Deva Dancers perform at Pagan Pride Day

Shena Thomas of the Deva Dancers performs at the 7th annual Pagan Pride Day in Peace Park on Sept. 27. The dance troupe has been performing for 15 years in mid-Missouri.

Stephens College student performs in "The Laramie Project"

Stephens College student Kiely Schlesinger waits to give her lines during the final dress rehearsal of "The Laramie Project" on Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Macklanburg Playhouse. The play, which runs Sept. 25-27 and Oct. 2-4, is about the 1998 murder of a gay University of Wyoming student. Although she does not personally relate to the events in the play, Schlesinger said, "I feel strongly that this is a story that needs to be told."

Stephens College students perform "The Laramie Project"

Kiely Schlesinger, a third-year Stephens College student, performs alongside fellow Stephens College student Ashlee James in the final dress rehearsal for "The Laramie Project" on Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Macklanburg Playhouse. Schlesinger performs six different roles in the play, which is about a gay University of Wyoming student whose 1998 murder is considered to be a hate crime.

Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ ends with performance by Blind Boys of Alabama

Bishop Billy Powers, Jimmy Carter and Ben Moore take their seats at the start of their closing show at the Peace Park stage on Saturday. Powers, Carter and Moore - all vocalists for the gospel band - are blind. Carter and the other four original band members started up the group at the Talladega Institute for the Blind.

Blind Boys returns to Roots 'N Blues 'BBQ

The Blind Boys of Alabama perform "Amazing Grace" to the tune and beat of "House of the Rising Sun" at the end of the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Saturday, at the Peace Park stage. The band played at the first Roots 'N Blues festival in 2007.

Steel drivers concert

SteelDrivers fiddler Tammy Rogers performs on Saturday at the Peace Park stage near the end of the third annual Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival. Although the bluegrass band hails from Nashville, Tenn., two of the band members met and played at MU in the late 1970s.

Listening to the Blind Boys

Joyce Whitney, Mohamed Shakir and Andes Veintimilla listen to the Blind Boys of Alabama perform on Sept. 26 at the Peace Park stage. The Blind Boys were the last to perform at the stage for the third annual Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival.

Blind Boys of Alabama closes out Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ

Jimmy Carter of the Blind Boys of Alabama starts singing "Spirit in the Sky" to close the third annual Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Saturday at the Peace Park stage. Carter has led the Grammy-winning gospel band since its formation in 1939 in Talladega, Ala.

On the road

Stacy and Ken Roberts enjoy the patio they've made outside their motor home on Sept. 14 at the Cottonwoods RV Park in Columbia. The Robertses sold their home in Arizona and switched to the motor home when they retired six years ago and have lived three months out of every year in Columbia where Ken grew up. "It's a hard life," he said with a grin and then pointed to the principal advantage to the motor home: "If you get tired of your neighbors, you just crank it up and move."

Wrestlers charge up the hill

Missouri wrestlers charge up the hill at the north end of Memorial Stadium on Wednesday during a preseason workout.

MU wrestler tested by wheelbarrow races

Wheelbarrow races up the stands at Memorial stadium are one way the Missouri wrestling team has tried to make preseason workouts tougher.

Wrestlers train by carrying teammates

Left to right: Kyle Bradley carries teammate Luke Greco, while Weston Keleher carries Todd Porter during a Misouri wrestling team preseason workout Wednesday at Memorial Stadium.

Stands fill with wrestlers

Missouri wrestlers weave up and down the stands at Memorial Stadium during a preseason workout.

A group braving the rain at the BBQ festival

A group of people walk down 5th St. with BBQ and beers at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival in Columbia on Saturday, Sep. 26.


People take cover under a tree and under ponchos at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Saturday in Peace Park. Many people came prepared for the possibility of rain and brought umbrellas and rain gear. They ended up needing it around 4 p.m. when the rain finally fell.

Phil Bradley is Missouri's new assistant softball coach

Phil Bradley, right, stands in the dugout with Shana White, left, Lisa Simmons and Marla Scheisberger during the Tigers' game against North Central on Saturday in Columbia.

Rain doesn't mean blues for festival-goers

Claire Rash, 3, waits to be helped into her parent's car downtown at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival. Her mother Jacqueline Rash said the rain was not the reason for leaving, as they were only heading home for a few hours and would return to the festival for dinner.

The Itals rock Columbia residents with reggae

Paul Searles cheers on the Itals, a reggae vocal group based out of Jamaica's Westmoreland Parish, following their performance Saturday night. The Itals are currently on tour across the U.S.

Vendors set up to fulfill Columbian's cravings

Wesley Moyston keeps an eye on the meats at the Jamaican Jerk Hut station Saturday, on Cherry Street. The Jamaican Jerk Hut was one of about a dozen food vendors at the festival this year.

Festival draws a wide variety of musical acts

Texas country singer James Hand performs Saturday, on the stage at Seventh and Locust Streets during the third annual Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival. Hand, who has appeared on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, also played at the Whole Hog Lounge for the VIP guests.