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The Gamecocks Go Bowling

Plus: Last Chance to See Lights Before Christmas and Holiday Lights on the River
By Free Times
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 |
Take a bath, coach! | The University of South Carolina football team plays in the Capital One Bowl on New Year’s Day. photo by Travis Belll/Sideline Carolina

Wednesday 25

Today is Christmas Day, and, as former President Calvin Coolidge said, “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” So, yeah. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, jingle bells and all that jazz. Merry Christmas, you filthy animals.

If, by some stroke of luck, you find yourself out and about this night of Christmas Day, we will tell you that comedian Spanky Brown yuks it up tonight at the Comedy House; on his Facebook page, the comedian posted that he was offering Gamecock football star Jadeveon Clowney free tickets to his 8:30 p.m. performance. So, uh, if you know Jadeveon, pass it along, we guess. Tickets for anyone who hasn’t knocked the helmet off of a University of Michigan running back’s head — i.e. everyone else — are $10. Call 798-9898 or visit for more information.

Thursday 26

‘Twas the day after Christmas and ... uh, not a whole lot is open. The Nickelodeon Theatre is, though; it screens Nebraska at 3, 6 and 8:30 p.m. As we told you last week, Bruce Dern’s getting most of the acclaim for his turn as the cantankerous Woody, but he’s not the only one receiving praise — director Alexander Payne, who also directed Election and Sideways, has been nominated for seven Best Director awards, and June Squibb, who plays Woody’s long-suffering wife, has received a whopping 20 Best Supporting Actress nods. Call 254-3433 or visit for more information.

Friday 27

Today falls during It’s About Time Week. What’s it about time for? Well, that’s up to you, we suppose. Since we’re still in the midst of a holiday lull, maybe it’s about time you get around to seeing some exhibitions you haven’t seen yet — like Tutankhamun: Return of the King at the South Carolina State Museum, or Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage at the Columbia Museum of Art. Or maybe something at one of Columbia’s smaller galleries — maybe Bruce Nellsmith’s Formal Structures and Memories at City Art, or Susan Lenz’ I Am Not Invisible at Tapp’s Arts Center. We don’t know, we don’t know what you have and have not seen.

Saturday 28

Look, the South Carolina State Museum is big. It can be hard to know where to begin with all the stuff in there. Why not take a guided tour? Museum docents lead a Museum Highlights Tour at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.; tours are free with museum admission or membership. Then, when you’re done, you can check out the interesting stuff your docent glossed over. Call 898-4982 or visit for more information.

Sunday 29

You know, since you’re taking tours of museums this weekend, why not take one at the Columbia Museum of Art, too? The Highlights of the Columbia Museum of Art Collection tour features just that — the guided tour provides an overview of European and American art in the museum’s permanent collection. The family-friendly tour showcases masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo from the Samuel H. Kress Collection and the American galleries. The tour’s at 2 p.m.; admission to the museum is free today. Call 799-2810 or visit for more information.

Monday 30

Today’s the last day to see the Riverbanks Zoo’s Lights Before Christmas holiday lights extravaganza. So if you haven’t seen it yet but still want to, get on it. Trip the light fantastic any time between 6 and 9 p.m.; tickets are $8. Call 779-8717 or visit for more information.

Tuesday 31

Today is New Year’s Eve — think there’ll be a party? Free Times knows of a few —click back to our cover package for a comprehensive list of New Year’s Eve happenings.

After today, Columbia can no longer be seen from space. Well, not until next year, anyway: Today’s the last day to see the Saluda Shoals Park’s Holiday Lights on the River holiday lights extravaganza. Trip the light fantastic any time between 6 and 10 p.m.; tickets are $10 per car. Call 772-1228 for more information. It’s also the last day to see the Christmas on the Congaree light show at Coble Plaza at Riverfront Park; it’s open from 5 to 10 p.m., and admission is free. Call 545-3100 for more information.

Wednesday 1

Today is New Year’s Day, and it’s one of the only days where we’re really, truly focused on our resolutions. (Well, that and our raging hangovers.) If your resolution is to get outside more, listen up: Sesquicentennial State Park is offering a First Day Hike at 1:30 p.m.; the guided two-mile walk is led by a park ranger and is designed to encourage sedentary people to spend more time enjoying the outdoors and in state parks. Plus, hiking is really good at curing hangovers. Admission is $2, and preregistration is required. Call 788-2706 to register.

Are you ready for some football?! You’d better be: The University of South Carolina Gamecocks take on the Wisconsin Badgers in the Capital One Bowl today. It’s the second time the Gamecocks have been to the Capital One Bowl; they beat Nebraska in 2011. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. on ESPN, and we’re sure your favorite sports bar has at least one big screen showing the game. That is, if you even want go to a bar after last night — which, if you don’t, we don’t blame you.

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