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Festivals and Events

opens in a new windowRestaurant Week | June 12-18 | The District

Enjoy exclusive Restaurant Week menus and specials offers at any of the participating eateries. In addition to enjoying special menus during Restaurant Week, you can also be entered into a drawing to win a gift card to various downtown locations. Just pick up a Restaurant Week Passport at any participating restaurant, beginning June 12. To complete your passport, you must dine at three or more locations, and turn your completed passport in to any of the participating restaurants by June 18.

opens in a new windowMissouri State Senior Games and opens in a new windowJune Show-Me State Games | June 14-18 

The Missouri State Senior Games is an Olympic-style sports festival for individuals age 50 and older. June’s Show-Me State Games will include the following sports: Archery (NASP), High School Basketball, Lacrosse, Par 3 Golf, Pickleball, Soccer, Swimming, and High School Volleyball.

opens in a new windowSavory Summer Kickoff | June 17, 12-4 PM | Bur Oak Brewing Co.

This event will bring together fine food, contests, local artisans, and entertainment. 30+ chefs and restaurants will serve up their best dishes to judges and the community to be chosen for our final top six cook off challenge!

Family Fun

Movies in the Park:

(PG-13) Three decades after the Empire’s defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order.

(PG) While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.

(PG-13) After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

opens in a new windowFamily Fishing Night | June 16, 6-8 PM | Jefferson Farm & Garden

Bring your family and friends to fish in the seven-acre stocked fishing pond, enjoy s’mores by the bonfire or just sit back and relax with a cold drink. Cost is $5 per person (children 4 years and younger free) and includes the rental of a fishing pole, bait, one s’more and one drink. Fishing is catch and release only and a fishing license is not required. Please register by calling Amy Dooley at (573) 239-6134 or emailing dooleyam@missouri.edu.

opens in a new windowFamily Fun Fest: Explore Outdoors | June 21, 6-8 PM | Cosmo Park

Entertainment for the whole family, including activities, music, hands-on learning, live entertainment, face painting, food trucks and more. The outdoors has so much to offer. Learn about Missouri fish, birds, parks, camping and more from state and local experts.

On-Stage

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” | June 8-11, 15-18, 22-25 | Columbia Entertainment Company

“Stage Kiss” | June 9-11, 15-18 | Talking Horse Productions

“Peer Gynt” | June 21-25 | Artlandish Gallery

“Red, White, and Tuna” | June 22-25, June 28-30 | Corner Playhouse

“Laughing Stock” | June 29-30 | Maplewood Barn Theatre

Live Music

Music of Prince & The Revolution: Dr. Zhivegas | June 17 | Rose Park

Jelly Roll | June 20 | Rose Music Hall 

Jonny Lang | June 22 | The Blue Note

Summerfest: William Elliott Whitmore | June 24 | Rose Park

The Voice finalist, Barrett Baber | June 29 | Rose Music Hall

Hot Summer Nights | events throughout the month of June

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Festivals and Events

First Friday | May 5, 6-9 PMNorth Village Arts District

Each first Friday of the month, head to the North Village Arts District for a free gallery crawl – Galleries, shops and business will be open with music, art demonstrations, children’s activities, refreshments, and much more.

opens in a new windowHeritage Weekend | May 13-14, 4-8 PM | Douglass Park

The unofficial opening of the park for the summer! Activities include balloons, table games for kids and adults, live music and family fun. Gospel in the Park will be featured on Saturday and Annette Driver will entertain on Sunday.

opens in a new windowBike, Walk and Wheel Week | May 13-21st | Columbia

Bike, Walk, and Wheel Week is a week-long celebration designed to encourage Columbians to use active modes of transportation to get around town. There will be activities for everyone, whether you’re on a bike, on your feet, or in a wheelchair.

opens in a new windowSalute to Veterans Memorial Day Celebration | May 27-29th | Columbia Regional Airport and The District

Don’t miss this annual, free airshow, featuring WWI, WWII, and present-day military aircraft, both on display and performing stunning aerobatic shows. The parade will begin at 10 AM Monday in the District, ending with a mass jump by the US Army Golden Knights and the Canadian Skyhawks into the Columbia College Athletic Field on Rangeline and Wilkes.

opens in a new windowPedaler’s Jamboree IX | May 27-28th | Leaving from Flat Branch Park 

Bicyclists will ride the MKT Trail to the Katy Trail, which they will follow into Boonville. Along the way will be stops with live music and entertainment. Bicyclists will end up at Kemper Park in Boonville, where there will be live music, food vendors, and camping overnight.

Family Fun

opens in a new windowTons of Trucks | May 10th, 4-7 PM | Columbia Mall Parking Lot

Trucks and other vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be on display for you to admire, wander around, climb on, and sit in. This event is free and held rain or shine.

opens in a new windowFishing Night | May 12th, 6-8 PM | Jefferson Farm & Garden

Bring the family for a fun night of fishing! $5 will get you a rental pole and bait, a s’more, and a drink; children 4 and younger are free.

opens in a new windowMovies in the Park | May 12th, 8:30 PM | Cosmo Park

Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie on the large, inflatable screen under the stars! Concessions and food trucks available. May’s movie is Zootopia.

opens in a new windowFamily Fun Fest | May 17th, 6-8 PM | Cosmo Park

Entertainment for the whole family, including activities, music, hands-on learning, live entertainment, face painting, food trucks and more. This month’s theme is ‘Kindness is Contagious.’ Join Parks and Rec for music, fun, crafts and activities promoting kindness and mental health.

On Stage

opens in a new window“Dark Creation, The Mary Shelley Project” | May 5-7th at 8 PM | Muse Clothing

opens in a new window“Violet” | May 5-6th at 7:30 PM and May 7th at 2 PM | Talking Horse Productions

opens in a new window“Commedia Tonight!” | May 19th at 7:30 PM | Warehouse Theatre

opens in a new window“Pump Boys & Dinettes” | May 25-28th at 8 PM | Maplewood Barn Theatre

Live Music

opens in a new windowFleetwood Mac Tribute with Orchard Fire | May 13th at 9 PM | Rose Music Hall

opens in a new windowBonobo | May 15th at 8 PM | The Blue Note

opens in a new windowLive music at Les Bourgeois | Saturdays starting May 20th, 4PM – sunset | The A-Frame

opens in a new window‘Blind’ Boone Piano Concert with Audra Sergel | May 22nd at 7:30 PM | Boone County Historical Museum

opens in a new windowShooter Jennings | May 27th at 8:30 PM | The Blue Note

opens in a new windowTech N9ne | May 30th at 8 PM | The Blue Note


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See a show

Christmas ornament

December performances include family-friendly shows, holiday specials, and adult comedy:

opens in a new windowElf Jr.
December 3-4 at Warehouse Theatre

opens in a new windowMoscow Ballet: The Great Russian Nutcracker
December 1 at Jesse Auditorium

opens in a new window5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche
December 8-11, December 15-18 at Columbia Entertainment Company

See our opens in a new windowcalendar of events for a complete list.

Take a photo at the Magic Tree

Magic Tree, Columbia MO

opens in a new windowThe Magic Tree is a favorite Columbia holiday tradition, and although there’s now several of these completely lit trees around town, you should still make a trip to the original Magic Tree at the Village of Cherry Hill. There is even a opens in a new windowfestival for the ‘lighting of the tree’ on December 1st with Santa, food trucks, and holiday fun.

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We have all the usual opens in a new windowshopping options where you can pick up gifts for everyone on your list but you should also check out these special events:

opens in a new window1st Annual Christkindlmarkt – December 2 at Gunter Hans, 5:30-8:30 PM
opens in a new windowBattle FBLA Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair – December 10 at Battle High School, 8-12 PM
opens in a new windowHoliday Gift Boutique – December 10 at Columbia Independent School, 9 AM
opens in a new windowColumbia Winter Farmers Market – December 3, 10, 17 at Parkade Center 9-12 PM

Attend a festival

living windows in the district

The first weekend of December is packed with festivals: head downtown on Friday, December 2nd, for opens in a new windowFirst Fridays in the North Village Arts District and opens in a new windowLiving Windows, when shopkeepers stage live performances in their shop windows. On Saturday, join Columbia Parks and Rec at Progressive Missionary Baptist for the opens in a new windowCity Kwanzaa Celebration. And Sunday? Check out the first annual opens in a new windowChocolate Festival at Parkade Center – pick up some holiday gifts from local vendors while enjoying chocolatey treats.

Listen to live jazz

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opens in a new window“We Always Swing” Jazz Series is bringing two great holiday performances to Columbia this month:

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis+ Special Guest Vocalist, Catherine Russell
December 4th, 7 PM at Missouri Theatre

Tim Warfield’s All-Star Jazzy Christmas
December 11th, 3:30 PM and 7 PM at Murry’s

Check out a tractor parade

If you’re looking for a unique holiday experience, look no further than the annual opens in a new windowCentralia Christmas Tractor Parade. See floats, tractors, lawn mowers, and other farm equipment decked out in holiday lights and decorations. Santa might even be there on his Christmas tractor.

December 16th, 7 PM in Centralia

Take in the holiday lights

House with holiday lights.

You could drive around town looking for lights OR you could make plans to attend one of these events:

opens in a new window51st Shelter Insurance Christmas Tree Lighting | December 1st, 6 PM
Santa and holiday music included.

opens in a new windowFriends of Rocheport Christmas Tree Lighting | December 4th, 6 PM
Christmas carols will follow the tree lighting and then head to Community Hall for refreshments and a visit with Santa.

opens in a new windowCandy Cane Crib | 115 W. El Cortez Dr.
You can’t miss the famous Candy Cane Crib! Santa will be there on December 10th.

opens in a new windowHoliday Lights and Sights Tour | December 16th, 6:15 PM and 7:45 PM
Meet Columbia Parks and Rec at The ARC and enjoy holiday lights from a mini-bus. Cost is $7.50, and pre-registration is required.

opens in a new windowIt’s a Wonderful Ride: Holiday Lights Bicycle Tour | December 18th, 5:30 PM
Join GetAbout Columbia at Lucky’s Market and see holiday lights in and around downtown.

Go back in time

Stephens College’s opens in a new windowA Dickens Victorian Christmas is an annual favorite. It’s a family-friendly, authentic recreation of a 19th century English Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Dickens that includes refreshments, period dance, music, and more. You have four days to choose from so don’t miss out!

December 4-7 at Stephens College, Historic Senior Hall

Run (or walk) for a cause

The opens in a new windowJingle Bell Run is the perfect excuse to break out those ugly holiday sweaters, tie jingle bells to yourself, dress up like Santa or an elf… the cheerier, the better!

December 10th, 8 AM at Silverthorne Arena

Brew ‘n View

Home alone character Kevin McCallister

Beer and holiday movies – enough said. The Blue Note has two Christmas Brew ‘n Views planned: opens in a new windowHome Alone December 15th and opens in a new windowElf, December 22nd.

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October is one of our busiest months of the year – there’s no way we could include everything but you can see the whole schedule on our  opens in a new windowcalendar of events.

1.  opens in a new windowLove Your Craft Fest

What: The fest is a family-friendly block party that will feature live music, lots of doughnuts and food vendors, and thousands of dollars worth of giveaway prizes.

When: October 7, from 3-11 PM

Where: 9th Street in front of Shakespeare’s Pizza

2. opens in a new windowHartsburg Pumpkin Festival

What: The Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival is the quintessential fall fest. There’s a petting zoo, craft vendors, food, live music, activities for the kids, and so many pumpkins.

When: October 8-9, from 9AM-5PM both days

Where: Hartsburg, MO – find the route into town

3. opens in a new window7th Annual Harvest Hootenanny

What: The Hootenanny is an afternoon of celebrating agriculture with Missouri-grown food, local beer, live music, and games. The event IS kid-friendly but no fur babies.

When: October 8, from 3-8 PM

Where: Smith Street, in front of the opens in a new windowUrban Farm

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4. opens in a new windowSouth East Craft Beer Fest

What: The SEC Beer Fest is a festival for beer lovers (duh). There will be about 75 opens in a new windowbreweries, along with food, music, and more.

When: October 14-15

Where: NH Scheppers Distributing Co., 1306 Hathman Place

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Map for Artrageous Weekend 2016

5. opens in a new windowArtrageous Weekend

What: This free art-filled weekend includes a self-guided art crawl, educational and hands-on activities, artistic brunches, and more art-filled activities. Check out their opens in a new windowFacebook page to get an idea of who will be participating.

When: October 14-16

Where: Various locations in downtown Columbia

6. opens in a new windowPaws in the Park

What: This annual event is held by Second Chance for people and their fur babies – check out the Dock Dog Diving Competition, Canine Carnival, games for people who don’t bring a pup along, 5K on Sunday morning, food and craft vendors, and live auction on Sunday.

When: October 15-16, 9AM-4PM Saturday and 9AM-3PM Sunday

Where: Stephens Lake Park
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7. opens in a new windowMizzou Homecoming

What: Homecoming is MU’s favorite and most well-known tradition (we’re known as the opens in a new windowbirthplace of ‘homecoming’), and the celebration is more than just a football game – the weekend includes campus decorations, a spirit rally, the ‘stroll off,’ parade, and revisiting favorite Columbia spots.

When: October 21-22

Where: University of Missouri

8. opens in a new windowRocheport Oktoberfest

What: This free fest will include live music (folk, traditional, Americana) and lots of beer and food.

When: October 22, from 12-10:30 PM

Where: Rocheport, MO

9. opens in a new window(Not so) Frightening Friday

What: Take the kiddos trick-or-treating in The District!

When: October 28, from 4-6 PM

Where: The District

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10. opens in a new windowRocheport Fall Colors Trail Ride

What: Join Parks and Rec on a 26-mile (round-trip) bike ride on the Katy Trail to Rocheport and back. This is the perfect way to see the fall colors!

When: October 30, 10AM-3PM

Where: Leaving from the Jay Dix Station off of Scott Blvd


Happy October! Remember to tag your photos opens in a new window#ShowMeCoMo.

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Our April calendar is jam-packed with tons of great events. Below is just a few highlights so be sure to view all of our events if you’re planning on visiting CoMo. Looking for on-stage performances?

SPORTS

opens in a new windowsmsgShow-Me State Games Hoopin’ It Up | April 1-3 | Mizzou Student Rec Center
Youth basketball tournament for girls and boys 3rd-9th grade. Register here.

opens in a new windowMaxTrax Duathlon | April 3 | Bethel Park
This two-distance duathlon format is the perfect event for those seasoned multi-sport athletes and the first-time participants. The short course can be completed on a road bike, a typical mountain bike or even a comfort-style bike.

opens in a new windowFairy Tale 5K | April 16, 7-9:30 AM | Stephens College
The Fairy Tale 5K Walk/Run is a fun run. It is a loop run starting on the Stephens College campus through the beautiful Stephens Lake outer loop. Fairy tale characters mark the Start/Finish, 1K, 2K, 3K, 4K markers along the course.

opens in a new windowMizzou Football Black and Gold Game | April 16, 5 PM | Faurot Field

opens in a new windowLights on Afterschool 5K Glow Run | April 23, 5:30 PM | Peace Park
Come decked out in your best neon gear for the 2nd Lights on Afterschool GLOW! 5K & Fun Run. Run, walk, skip, or jump with us to support afterschool!

opens in a new windowChasing the Sun 5K | April 30, 9 AM | Stephens Lake Park
Be sure to “dress your brightest” and each participant receives a free t-shirt! Join for music, prizes & a great cause.

FAMILY

opens in a new windowKite-flying DayApril 2, 12-2 PM | Douglass Park
Join Parks and Rec for a day of kite-flying! The event is free, and kites will be given out to children who do not have one (limited supply). Rain date is April 16th.

como duck derby

opens in a new windowCoMo Duck Derby | April 9, 12-4 PM | Stephens Lake Park
Adopted rubber ducks will compete in a race in Stephens Lake where the winning duck’s adopter wins the grand prize of $1,000! The event will benefit the Central Missouri Humane Society. There will be live music, food, games, door prizes and adoptable pets onsite. The duck race begins at 2 pm.

opens in a new windowMU College of Veterinary Medicine Open House | April 16, 9-3 PM
The Open House offers a fun and education-filled day with entertainment, including as the Purina Incredible Dogs, a petting zoo and veterinary medicine displays, all at no charge.

opens in a new windowtie dyeCraig & Caitlin’s Tie Dye Carnival | April 17, 1:30 PM | Rose Music Hall
See live acrobatic performances courtesy of Muse Pole Fitness and CoMo Aerial Arts; bring articles to dye at our tie dye station; get your face painted; play games; and see all we have to offer at this fun Sunday carnival!

opens in a new windowRainbow House Spring Fair | April 23, 11-2 PM | Flat Branch Park
Join Rainbow House in free games, prizes, face painting, bounce houses, food and more in support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

opens in a new windowTons of Trucks | April 27, 4-7 PM | Columbia Mall
Trucks and other vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be on display for you to admire, wander around, climb on, and sit in. This event is free and held rain or shine.

SPECIAL EVENTS 

opens in a new windowFirst Fridays in the North Village Arts District | April 1, 6-9 PM
A FREE gallery crawl held the first Friday of each month in the North Village Arts District. Come explore the unique venues and enjoy the live music art and entertainment!

opens in a new windowshopSpring Shop Hop | April 16, 10-8 PM | The District
Explore, dine and shop all day with sales, special offers and refreshments.

opens in a new windowUnbound Book Festival | April 23 | Stephens College
Unbound is a brand-new FREE festival that celebrates literature of all kinds. Nationally-recognized and bestselling authors across many different genres will discuss their work and participate in a variety of stimulating events and environments. There will be separate programs for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Children’s Events.

opens in a new windowCole Swindell live on 9th Street | April 23, 6 PM

opens in a new window‘Stephens Sings’ Spring Choral Concert | April 24, 7:30 PM | Senior Hall, Stephens College
Vocalists at Stephens College present this year-end performance that doubles as a celebration of spring and the accomplishments of our seniors. Featuring Vocal Arts and Musical Theatre students, this promises to be a night of great music appropriate for all ages.

opens in a new windowQuilt Show | April 30-May 1, 10 AM | VFW Post 280

opens in a new windowFloat Your Boat for the Food Bank | April 30, 11 AM | Bass Pro
Teams build themed, cardboard boats to race and win unique prizes. Help support The Food Bank by registering a boat, watching the race and voting for your favorite boat. All money raised goes to The Food Bank

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MUSIC

Jason Aldean

  opens in a new windowHinder at The Blue Note February 1, $20

‘We Always Swing’ Jazz Series presents opens in a new windowOrrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band at Missouri Theatre February 4$15-40

Jason Aldean: We Were Here Tour at Mizzou Arena February 6, opens in a new window$71-300

opens in a new windowRay Chen Violen at Missouri Theatre February 9, $16-21

Odyssey Chamber Music Series presents
opens in a new windowElizabethan Baroque at First Baptist Church February 19, $20

opens in a new windowBone Thugs-N-Harmony at The Blue Note February 21, $25

ON STAGE

opens in a new windowA 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.

opens in a new windowPotted 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.

Clifford

opens in a new windowClifford 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.

 

opens in a new windowA 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.

opens in a new windowRosencratz 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?

opens in a new windowThe 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

opens in a new windowThomas 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

opens in a new windowFirst 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.

lunafest

opens in a new windowLunafest | February 6
Short film festival with wine tasting, delicious hors d’oeuvres, raffle items and more.

opens in a new windowWild & 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

opens in a new windowRoller Derby: Brass Knuckle Betties vs. The Astronaughties | February 6th
opens in a new windowAll the Single Ladies: An Anti-Valentine’s Day Ball | February 13
opens in a new windowSEC Swimming and Diving Championships | February 16-20
opens in a new windowPolar Plunge | February 20
opens in a new windowShow-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 opens in a new windowcalendar of events!

 

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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 opens in a new windowcalendar of events to stay in-the-know.

ON STAGE

opens in a new windowHearts 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

opens in a new windowDuck 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.

opens in a new windowThe 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.

Next to normal

opens in a new windowNext 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.

opens in a new windowHonk, 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.

opens in a new windowMizzou 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

opens in a new windowThe 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.

color run

opens in a new windowThe 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!

opens in a new windowSpring 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.

opens in a new windowMizzou 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.

earth day

opens in a new windowColumbia 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.

opens in a new windowStephens 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.

opens in a new windowNew 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.

fairy tale 5K

opens in a new windowTRYPS 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!

opens in a new windowFloat 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.

opens in a new window6th 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:

opens in a new windowCherry Poppin’ Daddies – April 16 at Missouri Theatre
opens in a new windowEli Young Band, Brett Eldredge, Old Dominion – April 16 at The Blue Note
opens in a new windowMountain Sprout, J.P. Kay – April 16 at Rose Music Hall
opens in a new windowDrive-By Truckers – April 17 at The Blue Note
opens in a new windowMark Chesnutt – April 18 at Whiskey Wild Saloon
opens in a new windowLanghorne Slim & The Law, The Dewars – April 20 at Rose Music Hall
opens in a new windowStrand of Oaks – April 22 at Rose Music Hall
opens in a new windowDustin Lynch – April 23 at Whiskey Wild Saloon
opens in a new windowIron and Wine – April 24 at The Blue Note
opens in a new windowAl Holliday & The East Side Rhythm Band, Collegiate Shag Brass Band – April 24 at Rose Music Hall
opens in a new windowWake Flocka Flame – April 28 at The Blue Note
opens in a new windowBrandy Clark – April 30 at The Blue Note
opens in a new windowMatthew Curry – April 30 at Rose Music Hall

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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 opens in a new windowcalendar of events to stay in-the-know.

ON STAGE

opens in a new windowAntigone
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.

opens in a new windowCircle 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.

opens in a new windowThe 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)

opens in a new windowWhat 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)

opens in a new windowDon Juan
February 25-March 1 at Silverbox Studios

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

opens in a new windowLove, 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

opens in a new windowFirst Fridays in the North Village Art District
February 6th, 6-9 PM

opens in a new windowLunaFest
February 7th, 4-7 PM at Windsor Auditorium

opens in a new windowWild & Scenic Film Festival
February 8th, 2-6 PM at The Blue Note

opens in a new windowSid the Science Kid Live!
February 14th, 2 PM at Missouri Theatre

opens in a new windowRocheport Roubaix
February 15th, 11 AM on the Katy Trail, Rocheport

opens in a new windowMSHSAA Wrestling
February 19th-21st at the Hearnes Center

LIVE MUSIC

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

opens in a new windowLed Zeppelin 2 – February 7th at The Blue Note
opens in a new windowBranford Marsalis Quartet – February 8th at Missouri Theatre
opens in a new windowRiff Raff – February 9th at The Blue Note
opens in a new windowSt. Louis Symphony – February 11th at Missouri Theatre
opens in a new windowMartin Sexton – February 19th at Rose Music Hall
opens in a new windowMark Chapman Band – February 21st at Nash Vegas
opens in a new windowPaper Diamond – February 25th at The Blue Note
opens in a new windowKate 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

opens in a new windowForum 8 Theater – 1209 Forum Katy Pkwy
opens in a new windowRegal Stadium 14 – 2800 Goodwin Pointe Dr.
opens in a new windowRagtag Cinema – 10 Hitt St.

  • opens in a new windowJupiter 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)
  • opens in a new windowThe 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)
  • opens in a new windowFifty 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)
  • opens in a new windowKingsmen: 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)
  • opens in a new windowMcFarland, 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)
  • opens in a new windowThe 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)
  • opens in a new windowFocus (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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It’s January in Columbia, and you know what that means – it’s cold. Below are some indoor activities that will keep you warm and one outdoor (because who doesn’t love sledding?). Keep an eye on our opens in a new windowcalendar of events as well for more ideas.

Cinderella, on stage at Columbia Entertainment Company

opens in a new windowCinderella 
January 22-25, 29-31 at Columbia Entertainment Company, 1800 Nelwood

The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.

opens in a new windowWinter Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday, 9 AM – 12 PM at Parkade Plaza

You will find fresh vegetables & fruit, meat, farm fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold is offered by the farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. Live music, children’s activities, prepared food and more.

sledding at Stephens Lake Park in columbia mo

Sledding at opens in a new windowStephens Lake Park
The sled hill is open when there is a minimum of 4-6″ of snow on the ground

There is a hill for sledding on the east side of the lake, which can be accessed from the park entrance at 2001 Broadway. Park users can warm themselves with a bonfire during the winter sports season at the fire pit at Collins Shelter near the sled hill, and there is a heated restroom nearby open year round.

opens in a new windowEmpire Roller Rink
1305 Business Loop 70 E.

Escape the cold and skate with family or friends! Empire offers Adult Skate night, Pizza Night, Family Fun Fridays, Youth Skate, and more. You can find the hours here.

opens in a new windowPaint the Town
2703 E. Broadway

Have a blast painting with friends (and drinks, of course). You can check out the calendar, and pick out the perfect option for you. Even if you have never painted before, the folks at Paint the Town will walk you through the steps, and you’ll take home the perfect masterpiece.

opens in a new windowThe Blue Note and opens in a new windowRose Music Hall
17 N. 9th St. and 1013 Park Ave.

The Blue Note and Rose Music Hall (formerly Mojo’s) have gone through some recent changes – what better way to check them out than by going and listening to live music while you’re at it? Take a look at our opens in a new windowcalendar of events for information on who will be performing this month.

Forum 8

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?

opens in a new windowForum 8 Theater – 1209 Forum Katy Pkwy
opens in a new windowRegal Stadium 14 – 2800 Goodwin Pointe Dr.
opens in a new windowRagtag Cinema – 10 Hitt St.

  • opens in a new windowTaken 3 (PG-13) – Ex-covert operative Bryan Mills reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. (January 9)
  • opens in a new windowSelma (PG-13) – Martin Luther King, Lyndon Baines Johnson and the civil rights marches that changed America. (January 9)
  • opens in a new windowAmerican Sniper (R) – Sniper and U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) saves many lives on battlefields in Iraq while striving to be a good husband and father to his loved ones back in America. (January 16)
  • opens in a new windowBlackhat (R) – A man is released from prison to help American and Chinese authorities pursue a mysterious cyber criminal. The dangerous search leads them from Chicago to Hong Kong. (January 16)
  • opens in a new windowPaddington (PG) – Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. (January 16)
  • opens in a new windowThe Wedding Ringer (R) – Doug Harris is a groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams, Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan, owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc. (January 16)
  • opens in a new windowMortdecai – Charlie Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. (January 23)
  • opens in a new windowStrange Magic – Fairies, goblins, imps and elves battle over a potion. (January 23)
  • opens in a new windowThe Boy Next Door (R) – A divorced woman falls in love with the young man who moves in to the street and finds he has a dark secret.

opens in a new windowTiger Bounce
Open 10 AM – 8 PM daily, 3601 Buttonwood

Tiger Bounce is Columbia’s only indoor inflatable children’s (12 and younger) entertainment center offering daily open admissions and private party reservations. If your kids want to get out of the house, head to Tiger Bounce and let them burn off their extra energy in the warmth.

opens in a new windowPS:Gallery Winter Exhibit 
Tues-Sat 11 AM – 6 PM, SUN 11 AM – 4 PM; 1025 E. Walnut St.

PS:Gallery is proud to present the Winter Exhibit 2014 sponsored by Landmark Bank and featuring works by Josh George, Ken Nichols, Joel Sager, and Michael Schwegmann.

 

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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.

opens in a new windowColumbia 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.

opens in a new windowDecadance, 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

opens in a new windowBack 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)

opens in a new windowNew 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: 

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

Hotel Packages:

opens in a new windowThe 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

opens in a new windowHoliday 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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