Archive | February, 2014

Welcome MSHSAA Wrestling Participants and Fans!

February 18, 2014

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Greetings to athletes, friends, family and fans who will be visiting Columbia during the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) championships over the next few months!

We know you’ll be spending a lot of time over at Mizzou Sports Park, but we want to be sure your entire visit to our city is a success. Columbia has so much to offer both during championship weekends and throughout the year!

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First up on the MSHSAA slate is Wrestling, with matches heating up on February 20th and concluding on the 22nd at Mizzou Arena. Team and individual competitions will make for nonstop excitement over three days. We’re looking so forward to having you here.

Grab a Bite

Wrestling weekend can often be a rush, with meals a blur of quickly procured drive-thru burgers and concession stand hot dogs. Not that those things aren’t delicious, but if you have a just a little extra time maybe give one of these Columbia favorites a try!

Shakespeare’s Pizza:

Shakespeare’s has three locations, but the original is downtown on 9th Street. Just a few minutes from Mizzou Arena, Shakespeare’s is a local legend when it comes to pizza. With the perfect hand-tossed crust, fresh toppings and a fun, family-friendly atmosphere, this is a great spot to get a true taste of Columbia.

Lutz’s BBQ:

A favorite for years in Jefferson City, Lutz’s BBQ now has a Columbia location! Pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, fantastic sides and homemade chips are all popular choices on their extensive menu.

The Heidelberg:

Popular with students and citizens alike, ‘The Berg’ has your traditional bar and grill fare with a few fun twists. Try Marty’s Wings, which are deep fried and coated in spices, or the pork tenderloin sandwich, which is always a popular choice. You can also catch the game on one of the many televisions throughout the dining and bar area.

Sub Shop:

One of Columbia’s favorite sandwich stops, the Sub Shop has four locations and serves up hot, delicious sandwiches. Want our advice? Get the vegetarian on wheat…with bacon. Hint: they also deliver!

In Your Spare Time

We know your wrestling weekend is full of competition, cheering and (hopefully) some rest. But if you do manage to find some spare time, exploring Columbia for just a short while can open you up to a whole new set of possibilities.

Have an hour?

-Take a walk through the Mizzou campus. The entire campus is designated a botanic garden and the architecture of buildings new and old makes it one of the most picturesque places in the state. If you have time, stop into the Museum of Art and Archaeology in Pickard Hall on the Quad.

-If the weather is nice, take a quick drive down to Bethel Park. With play areas, walking paths, shelters, a fishing pond and plenty of open space, Bethel is a nice retreat from all the wrestling action.

Have a little longer?

-Explore The District, Columbia’s vibrant downtown area. Art galleries, boutiques, local restaurants, coffee shops and more all welcome you in to get a distinct taste of Columbia.

-Take in a movie. We have three theaters: the Forum 8, the Stadium 14 and Ragtag Cinemacafe, all of which have movies running all day.

-The Columbia Mall is located on the west side of town just off Interstate 70. The mall is anchored by Target, JC Penney, Sears and Dillards with dozens of other stores throughout the wings. There’s also a Kidz Court and Carousel in the Cafe Court wing for little ones to play.

Lazer Lanes in south Columbia has it all! Bowling, lazer tag and arcade are all housed in this huge facility. No matter how long you stay, you won’t run out of things to do!

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Missouri Contemporary Ballet presents Music in Motion

February 17, 2014

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Missouri Contemporary Ballet (MCB), in collaboration with Odyssey Chamber Music Series, is proud to present Music in Motion. This production will be held at Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Friday, March 7th at 8:00pm and Saturday, March 8th at 2:00pm and 8:00pm.

This is Odyssey Chamber Music Series’ 10th anniversary under Artistic Director Ayako Tsuruta. Ayako wanted to collaborate with MCB in celebration of the arts in the Columbia community. In each work, musicians will be set in various places on stage and in the pit. This unique arrangement gives the artists, dancers and musicians, to interact with each other’s space during the performance.

This production will feature four works, three of which are world premieres. The first piece is an original by MCB Artistic/Executive Director, Karen Mareck Grundy, set to ‘Prokofiev Sonata for Two Violins’ performed by Amy Appold and Siri Geenen. There are four sections to the piece: The first focuses on levels, the second has solos driven by the music, the third is an adagio section, and the fourth is a mix of the previous three.

The second premiere is by MCB’s Resident Choreographer, Shannon Lee West. It is set to Jacob Ter Veldhuis’ Billie with members of Trio Chymera. Shannon is using the full company for this high-energy work that embodies the mood of the 30s and 40s.

The third premiere is also by Karen Mareck Grundy, set to Stravinsky’s “L’histoire du soldat” for an ensemble with Amy Appold, violin; Sam Copeland, double bass; Paul Garritson, clarinet; Elizabeth Roberts, bassoon; John D. Perkins, trumpet; Timothy Howe, trombone; Julia Gaines, percussion, and Leo Saguiguit, conductor. “Stravinsky is a very powerful composer. I was inspired by that power and translated it into the choreography,” Karen explains.

MCB will be bringing back May…Or May Not by Giordano Dance Chicago’s Autumn Eckman. Originally premiering in our 2012 show, LIVE: Experience the Journey, this piece explores the different elements of relationships: give and take, miscommunication, and stubbornness. This work is set to an arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s “Meditango,” performed by Trio Chymera.

Tickets are $19-$29 for adults and $10-$15 for students and youth. Our Opening Night, March 7th, is Student Night; Student and youth tickets are only $5-$8. Student and youth tickets are intended for currently enrolled college, K-12, and MCB students. Tickets can be purchased at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts box office, 573-882-3781, or at www.concertseries.org.

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It’s Time to Fall in Love with Columbia

February 14, 2014

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We get to profess our love for Columbia every day, but with Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s even more appropriate to shout it from the rooftops! We love Columbia…a lot. Here are just a few more reasons why…

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Big Fantastic Festivals

Columbia hosts over ten festivals each year, and they’re all fantastic ways to experience our destination. To really get a special feel for what we have to offer, come in for the True/False Film Fest or Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ. True/False has grown into one the most important documentary film festivals in the world and also offers music showcases, a game show and a parade (of course). In its first year at Stephen’s Lake Park, Roots ‘n Blues took it up a notch and delivered a classic music festival complete with outstanding acts, delicious food and beautiful art installations.

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Tons of Trails

For your runs, walks and rides, you can’t beat Columbia’s dozens of miles of trails. From short neighborhood trails to the 9-mile MKT trail system that links up with the statewide Katy Trail, you can pick new spot to explore every visit! Take in the scenery all four seasons of the year and hit the trail!

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Superb Chefs

If you like, you could absolutely spend your entire visit eating your way through Columbia. We are fortunate enough to be home to an array of chefs who put out incredible food meal after meal. Often focusing on local and seasonal ingredients, Columbia’s chefs make every dining experience outstanding. So don’t forget to pack your appetite!

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Splendid Sweets

If you or your sweetheart like sweets, allow us to introduce you to Columbia’s lineup (see above). Buck’s Ice Cream on the University of Missouri campus, is made by food science students and is the official ice cream of Mizzou! Stop into the Candy Factory to enjoy a huge assortment of tasty sweets. Truffles, chocolate covered potato chips and even chocolate pizza await you at the Candy Factory! Finally, Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream in downtown Columbia offers unique flavors and also has a liquor license (Guinness Float, anyone?).

Keeping Connected

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One of the things we love about loving Columbia is getting to share it with you! Join us on Pinterest and Instagram to see more of what we share. And let us know what you love about Columbia in the comments.

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It’s Almost Time to True/False!

February 7, 2014

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We’re just a few short weeks away from one of Columbia’s hallmark weekends…the True/False Film Fest.

Last year, we gave you a few tips on how to make the most of your festival experience. Before the craziness of ticket reservations (truly the only stressful part of the festival) kick in, here are few more tips for making the most of your fest.

-Remember the buskers! One of the most fun features of True/False is the live music performing before each screening and in special showcases. If you can’t make a showcase, try to get at least one or two of your films early and soak in sounds from around the world.

-Like to get your blood pumping in the morning? With a generous start time of 9:00 a.m., the True Life Run winds through downtown Columbia with a few fun obstacles along the way. Best of all, the entry fees benefit the True Life Fund Film. A great time for a great cause.

-Have just a few minutes between films? Plenty of restaurants in the festival footprint understand your plight. Duck into spots like Kaldi’s Coffeehouse, Pickleman’s, Lakota, Coffee Zone and many others for a quick bite while you walk.

-Many documentary films can have pretty heavy subject matter. May we suggest you add Gimme Truth to your schedule? The world’s greatest documentary game show returns with host Johnny St. John and an array of doc-world celebrities attempting to deduce if local videos are true or false. This Saturday night tradition is the perfect shot of levity for your fest.

-Meet someone new. True/False attendees come from around the world to enjoy the fest every year. Strike up a conversation over coffee, in a Q line or on a shuttle. You never know who you’ll meet!

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