In an area known for its creativity, here are some winners when it comes to taking advantage of space:
•Shakespeare in the Park,
performed on Finlay Park’s island stage, where the actors’ voices are carried by the water.
Artist Kara Gunter created stumps of trees from layered paper and adhesive in a partly sunny alley off Gervais Street as part of that year’s Artista Vista.
use of the Columbia Music Festival Association’s ArtSpace on Pulaski Street. (Although the Festival of Doom, Alternacirque’s bawdy alt-vaudeville show, is perhaps the coolest user of them all.) Under director John Whitehead, the rentable ArtSpace serves as an incredible incubator for Columbia’s startup performing arts groups.
•Thirsty Fellow and the Palmetto Pig,
neighboring fun spots in a sea of asphalt between the Carolina Coliseum and Huger Street