MU graduate hopes to help local filmmakers, pursue individual projects

Randy Sinquefield chose to leave Los Angeles behind to pursue personal projects and help Columbia and regional filmmakers along the way. He has opened Spectrum Studios, which rents film and photo equipment and studio space.

MU's Kyle Ayers doesn't sweat the small stuff; he uses it for comedy

Crumpled bits of paper are everywhere in Kyle Ayers' world — in his wallet, his car and his bedroom — and they hold ideas that can turn into a stand-up routine for the budding comedian.

Columbia Books moves into new, more energy-efficient home

Annette Kolling-Buckley has moved her 32-year-old Columbia Books business to what she insists will be its final location. She had the place designed with energy efficiency in mind, and Fred, the resident cat, appears happy with the wider width of the window sills.

TRYPS begins 10th season with 'Willy Wonka Junior'

TRYPS children's theater begins its 10th season with the production of "Willy Wonka Junior." Tamra Walker co-directs 65 children, including two of her own, in this musical filled with life lessons.

Fiber art exhibit opens at Columbia Art League

Columbia Art League's first fiber art show features seven artists from the MU community. It coincides in part with a conference also featuring fiber art in Kansas City next month. Included in the Columbia show is an exhibit that challenges the audience to tell the difference between items made by hand and those made by machine.

Theatre Institute offers free summer shows

Stephens College Summer Theatre Institute starts next week with a show for children. The institute involves theater students from the college, with the goal of teaching the students to handle all aspects of production and providing free theater for the community.

The Mid-Missouri Dance Theatre to perform this weekend

The Mid-Missouri Dance Theatre will be performing this weekend at the Rhynsburger Theatre. The show will feature classic ballet dances as well as some modern inspired dances.

A continuing opus: John Cheetham relishes a life of composition

If you're a brass player, you've probably played John Cheetham's music. If you're a brass player around Columbia, you've probably played with Cheetham. At 70, the retired MU professor composes almost every day. “I’m not willing to give up melody,” he says. “I still think a good tune goes a long way."

Far from waiting in the wings, award-winning MU dramaturg seizes his role

Behind good theater is a good dramaturg, a person who helps inform the production with historical insight and advice. MU has a nationally award-winning one: doctoral student Andy Pierce.

Columbia children to star in 'The Little Mermaid' on Saturday

On Monday, the Missoula Children's Theatre came to Columbia to hold auditions for young performers. They're scheduled to put on a full-scale theatrical Saturday.

MU student Jessica Huang's 'Mermaids' plunges into conflict, 10 minutes later surfaces with a lifetime

How much can you say in 10 minutes of dialogue? A lifetime and more in the hands of the right writer. MU senior Jessica Huang's script, "Mermaids," won at a regional theater festival in Lawrence, Kan., in January, making it one of four 10-minute plays produced at a national competition in April* in Washington, D.C. Huang, who studies journalism and playwriting*, holds tight to her creativity and the depth of storytelling even as she responds to a societal demand for information to be faster and shorter.

'Milk' screenwriter calls gay rights the 'civil rights fight of your generation'

Dustin Lance Black, who won an Academy Award for best original screenplay for "Milk," spoke at MU Sunday.

'Springilicious' sale among activities at Artrageous Friday

Orr Street Studios is planning a "Springilicious" event in tandem with Artrageous Friday this week. The studio will include displayed artwork for sale as well as a rock band. Orr Street Studios is one of several downtown shops and galleries participating in the second Artrageous Friday of the year.

Artist's lines sketch insights into family, digital relationships

Artist Amy Stephenson attracts viewers through emotions she conveys in her paintings. A portion of her work, now displayed in Columbia, centers on misperceptions about motherhood and childhood as well as social networking sites.

Respun Shakespeare's play captures silent film era

Director Brett D. Johnson re-imagines Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night Or, What You Will," drawing parallels between characters in the play and those of the silent film era.

Fayette artist finds joy in art restoration and creation

Thomas Yancey, a professor emeritus from Central Methodist University, creates art and restores it — all under the watchful gaze of one of his works, Maxine the mermaid. "You bring a painting to life," Yancey said. "I really enjoy that aspect of it.”

Artist's exhibit offers perspective on water and air systems

“I wanted to represent blue-collar workers, labor unions and the people who work with these systems outside of the art world,” Matt Moyer said. “I hope this work serves as a reminder that clean water and clean air don't just happen in our urban infrastructures but are facilitated by these machines, systems and the people who install and maintain them.”

Show-Me Opera's 'The Magic Flute' includes MU University Philharmonic

Coloratura soprano Sarah Tannehill is the guest artist for this weekend's Columbia production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute."

MU students organize game of Humans Versus Zombies

Organizers expect upward of 200 people to participate, which they say is low for a school MU's size. MU students can sign up to play at

Author Jane Smiley engages readers during ReadMOre Tour

Jane Smiley, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of "A Thousand Acres," led a discussion Wednesday evening about that book as well as many other topics including previous novels and her passions.