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.

The 'Horrors' of outdoor theater

In the days leading up to Maplewood Barn Theatre's production of "Little Shop of Horrors," the biggest challenge for the outdoor theater is the weather.  The show opens at 8 p.m. Friday at the Maplewood Barn Theatre in Nifong Park. 

'My Fair Lady' crew forms a family through community theater

Columbia Entertainment Company, with its 'busy' style of theater, prepares for its production of 'My Fair Lady' and acts like family.

Neal E. Boyd to tour, release album

Neal E. Boyd, who won the American competition last year, will be the special guest of Britain's winner Paul Potts on a 10-city tour that begins July 6 in Dallas.

5th Wall Productions puts on 'slapstick' Shakespeare

The group's final performances of "The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged" will be at 6:30 p.m. from Thursday through Sunday at the Boone County Courthouse Amphitheater.

Carpe Diem aims to teach Columbia residents about music

Carpe Diem, a new business owned by Alex Innecco and Dianna Long, is here to serve the Columbia community by providing music classes, private lessons, gallery and recital space to its residents.

Missouri Theatre kicks off summer music festival

The Hot Summer Nights Music Festival, which provides a taste of world-class music and fun, returns Saturday for a two-month run of performances from world-renowned violinists to a Beach Boys cover band.

Stephens College’s “Jerks and Freaks” takes risks for education

Dan Schultz, director of Stephens College Summer Theatre Institute focuses on educating and preparing his students for finding a job. This Friday students will show the second piece, “Jerks and Freaks,” an edgy, avant-garde production of 26 original works created by the students over the last two weeks.