Arts and Culture

Twinkie hoarders, artists, and Ding Dong enthusiasts weren't the only consumers affected when Hostess started shutting down plants across America just a few weeks ago.

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During the holiday weeks, foster children at the Boys and Girls Town Columbia wait in anticipation for the chance to spend the holidays with their relatives or foster parents. Yet as the days pass, some of the young people have to deal with the disappointment of not having a home to go to for the holiday.

In a seaside town just east of Havana, there’s an old colonial house where writers, artists and volunteers have been publishing handmade books for nearly three decades. This publishing collective calls itself Ediciones Vigia, or the Watchtower Editions.

Move Thanksgiving to Friday? That's what F.B. Haviland asked President Hoover in 1929.

Didn't happen. But while we're on the subject, ever wonder why we carve our gobblers on the fourth Thursday of November? Hint: It's not because Thanksgiving Thursday is more alliterative than Thanksgiving Friday.

Rural road in Nebraska
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The National Safety Council estimates that more than 400 traffic fatalities will occur during the holiday period starting today and continuing through Sunday night.  

Five of the former highest ranking members of the U.S. Armed Forces visited veterans at the Truman VA Hospital today. The five enlisted military advisors are known as the Pinnacle Five.

One Mizzou Week kicks off with diversity rally

Nov 13, 2012

“One Mizzou Week” kicked off with a diversity rally Monday night.

One Mizzou is hosting a series of events throughout the week, including last night's keynote speaker, author Maya Angelou. The week’s events are meant to challenge MU students to recognize and incorporate diverse voices into every aspect of campus life. Senior Coordinator of the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center Nathan Stephens said he wants the campus to become a better community by students getting to know more people.

Museum of Art and Archaeology focuses on Cuban books

Nov 13, 2012

MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology recently opened an exhibition to coincide with The University of Missouri’s conference that focuses on unique Cuban books.

Mary Pixley is the Associate Curator of European and American Art at the Museum of Art and Archaeology. She said these books are known for their literary value as well as their artistry. The cover and pages are decorated. This exhibition features books that don’t look like typical books — they take the shape of suitcases and scrolls, among other objects.

Residents of Versailles, Missouri are aware of what makes the town hum. KBIA's Trevor Harris met some residents who expressed their appreciation for close friendships and the commerce that visitors to the Lake of the Ozarks bring. One hidden gem in Versailles? The Historic Royal Theater on the square presents live theater and concerts that are a central part of the town's cultural landscape.

To promote both fun and safety, organizations throughout Columbia have been offering special Halloween events. The Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation hosts the “Tiger Night of Fun” -- an alternative event held at Hearnes Center Field House, where children of young families can be in a safe, supervised environment.

Spokesperson Janel Twehous said the department first offered its Halloween event 18 years ago when there were fears of tainted candy. Twehous said the department wanted to offer a safe alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating.

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Faculty at Central Methodist University in Fayette have a deep appreciation for the arts, culture and history that abounds on their campus while town residents relish the connections they have with friends and neighbors. KBIA's Trevor Harris talked with some proud locals on a recent visit to Fayette.

The tradition of dressing up in costumes for Halloween dates back to an ancient Celtic festival where the Celts wore animal heads and skins. When Halloween made its way to America in the 1800s, people took after this tradition and began dressing in costumes and going house to house asking for candy, according to the History Channel.

On a recent trip to Harrisburg, KBIA's Trevor Harris found that locals love Harrisburg for the connections they have with their neighbors. Residents are especially proud to support their boys' and girls' basketball teams. Thanks to this support and hard work recent boys' and girls' teams have each captured a pair of state championships.

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North Cherokee Nation members reunite in Columbia

Oct 12, 2012

A couple dozen members of The North Cherokee Nation of the Old Louisiana Territory took part in an annual reunion in Columbia last weekend.

The tribe has about 10,000 members scattered across the country, but are headquartered in Columbia, Mo.  Beverly Baker has served as the chief of the nation for 27 years and has worked to uncover the tribe’s history, which she says dates back to Spanish documents from 1721.

“I was one of the fortunate ones who found my Cherokee ancestry on the first Cherokee roll of 1835.  So I am very fortunate in that way,” Baker said.

There is nothing unusual about political fights over public school curricula and the content of textbooks. The textbooks can influence how people think about history and social issues, sometimes for decades or more. So, the battles take place around the United States,  and they take place around the world.

KBIA Visits Ashland, Missouri

Oct 9, 2012

This week the 40/40 Project takes KBIA’s Jon Ingram to Ashland, a small bedroom community made up of people who live in town but work in other, bigger cities like Jefferson City and Columbia. Jon checked out some local music at Ashland Pizza and Pub, visited Eagle Scoop Ice Cream, and learned about the town’s social life.

The State Historical Society of Missouri is working to digitize the thousands of records in their archives. Along the way, staff has rediscovered many significant documents, including one written by an American founding father.

From sketches to pitches at Startup Weekend

Oct 5, 2012
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Last Friday, more than a hundred would-be entrepreneurs got together for an annual event called Startup Weekend.  The fast paced, company building workshop brings big ideas down to earth in just 54 hours.  125 participants with laptop and smartphones gather to build small, lean companies that might grow into something much bigger.

MU swings into Celebrate Ability Week

Oct 3, 2012

The University of Missouri swings into its 2012 Celebrate Ability Week with an adaptive golf demonstration at the MU Student Recreation Complex.

Dany Baker, who has golfed for more than 30 years, began participating in Celebrate Ability Week four years ago.

“I just want to help spread the awareness and help educate, so they can take it on as far as telling their hometown golf courses that they need to be accessible," Baker says.

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Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission began accepting nominations for the city’s 2013 list of most notable properties. It will review nominations and select a diverse set of properties that contribute to the city socially or aesthetically. Properties must be at least 50 years old and can be privately or publicly owned.

Many properties have already been added to the list, so this year the committee is thinking outside the box in terms of what might be a notable property.

Columbia Daily Tribune columnist Irene Haskins has died at the age of 84.

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Performers and officials in Branson are mourning the loss of singer Andy Williams, who has died at age 84.

Roots n Blues n Barbeque....n free Wifi

Sep 21, 2012

This weekend attendees of the Roots n Blues n Barbeque Festival will have access to free public WiFi in many areas of downtown Columbia. Robert Simms is director of Information Technologies at the City of Columbia. He said he would love to offer WiFi year round but it is unlikely to happen in the near future. Simms said there are many factors consider.

Columbia ranked among 100 best communities for young people

Sep 13, 2012

Columbia has been named one of the “100 best communities for young people” by a national organization.

Roots "N" Blues "N" Barbecue Festival returns for 5th year

Sep 13, 2012

The Roots “N” Blues “N” Barbeque Festival is returning for its fifth year next week. Downtown businesses now know what to expect during the festival and how to prepare financially. Sub Shop General Manager Scott Schulte says one of the concert stages is in their parking lot and that always helps business.

“It almost doubles are business for the day; we have a concert that usually helps bring in more people also," Schulte says.

But other businesses are not so lucky. Déjà vu Managing Partner Matt Istwan says he's found a way to draw people in.

Longtime residents of the north Boone County community of Sturgeon possess a deep awareness of their town's history. Younger families choose Sturgeon for its quiet streets, recreational offerings and the strong local schools. Everyone we met in Sturgeon appreciated the sense of community that is central to living in this town of about 800 near the Boone-Randolph County line. KBIA's Trevor Harris filed this installment of the 40/40 Project from Sturgeon.

Camdenton rests on the southeast corner of Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. While many tourists gravitate to Osage Beach and Lake Ozark for fun on the water and in the sun the City of Camdenton is satisfied to be the Lake's slightly quieter municipality. While the small town feel may remain in some quarters Camdenton has grown into a fully modern city. With that growth comes fine dining, stunning lake views and a high school big enough to create a couple daily traffic jams. KBIA's Trevor Harris filed this 40-40 report from Camdenton.

Summer visitors are the economic bread-and-butter for Osage Beach residents who work in businesses that cater to these tourists. The drought of 2012 coupled with an extended heat wave cut down the number of visitors who annually flock to the city's retail, entertainment and recreation destinations. KBIA's Trevor Harris visited with some Osage Beach residents who count on a healthy tourist trade to keep their establishments' doors open.

KBIA Visits Macon, Missouri

Sep 11, 2012

KBIA's Jon Ingram made multiple stops on his our through Macon, Mo. Listen as he finds out more about the town and its history from local business owners.

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