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Columbia Snapshot

January 18, 2013


Welcome to our new series of posts called the ‘Columbia Snapshot’ here at GottaGoCoMo. We’ll be featuring 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 first shot is from the Missouri Theatre on 9th Street in downtown Columbia. A historic landmark, the Missouri Theatre is flourishing with beauty after a multi-million dollar renovation was completed a few years ago. Now home to University Concert Series performances, True/False Film Festival screenings and other special events, the Missouri Theatre captures the feel of times gone by while showcasing modern talent.

The intricate dome overlooks the balcony and the main floor, providing a breathtaking centerpiece for the venue. Painstakingly hand painted, the details are rich and opulent, making the dome a perfect place to explore with your eyes while waiting for the show to start.

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‘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 http://www.concertseries.org/event/mcb-fall-ballet/.

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Uniquely Columbia – The Missouri Theatre

August 7, 2012


The Missouri Theatre in downtown Columbia is truly a historical treasure. Sitting proudly on 9th Street, the theatre has been hosting world renowned talent for nearly 100 years. Originally a vaudeville theatre, the Missouri Theatre has been painstakingly restored to its former glory and is a must see on your next visit to Columbia.

The gorgeous interior pairs perfectly with the amazing talent that graces the stage throughout the year. In addition to performances by the Missouri Symphony Society, the University of Missouri Concert Series also holds performances there, with guests ranging from violinists to comedians.

Not only is the theatre stunning, but the lobby and upstairs reception area also feature beautiful art and lovingly restored features. You can also stop in to the adjoining Columbia Art League Gallery, which has rotating shows with local, regional and national artists displaying their work. Don’t miss out on this gem right in the middle of downtown Columbia on your next visit.

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Have a Fantastic Father’s Day in Columbia

June 12, 2012


Dads can be notoriously difficult to shop for, so this Father’s Day, get him something uniquely Columbia! From time spent together to something to bolster one of his many hobbies, we have plenty of ideas that can all be picked up right here in CoMo. Get shopping and make this the best Father’s Day ever!

Get in on the Action!

Sometimes a gift doesn’t have to be wrapped up to be the best choice. In Columbia, there are plenty of experiences to be had with Dad.

Hit the Links: Play a round with Dad at one of Columbia’s picturesque courses.

Play with Paint: On Father’s Day weekend, head out to Boster Castle for a full day of paintball! Battle Creek Paintball offers open play on the weekends, and the Fantasy Fair will also be taking place on the grounds on Father’s Day weekend. The Future, past and even other dimensions converge and collide at Boster Castle for the Fantasy Fair! It’s all about family, food and fun!

An Active Afternoon: What do batting cages, mini-golf and go-kart racing have in common? You can find them all at Perche Creek Golf Center. A day of fun awaits at this facility where moving from one activity to another is easy! You can also take a break in their pro shop and hit a bucket of balls at their driving range.

A Classical Outing: Like music? Like classical music? Even if you think it’s not your thing, take Dad to the Hot Summer Nights concert, ‘Bluff Your Way into Classical Music’ at the Missouri Theatre. It’s a casual event for those who would go to concerts if the pieces weren’t so darn long. The Missouri Symphony Orchestra performs the best classics reduced to five minutes each. For the multi-tasker there will be a sports trivia quiz during the concert.

A Uniquely Columbia Gift!

If an afternoon in the sun isn’t your dad’s idea of fun, wrap up a fun present from one of these great Columbia spots.

-The Outdoorsy Type: Be it hiking, biking, golfing, snow-shoeing or any other activity, the outdoorsy type is easy to shop for in Columbia.

-The Tiger Fan: For the guy that bleeds black and gold, Tiger fans should have no problem getting stocked up with goodies. University Bookstore seems to have every Tiger item known to man and Tiger Spirit has been a mainstay in downtown Columbia for years.

-The Classic Guy: Sure a tie seems cliché but sometimes Dad needs a tie! For ties, dress shirts and more check out Bingham’s downtown to dress your dad in the finest duds. For the wine fan, check out Top Ten Wines. This local favorite is home to experts who will help you pick out a special mix just for Dad.

Near or far, these are just a few ideas to show your dad how much you care. And how much you love Columbia!

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Three Days of Entertainment at the ‘Blind’ Boone Ragtime Festival

May 25, 2012


Columbia is just over a week away from hosting the ‘Blind’ Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival, a three-day event packed with outstanding musical performances, seminars and nightly ‘afterglows’ to celebrate.

The events will take place at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, a beautifully restored vaudeville theater in downtown Columbia. Celebrate the history of early American music and one of the men who made it famous with internationally renowned musicians and fellow music fans. We really think the schedule of performers speaks for itself:

Monday June 11th
o The Ragtime Concert at 7:30 pm
With John Reed Torres, Martin Spitznagel, The Sedalia Ragtime Orchestra, and Robert Milne

Tuesday, June 12th
o Living the Ragtime Life with Max Morath at 2:30 pm followed by The Young Turks Concert
With Will Perkins, Max Keenlyside, Vincent M. Johnson, John Reed-Torres, and Frank LiVolsi
o The Early Jazz Concert at 7:30pm
With Max Keenlyside, Terry Waldo, Paul Asaro, Adam Swanson. Featuring Richard Dowling and Frederick Hodges performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on two 9-foot concert grand pianos.

Wednesday, June 13th
o The Stride, Boogie and Blues Concert at 7:30pm
With Paul Asaro, Terry Waldo, Adam Swanson, Frederick Hodges, Dalton Ridenhous, Max Keelyside, Will Perkins. With a finale solo performance by Morten Gunnar Larsen

Pretty incredible, right? We hope you’ll agree and come join us for this outstanding event. Get your tickets in advance and come honor one of Columbia’s most famous citizens.

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Why We Love Columbia…and you should too!

February 15, 2012


It’s no secret that those of us who promote Columbia for a living love the city. Like, really really love it.  A lot. There are, of course, many reasons that we have a passion for Columbia, but here are a few of our biggest reasons why we heart Columbia.

 Outstanding Local Dining

Columbia is a food lover’s paradise!  Whether you fancy pizza or parsnips, you can tempt your taste buds at a variety of local restaurants. What we love best about Columbia fare is how committed local chefs are to using local and sustainable ingredients. Stop by Main Squeeze for a smoothie or tofu tacos and you may see a local farmer stopping in to drop off some fresh produce.  Sycamore has always been a champion of featuring local foods and the Wine Cellar and Bistro serves up local cheeses and an extensive Missouri wine list. You can also stop by Lakota Coffee, one of the few places in the country that actually roasts their coffee in-house every day! With so many stops to make, you’ll have to visit Columbia quite a few times before you could even begin to taste everything the city has to offer.

 The Vibrant District

After you’ve devoured the flavors of Columbia, take a stroll through Columbia’s downtown area, The District. Home to many of the restaurants we so adore, The District also holds many of Columbia’s best shops, art galleries, music venues, many housed in beautiful historic buildings. Legendary concert venue The Blue Note has hosted musical acts for over 30 years including Wilco, the Dave Matthews Band and REM, all in an intimate setting in the heart of Columbia. Bluestem Missouri Crafts features works from artists that reside in Missouri and its eight contiguous states and the Columbia Art League Gallery, located adjacent to the historic Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, displays art from local, regional and national artists in excellent shows. You can also pick up a memento from your visit to Columbia at any of the unique shops in The District. Create your own signature perfume oil at Makes Scents, indulge in a chocolate pizza at The Candy Factory or that perfect little something for your home from Calhoun’s or Poppy. Each stop in The District is sure to hit the right note, so what’s not to love?

 Tiger Spirit

For many in Columbia, the only thing that’s truly hard to love is a Jayhawk. As the home of the University of Missouri, we love our Tigers. Black and gold isn’t just something for game days, so you can always pick up some Mizzou gear at the University of Missouri Bookstore on the gorgeous MU campus or the Tiger Team Store, located next to Memorial Stadium. With Mizzou athletics moving to the Southeastern Conference next year and the phenomenal season the men’s basketball team is having, there’s extra buzz this year. On your next Columbia visit, explore campus, pick up a new sweatshirt and yell M-I-Z to your heart’s content.

It’s pretty obvious that we love Columbia…a lot, but there’s even more to fall for when you come visit.

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