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  • Bottoms Up: Lynchburg Lemonade at Moosehead Saloon (+ video)

    Posted on February 24, 2015

    How to make Lynchburg Lemonade

    The Lynchburg Lemonade features one of the staples of Southern liquor – Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.

    The drink, named in part after the home of the Jack Daniel’s distillery, actually features no lemonade whatsoever, but it’s hard to know that when drinking it.

    Moosehead Saloon, in Five Points, not only has the atmosphere of a Jack Daniel’s-serving establishment, it has the mechanical bull to go with it.


  • Music in the Midlands Feb. 26-March 4: Maze, Harpeth Rising, Blue Dogs

    Posted on February 25, 2015

    Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will perform Friday at Township Auditorium.

    Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly

    This American soul band was started by the Philadelphia-born Beverly in 1970 and has had several ranking albums and songs. Most of their singles – including “Back in Stride Again,” which hit No. 1 in 1985 – climbed the U.S. R&B charts. This funky performance was scheduled for Jan. 17, but was rescheduled, meaning tickets already purchased can be used at the new date, and tickets still remain. Klass Band Brotherhood and Terence Young are also scheduled to perform.


  • Will Smith and Margot Robbie sizzle in the irresistible 'Focus'

    Posted by BETSY SHARKEY on February 26, 2015

    Will Smith and Margot Robbie star in ‘Focus.’

    "Focus," the new rom-com-con - as in romantic comedy-con artist caper - is an irresistible reminder of all the reasons we first fell for the Fresh Prince so many years ago.

    Will Smith comes back from the "After Earth" sci-fi fiasco of 2013 leading with his heart, more vulnerable than we've seen the actor since he played the poverty-bound single father in "The Pursuit of Happyness." And that was nearly a decade ago.

    The one responsible for getting the pulse racing is Margot Robbie, the "Wolf of Wall Street" actress more than holding her own. When it comes to charm, his is substantial, hers is effervescent. She's a perfect match for the most romantic role we've seen from Smith. Their chemistry is so combustible the only question is: What took Hollywood so long? And, no, the cliche-riddled "Hitch" does not count.


  • Nuns on the run: ‘Sister Act’ comes to Koger

    Posted on February 25, 2015

    Sister Act

    At 9, Sarah Michelle Cuc played one of the featured nuns in “Sister Act” as part of a third-grade talent show.

    Twenty years later, Cuc is reprising the role of Sister Mary Patrick on a national tour of the musical comedy coming to Columbia for performances Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Direct from Broadway, “Sister Act” received five Tony Award nominations in 2011, including for best musical, best original score and best book of a musical. It is produced by Whoopi Goldberg, who starred in the movie version as Sister Mary Clarence but – just to be clear – does not appear in the stage version.


  • What’s Good Here? Bellis House of Pizza in Lexington

    Posted on February 25, 2015

    While Bellis House of Pizza’s menu offerings range from a pork chop dinner to lasagna to subs and sandwiches, the 13 specialty pizzas are the restaurant’s most popular order. In addition to the Mediterranean, Bellis features a popular house special supreme, a Tuscan with prosciutto, sun-dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts, a Grecco with gyro, feta, spinach and fresh tomato slices, and a Kota with grilled chicken, spinach and garlic.

    What’s good here?

    Don’t let the name fool you.

    Yes, Bellis House of Pizza is mainly known for its fresh specialty pizzas – such as the Mediterranean, topped with eggplant, garlic, Kalamata olives, tomato slices, spinach and feta on an olive oil base – but the restaurant also serves up primo Greek and Italian dishes such as spanakopita and veal parmigiana.


  • How I Go Columbia

    How I Go Columbia – Chaka Khan contest entry

    Readers show us how they Go Columbia for a chance to win four tickets to Auntie Karen Foundation presents Chaka Kahn!


  • How I Go Columbia: Matthew Ganong

    Posted on February 25, 2015

    Matthew Ganong

    Matthew Ganong, 40, is a professional pianist and the organist at the Anglican Church of the Epiphany. He grew up in Columbia and, after nearly 20 years in Baltimore and Chicago, returned in 2012. He lives near Forest Acres.

    EAT: My favorite place in town is Mediterranean Tea Room on Devine Street. I like to get a mixture of stuff from the side dishes, like falafel and hummus and spinach. I also like Rosewood Market; they do a nice lunch there. They’re distinctive. I usually try something different each time. I also like O-Bok, the Korean restaurant on Decker Boulevard.

    PLAY: I like to get out in the state parks, go to Sesquicentennial, Harbison State Forest. I’m on a mission to see all the state parks in South Carolina at some point. I also do practice Tai Chi and teach it. I like to do that outside. I took up tennis recently as a hobby, and I’m really enjoying it. I go to Trenholm Park or Crayton Middle School, one or the other. They’re free courts and are close by where I live.


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