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Doesn’t He Have a Federal Cocaine Charge?

Can you still run for office in this state, having that kind of a background?

The Playlist: Music Farm at Tin Roof Looks Poised to Open By August

This Just In: Mayor Benjamin No Longer at Parker Poe Law Firm

News. Brief.: Viewers Protest WIS’ Decision to Drop Ben Hoover

The Playlist: Local Guitarist and Teacher Robert Newton Passes Away at 58


FT Happenings: Midlands Grown Restaurant Week; Riffnado; Chapman’s Charleston

By Free Times | Friday, July 11, 2014

The Playlist: Flatpicking Guitarist Larry Keel’s Natural Bridge Between Bluegrass and Jam-Band Rock

By Kevin Oliver | Friday, July 11, 2014

This Just In: Uber Launches in Columbia, but State Agency Says It’s Illegal

By Eva Moore | Friday, July 11, 2014

Nibbles and Sips: Doughnut Truck Rolling Into Columbia For One Day

By April Blake | Thursday, July 10, 2014

Nibbles and Sips: Columbia Stuffed Wing Truck Gets Own TV Show

By Eva Moore | Thursday, July 10, 2014

Photo Gallery: Club Life | Cover 3

By Christian Barker | Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Playlist: Local Guitarist and Teacher Robert Newton Passes Away at 58

By Kevin Oliver | Thursday, July 10, 2014


Cult Favorite RiffTrax Riffing on Sharknado

By Free Times | Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Plus: Royal Shakespeare Company’s performance of Henry IV
A super-sized storm sucks sharks from the ocean and hurls them onto land, where they kill people.

News + Opinion

Pinson Convicted, Benjamin Responds to Allegations from Trial

By Dan Cook | Wednesday, July 9, 2014
In a case that has riveted onlookers in Columbia because of its close connection to Mayor Steve Benjamin, Jonathan Pinson — former board chair of South Carolina State University and business partner of Benjamin’s — was found guilty July 3 on 29 charges of public corruption.
Local and State News: The Volatile Price of Dying

Music + Nightlife

Emo’s New Wave is No Revival

By Patrick Wall | Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Once largely forgotten to all but America’s basement-tour circuit, emo’s had a banner resurgence in the past two years. What had been a slow-simmering grassroots scene boiled over into a media orgy.

Food + Dining

Put a Little Sparkle in Your Summer

By Richard Fadeley | Wednesday, July 9, 2014
We often talk about champagne and how it can define a moment, or even create one, but the same applies to most any sparkler.

Arts + Lifestyle

Filmmaker and Producer Aim to Boost Local Industry

By Rodney Welch | Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Colors Bangin' in South Carolina
By 2004, 17-year-old Terrence Davis had achieved one of his major lifetime goals: he was a gang leader.


Openings in Columbia SC: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; Ida; We Are the Best!

By Free Times | Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Now free, an army of hyper-intelligent, genetically modified apes defends itself.

On The Cover

Hunting a Jazz Scene

As Avant-Garde Scene Thrives, Mainstream Jazz Searches for Sound Footing
By Jordan Lawrence | Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Christopher Andrews Speakeasy Columbia SC jazz saxophone
Five months ago, the streets of Columbia were slick with a rare coating of snow and ice. During the day, most of the city’s schools, stores and offices had closed, including that of the typically stubborn Free Times.
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Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:

100 State St., 803-791-3443
West Columbia

The Southern Belly BBQ

1332 Rosewood Dr., 803-667-9533


Blue Marlin

1200 Lincoln St.
, 803-799-3838

The Vista, Columbia

Il Giorgione
 Pizzeria & Wine Bar

2406 Devine St., 803-521-5063

Cafe Strudel

300 State St., 803-794-6634

West Columbia

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