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Heart condition won’t stop an MU junior from dancing

During a 2005 dance performance in Amy Parrish’s junior year of high school, her heart was racing so fast she couldn’t breathe. It wasn’t because of adrenaline or excitement; it was her heart condition.

MU Summer Repertory Theatre opens 40th season at the Rhynsburger

MU Summer Repertory Theatre celebrates its 40th anniversary starting July 2.

Art in the Park moves stages to encourage more mingling

Some people go to Columbia’s annual Art in the Park for the handmade arts and crafts. Some people go to hear live music. This year, in celebration of the event’s 50th anniversary, organizers want to help the two groups circulate more.

Teen wants people to draw their own conclusions about his art

The young artist who goes by Bob Dynamite is not loud or boastful. Nothing about his teenage demeanor screams for attention. But there is one thing about this shy, composed person that begs to be noticed: his artwork.

Benton exhibition tells viewers a different story of Missouri history

History books can’t tell the story of Missouri in the same way that the paintings, drawings and lithographs of native son Thomas Hart Benton show the state in the 1930s.

Keith Crown, a watercolorist, has focused his work on abstract landscapes and a strong use of color

On May 29, Perlow-Stevens Gallery will celebrate Kevin Crown’s 90th birthday and his art at a gathering from 6 to 9 p.m. at the gallery, 812 E. Broadway. Several of his paintings are on display as part of a larger show through June 28.

“This is a unique opportunity that you don’t often have,” said gallery owner Jennifer Perlow. “This is a retrospective of his life as an artist and what his life has meant as an artist to the community and nationwide.”

Itzhak Perlman concert reset for Oct. 6 in Columbia

The sold-out performance will be held at MU's Jesse Hall. No new tickets are expected to be available.

Poetry and art guide teacher through life

Mike Barrett, who creates art for the sake of art alone, has written poetry for more than two decades. He has been active in the slam poetry movement and the Chicago Poetry Ensemble. Now this creative writing teacher at Moberly Area Community College is passing his love of poetry on to his students.

Missouri Theatre grand opening tickets are limited

People are coming from as far as California to see Tony Bennett perform at the grand opening of the Missouri Theatre.

A soprano's song

While most MU students are occupied with the winding down of the spring semester, Emily Bennett, a senior vocal performing major, has been balancing her academic commitments with gaining national recognition as a soprano.

'Objects of Affection' student art exhibit inspired by nostalgia

COLUMBIA– Jessica Forys created paintings and fabric sculptures, then she tore them apart and stuffed them with straw and sand. But it was all part of her plan.

“I take these remnants and make and destroy, make and destroy,” said Forys. “I love the constant flux.”

The fabric sculptures, or “unmades” as Forys calls them, were a part of “Objects of Affection,” her final exhibition as an MU graduate student. The installation was a mix of paintings, quilt-like hangings and fabric sculptures designed to provoke the viewer to “rekindle suppressed memories and feelings through the power

of objects,” according to the information about her show.

'Elixir of Love' opera on tap for weekend

The Show-Me Opera will perform the highlights from the opera “Elixir of Love” this weekend at First Baptist Church.

Huzzah! '50 foot robot' wins film competition

Film competition gives teams 48 hours to create films about local bands, network and learn.

African art exhibit is ‘all about what you don’t see’

Ghanaian-born artist El Anatsui illustrates his provocative use of found-object art in his first U.S. solo show.

Strings, saxophones take top Plowman prizes

Jasper String Quartet of Rice University in Houston won the $5,000 grand prize in the third annual Plowman Chamber Music Competition. The third annual Plowman, which began Friday, attracted 26 ensembles representing 20 universities from across the country.

Bunraku - Telling stories through puppeteering

Members of the Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe reveal their bruised and swollen hands after a demonstration of traditional Japanese puppetry. The strings and pulleys used to manipulate the puppets’ limbs cause visible wear and tear on their skin.

“They can be kind of hard to manipulate for 40 minutes on end when you’re just holding it up with one arm,” said troupe member and MU senior Brett Windhausen.

Retired architect is painter at heart

A blank sheet of paper waits for Jerry Thompson’s wet paintbrush in a neatly organized studio built above his garage. In two hours, the white paper transforms into a watercolor painting of a foggy pasture scene infused with light and and color.

Museum of Art and Archeology offers vintage films in conjunction with current exhibits

Every third Thursday of the month, MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology will screen a vintage film mostly from the 1940s or early 1950s that has a connection to one of the museum’s exhibits.

Guitar Hero allows youths to shred like rock stars

The widely popular video game Guitar Hero has spurred tournaments, been featured on TV and given many the chance to feel what it’s like to be a rock star. But for guitar players, the game has a slightly different draw.

Historic home in downtown Columbia provides community for artists

Singer-songwriter Samuel Combs was traveling throughout New Zealand and working at various organic farms in September when he realized he wanted to devote more time to growing as an artist. Earlier in the year he had met Lizzie West, co-founder of Holy Road Tours Union, and learned about the Holy Road House in Columbia, that serves as a boarding house for developing artists who need space to further explore their craft. Wanting ample time to perfect his music, Combs moved to Columbia in January and later became the Holy Road Tours Union tour director.

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