Archive | October, 2012

‘Thirst’ Presented by the Missouri Contemporary Ballet

October 30, 2012


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 by visiting

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Have a Frightfully Good Time in Columbia!

October 26, 2012


Looking for some Halloween fun in Columbia!? If you’re not planning on hiking through the neighborhood trick-or-treating, here are some fun ideas to have a frightfully good time.

Be as happy as this pumpkin!

Halloween Special Events

Halloweenie in The District October 26th from 4 pm – 6 pm
Are you teeny? Then come to Halloweenie! A safe and fun time for the little ones, come down to The District and trick-or-treat at your favorite stores and restaurants. Everyone starts handing out candy at 4 pm and the festivities are usually over by 6 pm.

Tiger Night of Fun- Halloween Event – October 31st from 6 pm – 8 pm
At the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse, 600 N. Stadium Boulevard
6th grade and under admitted. Free admission.

Don’t miss the annual free alternative to going door-to-door Halloween night for candy! Tiger Night of Fun will feature games, activities and plenty of treats! Bring your parents, join us and have a great and safe time! Wear your costume and bring your trick-or-treat bag. We’ll have a screaming good time!

Trunk or Treat – October 31st from 3 pm – 5 pm
At Woodhaven Office, 1405 Hathman Place
Bring your family out for this fun event presented by the men and women with developmental disabilities supported by Woodhaven. Go “trunk-or-treating” in a safe and fun environment and have the opportunity to play games and participate in other fun activities.

Spooky Places

Fearfest Haunted House
Mid-Missouri’s largest haunted attraction sitting on 49 acres! Includes Sarah’s Legend, Slash Masters Asylum, Zombie Safari Paintball experience!

Open Thursdays & Sundays from 8 – 10 pm, Friday & Saturday 8 pm – midnight and Halloween 8pm – 10 pm

The world is dead. Society has collapsed. Law and order have been replaced by chaos and survival. NecroPlanet is nationally recognized as one of the best haunted attractions in Missouri and is conveniently located near all three college campuses and downtown Columbia. It features three haunted attractions: The Pit, Chaos in 3D and the legendary Necropolis, back for its eighth season! Come experience ultimate terror this Halloween season! The apocalypse isn’t coming…it’s here!

Local Treats

The Candy Factory 

A Columbia tradition for decades. Stock up on all your favorite delicious treats for the season. From handmade truffles to traditional favorites to chocolate covered potato chips, your sweet tooth will be delighted!

Treats Unleashed 
Give your dog a ghoulishly delightful treat this Halloween with one of our personalized jumbo pumpkins! They’re sure to do any trick for this treat! Please allow 24 hours for your special, handmade treat. They have a great selection of adorably spooky Halloween treats that your pet is sure to LOVE!

Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream 
Fall flavors: Pumpkin Pie, Rice Krispie Treat, Caramel Apple, Chai – Be sure to check in daily as the flavors change often!

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Uniquely Columbia: The MKT Trail

October 25, 2012


Only in Columbia…

Columbia is fortunate enough to have an abundance of green spaces throughout the city. With over 60 city parks, there’s always somewhere to take a jog, play with your kids or spread out a picnic blanket. One of the hallmarks of the city’s parks and trails system is the MKT Trail.

Winding 8.9 miles through the city, the crushed limestone surface of the MKT Trail is built in the old railbed of the MKT train line. With five access points, most with parking next to the trail, the MKT is ideal for a quick jog or a day long adventure.

The picturesque Flat Branch Park marks the beginning of the MKT.

The trail begins at the Flat Branch Park trailhead and weaves through neighborhoods, nature areas and open spaces.

If you happen through the Stadium section of the trail, make sure to walk through the parking area to explore the beautiful Marting Luther King Jr. Memorial at Battle Gardens. A mixture of sculpture and beautiful landscaping, the gardens are a peaceful spot to rest during your time on the trail.

The trail truly is an all-weather surface and is open for cross country skiing when snow falls. The quiet landscape, flat land and gorgeous scenery make it the perfect cross country skiing locale. Have a new kind of trail experience this winter.

After the MKT makes its nearly nine mile journey through Columbia, it meets with the statewide Katy Trail at the Hindman Junction in McBaine. From there, users can travel east or west on the Katy, which stretches over 225 miles across Missouri. Not only is the MKT Trail a uniquely Columbia experience, it also serves as a gateway to a national treasure in the Katy Trail. Next time you’re in town, hop on the MKT and see where it takes you.

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Columbia Side Trip: Hermann

October 24, 2012


If you’re looking for a taste of the old world here in Missouri, take a little side trip on your next visit to Columbia. Only  an hour away, Hermann preserves traditions set down by its German settlers.

A visit to Hermann offers plenty of options for visitors who want to experience history, wineries and festivals. Here are a few “can’t miss” Hermann highlights…

Restored Historical Buildings

While the entire town of Hermann is dotted with historic homes, there are a couple not to be missed. The Deutschheim State Historic Site has two houses open for daily tours and captures the culture and heritage of the Germans who migrated to Missouri in the mid- to late-19th century.

Hermann’s Old German School

Also be sure to check out the Hermann Museum at the Old German School. The arts and crafts of yesteryear are well preserved in Historic Hermann’s newly renovated German School. Built in 1871, the building served as Hermann’s elementary school until 1955. Open April through October, the museum has eight rooms of history to explore.

Hermann Wine Trail

Winding through some of the prettiest scenery in the state, the Hermann Wine Trail meanders for 20 scenic miles along the Missouri River between Hermann and New Haven.

Along the trail, seven family-owned wineries  (Adam Puchta Winery, Bias Winery, Dierberg Star Lane Tasting Room, Hermannhof Winery, OakGlenn Winery, Röbbler Winery and Stone Hill Winery) are open for tasting and tours. Wine trail tickets are $30 each and must be purchased in advance.

During the third weekend in November, you can also enjoy the Holiday Fare Wine Trail,  where you can sip and sample festive wine and food pairings at seven stops along the scenic Hermann Wine Trail. A celebration of good food and good wine, shared with family and friends—the perfect start to the holiday season.

Traditional Festivals


Each year on the fourth weekend of March, Hermann stakes its claim as the Sausage Capital of Missouri. Experience sausages from the state’s leading purveyors to sample and buy, statewide professional and amateur sausage-making contests, German music and dancing, old-time sausage-making demonstrations, displays of antique sausage- and wine-making equipment and more!


Oktoberfest is held the first four weekends of October and has become a fall tradition for thousands of people. Each weekend there are special activities around town, held amid the spectacular fall colors of one of  Missouri’s most beautiful towns.

Also be sure to check out Hermann’s schedule of holiday events, which range from home tours to Christmas markets. No matter when you visit Hermann, you’re sure to feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to a community that values tradition and history and is ready to welcome you!

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Happy Homecoming Mizzou!

October 22, 2012


When Chester Brewer invited Mizzou alumni to ‘come home’ for the football game against Kansas in 1911, no one could have guessed what a national sensation homecoming would be over 100 years later.  What began on Rollins Field on the University of Missouri campus is now a beloved tradition at Memorial Stadium and at schools across the country.

The first Mizzou homecoming football game in 1911.

Join us on our blog Gameday in Columbia this week to celebrate and embrace Mizzou’s most cherished tradition, homecoming.

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Coming This Weekend! The Citizen Jane Film Festival!

October 17, 2012


If you’re a film fanatic and going to be in Columbia this weekend for the Citizen Jane Film Festival, you’ve made a great choice! Citizen Jane showcases independent films by independent women, tackling the under representation of women in the film industry head on. Now that you have your passes purchased and your tickets reserved, it’s time to

This weekend, eight venues throughout the Stephens College campus and downtown Columbia will play host to a robust schedule of both short and feature films from all over the country. In addition to a fantastic array of films, there are also other special events that you won’t want to miss…

Women in Music Showcase

Come down to the Bridge after the opening night film on Friday night to hear local women cover Journey! A great evening filled with music from the finest female musicians in Columbia, Missouri. The event will be hosted by CoMo Girls Rock!, an organization dedicated to empowering girls through creative expression, musical exploration and performance. Performances from Shirelle & the Hot Raxx, Rae Fitzgerald, Penny & The Farthingtons, Sunshine Mamas and Dubb Nubb will be sure to delight your ears!

The Bridge. Home to the Citizen Jane Film Festival special events. Photo by Kyle Devlin.

A Dance Party for the End of the World

What possible response to the end of the world could there be but a rockin’ dance party to end all dance parties? Join us for our hallowed Saturday night tradition with DJ Dot Matrix, VJ Ramon Salinas and the Hella Go-Go Dancers. Bring your dancin’ shoes and plan to party down and ring in the end of the world with us. Done dancing the night away? Join us for a midnight breakfast at Cafe Berlin!

A film festival weekend in Columbia means deep experiences, new friendships and immersion in the idea that independent films enrich our lives, make us ask questions and encourage us to learn. While you’re here, take time to explore The District and soak up the atmosphere of a festival weekend in Columbia. It’s truly an experience like no other.

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Artrageous Weekend in Columbia!

October 12, 2012

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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, The District and the North 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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The Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival – A Fall Tradition

October 11, 2012


With a population of just over 100, Hartsburg is a quiet spot on the Missouri River about 20 minutes south of Columbia. Home to friendly people and a charming landscape, Hartsburg is the perfect calm retreat. However, once a year Hartsburg explodes with people…all in the name of pumpkins!


Now celebrating its 21st year, the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival brings thousands upon thousands of fall enthusiasts to Hartsburg for a weekend of fun. This year, the festivities are this weekend (October 13th and 14th), so it’s not too late to enjoy this event. Dozens of vendors will line the streets with crafts, cuisine and, of course, pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes.

Other events, including a parade on Saturday, make this charming town come alive during the festival. Open to the public with free admission and free parking, this is a family fall tradition not to be missed.

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“We Always Swing” Jazz Series presents – “A Chunk of Monk”

October 9, 2012


The “We Always Swing” Jazz Series invites mid-Missouri to join us October 15-17 for “A Chunk of Monk” – A celebration of the iconoclastic jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Sphere Monk.

It all starts Monday, October 15 at 6 p.m. with the screening of the documentary STRAIGHT, NO CHASER at Ragtag Cinema. At the time of its release Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, ”The film’s late-1960s portions, which document a European tour and also catch Monk playing in clubs and in recording sessions, are some of the most valuable jazz sequences ever shot… The Monk music that courses through the film is extraordinary in its range of feeling…” Tickets for the film are available from the Jazz Series box office.

The celebration continues Tuesday, October 16 when NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron teaches “INTERPRETING & RE-INTERPRETING THELONIOUS MONK” at Piano Distributors. Starting at 4:30 p.m., the master class is FREE to all students (Junior High – University) and $8 for the public. Space is limited, so please call the Jazz Series to reserve your spot.

Later that evening we’re back at it with “THELONIOUS MONK: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF AN AMERICAN ORIGINAL” – a panel discussion featuring Kenny Barron; Robin D. G. Kelley, Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA and author of the acclaimed biography Thelonious Monk: The Life And Times Of An American Original; and Gerald Early, likewise a nationally known author, critic and essayist who holds the positions of Merle Kling Professor of Letters and Director at the Center for the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis. Starting at 7:30 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium, MU School of Journalism, the discussion is FREE, but space is limited. Please call the Jazz Series to make reservations.

“A Chunk of Monk” culminates Wednesday, October 17 when Kenny Barron Quartet plays the Missouri Theatre at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. doors) The all-star group will bring the music of Thelonious Monk to life for one special evening. Tickets available through the Jazz Series or Ticketmaster.

For more information, please visit our website, stop by our new office at 21 N. Tenth Street, or give us a call at 573-449-3009.


Many thanks to Josh Chittum with the We Always Swing Jazz Series for submitting this guest blog post.

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Head on over to Gameday in Columbia

October 8, 2012


If you love Columbia on Mizzou football weekends, have you found your way over to Gameday in Columbia yet? It’s our newest blog celebrating all things Columbia during a Mizzou football weekend and it’s the best place to get previews, shuttle information, traditions, great Tiger gear and more! So come on over, we’d love to have you!

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