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.

Orr Street Studios welcomes new artist to main gallery

Ming Zhou, whose artwork is featured at Orr Street Studios, takes on the Chinese bourgeosie.

Two MU students to showcase second film

Randy Prywitch and Jason Goldstein of Be The Shoe Productions will show their film, "Salad Daze," at 8 p.m. Saturday at Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.

Jazz percussionist and ambassador Matt Wilson visits Columbia

Percussionist and bandleader Matt Wilson is promoting jazz to children — and everybody else.


Big Muddy Folk Festival to kick off 18th year

Boonville's Big Muddy Folk Festival will have lots of barbecue, workshops and good tunes.

Combining old and new, Esterhazy Quartet marks the big 4-0

Named for a people and sensibility some 300 years old, MU's Esterhazy String Quartet is celebrating its 40th anniversary by blending tradition with a new feel. On Monday, members will perform a work Samuel Adler wrote for them.

Money shortfall closes MU Center for the Literary Arts

The center, which has helped bring in writers and artists to support MU's creative writing program, is being closed because of budget cuts. Some of that budget money is being directed into MU's Creative Writing Program. Despite the center's closure, the Missouri Playwrights Workshop still plans on welcoming visiting artists in the future.

Gemini exhibit shows Missouri's involvement in the space race

"The St. Louis Gemini Story" exhibit traces Missouri's nvolvement in the space race. It is on display at the State Historical Society of Missouri until May 16.

Pirouettes inspire art at downtown cafe

Open ballet rehearsals give local artists a venue for creativity. The public will be able to vote on the artwork, and the winning artist will be asked to design the troupe's fall poster.

Brazilian music students enrich Columbia community

A partnership between MU's School of Music and one in Brazil has resulted in more than two dozen Brazilians coming to Columbia since the program's founding 20 years ago.

Children's play offers lesson about home and family

Jill Womack, artistic executive director of TRYPS children's theater, directs its 48th production, "Alexander Who's Not, Not, Not, Not, Not, Not Going to Move!" TRYPS allows families to share the experience of theater, Womack said.