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.

True/False looks ahead after "fantastic growth" in attendance

Festival co-director David Wilson estimated 23,000 tickets were sold at last weekend's film festival, up nearly 5,000 tickets from last year.

True/False offers intimacy other festivals lack

 Festival veterans weigh in on what gives True/False the edge over other screenings.

True/False moviegoers enjoy field trip to secret showing

Moviegoers watched a secret screening at the "Reel Gone Round-Up," a True/False Film Festival event. The showing took place in the Bull Pen livestock barn Sunday morning.

True/False offers more than films

The event also features music and other forms of art.

True/False ticket sales: controlled madness, excitement and a little disappointment

Organizers for the True/False Film Festival decided to plan ticket pickup similar to a Southwest Airlines flight. Early birds got the "A" spots in the line to buy tickets.

The might of the documentary is back with 2009 True/False festival

Coverage of the 2009 True/False Film Festival starts today and continues through the weekend. The festival's theme this year is the life and death of journalism.

'Flyin' West' follows characters in midst of 'black exodus'

"Flyin' West," the latest offering at the Rhynsburger Theatre at MU, tells a historically powerful story about four women seeking a new life in an African-American town in Kansas.

Stephens student theater to perform 'Moonlight and Valentino'

Stephens College student director Rachel Ellersieck enjoys working with the actors of "Moonlight and Valentino," a sentiment with which they seem to agree. The production opens this week.

True/False Film Festival poster has vague meaning

This year’s poster for the True/False Film Festival shows a tattered rowboat tied to balloons as if about to take flight — or crash into the ground.

High school students 'Rock Da Mic'

Students from Hickman, Rock Bridge and Douglass high schools spent their Friday night on stage singing, rapping, dancing and reading poetry.

Magical twist on rehabilitation therapy

Kevin Spencer calls on his skills as a professional magician to offer an unexpected type of healing. He brought his "Healing of Magic" program to MU on Wednesday, teaching occupational therapy students and alumni magic tricks that he customized for use in physical rehabilitation.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra swings into Columbia

The recent Grammy Award-winning group will perform at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Wednesday, and two of it members are participating in a panel discussion at MU today. The orchestra has been performing since 1965.

Some in arts community favor creation of Cabinet-level cultural position

A petition campaign calling on Barack Obama to appoint a secretary of arts has collected more than 233,600 online signatures.