Entertainment & Nightlife

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


  • 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)


  • 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


  • 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.


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.


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.


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

February 7th, 4-7 PM at Windsor Auditorium

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


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


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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Thanks to JJ Musgrove, Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs, for filling us in on the new dinner theatre experience in town!

Sherlock’s Mystery Dinner Theatre is an comedic, audience-interactive type of dinner theatre experience.  Our first production was in Columbus, Georgia, in 2008, and since then we have produced 15 shows for over 10,000 people.  “Dial ’S’ For Santa” is the first show we have produced in Columbia, Missouri, and we are very excited to be working with The Broadway Hotel in downtown Columbia.  “Dial ’S’ For Santa” opens Friday, December 5th, and performs every Friday and Saturday night until December 20th. Reservations are required and are $49.95 plus tax and gratuity per person and can be purchased by calling 573-875-7000 or visiting www.SherlocksDinnerTheatre.com.

Sherlock's Mystery Dinner Theatre

The show format consists of 4 acts of comedy mystery theatre that take place in between a 3-course meal. Patrons who have made reservations (required) arrive at The Broadway and take the elevator down to the event level and check in at the registration table to find out where they are sitting. The seating arrangement will be round tables of 8, and if parties booked as a group they will be seated together. Shortly before 7:00 p.m., actors will circulate around the room handing our small audience participation parts to anyone who is interested. Patrons do not have to take a part but it does make the experience even fuller. After audience parts are distributed, Act One begins. The acts are approximately 15-minutes long, and when they are completed the main doors to the room will be opened and servers will bring in the food. Audience members may visit the cash bar or the restrooms in between the acts. The evening will end at approximately 9:30.

Sherlock's Mystery Dinner Theatre 2

Although Sherlock’s has not operated in Columbia before, its track record of high quality performances and entertaining experiences has earned it the #1 activity and the #3 attraction on TripAdvisor at its original location in Columbus, Georgia. Audiences love attending Sherlock’s and we couldn’t be more excited to be locating to Columbia.

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Friday Favorites

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Happy (football) Friday! Hope everyone is ready for the game tomorrow! Today’s favorites were shared with us by Lydia Melton, owner of Gunter Hans.

Tallulah's Storefront

(Photo courtesy of Missouri Division of Tourism)

For me, visiting Tallulah’s is like having Christmas come early! The store is always beautiful and full of the best goodies one can only dream of having in their kitchen. If Pottery Barn met William Sonoma and had a love child, this is it- minus the chain-like feel. From one cook to another- one visit in will have you thanking this local favorite is a Columbia original.

(Photo from Nash Vegas Facebook Page)

Nash VegasBest Place to Let Loose
One of the best things about this place is the ability to really let loose. They almost always have live music going on over the weekend and oftentimes, one of the owners will actually play himself. That combined with the homemade moonshine is almost always a home run.

Short Wave Coffee – Best Place to Relax and Get Work Done
I love this hidden gem! It’s tucked away in Alley A, but definitely worth the trek downtown. A great place to bring my laptop and really get to down to work. Ask for the blueberry tea! It’s the most heavenly thing you’ve ever tasted/smelled.

(Photo from Boone Olive Oil Co. Facebook Page)

Boone Olive Oil CompanyBest New Store
If you haven’t tasted fresh Olive Oil yet, that’s a must on your list. It’s simply not the same as what you would get at your normal grocer. Located off 9th street, this store is newer town… but I can definitely see becoming a Columbia staple for years to come.

(Coley’s Blister in the Sun, from Facebook Page)

Coley’sBest Place For A Cocktail
Each season, it always seems like Coley’s cocktail menu is really thought out. In addition to having a wide variety of cocktails, they are all made using fresh ingredients. Try Blister in the Sun. With freshly pureed strawberries, it is simply heavenly on a hot August day.

(From Culinary Adventures Facebook Page)

Culinary AdventuresBest Place For a Non-Traditional Date
If you haven’t been to Culinary adventures, it’s time for a change. They have classes of a wide variety all the time! So, you can learn how to cook just about anything. While a movie and dinner is always a solid date night go-to, this is such a fun way to get out of your box and impress your date.

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Music Monday

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Here’s a quick guide to live music in CoMo this week:


  • If eating good food with piano music in the background is your thing, stop by Murry’s for dinner where Tom Andes will be playing 7-10 PM Monday and Wednesday


  • OMG Music Fest at The Blue Note will include multiple young pop artists and is sure to be a fun time; 7:30 PM $25-75
  • Moonshine Sorrow who classify themselves as “country-hell-billy Iowa folk rock” will be at Mojo’s, 9:30 PM $5


  • Are you a fan of electronic, techno, or disco? Check out Bernard Jones and Kevin McGee at Mojo’s, 10 PM $5


  • Artie’s Univibe will provide rock hits from the late 60’s and early 70’s to go with your Creole cuisine at Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, starting at 6:30 PM Thursday
  • If punk and rock is your style, see Get Busy Living and The Stonethrowers at The Bridge, 8 PM $5
  • For live outdoor music, check out the Unsigned Artists Showcase at the Stephens Lake Amphitheater, 7 PM



  • If you’re a fan of Neil Diamond, you have to see The Black Diamond: A Neil Diamond Tribute at The Blue Note, 8:30 PM $12-30. Both he and The Norm Ruebling Band are native Columbians!
  • For lots of energy and funk, see Soul Glo, The Spread, and Richard Parker at Mojo’s, 9:30 PM $5
  • “Soultry and Western,” see The Late Night Benedictions with Brad Cunningham and Phylshawn Johnson at The Bridge, 8 PM


  • Live music at the river! The Fairley Brothers at 2 PM and Rocket Kirchner at 6 PM, Cooper’s Landing
  • “Not for the faint of heart:” Mobile Deathcamp, Perceiving the Design, Non-Serviam, Legend at Roxy’s, 7 PM $5

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Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday! Today’s favorites come from Tourism Development Manager, Julie Ausmus –

It’s Friday in July, my favorite day of the work week and my favorite time of the year! Throw in a payday, and it doesn’t get much better. Before I leave on vacation to one of my favorite places with some of my favorite peeps, I’d like to share some of my other favorites:

Favorite summer activity in The District: Dog Days Sidewalk Sale

Dog Days - from The District FB

(Photo by The District)

I always look forward to the Dog Days of Summer Sidewalk Sales downtown. The sidewalks are full of merchandise – at special ‘dog days’ prices, and people are everywhere, shopping, eating lunch – there’s just always a good vibe in the air. I’m really not much of a shopper, but these sales somehow change that for just a little while. Some of my favorite places to check out are American Shoe, Calhoun’s, Tiger Spirit, Dryer’s, My Sister’s Circus and this year, now that I have a grandbaby, I couldn’t resist checking out Little Owl Boutique. (That was probably a big mistake!) It’s just fun shopping outside on the sidewalk, and I am ALL about finding a great bargain!

Favorite summer event: The Boone County Fair

Boone County Fair from FB page

(Photo from Boone County Fair Facebook page)

Along with the “Dogs Days” of summer comes the Boone County Fair. I was raised in Boone County and enjoyed the fair in my small hometown, Centralia. So when my three kids were younger we always made it a point to go to the fair. They just wanted to spend time on all the rides and eat funnel cakes and cotton candy, but I’ve always enjoyed walking through the multipurpose building and checking out all the 4H projects the kids have worked so hard on these past several months. I was in 4H as a youngster and vaguely remember sewing an apron or something lame, but the kids nowadays really impress me with some of their projects – all deserving of blue ribbons I think. And you can’t go to the Fair without checking out the animals! The amount of time, devotion, dedication, and love the kids put into raising their animals is amazing. I’ve always wanted a cute little lamb to take home with me.

Favorite place for live music: 9th Street Summerfest

Julie and Randy Houser - 9th St. Summerfest

(Julie and Randy Houser from 9th Street Summerfest!)

Summerfest on Ninth Street, of course! I’ve been to several of these concerts, and year after year the entertainment keeps getting better. The ticket prices are always reasonable, the crowds are big (but not overwhelming), and the beer is cold. I just love the atmosphere, and there’s never a “bad seat” in the house.

Favorite lunch: International Cafe

International Cafe

(International Cafe menu – find it on their website)

This favorite I owe to my co-workers. They are always introducing me to new things and pushing me out of my comfort zone – for my own good. Until a few years ago, I had never been near or inside the International Café. I don’t know if it’s because it was “hidden” for years on Hitt Street (it’s now on 9th Street) or if I was just being Judgey McJudgerson thinking that “international” food would be awful – after all I’m all about burgers and fries. So when I was introduced to gyros, hummus and taziki, I was hooked! My favorite is the Greek Salad or chicken kabob sandwich with taziki. Whenever someone in the office says “I’m hungry, what should we have for lunch?” I’m the first to yell “International!” (Editor’s note – this actually happened in the office today)

Favorite local landmark: The Columns

8thStCir 3 92111

(Photo courtesy of the Mizzou Botanic Garden)

I graduated from Mizzou back in the 80s. I worked part time as a student in the Arts and Science Dean’s Office so I spent a great deal of time walking all over campus delivering packets of “timely” information to department heads (this was before we had email – hard to imagine, right?!) I always enjoyed the beauty of the campus and the history that came with it. I spent a majority of my work breaks sitting on the columns and enjoying the view. At that time the columns were 90 years old and I was always in awe of their massive size and history. I still enjoy taking a work break and walking to the columns. They are still a beautiful sight with great history and they bring back some of my favorite college memories!

Favorite place to shop: Columbia’s antique shops

Midway Antique Mall

 (Photo from Midway Antique Mall’s Facebook page)

As I get older I’ve come to realize that there are many things I really enjoy now that I did not enjoy when I was younger, and vice versa. As I kid, my friend and I would travel around Boone County with her parents to various flea markets and antique stores. I always thought they were just buying a bunch of junk, honestly. We always wished we were at the mall instead – or the Parkade Center as it was called in those days! J Now I’d much rather be at a flea market than in a mall! I don’t know what it is specifically but I just enjoy walking through Midway Antique Mall, Itchy’s Flea Market or Artichoke Annie’s looking for that special eclectic treasure. Or maybe it’s just because I like to see things that remind me of my Grandma Emma and Aunt Pearl. I usually come home with some type of miniature trinket, a book or a piece of furniture that is going to be my next big DIY project. (We all know how that goes – I have 4 projects in my basement that I’ve yet to start – darn Pinterest!) Anyway, like I said before I’m all about finding a great bargain and these flea markets usually have some of the best.

Thanks for allowing me to share some of my favorites.  Columbia has a lot to offer and even though I’m heading out of town for a favorite vacation spot, as next week comes to an end, I will look forward to coming home to my favorite – CoMo.

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Summer in Columbia means great summer concerts! Below is information on each of our annual summer concert series:


(Photo courtesy of The Blue Note)

9th Street Summerfests with The Blue Note
“Join us outside on 9th Street! For those of you new to these incredible shows: We close down the block of 9th Street between Broadway and Walnut. Entry gate is at the north end on the corner of 9th and Walnut. Beverages will be served both outside and inside!”

Upcoming concerts:

  • 6/26 – Randy Houser, Adam Craig, Brian Bax Band; tickets $25; 7 PM
  • 7/30 – Cracker, Wanda Jackson; free; 7 PM
  • 9/5 – Cole Swindell; tickets $20; 7 PM
  • 10/8 – Foster the People; tickets $30; 8 PM

Shelter Gardens Concert Series
“Each summer, the Sunday evening shows typically draw crowds of 1,000 or more music lovers to the Shelter Insurance Gardens, where well-groomed, colorful flora offset a cedar concert gazebo. Concerts begin at 7:00 p.m., Sundays, in the Shelter Gardens at the northwest corner of Shelter’s home office grounds, 1817 W. Broadway in Columbia, Missouri. The concerts are free and open to the public. Those attending concerts should bring blankets or lawn chairs.”

Upcoming concerts:

  • 6/29 – Missouri Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Kirk Trevor
  • 7/13 – Norm Ruebling Band
  • 7/20 – Ironweed/Swampweed
  • 7/27 – Lisa Rose with Hot House and Margaret Bianchetta

Missouri Symphony Society’s Hot Summer Nights
The largest Classical and Pops summer festival in the Heartland. All performances are at the Missouri Theatre unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming concerts:

  • 6/25 – Family – Music & Science; $5-25; 6:30 PM
  • 6/27 – Pops: Ben E. King; $12.50-32; 7:30 PM
  • 6/29 – Love Notes, Casual Classics; $5-10; 2:30 PM
  •  6/29 – Community Concert (at Shelter Gardens); free; 7 PM
  • 7/2 – Patriotic Pops; tickets $12-15; 7:30 PM
  • 7/6 – Masterworks: Grand Opera Matinee; $11.50-28
  • 7/7 – Chamber Recital (at Broadway Christian Church); $5-10; 7 PM
  • 7/9 – Family – The Color of Music; $5-25; 6:30 PM
  • 7/11 – Pops – Elvis at the Symphony; $12.50-32; 7:30 PM
  • 7/12 – Masterworks: Orchestral Fireworks; $11.50-28; 7:30 PM

 Other great places to catch live music in Columbia:



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In late September, Stephens Lake Park will erupt with folk and blues culture, art and a range of musical talents, including The Avett Brothers, John Prine and Rosanne Cash! Also to come through is Trampled By Turtles, a foot-thumpin’ attitude of sound,  Lake Street Dive, a soul and R&B inspired British-inspired group and David Wax Museum, the duo of a Missouri native and a Southern belle. Jason Isbell, Music Maker Blues Revue, The Flood Brothers and the Hooten Hallers will also join the mix. We at Thumper can’t help but get excited about the musicians that have offered up their talents for Columbia to witness in just five short months.

Roots 'n Blues

In its 8th year, RNBNBBQ continues to reach out to audiences from all over the world. Recently, the festival has gained international attention We don’t mean to brag, but the festival was even nominated for “The Best Roots Music Festival” by Ameripolitan Music Association in 2013!


Although the festivities are five months away, we recommend you get your tickets now, before our Early Bird Special ends on April 30 at midnight. Tickets can be purchased online at rootsnbluesnbbq.com/tickets/ or at The Blue Note box office, located on Ninth Street in Columbia. Kids are welcome and admission is not required for those under the age of 12. We hope to see you there!


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Missouri Contemporary Ballet (MCB), in collaboration with Odyssey Chamber Music Series, is proud to present Music in Motion. This production will be held at Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Friday, March 7th at 8:00pm and Saturday, March 8th at 2:00pm and 8:00pm.

This is Odyssey Chamber Music Series’ 10th anniversary under Artistic Director Ayako Tsuruta. Ayako wanted to collaborate with MCB in celebration of the arts in the Columbia community. In each work, musicians will be set in various places on stage and in the pit. This unique arrangement gives the artists, dancers and musicians, to interact with each other’s space during the performance.

This production will feature four works, three of which are world premieres. The first piece is an original by MCB Artistic/Executive Director, Karen Mareck Grundy, set to ‘Prokofiev Sonata for Two Violins’ performed by Amy Appold and Siri Geenen. There are four sections to the piece: The first focuses on levels, the second has solos driven by the music, the third is an adagio section, and the fourth is a mix of the previous three.

The second premiere is by MCB’s Resident Choreographer, Shannon Lee West. It is set to Jacob Ter Veldhuis’ Billie with members of Trio Chymera. Shannon is using the full company for this high-energy work that embodies the mood of the 30s and 40s.

The third premiere is also by Karen Mareck Grundy, set to Stravinsky’s “L’histoire du soldat” for an ensemble with Amy Appold, violin; Sam Copeland, double bass; Paul Garritson, clarinet; Elizabeth Roberts, bassoon; John D. Perkins, trumpet; Timothy Howe, trombone; Julia Gaines, percussion, and Leo Saguiguit, conductor. “Stravinsky is a very powerful composer. I was inspired by that power and translated it into the choreography,” Karen explains.

MCB will be bringing back May…Or May Not by Giordano Dance Chicago’s Autumn Eckman. Originally premiering in our 2012 show, LIVE: Experience the Journey, this piece explores the different elements of relationships: give and take, miscommunication, and stubbornness. This work is set to an arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s “Meditango,” performed by Trio Chymera.

Tickets are $19-$29 for adults and $10-$15 for students and youth. Our Opening Night, March 7th, is Student Night; Student and youth tickets are only $5-$8. Student and youth tickets are intended for currently enrolled college, K-12, and MCB students. Tickets can be purchased at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts box office, 573-882-3781, or at www.concertseries.org.

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