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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?).

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Ring in 2014 at Columbia Eve Fest!

December 27, 2013

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If you’re looking for a New Year’s Eve the entire family can enjoy, make your plans now to attend Columbia Eve Fest!

Here’s some information from the organizers:

We are excited to be going into the New Year with new beginnings as Columbia Eve Fest! We  have lots of fresh, fun festivity planned for your New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Columbia, Missouri. We will continue to bring high quality local, regional and national entertainment to our stages. The festival continues as a not-for-profit, culturally diverse, non-alcohol, family friendly event for all ages.

MORE EXCITING CHANGES!! “The Footprint”

The footprint of Columbia Eve Fest will be slightly different from previous years as First Night Columbia. We will be compacting the festival into a “block party” location. We believe this will be safer and more participant friendly in regard to challenging weather conditions. Our popular 5K Run/Walk will continues to inspire our participants to start the new year off  with a healthy beginning at 4:00 p.m. in front of Cyclextreme.

The other venues will be located in the Missouri Theatre, Columbia Art League and the Missouri United Methodist Church (7 venues). We will also be closing off the block of 9th street located between Elm and Locust and utilizing the closed street as a convenient, safe path for participants. It will also be an outdoor venue featuring lots of fun activities, the Children’s Finale and the Grand Finale. If the weather is hazardous, we will be able to move the Children’s Finale into the Methodist Auditorium and the Grand Finale into the Missouri Theatre.

Be sure to check out the schedule for all of the entertainment information and you can purchase your passes at the ARC as well as all Gerbes Supermarkets. Spend a fun, safe and musical New Year’s Eve in The District. Happy New Year!

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Finish Your Holiday Shopping in Columbia! One Day, Twelve Ways

December 10, 2013

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‘Tis the season…to panic about holiday shopping! Lists of friends, relatives and co-workers are piling up and making you wonder if you’ll ever get all your gifts bought. Never fear, Columbia is here! We’ve assembled another festive list (one you can even sing along with) that can help you knock out those presents in a snap. Spend one day in CoMo then put your feet up to revel in having your shopping done.

On my CoMo holiday shopping trip, I bought on my spree…

Twelve Velvet Cupcakes

Pick up a dozen of the most delectable, unique treats you’ll come across this season. The cupcake menu at The Velvet Cupcake changes daily, but the guests at your holiday party or your aunt with the sweet tooth will be delighted no matter which flavor you choose.

Eleven Painting Classes

Grab your ten closest friends and have a night out at The Canvas on Broadway. At the Canvas, art is for everyone, and you’ll leave with your very own piece of art and great holiday memories. They also have a bar, so your creativity will undoubtedly be heightened.

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Some days, there’s nothing more relaxing than a nice spa pedicure. For the person in your life who could use some pampering, pick up the gift of relaxation in the form of a gift card for one of Columbia’s many spas. A couple of Columbia favorites, Riversong and Salon Adair, will always be winners.

Nine Gunther’s Tokens

Have someone who always wants the highest score? Gunther’s Games is back in downtown Columbia! Offering classic games as well as new titles, Gunther’s is a great place for your favorite kid or kid at heart.

Eight Tiger Goodies

You’ve probably heard that Mizzou has had a pretty fantastic year sports-wise. Show your favorite fans you care with some Tiger gear from Rally House or Tiger Spirit. From coffee mugs to keychains, pom-poms to Tiger ears, the Mizzou fans in your life will go crazy for your black and gold gift.

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Everyone likes to find a little something special in their stocking! Check out Calhoun’s for fun little gifts ranging from unique jewelry to fun home decor and items for kids. Calhoun’s really is a one-stop-shop for that something extra special for anyone on your list!

Six Local Art Pieces

If there’s one thing Columbia really knows how to do, it’s art! Explore spots like Artlandish, PS:Gallery, Bluestem Missouri Crafts and the Columbia Art League Gallery for pieces with a local flavor at all price points. Whether you’re looking for a small work or a statement piece to last a lifetime, Columbia’s galleries offer some of the most beautiful work around.

Fiiiiiive Flower Arrangements

Everyone needs a centerpiece for the big holiday meal, right? Volunteer to take care of that this year and get rave reviews with an arrangement from Kent’s Floral Gallery on Broadway. Just stepping inside Kent’s during the holidays is an experience. Kent and his team will make your holiday shine with an arrangement that’s ready to go or customize it to your preference.

Four Pints of Sparkys

You can also be the star of the holiday by showing up with dessert! Allow us to recommend stopping by Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream to pick up an array of flavors. You can choose from the ready-to-go freezers or have them pack up any of their available flavors as well. You can go as traditional or outlandish on your choices as you want…Sparky’s has something for everyone!

Three Bags of Coffee

Another thing Columbia does well is coffee. With three colleges and a population of hard-workers, there’s never a short demand for caffeine. Explore the different roasts and local shops like Lakota, Coffee Zone and Kaldi’s to get the java lover in your life something new for their mornings.

Two True/False Passes

The True/False Film Fest is one of the hallmark weekends in Columbia. What started as a small event 11 years ago is now one of the world’s most respected documentary film festivals. Throw in a parade, music showcases, a game show and nightly parties and you have pretty much the most fun someone could have in four days. Passes are on sale now!

And a Gift Certificate Just For You From Me!

Need a gift for that one person who has everything? Let them explore Columbia for themselves! A gift certificate to The District will get that special someone into restaurants, shops and more!

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13 Things to do in Columbia, MO before the end of 2013

November 18, 2013

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Somehow we’ve already made it to November this year! With only a few weeks left in 2013, here are a few Columbia experiences to check off your list before you ring in the new year. Of course, if you wait a little longer, we won’t tell.

13. Peruse a Gallery
Looking for a little inspiration? Wander through some of Columbia’s impressive art galleries for all mediums of art created by artists from across the country. 
12. Explore Campus
There’s not much more beautiful than freshly fallen snow on the University of Missouri campus. Both the historic buildings and majestic trees look even more amazing than usual under a blanket of white. 
11. Take in a Movie

Spend a few hours in another world with the incredible films showing daily at Ragtag Cinema. With a calendar full of documentaries, acclaimed films from other countries and features made by locals, your Ragtag experience will be both relaxing and enlightening.

10. Grab Some Hot Chocolate

Whether you’re cold, thirsty or your hands are just freezing, take time to explore all of Columbia’s wonderful coffee shops. If you need something with a little more pick-me-up, we love the Rocket Fuel at Coffee Zone.

9. Make Your Own Art

Even if you say you don’t have an artistic bone in your body, try your hand at painting with an evening of art at the Canvas on Broadway or Paint the Town Columbia. Both spots have fun projects to sign up for, helpful instructors and a bar!

8. Sip a Drink
If you’re looking for something a little different, head to Bleu to try out some of their seasonal custom cocktails. House-made mixes, syrups and spirits mean you can imbibe in a Red October, a Giggle Water or a Cat on a Hot Gin Roof, all created just for you.
7. Walk on a Trail

Columbia is home to more than 50 miles of trails! Whether you’re a hiker, biker or leisurely stroller, Columbia’s trails are a great escape from the holiday bustle.

6. Get Tiger Gear and Give a Cheer

Time to get some new black and gold gear for the winter season! Rally HouseTiger Spirit and Alumni Hall are great one-stop shops for all your Tiger best. Of course, you’ll want to sport your new clothes at a Tiger sporting event, so make sure to get some tickets too.

5. Attend Living Windows
As the weather turns colder, shopkeepers throughout The District begin planning for the annual Living Windows Festival. On the first Friday in December,from 6 to 8 p.m., shopkeepers move all the merchandise, out of their front windows and stage live holiday performances for onlookers. 
4. Sample Some Sparky’s
Though some may disagree, ice cream is just as amazing in the winter. So amazing, in fact, that Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream is finally going to be open year-round! Those who used to mourn their cold weather closing will be enjoying their incredible range of flavors 365 days a year. 
3. Check Out the UCS
Make the University Concert Series your new holiday tradition. Family-friendly performances including The NutcrackerA Christmas Carol and a Tribute to Trans-Siberian Orchestra go on stage in the historic venues of Jesse Hall and the Missouri Theatre.
2. Buy Your True/False Passes
The True/False Film Festival has become one of the most renowned documentary festivals in the entire world. Get your passes now to experience the films, music, parties and general revelry that True/False brings year after year.
1. Visit the Magic Tree

There’s no better way to end the year than to load up the car and visit Columbia’s Magic Tree. This tradition started in the front yard of a south Columbia home and is now located in the Village of Cherry Hill, where thousands of people stand in awe at the over 40,000 lights on one tree.

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Missouri Contemporary Ballet presents CRAVE

November 13, 2013

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Missouri Contemporary Ballet (MCB) is proud to present its eighth annual fall production of ‘CRAVE,’ sponsored by American Airlines. This production will be held at Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Thursday, November 14th  and Friday, November 15th at 7:30pm.

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This production will feature six works, three of which are world premieres. The first piece is an original by MCB Artistic/Executive Director, Karen Mareck Grundy. Don’t Tell features the entire 10-dancer company and was inspired by the headline news of Russia’s persecution of the LGBTQ community. “I am an adamant supporter of LGBTQ human rights and wanted to translate my feelings on the subject into movement. This is my personal reaction to every type of oppression taking place,” explains Grundy.

The second premiere, Welcome to the Men’s Room, is by MCB’s Resident Choreographer, Shannon Lee West. With a hint of whimsy mixed in with her signature extreme lines and off kilter-movement, West is creating a men’s trio that is based around how humans hear and perceive sound. With a focus more on exploratory movement and less on technique, West keeps her rock aesthetic while carving a new path for herself choreographically.

The third premiere is by Bryn Cohn, a guest choreographer based out of New York City. One on One is about how we experience the idea of ‘one;’ one with yourself, one with someone else, and one with a group. The work explores the idea of ‘one,’ both emotionally and structurally.

MCB will be bringing back The Current State of Life by Giordano Dance Chicago’s Joshua Blake Carter. Originally premiering in our 2011 show, EVOKE, this piece reflects on the ‘current state’ of our world. MCB will be performing another work from 2011, The Dirt Beneath by company member Alex J. Gordon. Gordon’s piece looks at the exterior ‘faces’ that people wear for their peers. The sixth work, Nigel and Marian…A story, by Karen Mareck Grundy premiered in 2009. The piece follows a young man who is guided by two opposing angels to meet his counterpart.

Tickets are $19-$29 for adults and $10-$15 for students and youth. Our Opening Night, November 14th 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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Thanks to Joanne Sandorfi for guest blogging for this event.

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Beer, Cookies and Movies

August 22, 2013

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Sometimes it can be difficult to describe our favorite parts of Columbia. One of those things is Ragtag Cinema. Why? Because it’s so much more than just a theater! Here’s a little recap of my latest trip to Hittsville (the complex that houses Ragtag, Uprise Bakery and 9th Street Video).

After seeing Twenty Feet from Stardom at this year’s True/False Film Festival, I decided that my mom needed to see it. She had never even been inside Ragtag, so I figured it was the perfect opportunity to give her the full Hittsville experience. I bought our tickets online (so easy!) and planned for us to have dinner at Uprise before the show.

Mom was pleasantly surprised at how big the interior was, with lots of open seating and people studying mixed with people enjoying happy hour. We both opted for the bacon, apple and cheddar sandwich for dinner and it did not disappoint. Freshly baked bread surrounded smoky bacon, crisp apples and melted cheese. There’s also always a great variety of beer on tap; I opted for a pear cider. We also both chose a cookie for during the film. That’s right, you can take your food and drinks right into the theater!

Ragtag is home to two theaters, Big Ragtag and Little Ragtag. Little Ragtag is a collection of couches and chairs and has a more casual atmosphere. We settled into Big Ragtag’s theater seats and enjoyed Twenty Feet from Stardom, which chronicles the history of the back up singer in musical culture.

After the movie, Mom couldn’t stop talking about it. I think I’ve created a new Ragtag fan.

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Ready for Roots ‘n Blues?

August 14, 2013

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What do Mavis Staples, The Black Crowes, John Hiatt and Blues Traveler have in common? Easy, they’ll all be in Columbia during the Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival! Tickets are on sale now for this annual event that’s moving to a new location this year…beautiful Stephens Lake Park.

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Stephen’s Lake Park, new home of Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ

While the venue will be different, you can still expect the same amazing atmosphere, world-class musical artists and outstanding barbecue, all in a picturesque setting.

There are also other events planned around the festival, including music showcases and a film screening, plus the always popular 10K and Half Marathon. It’s sure to be a busy weekend enjoy friends, music and food in Columbia!

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Fun Times at the Fair!

July 17, 2013

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Established in 1835, the Boone County Fair has been an area favorite for over 150 years! This week of fantastic family events celebrates summer in mid-Missouri with concerts, concessions, cars and much more. This year’s fair runs July 23rd-27th and you can even buy your tickets online.  You can find the full schedule here, but here are some highlights you won’t want to miss!

-Children’s Barnyard and Petting Zoo – includes livestock and also other Missouri farm products such as grains, soybeans, and wheat. Open every day during fair, hours Tues-Friday 4-9 PM and Saturday 12-9 PM.

-Ham Breakfast July 27th at the Grandstand at 7:00 a.m. with special guest speaker Mike Alden.

-Hwy 65 Motocross Racing July 23rd, 7:00 PM Watch United FMX perform stunts and ride in 1 of 2 monster trucks available at the show.

-Also check out pony rides, Ed Aragoni the master illusionist, chainsaw carving, demolition derby, the dog show, baby contest and the Machens Wild West Shootout.

Gather up the entire family and head to the fair! Spend just one night or the entire week exploring rides, fair food, concerts, fun special events and contests. We’ll see you at the fair!

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9th Street Summerfests are Back!

June 11, 2013

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Columbia is a little more quiet in the summer. Many of the students are gone and the pace slows down for a few months. But on a few summer nights, downtown gets loud with the return of 9th Street Summerfest concerts!

These fantastic outdoor events are on 9th Street between Broadway and Walnut, outside the famous Blue Note. The entire block fills with fans with food and drinks for sale the entire evening. Summerfests bring in an eclectic mix of musical acts to entertain…check out this summer’s lineup!

Dierks Bentley – June 13th

The Urge – July 12th – Free Show!

Weird Al Yankovic: Apocalypse Tour – July 24th

Reverend Horton Heat – August 16th – Free Show!

Attend one or attend them all! For free shows, just get there early to claim your spot. For the others, get tickets now! We’ll see you downtown to celebrate one of Columbia’s great summer events.

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