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.

Blue Note Records' anniversary jazz tour coming to Missouri Theatre

The 70th anniversary of the iconic Blue Note Records, a champion of jazz, is being celebrated throughout the country. In Columbia, the anniversary will be marked Thursday with a performance of The Blue Note 7.

Columbia musicians to embark on three-city Austria tour

The Jane Froman Singers of Columbia College are teaming up with the Columbia Civic Orchestra for a nine-day tour of Austria. The two groups will perform a preview of their tour Sunday evening at Columbia College.

Stephens' 'Fuddy Meers' explores challenges of communication

"Fuddy Meers," a new play at Stephens College, revolves around characters experiencing roadblocks to communicating clearly, including a lisp, a stroke, dyslexia and schizophrenia.

MU Music School gift to help Columbia become center for music composition

Arts supporter and musician Jeanne Sinquefield and her husband, Rex, gave $1 million to the MU School of Music, which will, among other things, create full scholarships, assistantships and a summer music festival.

No joke: 'Real World' audition challenges reality TV perceptions

A Missourian reporter learns first-hand that reality TV has some truth to it — and, so far, he's made it to the third round of casting.

Blind artist: 'Painting is seeing for me'

Artist John Bramblitt has lived in darkness since 2001, but he still sees in color. Bramblitt is in Columbia this week giving workshops for artists, students and teachers as part of the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology's "Driven" exhibit. The exhibit showcases the work of artists with disabilities.

Plenty of live weekend music planned for Columbia

Columbia is set to be rich with live music this weekend, including orchestras and a jazz ensemble. Two master classes are part of the lineup.