastasia and Friends, the art gallery in the Free Times building, 1534 Main St.

Each year, local artists take violins and interpret them with creativity. The result is a thing of beauty.

Place your bids in this silent auction until March 21. The artists contributing include Bohumila Augustinova, Jarid Lyfe Brown, Thomas Crouch, Cindia Deith, Dylan Fouste, Lisa Gray, Doni Jordan, Michael Krajewski, Matthew Kramer, James Lalumondier, Whitney LeJeune, Laurie McIntosh, Curran Stone, Lindsay Wiggins and Roe Young.

Get a sneak peek at Bourbon, the newest restaurant on Main Street. Kristian Niemi will open Bourbon – a Cajun/Creole-influenced restaurant and bourbon -based cocktail bar – in a renovated historic building along Main Street — sometime this spring.

Al-Amir’s newest location at the corner of Main and Laurel will be celebrating its grand opening Thursday. The Mediterranean restaurant will have plenty of samples for you.

Another new addition to the Main Street lineup is Grapes and Gallery, which will have a special Girl Scout cookie and beer pairing 5-9 p.m. for $10.

Tapp’s Art Center is also will have several activities as it celebrates Youth Art Month.

The winners of the I Love Columbia photo contest also will be displayed at the Gallery at City Hall. The winners are Ashley Concannon – Facebook Winner (Finlay Park at sunrise); Joshua Rue – Instagram Winner (Gervais Street Bridge); and Frederick Austin – Twitter Winner (Main Street during the Christmas holiday).

After First Thursdays, join others in the after-party at the Whig, which will tap River Rat Hazelnut Brown from the newest local craft beer in town by River Rat Brewery. River Rat, on Shop Road, officially opens next week, but has been debuting its brews at different bars.

The crawl is free; you’ll pay for some food and beverages. Details: www.firsthursdaysonmain.com

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