Columbia Civic Orchestra celebrates musical tradition at renovated theatre

The Orchestra will feature a tribute to Scott Joplin, who is known as the "King of Ragtime."

10 tips for saving this Halloween

COLUMBIA — With the downturn in the economy, some families are on smaller Halloween budgets this year.

Columbians tread murky waters between politics and religion

In the midst of controversy and contempt, the people of Columbia became proactive in their search for commonality, understanding, and conversation that would build the bridge between divergent views of religion and politics.

Columbia neighbors turn lawns into a cemetery

Two neighbors joined forces to create Graves Hill Cemetery on their lawns for Halloween, complete with fog and a mausoleum.

Author says anti-rationalism, anti-intellectualism to blame for American ignorance

Susan Jacoby, author of the New York Times bestseller "The Age of American Unreason," gave a lecture at Columbia College on Tuesday.  She citied the three most destructive influences on Americans being the irrationalism of the religious right, the dominance of infotainment, and Americans' intellectual laziness.

Artists mix music, politics in concert for Obama

The Show-Me Change: A Concert for Obama will kick off Wednesday night at the Missouri Theatre. The musicians say that politics and music have been historically intertwined.

Best-selling author speaks on the intersection of religion and politics

Susan Jacoby, author of New York Times bestseller "The Age of American Unreason," will lecture on her work investigating religious fundamentalism and political power at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Columbia College.

Leader of national Episcopal Church visits Kansas City

Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori visited the Kansas City area this past weekend and said a crucial part of preaching the gospel includes having church members ensure that the U.S. government make good its promises to provide financial help to Third World countries.

MU professor discusses prayer, health on CBS Early Show

MU professor Brick Johnstone's research suggests that the relationship between religion and health should impact thinking about health recovery. Specifically, he's interested in the role prayer and faith play after injuries to the right half of the brain.

Columbia Parks and Recreation fights back against invasive Callery pear trees

Bad branch angles and heavy branches make the species susceptible to splitting, which is dangerous around roads and power lines.

'If you eat, you qualify': Food ministry eases economic pinch, stimulates volunteerism

'Women with Wings': Empowerment through expression

The driving idea behind "Women with Wings" is to empower women by incorporating their experiences into creative expression.

About 115 women, for the most part strangers, met for "Women with Wings," a nonprofit art project. For seven sessions between Oct. 10 and 13, participants shared their life experiences with one another.

"Women tend to weave their lives together, and so part of what we are doing here is weaving our stories together," said artist Lorri Acott-Fowler, co-organizer of the project. "Then, when we use clay, we will leave those marks together that tell our stories."

Palin sets eyewear fashion ablaze

Palin’s Kazuo Kawasaki 704s, which estimates to be $450 without lenses, are selling well nationwide; the demand has even created a surge of less-expensive knockoffs.

Missouri mental health advocates hail federal parity legislation

A mental health parity bill tacked onto the federal economic bailout passed on Oct. 3 requires health insurance firms to extend coverage to treat substance abuse and mental health.

Art league launches open-house weekend

The Columbia Art League celebrated its move to inside the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Thursday. Art league officials enjoy how the new location allows the community to see the art.

Drew Irvin returns to Columbia to perform Tchaikovsky concerto

A former Columbia resident is coming back to perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major as part of the Missouri United Methodist Church's concert series.

Solo performances tell memorable stories

The "Life and Literature Performance Series," a series made up of original and adapted works written and performed by MU students and a Grammy-nominated storyteller, will run for three evenings at MU.

Popular corn maze goes political

About 600 to 800 people a day visit the corn maze at Shryocks Callaway Farms, which is now open for its seventh year. This year’s maze is called “The Race for the White House” and celebrates the upcoming presidential election. The design includes the White House with the symbols of the Democratic and Republican parties, the donkey and the elephant, on either side.

PACE to perform adaptation of beloved, controversial book

Performance of "The Giver" offers chances for creativity in scenery, lighting, costumes and dance.

Artist to see his works at Bleu for first time

Chris Vance and other artists whose works are sold at Poppy will be at an artist reception at the store Friday.