It’s the first week of 2013, and there’s already a bevy of concerts, parties and events on the scene’s entertainment and cultural calendar. But let’s take a look back at 2012, if only to gauge how cool this year has to be to top the last.
The inaugural TEDxColumbiaSC was held at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. After hearing the entertaining, informative and inspiring presenters, TEDxColumbiaSC reinforced my belief in Columbia. The next conference is Jan. 21.
Charleston’s Elise Testone, a member of Justin Smith & The Folk Hop Band, placed sixth on the 11th season of “American Idol,” which was won by Phillip Phillips.
The hopes of South Carolina, which has long seemed primed to make an impact in hip-hop music, faded a bit when Darnell Rodriguez Mealing, widely known by his recording name Boss G, was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison. Mealing pleaded guilty in 2011 in U.S. District Court to one count of distributing crack cocaine and one count of possession of a firearm. Judge Cameron McGowan Currie decided Mealing deserved a longer prison sentence than recommended because he had led a violent lifestyle, using assault rifles and his status in the Folk Nation gang to carry out drug deals. Hip-hop pretends to demand authenticity, that its stars are “real.” What happens when being real really gets you in trouble?
Rapper P. Watts was selected to freestyle for a segment of MTV2’s “Sucker Free Countdown.” Watts wore a USC baseball cap and jacket.
As part of the online packaging of Sports Illustrated’s 2012 swimsuit issue, a snippet of Toro Y Moi’s “Still Sound” was used as the music for a video starring model Chrissy Teigen. Chaz Bundick, who records as Toro, will release “Anything in Return” Jan. 22.
We learned that Joey Thompson, half of Dinobrite Productions, looks like actor Ryan Gosling. Or so he thinks. A video of Thompson teaching how to look like “The Notebook” star has been viewed more than 510,000 times on YouTube.
The Nickelodeon Theatre, which moved into its new Main Street home in September, implored people not to go see “Shame,” a film about a sex addict, at the theater. That was the message on papers stuck to posts around town. The posts chided actors Carey Mulligan and Michael Fassbender, saying their performances “will only serve to ruin your sexual standards.” Great advertising. The movie was kind of limp.
The singing rapper Drake put on a marvelous performance at the CLA. I’ve always appreciated his prodigious hit-making talent, but his stamina and breath control suggested his hard work extends beyond the studio. He doesn’t need multiple hype men on stage to finish his often emotive lyrics. One of his openers was Kendrick Lamar, whose album “good kid, m.A.A.d city” made prestigious year-end best-of lists. And to think that during his set there were people on Twitter asking who he was.
The Hollywood fashion critic Cojo was here for Wine Dine & Design, a fashion event to benefit The Walker Foundation.
Township Auditorium began its Loading Dock Live series, the concerts held in the venue’s parking lot.
Runners took to the streets as part of the Columbia SC Marathon, the first 26.2-mile race in Columbia since the Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials in 2000.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers was arguably the best rock show at the arena since Motley Crue in 2006, the year singer Vince Neil got smacked in the head with a bottle. At RHCP, dudes took their T-shirts off, girls were dancing like they were in dance clubs, the light show was extraordinary and the band was energetic and on point. The city needs more rock shows.
For a few hours, Palmetto Public Record, a local blog, was the focus of the media elite after the blog published a post that Gov. Nikki Haley was about to be indicted. National and local media clamored to verify the blog’s report, which didn’t identify a source. “The item’s rapid journey from hearsay to mainstream journalism, largely via Twitter, forced Ms. Haley to rush to defend herself against a false rumor. And it left news organizations facing a new round of questions about accountability and standards in the fast and loose ‘retweets do not imply endorsement’ ethos of today’s political journalism” wrote The New York Times in a takedown of the very culture it inhabits.
This entry is simply a short love letter: Flock and Rally, I love you. You make this city feel special.
A month after releasing “One More Night,” Jordan Miller announced he was leaving The Movement. “Hey fans, just wanted to formally apologize for all of this craziness. I love this band. From the day Josh and I started, I have loved it, but this was a decision I had to make for myself to make me happy,” Miller wrote on Facebook. Josh Swain, who co-founded the band with Miller but had previously left, returned. In another post on the band’s page, Miller reacted to what he felt were public slights by a former bandmate. Miller released a solo EP in December.
USC student Kristin Todd won $10,000 on the season premiere of CMT’s “ The Singing Bee.”
Shout out to the Rosewood Crawfish Festival for moving the eating tent off Rosewood Drive. It relieved street clogging. The festival had to move its 2013 date from May 4 to May 11 because of the May 4 Kenny Chesney concert at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Who knew what to expect when New Edition, along with Bobby Brown, performed at the CLA? Brown delivered a spectacle, holding the mic stand — or was he being held up by the mic stand? — and barely dancing the choreographed steps. But when it was time to solo, he almost made your forget his recent history. But then he started talking.
I won’t go as far as to say I was robbed at Trustus Theatre’s Vista Queen pageant, but how was anyone supposed to beat Gerald Floyd?
The inaugural Columbia Style Week, a five-day event, was held. There were some first-year problems. CSW wrapped with a runway show, not in the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center as advertised, but in the Saki Tumi parking lot. The dearth of local designers and stores at CSW was bewildering. CSW returns June 11-15.
Lexington’s Eric Bradford finished eighth on CMT’s reality series “Redneck Island,” a “Survivor”-like show.
The Rolling Stone Bar received a letter from a Rolling Stone magazine lawyer stating that the bar’s name was infringing on the magazine’s trademark.
Columbia native Ryan Monroe, who plays keyboard and guitar in Band of Horses, released a solo album, “A Painting of a Painting on Fire.” The album, a musical mosaic that, while complex, maintained a prismatic sense of pop music, was reviewed favorably.
In October 2011, Club XS, a four-in-one club, opened in the spaces that used to house Banana Joe’s, Saddle Ridge, Element Nightlife and Headliners. The club was owned by Robert Hills, who also owned Club RA and Tabu. By July, the club had been renamed Jet Nightlife with Myron Chinn in charge.
After almost eight years, Chris Bickel ended Mr. B’s Goodtime Karaoke Explosion, the Wednesday night event at Art Bar.
Toro Y Moi and Tyler, the Great collaborate on “ Hey You.” Do we want to hear more?
Lake Murray Communications rebranded WZMJ-FM 93.1 as Z93 The Lake, a variety hits station. The move knocked ESPN Radio out of the market. Clemson University football is still carried by WZMJ.
The weather for the Famously Hot Music Festival was pleasantly warm, but music fans gave the three-day festival in Finlay Park a cold shoulder. The festival, featuring 15 performers, wasn’t a dud. But the attendance was.
Long-time Five Points retailer Debbie McDaniel received a letter from Neiman Marcus. The giant high-end retailer said the name of Revente’s Last Call, McDaniel’s 1,800-square-foot store on Millwood Avenue opened two years ago to support the Women’s Shelter, could be confused by consumers with Last Call by Neiman Marcus, a clearance store for the retailer’s out-of-season clothing and accessories.
Maybe, just maybe, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s spoof of Carly Rae Jespen’s “Call Me Maybe,” which features Mayor Steve Benjamin and his predecessor Bob Coble, among others, is the best local video of the year.
ESPN’s “ College GameDay” set up shop for the second time on USC’s Horseshoe. Hootie’s frontman, Darius Rucker, was the guest picker.
An example of how it’s done: The Jam Room Music Festival, with its two stages, hosted a well-orchestrated party on Main Street. And it was great to see fellow cyclists cruising to and from the festival.
After six years of performances, Alternacirque, the alternative performance collective, hosted its final show at Art Bar.
Free Times’ Eva Moore tweeted this on Dec. 4: “Remember the 3 Rivers Music Festival? It’s back. July 12-13, 2013. They just told Council they’ll be asking for $$.” The announcement was like an early Christmas present — one that quite possibly needs to be returned.
South Carolina’s DJ Loui Vee appeared on BET’s “106 & Park.”