An all-female, flat-track roller-derby team, the Columbia QuadSquad Rollergirls aim to defend their state title with a vengeance each night they blaze in eight-wheeled fury through Jamil Temple. In each night's lineup of matches, the Miss B-Havers, CQS's secondary squad, will take the rink first, followed by the Allstars, so named because of their cosmological egalitarianism. During each jam, CQS attempts to send its star-helmeted jammer through the crowd to gain control, where she can score points by lapping opponents. Meanwhile, four blockers assist the jammer's cause by escorting adversaries to a date with linoleum. The hits are real, and referees see to it that they are legal, or else players will be sent to the penalty box where they must endure two minutes of wearing nose plugs made of Vegemite.
Cofounded in 1988 by master puppeteer Allie Scollon and her son, John, the Columbia Marionette Theatre showcases the string-pulling artistry of its puppeteers both on its home stage and at shows across South Carolina. Expressive puppets crafted for each show breathe new life into classic fairy tales and educational programs, including shows about littering, going to the dentist, and a combo show about not discarding your old teeth in the park fountain.
The White Mule's menu sports internationally influenced items such as creative sandwiches, pizzas, and locally brewed beers. Start out with an appetizing order of spinach-artichoke dip ($6) and venture eastward to the Mediterranean with the Grecian Pizza, a Hellenic pie with pepperoni, artichoke hearts, red onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and mozzarella and feta cheese ($10). Light eaters can cash in on the green offered by the Mule's slew of salads ($6–$8) or creatively flavored pita wraps such as the chicken parmesan ($8) or the Mexican-fusion fajita wrap ($9).
An uplifting and profound dramedy, Harvey tells the story of Elwood P. Dowd and the play’s namesake, his invisible long-eared ally. With forthright congeniality, Elwood shares Harvey with the world, but the world balks and ships him to a sanitarium, though not without some chuckle-inducing mix-ups along the way. Reunite with old, intangible friends in the comfy confines of the oldest continuously used theater building in the United States to reminisce on the various and innumerable shades of companionship.
The Workshop Theatre of South Carolina keeps theater-goers guessing with its rousing rendition of Victor/Victoria. A musical romp based on the 1982 movie starring Julie Andrews, Victor/Victoria follows the fate of a woman posing as a female impersonator in 1930s Paris.