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A fond farewell to True/False 2013

March 5, 2013

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It was with a mixture of joy and sadness that Columbia bid farewell as the curtains closed on True/False 2013. In its tenth year, the festival was as incredible as ever. Thousands descended on downtown Columbia to enjoy films, music, parties, coffee, conversation, parades, panels and the unparalleled atmosphere generated by the event.

Not only were citizens of Columbia able to enjoy the festival, but visitors and filmmakers from around the world were able to feel the True/False magic. With a 12% increase in ticket sales over last year, it seems the festival won’t be slowing down any time soon.

Already, press coverage is rolling in and raves about Columbia, the festival and the film lineup are plentiful. Here’s just a sampling of what we’ve seen…

Why True/False 2013 Rocked (And Why True/False Always Rocks)

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TRUE, FALSE AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

The True/False crew is taking a couple of days off to rest, but they’re sure to be kicking off plans to True/False 2014 soon. We can already promise it’s a weekend you won’t want to miss.

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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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True/False is Coming

January 3, 2013

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True/False is coming…

I am in awe of what you have built in Columbia. I have been to many festivals around the world, but I have never witnessed the unique combination of community spirit, excited audiences, daring programming and all-around fantastic atmosphere that you have fostered around T/F.

Simon Kilmurry, executive director, American Documentary/POV

The festival will celebrate its 10th year in 2013…

We figured out that you are secretly brainwashing us, in preparation for your tenth anniversary whereupon you will send out the balloon signal and wherever your past attendees are, the chip will kick in and we will do whatever you have programmed us to.

Natalie Difford, Chicken & Egg

Are you ready?

How often does anything truly live up to expectations? How common is it for our false hopes to be dashed by too much hype? What a wonder to experience a weekend that went so far beyond our imaginings. We were beyond dazzled by the expert organization, warm reception and friendly audiences. True/False reminded me what our film community actually feels like and why I love it so much.

Heidi Ewing, director, Detropia

Mark your calendars for Feb. 28-March 3rd…

For any documentarian, True/False is nirvana. You walk down the street of Columbia Missouri — and you are stopped by students and secretaries, college professors and construction workers, and they all want to talk to you about your film, the intricacies of its subject and the aesthetic choices made! This is the way it’s supposed to be and never is: the town lives and breathes docs. When I went to True/False, I remembered what I sometimes forget: the unalloyed joy of making and watching docs.

Alex Gibney, director, Taxi to the Dark Side

And buy your passes today.

I could not have asked for a more intimate, smart, meaningful experience.

Nadav Kurtz, director, Paradiso

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Last Minute Gift Ideas in Columbia

December 21, 2012

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The time has come…it’s gift crunch time. Still some people left on that holiday shopping list? Need to cross them off fast? Here are some foolproof choices to make you the most popular elf in town!

Ready…set…shop!

-Truffles from the Candy Factory. An edible gift is a beloved gift. Except for fruitcake.

-A scarf from Envy. Your best friend is always cold and loves to be fashionable. Problem solved.

-A poster from the Office of Cultural Affairs. The best of Columbia art for the Columbia (or art) love in your life.

-Gift Certificate to Riversong Spa. Surely someone you know will need some post-holiday stress relief.

-A handmade mug from Bluestem Missouri Crafts. For the coffee lover you know who is tired of the same old mug.

-Pints of ice cream from Sparky’s. Distinct and delicious. You can also get your own cone while you’re there. Bonus!

-A District gift certificate. Some people are tough to shop for. Let them pick out their own darn gift.

-The cutest toy ever from Little Owl Boutique. For that new baby or super fun toddler in your life.

-Luxurious bath products from Makes Scents. For the fancy lady you know who already has everything.

-A spiffy tie from Bingham’s. For the gentlemen in your life who like to look dapper.

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Surely this list will help you check off those last few gift getters on your list. And while you’re at it, pick up a little something for yourself too!

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Warm Up to Columbia this Winter

December 15, 2012

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Columbia has had a relatively mild winter so far. But temperatures are bound to drop before too long, and while you’re visiting our city we feel it’s our responsibility to help you stay warm. Here’s how the locals do it.

Bundle Up

Does your winter coat make you feel like Randy from A Christmas Story? You should probably head over to the Alpine Shop, where their staff can find you an incredibly warm coat and we promise you’ll still be able to put your arms down. You can also stay warm and fashionable with hats, gloves and scarves from the likes of the Mustard Seed or Swank Boutique. Now that you’re all bundled up, you’re ready for winter weather. Just don’t put your tongue on a flagpole.

Sip Something Hot

Do you get as excited about coffee as Buddy the Elf? So do we. And when it gets cold in Columbia, you have plenty of places to get your fix. Stop by Lakota for locally roasted beans, the Coffee Zone for their super strong rocket fuel blend or Kaldi’s for the perfect holiday themed concoction. No matter where you choose, the jolt of caffeine will mean you won’t have to stop your holiday shopping anytime soon!

Get Active

We know it’s cold, but don’t be afraid to get outside and get active! Columbia’s beautiful trail system provides serene settings all over the city to walk, jog or cross country ski once snow falls.  You could also take a stroll around the lake at Stephens Lake Park. If the cold air just isn’t your style, head to the ARC and swim a few laps in their indoor pool. Now if your parents accidentally leave you at home over Christmas and someone tries to steal all your presents, you’ll be in prime physical condition.

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See? Winter in Columbia is great! All you have to do is follow these simple steps and you’ll be ready for the cold. We’ll see you in line for coffee.

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Shop ‘Til You Drop: A Gift for Everyone in Columbia!

December 6, 2012

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For those of you who have a long shopping list this holiday season, look no further! Columbia is home to endless options for everyone on your list! We’ve collected a few ideas for how you can spread joy throughout the season and thought it was only appropriate to share in Christmas carol form. And now, our 12 Columbia Gifts

Twelve Bottles for Drinking

Stop by Top Ten Wines in The District and get their expert help in selecting a case of wine! Whether you gift the whole case or use each bottle as a hostess gift at all the holiday parties you’ll attend, the staff at Top Ten Wines will assist you in assembling a delicious variety of wines from around the world.

Eleven Tickets for Concerts

The Blue Note is truly a Columbia landmark. Past performers have ranged from Johnny Cash to the Dave Matthews Band to Snoop Dogg and there’s always a great lineup on their calendar. With shows featuring They Might Be Giants, Calexico, Keller Williams and more coming up the the next few months, treat your friends with tickets for a night at The Blue Note.

Ten Classes of Yoga

Help someone in your life find their center with an Anytime Pass to Alley Cat Yoga. The pass has no expiration and gets them into 10 classes, making it a thoughtful and very flexible gift. Who knows, maybe they’ll even invite you to join them.

Nine Stocking Stuffers

Have lots of stockings to stuff? Head to The District and stop by The Mustard Seed. Featuring jewelry, accessories and other handmade treasures from around the world, you’ll look like the best santa ever.

Eight Bites of Chocolate

A Columbia favorite for over 30 years, the Candy Factory is now making artisan chocolates for their Prestige Collection. Pick up an 8-piece box for your favorite chocoholic and watch them marvel at the beauty (and taste!) of these treats.

Seven Super Shirts

Have lots of cousins you need to buy presents for? Are all those cousins Mizzou fans? Pick them up some black and gold gear at the Mizzou BookstoreTiger Spirit, Jock’s Nitch or Rally House. You can stock up and take care of those cousins in one easy stop.

Six Warm Cookies

Perfect for the neighbor, coworker, friend or any other loved one, Hot Box Cookies will deliver fresh  delicious cookies right to their door. From traditional chocolate chip to snickerdoodles, the recipient of these treats will be sure to think warm thoughts of you as they devour these cookies. Don’t forget to order cold milk to go with them!

Fiiiiiiiive Perfume Oils

Need something for those favorite girls in your life? Head over to Makes Scents and have them whip up a custom blend perfume oil for each one! Their experts have plenty of experience in combining scents ranging from cupcake to fig to peppermint to create a scent that truly reminds you of your girlfriends. And trust us, every time they use it, they’ll think of you.

Four Classy Cookbooks

For the cooks and kitchen lovers on your list, head to Tallulah’s. This beautiful kitchen and home store has an array of cookbooks for cocktails, cakes and anything in between. You can also pick up mixing bowls, utensils and other goodies to help make their newly found recipes come to life.

Three Music Events

A trio of tickets to the University Concert Series will be just as exciting in a stocking as it will be wrapped up under the tree. Give someone a ticket to three different events or send their whole family for a night out. Coming up in February, audiences can be delighted by DRUMline Live, Garth Fagan Dance Company, Shrek the Musical, Boyz II Men, Hair and more!

Two Pairs of Earrings

Stop into Poppy to check out handmade jewelry from nationally acclaimed artists and pick up a stunning pair of earrings for your mom…and one for yourself.

And a Tent for the Entire Family

Enjoy dreams of warmer weather and promises of outdoor adventure with a tent the entire family can enjoy on your next camping journey. Pick up the perfect pop up at the Alpine Shop and grab lots of other outdoor gear while you’re there!

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We hope you’re ready to get out there and shop now, but we’ll have little gift guides leading all the way up through the holiday season. Keep checking back to discover new Columbia treasures!

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