Arts and Culture

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Jonathan Stephanoff

No getaways needed here. This town has you covered. Take a trip to India or Hogsmeade without having to deal with expensive summer airfares or pesky imaginary worlds. Dance in the street. Showcase your beer snobbery. Skip those June weddings and hit up the plays instead. You'll see what I mean.

Marriage: arranging her own path

Jun 15, 2012

Spring is in full bloom and that means wedding season.

Blue Ridge Christian Church in Columbia is starting Father's Day weekend with a free showing of the Christian independent film "Courageous."  

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

Soapbox Derby
Soap Box Derby Archives

Summer doesn't technically start for another week and a half. Check your solistice calendar.  But, it sure does feel like summer. So, do summer-y activities this weekend. Watch a soap box derby downtown. Eat too many elderberries. Go to a state park. I don’t pay much attention to the axis of the Earth in relation to the Sun anyway.

J. Caldwell / Photo courtesy of Illegal Art

You might not know who Gregg Gillis is, but chances are you’ve heard of his music created under the moniker Girl Talk.

worlds fair st louis
Wikimedia Commons

The Missouri State Museum is featuring its collection from the St. Louis World’s Fair during its Museum After Hours program Wednesday.

The City Council passed a resolution Monday to explore the possibility of using the building to display exhibits for a firefighter museum.

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

Pinball wizard

Jun 1, 2012


This week, we uncover a three-letter mystery.

Photos from Art in the Park 2011
Jonathan Steffens

This weekend is all about supporting artists and charities. Explore Art in the Park. Hop rummage sales. Or take some me-time by heading to a cocktail party or concert. Start the month of right. Here’s how:


Art in the Park (Sat-Sun, 10 a.m.)

Jesse Hall and the Mizzou columns
Darren Hellwege / KBIA

Columbia is known for many things: education, health care, parks, reporter--and it’s also known for it’s diversity. We meet one of the thousands of Columbians who come from other countries and hear of how Columbia has become home for her and her family. 

How do documentary film directors avoid censorship in countries like Egypt and China?

Darren Hellwege / KBIA

Darren Hellwege visits Mexico, Missouri.

Michelle Peltier

Celebrate the long weekend, even if you don't get Monday off. Soak some sun on the Katy Trail at the Pedaler's Jamboree. Watch plays that you haven't seen since that middle school field trip. Check out some Native American art or an indie rock show. There’s plenty to do!

Maplewood Barn Theatre opens in rebuilt space

May 25, 2012
Erin Margaret2 / Flickr

The Maplewood Barn Theatre put on its first live show on Thursday evening in a newly rebuilt barn.

circuit bending
Scott Pham / KBIA

When you imagine a hacker, you’re probably thinking of someone banging away at a keyboard, doing something shadowing and illegal on the internet.  These days a lot of hackers are banding together, and it’s far from illegal.  They’re forming groups called hackerspaces--community workshops where hackers (some of whom prefer the term “makers”) get together to build robots, modify electronics and socialize.

Photo courtesy of the Umuzi Photo Club

In poor areas of South Africa, trainers from a small organization called the Umuzi Photo Club give disposable cameras to high school students and teach them basic photography.

Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Centralia is the second largest town in Boone County, with a population of about 4000. A small part of the today also stretches east into Audrain County. An employee at the unique one-stop-shop, Kinkead Pharmacy, tells us more about the town.

Ragtag holds special screening to benefit Joplin

May 22, 2012
Photo courtesy of Ragtag

To mark the one-year anniversary of the Joplin tornado, tonight Columbia’s Ragtag Cinema is screening a documentary that relives the days following the disaster.


Have you heard our Sonic IDs on KBIA? They are short audio portraits of life in and around mid Missouri in the form of stories, anecdotes and sounds of the community.

Still in CoMo ft sculptures, music and trails

May 18, 2012
Greg Orloff

No need for a mid-month slump here. Spend some time at Ragtag or Shakespeare’s. Or head to the trail. That’s what my whole summer is going to look like and so is your weekend. See below:

Gizmos n' Gadgets (Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.)

Jazz meets Gamelan

May 18, 2012
Alex Smith / KCUR

This week we head to a Kansas City music laboratory where we find an atypical partnership and stay tuned till the end of the show where we bring you a Sonic ID right off Broadway in Columbia.

We'd seen the video of the world-record paper airplane toss — 226 feet, 10 inches.

Khalil Hamra / AP Images

Advocacy groups call it the silencing crime:  sexual violence against journalists. 

Mid-Missourians tell us about their mothers

May 13, 2012
ninahale / Flickr

In a collaboration with KOMU, and the Columbia Missourian, KBIA asked our listeners "What one word describes your mother?"  The Columbia Missourian wrote up some of the great answers we got.

Happy May ft. Bike, Walk, Wheel Week and Waffles

May 11, 2012

The college students might be heading out but that doesn’t mean this town shuts down. Time to celebrate with the real locals. Join the community for Bike, Walk & Wheel Week. Support a local band or troupe of young thespians. Relive True/False. Do it all with a tummy full of chicken ’n waffles. See below.


Photo courtesy of StoryCorps

This week’s show is all about moms—and we have the good, the bad and the ugly. First up, we’ll hear about a book of portraits on the life of the American mother and later we have an audio essay on the complicated mother/daughter relationship.

Photo courtesy of StoryCorps

Still thinking of what to do this Sunday for Mother’s Day? How about interviewing your mom? That’s a suggestion from veteran public radio producer and StoryCorps founder Dave Isay. Since 2003, the organization has collected over 40,000 interviews, some of which you may have heard on NPR’s Morning Edition. Some of those interviews have also been compiled into the book Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps. Now in paperback, it consists of interviews with and about–you guessed it–moms. KBIA’s Rehman Tungekar spoke with Dave Isay, and he started out by talking about what the book teaches us about mothers.

KBIA visits Sedalia, Missouri

May 7, 2012
The Missouri Department of Tourism

Sedalia's about halfway between Columbia and the Kansas City metro area.