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By Gina Kazimir and Gina Kazimir,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 15, 2000
Who knew it could come so far? International-caliber artists plus the best of the region, performances ranging from the ultimate simplicity of mime to a complex fusion of visual and performing arts and technology that is almost a new art form. The debut of a poetry festival. A total of 31 free arts events and 16 ticketed events over a 10-day period. And all in Columbia. In its 13th year, the Columbia Festival of the Arts is growing up. The festival, which begins with a benefit gala tonight and continues through June 25, offers something for everyone, with all types of literary, visual and performing arts represented.
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By Mike Giuliano | June 13, 2014
If you're in the mood for some science fiction silliness, "The Intergalactic Nemesis: A Live-Action Graphic Novel" promises to keep you laughing on Friday, June 20, at 8 p.m. in the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake. This Columbia Festival of the Arts presentation combines aspects of 1930s-style radio dramas with comic book art. Like such movies as "Star Wars" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark," this theatrical show looks to the campy science fantasy and adventure stories of that earlier era for its inspiration.
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By Mike Giuliano | June 13, 2013
Go to the usual exhibit and you'll visualize how the artwork hanging on the gallery wall would look hanging on your living room wall. An exhibit installed at both the Columbia Art Center and Howard Community College, "Wear Art," encourages one to contemplate how women would look wearing the exhibited clothing and jewelry. Although this Columbia Festival of the Arts-connected exhibit includes its share of whimsical creations, everything is functional. One might not be inclined to wear these items while mowing the lawn, but they'd make a lady look fashionably distinctive for a night on the town.
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June 13, 2014
If most of us consider it an accomplishment to walk and chew gum at the same time, the Peking Acrobats are way beyond the human norm when it comes to physical dexterity. They'll demonstrate their extreme feats when appearing at a Columbia Festival of the Arts event on Saturday, June 21 at 8 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake. These jugglers, tumblers, cyclists, gymnasts and contortionists do things so difficult that you wonder how in the world they're able to do some of them.
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By Mike Giuliano | June 6, 2013
The 26th annual Columbia Festival of the Arts once again brings an impressive roster of performers to Howard County from June 14 to 29. Some of these performers are returning favorites, while others are first-timers. Some will take a bow on their own, while others will collaborate with homegrown talent. All of them are booked by the festival in order to provide memorable artistic experiences for local audiences. "We have 16 days to present things you might not see anywhere else in the region," says Columbia Festival of the Arts executive director Nichole Hickey.
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By J. L. Conklin | June 28, 1991
The Columbia Festival of the Arts officially opened its 11-day affair last night with a performance from Alvin Ailey's American Dance Theater.Opening the program of three dances was "The Stack Up," by Talley Batty. This street smart work for 17 dancers is as pumped-up as fancy foot gear. Mr. Talley's piece is populated with familiar urban characters -- "cool" dudes, street corner goof-offs, loose women and everyday people all in a whirring blend of dance styles. Indeed, each style characterizes the dancer's roles.
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By Rona Hirsch and Rona Hirsch,Staff writer | July 10, 1991
The Columbia Festival of the Arts' 11-day run played to large crowdsand overwhelming audience response, festival organizers said."Generally, it was as successful as last year," said Lynne Nemeth, managing director of the festival. "The audiences were as enthusiastic, ifnot more so."Although the statistics haven't been tabulated, organizers estimate that the festival brought in around $100,000. More than 30,000 people attended, with one-third coming from the Baltimore and Washingtonareas.Organizers have been working since December on arrangements for next summer's festival.
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By Julekha Dash | June 10, 2014
When Nichole Hickey became the executive director of the Columbia Festival of the Arts in 2004, she says she imagined she would stick around for three years, just until the annual summer festival celebrated its 20th anniversary. She stayed on 10 years, making her the festival's longest-serving executive director. Hickey, 68, is retiring July 31, just as the festival is poised to make several major changes aimed at widening its audience and serving a bigger role in the growing Columbia community.
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June 6, 2014
The 27th annual Columbia Festival of the Arts brings eclectic entertainment to Howard County from June 13 to 28. This year's edition also has a thematic title, "Bringing It Home," that calls attention to the festival's hometown status. There are at least a few reasons why the festival seems to be taking stock of its place in the cultural life of Howard County. Starting at the top, Nichole Hickey, who has been the festival's executive director for the past 10 years, is retiring after this year's festival.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
When Raissa Howera was growing up in the Washington area, she took part in protests supporting independence for Ukraine, the land of her father's family. Such activism was typical, she said. Her adolescence was marked by frustration with the problems that trouble the world and a sense of helplessness to change it. Now, as an art teacher at Oakland Mills Middle School in Columbia, Howera inspires students' creativity with social justice and outreach projects. This year, her students are taking part in projects such as Empty Bowls, an anti-hunger initiative by the North Carolina-based nonprofit Imagine/RENDER Group.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
The restaurateurs Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf have released new information about Petit Louis Bistro in Columbia , the first Howard County venture for their Baltimore-based Foreman Wolf restaurant group. The restaurant's public opening in early February will be preceded by a series of dining events to benefit Howard County charities. The events include two luncheons, on Wednesday and Friday , and four dinners, scheduled for Tuesday through Friday evening. The restaurant is accepting reservations to all of the events, each of which will feature a fixed-price menu, including a choice of appetizer, main course and dessert.
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By Julianne Peeling | May 22, 2013
Forget Fashion Week in Paris and New York -- high style calls Howard County home this year through a new fashion, hair and makeup competition. “ManneqArt: Sculpture on the Human Form” is the brainchild of Laurel-based designer Lee Andersen and will include events throughout the year. The wearable arts competition was created to “showcase the best in imaginative hair sculpture, special effects makeup, costuming and digital art,” according to organizers. Andersen patterned ManneqArt after the World of Wearable Art competition in her native New Zealand.
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