Finish off the week of the 4th with a night of fun and fundraising to benefit The Jasper Project. Friday, July 7, at 7 pm at Tapp’s Arts Center.
Local leaders from Columbia’s arts and culture scene will take to the stage to let their hair down at the Summer Lovin’ Lip Sync Battle to Benefit the Jasper Project, competing for both a People’s Choice Award and the Summer Lovin’ Lip Sync Battle Prize. The People’s Choice Award will be awarded to the performer who collects the most tokens from attendees in their personalized beach bucket, with tokens costing $1 each.
The Summer Lovin’ Lip Sync Battle Prize will go to the performer judged most Prepared, Proficient, Playful, and Personable by a panel of judges including Abigail McNeely (champion of the Jasper 2016 Lip Sync Battle), Wade Sellers (Emmy Nominated Filmmaker and executive director of the 2nd Act Film Festival), and Deborah Adedokun (Debbie and the Skanks). Tony Tallent (Richland Library’s Director of Literacy and Learning) will reprise his alt-persona from Trustus Theatre’s Vista Queen Pageant, Libba Rae Shun, acting as Emcee of the event as well as performing throughout the night.
Other esteemed contestants include Free Times’ Jordan Lawrence, One Columbia’s Lee Snelgrove, Columbia Museum of Art’s Mario Guevara, performance artist Jenny Mae Hill, arts impresario Nancy Marine, the multi-talented musical guru Chris Cockrell who will perform as Raven Black, The Comet’s Tiffany James, Cory Alpert of World for Refugees and more, Kayla Cayhill, Mark Ziegler, and Abigail Ludwig from the Trustus stage, Al Black of Mind Gravy, and more.
Tickets are $10 in advance and may be purchased at http://www.tappsartscenter.com/. There will be a cash bar and snacks will be available for purchase.
The Jasper Project is a project-oriented, multidisciplinary arts facilitator serving the greater Columbia and South Carolina communities by providing collaborative arts engineering and providing community-wide arts communication. Among their projects are Jasper Magazine, 2nd Act Film Festival, Fall Lines Literary Journal, Jasper Artists of the Year, the Play Right Series, and more. For more information visit www.jasperproject.org.