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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.


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.” — (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.


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


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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Friday Favorites

Hope everyone is having a great week! Today’s favorites come from CVB Senior Administrative Assistant, Billye Clemons.

Columbia is loaded with lots of free activities to do all the time. Having four kids, three still at home and one at the Naval Academy, I’m always watching our budget, so the more free stuff we can do the better, and Columbia has lots to offer! Here is a list of my favorites, complete with an insider tip on what to bring for each:

Fire in the Sky:

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(Photo courtesy of Columbia Parks and Recreation)

One of my favorite events! We spend our time before dark at Flat Branch Park enjoying the craft activities provided by Parks & Rec, which change a little bit each year, but have included temporary tattoos, making sparkling hats, wind socks, streamers and my 4-year-old’s favorite, the bounce house, all while listening to live music. We also stock up on the kettle corn – the wait in line is worth it. Then… dark comes.  Tune your radio to 102.3 BXR and listen to the patriotic music while you watch an AMAZING fireworks display that can be seen from almost anywhere downtown. Don’t forget to wear red, white and blue.

Salute to Veterans Air Show: 

The roar of the engines, the smell of the smoke, and the excitement of that one jet that always sneaks up behind you and scares you when you aren’t expecting it. I love a good air show. They have police dogs doing demonstrations, the US Army Parachute Team, The Golden Knights with their Black & Gold canopies and their impressive team aerodynamics… all these things make me feel patriotic. I love every minute of it. Don’t forget your sunblock!

Movies in the Park: 

Movies in the Park - P and R FB(Photo courtesy of Columbia Parks and Recreation)

The 2nd Friday of the month from May to August, Columbia P&R hosts Movies in the Park. We bring a comforter and our own popcorn in a brown paper bag like my mom used to when we went to the drive-in. Movies are displayed on a large blow up screen at Flat Branch Park. The movies are older and usually something we’ve already seen, but the experience of seeing them outside, on a blanket, under the stars is something all my kids love. Bring insect repellent, though!


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(Photo courtesy of Columbia Parks and Recreation)

Hot and humid outside? I take my kids to Stephens Lake Park spraygrounds. My four-year-old enjoys the spraygrounds with water shooting high in the sky, to tickle her toes or her nose. She also loves playing in the sand leading into the swimming beach, where my older kids love to swim. Don’t forget your beach toys and again, sun block.

Shelter Gardens: 

Shelter Insurance(Photo courtesy of the Missouri Division of Tourism)

A beautiful way to spend an afternoon (or morning if you are an early bird). Spend time walking along the path looking at beautiful flowers, bushes and trees.  Sunday evenings in June and July you can catch a local band playing in the cedar gazebo.  There is also a waterfall, rock garden, Vietnam Veterans memorial and other features to enjoy. You can take your time so if you are with someone with little legs who gets tired fast, there is no rush. Bring your camera!

9th Street Summerfests: 

Randy Houser - Blue Note Flickr(Photo from Randy Houser Summerfest courtesy of The Blue Note)

One place I don’t usually take my kids. I save this one for me, mostly. I did take my son to see Darius Rucker when he was here (I still might call him Hootie). Get there early if you want to be up close! It gets hot and crowded, but it’s a live show with bands that are great and unique. I always leave feeling like I’ve experienced music that I wouldn’t on my usual favorite radio channels. Bring a personal fan.

Family Fun Fests: 

FFF circusopens IMAGE file (Photo of “Circus” Family Fun Fest)

Held every third Wednesday of the summer months in Flat Branch Park, the Family Fun Fests feature different family-friendly activities. This month the theme is “Summer Fun.” Check it out for yourself on July 16th, 6 pm. Bring your bathing suit and let the kids hit the spraygrounds at Flat Branch Park while you’re there.

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park:

Rock Bridge State Park

(Photo courtesy of the Missouri Division of Tourism)

Along with the usual hiking and biking, every Saturday and Sunday through August 31st you can participate in 15 minute tours of Connor’s Cave. Show up between 1 and 4 PM, and park volunteers will assist you once you make it to the cave. Be sure to call ahead of time, though, since weather and a shortage of volunteers could interfere with the tours – 573-449-7400. Bring your sense of adventure.

Art in the Park:

A Columbia favorite since 1958! Stroll through Stephens Lake Park in early June and check out work by more than 100 artists. There is something for everyone.  Buy art to take home with you or let the kids make their own! The festival features entertainment, kid’s activities, and live music. Bring your wallet. This event is free, but there is cool stuff to buy.

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