Jerry D. Thompson's Oklahoma State University training stressed the international style of architecture. “We were the school of ‘form follows function.’ If the ornament had no meaning to the structure of function of the building, eliminate it.”

Woven together

During February’s meeting of Columbia Weavers and Spinners’ Guild, several members showed off their latest creations: towels made in a guild study group and baskets woven from palms by a member on a trip to Hawaii.

BOONE LIFE: The climb up

Marcus Floyd builds fences for work. He built a climbing gym for play.

New series aims to open art scene

Dancers in the Missouri Contemporary Ballet will lend their bodies to a different kind of art form — body painting — during a new series of Columbia events, ArtRageous Fridays, which begin April 27.

Mastery over material

Graham Caldwell is one of the bravest young artists in Washington.

Jewelry genius

In the late 1970s, Shellie Antel walked into a department store and fell in love with a single-strand coral bead necklace. At least until she learned it was $600.

Enjoy your food (don't be afraid of it!)

Americans are awfully messed up about food — so thinks Barry Glassner, University of Southern California sociology professor and author of “The Gospel of Food: Everything You Think You Know About Food Is Wrong.” We imbue certain ingredients with an almost magical power to heal — when, that is, we’re not fearing them as poisons we must strip from our diet.

Blending beliefs

Every Saturday morning at the Parkade Center, people running errands and doing early morning shopping can hear songs of worship in Hebrew drifting from a storefront inside.

‘Caged bird’ speaks

Hundreds of men and women of all ages filled MU’s Jesse Auditorium to capacity on Saturday to see famous poet, author and actor Maya Angelou.

Bursting at the seams

Maxine Nelson has taught in the Columbia Public School District for 29 years, 19 of those at West Junior High School. Two of those years at West have been spent in a trailer just outside of the school’s main building.

Action & acceptance

When Broadway Christian Church became aware that a member of its congregation was a convicted sex offender in 2000, it made a decision to implement a policy that would allow the church to welcome convicted sex offenders without endangering children and youth.

Translating Shakespeare to the ancient tongue Tlingit

Terminal cancer patients find comfort in new palliative care clinic

Audrey Fitch is filming her life with cancer to show others what it’s like to live with the disease, as opposed to dying from it.

Noticed in a nightclub

“Sweet Home Columbia” is one song title that could put $150 in your pocket.

Belief in brief: L. Ron Hubbard

L. Ron Hubbard would have turned 97 earlier this week. Hubbard, born on March 13, 1911 and the founder of the Church of Scientology, died more than 20 years ago, but his religion, writings, and work live on.

Preparation for presentation

Terry Reese has toured the country with her best friend Missy, participating in contests and making new friends.

Shall we dance?

Wearing a choker made of black ribbon, a stud in her nose and a lipstick-red corset over a black short-sleeved shirt, Apryl Smathers strutted into the Spanish Fly Dance Club a little before 7:30 on a Thursday evening. She wore black, strappy shoes with just a bit of heel showing underneath charcoal-gray suit pants with light gray pinstripes, and she’s here to teach people to dance.

A room for one

In keeping with a national trend, Boone Hospital Center is on its way to replacing semiprivate rooms with all-private ones.

What is a Bright?

They are but a small minority, making up less than 5 percent of the U.S. population. And until recently, they have kept a low profile. For good reason: People who do not believe in God are the most distrusted group in the country and are viewed by many as a threat to the American way of life.

Group calls to reopen Gaines case

Lloyd Gaines went missing in 1939, not long after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered MU to admit him to the university’s law school.