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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…

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…

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…

Big Bucks for Columbia

Photo by L.G. Patterson “I don’t believe you.” The legislator glared over his bifocals as I testified. “I can prove it,” I answered, unfazed. “For every dollar you put in our budget, we’ll generate $60 for Missouri’s economy.” The…

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…

Culinary Adventure Tour

We were thrilled to partner with Columbia Culinary Tours and some of Columbia's hottest restaurants for an unforgettable evening of great food, drinks and fun in our first ever Culinary Adventures Tour! On  Tuesday, Jan. 24, guests toured…

Body & Soul

Oscar Micheaux was an African-American filmmaker and entrepreneur, who produced and directed more than 40 films from 1919 to 1948. Micheaux's movies were known as "race" films — made by black filmmakers, with an all-black cast for black…

Cooking For Books

photos by of L.G. Patterson In April of 2016, the inaugural Unbound Book Festival filled Columbia with bookish enthusiasm. From the keynote event at the Missouri Theatre, where Mark Doty chatted casually with Michael Ondaatje in front…

On the Town January 2017

Ambassador Christmas Party The Ambassador Quarterly Meeting/Holiday Party was held Dec. 14 at Simon Oswald Architecture. Ann Merrifield was recognized as the first quarter Ambassador of the Quarter and Cathy Cook as Emeritus Ambassador…

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…

Banish Winter Blahs

When the temperature plunges, lounging at home near fireplaces blankets, and steaming mugs is a great place to be. But what to do when everyone starts to go a little stir crazy? We’ve got some ideas for you! Check out our list of fun things…

Jingle and Mingle

Over the past couple of decades, society has become much less formal. These changes have not only upended some long-standing etiquette guidelines but have undermined basic good manners, too. In the spirit of this kinder, gentler season,…

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…

In Sync

THOMAS HART BENTON’S AMERICA TODAY © THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART Last year, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art commissioned pianist/bandleader Orrin Evans to put together an evening of music to celebrate its exhibition of…

Fall Into Festivals

The end of summer and start of fall are filled with fairs and festivals in Missouri. These events showcase the state’s rich history and diverse cultures and offer the perfect excuse to go exploring. Find something to do every weekend from…

Boone Dawdle

Get all the details on this popular summertime True/False event that includes a surprise-filled bike ride from Columbia to Rocheport, a local foods picnic at Les Bourgeois, and a concert and outdoor film screening.