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Roots N Blues

Mark Twain would love Jimmy Carter, I suspect. Not long ago, under a canopy of stars in downtown Columbia, Carter left the safety of the stage and snaked through the crowd, dancing and clapping and shouting a gospel riff so infectious that…

Pathways To Power

Remember when Columbia’s trails were exclusively for exercise? Not any more. Today’s trails are hi-speed conduits to commerce and social networking. The routes remain the same — albeit a few more than a decade ago — and the surroundings are…

Here Come The Mummies

Can both of these statements be true? Here Come the Mummies is an 8-piece funk-rock band of 5,000-year-old Egyptian mummies with a one-track mind. Nashville’s Here Come the Mummies is a fun-rock band composed of professional…

Here Come The Mummies

Can both of these statements be true? Here Come The Mummies is an eight-piece funk-rock band of 5,000-year-old Egyptian mummies with a one-track mind. Nashville’s Here Come The Mummies is a fun-rock band composed of professional…

Right On Cue

The late, great Sutton's. L.G. PATTERSON You gotta be kidding! You might get away with boldly declaring your favorite pizza parlor or Tex-Mex Margaritaville. But barbecue is religion. And when people try to crown the king of…

This Academy Rocks

Before there was “Rock School” (the documentary) or “School of Rock” (the movie and musical) there was Hickman High School’s very own Academy of Rock. It was just about 15 years ago that Hickman students approached their teacher, Phil…

The Man Behind The News

You know what they say about opinions. Imagine riding herd with 280 businesses who publish their opinions every week. These publishers — and their editors, reporters and photographers — form the Missouri Press Association. For nearly 150…

The Music Maker

Ironically, the biggest loss to the local music scene in 2015 wasn’t a local at all. Producer/bandleader Lou Whitney died at home in Springfield in October. Recording at Whitney’s Column One Studio had been a rite of passage for Boone…

The Bel Airs Have Fans Everywhere!

Fair winds ushered Cheryl and me into Cruz Bay, our favorite port. We stepped off our sloop onto St. John, the diamond in the American cluster of jewels called the Virgin Islands. It was our last port of call before we returned to Columbia,…

‘Til We Meet Again

“I met an old buddy of yours,” I told my Uncle Dan. He received the news as I expected he would, since he lies 6 feet beneath the granite marker that bears the name Daniel W. Drake. There was a smile in the air over this corner of Looney…

The August Assortment

Bust out of your ordinary arts routine this month and try something new, like a music festival over in Hartsburg, a retro concert at the state fair, and some Audubon engravings that will have you walking on the wild side.…

Six Great Daytrips

Summer break is ticking away. Your big plans got compromised: work deadlines, honey-do projects, ball games. You’re mired in commitments you made six months ago. And back-to-school bells are ringing. If your getaway got away without you,…

Composers Competition

The sixth annual Mizzou International Composers Festival takes place this month on the University of Missouri campus. This year’s lineup continues an impressive run for the series, which features both guest composers and the amazing talent…

Hitchiking In A Hearse

It was lonely on the road. I missed Columbia. When I get home, I promised, I’ll treat myself to a platter of fried oysters at Murry’s, or a gyro at G&D, maybe some chili cheese fries at Mugs Up. I’ll hit a hometown brewery, a…

The Myth Buster

You’ve been the target of a rumor. At some point in your life, you’ve had to dispel a falsehood. Wanton romance … crooked business … nasty habits. It’s happened to us all. And one thing you know for sure: If you let a rumor fester, it…

Black History Lessons

Race & Meaning. Shortly after the Ferguson grand jury ruling came down in late 2014, local black community factotum Bill Thompson gave a talk at Ragtag Cinema on what it means to be black in Missouri. Thompson explained that…

OPINION: Just Say No

Did you ever have to say "no"? Persistent children … unwanted advances … unsolicited sales calls. Just like you, our lawmakers must say "no" all the time. Look no further than our local champion of the budget. Kudos to Sen. Kurt…

See You In The Funny Pages

Most people think Mizzou’s relationship with comics begins and ends with Mort Walker’s Beetle Bailey strip. Walker attended the University of Missouri after serving in the armed forces and developed the Beetle Bailey character originally…

America’s Youngest Diplomats

“We had an amazing trip to the Winter Olympics in Sochi!” Liz Hughes gushed. “Ben wished big and the trip was everything we wanted and more!” There’s more to this travel story — much more. While the world scene played out its politics…