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Missouri Contemporary Ballet presents ‘Connectivity’

February 26, 2013

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You’ve seen Missouri Contemporary Ballet (MCB) take the stage in the past, but this time they won’t be doing it alone! MCB is proud to present “Connectivity,” an artistic collaboration with Island Moving Company (IMC), a contemporary ballet company from Newport, RI.

MCB first joined forces with IMC in July 2012 when they traveled to Newport, RI to be the Resident company of IMC’s Great Friends Dance Festival. To continue and further the artistic relationship, IMC is traveling to Columbia to perform on MCB’s home turf.

“Connectivity” will feature three works from MCB’s past repertoire and one new work.
• Twisted has always been a fan-favorite. Choreographed for MCB’s first season, this piece is based on the classic game ‘Twister’.
• Falling Apart originally premiered in 2009. Featuring the athletic women of the company, this work explored the deterioration of a dancer, both physically and mentally.
• Tango de Muerte was also created for MCB’s first season. Choreographed by nationally known Tiger Martina, this piece follows two people who die tragic deaths and meet in the afterlife.
• Catch’Up by company member Fernando Rodriguez will debut in this production. Rodriguez explores the idea of someone who tries constantly to fit in, but ends up missing out on life, only to catch the falling pieces of the lives of others.

Island Moving Company will be bringing three works, performing two in each show.
• Struggle For Comfort is a heavy work choreographed by Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen.
• Pheromone was first performed at the Great Friends Dance Festival 2012. It explores the stimulating sensuality and the natural uninhibited interactions among human beings.
• In the Beginning is a new work choreographed by Mark Harootian, a member of Festival Ballet of Providence.

You’ll want to be part of this race occasion joining two American dance companies from vastly different parts of the country in a celebration of the human connection. Join Missouri Contemporary Ballet and Island Moving Company as they strengthen their artistic relationship!

Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts
March 8th at 8:00pm

March 9th at 2:00pm

March 9th at 8:00pm

For tickets, call 573-882-3781, visit the box office, or click here.

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Uniquely Columbia – The State Historical Society of Missouri

February 22, 2013

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Fans of history have no trouble finding great spots to explore here in Columbia. One place to absolutely not miss is a hidden gem on the University of Missouri campus, the State Historical Society (SHS) of Missouri. Nestled into Ellis Library, the SHS is the premier center for research and study when it comes to the history of our state.

The SHS is home to beautiful displays of Missouri art, including one of the largest George Caleb Bingham collections and Thomas Hart Benton works. Many other Missouri artists, both past and present, also are well represented.

Also ready to be explored are a variety of collections.

The Manuscript Collection
-Began acquiring through members of the Missouri Press Association in 1898.

-One of the earliest and most significant acquisitions is the Thomas Adams Smith (1781-1844), Papers.

-In 1943 the Western Historical Manuscript Collection (WHMC) was created at the University of Missouri with the aid of a Rockefeller Foundation Grant.

-In 1963 with SHSMO and WHMC manuscript holdings were combined creating a joint collection.

The Newspaper Collection 

-Beginning with the July 26, 1808 issue of the St. Louis Missouri Gazette, the Society’s newspaper collection offers a wealth of information about the day-today lives of Missourians and the political, cultural, economic and religious events that have influenced them.

-Available in 1,270 bound volumes and on over forty-one million pages of microfilm

-Some 300 current newspapers, from every Missouri county are added to the collection each week.

Oral History Program 

-Since 1993, the SHSMO has had a full-time oral historian recording and transcribinghundreds of oral history interviews that preserve Missouri’s history, culture and heritage.

-The first project of the oral history program focused on artists from Missouri’s Bootheel region. Researchers collected oral history interviews and other recordings, which resulted in Art and Heritage of the Missouri Bootheel: A Resource
Guide.

-With over 4,000 interviews, the oral history program continues to actively produce and collect oral history interviews that represent Missouri’s culture and history. However, researchers will find our oral history collection reaches well beyond the Show-Me State’s borders.

Reference Collection 

-Houses resources ranging from family histories and printed minutes kept by local literary societies to Missouri official publications and scholarly monographs on the history of the state and the lives of its citizens.

-County and town histories, city directories, compiled cemetery records, and indexes to local records.

-Primary and secondary sources on many aspects of the state’s and the nation’s history and culture.

Take some time during your next visit to Columbia to dive into the exciting history of our state. It’s a great place to get lost in the past.

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True/False: How to Festival

February 20, 2013

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We’re only days away from one of the most special weekends of the year in Columbia. The True/False Film Festival brings together Columbia residents and visitors from around the world to immerse themselves in a weekend of films that will make you think, laugh, cry and wonder.

This collection of people and events is what makes True/False so incredible. Here’s a list straight from the organizers with some logistical information on ‘How to True/False’ and we have a few more tips to make your weekend the best of your year.

-Take some time Friday afternoon to catch the March March. This ragtag parade is an event anyone can join! Participants young and old embrace the distinct atmosphere of True/False and wear costumes, spin fire, play music and enjoy general revelry to kick off the festival.

-Speak up at a screening. One of the hallmarks of the festival is that each film is accompanied by someone who was involved in its creation. Have a question? Want clarification? Want to know what happened next? Raise your hand and ask the director who was involved in the film from start to screen.

-Don’t be afraid to change it up. If you hear amazing buzz about a certain film you don’t have a ticket for, hit up the Q line! Venue kings and queens start handing out Q numbers an hour before each screening and then start letting in Q-liners about 10 minutes before the show. Jesse Hall and Missouri Theater are the best places to Q because they’re the largest venues.

-Take your time. True/False sometimes seems to fly by in a blur. Take a bit during your weekend to sit in a coffee shop or a restaurant and just soak up the experience. Write about the films you’ve seen already, sip on a glass of wine, chat up a filmmaker you see, compare notes with your fellow festival goers. The festival experience is over all too fast, and these little moments make great memories.

Now that you’ve heard our little tips, what do you recommend for enjoying the festival weekend to its fullest?

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Columbia Snapshot

February 15, 2013

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In our new Columbia Snapshot posts, we feature 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 week’s photo is of one of the colorful and vibrant menu boards at Main Squeeze Natural Foods Cafe in downtown Columbia. One of Columbia’s few completely vegetarian restaurant options, Main Squeeze is a haven for diners who like fresh, locally sourced, healthy and delicious meal options.

One of our favorite boards is home to the array of smoothie choices at Main Squeeze! Each creatively named smoothie is full of freshly blended fruit, juices and any other add-ins you request. Our personal favorite is the Berry Berry Good, but you really can’t go wrong with any of the selections. Make sure to pair your smoothie with one of their organic hot dishes, melt-in-your-mouth sandwiches or outstanding handmade desserts. No matter what you pick, your stomach will thank you!

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True/False Films are here!

February 13, 2013

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The time has finally come! The time to get out your calendar, your highlighters and your computer to plan your True/False adventure! Each person plans their True/False weekend in their own way, but here are some links that can help you out…

The entire list of True/False films for 2013

-The schedule of events for the weekend. Films, music showcases, parties, the March March and more!

-A fantastic compilation of trailers for films and musical previews.

Also important is the reservation timetable:
Super Circle Pass – February 10 starting at 6 pm (Get those reservations done!)
Silver Circle Pass- February 12 starting at 6 pm
Lux Pass – February 14 starting at 6 pm
Simple Pass – February 16 starting at 6 pm

-Feel like a jaunt around town Saturday morning of the festival? Register for the True Life Run!

Now you’re ready to sit down and plan for your True/False 2013. Don’t forget to take some time to stroll through the festival footprint to people watch, have a snack at a local restaurant and meet up with friends for a drink and to discuss your last film. One of the best parts of True/False is truly immersing yourself in the experience…we’ll see you there!

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A Little Columbia Romance

February 12, 2013

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This time last year, we told you why We Love Columbia. This year, we’ll tell you a few ways to impress your sweetheart Columbia style.

On the Rails

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Climb aboard the Columbia Star Dinner Train for a romantic night on the rails. There are two options for you and your sweetheart.

February 14th starting at 6:30 pm – the Valentine’s Day Dinner
Ride on a three hour long train ride while enjoying a romantic five course meal with aphrodisiac inspired ingredients. All meals will come with better poached mussels for an appetizer, a soup, a salad, entrée and the chef’s own house made
flour-less chocolate cake. Women will receive a complementary rose and each adult will receive one glass of champagne. This ride is special in that each couple will receive their own private table! Lighting on the train will be by candlelight
and you will be able to see outside with our 14 giant spotlights to light the scenery. $250 plus tax per couple

February 15th starting at 6:30 pm – The Young Lovers Ride
Ride on a two hour long dinner train ride from Columbia to Hallsvile. You will receive a three course meal with your choice of entrée. Prices are $120 plus tax per couple and does not include a private table.

Wine and Dine

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A couple of local wine-centric restaurants will offer special Valentine’s Day menus.

Wine Cellar and Bistro

By reservation only, $55 per person, Aphrodisiac Valentine’s Menu. Three courses of aphrodisiac-focused dishes and includes a glass of lovely pink prosecco.

Les Bourgeois Bistro

Features a special pre-fixe menu for $55 per person with five courses – choose one item from each pre-determined course option

Chocolate. Always Chocolate.

Looking for something local, delicious and…chocolate? Columbia has you covered!

The Candy Factory

The line often goes around the block for their famous chocolate covered strawberries. You can also skip the line and choose from an array of truffles, old fashioned candy selections and their incredible chocolate pizza.

Patric Chocolate 

Patric Chocolate’s decadent flavors are gaining national attention, and they’re made right here in Columbia! This year, their limited edition Valentine’s flavor is called “Sweet and Sassy” and features dark milk chocolate with hints of burnt caramel and sea salt. We’ll wait here while you go place your order.

Now that you’re back, we want to wish you and yours a very happy Valentine’s Day. And we hope you’ll celebrate it the Columbia way!

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Why True/False is Different

February 7, 2013

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Before we get into the main part of today’s post…the True/False film list is here! The programming team at the festival has assembled an amazing list of films and the full schedule will come out tomorrow evening. Start planning now before ticket reservations start next week! And now back to your regularly scheduled blog post.

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When you attend True/False, it would be easy to only attend films. Film after glorious film for days. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But, what’s so fantastic about the festival is that you can enjoy a multitude of other activities before, during and after there are films showing! Don’t miss out on enjoying the full spectrum of the festival.

Gimme Truth!

On Saturday night of the festival, see America’s favorite documentary game show, as you decide whether films are true or false. Irreverent host Johnny St. John keeps judges and competitors in line.

The True Life Run

A bright-and-early tradition at T/F, the True Life Run invites all runners and walkers to start Saturday, March 2 with a mad dash through the streets of downtown Columbia. The 5k run/walk will start at 9:00 am (new, later time!) in Flat Branch Park and take in the landmarks of our fair city, offering a handful of eclectic adventures along the way. In addition to some interesting prizes from local businesses, we’ll also be offering one Lux pass to next year’s True/False (2014) to the male and female winners. Our game masters are still ironing out the details, but winners will be determined by a combination of course time, craziness and successful participation in hair-brained challenges along the way.

The March March

Shouldn’t every festival be kicked off with a parade where anyone can join and be as crazy and colorful as they like? We think so…

Plan to join the March March now. Or just hop on in as it passes you by.

Music

True/False calls their buskers ‘the festival’s secret weapon.’ Dozens of musical acts grace the stages and streets of Columbia each year during the festival. They play on corners, before every film showing and in special showcases in intimate venues to showcase the greatness of these artists. From Columbia to Paris (yes the one in France), musical artists at True/False are an international affair.

We could go on and on about what makes True/False stand out, but the festival is really what you make it. So get out there, explore the festival and enjoy yourself!

What’s your favorite non-film T/F event?

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