St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

Win 4 Tickets to Saturday Night Fever

Win 4 Tickets to Saturday Night Fever

One of the most beloved dance stories of all time in a spectacular new production, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER is the coming of age tale of young Tony Manero who learns the value of life in 1970’s Brooklyn. Based on the 1977 movie starring John Travolta, Saturday Night Fever is packed with legendary hits from the Bee Gees, including “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever,” “Jive Talking,” “You Should Be Dancing,” and “How Deep is Your Love,” in addition to several new songs written especially for this production.

To learn more information or to purchase tickets: broadwayincolumbia.com

Win 2 Tickets to Million Dollar Quartet

Win 2 Tickets to Million Dollar Quartet

This Broadway Musical inspired by THE ELECTRIFYING TRUE STORY.

The Tony® Award Winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet, brings December 4, 1956 to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations. Four legends, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley gathered at the Sun Record recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee, where they’d launched their careers. Word soon leaked out of an impromptu jam session. A newspaper man who was there wrote, ‘This quartet could sell a million.’ Soon, they were dubbed the Million Dollar Quartet. This was their only performance, a cultural flash point that caught rock ‘n’ roll at the moment of creation.

For more information or to purchase tickets: towntheatre.com

Win 4 tickets to Columbia Choral Society's Spring

Win 4 tickets to Columbia Choral Society's Spring

The Columbia Choral Society continues its season of collaboration, joining with many talented musicians from Richland Northeast and Ridge View High Schools for its upcoming concert, The New Guard Sings the Old Masters.

Joining the Columbia Choral Society and the high school vocalists and instrumentalists will be a professional chamber orchestra.

The concert features works by Haydn, Mozart and Stamitz, and will take place on Sunday, March 26 at Washington Street United Methodist Church in Columbia @ 4pm. Everyone is invited to watch and hear The New Guard Sings the Old Masters
, the final concert of the year of the Columbia Choral Society, South Carolina’s longest continuously performing community chorus.

For more information or to purchase tickets: columbiachoralsociety.org

Show Us Your College Hoops Pride

Show Us Your College Hoops Pride

Black History Month: Who Said It

Black History Month: Who Said It

Win A Framed Clemson National Championship Front P

Win A Framed Clemson National Championship Front P

Don't miss having a memory of this historical event. The Clemson Tiger's football team are National Champions! Enter here to win a framed 13x22 matte finish reprint of The State's front page from January 10, 2017.

If you are interested in ordering a poster page or reprint: click here.

Win 4 Tickets to Cinderella

Win 4 Tickets to Cinderella

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award® – winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists!

For more information or to buy tickets: broadwayincolumbia.com

Win a VIP Package to Famously Hot New Year!

Win a VIP Package to Famously Hot New Year!


Win 2 tickets to You Can't Take It With You

Win 2 tickets to You Can't Take It With You

Welcome to the Vanderhof's home wherein lives a slightly batty New York City family. Grandpa lives for sheer joy rather than for achivement, ambition or financial gain. Daughter Penny labors without distinction as a would-be playwright of melodramas while her husband, Paul, spends his days making fireworks in the cellar. Penny and Paul's children are also in the nest -- a ballerina in her own mind, Essie, and Alice, the "normal" one.

Show dates are January 20 to February 5, 2017.
For more information or tickets: towntheatre.com

Win 4 Tickets to Annie

Win 4 Tickets to Annie

Win 4 Tickets to Riverdance

Win 4 Tickets to Riverdance

The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song.

For more information or to buy tickets go to BroadwayinColumbia.com

Win 2 Tickets to A Christmas Carol

Win 2 Tickets to A Christmas Carol

This Christmas Carol isn’t like anything you have seen before! Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge summarizes his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when the ghosts of Christmas reveal his Past, Present and Future. How does the story end? We think you know that answer! Of course Scrooge recognizes his faults and reconnects with those that mean the most to him. Through the music of Broadway heavy hitters Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Little Shop Of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical), this version of A Christmas Carol has fantastic new life — just like Scrooge himself!

WHAT: A Christmas Carol: The Musical
WHEN: December 2-18
MORE INFORMATION: www.towntheatre.com


Win 4 Tickets to Wild Kratts Live

Win 4 Tickets to Wild Kratts Live

Win 4 tickets to see Wild Kratts Live!

Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, "come to life" in a classically Wild Kratts story. Off "To the Creature Rescue!" the Emmy nominated Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal 'wow facts' the Wild Dratts team rescues their favorite invention from Zach's clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again.

Click here for more information or to buy tickets.

Columbia Choral Society: Love, Fate & Triumph Swee

Columbia Choral Society: Love, Fate & Triumph Swee

Columbia Choral Society has a remarkable celebration planned for Sunday, November 13, at 4 pm. The concert will take place at Incarnation Lutheran Church, 3005 Devine St., Columbia, SC. The Columbia Choral Society is introducing their new director, Dr. Beth Mears and showcasing the featured soloist, Jacob Will, baritone. Don't miss hearing this talented group of singers! It is the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

For more information or to buy tickets: columbiachoralsociety.org

Win 4 Tickets to Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Win 4 Tickets to Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been one of America's favorite holiday traditions for 30 years! This show features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting.

For more information or to purchase tickets: broadwayincolumbia.com


Moonlighting $100 Sweepstakes

Moonlighting $100 Sweepstakes

Moonlighting is the FREE on-demand marketplace that instantly connects people looking to hire with local freelancers and small businesses. From dog walkers to data scientists, use Moonlighting to find help for any task, project, or job in your personal life or for your small business.

Register for your chance to win a Moonlighting prize pack; including a $100 Target gift card!

Back By Popular Demand - SC State Fair and The Sta

Back By Popular Demand - SC State Fair and The Sta

Don't miss this year's fair! 12 days of exhibits, competitions, food, rides, and big name entertainment!

For more fair information (especially about discounted tickets) see scstatefair.org.

'HOWL-O-WEEN' Costume Contest

'HOWL-O-WEEN' Costume Contest

South Carolina State Fair Sweepstakes

South Carolina State Fair Sweepstakes

Don't miss this year's fair! 12 days of exhibits, competitions, food, rides, and big name entertainment!

For more fair information (especially about discounted tickets) see scstatefair.org.

Win 2 Tickets to Town Theatre's My Fair Lady

Win 2 Tickets to Town Theatre's My Fair Lady

Meet Henry Higgins, a brilliant, crotchety, middle-aged bachelor who is England’s leading phoneticist. Higgins, on his endless quest for new dialects of London’s speech, encounters Eliza Doolittle, a cockney gutter sparrow who makes her living selling violets. Eliza comes to Higgins in order to transform herself into a “lidy.” And thus the duel begins. This classic story is being brought back to the Town stage on its ten year anniversary of last being presented. It’s no wonder that everyone – not just Henry – falls in love with My Fair Lady!

Win Season Tickets to Broadway in Columbia

Win Season Tickets to Broadway in Columbia


Broadway in Columbia is proud to present its BEST and BIGGEST season to date! This year they are bringing the hottest new titles on Broadway, along with classic stories, family favorites and much more...all to Columbia's own Koger Center.


Ticket information: www.broadwayincolumbia.com
or 803-251-2222

The State's Best 2016 Winning Round

State's Best Nominations 2016

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

“Just look at the world around you — such wonderful things surround you — what more is ya lookin’ for?” Indeed — life under the sea is a magical kingdom. Yet, despite the wonders of the sea floor, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel still longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. She bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her mermaid tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder, Scuttle and Sebastian to restore order.

Show dates are July 15 - 31, 2016
Ticket information: towntheatre.com

The Addams Family

The Addams Family

Da-da-da-dum. Snap. Snap. With this musical theme, you automatically enter the macabre world of The Addams Family. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia.

Show dates are May 6-28, 2016
For ticket information: http://towntheatre.com/


42nd Street

42nd Street

The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42ND STREET is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We're In The Money," “Lullaby of Broadway," “Shuffle Off To Buffalo," “Dames," “I Only Have Eyes For You" and of course “42nd Street." Based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley's 1933 movie, 42ND STREET tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer.


Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St., Columbia, S. C.
April 26, 2016, 7:30 p.m. is the show date for the winning tickets. There is a second performance on April 27, 2016.
For more information: broadwayincolumbia.com

Celtic Woman

Celtic Woman

This enchanting musical experience features Celtic Woman performing a treasure chest of traditional Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary pop songs in the group's distinctive style. The four sublimely gifted Irish women – three angelic vocalists and a dazzling Celtic violinist – perform with a full band, the Anotas Choir, bagpipers and Irish dancers, all under the direction of Emmy-nominated music producer David Downes.


Details


WHEN: 7:30 p.m. April 19, 2016
WHERE: Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St., Columbia, S.C.
TICKETS: $48-$78 at kogercenterforthearts.com, 803-251-2222 or the Koger Center box office

Once

Once

His music needed one thing. Her.

Once, the winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor-musicians who play their own instruments onstage, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights – but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 30-31, 2016
Where: Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St., Columbia, SC
Tickets: $39-$59 at www.kogercenterforthearts.com, 803-251-2222, or the Koger Center Box Office

Alton Brown

Alton Brown

"Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science," the follow-up to the smash "Edible Inevitable" tour, will be in Columbia on April 8. Fans can expect more comedy, talk show antics, multimedia presentations and music (yes, he sings!), but Brown is adding a slew of fresh ingredients, including new puppets, songs and bigger -- and potentially more dangerous -- experiments. Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect mix of science, music and food in two hours of pure entertainment.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8
WHERE: Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St.
TICKETS: $39-$150 online, by phone at 803-251-2222, or in person at the Koger Center Box Office, 806 Park St.
INFORMATION:
www.altonbrowntour.com

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group

Music, comedy and technology

Remember when you were little and your imaginary friend took your hand and led you into a world that looked like yours, only brighter? That's what Blue Man Group is like.

Blue Man Group combines music, technology and comedy to create a form of entertainment that defies categorization and appeals to people of all ages. Blue Man Group's shows have been described by critics as “innovative," “energetic" and “wildly entertaining." But the only way to understand Blue Man Group's global popularity is to see the show yourself.

One performance only!

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11.
Where: Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St., Columbia.
Tickets: $39-$59; click here to buy yours.
Also: Rows A, B and C are "poncho seats" -- you may get splashed!

USC Basketball Contest

USC Basketball Contest

ULTIMATE BASKETBALL FAN CONTEST

One lucky fan will receive an Ultimate Fan Pack from the University of South Carolina Basketball teams. The prize package includes 4 t-shirts and 4 tickets to the Women's Basketball game versus University of Connecticut and 4 tickets to the Men's Basketball game versus Florida.

Can't wait to see your Gamecocks play, click here to buy tickets for upcoming games or call the box office at 1-800-4SC-FANS.

Town Theatre Honky Tonk

Town Theatre Honky Tonk

Three women meet on a Greyhound bus with plans to leave behind their humdrum lives and become country-music stars. As the wheels turn, bringing them closer to Nashville, these sassy gals make plans to pursue their Music City dreams. Crooning tunes such as “Stand By Your Man,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “9 to 5,” “Rocky Top,” and “Ode to Billy Joe,” kick back and enjoy The Honky Tonk Angels' ride — big lights, big dreams, big hair and all!

See the show Feb. 19-March 6 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Box office open 12-5 p.m. weekdays, or call 803-799-2510 for tickets.

Town Theatre Nice Work

Town Theatre Nice Work

ABOUT THE SHOW

Charming playboy Jimmy Winter meets rough female bootlegger Billie Bendix the weekend of his wedding in the 1920s. Thinking Jimmy and his fiancée will be out of town, Billie and her gang hide cases of alcohol in the basement of Jimmy's Long Island mansion. But when Jimmy, his wife-to-be and her prohibitionist family show up at the mansion for the wedding, Billie and her cohorts pose as servants, causing high jinks galore. The show includes classic Gershwin hits “Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," “Someone to Watch Over Me" and “Fascinating Rhythm."

Nice Work If You Can Get It will be onstage Jan. 15-31 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St., Columbia. Buy tickets -- $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $15 for youth -- here, or call the box office at 803-799-2510.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Enter to win 4 tickets!


One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production is a re-imagining of the biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers, and the coat of many colors. The magical musical is full of unforgettable songs, including "Go Go Go Joseph," "Any Dream Will Do," and "Close Every Door."

The show is Jan. 12-13, 2016 at the Koger Center for the Arts. Book your tickets at kogercenterforthearts.com, call 803-251-2222, or stop by the Koger Center Box Office!

Colonial Cup Sweepstakes

Colonial Cup Sweepstakes

Win six Post & Paddock tickets to the 46th annual Marion du Pont Scott Colonial Cup! The race is Saturday, Nov. 21. Gates open at 9 a.m.

Post & Paddock tickets include admission, food in the Post & Paddock Tent catered by Southern Way, and two drink tickets. The winner also will receive two parking passes. Lunch will be served in the Post & Paddock Tent from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For details, see www.carolina-cup.org/colonial-cup. To buy tickets, click here.

The State's Best-Winning Round

Dinner on Us Columbia Greek Festival Food Voucher

Dinner on Us Columbia Greek Festival Food Voucher

BE GREEK! The State Media Company and the Columbia Greek Festival are giving five lucky winners four food vouchers apiece! Enjoy a meal of broiled Greek-style chicken or keftedes (meatballs) any day during the festival, or try pastichio, Greek-style roasted lamb or peasant shrimp. All meals are served with spanakopeta (spinich peta), Greek salad and bread.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17; 12-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18
WHERE: 1931 Sumter St., Columbia, S.C.
DETAILS: columbiasgreekfestival.com; 803-461-0248; columbiasgreekfestival@gmail.com

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