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Kevin’s World owner still keeps a beat in Columbia’s music scene

Kevin Walsh’s business endeavor was only supposed to last nine months, but his unique partnerships with other local business has helped make his music shop popular.

School of Music gets new faculty

Two of MU’s ensembles-in-residence have new members this year. Susan Jensen has joined the Esterhazy Quartet, and Bill Mann has joined the Faculty Brass Quintet.

Pete Szkolka: A musician who does it all

Pete Szkolka writes music, he plays instruments, he records tracks, he mixes tracks and he creates a finished project. He does all these things by remaining a musician first and foremost.

Online scalpers gouge Elton John tickets

Scalpers flood the Internet with tickets for Elton John’s upcoming concert, but bidders are not yet willing to pay the elevated prices.

Refugee All Stars to perform in Columbia (hopefully)

Having missed their scheduled appearance at the True/False Film Festival, the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars will perform at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival

Bluegrass band Ironweed returns from tour of China

After returning from a two week trip, Columbia’s popular bluegrass band shares their cultural experiences.

Metropolitan artist’s work finds a Midwestern home

Rocheport artist Wayne Leal, whose work is featured in the Perlow-Stevens Gallery 2007 Summer Exhibit, finds his inspiration in the textures that surround him.

Artist's painting selected for Festival of the Arts poster

Artist Frank Stack created the winning poster for 2007 Columbia Festival of the Arts.

Screen art

Silkscreening demands patience and attention to detail. Think of layers: On the bottom, you have paper; above that, you have a fabric screen, usually made of nylon or polyester; between the paper and fabric, you have stencils in various shapes.

A taste of flamenco

Full of tradition and passion, flamenco has gained worldwide popularity in the past couple of decades. But understanding its origin is only the beginning when learning flamenco. It is a combination of rhythm, movement and song that make flamenco more than a regional Spanish dance; it is a way of life.

Enjoy your night with Columbia band The Hatrick

The Hatrick members make it a point to include songs from other groups they admire in their sets and even view their band as a “kind of promotional tool for a lot of good talent that’s around,” said Kay, whose favorite song to play is “12-inch Three-Speed Oscillating Fan” by Big Smith of Springfield. In many instances, the group invites members of other bands to sit in and play for a night.

Sock monkeying around

For Melanie Johnson-Moxley, “playing monkey” is an everyday thing. A doctoral student in philosophy at MU, Johnson-Moxley makes sock monkeys for fun. Her passion began when friends introduced her to the Red Heel Message Board, devoted to sock monkeys.

Beat-boxing with the Mizzou Forte

On a Tuesday evening in late April, as the a cappella ensemble Mizzou Forte finished its final two-hour practice of the season, freshman Si Kincaid tried to maintain his grin while hunched over his knees, sweating and out of breath.

Crafting a legacy

As members of Best of Missouri Hands, Blenda and Donald Marquardt help to support and encourage the Missouri arts and crafts community. The two also own Village Pewter and craft items such as plates and goblets. To read more about the organization and the couple, click on the Lifestyles section at ColumbiaMissourian.com.

Notes from the heart

The Heart of Missouri Chorus is more like a sisterhood than an ensemble. The group's devotion to each other and to the music has been rewarded with strong bonds and top regional honors.

Notes from the heart

On a recent Monday, “Pretty Woman” starts playing, signaling to the members of the Heart of Missouri Chorus that it’s time to begin rehearsal. With Roy Orbison crooning from a boombox, the women move to the music.

I’ve always been a doodler

Tim Sparling has been drawing since he was in the first grade. He doodled on graph paper, dividing the squares into shapes such as triangles and then shading them in with pencil. The result was a coherent assembly of patterns and designs.

The beauty in freedom

Deborah Rodriguez has an explanation, of sorts, as to how a twice-divorced cosmetician from Michigan wound up running a beauty academy in the most incongruous of locales: the dusty, chaotic and blast-barricaded Afghan capital.

Creative expressions

MOSCOW — There’s snow on the cupola, sunlight in the brandy and a lot of talk about metaphor, mythical symbolism and how the rich will pay incredible amounts of money for a portrait. With a prolific brush and a deft understanding of ego, Nikas Safronov, who flutters like a designer moth amid canvases in his studio, is Russia’s artist to the powerful.

A poem of a home

"Every morning I shower with Milton,” says Jenijoy La Belle, referring to tiles she found on eBay and installed on her shower wall. “They show Satan watching with envy as Adam kisses Eve,” a reproduction of William Blake’s drawing for John Milton’s “Paradise Lost.”

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