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Missouri’s Fringe Fests are Freewheeling Arts Fun

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A tribute to Motown. A potpourri of dance, music, storytelling, and audience participation where each bit lasts no more than two minutes. One man’s story of bicycling across the U.S. to meet other men with moustaches. And lots more theatre, dance, singing, magic, stand-up comedy, improv, storytelling, slam poetry, burlesque, vaudeville, circus, film, and even culinary arts and fashion design. ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Ichiban Sushi Bistro

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Situated between art galleries and University of Missouri student housing in Columbia, Missouri, is Ichiban Sushi Bistro, which changed its name from Be My Guest Bistro in April. In the restaurant’s modern dining room, chef-owner Poppy Watthanakhonphaiboon serves a menu built around fresh ingredients that draw from a range of global influences. Watthanakhonphaiboon’s goal is to share a mix of ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Kingside Diner

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When it comes to breakfast, chef Aaron Teitelbaum has a strategy. At chess-themed Kingside Diner in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis, he offers made-to-order flatbreads, omelets, burritos and much more from early morning until closing time seven days a week (10pm Sunday through Thursday and 1:30am on Friday and Saturday). The diner gets its name and identity ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Mama Jean’s Natural Market

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Missouri is one of the top five beef producers in the U.S., so it’s no surprise that in the southwest corner of the state – where the number of cows nearly matches the number of residents – you won’t find many vegetarian-friendly restaurants. That’s slowly changing, however, and in Springfield that’s partially thanks to MaMa Jean’s Natural Market, which has ... Read More »

Hannibal: More Than Mark Twain

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If you have visited Hannibal, you have most likely done everything Mark Twain-related. You have jumped on the Riverboat ride, you’ve toured his boyhood home and visited the Mark Twain Museum. You may think you have hit all the major allures of Hannibal- so that’s it, right? Wrong! This town has a lot to offer, in addition to the great ... Read More »

Ozark Empire Fair: Summer’s Biggest Party

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For 79 years, the Ozark Empire Fair has been a time for community celebration, and 2015 promises to carry on the tradition. With opening day slated for Thursday, July 30, the ten day run of the Ozark Empire Fair is packed full of FREE thrilling entertainment ranging from musical performers, to fast racing pigs – yes, pigs, to a shark ... Read More »

Late Summer Family Getaway to Sikeston

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I’m always looking for a unique, fun experience for that last family trip of the summer.  Since my family ranges in age from a 2-year old through let’s say “middle-aged” grandparents, this can sometimes be a challenge.  This year we’re returning to Sikeston for Rodeo Week, August 5-9.  With Sikeston being just 150 miles south of St. Louis, it’s a quick ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Little Freshie

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When Lindsay Laricks decided to turn her wildly successful Fresher Than Fresh food truck into a brick-and-mortar café called Little Freshie, it was, literally, a walk in the park. Laricks was lucky enough to snag a cute storefront right across from the green space where she had formerly stationed her retro Shasta trailer to serve all-natural snow cones on Saturdays at the ... Read More »

“Cave State” Tours in Missouri State Parks

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Looking for a cool adventure on a hot day? Try exploring underground. Missouri, long known as the “Cave State,” is home to thousands of caves. Missouri’s state parks are host to a number of caves, including four that are open for tours. Find your Missouri adventure in a beautiful cave.   Onondaga Cave State Park Onondaga Cave State Park is ... Read More »