Columbia is not what you would call huge.
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Columbia is not what you would call huge.
I did not leave my first punk show a happy camper. That is because someone elbowed me in the face. And that is because I ended up in the middle of a mosh pit no one warned me about. And that is because punk shows are terrifying.
When Phil Carter opened for Iliza Shlesinger in September, his “Pics or it didn’t happen!” punchline was met with laughs, but a collective groan filled the Russell House Ballroom. Apparently dead baby jokes are tough to sell.
The tight-knit nature of Columbia’s art and music scene makes for some truly eclectic shows — you just have to know where to look.
Since I’ve been in college, I’ve found that students have one common concern — food. No longer are we able to walk into our kitchens and have whatever we need at hand, especially when it comes to those midnight dessert sessions we all love. With that one magnificent machine, the microwave, you can satisfy your cravings with this easy mug dessert, no Pinterest required.
In the world of college students, food trucks have become almost as trendy as calling an Uber and rocking white high-top Converse. Mobile dining, food on wheels — whatever you want to call it — we are just as obsessed as the next person. In the past year, these trucks have been popping up all over Columbia at farmers markets, special events and on the side of Gervais Street. Which trucks are worthy of your time?t was my job to find out.
There once was a taxidermy beaver that lived in Five Points. It sat perched high above the crowds at Pinch, greeting everyone who came through looking for a shot or cheap beer. It looked out on the mob with its blank stare, seemingly content in its home.
H3RO has been born in the Columbia hip-hop scene. USC alumnus Justin Daniels, also known by his stage name H3RO, is bringing a certain flavor to the underground scene, one that will be further savored with his new album “Between the Panels,” which is set to drop this summer.
Listen up, foodies. It’s time for a special edition of Food Fight that—you guessed it—isn’t about food at all. When called upon for this mission, I gladly accepted the challenge ahead of me. How would I find signature cocktails to rival the likes of a Nerds Pitcher at Group Therapy or a Fishbowl at (RIP Kildare’s) The Horseshoe? I would put on my classiest game face and hit up a few of the more sophisticated bars in town, that’s how.
The lines on the screen move like heartbeats, jumping with every rise of emotion in sound and dipping with the absence of noise between drumbeats and guitar riffs. Different-colored rows move simultaneously, each with its own rhythm, measuring out melody in a readable pattern.
It takes a lot of guts to add theatrics to your set when you’re the opening act. Thus, when the four members of Those Lavender Whales don their signature seaweed-green Davy Jones beards, it’s near impossible not to gain immediate respect for them, despite the fact that they haven’t even picked up their instruments. And when they do start playing, they might seem to merely be an odd little crew from Columbia with false beards jamming through folk jingles. But behind the faux facial hair, transcendent electric guitar waves, relaxing acoustic strums, happy-go-lucky drum tempos and pleasantly bright lyrics is a group that even in the darkest of times epitomizes love, support and purpose, redefining what it means to be a “family band.”
As a college student, you should already know the three major food groups: burgers, pizza and tacos. And you probably have favorite places to get them (i.e.: the “Old Faithful” chain restaurants that guarantee fast, cheap and occasionally delicious food nearly anywhere in the country). But next time the cravings hit, try thinking inside the box. Local restaurants boast fresh ingredients, unique atmospheres and even some great drink deals for a lot less than you’d expect. You just might discover a new go-to.
Everyone needs to be passionate about something, to give purpose to life. For some people, that passion might be reading or painting. For me, it’s food—specifically, cheese and bread. As I outgrow the miraculous metabolism of teenagers, however, I have begun to realize that my diet of Brie, French bread, and wine isn’t doing me any favors. This school year, I decided to embark on a journey to find the tastiest, healthiest, simplest, (and cheapest!) recipes each week. In the search for these recipes, I plan to leave no stone unturned and no superfood untested. My hope is that my passion for food and my role as guinea pig might combine to create believers in the power of good, healthy food. I decided that if I was really going to do this experiment in healthy eating, I might as well jump in headfirst, so for my first meal, I picked the superfood quinoa. Quinoa is a small, round whole grain that is rich in both protein and fiber, making it great for vegetarians and anyone who has trouble keeping up their iron. Another plus: Quinoa is gluten-free, making it a perfect grain for those with gluten intolerances or allergies. I love the Grecian quinoa salad that I found on myrecipes.com because it is a very versatile summer dish. The quick prep time, summer vegetables, and cheap ingredients make it perfect for a picnic or dinner. Because it is so low in calories (under 400 per serving) it felt perfectly acceptable to have for dinner with a glass of wine, which makes this recipe an automatic win in my book. The variety of colors—green, yellow, white, red, and brown—made for a beautiful presentation. The dish is not too strong and really brings out the texture of the quinoa while allowing all of the other ingredients to make themselves known. Using chicken broth to cook the quinoa made it even more flavorful; of course, if you don’t eat meat, the chicken broth could always be substituted by vegetable broth. Since I couldn’t find radicchio in any grocery stores around me, I ended up using baby arugula instead, which still lent a zesty bite to the dish. The salad took a total of about 45 minutes to prepare, and I was able to eat it for dinner, as a side with lunch the next day, and even as a snack the day after that. I will definitely be making this for my next potluck! You can find the recipe used here.
As a student at the University of South Carolina, Five Points is a popular place to seek out the nightlife. The bars are college-priced, the scene is college-aged and the music is typically to our liking. However, there are several reasons one might want to go elsewhere. Five Points, as we all know, has its fair share of risks when it comes to a night on the town. It can also get very crowded on the weekends, and you might end up waiting for an hour to get into a bar. Or maybe you are just tired of the same old thing and want to try something new. Some might feel that Five Points is their only option for a good time Columbia actually offers a very strong nightlife for almost any kind of mood you’re in. Here are some of my favorite spots in addition to bars and restaurants I’ve been meaning to try out. Each place has something unique to offer, depending on what you’re feeling.
It’s happened to everyone. You open your eyes in the morning (is it even morning?) and your head is pounding. Have the lights in your room gotten brighter? Why does it sound like someone is doing yard work right outside your window? And more importantly, why did you pick up a shift at work this afternoon? You need a quick fix, and all of a sudden, your roommates have a degree in hangover cures. One swears by a trick that has been in their family since the Civil War, one begins putting all the contents of your fridge into a blender and the nursing major offers to give you an IV. Who do you trust? According to a study published by the British Medical Journal in 2005, there is no cure-all method to get rid of a hangover, but we refuse to stand idly by and wait for our splitting headaches to pass. Your friends at Garnet & Black have put together a fool-proof chart rating each myth (with an ideal score of 5 drinks) to take the guesswork out of recuperation. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.
A typical night in 5 Points usually consists of a plethora of students (probably under the influence) celebrating the much-anticipated end to a stressful school week. Students stumble around from bar to bar looking for drinks and a good time because if we’re going to work hard, we’re going to play hard too. Inside of the bar, people eagerly push their way to the bartender in hope for a quick drink, but most of the time it’s not as fast as we expect, and people begin to get angry and impatient. After a taxing week, why should we have to wait to have a good time, right? Now, imagine being on the other side; the bartender. Or, taking it further; the owner of one of the most popular bars in 5 Points. After a long and stressful week, the hard work doesn’t stop for a bartender. They work hard, and then work harder.
Every comedian dreams of the day they get to yell, “LIVE FROM NEW YORK…” on the stage in Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Center. For six lucky individuals, this fantasy will come true. “Saturday Night Live” has been responsible for catapulting the careers of comedy legends (Chevy Chase, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Adam Sandler, to name a small few) for almost four decades.
Devia Robinson has seen it all.