COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – New data released this week by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Criminal Report 2020 shows what the division calls an “alarming” increase in violent crime in the state. SLED statistics show that statewide murders rose 22% in 2020, with the state’s murder rate now the highest since 1993. According to …

In the spirit of reopening performances to the public after a one-and-a-half-year quarantine outage, the Boston Ballet has produced a new digital show called RestART to kick off their 2021-22 season. The work, premiering Oct. 28, hopes to revive the arts in Boston by offering a glimpse of what to expect in the next ballet …

The crowd at the Friday night show in Houston was so packed that when audience members were pushed toward the stage, some told CNN that they were crushed to the point where they couldn’t breathe and passed out. Others were trampled, as calls for help were drowned out by the music. Concertgoers told CNN that …

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is bringing back PPE or Performatura: Pandemic Edition. This international performance literature festival will be held from November 22 to 24, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., via Zoom and Facebook livestream. The director of this year’s festival is poet and performance artist Vim Nadera who offers …

The pandemic hasn’t stopped veterans from submitting visual art and literary creations to the annual Lovell Veterans Creative Arts Festival. However, COVID-19 has changed the way entries are shared with the public this year. “Diane”, by Jerry Zabel, first place in the mixed media category. The performance portion of the festival, typically an energetic afternoon …

Marjorie Sandor of Corvallis will be reviewing “Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague”, as part of Friends of the Library’s Random Review series on Wednesday. The program will take place online through GoToWebinar. It’s free but registration is required on https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5779308411839845900. “Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell is a gripping historical fiction novel about William Shakespeare’s family …

Someone once said, “The arts nourish the soul,” and I firmly believe it. Most would agree that the arts are important to a vibrant and creative community, but they still see artists and the arts as a plush or icing on the cake. The arts, in fact, are a force. The arts can promote social …

Although Netflix has more subscribers than any other streaming service in the world, there are still a lot of fans who are frustrated with a lot of what they do. The service is notorious for canceling some of their most popular original programming, often before the show has a chance to end its story. RELATED: …

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NBC It is practically a law that at least one episode of at least one broadcast of the Law and order the universe must be broadcast on television at all times. (Trust us, we’re experts.) And Dick Wolf’s hugely popular procedural empire has only grown now that NBC Law and order: organized crime is in …