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“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…

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…

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 Family That Plays Together

Hazel Keithahn sits on a white sofa in the great room of her Columbia home. A tall ceiling and soft blue and bright white walls define the living area. A gray carpet covers the dark hardwood floors. A black baby grand piano claims much of…

Dancing With The Devils

In the 1930s, the country music industry in Springfield, Mo., was amorphous, yet very broadcast-centric. The area was home to powerful 50,000-watt radio stations that broadcast nationally to avid — and often metropolitan — audiences.…