This spring and summer, the University of South Carolina’s faculty, students, alumni and several local elected officials got a rude awakening — and a quick lesson in power politics.
The ride was called the Himalaya.
In 30 years, S.C. Pride has shifted from a protest by a group viewed as outsiders seeking equality and acceptance to an annual celebration, 80,000 strong, largely embraced by the city of Columbia and the surrounding area. The weekend-long Pride events start Friday.
She still has the shoulders. They are the shoulders of a swimmer.
It’s been 25 years since the most famous band to come out of South Carolina released its famous first LP.
Food is a personal thing. From holiday dinners to first dates to comfort food reached for in times of need, our favorites are hard-wired into …
In South Carolina, like many Southern states, the word “barbecue” conjures different images in different places, with our beloved pulled pork …
In today’s around-the-clock media environment, it’s not hard for a story to slip from the front of the public’s collective mind.
It’s long-held tradition for any self-aware Columbia resident to bemoan the affable blandness of the city. We’re a college town, a government …
For almost four years, a larger repair and revamp has remained firmly out of reach for the city, with funding for the repair gummed up in government red tape.
Last month, one of Columbia’s most popular indie rock bands made a splash by eschewing traditional tactics.
If you’re a member of your neighborhood Facebook group or Nextdoor, you’re familiar with the different kinds of posts about crime.
By 4:15 p.m. on a sunny Thursday, the rooftop of Hendrix has 24 people on it, with more arriving by the minute. By 5 p.m., it’ll be pretty muc…
Call it The Crawl.
Back in February, the Rosewood Crawfish Festival made a big announcement. For its 2019 iteration, the longtime neighborhood staple would move …
Columbia has come a long way as a city for eating and drinking.
It’s a warm Thursday morning at Greenview Community Park — one of those thick, humid Columbia spring mornings that serve as a reminder of just…
Fat Rat da Czar is busy.
Two months after the evacuation of Allen Benedict Court, Diamond Herbert is burned out.
It’s right there on the posters.
No matter what year it actually is, it’s 1997 in Columbia.
It’s late on a Tuesday morning, and the second-floor lobby of the South Carolina State House is bustling.
For Free Times, Columbia is the center of the universe. We live in it. We eat and drink in it. We write about it.
Trae Judy pops off thoughts with the speedy excitement of a movie theater popcorn machine. Like many who Free Times talked to during the past …
It’s a cold but sunny January morning along West Beltline Boulevard, and the neighborhood is alive with activity.