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Movies with Isaiah: ‘The Batman’ is best adaption

Batman has gone through many adaptations throughout the years. There’s no denying the character’s iconic status as one of the most recognized, beloved and interesting superheroes in … more

Porches of Sumter returns to historic downtown Oct. 6

Good food, friendly faces and open doors will once again fill the streets of historic downtown for the return of Porches of Sumter on Oct. 6. Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce will host its 2022 Porches of Sumter in the downtown Sumter historic … more

Movies with Isaiah: 'Barbarian' is original, intense horror movie but has clever humor

When the trailer for the film that I'm reviewing for this Friday was released online, I found myself uniquely intrigued by the concept of the story. Let me say that this review is going to be intentionally and respectfully vague. If I were to … more

2 S.C. natives' artwork will hang in USC Sumter galleries this fall

Out of its four galleries open to the public, two of USC Sumter's galleries will feature art from two South Carolina natives - and you can even take the artwork home, for the right price. In the Upstairs Gallery on the second floor of the … more

Sumter Green Fall Feast returns with food, entertainment

Fall Feast returned to Swan Lake Iris Gardens on Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fall Feast is one of several Sumter Green-hosted events throughout the year. Vendors cooked food and brought drinks while … more

Ruth Josey Bell Performing Arts Series to feature soul, Caribbean, funk music at Bishopville Opera House

The Lee County Arts Council announced its lineup for the 2022-23 Ruth Josey Bell Performing Arts Series. Bell, a native of Lee County, was "instrumental in starting the concert series," according to Zack Medlin, chairman of the Lee County Arts … more

Night of poetry, spoken word on Saturday with Sumter artists

Avid poets of Sumter and surrounding areas are invited to a night of spoken word with local artists. Hosted by local poet and author Lisa Bradley, An Evening of Inspiration Through Poetry and Spoken Word will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the … more

Sumter Opera House reopens YES! Scholarship Program

The colorful personalities that take the Sumter Opera House stage may soon have a young, bright-eyed audience to perform for. After a two-year hiatus, the Sumter Opera House has reopened its YES! Scholarship Program. YES! stands for Youth … more

Movies with Isaiah: Journey to the '80s with 'The Last Dragon'

Today's review is going to take readers on a journey to the year 1985 pertaining to a cinematic gem from that period. Memories of watching this classic have me looking back on those years with fondness. I always had an admiration for the elements … more

Clarendon native, former Sumter County Cultural Center executive director now leads S.C. Arts Alliance

The South Carolina Arts Alliance announced on Tuesday its executive director role has been filled by a creative Clarendon County native. Founded in 1979, the South Carolina Arts Alliance is the only statewide arts service organization in the … more

Old Landmark in the Park Gospel Fest plays on despite rainy holiday weather in Sumter

Though the gradient gray clouds and pouring rain flooded the sky Labor Day afternoon, nothing could dampen the mood of attendees at the Old Landmark in the Park Gospel Fest. On Monday, gospel recording artist Shonda English brought back the … more

Festival on the Avenue returns to South Sumter Park after 2 years

Festival on the Avenue returned after a two-year absence to South Sumter Park from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 3. This year, the three-day event was shortened to one day at the park instead of having a parade on … more

Movies with Isaiah: 'Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero' gets a 10, 2 thumbs up

My first real introduction to the genre of Japanese animation came when I was living in Germany. One of my classmates had this novel-sized book containing different trading cards, drawings and actual pictures from the anime known as "Dragon Ball Z." … more

Festival on the Avenue returns Saturday in Sumter for 1-day family event after 2-year hiatus

Sumterites will flock to South Sumter this Saturday for the return of a long-awaited festival for families and friends. After two years of cancellations amid the COVID-19 pandemic and a half-year postponement, the South Sumter Park will once … more

Sumter Fashion Week's 5th-annual show held at USC Sumter

Chrome high heels, sparkling crowns, fur capes, diamond brooches and golden pants are just some of what Sumter Fashion Week had to offer for its "five days of fashion and fun." Sumter Fashion Week hosted its fifth-annual, week-long event Aug. … more

'The place to be': Gospel Fest returns to Sumter on Labor Day with new name

The annual Labor Day Gospel Fest is back with a new name but the same nostalgic gospel sound. On Monday, gospel recording artist Shonda English will bring back the gospel fest with a small rebranding adjustment. Now, the festival will be named … more

New exhibits at Sumter Gallery of Art to feature unique art from S.C. artists

The Sumter County Gallery of Art will get some new artwork from two "challenging, contemporary" South Carolina artists, Gallery Executive Director Karen Watson said. From Sept. 1 to Oct. 28, Dogon Krigga's "Omphalos: The Converging of Antique … more

Sumter Little Theatre season opener "Love, Loss and What I Wore" is an unexpected, enjoyable experience

Sumter Little Theatre opened its season with Nora and Delia Ephron's "Love, Loss and What I Wore," and it was unlike any production I have witnessed from the community theater. Though I was born and raised in Sumter and heard all about the talent … more

Movies with Isaiah: 'Beast' is intense, suspenseful, gripping

Community contributorRemember when I posed the question pertaining to various forms of entertainment venturing into the spectrum of knowing what to expect? I grew up in a period of the '80s and '90s when cinema provided simple formulaic plots, … more

Sumter playwright will make Jasper Project debut with 'Moon Swallower'

Who doesn't love a good coming-of-age story? What about one that features werewolves and was written by a fellow Sumterite? The Jasper Project, a project-oriented, multidisciplinary arts facilitator, provides collaborative arts engineering and … more
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