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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…

Refined Tastes

Melodies plucked from his guitar inspire Jeff Guinn’s expressive tasting menus. For the executive chef of restaurant 11Eleven in The Broadway hotel, tasting menus — small portions of several dishes, often presented with complementary wine…

First Impressions

If you had to describe Columbia in just one word, which would you choose? Lively? Diversified? Eclectic? Midwestern? These are the adjectives some Columbia newcomers choose when describing their first impressions of the area. Each became…

How To Avoid An Expensive Bargain

You don’t have to be a home improvement expert to look at Leon and Jodi Johnson’s bathroom floor and see the Johnsons are victims of inexcusable incompetence. The tile floor looks horrible with discolored, cracking grout and misaligned…

Memories of Mizzou

There’s not much about the 1890 version of football that today’s players would recognize and no doubt they're glad that leather helmets and moleskin uniform pants are passé. But one thing hasn’t changed. Since it began, Mizzou’s football…

Goal To Go

A staggered line of men walks toward Rock Bridge High School’s football field from the adjacent parking lot carrying helmets, shoulder pads and other gear. It’s around 5:30 on an uncharacteristically moderate Thursday evening in late July.…

Fixing Columbia’s Schools

When it comes to the Columbia School District, I only know what I read in the press. By the summer I arrived here from California eight years ago my twin daughters had just graduated college. All those years of shepherding the girls through…

Return From Reality

Qristyl Frazier wants to know, “What’s your ‘Plus Sexy’?” A rainy late-summer evening found the St. Louis native and Stephens College alumna meeting, greeting and “photo-opping” with adoring fans outside Windsor Auditorium on the…

Still Running After All These Years

Few will ever run Columbia’s Heart of America marathon; it ranks among the country’s oldest and toughest nonmountainous marathons, and no more than 178 people had ever run the race together until this year, when 319 people took to the…

The Camera Salesman & The Ghost Tour

Carl Evans grew up in Columbia with two parents who told him ghosts weren’t real. Once, in 1974 as a 6-year-old boy, Evans woke up in his late grandfather’s study in Springfield to an open closet door that was closed when he fell asleep.…

Halloween Treats

“Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.” – Steve Almond Crunchy leaves, football season, grilling, the smell of burning embers in the chilled air – and Halloween activities galore. From haunted houses (all…

Columbia 2025

Decades ago, when writers imagined the coming of the second millennium, they envisioned evil robots, personal jet packs and visitors from outer space. None of those things came to pass, but we do carry cell phones that look remarkably like…

The Black Diamond

“If Neil Diamond ever approaches you and says, ‘Would you like to take a ride on my coattails?’ say ‘Yes! Absolutely!' ” Theron Denson offers this advice from experience. Denson has traveled a celebrity’s path in the shadow of the…

Brian Evans Is Running For Orphans

Why do you run? It is the question often asked of marathon runners. Sure, there are health benefits from getting some exercise, but to run 26.2 miles without stopping is something altogether different. Toward the end of a marathon, the…

Undersea Adventure

Memorial Day came early for one group of Columbians. On April 11 and 12, Mayor Darwin Hindman and his wife Axie, along with 20 other delegates traveled to Hawaii for a tour of the USS Columbia (SSN 771) stationed in Pearl Harbor. The group…

The Milk Road

Just outside of Purdin, Mo., in the bright geographical horseshoe that makes up Missouri's Green Hills region, my milk was born. Or rather, it was pumped, from a herd of more than 200 cows that make their home at Green Hills Harvest. I…