Arts, Culture and History

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 »

Battle of Pilot Knob Reenactment and Renaming Ceremony

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The Battle of Pilot Knob was a major Civil War engagement. Reenactors gather Sep. 27-28, 2014, to reenact the 1864 running battle through the Arcadia Valley. In addition to commemorating the 150th anniversary of the battle, a special ceremony, Sep. 27, 2014, highlights the recent name change of the historic site. Saturday, Sep. 27, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., Missouri State ... Read More »

Get to Know ‘The Way of American Genius’

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Whether you’re traveling east or heading west, welcome to Missouri Highway 36, known as The Way of American Genius, the Show-Me State’s 195-mile stretch of Highway 36 in north Missouri. The Missouri Highway 36 Heritage Alliance dubbed the route The Way of American Genius because of its connection to some of the world’s most well-known innovators and innovations. Once called ... Read More »

Take a Walk Through Historic Boonville

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Just off of 1-70, 20 minutes west of Columbia, the town of Boonville is nestled beside the Missouri River. Boonville’s history runs as deep as the river, with hundreds of National Historic sites within the city limits. The Boonville Walking Tour takes you on a journey back in time to the 1800s, where moving West was the dream of many ... Read More »

Bees, Sticky Trees, and Blowtorches: Encaustic Painting Enthralls Missouri Artists

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“There’s a translucency, a mysterious aspect to the final product I cannot achieve with any other medium.” “An unequaled sense of physical depth and distance in time.” “One of the most beautiful paints on the planet.” Julie Snidle, Laura Skroska, and Robin VanHoozer are in love with hot wax. These three Missourians—from St. Louis, Florissant, and St. Joseph respectively—are among a small but ... Read More »

History Comes Alive at Missouri’s First State Capitol

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Saint Charles has the distinction of being one of the oldest cities on the Missouri River. Yep, and we’re the third oldest city in the state! But did you know the City of Saint Charles served as Missouri’s first state capitol from 1821 to 1826? If you’ve ever been to Jefferson City to see the state legislature in action, then ... Read More »

10 Missouri Arts Adventures To Explore This Summer

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Maybe our moods in summer are an echo from childhood, when the season really did bubble over with time to explore new things. Maybe, as recent studies suggest, our biology is hard-wired to feel happier when the weather is warmer and the days are longer. Whatever, summer in Missouri beckons with a spirit of adventure. We propose 10 arts activities to answer that call. Read on for ... Read More »

A Day at the National Churchill Museum

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So summer is here and you want to find outings of interest to family members of various ages! One excellent spot is the National Churchill Museum in Fulton (located just 90 minutes from St. Louis off of Interstate 70). From the time you arrive in the quaint town of Fulton, home of Westminster College, to the moment you drive toward ... Read More »

King Tut Visits Kansas City

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Recently, I had the chance to explore “The Discovery of King Tut” exhibit at Kansas City’s Union Station. I was stoked from the second it was announced that the exhibit, which has been all over Europe but never to the United States, was going to make its U.S. debut only two hours away in Kansas City. I had to go. ... Read More »