Arts and Culture

Two chilling stories about English gentlemen defending their honor with murder and mayhem.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

A delightfully dreadful little book recently found its way to my desk. Its black cover is adorned only by a photo of a skeleton and a plain gray title, Haunted Air.

Thomas Hart Benton / State Historical Society of Missouri-Columbia

Thomas Hart Benton is a Missouri artist known for his depictions of American life and the working man. He was not afraid to include political topics like prohibition and slavery in his paintings. Benton usually did large scale paintings, including the murals in the Missouri state capitol building. A less widely known exhibit by Benton is on display in Fulton at the National Churchill Museum.

Poet Marc McKee received his MFA from the University of Houston and his PhD from the University of Missouri, where he lives with his wife, Camellia Cosgray. He is the author of What Apocalypse? (2008). McKee will celebrate the release of his new full-length book of poetry, Fuse, 7 pm Saturday at the Columbia Art League with Melissa Range.

Mexico’s DREAM Initiative is continuing to make a difference in the downtown community.

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.

On NBC's Parks and Recreation, Amy Poehler plays a deputy parks director who dreams of one day working her way up the political ladder all the way to The White House.

When NPR's Ari Shapiro interviewed Poehler for Thursday's Morning Edition, The White House is exactly where he was. Shapiro is NPR's White House Correspondent and had just finished attending a briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney when he returned to his small White House basement office to talk to Poehler.

Classical Music From ...TED?

Oct 19, 2011

I'm a complete TED fangirl. I get irrationally excited when I see new talks from the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference arrive. I just feel smarter listening to intelligent people from around the globe speaking about their passions and creative pursuits of all sorts, from writing to developing solar technology to advances in neurology.

But it's also become a rich treasure trove of musical performances and talks about musicians' creative processes, as you can see in these five videos. Enjoy.

The history of St. Louis’s Central West End is steeped in literature. The area is tied to four of America’s most famous writers: T. S. Eliot, Tennessee Williams, Kate Chopin and William S. Burroughs. But until recently, the neighborhood had no official tributes to the literary greats.

Expert commentary (in red) by Dr. Roy Fox, Professor of English Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia

Listen to the companion piece to this infographic: “In Republic, book challenges raise the question, ‘What should kids read?’”

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.

How an innocent proposal of marriage turns into a family feud.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.


When Republic High School in southwest Missouri removed two novels from its curriculum and library in July, it drew national attention and launched a conversation about what books are acceptable for Missouri students.

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.

One University of Missouri student says she will be using a can of Diet Dr. Pepper Cherry as a personal business card. That’s because her face and a brief bio will be printed on the can.

By Molly Balkenbush (Columbia, Mo.)

A satirical look at how the Trojan War really got started.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

The University of Missouri is continuing to celebrate ability today as part of a week-long event to recognize people with disabilities.

by Jennifer Long (Columbia, Mo.)

Adam Procter / Flickr

The University of Missouri is now officially looking into a new athletic conference affiliation.

By Ryan Famuliner (Columbia, MO)

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.

The inaugural show.  Two hillarious yarns by Missouri's favorite storyteller about the Ma and Pa Kettle of their time.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

The annual Citizen Jane Film Festival kicks off September 30.

By Mengxi Zheng (Columbia, Mo.)

Davis Dunavin

This week of September 28-30 is the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, which honors books challenged or removed from libraries across the US.

By Davis Dunavin (Columbia, Mo.)

Columbia Imagined, the six-phase planning process for the city’s future, has reached its second stage.

by Dihui Yang (Columbia, Mo.)

Davis Dunavin

Monday would have been the 123th birthday of T. S. Eliot, the Nobel Prize-winning poet, dramatist and critic who has been called the greatest poet of the 20th century.

By Davis Dunavin (Columbia, Mo.)

Pinball wizard

Sep 23, 2011
Jessica Naudziunas

This week, we uncover a three-letter mystery.

Walter Astrada

Walter Astrada, an international photojournalist, visited MU September 14, 2011, to discuss his project about violence against women.

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.

Members of the Muslim community in Columbia gathered with the larger community yesterday  to emphasize the importance of peace in the world.

KBIA’s Carah Hart has this report on how some Mid-Missourians worked to bridge religious and racial barriers in a march of peace.

Carah Hart

Five United Methodist church congregations across Columbia put a one thousand dollar grant to use renovating properties around the city Sunday in honor of the tenth anniversary of September 11.

By Carah Hart

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.