Columbia gallery owner judges art at the State Fair

Jennifer Perlow, owner of Perlow-Stevens Gallery, judged the Open Division of the Fine Arts Competition at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

Influential choreographer Merce Cunningham dies

In a career that spanned more than 60 years and some 150 works, Merce Cunningham wiped out storytelling in dance and such unwritten rules as having dancers usually face the audience. Karen Grundy, artistic and executive director for the Missouri Contemporary Ballet in Columbia, said Cunningham created his own style of dance.

MU design class creates zoo of colorful animal sculptures

MU's Basic 3-D Design class created a menagerie of animal sculptures, which have been placed at the corner of Hitt Street and University Avenue.

First group of Roots 'N' Blues artists announced

Seven artists have been confirmed for the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival in September, and at least 23 more performers are yet to be announced.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fans flock to Harry Potter movie in Columbia

Photos of movie-goers at early showings of the latest Harry Potter movie.

Harry Potter fans flock to Columbia for midnight movie release

Forum 8 and Hollywood 14 sold out nine screens by Tuesday afternoon, and eager fans lined up in costume for the midnight showing of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

MU Museum of Art and Archeology weaves past with present

The museum's exhibit, "Pre-Columbian Textile Art: Design that Speaks Today," will be on display through Aug. 2 featuring Peruvian weaving.

Business representatives voice concerns for Roots 'N' Blues

Columbia business representatives voiced their concerns Monday about the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival to various officials involved with the festival's planning.

R&B heritage preservation society formed in St. Louis

Reginald Dickson of the St. Louis Rhythm and Blues Preservation Society wants to provide a place for R&B performances, education and preservation work.

Missouri, Kansas arts groups receive $700,000

Kansas and Missouri received a combined total of roughly $700,000 dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts. The money will be used to support the organizations during the economic downturn.

MU student among few picked to attend Michael Jackson memorial

MU senior Zach Moss was one of fewer than 10,000 winners of a global lottery for highly sought-after tickets to Tuesdays extravagant, star-studded Michael Jackson memorial.

MU triple threat pulls double duty

Alexandra Milner is one of two actors cast in the two main productions for MU Summer Repertory Theatre's 41st season: "Steel Magnolias" and "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." Although she is busy with at least six hours of rehearsal every day, she said she wouldn't "change" it if she could.

St. Louis Symphony claims successful season

The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the second-oldest orchestra in the nation, is declaring a successful season in terms of attendance and ticket sales.

New groove, enduring tune at Stephens College summer programs

The Stephens College summer dance concert on Friday and Saturday will explore new styles, including acting, while the "Musical Revue" will stick to the tried-and-true tradition to cap off its summer of productions.

FRANK looks to foster art appreciation among young adults

The group, sponsored by the Missouri Theatre, attempts to cater to the 20- 30-something age range and is “trying to bridge the gap between stuffy classical music and the contemporary." Its monthly meetings bring together a diverse group of young professionals to discuss the arts in an informal atmosphere.

Columbia artist uses nature as inspiration

For fiber artist Jo Stealey, being an artist is more than a job or a way to make a living – it is a way of life.

Theatre NXS to feature four fantastical short plays by Don Nigro

Theatre NXS is to opens its production of four shows by playwright Don Nigro on Friday. The show is to feature "Event Horizon," along with the premieres of three other short plays that director LR Hults got the opportunity to produce because he knows Nigro personally.

Wine and Food Festival profile: Churchill’s Chef Zia Matoori

Zia Matoori, a chef at Churchill's restaurant, has planned a five-course meal that will incorporate Mediterranean and Italian elements, in addition to a summer theme.

Wine and Food Festival profile: Chef Trey Quinlan at Bleu

Trey Quinlan, a chef at Bleu Restaurant and Wine Bar, has planned a Tuesday menu that is to include scallops, caprese salad and filet of rib-eye.

Parks official: Stephens Lake amphitheater to be completed on time

Construction of the Stephens Lake Park amphitheater is continuing according to plan, a Columbia Parks and Recreation Department official said. When completed, the theater is expected to become an outdoor venue for concerts and theater goups.