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Local hairstylist selected for VMAs

July 22, 2013


July 22--Columbia hairstylist Keri Johnson Bailes has been selected as head stylist for MTV's Video Music Awards, which will take place in Brooklyn, N.Y., next month. This will be her third time working the awards, but her first as head stylist.

"It's definitely a dream come true," Bailes said. "I'm from a small town -- Lancaster, South Carolina -- but this has definitely showed me you can do whatever you want to do."

Bailes, who works at Ashley's Alley Salon in the Vista, will work with the currently unknown host as well as with the show's stacked slate of performers and their dancers. Last year, she did the hair of pop superstars Taylor Swift and Rihanna.

"I really hope to see Justin Timberlake. He's been rumored to be hosting," Bailes said.

Besides her past two years at the VMAs, Bailes has styled Victoria's Secret models, Vogue shoots and Marc Jacobs' annual show at New York Fashion Week. But while events like the Marc Jacobs show usually have predetermined looks that Bailes works off of, she's excited to design her own wild styles for the show's trademark theatrical performances.

"They really count on me to come up with the styles," Bailes said. "This is my one big chance to show the world what I've got."

Celebrated Jazz pianist to play Rice Music House

Jazz pianist BK Davis will play at Rice Music House on Sunday at 3 p.m. A multi-instrumentalist who plays more than a dozen instruments, Davis was awarded the designation of a being a Steinway International Artist, joining the ranks of musicians like jazz great Duke Ellington, singer-songwriter Billy Joel and Broadway composer George Gershwin.

Davis has traveled the world with his music. .He released his latest album, "More than Platonic," last summer.

You can RSVP for Davis' concert at

Blue Sky gallery closing

Artist Blue Sky's studio in the Arcade Mall in downtown Columbia closes on July 31. Come see him between 3-9 p.m. until the closing.

Trustus Playwrights' Festival winner coming to Columbia

A limited run of "Pine," the winner of Trustus Theater's Trustus Playwrights' Festival, will run from Aug. 2 to Aug. 10, the downtown theater announced.

Penned by New York playwright Eugenie Carabatsos, "Pine" will make its professional debut in Columbia. The humor-tinged ghost story focuses on a family whose son, dead from a car crash years earlier, tries to connect with his family from the afterlife during Christmastime.

"I want the audiences for 'Pine' to relate to the characters and their experiences with grief, and hopefully laugh, too," Carabatsos said in a Trustus release.

"Pine" will premiere on the Trustus Thigpen Main Stage on Friday, Aug. 2, at 8 p.m. and run through Aug. 10.


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