All The Right Moves

Photo courtesy of L.G. Patterson One of Columbia’s most eagerly anticipated festivals returns to Stephens Lake Park the weekend of Sept. 29–Oct. 1. A mass of music fans hungry for great listening, great eating and an all around great…

Show-Me State Fun

Your heart races. Your palms sweat. You feel a sudden surge of adrenaline. There’s nothing quite like the rush you get from an amusement park attraction! And our great state recently added some nearby new options that are sure to thrill…

Dark in the Park

There won’t be any shortage of fun and excitement over the weekend leading up to the total solar eclipse happening this month. Cosmo Park will be the site of a whole host of events, including a free Totality Music Fest, a 5K run, a bike…

Frothy Fun

Located not far from Columbia in the historic town of Arrow Rock, the Lyceum Theatre brings the finest in professional regional theater to mid-Missouri. The Lyceum was established in 1961 in Arrow Rock’s abandoned Baptist Church.…

Thai For Two

Kittikoon “Chef Kitt” Chompupong, owner of the Thip Thai restaurant at 904 E. Broadway, has good reason to smile. He now has a second Thip Thai location at 3907 Peachtree Drive. He opened the original Thip Thai in January of 2013 and the…

Artstravaganza

Art in the Park, the 2-day, free fine arts and crafts festival organized by the Columbia Art League, returns to Stephens Lake Park for its 59th year on Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4. The festival will feature 108 artists from 20…

Adding an Addison’s

When Adam Dushoff, Matt Jenne, Jeremy Brown and Brad Pippen opened Addison’s in 1999, a lot of collective fingers were crossed. Yes, the group had solid restaurant experience, having worked in restaurants since the age of 15, but opening a…

Romantic Resort Wedding Planned

Whitney Reys, of Columbia, and Bradley Hedlund, of Indianapolis, will be married on June 30, 2017, at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas. Whitney graduated from Rock Bridge High School in 2005 and did her undergraduate studies at Purdue…

Branson Bound

Ciera Dawson, of Nixa, and Marty Shaw, of Columbia, will be wed on Oct. 7, 2017, in Branson. Ciera graduated from Nixa High School in 2004, and then received her degree in Dental Hygiene and Health Science from Missouri Southern State…

A High-Flying Salute

Every year, thousands of people from Columbia and the surrounding area head to Columbia Regional Airport for the free two-day air show over Memorial Day weekend, a key component in a six-day celebration that includes a wreath-laying…

Big Plans

Big Daddy’s BBQ, at 1205 N. Garth, is already several weeks into its third season. The eatery opened for 2017 on March 15, with spring hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Once the days start to last longer and summer…

Book A Date

Columbia book lovers have reason to rejoice this month: The Unbound Book Festival is back for its second year, filled with spirited panel discussions, one-on-one author “conversations,” storytelling and readings. The highly interactive…

Making Room

photos by L.G. Patterson Since opening in August of 2008, business has been booming at Room 38, says owner Billy Giordano. “Every year since we’ve opened we’ve grown, pretty substantially, especially over the past I’d say four years,…

Rewind

Even though the True/False Film Fest is as annual event, now in its 14th year, the documentary film showcase is anything but repetitive. “Every year, we have an entirely new crop of films, and there’s a complete turnover in the filmmaker…

Not Clowning Around

photos courtesy of  Ronald Mcdonald house charities of mid-missouri Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri has been providing a home away from home for families of seriously ill or injured children since 1983. The Ronald…

Sixth Street Success

Back in 2008, MU student Brian Coley was a man with a plan. “I had always worked in restaurants when I was in school,” says Brian Coley, the owner of Coley’s American Bistro. “After my first year of college, I switched my major to hotel…

Kanakuk Luck

photos by Scott Patrick Myers Photography Even though Erin Critchfield and Alex Demczak were both MU students, they didn’t meet at Mizzou. Instead, they met in Lampe, Mo., during the summer of 2012 when they were both counselors at…

Two For The Road

HyChi When it comes to convenient and delicious Chinese food, many Columbians have high praise for HyVee. Now the brick-and-mortar HyVee stores have gone mobile, thanks to HyChi, HyVee’s Chinese food truck, which rolled out last September.…

United We Stand

The 24th annual Columbia Values Diversity Celebration will take place at the Holiday Inn Expo Center on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 7 to 8:45 a.m. This year’s theme is “Building an Inclusive Columbia.” The keynote speaker is Naomi Tutu, the…
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