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Arts

Columbia jazz duo finds inspiration in challenge, history of jazz

The Tempus Fugitives, a two-man jazz band, are inspired by John Coltrane and Miles Davis and are constantly working to improve their sound.

They find inspiration in the challenges, history and camaraderie of their music.

"We know each other well enough now that it becomes intuitive when the other one wants to stop, or where the other is heading (in his music)," Alan Arnold says.

Musicians check out of Holy Road House

Holy Road House, as it’s been called the last two years, is for sale, and Holy Road Tours Union, a nonprofit touring and lifestyle co-op.

'The Big Neal' returns to his alma mater, MU, a star

Neal Boyd, winner of NBC's "America's Got Talent" reality competition series, is still the same humble guy who visits his college town and takes his mom's advice. 

Missouri artists wanted for Fire Station No. 9

Missouri artists interested in designing public art for the new Fire Station No. 9 can now submit applications to the Office of Cultural Affairs until Dec. 12.

'Gumbo Bottoms' musical to debut in Boonville

"Gumbo Bottoms" is a musical by Meredith Ludwig and Cathy Barton based on the distinct character of the Missouri river community. It premieres Nov. 21 at Thespian Hall in Boonville.

Horror meets humor: Pillowman

"The Pillowman," a Tony-nominated play written by Martin McDonagh, is known for its  combination of dark humor and extreme violence. MU's Department of Theatre is taking on the production.

Taking a quick look at "Blind" Boone's life

A classical and ragtime composer and pianist, John William "Blind" Boone is one of Columbia's most well-known historical figures.

Concert to help restore musician's home and reputation

Pianist John Davis will be performing a concert at MU on Saturday to benefit the restoration of 19th Century ragtime composer and pianist J.W. "Blind" Boone's Columbia home.

New collection at MU shows process behind Warhol's work

MU's Museum of Art and Archaeology was recently chosen by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to be the recipient of more than 150 "working" photographs from its collection

Students find meaning in politics through art

Rock Bridge High School art students and other Columbia artists create artwork that deconstructs political experiences or beliefs. Some of the work will be featured in a show called "Politically Speaking," which will begin in January at the Columbia Art League.

Environmental film festival makes first appearance in Columbia

The Missouri Prairie Foundation and the Columbia Farmers Market are hosting the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival On Tour at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Sunday. The sixth annual national festival is making a tour stop in Columbia for the first time.

'Sophisticated, diverse' crafts to be sold at holiday exhibition

The Columbia Weavers and Spinners Guild will hold their 19th annual event this weekend.

Columbia will host competitions for young musicians in Winter 2009

Young musicians from Missouri, Kansas and Illinois will converge on Columbia next February and March to participate in two concerto competitions.

MU professor and poet shares personal religious journey

Scott Cairns found he wanted to actually become a Christian, rather than just think of himself as one: "I decided that I wanted to be better, so I thought I would go to people who had sort of found a way to do that, to turn their lives into something more whole." Those people are Orthodox Christian monks.

True/False Film Fest announces 2009 dates

The sixth annual festival will once again showcase independent films.

Mizzou Masti gears up for 17th India Nite

Dance choreographer Prerana Patel and her friends are making final preparations for their Mizzou Masti performance at India Night on Saturday. They and other student groups from MU's South Asian Students Association participate each year at India Nite, hosted by the Cultural Association of India in Columbia since 1992.

Columbia Civic Orchestra celebrates musical tradition at renovated theatre

The Orchestra will feature a tribute to Scott Joplin, who is known as the "King of Ragtime."

Artists mix music, politics in concert for Obama

The Show-Me Change: A Concert for Obama will kick off Wednesday night at the Missouri Theatre. The musicians say that politics and music have been historically intertwined.

'Women with Wings': Empowerment through expression

The driving idea behind "Women with Wings" is to empower women by incorporating their experiences into creative expression.

About 115 women, for the most part strangers, met for "Women with Wings," a nonprofit art project. For seven sessions between Oct. 10 and 13, participants shared their life experiences with one another.

"Women tend to weave their lives together, and so part of what we are doing here is weaving our stories together," said artist Lorri Acott-Fowler, co-organizer of the project. "Then, when we use clay, we will leave those marks together that tell our stories."

Art league launches open-house weekend

The Columbia Art League celebrated its move to inside the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Thursday. Art league officials enjoy how the new location allows the community to see the art.

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