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Autumn Festivals

Cooler temperatures and low humidity combine to create perfect weather in mid-Missouri during September and October. Celebrate the bounties of the season with art shows and festivals. Whether you are looking for a new piece of art to…

Cuisine Culture

A lime-green storefront on East Broadway pops against a sea of brick and tan buildings in downtown Columbia. The Herrera family opened Paleteria El Tajín, a Mexican ice cream shop, in August at 923 E. Broadway. Since moving to Columbia…

Patio Perfection

The hot summer days may have seemed endless in July, but now there’s an end in sight — unfortunately, that end signals the start of wintry weather. Enjoy the final days of summer and fall by dining al fresco at one of Columbia’s 40-plus…

Touchdown Tipple

During the summer heat, beer or wine can seem too heavy, especially when you’re tailgating in the sun all day. The solution? A creative cocktail. We spoke with three of Columbia’s bartenders to get the low-down on the best mixed drinks to…

Be Our Guest

Dan Bauer and Ali Ratcliffe Bauer aren’t new to Columbia — or even new to The Wine Cellar & Bistro, which they purchased earlier this year. The husband-and-wife pair first met each other more than 10 years ago at the bistro, soon to be…

Fancy Footwork

Day or night, Columbia is hopping with people twisting, twirling, leaping, swaying and spinning their way through dances of all kinds. From salsa and swing to folk and hip-hop, there are places for all styles, ages and experience levels.…

Beyond The Fourth Wall

Elizabeth Braaten Palmieri had built an extensive resume. An actor, director, writer and educator, she had no shortage of accomplishments in her theatrical career. Yet wit in this artist burned the fire of an entrepreneur, aiming to inspire…

Hear, Hear!

This summer’s hottest concert ticket isn’t actually a single ticket, but rather a series: The Missouri Symphony Orchestra’s Hot Summer Nights Music Festival. Under the direction of Maestro Kirk Trevor, the festival ambitiously presents 24…

Inspiring Imagination

No other children’s book author stands out quite like the imaginative Dr. Seuss. The memorable, colorful, fantastical worlds he created found a home in the hearts of teachers, parents and young readers. Through his inventive characters and…

Renewed Revue

New York City’s Harlem Renaissance erupted onto the arts scene nearly a century ago as one of the most influential periods for African-American literature, music and performance. Through the roaring ’20s, smoke-filled clubs transformed into…

On the Spot

Live theater is exhilarating. From the dramatic story lines to the intensity of the emotions displayed, there’s something to be said about the excitement of watching people perform. Adding to the thrill is the idea that anything could…

A Wild Ride

The bass line hits, the high hat snaps and the speakers rattle. A high-pitched, airy voice cuts through, grabs the ear and never lets go. “Ooh I’m a rebel just for kicks now.” Portugal. The Man may have just hit…

Active Imagination

Everyone practices acting in their daily life without realizing it. Whether it’s making a presentation at work, telling a story while out with friends or feigning interest in a meeting, most people portray different variations of their…

Searching for Justice

One of the least popular pieces of mail to receive, next to bills, is the official summons for jury duty. Despite the disdain for this civic responsibility, there’s no denying that courtroom dramas have been a mainstay of entertainment for…

October Outings

Sadly, the ever-fabulous Lupus Chili Festival will not be held this year. There is no shortage of October festivals in mid-Missouri (Fayette, Hartsburg and Fulton to name a few, not to mention Stephens College’s Citizen Jane Film…

Managing the Magic

Meagan O’Neil counts cash for a customer at Central Bank of Boone County. Unfolding each of the bills, she smiles politely and makes small talk about the weather. Meagan is the epitome of professionalism. She’s organized, intelligent and…

Reel Progress

Founded in 2008 by Stephens College, the Citizen Jane Film Festival celebrates and showcases female filmmakers, screening their narrative, short and documentary films and hosting panel discussions. But the fest goes far beyond that, hosting…