Arts and Culture

Missouri Department of Conservation

Slow and steady wins the race, but when it comes to crossing roads turtles often lose. This week, as you’re driving down the highway or back roads, keep your eyes peeled for turtles in your path.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director, Columbia Art League, about the return of 'Art in the Park'. This family-friendly tradition is back in Stephens Lake Park this weekend only. Come for the art, stay for ambiance - and maybe take home a print, sculpture, painting or that unique find. Everything you need to know in 8 short minutes - watch! May 30, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They perform John Hartford's "Skippin' in the Mississippi Dew" on the banjo and jaw harp at [3:23]. May 29, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and ANGELA SPECK, Professor, Director of Astronomy, MU, break down the science behind the upcoming total solar eclipse! If you have questions, odds are we have answers. In this interview, Angela takes us step by step from "first contact" at 11:45 a.m. through the "total phase" beginning at 1:12 p.m. | May 26, 2017

LyceumTheatre.org

In two weeks, the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre kicks off its 57th season. The theatre's Artistic Director Quin Gresham previewed the upcoming season with Darren Hellwege. Also on the show, we look ahead to a Memorial Day event that finds famous, late Columbians being re-enacted at their gravesites.

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK talk about the best ways to enjoy a cruise vacation. From selecting the right ship to booking to packing to onboard gambling, Mel's got easy tips and tricks for even the most novice of travelers. May 25, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

Do you like to camp? Are campfires a part of your plan? The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds you to be safe and have fun this spring and summer, but please don’t move firewood. Otherwise, you may be inadvertently spreading an insect invader that’s wreaking havoc across the United States. In this week’s installment of Discover Nature, we recognize Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MICHAEL PORTER about the many different classes being offered during the Osher@Mizzou summer session. If you're 50+ and want to learn more about George Caleb Bingham or William Blake's poetry or the American presidents (just to name a few), you're in luck. Register today! At [3:34] DAN WRIGHT and JONATHAN TALLMAGE invite everyone to come see "Pump Boys and Dinettes" at Maplewood Barn Theatre in Columbia! This popular show opens tomorrow night and runs for three weekends. Jonathan performs an abbreviated version of "Mamaw" at [5:17]. May 24, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL about edible plants here in Missouri. The Lincoln University Native Plants program is hosting a free food tasting event this week featuring recipes that include (edible) native plants. Watch for details! At [4:25] MAKENZIE MABRY and JESS KANSMAN invite everyone to the next Science on Tap CoMo event tomorrow night at Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Columbia! Jess is one of two featured speakers; she'll be talking about how plants defend themselves against insect attacks. (Did you know that plants can call for help?!) May 23, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with TAMI HARRIS, RN, about the warning signs and symptoms of a stroke. May is 'Stroke Awareness Month,' and so MU Health Care wants us all to know what it means to think 'FAST' - it could save your life. At [3:28] actress LACEY WILLIAMS and director BRIAN HARPER invite everyone to come see "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" at The Little Theatre of Jefferson City. In describing this fun, family-friendly show, Brian says that there's "no serious message; it's the cartoon strips on the stage." The curtain goes up on June 8th in the Capital city! May 22, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and JACK SCHULTZ, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center, talk about a recent scientific study done at the University of Missouri that, once and for all, determines what some might consider obvious: dressing up when going out to dinner leads to better service. Why? It has to do with a common "fundamental attribution error." As usual, it's a fascinating conversation - watch! May 19, 2017

Chautauqua

May 18, 2017

True/False provocateurs Avi Lewis, Charlie Lyne and Sarah Jeong share stories about fighting, technology and paint drying on a wall.

Today Paul Pepper and KRISTEN EIFFERT talk about the next 'Kids in the Kitchen' event, happening this Saturday at the Daniel Boone Regional Library. Registration is encouraged - watch for details! At [2:35] CINDY MUSTARD and ED HANSON invite everyone to a special event at the historic Columbia Cemetery on Memorial Day. Local actors will be "bringing the cemetery alive" by way of 3-4 minute vignettes based on the person whose grave they stand. For instance, Ed will portray University of Missouri president John Lathrop. Other notables include 'Blind' Boone and Jane Froman. It really will be fun for the whole family! May 18, 2017

City of Columbia Historic Preservation Commission

Next Tuesday, the City of Columbia's Historic Preservation Commission hosts its bi-annual Most Notable Properties event. Among the four properties being honored as notable is the long-time home of former Columbia mayor Darwin Hindman and his wife, Axie. The Hindmans and Historic Preservation Commission chairperson Pat Fowler were guests on this week's episode of Thinking Out Loud.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Wildflowers and warm weather signify the arrival of spring in Missouri and one of the state’s largest, heaviest wild mammals enjoys the season as much as we do. This week on Discover Nature, we recognize May as National Bear Awareness Month.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JEANNIE DUDENHOEFFER about the debut season of the Jefferson City Renegades semi-pro baseball team! Part of the MINK League, the Renegades will play area teams from Chillicothe, St. Joseph, Sedalia and more throughout the months of June and July. At [3:14] LINDSEY KING and LAMBY HEDGE tell us about a "very intense" summer theatre institute at Stephens College for students who are on a three-year, rather than a four-year, degree track. The productions are free and open to the public; the first of which is this Friday! May 17, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Columbia's Voluntary Action Center, about the many summer programs like 'Lunch in the Park' and the 'Fan Program' that are facilitated by VAC. Donations are always welcome. Find out how you can get involved! At [4:36] SHRISTI BASHISTA, former Youth Ambassador for Partners of  the Americas, encourages everyone to get involved with Centro Latino, an organization that helps Latinos and other minority communities in Central Missouri. May 16, 2017

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

I am a Missouri native. Not only am I a Missouri native, but I was born and raised in here in Columbia. I can see the high school I attended from my backyard. During a football game, it is so loud that my backyard garden might as well be inside Hickman’s stadium.

Today Paul Pepper visits with professor and author, DAVID COLLINS, about his book, "Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas." David tells us the story of his longtime friendship with Mark, a former student of his at Westminster College in the 1970s, and how that friendship turned to collaboration when Mark and his partner Vic decided to sue the state of Texas over marriage equality rights. May 15, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back singer LARRY BROWN. In honor of Mother's Day, Larry celebrates the life of Julian of Norwich, an author and anchoress, whose "Revelations of Devine Love" is believed to be the first English language publication to be written by a woman. At [4:47] Larry sings "The Bells of Norwich," with lyrics inspired by and taken from Julian's book. May 12, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with retired letter carrier, LAURIE MATTHEWS, about this Saturday's annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive. Donate non-perishable foods by placing them on your curb in a paper sack by 9 a.m. for pickup. Nothing in glass containers! Watch for details. At [3:58] AMY JAMMEH and MILLA COSTA tell us about the Rotary Youth Exchange. If you're not familiar with the exchange, Amy tells us that it's a program of the better-known Rotary Club organization, and that local district 6080 is currently host to 11 exchange students from all over the world. Milla is from Brazil. She shares with us her perspective from her nine months in the United States. May 11, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARIE ROBERTSON, Director and Co-Owner of Dancearts of Columbia, about their annual, end-of-the-year dance spectacular showcase happening May 26th and 27th at Jesse Auditorium on the MU campus. With 300 people involved, you're bound to know someone (who knows someone) on stage! Watch for details. At [3:45] JOE GEIST, Curator of the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art, invites everyone to "The Art of Collecting," a new show featuring 35 works of art - including an etching by Rembrandt - from Bill and Martha Holman's personal collection! Check it out now through July 20 on the Central Methodist campus in Fayette! May 10, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week in Missouri’s woods, a native, thorny, locust tree displays clusters of fragrant white flowers.

The black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) grows in dry or rocky upland woods, along streams, and in pastures, and thickets.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Missouri's first poet laureate and accomplished author, WALTER BARGEN! In honor of this Saturday's national migratory bird count, Walter reads two of his poems that are dedicated to our feathered friends: "To Keep Going" at [3:45] and "Flying on Instruments" at [5:54]. May 9, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of Columbia Art League, about "Scapes." Diana says this show encompasses all the many different types of 'scapes', such as landscapes, dreamscapes, skyscapes and more. Support the artists by visiting the gallery and maybe taking home your favorite! At [3:37] RYAN McDANIELS tells us about the upcoming Leadership Jefferson City Class of 2017 Battle of the Brews fundraiser for local charities. If you're a fan local and/or home brewed beers, you won't want to miss this popular event! May 8, 2017

Courtesy Elizabeth Braaten

The Greenhouse Theatre Project’s latest piece focuses on a well-known author, but a little known story. Dark Creations: The Mary Shelley Project is about Mary Shelley when she was writing Frankenstein. The play stars Anna Sundberg as Mary Shelley and Wilf Williams as Percy Shelley. Braaten Palmieri plays Claire Clairmont.

“I like to describe it as a dark coming of age tale because Mary was significantly younger than people realize when she was writing Frankenstein,” she said.


Off the Clock - The Rupperts and Their Missouri Winery

May 5, 2017
Erin Schroeder / KBIA

For Regina Ruppert, it’s not easy to separate work and home life. She and her husband, Lee, opened Serenity Valley Winery outside St. Louis in 2006. Since 2011, the winery has been run from their property in Fulton.

“Never in a million years would I have dreamed of this, but the year our daughter graduated...I became an empty nester, turned 50 and had cancer all at the same time," Regina said. "And it wasn't a very good year. And my girlfriends suggested we look into doing this since my husband’s hobby was always winemaking.”

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOE WESTON and NANCY THOMAS about the importance of being an organ donor. Nancy's late husband, Tom Thomas, was a heart transplant recipient and the "inspiration" behind the 'Rotary For Life' program at The Rotary Club of Columbia. Hear his story and find out how to sign up. As Joe says, "it's free and it's painless." May 5, 2017

Stephanie Spray, co-director of True/False 2014 film Manakamana, discusses sound as it relates to her new project aboard the scientific drilling vessel, the JOIDES Resolution.

EllieGraceArts.com

Mid-Missouri native Ellie Grace grew up on stage. She still regularly performs with her sister Leela. She returns to Columbia for a show this Friday with song-writing partner Brian Claflin. Grace was Darren Hellwege's guest on this week's Thinking Out Loud.

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