Entertainment & Nightlife

6697small- AndreaHello! My name is Andrea and I am a sales manager for the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau. I am an avid traveler, and I love the experience of meeting new people, experiencing new unexpected environments, the FOOD, the art, music and just soaking it all up.

Each month I am going to introduce you, our visitor, to all things Columbia, especially our fabulous arts community. Along the way we will explore some of our fabulous locally- owned restaurants or one of our many music venues or fabulous festivals. I hope you enjoy this city as much as I do, and of course, we would love to have you back many times to take advantage
of WHAT YOU UNEXPECT.


Welcome to Columbia! At this point, you’ve more than likely checked out our website, and perhaps you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram.  Maybe you’re in town for the weekend or just a few days during the week; you know all about our great restaurants, and you’ve had a chance to check out some of our great microbreweries and distilleries. But do you know where to see live theater or a great band? Columbia has great venues for live shows and music.

The Blue Note
For over 100 years, the University Concert Series has brought some of the best entertainment in the world to Columbia – from standup routines by Bill Cosby and Tim Conway to performances from Itzak Perlman and YoYo Ma, the Concert Series has a performance for every taste. The University Concert Series features Broadways productions, dance, string quartets and orchestras, and even a little bit of rock ‘n roll like John Mellencamp, who will grace the Jesse Auditorium stage in October.

Do you prefer to see a local cast? You are in luck – the Columbia Entertainment Company recruits cast members from the community. Their season runs September through June and features popular musicals like Mary Poppins, The Music Man, and A Chorus Line. The Maplewood Barn Theatre also features a local cast and performs under the summer stars in historic Nifong Park. This year’s line-up includes Macbeth, Godspell, Oliver, Steel Magnolias and more.

If music is more your style, head over to The Blue Note. A Columbia mainstay since 1980, it started with local and regional bands then welcomed artists such as Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M., Johnny Cash and many others.  Be sure to stop by Rose Music Hall, owned by the guys of The Blue Note. The Rose is known for live music in a park setting.  Be sure to come hungry and enjoy tacos from Pepe’s, because “tacos taste better on the front row!”

A-Frame

If you are up for a little drive then be sure to head over to Rocheport and check out the live music at Les Bourgeois Vineyards A-Frame. Each Saturday, music fills the air at the A-Frame from 4 p.m. to sunset.  Enjoy a glass of wine, watch the rolling Missouri river and listen to the sounds of local favorites like the Flood Brothers, the Norm Ruebling Band, and the BluesSlingers. Just down the road from Les Bourgeois is the quaint town of Rocheport. Founded in 1825, this historic river community is home to many antique shops, the Katy Trail, artist studios and several great restaurants.  Be sure to stop into the Rocheport General Store for live music every weekend.

Regardless of what you choose, Columbia has many fun, interesting and unique venues to enjoy!

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6697small- AndreaHello! My name is Andrea and I am a sales manager for the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau. I am an avid traveler, and I love the experience of meeting new people, experiencing new unexpected environments, the FOOD, the art, music and just soaking it all up.

Each month I am going to introduce you, our visitor, to all things Columbia, especially our fabulous arts community. Along the way we will explore some of our fabulous locally- owned restaurants or one of our many music venues or fabulous festivals. I hope you enjoy this city as much as I do, and of course, we would love to have you back many times to take advantage
of WHAT YOU UNEXPECT.


So you have made it to Columbia, now what? The North Village Arts District is nestled in the blocks just north of Broadway to Park Avenue, north of downtown. The Village is home to art galleries, a yoga studio, dance companies, a distillery, farmers market, artisan market with over 150 artists, and more. Grab a cup of coffee at Fretboard, dine at Range Free, or listen to live music. The options are endless.

NVADFFPostcardIf you are lucky enough to be here at the first of the month, tap into this bohemian paradise and take advantage of First Fridays. A free art crawl from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. where you can enjoy live music and entertainment, art demonstrations, refreshments, and more.  A perfect date night event or bring the family, each month there are also children’s activities with plenty to see and do.

Saturday nights in the North Village are just as fun. How about a bourbon and vodka tasting at DogMaster Distillers? Celebrating a year in the North Village, Van and Lisa Hawxby are crafting high quality new American spirits, or if micro-beer is more your style, just to the west of the North Village is Logboat Brewing Co., a wildly successful micro-brew. Or take advantage of the great live music venues, featuring 3 unique and fun venues to choose from. Enjoy music inside or out, featuring jazz, blues, rocka-billy, southern rock and more. The Social Room is on the west end of the North Village, Rose Music Hall to the North and The Bridge on the South side.

Glenn's 8If you are here for the whole weekend, take advantage of Sunday brunch in the District at Room 38, Glenn’s Café, Bleu or Tellers then pop over to the North Village for Sunday’s Farmers Market, a pop-up market managed and operated by area farmers and craftsmen.

 

Whichever you choose during your stay, you will be entertained, enriched and pleasantly surprised by WHAT YOU UNEXPECT.

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If you’re a fan of the performing arts – April is your month. Check out all the events coming up this month:

Ferdinand | April 1-3 | Talking Horse Productions
Raised on the story of his namesake Ferdinand, the bull who refused to fight but just wanted to sit and smell the flowers, young Ferdy learns the hard lessons in life as his father endeavors to shield him from the harsh realities of adulthood.

Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight!” | April 2, 7 PM | Jesse Auditorium
Hal Holbrook reprises his magnificent portrayal of legendary American author, humorist and storyteller Mark Twain. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see this critically acclaimed and longest running show in American theater history.

Measure | April 6-10 | Orr Street Studios
This exhilarating piece of theatre will have you exploring the nooks and crannies of GTP’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. With Measure, we’re taking our trademark intimacy to a whole new level. Put on your walking boots, because you won’t spend this hour resting on your laurels.

dixie swim clubThe Dixie Swim Club | April 7-10, 14-17, 21-24 | Columbia Entertainment Company
Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives.

Stephens College New Works Dance Concert | April 8-10 | Warehouse Theatre
Members of the Stephens Dance Company perform adjudicated student choreography in this edgy and contemporary concert that will leave you inspired.

Skippyjon Jones: Cirque de Ole | April 8-9 | Macklanburg Playhouse
Follow Skippyjon Jones—a New York Times bestselling kitty—as he goes on a spectacular adventure at Cirque de Ole, where he and his pals perform amazing feats and tricky stunts! Fun for the whole family.

A Man of No Importance | April 15-17, 22-24, 29-May 1 | Talking Horse Productions
The story of Alfie Byrne, a Dublin bus conductor in the 1960s, who has a passion for theatre, and in particular, for Oscar Wilde. But Alfie also has his demons, and he must learn to face them. It’s a story with wonderful characters, terrific music, and a compelling story.

Catholic School Girls | April 21-24 | Warehouse Theatre
Catholic School Girls follows four girls from kindergarten to eighth grade. Dealing with boys, dancing, dreaming, family, religion and school, the girls take you on a whirlwind journey.

schoolhouseSchoolhouse Rock! | April 22-24 | Launer Auditorium, Columbia College
The Emmy Award-wining 1970’s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, and more through clever, tuneful songs is lighting up the stage. Follow Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher, win his students over with imagination.

Much Ado About Nothing | April 27-May 1 | Rhynsburger Theatre
A rollicking revival of Shakespeare’s classic featuring the Bard’s most memorable romantic couple, the witty, sexy, self-delusional merry warriors, Beatrice and Benedict, a bad-to-the-bone bastard brother, a maligned maiden, a hilariously inept police force, and a Doo Wop Chorus.

Macbeth | April 28-May 1 | Maplewood Barn Theatre
Macbeth is a Scottish noble and a valiant military man. After a supernatural prophecy, and at the urging of his wife, Lady Macbeth, he commits regicide and becomes King of Scotland. He thereafter lives in anxiety and fear, unable to rest or to trust his nobles.

Cabaret | April 29-May 1 | Macklanburg Playhouse
Witness the powerful world of Weimar Germany in the 1930s. Although set in 1931, this timeless musical explores life in an age of distress as a young writer encounters Sally Bowles and examines the society that is imploding around him.


Which performance are you most excited to see? Tweet us @ColumbiaMOCVB.

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It’s almost time to celebrate the end of 2015, and Columbia has no shortage of options:

  • Columbia Eve Fest – “Our safe and convenient footprint in the closed off block of 9th Street between Elm and Locust encourages the celebratory spirit of the New Year as our participants travel from venue to venue. We will continue this year with the same pathway utilizing the many, beautiful, fun venues throughout the Missouri Theatre, the Rooftop Star Gazing Venue, the 7 venues within the Missouri United Methodist Church, and the 9th Street Stage. The 5K Run/Walk kicks off at 4:00 in front of Cyclextreme, doors to the Venues open at 6:30, Entertainment begins at 7:00.”
  • The Blue Note – Decadance, a dance party celebrating 100 years of music
  • Deja Vu Comedy Club presents Greg Warren
  • Rose Music Hall – NYE and first birthday celebration with 3 bands
  • Quinton’s – NYE party with access to 6 bars
  • Nash Vegas – live music and drink specials
  • The Tiger Hotel – packages from $10 (party only) to $279 (overnight stay, dinner in the ballroom, party, and drinks)
  • Holiday Inn Executive Center – deluxe Hors d’oeuvre buffet, live entertainment, dancing and a cash bar. Packages from $25 (dance 9 PM – 1 AM) to $219.95 (deluxe guest room for 2, Deluxe Hors d’oeuvre Buffet for two, desserts, and dancing)
  • The Social Room – live music from The Flood Brothers and Mercer & Johnson
  • Penguin and Roxy’s – Masquerade Ball with cover that will get you in to The Penguin and Roxy’s
  • Whiskey Wild – ‘Drink Us Dry’ with 4 packages to choose from
  • Deuce Pub & Pit – Mardi Gras NYE Party
  • 9th St Public House – Fire and Ice NYE Celebration

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As it gets colder, you may be tempted to pass on date night so that you don’t have to brave the frigid temps, snow, and everything else Missouri winters tend to bring. We don’t blame you – it can be hard to find the strength to emerge from your warm pile of blankets (we’ve all been there). But just in case you start getting a little stir-crazy, here are some ideas for a winter date night in Columbia:

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Sledding is not just for kids. Throw on a bunch of layers, grab a sled, and head to Stephens Lake Park. The hill on the east side of the lake is a popular sledding spot, and there’s typically a bonfire going at Collins Shelter when there is snow on the ground. You can also ice skate on the lake when the ice is deemed thick enough – there will be signs up and updates from Parks and Recreation when skating is allowed. When you decide it’s time to thaw out, stop by Lakota for your favorite seasonal drink and some hot soup.

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Mix up your regular dinner and a movie by having donuts instead. You are allowed to have donuts at any time of day, and don’t let anyone try to tell you otherwise. Grab one from Strange Donuts (or tacos from Seoul Taco if that’s more your style) before a movie at Ragtag. Just because you ventured out of the house doesn’t mean you can’t hang out on a couch. Couches = cozy. Check the website for information on current movies.

Magic Tree 2010

No Columbia winter is complete without a visit to the Magic Tree at the Village of Cherry Hill. Get some photos and then warm up at Flat Branch Pub for dinner. Grab a beer (see what’s on tap here), and order your favorite. If you’ve never been, we suggest the Green Chili Chicken Fingers, Big Al’s Mac & Cheese, and the Stout Brownie Sundae. Yum. [Once the Magic Tree is gone, here are some other stops you can make instead.]

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Two words: Lazer Lanes. They have bowling, laser tag, an arcade, BUMPER CARS, food, a bar… what more could you want? Through the month of December, they’re offering $4 Lazer tag, bowling, and bumper cars Monday-Wednesday. Make a contest out of it – whoever loses Lazer tag buys the winner fried Oreos (speaking of food, we want everything on the menu). Good luck.

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If you’re looking for a little get-away, Rocheport is the place. Full of small-town charm, there are plenty of antique and gift shops and of course, the winery. Treat yourself to lunch or dinner at the Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro or pick out a favorite wine to take home with you at the Tasting Room.

Have we talked you into a date night? Tweet us @ColumbiaMOCVB to let us know or to give us your date night ideas. Enjoy!

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We have so many great plays and events happening this month! Read on to find out more, and check out our calendar of events to stay in-the-know.

ON STAGE

Hearts Like Fists
April 9-12 at Warehouse Theatre

Lisa’s heart beats with hope: Now that she’s joined the elite Crimefighters, maybe she can live a life with meaning. And while every beat of Peter’s wounded heart brings him closer to death, he’s designing an artificial replacement that will never break. Meanwhile Doctor X is sneaking into apartments and injecting lovers with a lethal poison.

Duck Hunter Shoots Angel

Duck Hunter Shoots Angel
April 9-12, 16-19, 23-26 at Columbia Entertainment Company

DUCK HUNTER SHOOTS ANGEL is the uproarious story of two bumbling Alabama brothers who have never shot a duck but think they shot an angel. As they lament their fates in a murky swamp, they are chased by a cynical tabloid journalist and his reluctant photographer, who don’t believe any of it—until feathers, wings and a tiara are discovered along the way. The play hysterically interweaves a love story, sibling rivalry, tawdry media, race relations and cultural stereotypes as the chase to find the angel builds to a crescendo in the swamp.

The Beaux’ Strategem
April 16-18, 23-26 at Rhynsburger Theatre, MU

A rollicking Restoration Comedy, George Farquhar’s The Beaux’ Strategem (1707) follows two rascally and charming fortune-hunters who don disguises to woo wealthy women, then find themselves lured by real love. As revised by Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig, this updated classic romps through bedrooms, bar rooms, hospital rooms, and sword fights on its way to a happy ending.

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Next to Normal
April 17-19, 24-26, May 1-3 at Talking Horse Productions

Dad’s an architect, Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal, because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years.

Honk, Jr. 
April 23-26 at Columbia College

Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother’s protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on adventure of self discovery all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out being different is not a bad thing to be.

Mizzou New Play Series
April 29 – May 2

Be in the front row as our talented playwrights spin tales of daring, drama, and desperate desire! Each spring brings a festival of exciting new plays to the MU stage, developed during MU’s nationally recognized Missouri Playwrights Workshop, which has received over 50 awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

SPECIAL EVENTS

The Chancellor’s Concert
April 13, 7:30 PM at Missouri Theatre

The annual Chancellor’s Concert showcases the School of Music’s top ensembles and benefits the Chancellor’s Friends of Music Scholarship Endowment.

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The Color Run
April 18, 9 AM at Cosmo Park

The 2015 Shine Tour is designed to uplift and inspire runners to stand out from the crowd, sweat glitter, and continue to live their lives in a happy and healthy way. Get ready for special sparkle attractions on the course, glamorous photo ops, and new shine elements at the Finish Festival! This is the year to unleash your inner sparkle!

Spring Shop Hop
April 18, 10 AM – 8 PM in The District

The District Shop Hop offers shopping with a twist of entertainment. Enjoy complimentary refreshments while you stroll through your favorite District shops and galleries. Visitors will also enjoy exclusive offers from Columbia´s finest retailers and restaurants, not to mention live demonstrations, trunk shows and more! This fun-filled, experience is perfect for a girls´ day out or a mother-daughter outing.

Mizzou Tigers Black and Gold Game
April 18, 4 PM at Faurot Field 

Fan Fest opens on Mick Deaver Drive (east of Memorial Stadium) at 1 p.m. for live music, games, food, beverages, and more! Stadium gates open to general public at 3 p.m. Admission is FREE with a spring game ticket (download your ticket at mutigers.com AND one (1) non-perishable food item benefiting The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. Admission is free with valid Mizzou student ID.

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Columbia Earth Day Festival
April 19, 12 PM at Peace Park

The Columbia Area Earth Day Festival is celebrating 25 years of Earth-conscious education! Great local talent will be playing from 12-7pm at the 2015 Earth Day Festival! Eco Ave. will be filled with information to empower you to make lifestyle changes that reduce your environmental impact. Find sustainable living tips and ideas for every aspect of your life. Come along with your kids and explore the wonders of nature while learning to help care for the planet in the Kids’ Park.

Stephens Sings Spring Choral Concert
April 19, 7:30 PM at 100 Waugh St. 

Join us as the Stephens Musical Theatre Choir and The Velvetones, the College’s a cappella jazz ensemble, present a year-end performance in celebration of spring and the accomplishments of our senior class. This program of show tunes and vocal jazz works is appropriate for all ages and is free and open to the public.

New Works Dance Concert
April 24-26, 7:30 PM (2 PM Sunday) at Warehouse Theatre, Stephens College

Join us again this season as we present our edgiest dance concert. Members of the Stephens Dance Company will take on adjudicated student choreography. You’ll never know which new work will inspire you most personally.

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TRYPS Fairy Tale 5K
April 25, 8 AM at Lela Raney Wood Quad, Stephens College

Tutu, tiara, wings, running shoes and you! Open to EVERYONE! Dress as your favorite fairy tale character! Bubbles at the Start & Finish and all your favorite princesses at each kilometer, with Elsa & Anna photos at the Finish! On your mark! Get Set! LET IT GOOOO!

Float Your Boat
April 25, 9:30 AM at Bass Pro 

MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources presents Float Your Boat for The Food Bank. Design, build and race a boat made of cardboard with your team. Family, club, organization and corporate teams welcome! Themed cardboard boats will race at Bass Pro Lake. There will also be refreshments and free games for families.

6th Annual Head for the Cure 5K
April 26, 8 AM at Flat Branch Park

Join us for Head for the Cure’s 6th annual Mid-Missouri 5k event at Flat Branch Park on April 26th! All funds raised by this event will go towards the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative for brain cancer research.

LIVE MUSIC

Here’s a look at who you can catch in CoMo this month:

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – April 16 at Missouri Theatre
Eli Young Band, Brett Eldredge, Old Dominion – April 16 at The Blue Note
Mountain Sprout, J.P. Kay – April 16 at Rose Music Hall
Drive-By Truckers – April 17 at The Blue Note
Mark Chesnutt – April 18 at Whiskey Wild Saloon
Langhorne Slim & The Law, The Dewars – April 20 at Rose Music Hall
Strand of Oaks – April 22 at Rose Music Hall
Dustin Lynch – April 23 at Whiskey Wild Saloon
Iron and Wine – April 24 at The Blue Note
Al Holliday & The East Side Rhythm Band, Collegiate Shag Brass Band – April 24 at Rose Music Hall
Wake Flocka Flame – April 28 at The Blue Note
Brandy Clark – April 30 at The Blue Note
Matthew Curry – April 30 at Rose Music Hall

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Valentine’s Day is Saturday – are you ready? We’ve put together some ideas on what to eat, what to do, and what to give for your special day in CoMo.

What to eat

Glenn’s Cafe

  • $79 Valentine’s Day package
  • Enjoy choice of one appetizer, two entrees, one dessert, two glasses of champagne OR any wine by the glass
  • Full menu offered all night

Eleven11

  • Couple’s Dinner ($75) – 3 course dinner with wine or cocktail; regular menu also available with daily special
  • Special Chef’s Table ($250/person) – 6 course dinner with wine pairings with Executive Chef Jeff Guinn and Chef d’Cuisine Ben Randolph – inquire in advance for the chef’s table

Room 38

  • 7 course dinner and champagne pairing – 4 PM ($49/person), 6 PM and 8 PM ($59/person)
  • See the menu here

Wine Cellar

  • Aphrodisiac menu available Friday-Sunday for Valentine’s Day (this will be the only menu available on Saturday while full dinner menu will be available on Friday and Sunday)

Bleu

  • Feature menu available Friday and Saturday – “Dinner for Two” with dessert of truffles, chocolate covered strawberries, nutella tart, and house-made fortune cookies
  • See the full menu and dessert menu here

Hoss’s Market

  • Feel like a nice dinner at home? Pick up Hoss’s Steak and Lobster dinner for two ($79.95) along with some chocolate covered strawberries – all you have to do is call and reserve your pick-up time

What to do

The Canvas

  • Looking for a family-friendly Valentine activity? The Canvas offers paintings at 10 AM and 2 PM on Saturday (the 2 PM painting is pictured here)

Deja Vu Comedy Club

  • Valentine’s Couple’s Package – $25 for 2 comedy tickets to any show Friday or Saturday to see “The Office’s” Mike E. Winfield, preferred VIP seating, two free drink tickets, free champagne toast after the show, and a free comedy pass to a future show
  • Shows at 8 and 10 PM, Friday and Saturday

Sid the Science Kid, live!

  • A great choice if you’d like to include the young ones in your Valentine’s Day plans – take the kiddos to see Sid the Science Kid at Missouri Theatre on Saturday (2 PM).

Check out our What’s Going On newsletter to see what else is going on this weekend.

What to give

Poppy

  • Jewelry, cards, and paper flowers are just a few of the options you can find at Poppy, along with gifts for your “Gal-entines.”

(necklace by Stephanie Thompson for Sailor Pie Studio)

Tiger Garden

  • Support MU’s own Tiger Garden and pick out a teddy bear, candy, and roses (or orchids!) for your sweetheart.

Mustard Seed

  • Find all kinds of unique gifts for Valentine’s Day at Mustard Seed Fair Trade – scarves, jewelry, chocolate, and more.

Alpine Shop

  • It’s a little chilly now but why not offer to take your loved one on a camping trip when it warms up? The Alpine shop has everything you need from tents and sleeping bags to cooking supplies and games.

Flat Branch Pub

  • Maybe Valentine’s Day and romantic gifts aren’t your thing… that’s perfectly fine, you can always go for a growler or 2 from Flat Branch!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Show us your local gifts and dinner by tagging photos with #ColumbiaMO.

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We have so many great plays and events happening this month! Read on to find out more, and check out our calendar of events to stay in-the-know.

ON STAGE

Antigone
February 6-8 at Macklanburg Playhouse

In a world fraught with moral compromise, how does one maintain personal integrity—and at what cost? That’s the dilemma faced by faithful sister Antigone as she mourns her two dead brothers in this thoughtful adaption of Sophocles’ classic Greek tragedy.

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Circle Mirror Transformation
February 13-15 and 20-22 at Talking Horse Theatre

When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty’s six-week long community center drama class begin to experiment with harmless theater games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. A beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.

The Whipping Man
February 19-21 and 26-March 1 at Rhynsburger Theatre

As the Civil War ends, a wounded Confederate soldier returns to find his plantation home in ruins, occupied by two of his family’s former slaves. Bound by history and the Jewish faith they share, the three men are forced to confront the changing social order as deeply buried secrets are revealed that could cost each of them their freedom. (Strong language and explicit physical trauma)

What Every Girl Should Know
February 19-22 at Warehouse Theatre

Four young Catholic suffragettes in early 20th century New York City adopt birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger as their patron saint. “Top to bottom, start to finish, What Every Girl Should Know is an excellent piece of theatre … as long as the war over women’s reproductive rights rages on, [this is] a story people need to keep telling.” —NYTheatre.com (Drama, PG-13 for Sexual References)

Don Juan
February 25-March 1 at Silverbox Studios

(After the war) a new adaptation by Emily Adams.

Love Loss and What I wore

Love, Loss, & What I Wore
February 26-March 1 at Columbia Entertainment Company

A play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory covering all the important subjects—mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black. Based on the bestselling book by Ilene Beckerman.

OTHER EVENTS

First Fridays in the North Village Art District
February 6th, 6-9 PM

LunaFest
February 7th, 4-7 PM at Windsor Auditorium

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
February 8th, 2-6 PM at The Blue Note

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Sid the Science Kid Live!
February 14th, 2 PM at Missouri Theatre

Rocheport Roubaix
February 15th, 11 AM on the Katy Trail, Rocheport

MSHSAA Wrestling
February 19th-21st at the Hearnes Center

LIVE MUSIC

Here’s a look at who you can catch in CoMo this month:

Led Zeppelin 2 – February 7th at The Blue Note
Branford Marsalis Quartet – February 8th at Missouri Theatre
Riff Raff – February 9th at The Blue Note
St. Louis Symphony – February 11th at Missouri Theatre
Martin Sexton – February 19th at Rose Music Hall
Mark Chapman Band – February 21st at Nash Vegas
Paper Diamond – February 25th at The Blue Note
Kate Voegele – February 26th at Rose Music Hall

Upcoming Movies

There are a lot of great movies coming soon, and movie theaters provide warmth and snacks so it’s a win-win, right?

Ragtag Cinema in Columbia MO

Forum 8 Theater – 1209 Forum Katy Pkwy
Regal Stadium 14 – 2800 Goodwin Pointe Dr.
Ragtag Cinema – 10 Hitt St.

  • Jupiter Ascending (PG-13) – Mila Kunis stars as Jupiter Jones, an everyday girl in the future whose life takes an unexpected turn when an ex-soldier (Channing Tatum) comes looking for her in hopes that she can live up to her destiny as the savior of the universe. (February 6)
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (PG) – SpongeBob SquarePants, the world’s favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet. (February 6)
  • Fifty Shades of Grey (R) – The steamy tale details a masochistic relationship between a college student and a businessman, whose desires for extreme intimacy stem from secrets in his past. (February 13)
  • Kingsmen: The Secret Service (R) – Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. (February 13)
  • McFarland, USA (PG) – Novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California, give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White. (February 20)
  • The Duff (PG-13) – A high-school senior sets out to reinvent herself and revolutionize the student body’s social order after learning that a judgmental classmate has given her an embarrassing nickname. (February 20)
  • Focus (R) – A veteran con man (Will Smith) is thrown off his game when his former lover and protege unexpectedly appears and interferes with his latest — and very dangerous — scheme. (February 27)

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Are you still looking for New Year’s Eve plans? Here is a list of events going on in Columbia tomorrow night.

Columbia Eve Fest, 7 PM, 9th Street between Elm and Locust
– Join us for a New Year’s Eve Block Party on 9th street between Elm and Locust in The District, downtown Columbia where culture is celebrated and community is created! Eve Fest is an alcohol-free, celebration of the New Year with music, art, ritual, and festivity.

Decadance, 7 PM at The Blue Note
– New Year’s Eve is an opportunity to celebrate the passing of time and the promise of the future. In that spirit, we’re throwing a raging New Years dance party celebrating 100 years of dance music, the promise of music still to come and better yet: a freshly remodeled Blue Note! This is Columbia’s biggest New Year’s Dance Party, complete with a midnight champagne toast. ($10)

Take a look at the schedule of musical mayhem:

7:00 –> 1900s-1920s
7:30 –> 1930s-1950s
8:30 –> 1960s
9:30 –> 1970s
10:30 –> 1980s & 1990s
11:30 –> 2000s & 2010s

Back to the Future for NYE, 9 PM at Roxy’s
– Ring in 2015 with DJ Who and Dr. Awkward and travel the decades from 1955 to 2015 with a champagne toast at midnight. ($8 in advance, $10 at the door)

New Year’s Eve at Paint the Town, 9:30 PM
– Paint, party, and ring in the new year with great snacks, midnight champagne, and a fun painting with glitter! Prices: 12×16 $40; 14×18 $45; 16×20 $50; 18×24 $55.

Live Music: 

Mojo’s, 7 PM – The Hooten Hallers, Smokestack Relics, The Flood Brothers ($15)
Broadway Brewery, 7 PM – Listen to Rae Fitzgerald as you check out the special NYE menu
The Bridge, 8 PM – Decadent Nation, Made in Waves
– VFW Post 280, 8 PM – DeepWater ($25 per couple, includes breakfast served after midnight)
Snorty Horse Saloon, 9 PM – Eric Lee Beddingfield ($15)
Nash Vegas, 9 PM – Casey Brett & The Cowboy Killers ($5)
– Jake’s Bar and Grill, 9 PM – Big Square

Hotel Packages:

The Broadway
Room, 3 course dinner at 11Eleven, dessert from in-house pastry chef’s dessert menu, bottle of your choice of hand-picked wine, VIP attendee status at The Roof, champagne toast, entertainment through the night with view of fireworks ($299/couple)

The Roof only VIP Party Package ($50/couple)

At 10 PM The Roof will open up with a $15 cover charge

Holiday Inn Executive Center
Room, Hors d’oeuvre dinner buffet for 2, admission for 2 to dance party of your choice, complimentary beverages for 2 from 8 PM – 1 AM. ($289.95/couple)

Dinner and Dance: $179 per couple/$89 per person, Deluxe Hors d’oeuvre Buffet served from 6:30pm-8:00pm.

Drink and Dance: $110 per couple/$55 per person, Open Bar Service begins at 8pm

Have a happy (and safe) New Year!

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