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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…

“Miss Kitty’s Little Pie Shoppe”

This month, audiences at Columbia Entertainment Company are in for a special treat with the first ever staging of the melodrama, “Miss Kitty’s Little Pie Shoppe… or How to Make Some Big Dough.” This original work, written by Don Mueller who…

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…

“The Lyons”

Every family has one. A secret so embarrassing that all members collectively agree to never discuss it again. Maybe it’s dad’s story of getting lost on his way to Albuquerque without his wallet or mom getting pulled over after one too many…

The District

There’s never a lack of momentum in Columbia’s downtown business district, day or night. Confectioneries open their doors as the sun rises, bars and nightclubs wake up well after dark. “It’s a constant change of scenery,” says Executive…

Tale as Old as Time

It may be hard to believe but this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast.” The animated feature still retains a special place in many hearts and the familiar songs have kept their roots in many…

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.…

“Stage Kiss”

One of the most common questions an actor gets asked aside from “How do you memorize all those lines?” is “Did you really have to kiss?” The answer, depending on the actor, is equal parts hilarious as it is impossibly awkward. This month,…

Farewell Chuck Berry

“While no individual can be said to have invented rock and roll, Chuck Berry comes the closest of any single figure to being the one who put all the essential pieces together. It was his particular genius to graft country and western guitar…

“The Zenith Escape”

Imagination and excitement. The playwrights of the Jackie White Memorial Play Writing Contest look to capture both of these in the hearts of young audiences. At Columbia Entertainment Company (CEC), the contest is a staple of the theatrical…

Farewell Chuck Berry

Part One: Chuck Berry was, in so many ways, the iconic Missourian. He told tall tales and reveled in language, especially the poetry of vernacular. His seeming close-mouthed cussedness in later years was an attitude that kept many a…

The Party Line

Relaxed Rules While holiday parties may be a tradition, many of today’s events are anything but traditional. There’s a movement away from formality, says Adam Guy, owner of Upper Crust Catering. “We’re seeing a lot more people doing a…

An Intimate Portrait

photo courtesy of  “THE AMERICAN ARTIST: THE LIFE & TIMES OF GEORGE CALEB BINGHAM” On Saturday, Dec. 3, Columbia will be the site of a special lecture and screening of a new biopic docudrama,“The American Artist: The Life & Times…

Cornucopia

November is shaping up to be a fun month for movie lovers, with intriguing films cropping up in a number of genres. A sampler includes notable indie titles like the family drama “Manchester by the Sea” and the Sundance darling “Loving,”…

Movie Buffs’ “Boone”

Columbians are used to braving March’s inclement weather to attend the acclaimed True/False Film Fest. But about eight years ago, festival co-founder David Wilson had an idea: Why not take advantage of Columbia’s beautiful summer weather…

Reviews In A Flash

“Ghostbusters” (Columbia Pictures, Sony) The saying, “everything old can be made new again,” is alive in Hollywood more than anywhere else, it seems. There, it’s more of a mantra. Remakes and reboots every year keep the stories we love…