Music & Performing Arts

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!”

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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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We have a summer full of on-stage performances coming up. What are you most excited to see?

The Music Man
June 16-19, June 23-26
Columbia Entertainment Company
Con man Harold Hill comes to River City, Iowa, intending to sell the town and its children on a fake marching-band system and then skip town — until he falls for the local librarian.

greater-tuna-mizzouGreater Tuna
June 17-19, June 25, July 8-9, July 13, July 22
Corner Playhouse, MU
Greater Tuna is the hilarious comedy about Tuna, Texas’s third smallest town, and the upstanding citizens who call it home.

Truffles and Nougat
June 17-19
Talking Horse Theatre
On a beautiful spring day in 1815, candies and political unrest in Paris make their way into the French countryside. With Napoleonic police at the door, the dysfunctional LeFèvre household must come to terms with secret motives, old lies, new lust, and lots of chocolate in this fast-paced French farce.

Stephens College Summer Dance Concert
June 24-25
Macklanburg Playhouse 
Students studying in the Stephens Summer Dance program will showcase the pieces they’ve learned from our critically acclaimed guest artists at this annual concert. Expect to be inspired by various forms of original choreographed movement.

Crimes of the Heart
June 24-26, June 30, July 1
Rhynsburger Theatre, MU
After nearly a decade apart, the three Magrath sisters gather in Old Grandaddy’s kitchen in Hazelhurst, Mississippi. Her two beautiful and impulsive younger sisters, Meg and Babe, have always outshined lovelorn Lenny, but now, with Meg’s failed singing career and Babe’s failed marriage, the three sisters will have to face their troubled family history and another very bad day.

Steel Magnolias
June 30-July 3, July 7-10
Maplewood Barn Theatre
A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship and welcome her into the fold.

The Rat Trap
July 5
Corner Playhouse, MU
The Rat Trap by Chad Parmenter, a wacky parody of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, with an evening of revenge, mayhem, and…murder.

Buyer & Cellar
July 8-10, July 15-17
Talking Horse Theatre
A hilarious one-man show about a struggling actor who finds work managing the shopping mall in the basement of Barbra Streisand’s mansion.

tom-sawyer-mizzouThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer
July 15-17, July 20-21, July 23-24
Rhynsburger Theatre, MU
Join Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and Becky Thatcher in the greatest summer adventure ever told in this imaginative, highly theatrical, music-filled adaptation of Mark Twain’s incomparable classic.

 

Chicago
July 22-24
Warehouse Theatre
It’s just a noisy hall where there’s a nightly brawl and all … that … JAZZ!!

The Wizard of Oz
July 29-31
Warehouse Theatre
Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizardwho can help her return home.

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Warmer weather means more great activities and events going on in Columbia! Here’s a preview of what’s coming up this month – check our calendar of events for more.

Family

Xtreme Force Live Action Show | May 13th, 6 PM at Missouri Theatre
World Champion Black Belt Martial Artists featured as “The Turtles” perform stunts, kicks, flips, and more while promoting a positive anti bullying awareness message that is FUN for the entire family!

Movies in the Park: Frozen | May 13th, 8:30 PM at Cosmo Park
These films are shown on a giant inflatable screen; grab a blanket or low lawn chair and head out for an unforgettable evening of cinema. Pre-show activities and entertainment begin one hour prior to the movie start time. Concessions are available. This year, all movies are free of charge, thanks to Missouri Care.

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Youth Fishing Day | May 14th, 10-12 PM at Finger Lakes State Park
Learn basic fishing skills and receive a prize for biggest fish, most fish and first fish caught. Fishing poles and bait will be provided for the first 25 that sign up. Meet at the lake located near the beach parking lot. This event is free for all ages and no fishing permit is required for all that attend. Prizes will be awarded to those 12 years of age and under. For more information and to sign up, call the park at 573 443-5315.

Heritage Weekend | May 14-15th, 4-8 PM at Douglass Park
The unofficial opening of Douglass Park for the summer! Activities include balloons, table games for kids and adults, live music and family fun. Sunday will feature a domino tournament, single elimination, for individuals and partners. Starts at 4 PM, free for all ages. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy your neighborhood park!

Family Fun Fest: Be Kind, Be Healthy | May 18th, 6-8 PM at Cosmo Park
Entertainment for the whole family will include music, live performances, art activities, hands on learning, face painting, balloon art, and fun for all! Join us for music, fun, crafts and activities promoting kindness and mental health.

Kid Disco! | May 22nd, 10:30 AM at Rose Music Hall
Bring your kids out to Rose Music Hall and Forrest Rose Park every other Sunday. We’ll have DJs Requiem, RonIronic or Jen Ha set up on our patio spinning disco, club classics, 80s, funk, and more.  The kids will around dancing like wild animals in the friendly confines of our cute little park, burning energy and jumping in our bounce house (provided by our pals at Rockin Rents).  You hang out with other parents and chow down on Pepe’s tasty Mexican brunch menu while sipping on Bloody Mary’s, mimosas, beers, or even just an orange juice if that’s your thing.  Then at 2pm when the party’s over, everybody can go home and take a big nap.

Pedaler’s Jamboree VIII | May 28-29th, Flat Branch Park
Bicyclists start at Flat Branch Park from 7:30 am to 10 am and head to Kemper Park in Boonville. Drop off your overnight packs at check in and prepare for a weekend of relaxed bike riding, music, and fun. Enjoy the scenic views of the Katy Trail State Park as you ride on crushed limestone trails flanked by cliffs and the Missouri River. Stop at your convenience at a handful of locations to enjoy live music and entertainment. Bands will play throughout the day in communities across the trail.

The final destination will once again host the feature event with main stage music. Overnight camping at Kemper Park will be free for all registered riders. There will be food available at restaurants throughout the town of Boonville as well as food vendors at Kemper Park. The following day, food and entertainment await you on your journey yet again.

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Salute to Veterans Celebration | May 28-30th at Columbia Regional Airport and downtown Columbia
This FREE two-day airshow at Columbia Regional Airport is the 28th Annual Salute to Veterans Corporation Airshow. The airshow is May 28th-29th from 9am-4pm, and the Memorial Day Parade in downtown Columbia begins at 10am on Memorial Day (May 30th).

Live Music

Rose Revival: Sunday Gospel Brunch | May 15th, 12 PM at Rose Music Hall

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9th Street Summerfest with Billy Currington and Kelsea Ballerini | May 20th, 6 PM

Lightnin’ Malcom | May 20th, 9 PM at Rose Music Hall

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers | May 22nd, 7:30 PM at The Blue Note

Rising Appalachia | May 26th, 8 PM at Rose Music Hall

Hellyeah | May 27th 8 PM at The Blue Note

Special Events

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15th Annual Bike, Walk, and Wheel Week | May 16-22nd
See schedule for more details.

Dancing with Missouri Stars | May 19th, 5:45 PM at Holiday Inn Executive Center
Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s 10th Annual “Dancing With Missouri Stars” combines esteemed members of the mid-Missouri area and MCB professional company dancers – they have three months to take lessons and then compete for the prestigious DWMS trophy. MCB would like to introduce our 2016 Celebrity Dancers: Meghan Buchert, Craig Franklin, Cyndi Frisby, Brandon Gerau, Richard Huffstutter, Denise Nelson, Mary Stauffer, and Steven Taylor. The champion is determined by audience votes, at $1 a vote, and the proceeds all go to benefit MCB and our mission of bringing the art of dance to our community and surrounding areas.

Meet the Author: Laura Valenti | May 21st, 9:30 AM at Boone County Museum
Admission is Free! Book signings and sales at 11:30am. Also available at every Meet the Author: free coffee and the delicious, fresh-baked Harold’s Doughnuts! Laura Valenti brings several of her southern Missouri fiction titles to Meet the Author.

Native Pollinators Symposium | May 23rd, 8-3:30 PM at Bond Life Sciences Center, MU
Join Mizzou Botanic Garden for the Native Pollinators Symposium. As part of National Pollinators’ Week experts will highlight and share the importance of pollinators including bees, birds, butterflies and bats. Discover new information about native pollinator conservation through lectures, round table discussions and Q&As with national experts.

2016-bianchi-logoNRA Bianchi Cup | May 24-28th at Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club, Hallsville
Championship firing of the first 1920 will commence at noon on May 24, firing through noon on May 28. The top 36 competitors from the first 1920 (Top 16 Open, 4 Metallic, 4 Production, 4 Woman, 4 Junior and 4 Senior/Grand Senior) will move on to the Championship Round. The top 36 competitors will fire an additional 1920 through the same four NRA Bianchi Cup events, in the Championship Round, which will be fired on Saturday, May 28 starting at 8:30 am.

‘Godspell’ | May 26-29th, 8 PM at Maplewood Barn Theatre
A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs ranging in style from pop to vaudeville is employed as the story of Jesus’s life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’s messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life.

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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.


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It’s almost time for one of our favorite festivals of the year! Here at the Convention and Visitors Bureau we’ve planned out our schedules and can’t wait for next week. Here are our ‘must-see’ picks for this year’s fest: (Descriptions from the True/False Film Fest website)

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Megan, Marketing and Communications Manager – Sonita

Dead-set against being sold as a bride, a feisty Afghan refugee breaks loose to become a rapper. IN PERSON: Dir. Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami & star Sonita Alizadeh

Rachel, Public Information Specialist – The Other Side

Addiction, bigotry, and zealotry are set against the abiding love of family in the rubbed-raw intimacy of Roberto Minervini’s latest. IN PERSON: Dir. Roberto Minervini

Julie, Tourism Development Program Manager – Between Sisters

Teresa and Ornella are sisters utterly devoted to one another despite a deeply buried secret between them. IN PERSON: Dir. Manu Gerosa

Amy, Director – The Fear of 13

Death row inmate Nick Yarris has the presence and poise of a Shakespearean thespian. But can he be believed? IN PERSON: Dir. David Sington

Terra, Services Manager – The Bad Kids

At an isolated, alternative high school, a firebrand principal tests the limits of tough love working with teenagers considered to be lost causes. IN PERSON: Co-directors Lou Pepe & Keith Fulton

Beth, Sales Manager – Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Sitcom king, Norman Lear single-handedly revolutionized television. But what has he done lately? IN PERSON: Dir. Heidi Ewing

Andrea, Sales Manager – The Music of Strangers

Superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble are on an uplifting mission to connect the world through music. IN PERSON: Dir. Morgan Neville

OUR FESTIVAL TIPS

True False 2014 French band -EliseDon’t forget about the buskers and the awesome art installations! One of the most fun features of True/False is the live music performances before each screening and in special showcases. If you can’t make a showcase, try to get at least one or two of your films early and soak in sounds from around the world. The art installations contribute to the eccentric overall atmosphere of the festival, and it’s always fun to snap a photo [or selfie, no one is judging you at this fest] of the unique displays.

Get your blood pumping in the morning! With a generous start time of 9:00 a.m., the True Life Run winds through downtown Columbia with a few fun obstacles along the way. Best of all, the entry fees benefit the True Life Fund Film. It’s a great time for a great cause.

Get some laughs! Many documentary films can have pretty heavy subject matter so we suggest you add Gimme Truth to your schedule. The world’s greatest documentary game show returns with host Johnny St. John and an array of doc-world celebrities attempting to deduce if local videos are true or false.

True False parade1 2014 Photos-3 -EliseJoin the parade! Take some time Friday afternoon to catch the March March. This ragtag parade is an event anyone can join. Participants young and old embrace the distinct atmosphere of True/False and wear costumes, spin fire, play music and enjoy general revelry to kick off the festival.

Speak up at a screening! One of the hallmarks of the festival is that each film is accompanied by someone who was involved in its creation. Have a question? Want clarification? Want to know what happened next? Raise your hand and ask the director who was involved in the film from start to screen.

Don’t be afraid to change it up! If you hear amazing buzz about a certain film you don’t have a ticket for, hit up the Q line. Venue kings and queens start handing out Q numbers an hour before each screening and then start letting in Q-liners about 10 minutes before the show.

WHERE TO FIND MORE INFO:


Remember to share your experience with us – tag your Instagram photos and tweets: #ShowMeCoMo #TrueFalse and let us know what you’re most excited to see!

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MUSIC

Jason Aldean

 Hinder at The Blue Note February 1, $20

‘We Always Swing’ Jazz Series presents Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band at Missouri Theatre February 4$15-40

Jason Aldean: We Were Here Tour at Mizzou Arena February 6, $71-300

Ray Chen Violen at Missouri Theatre February 9, $16-21

Odyssey Chamber Music Series presents
Elizabethan Baroque at First Baptist Church February 19, $20

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony at The Blue Note February 21, $25

ON STAGE

A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Macklanburg Playhouse | February 5-7, 12-13
Hilarity, love and confusion ensue in this beloved Shakespearean comedy. Mystical mayhem surrounds classic characters as they celebrate a wedding, fall under spells, and fall in and out of love in the forests of this magical world.

Potted Sherlock | Missouri Theatre | February 8
All 60 Sherlock Holmes stories retold in 80 elementary minutes! This delicious romp through the canon of Arthur Conan Doyle is fabulous fun for the whole family.

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Clifford the Big Red Dog
Missouri Theatre | February 10
Clifford the Big Red Dog comes to life on stage in this interactive musical! Join Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and all their friends from Birdwell Island as they embark on an adventure filled with singing and dancing.

 

 
A Chorus Line | Columbia Entertainment Company | February 11-14, 18-21
A Chorus Line examines, with both hilarity and heartbreak, the grueling life of ordinary performers always auditioning for an opportunity to be members of a faceless chorus line.

Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Dead | Rhynsburger Theatre | February 24-28
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are just trying to live their little lives when they get thrust onto the world stage and into a tragedy they can’t comprehend. Playing witty word games to pass their time offstage, they turn Shakespeare’s masterpiece into Stoppard’s existential comedy. So who’s to blame when they end up dead?

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds | Warehouse Theatre | February 25-28
Beatrice lashes out at daughters Tillie and Ruth, who each possess their very own eccentricities. The play’s intimate look at their lives illustrates universal human truths.

FESTIVALS

Thomas Hart Benton Celebration | February 2-4
The State Historical Society of Missouri, in association with the “We Always Swing” Jazz Series, presents mini-exhibition In Sync with Thomas Hart Benton, which will highlight several of Benton’s artworks that relate to music. A companion three-day Benton-centered event will also take place February 2-4

First Friday | February 5
The first Friday of each month, the North Village Arts District will collectively open its doors, encouraging residents, visitors and tourists to explore and appreciate the ever-growing collections of art and entertainment that diversify and energize our community.

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Lunafest | February 6
Short film festival with wine tasting, delicious hors d’oeuvres, raffle items and more.

Wild & Scenic Film Fest | February 14
This sixth annual film festival, hosted by Missouri River Relief, will awe and inspire audiences to want to make a difference. Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s films combine stellar film making, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Roller Derby: Brass Knuckle Betties vs. The Astronaughties | February 6th
All the Single Ladies: An Anti-Valentine’s Day Ball | February 13
SEC Swimming and Diving Championships | February 16-20
Polar Plunge | February 20
Show-Me State Games Hoopin’ It Up | February 26-28


These are not all of Columbia’s events for the month of February – be sure to keep an eye on our calendar of events!

 

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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.

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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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Today’s favorites come from Sarah Dresser, Program Specialist for the Office of Cultural Affairs. Everyone have a great weekend!

Place for a coffee break, low key lunch, pre-movie snack, or late night drink:
Uprise Bakery

Uprise

You’ve probably guessed that I frequent Uprise Bakery quite a bit. Possibly 3 or 4 times in one day! The good thing is that the atmosphere is always welcoming to my recurring visits. There is a wide array of unique soups and sandwiches as well as a great selection of craft brews. Plus you can take food and drinks with you into the neighboring Ragtag Cinema or enjoy on the patio if the weather is nice. Another perk is the staff’s great taste in music.

Outdoor happy hour:
Mojo’s Forrest Rose Park

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When the weather starts to warm up again in the spring, one of the first places on my list to go is Forrest Rose Park at Mojo’s for Friday afternoon happy hour. It is the perfect place to start the weekend and enjoy free live music on the patio or at a picnic table in the grass.

Event to make new friends:
True/False Film Fest

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The light at the end tunnel each winter is True/False Film Fest. Between the documentary films, parties, parades, and busker musical showcases, you are bound to connect with some new people. Some of my best CoMo friendships were forged at True/False!

Place to see the unexpected:
Roots N Blues N BBQ

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I expect to see and hear great music at this festival. However, did I expect to see a roaming, glowing, larger-than-life winged caterpillar float overhead during the Avett Brothers concert? The answer is no. There are artsy surprises around every corner at this music festival in Stephens Lake Park. Hanging in the trees, wandering through the crowds, wherever you look there are art installations to intrigue and amazing you.

Runner up in this category: True/False’s March March

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 (Photo courtesy of Missouri Division of Tourism)

Ride to Rocheport:
Boone Dawdle

Boone Dawdle

My favorite way to ride to Rocheport is to dawdle – that is to Boone Dawdle. This annual event (also a fundraiser for True/False) is the perfect combination of all of my favorite things – fun with friends biking on the Katy Trail, live music along the way, trailside surprises, documentary film, great food, spectacular views of the Missouri River, and more!

Place to re-balance:
alleyCat Yoga

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At least once a week, I need to take an hour or two to step away from all the hustle and bustle of Columbia and focus inward. alleyCat Yoga is my favorite place to quiet the mind as well as practice my favorite yoga poses. I’ve enjoyed many different classes, which are offered in a range of styles for students of all ages and all levels of experience.

Food truck:
Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co.

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(Photo from Facebook)

I love that Columbia has embraced the food truck culture! Throughout the week, I will track on social media where to locate the trucks. My favorite has to be the biscuit truck. I enjoy the Souie Pig, smoked pulled pork piled on a biscuit and drenched in tangy arkan-sauce topped with vinegar cabbage slaw. Yum!

Theatre experience:
GreenHouse Theatre Project

greenhouse

(Photo from Facebook)

A theatre experience like no other in Columbia! GreenHouse Theatre Project’s motto is “innovative theatre in unexpected places.” You will see classical, new works, and experimental theatre productions at a variety of venues (think: art galleries, yoga studios, and even rooftops).

Place to mingle:
PS Gallery

Mingle

(Photo credit Chelsea Myers)

I’m always looking for an excuse to dress up and mingle with downtown. Even better in the presence of new and thought-provoking art. PS Gallery is the perfect location to mingle, with bi-monthly rotating exhibits that feature local, regional, and national artists. Opening receptions feature tasty bites from local eateries as well as the opportunity to chat with the exhibiting artists, see your friends and make new ones.

Cool thing to tell people about Columbia:
Public Art

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“Look Out Point” by Carol Fleming

Columbia has an unbelievable collection of public art! Look around and you will see art along the street, on parking garages, outside city hall, in front of the library, on traffic signal boxes, and the list goes on. One of the best aspects of my job with the Office of Cultural Affairs is to spread the awareness of the diversity of public art in the city. OCA has a hard copy and online Public Art Guide, and a new mobile app for iPhone was just launched with Otocast. Take a self-guided tour with one of the guides and learn more about Columbia’s rich cultural landscape!

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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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