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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!”

A-Frame

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

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

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

opens in a new windowFerdinand | 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.

opens in a new windowHal 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.

opens in a new windowMeasure | 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 club opens in a new windowThe 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.

opens in a new windowStephens 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.

opens in a new windowSkippyjon 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.

opens in a new windowA 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.

opens in a new windowCatholic 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.

opens in a new windowschoolhouseSchoolhouse 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.

opens in a new windowMuch 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.

opens in a new windowMacbeth | 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.

opens in a new windowCabaret | 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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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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Summer Shows

It may almost be August already but we’ve still got some great on-stage shows to wrap up the end of summer. Find out more about each show below:

TRYPS presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” 
Thursday, July 31 – 7 PM
Friday, August 1 – 7 PM
Saturday, August 2 – 2 and 7 PM
Sunday, August 3 – 2 PM
at Macklanburg Playhouse

Andrew Lloyd Webber created the music for this retelling of an epic Bible story, and the cast from TRYPS children’s theatre will be performing it. If you’re not a fan of musicals, be warned: There is almost no dialogue in the show. Tickets $5-10.

Maplewood Barn Theatre presents “Julius Caesar”
Thursday, July 31 – Sunday, August 3 – 8 PM
Thursday, August 7 – Sunday, August 10 – 8 PM
at Maplewood Barn Theatre, Nifong Park

When Caesar returns to Rome from the wars a virtual dictator, Brutus and their republican friends resolve that Caesar’s ambition must be curbed – which in Rome can mean only one thing: the great general must be assassinated. But once the deed is done, the idealistic conspirators must reckon with the forces of a new power bloc, led by Mark Antony and Caesar’s nephew Octavius. When their armies close at Philippi, will Caesar’s ghost be avenged? Opposing dictatorship and republicanism, private virtue and mob violence, Shakespeare’s tense drama of high politics reveals the emotional currents that flow between people in power. Ticket prices are $7.00 for adults and $1.00 for children under 10 and can be purchased at the Maplewood Barn Box Office.

PACE presents “Guys and Dolls”
Thursday, August 7 at 7pm
Friday, August 8 at 7pm
Saturday, August 9 at 7pm
Sunday, August 10 at 2pm
at Missouri Theatre

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, GUYS AND DOLLS is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend, nightclub performer Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler Sky Masterson for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown. GUYS AND DOLLS takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong. $12 – Adult, $10 – Student/Seniors, $8 – Children age 2 – 10.

Talking Horse Productions presents “Bingo! The Winning Musical”
Friday, August 22 – Sunday, August 23
Friday, August 29 – Sunday, August 31
7:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 2 PM Sundays
at Talking Horse Theatre

BINGO! is a splashy, zippy, fun new musical comedy – a small musical with a big heart.  A group of die-hard bingo players will stop at nothing to get to their weekly game.  In between the number calling, strange rituals and fierce competitions, love blossoms and long lost friends reunite.  These loveable characters spring to life with a smart, funny script and bouncy, hummable tunes.  Audiences will be laughing in the aisles when they aren’t playing games of bingo along with the cast! $12 – adult, $10 – seniors/students.

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Columbia Snapshot

Welcome to our new series of posts called the ‘Columbia Snapshot’ here at GottaGoCoMo. We’ll be featuring photos from around Columbia captured by our staff or by our readers to share little corners of our city that you might not always see.

This first shot is from the opens in a new windowMissouri Theatre on 9th Street in downtown Columbia. A historic landmark, the Missouri Theatre is flourishing with beauty after a multi-million dollar renovation was completed a few years ago. Now home to opens in a new windowUniversity Concert Series performances, opens in a new windowTrue/False Film Festival screenings and other special events, the Missouri Theatre captures the feel of times gone by while showcasing modern talent.

The intricate dome overlooks the balcony and the main floor, providing a breathtaking centerpiece for the venue. Painstakingly hand painted, the details are rich and opulent, making the dome a perfect place to explore with your eyes while waiting for the show to start.

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