If you've been hearing about the big shindig Jasper is planning to celebrate the release of the first magazine in VOLUME TWO of our little publication, then you know how excited all of us on the Jasper staff and in the Jasper Family* are. The event is this Thursday night at the Arcade Studios on Main and Washington Streets in downtown Columbia -- we'll start about 7 and proceed through the night with food, fun, adult beverages, and all kinds of art.
Here is a rundown of what to expect and when to expect it.**
7:00 -- Doors Open -- Open house in Jasper Studios #75 upstairs
7:30 -- World Premiere Film, THE CRICKET TRIAL, starring Scott Stepp and Trey King, directed by Jeff Driggers; Drew Baron, producer (Jasper Studios #75)
8:00 -- Don McCallister will be reading from his new novel, Fellow Traveler, coming in October from Muddy Ford Press (Jasper Studios #75)
8:00 -- Countertenor Danny Jenkins will perform in the Arcade Atrium (Washington Street side)
8:30 -- Centerfold signing by surprise artist (Jasper Studios #75)
8:30 -- Marshall Brown performs (Arcade Atrium, Washington Street Side)
9:00 -- Don McAllister second reading (Jasper Studios #75)
9:30 -- THE CRICKET TRIAL second showing with repeat showings throughout the remainder of the evening (Jasper Studios #75)
9:30 -- Devils in Disguise band performs (Arcade Atrium, Washington Street Side)
Throughout the Arcade, please visit the following Arcade Studio Artists who will have their studios open at times of their own discretion during the evening:
Blue Sky Bonnie Goldberg Tish Lowe Eileen Blyth Beth West
Mike Spotts Payton Frawley Leah Avery Walton Selig
Martha Thomas Suzi Shealy Page Morris
Bryce Dixon Whitney LeJeune Veronica Jeffcoat
Guest Artists from the September issue of Jasper will also be on hand showing samples of their work.
Chef Joe Turkaly will be serving up the results of the fine art of BBQ ($).
The Jasper EconoBar will be in full swing with cheap beer $3, decent wine $4, and big spender craft brew $4***
Paradise Ice will have their cart of cold sweet yumminess ($).
Artisanal jewelry and candles will be available via LA Ti Da and Southern Baked Candles.
Learn about upcoming arts events from Trenholm Artists Guild and the Rosewood Arts Festival, Columbia City Ballet, and more.
And here's one more thing --
Against the likely good advice of our friends and family, Jasper has decided to continue to put together these lovely celebrations free of charge. It's important to us that everyone be able to get in the door and experience this fascinating amalgam of performing and visual arts that we get to write about and photograph for Jasper Magazine on a daily basis.
At the end of our first year, we are delighted that issue No. 001, Volume 002 is the first issue that has paid for itself (before paying out commissions and honoraria to our talented staff of writers, photographers, and our heart-of-gold designer). We've come a long way in a year and we're very proud of the work we do.
That said, it's a labor of love.
If you love our labor and would like to pitch 10 cents or 10 bucks into the pot to help Jasper continue to grow healthy and strong, we'd like to help you do that -- and we'd like to publicly give you credit for having done so!
Please visit the Jasper Studios in the Arcade upstairs in suite #75 Thursday night and see one of our staff members about publicly supporting the arts magazine that supports your city's arts. We won't be able to put your name in lights, but we can put it in print.
We're calling it the Jasper Guild and you can learn more about it Thursday night.
See you then!
*We're an affectionate bunch. And sometimes when we meet another arts organization, or even an advertising client, that shares our mission of nurturing Columbia as the Southeastern arts destination it was born to be, we get all chummy with them. They become "Family."
**Please keep in mind that these times are represented (rather than in EST or DST) in CAT (Columbia Artists' Time). Our artists keep a chronograph all of their own making -- and Jasper loves this about them.
***The Jasper EconoBar is a fundraising arm of Jasper Magazine -- all prices are suggested donations. Please be prepared to show ID to partake of adult beverages.