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Stephens student takes 'The Laramie Project' to heart

Stephens College's production of a play based on "The Matthew Shepard Story" is underway this weekend as well as next. Actress Kiely Schlesinger said she hopes folks take something away from the school's performance.

RV travelers build community wherever they land

Statistics from the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association show that one in six U.S. households intends to buy an RV. One couple living part-time in Columbia say the sacrifice in space is worth the experience of living on the road.

Festival goers, police, performers all offer points of view at Roots ’N Blues

A group of Missourian reporters collected a variety of experiences and images at the Roots ’N Blues ’N BBQ Festival, from regular festivalgoers to police patrolling the grounds to the musicians on stage and on the street.

Bluegrass musicians The SteelDrivers return to Columbia for festival

Mike Henderson and Mike Fleming both started playing bluegrass music in Columbia before forming The SteelDrivers, an acclaimed bluegrass band based in Nashville, Tenn.

Roots ’N’ Blues ’N’ BBQ Festival preview: Music lovers share top picks

Local music lovers share their top five shows not to miss at the third annual Roots ’N Blues N BBQ Festival taking place Friday, Sept. 25, and Saturday, Sept. 26, in downtown Columbia.

Mini-orchestra will perform original silent film music at Ragtag Cinema

The Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra will play an original accompaniment to Buster Keaton's "Go West" on Tuesday.

Night golf extends after-dark appeal of diverse Perche Creek course

Two-dozen strategically placed light bulbs, each the size of a football, allow golfers to putter around Perche Creek Golf Club long after the sun has set. Those willing to golf at night will find fewer bugs and less noise, a Perche Creek employee said.

Missouri Theatre looking to recover with new director Staley

After a tumultuous summer,new executive director of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, R. Eric Staley, is not only planning to fix the finances but also reinvent its image as well.

Fans of 'Pepper and Friends' on KOMU remember, say goodbye

The community TV show's 27-year presence ends today. KOMU plans to fill the void with "Access Hollywood" and "Inside Edition." Host Paul Pepper is moving to a segment with radio station KBIA/91.3 FM.

MU singing group to audition for NBC's 'Sing-off'

Add9, an MU a cappella group, has been invited to audition for a nationally televised talent show.

Two artists reflect on personal experiences in 'Seeing Visions' work

Friends and artists Byron Smith and Gladys Swan are telling people about their lives through painting. Their artwork will be on display at the "Seeing Visions" event at Orr Street Studios.

Mil Mascaras lucha film plays in Columbia

The film, which was a collaboration between MU film and engineering students, will play at 7 p.m. Thursday in Jesse Hall.

77-year-old runner still hasn't hit the wall

Jerry Smartt of Warsaw is the fastest man in the world of his age, after competing in the World Masters Track and Field Championship in Lahti, Finland. The runners who beat him at the competition were younger.

Columbia band to perform with rock 'n' roll star Chuck Berry

The popular local blues band was the "obvious choice" for Wednesday's free concert.

Columbia Muslims gather after first day of Ramadan

Columbians met at Islamic Center of Central Missouri to break their fast, pray and listen to Sheik Abou Alhassan Haggag of Cairo, who will recite the entire Quran over the course of the month.

MU students prepare Tiger Garden for upcoming year

Tiger Garden, a student-operated floral shop located inside the Agriculture building on the MU campus, has been serving students since 2005. Students running the floral shop learn botany and business skills.

Pony club members are tough riders, devoted caretakers

The Hinkson Valley Pony Club is about teamwork and responsibility. "With football or baseball you can put your bat or ball in your closet and not think about it for a week," says district commissioner Lora Blair, "but you can't do that with horses."

Hot-air balloon rides become occasions for celebration

Many people take hot-air ballon rides to celebrate for birthdays, anniversaries and more.

SLIDESHOW: Moberly drive-in theater provides outdoor entertainment

The drive-in theater, about a half-hour drive from Columbia, is a popular entertainment during summer months.

Piano sales decline, but the instrument isn't expected to disappear

Piano sales have been declining for many years. But, people in the community don't see the disappearance.

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