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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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Many thanks to Joanne Sandorfi with the Missouri Contemporary Ballet for submitting this guest post. Don’t miss these wonderful performances!


Missouri Contemporary Ballet is proud to present its seventh annual fall show, THIRST, at Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. THIRST will feature six works, four of which are world premieres. With a wide variety of dance and music, this family friendly show has something for everyone to appreciate.

The show will open with guest choreographer, Thang Dao’s piece S.O.S. The piece explores abandonment and trust through intricate group partnering to examine the freedom of confinement, as we sometimes experience as a cog in the machine. Thang Dao also set a second piece, Lenore. Inspired by Basil Rathbone’s spoken text of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, Dao uses the rhythm of the words along with the images depicted in the text. Dao explains, “The poem is both narrative and abstract, and together they develop the images I see.”

Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s Resident Choreographer, Shannon Lee West, will be debuting her new work, proximity, which was created for the whole company. In this piece, West’s choreography exploits the ideas of boundaries, apathy, and intensity.

A fourth piece was developed by New York-based guest choreographer, John-Mark Owen.  This new piece, minore al maggiore (minor to major), is a balletic exploration of sculptures compelled by a musical narrative. The ballet derives from an image that Owen created for his feature-length ballet, Requiuem. He departs from the original purpose of that image and explores what else can come from one sculptural moment. Owen charges raw human emotions through various perspectives on states of being, finishing the ballet with a tender pas de duex that is optimistic and ethereal.

Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s Artistic/Executive Director, Karen Mareck Grundy, set a solo on company dancer, Elise Eslick. Set to a quivering melody sung in Spanish, this work will portray the seductive, mournful song of dark, off beat artistry. Utilizing Eslick’s pure strength and beauty, this piece showcases that dancers are not just artists, but athletes as well.

The show will close with Grundy’s new work, 1000 Details. Set to music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross from ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,’ Grundy wanted to create a piece that was just movement for movement’s sake. Evident by its title, this powerful work is fast paced and extremely detail oriented, much like Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s Unbreakable Code, which Grundy choreographed in 2006.

There are two nights of performances, November 15th & 16th, 7:30p at Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts (203 S. Ninth Street). Tickets are $19-$29 for adults, $9.50-$14.50 for high school and college students, and $12 for children 12 and under. Student tickets are an additional half-off ($4.25-$7.25) for the Thursday, November 15th show. Tickets can be purchased at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts box office, 573-882-3781, or on the Missouri Theatre Center website.

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The opens in a new windowMissouri Theatre in downtown Columbia is truly a historical treasure. Sitting proudly on 9th Street, the theatre has been hosting world renowned talent for nearly 100 years. Originally a vaudeville theatre, the Missouri Theatre has been painstakingly restored to its former glory and is a must see on your next visit to Columbia.

Stage at the Missouri Theater

The gorgeous interior pairs perfectly with the amazing talent that graces the stage throughout the year. In addition to performances by the opens in a new windowMissouri Symphony Society, the opens in a new windowUniversity of Missouri Concert Series also holds performances there, with guests ranging from violinists to comedians.

Not only is the theatre stunning, but the lobby and upstairs reception area also feature beautiful art and lovingly restored features. You can also stop in to the adjoining opens in a new windowColumbia Art League Gallery, which has rotating shows with local, regional and national artists displaying their work. Don’t miss out on this gem right in the middle of downtown Columbia on your next visit.

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Dads can be notoriously difficult to shop for, so this Father’s Day, get him something uniquely Columbia! From time spent together to something to bolster one of his many hobbies, we have plenty of ideas that can all be picked up right here in CoMo. Get shopping and make this the best Father’s Day ever!

Get in on the Action!

Sometimes a gift doesn’t have to be wrapped up to be the best choice. In Columbia, there are plenty of experiences to be had with Dad.

Hit the Links: Play a round with Dad at one of Columbia’s picturesque courses.

Play with Paint: On Father’s Day weekend, head out to Boster Castle for a full day of paintball! opens in a new windowBattle Creek Paintball offers open play on the weekends, and the opens in a new windowFantasy Fair will also be taking place on the grounds on Father’s Day weekend. The Future, past and even other dimensions converge and collide at Boster Castle for the Fantasy Fair! It’s all about family, food and fun!

An Active Afternoon: What do batting cages, mini-golf and go-kart racing have in common? You can find them all at opens in a new windowPerche Creek Golf Center. A day of fun awaits at this facility where moving from one activity to another is easy! You can also take a break in their pro shop and hit a bucket of balls at their driving range.

A Classical Outing: Like music? Like classical music? Even if you think it’s not your thing, take Dad to the opens in a new windowHot Summer Nights concert, ‘Bluff Your Way into Classical Music’ at the Missouri Theatre. It’s a casual event for those who would go to concerts if the pieces weren’t so darn long. The Missouri Symphony Orchestra performs the best classics reduced to five minutes each. For the multi-tasker there will be a sports trivia quiz during the concert.

A Uniquely Columbia Gift!

If an afternoon in the sun isn’t your dad’s idea of fun, wrap up a fun present from one of these great Columbia spots.

The Outdoorsy Type: Be it hiking, biking, golfing, snow-shoeing or any other activity, the outdoorsy type is easy to shop for in Columbia.

The Tiger Fan: For the guy that bleeds black and gold, Tiger fans should have no problem getting stocked up with goodies. opens in a new windowUniversity Bookstore seems to have every Tiger item known to man and opens in a new windowTiger Spirit has been a mainstay in downtown Columbia for years.

The Classic Guy: Sure a tie seems cliché but sometimes Dad needs a tie! For ties, dress shirts and more check out opens in a new windowBingham’s downtown to dress your dad in the finest duds. For the wine fan, check out opens in a new windowTop Ten Wines. This local favorite is home to experts who will help you pick out a special mix just for Dad.

Near or far, these are just a few ideas to show your dad how much you care. And how much you love Columbia!

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The original blind boone ragtime & early jazz festival.

Columbia is just over a week away from hosting the ‘Blind’ Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival, a three-day event packed with outstanding musical performances, seminars and nightly ‘afterglows’ to celebrate.

The events will take place at the opens in a new windowMissouri Theatre Center for the Arts, a beautifully restored vaudeville theater in downtown Columbia. Celebrate the history of early American music and one of the men who made it famous with internationally renowned musicians and fellow music fans. We really think the schedule of performers speaks for itself:

Monday June 11th
o The Ragtime Concert at 7:30 pm
With John Reed Torres, Martin Spitznagel, The Sedalia Ragtime Orchestra, and Robert Milne

Tuesday, June 12th
o Living the Ragtime Life with Max Morath at 2:30 pm followed by The Young Turks Concert
With Will Perkins, Max Keenlyside, Vincent M. Johnson, John Reed-Torres, and Frank LiVolsi
o The Early Jazz Concert at 7:30pm
With Max Keenlyside, Terry Waldo, Paul Asaro, Adam Swanson. Featuring Richard Dowling and Frederick Hodges performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on two 9-foot concert grand pianos.

Wednesday, June 13th
o The Stride, Boogie and Blues Concert at 7:30pm
With Paul Asaro, Terry Waldo, Adam Swanson, Frederick Hodges, Dalton Ridenhous, Max Keelyside, Will Perkins. With a finale solo performance by Morten Gunnar Larsen

Pretty incredible, right? We hope you’ll agree and come join us for this outstanding event. Get your tickets in advance and come honor one of Columbia’s most famous citizens.

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