Arts, Culture and History

Rhonda Vincent: A Life in the Spotlight, Part 2

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This is the second of a two-part interview with Rhonda Vincent, the Queen of Bluegrass, who hails from tiny Greentop, Mo., near Kirksville. Click here to read Part I. Known the world over as “The Queen of Bluegrass” – a nickname she’s carried for 14 years, following an article in the Wall Street Journal – Rhonda Vincent has become one ... Read More »

Rhonda Vincent: A Life in the Spotlight, Part 1

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This is the first of a two-part interview with Missouri native and musician Rhonda Vincent, a five-time Grammy nominee and one of the most well-known performers in the bluegrass genre. Rhonda Vincent wasn’t born with a mandolin in her hands, but she’s been a musician since childhood. Growing up in tiny Greentop, Mo., (a “suburb” of Kirksville, if you will), ... Read More »

Route 66 in Missouri: Rolla and Cuba

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Route 66 has been celebrated in film, story and song. Many tales have been told about the bootleggers, bandits, movie stars, hobos, writers and singers who have traveled on this famous route. More importantly, though, are the visitors on Historic Route 66. It’s the everyday visitor who keeps Historic Route 66 thriving. Route 66 is the longest designated scenic Byway ... Read More »

Kansas City Theaters: What to Watch this Winter

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Make a list (and check it twice) … here are the hottest tickets of the season. FOR YOU AND YOURS | Now arriving at the Kauffman Center for the Preforming Arts … the no. 1 Christmas music artist of all time, Mannheim Steamroller, and its 30th anniversary tour. NOV 23 REINDEER GAMES | TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars ... Read More »

Missouri Small Towns Can Mean Big Fun for Visitors

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There’s something magical about being in a small town this time of year; a simple, hometown holiday. Parades. Festivals. Traditions. Beautiful vistas. Delicious treats. Unique shopping. The list goes on and on. Small towns are a great place to find incredible entertainment during the holidays and year-round. Chillicothe’s Holiday Parade (held each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving) is one such ... Read More »

Creative Minds Focus on Missouri Stories

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Who knew Missouri is such a hotbed of imagination? Robert Heinlein … Langston Hughes … TS Eliot … Mark Twain … Maya Angelou … Jim Butcher … Gillian Flynn – to name just a few. Or a sought-after destination for Hollywood filmmakers? “Paper Moon” was shot in Missouri under the guidance of director Peter Bogdanovich and landed an Oscar for ... Read More »

Traveling Missouri’s Highway 36

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The last week of August, the staffs of the Missouri Welcome Centers had the opportunity to tour Highway 36, also known as The Way of American Genius. Innovative individuals such as General John J. Pershing, J.C. Penney and Walt Disney lived along Highway 36, so this path is filled with American history. On our tour we saw a lot of ... Read More »

Shining a Klieg Light on Missouri Film Fests

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“That’s part of your problem, you haven’t seen enough movies,” says Steve Martin in Grand Canyon.“All of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.”   And nowhere will you have a better time at the movies than at a film festival, say the people who create these events for Missouri. “You’ll enjoy the personal playlist of people who are devoted to ... Read More »

Fave Raves for the 2014-15 Missouri Performing Arts Season

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The performing arts never slow down in Missouri, but so many companies focus their seasons on autumn through spring that come September there’s a distinct feeling of “curtain up.” Last year, we seized this occasion to ask arts directors around the state to choose a show in their new season that they would like to spotlight. We also asked them ... Read More »

Art Meshes With Nature at Missouri Sculpture Parks and Gardens

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In a grassy clearing in a St. Louis County park are 18 salvaged steel oil tanks. They have presided there since 1980, when sculptor Alexander Liberman painted them red and welded them into a massive and charismatic structure. The Way is one of more than 50 artworks that live outdoors at Laumeier Sculpture Park—a habitat where art and nature entwine ... Read More »