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KBIA News brings you a look at the arts and entertainment this week in mid-Missouri.

Kelly Famuliner

  For major league baseball fans, this next week is an important one. Pitchers and catchers report for spring training and players at the rest of the positions follow suit in the coming weeks. But each year, hundreds of baseball fans get an even earlier start…at baseball fantasy camps. KBIA’s Ryan Famuliner is one of those people. He shares his story of a week of baseball spent in Surprise, Arizona.

Image courtesy of the Museum of Art and Archeology

The Museum of Art and Archeology is commemorating Black History Month with an exhibition called "Black Women in Art and the Stories They Tell."

Susan B. Wilson / KCUR

The Black Archives of Mid-America recently completed renovations on a new exhibit and archive space and also welcomed a new executive director, Doretha Williams.

U.S. Air Force/Michael R. Holzworth / Wikipedia

He’s an actor, playwright, bestselling author, award-winning stand-up comedian and popular political commentator.

Photo courtesy of Martin Sisters Publishing

Where the Sky Doesn’t End is the name of a new novel that tells the story of a young Missouri boy and girl, Brendan and Aria, who befriend an African-American janitor at their school, Mr. Washington,who's also a former Tuskegee Airmen mechanic. The story blends themes from history, race and friendship into a coming-of-age tale that’s uniquely Missourian, and American.

Local writer Keija Parssinen is something of a fixture on Columbia’s literary scene.

If you hear the word "opera" and think of a stuffy art form with horned helmets and a large singing lady,well, think again. 

Scarlett Robertson / KBIA

This week: we visit a bookmobile that's just for kids and talk to a singer from Madagascar with a Missouri connection.

Scarlett Robertson / KBIA

This week’s show covers everything you wanted to know about roller derby but where afraid to ask.

Garage art

Dec 2, 2011
Laura Spencer / KCUR

We head west this week where public art can be found in places you’d least expect it.

Photo courtsey of Mizzou New Music Initiative

This week we talk about music. New music to be exact. And if you think new music means recently released albums, keep listening as we revisit a conversation I had with Patrick David Clark, who was a resident composer at the Mizzou New Music Festival this summer. And hang on till the end of the show for a Sonic ID from one of Columbia’s more memorable citizens.

Photo courtesy of Charlie Maitz

The month of November can seem a little dreary: shorter days, colder weather and it’s still a month away from the major holidays. But it has a lot more going on than you’d think. This week’s show focuses on two things that make this month a little more interesting.

Scarlett Robertson / KBIA

This week: a look at a community group in Columbia and a Sonic ID from the Benton Stephens neighborhood.

All that jazz

Nov 4, 2011

As the saying goes, jazz was born in New Orleans, but it grew up in Kansas City. This week we’ll revisit Robert Altman’s “Kansas City.” And a new  musical audio postcard. 

The annual haunting we all know as Halloween falls a Monday this year. So, to prepare for ghouls, candy and costumes, we head south to Jasper County for the spooky tale of a haunted house dating back to 1849. And autism theater has made its way to Columbia, Missouri.

Scarlett Robertson / KBIA

This week: we’ll go back in time  and revisit what could be considered the trial of the century. And you’ve probably heard of “Julie and Julia”—the novel-turned-movie where Julie Powell spends a year cooking her way through Julia Child’s "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." Well, we’re bringing you Columbia’s version…switch out French cuisine for in season and local food, and instead of one woman its a couple.

Alex Smith / KCUR

This week we head to Kansas City for a different kind of dinner party—one that is uses a grassroots approach to support the arts. But first, a local look at a national event that’s all about supporting and celebrating the rights of of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Amateur hour

Oct 7, 2011
Jessica Pupovac

Does the idea of standing up in front of a bunch of strangers and trying to make them laugh seem horrifying or exhilarating? For some people it’s both. This week, we explore the world of stand-up comedy and discover what kind of person willingly puts themselves out there.

The Citizen Jane episode

Sep 30, 2011
James Muspratt

Filmmakers and filmgoers alike are flooding into Columbia for the 4th annual Citizen Jane Film Festival. We’ll check in with two of this year’s featured film-makers. And … it’s the season to be scary- and a darker sort of vampire has already landed in Columbia.

Pinball wizard

Sep 23, 2011
Jessica Naudziunas

This week, we uncover a three-letter mystery.

Laura Spencer / KCUR

Creativity is in the air and this weekend marks two debuts. We sit down with a local filmmaker about his newly produced concept short, which debuts Saturday. But first, we head to Kansas City for the long-awaited opening of a new performing arts center.

Festival recap

Sep 9, 2011
Emily Kaiser

Fall’s unofficially begun and that means festivals galore here in Columbia. This show is dedicated to two of them.

Columbia Art League

This week we take a look at a new spin on an old sport, the debut of a new alcohol policy in Jefferson City and a weekend long art show in Columbia.

Off the Clock: April 15, 2011

Apr 15, 2011

Columbia Author Lise Saffran talks about her new book, and life, art and love on San Juan Island.

Words Travel: Author Ibtisam Barakat talks about her latest project, a children’s story for the Arab world, and beyond.

Ibtisam Barakat is a Palestinian writer who lives in Columbia Missouri and participates in many international writing and arts programs.