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Arts

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.

It’s almost show time for the Missouri Theatre

The old Missouri Theatre stirs as restorations and renovations progress.

Classical music icon to visit MU

As the candles are blown out for composer Samuel Adler’s 80th birthday this month, he will be celebrating the landmark in the same fashion in which he has lived his entire life: by dedicating his time and energy to the composition of American music and the education of music students.

On Monday, Adler will visit MU at the invitation of the Esterhazy Quartet, a string ensemble that will perform four of his compositions in honor of the occasion. On Tuesday, Adler will give a free master class, open to the public, that will feature the work of MU student composers.

Photographer explores high-dynamic range panorama

Abandoned houses aren’t beautiful to most people. To Kent Durk, they’re what he lives for each weekend.

Jazz dance instructor returns to improvisational roots

Stephens dance and film students will be performing the jazz dance piece "New Amazonians: Part 1" on March 7-9 and 14-15 .

Turning wood with local artist Jeff Ferguson

When Jeff Ferguson moved from Colorado a year and a half ago, he loaded the trailer with so much wood for his woodturning addiction that he had to leave behind his barbecue.

Barbershop group hopes for 100 voices

Note: This event, scheduled for Thursday night, has been canceled because of poor weather conditions.

Rolling with Ragtag

Ragtag is officially moving and should be open in its new location by the end of the this week.

“Vantage Points” exhibition paints picture of artists’ lives

An art exhibition at MU’s George Caleb Bingham Gallery lets viewers see how the artists view their worlds.

Group hopes to unshelve history

The Missouri State Historical Society is hoping that a $600,000 legislative proposal will be approved, giving it the chance to expand and exhibit more of its treasures.

Living outside the anthill

Maybe you’ve seen him around town, screaming his poetry in the streets or drawing by the curb. As an artist, the man known as Grant Blackwell wants to catch the public’s eye.

Odyssey performance features countertenor

Chamber music series assembles a strong set of musicians

Dedicated ensemble

Desiring music to be more than simply an outlet of expression, the Straws have created a musical world for their children with the intention of building self-discipline into their character.

Artist presents new proposal for City Hall art project

A revised proposal for artwork to be included in the renovation of City Hall is available online for viewing and comment.

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