Five ways to stay cool tonight in Columbia

Friday, July 22, 2011 | 6:11 p.m. CDT; updated 5:47 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 23, 2011

COLUMBIA — A sultry summer night in the Midwest calls for inventive ways to beat the heat. From retro bowling alleys to funky art shows, here are five ways to stay cool tonight.

The George Caleb Bingham Gallery

Chill out at “The Larry Show,” the gallery's new exhibition. The air-conditioning and low lighting soothe as you peruse the depictions of Columbia resident and Santa Claus look-alike, Larry Bauer.

Curated by J. Sloane Snure Paullus, the exhibition consists of more than 120 pieces that range from school assignments to professional portraits. There are some nude drawings, so this show probably isn’t for the whole family.

The free exhibition is open tonight until 8:30 p.m. and runs from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday through August 25.

The George Caleb Bingham Galleryis located at A-125 Fine Arts Center, University of Missouri (corner of Hitt Street and University Avenue).

Artlandish Gallery

Avoid the dog-day weather above ground by slipping below ground for the evening. The Catacombs Art Market at Artlandish Art Gallery is held four times a year to coincide with Artrageous Fridays, a downtown gallery crawl, as well as once every December for the holiday season. Makeshift booths fill the cool, concrete underground tunnels as approximately 40 artists exhibit and sell their work.

Open tonight until 9 p.m., the market is a great way to interact with local artists and musicians.

Artlandish Galleryis located at 1019 E. Walnut St.. The market will also be open tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Ragtag Cinema

Consider a viewing of Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams at 6 p.m. The G-rated documentary takes the viewer on a journey through Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc in southern France. You’ll be transported to a cold, dark cave that is home to more than 300 Paleolithic works of cave art – some of which depict the earliest known visions of mankind.

Ragtag Cinemais located at 10 Hitt St. The film is also playing at 6:30 p.m. Saturday as well as 4:45 p.m. Sunday.

AMF Town & Country Lanes

It's Extreme Bowling Night at AMF Town & Country Lanes. The lights go off, and the music starts blasting at 9 p.m. and continues until midnight. Gus Giersberg, an employee, said every night for the past week, “this place has been packed.” Be sure to arrive on time, as the lanes are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

AMF Town & Country Lanes is located at 1508 North Providence Road.

Tropical Liqueurs

It's $1 off Brain Freezes tonight at Tropical Liqueurs. The perfect way to escape to an island oasis is by sipping on a frozen cocktail at Tropical Liqueurs. Opened in 1985, “Trops” serves a variety of fruity concoctions in a tiki-tacky setting. These icy libations are more potent than most, so, with the heat, be especially careful.

Tropical Liqueurs is located at 515 E. Broadwayand 3805 South Providence Road.

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