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Performances

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

opens in a new windowThe 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.

opens in a new windowgreater-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.

opens in a new windowTruffles 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.

opens in a new windowStephens 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.

opens in a new windowCrimes 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.

opens in a new windowSteel 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.

opens in a new windowThe 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.

opens in a new windowBuyer & 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.

opens in a new windowtom-sawyer-mizzou opens in a new windowThe 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.

 

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

opens in a new windowThe 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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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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If you’re going to be in Columbia this weekend, get ready to get artrageous!

Artrageous Fridays are a quarterly event that celebrate the vibrant and ever-growing art scene in Columbia, and once a year they extended it to an entire weekend of arts and excitement! All weekend,  opens in a new windowThe District and the  opens in a new windowNorth Village Arts District as well as Columbia’s college campuses highlight all of the artistic opportunities that Columbia has to offer. Businesses from galleries to shops to banks all open their doors to art enthusiasts to expose them to music, dance, theater, pottery, painting and more!

Get details on each venue’s special events for the weekend here. You’ll also be able to enjoy performances and art while you eat in Columbia’s fantastic restaurants. Have an artrageous weekend!

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