Arts and Culture

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Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning and more. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map

    

Today Paul Pepper chats with DAVE MARS, from the City of Columbia's Water and Light Department, as well as BARBARA BUFFALOE and BRENNA REED, from the Office of Sustainability, about the CoMo Energy Challenge! Georgetown University is offering $5 million dollars to 'the community that saves the most energy in an innovative way over...two years.' Let's help Columbia win - watch! April 17, 2015

If you ask people in the city of Mexicali, Mexico, about their most notable regional cuisine, they won't say street tacos or mole. They'll say Chinese food. There are as many as 200 Chinese restaurants in the city.

North of the border, in California's rural Imperial County, the population is mostly Latino, but Chinese restaurants are packed. There are dishes in this region you won't find anywhere else, and the history behind them goes back more than 130 years.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JANE ARMER, Professor at the University of Missouri's Sinclair School of Nursing, about "Living Well After Breast Cancer," an event/support group that focuses on 'getting through the difficult times.' If you're newly diagnosed or a survivor, please RSVP for this event today! April 16, 2015

Farm Your Yard: Connecting Through Gardens

Apr 15, 2015
Carrie Hargrove / CCUA

On this installment of Farm Your Yard, the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture's Farm Manager Carrie Hargrove discusses the ways in which a garden can build community and reconnect us to the environment.


Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. SUZANNE BURGOYNE, director of "The Beaux' Stratagem," a 'restoration comedy' by George Farquhar (and adapted by Thornton Wilder) on the stage at the Rhynsburger Theatre starting tomorrow night! At [4:49] VALERIE CHAFFIN tells us about "Bark and Brew and Meow Too," a five-course beer tasting birthday fundraiser for Second Chance at Bleu Restaurant this Saturday night. Tickets are going fast! April 15, 2015

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Singer-songwriter Lee Ruth arrived in Columbia in 1962. In this week's Thinking Out Loud, self-described 'old guy' Lee Ruth discusses his musical influences, former students of whom he is especially proud and and what makes the Mid-Missouri music scene special. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with actor/director ED HANSON about "Next to Normal," a Pulitzer Prize-winning musical drama that centers around mental illness. See it on stage beginning April 17 at Talking Horse Productions in Columbia. At [5:10] ANNA DRAKE stops by to talk about "The Voices of Callaway" talent show that will benefit Heart of Missouri CASA! Watch for details. April 14, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOY SWEENEY, Council for Drug Free Youth, about drug and alcohol addiction in children. Did you know that children can get addicted to drugs "in as little as six months?" Please watch this important interview! April 13, 2015

Off the Clock: The Sassy I-70 Signs and the Woman Responsible for Them

Apr 10, 2015
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This week on KBIA’s arts/culture segment, KBIA’s Abigail Keel chats with Linda Wilson Horn, the woman who writes the sassy messages on the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Dynamic Message signs along I-70. 

Today Paul Pepper chats with JOAN STACK, State Historical Society, and JEAN PARSONS, Associate Professor, Textile and Apparel Management Department at the University of Missouri, about an exhibit titled, "World at War - Women at Work," on display now through June 6th - don't miss it! April 10, 2015

Chancellor's Arts Showcase Casts a Wide Net

Apr 10, 2015
MU School of Music

Each year since 2005, the MU School of Music has put on a concert hosted by the chancellor. This year's version of the Chancellor's Art Showcase is next Monday, April 13. For the 2015 version, the school's Director Julia Gaines has cast a wider net for the concert including for the first time student art from MU scholars creating outside the School of Music.

Today Paul Pepper chats with Job Point Recruiter, Tyree Byndom, about several programs happening at Job Point right now; including: heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) training, and 'Youth Build,' a leadership development program for ages 17 1/2 - 24. Good stuff - watch! April 9, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with MONICA McMURRY, Dean of the School of Design and Fashion at Stephens College, about their annual Student Designer Fashion Show. Clothing for men, women and children will be featured across three shows April 25th! At [4:33] PAT GERKE and RUSS PALMER tell us about "Duck Hunter Shoots Angel," the "hilarious" new production from Columbia Entertainment Company. It opens tomorrow! April 8, 2015

Torie Ross / KBIA

Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning and more. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map


Today Paul Pepper and ELIZABETH BROWN talk about "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," the latest production from Capital City Players - it opens this weekend! (Watch Elizabeth slip into character for part of the interview.)  At [3:58] SUE HOEVELMAN and FRAN WASHINGTON tell us what goes into making over 800 dozen chocolate-chip cookies for the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri! Deadline to order is coming up!  April 7, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with VERA MASSEY, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist at University of Missouri Extension, and BILL McKELVEY, Extension Associate, about a program called "Plant, Grow and Share." If you're into gardening, and wish to donate to hunger relief groups in Missouri, please watch this segment! April 6, 2015

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This week on KBIA’s arts/culture segment Off the Clock, KBIA reporter Jason Hoffman sat down with local author, George Hodgman. His memoir Bettyville discusses some of the issues faced caring for an elderly parent as well as those of being gay in small town America.

Here’s the full-length interview: 


Hunting for the Long-Lost Steamboat Malta

Apr 3, 2015
Tony Peng / KBIA

It all started for David Hawley when he was at a customer’s house working on an air conditioner. He spotted some unusual things hanging in the back wall of one room: old river maps and photographs of steamboats.

He just couldn’t look away, he said.

When he told his family about it, they encouraged him to go even further.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back WALTER BARGEN, Missouri's first poet laureate, to talk about how he was chosen to take on that job title, and to talk about his books, "Gone West" and "Trouble Behind Glass Doors." April 3, 2015

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It was in his native Isreal that Avi Avital first fell in love with the mandolin. A role in a local youth orchestra introduced him to classical music. From there his career path was set. You can hear tracks from Avital's new release of mandolin works on KBIA. He was recently interviewed by KBIA's Trevor Harris.

Today Paul Pepper and LIZ SCHMIDT talk about what's on the ballot next week. Polls open at 6 a.m. on April 7th - don't forget to vote! At [4:48] KAREN GRUNDY, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, and EMILY EDGINGTON, Columbia Chorale, have teamed up to present "Carmina Burana," at the Missouri Theatre this weekend! Find out how 130 singers and 9 dancers came together to make it happen. April 2, 2015

Darren Hellwege / KBIA

This spring, KBIA's Thinking Out Loud visits some colleges and universities in our area that you may not know as much about as, say, the University of Missouri. This week, Darren Hellwege headed north from Columbia to check in with leaders at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

Torie Ross / KBIA

Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning and more. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map


Today Paul Pepper and UFO enthusiast, BILL WICKERSHAM, talk about more evidence, more possibilities, more sightings and even more skeptics of the UFO phenomenon. Bill touches on recent tweet made by John Podesta, former Clinton and Obama staffer, that listed his disappointments over the past two years; topping the list was not getting UFO disclosure from the Obama administration. April 1, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes PAT RILEY, Moberly Area Community College, and MACC student, STEPHANIE HERMAN. If you're a high school junior or senior, a job-seeker, or in need of a new career in mid-Missouri, you won't want to miss this job expo happening Wednesday, April 8th. Did I mention free pizza and door prizes? Watch for details! March 31, 2015

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This year is the 25th anniversary year of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. On this Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege visits with Chuck Graham of the Great Plains ADA Center about the history of the Act and the current status of disability rights in the US and Missouri. They also discuss the ADA Legacy Project, which is in Mid-Missouri this week as part of a nationwide tour.


Today Paul Pepper chats with HEATHER STEWART, Services for Independent Living, and CHUCK GRAHAM, Great Plains ADA, about two events happening today (3/30/15), and one tomorrow at the State Capitol! Our discussion also touches on what the ADA has done for those who need it. As Chuck says: "it's changed our world." March 30, 2015

Columbia-based novelist Keija Parssinen’s first book, The Ruins of Us, was a Columbia One Read selection in 2013. The novel centered is around a crumbling marriage between an American expat and her Saudi billionaire husband. Parssinen’s new novel, The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, is set closer to home: it takes place in a small Texas refinery town that grows increasingly zealous in its attempts to control its population of teenage girls. The town’s paranoia builds toward an outbreak of mass hysteria and a modern-day witch trial. Parssinen spoke with KBIA about the research behind her new book; she began by comparing the Saudi Arabia of her first book with the Texas town she describes in her new novel.


Off the Clock: New Ownership, New Changes at Columbia's Blue Note

Mar 27, 2015
Tyler Adkisson / KBIA

Other than the Missouri Theatre — the Blue Note and Rose Music Hall, formerly known as Mojo’s — are two of the most established concert venues in not only Columbia, but in Mid-Missouri.

For the past 34 years, the venues grew up and flourished under the supervision of one person — Richard King. However, at the tail end of last year, King sold the spaces to the owners of the Majestic Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin. While the sale wasn’t necessarily unexpected, it did prompt many venue-goers to wonder what would happen to the cherished institution — mostly — what changes, if any, would be visible.


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