Arts, Culture and History

Big Birthday or Not, Shakespeare Thrives in Missouri

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On Wednesday, April 26, 1564, in a market town 100 miles west of London, Mary Arden and her husband John took their newborn baby boy to their church to be baptized. The parish clerk entered the child’s name in the registry in the customary Latin: Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakspere. Since English children in the 16th century were usually baptized about ... Read More »

Missouri’s Mount Rushmore: Pop Culture Edition

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“Who’s on your Mount Rushmore of presidents?” a co-worker recently asked, in jest, while traveling back from a long day of business meetings. After the laughter subsided, our group debated the merits of presidents, but soon segued into sports and pop culture. The “Mount Rushmore” question really is a fun one. You can apply it to so many subjects, from ... Read More »

Museum Tells Missouri’s Civil War Story

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In order to see the country’s newest Civil War museum, you’ll have to visit the oldest active military installation west of the Mississippi River. The Missouri Civil War Museum is in a recently restored building on the parade grounds at the Jefferson Barracks Historic Site in St. Louis. Established in 1826, Jefferson Barracks served soldiers in every major military conflict ... Read More »

The Untamed World of Indie Art and Craft in Missouri

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“So we’re making an apron,” said Jessi Cerutti, “which is a traditional idea, a woman’s garment to wear while doing things in the house. But we’re going to use funky fabric with skulls on it.” The skull apron, Jessi told us, has become an emblem of a movement that is rippling through the nation. This movement plays with irony, cares ... Read More »

Rich Hill Film Shines

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If you didn’t make it out for the 2014 True/False Film Festival in Columbia last weekend, there was one film that you missed that seemed to shine with more heart-touching Missouri Pride than any other: Rich Hill. The film won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and is described as, “An examination of ... Read More »

Snapshots of the Missouri Arts Blogosphere

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1998: Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone hits U.S. bookstores. Saving Private Ryan wows audiences at the movies. Larry Page and Sergey Brin found Google, Inc. And no one has ever heard the word “blog.” How things have changed! As of February 1 in this year of 2014, the number of blogs worldwide on just the popular hosting site Tumblr.com was ... Read More »

Ready for True/False Film Festival 2014?

Crowd at Gimme Truth! at the Blue Note.

Ok, Mid-Missourians, Columbia’s True/False Film Festival 2014 starts Thursday (Feb. 27, running through March 2), so I hope you have your passes ready and films picked out, because things are about to get pretty exciting. If you don’t know much about True/False, here’s the Readers Digest version: 2014 marks the festival’s 11th year Documentary films are the focus Over four days, ... Read More »

Missouri’s Lincoln Connections

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Many people are surprised to know that Missouri is one of only five states that observe Lincoln’s Birthday as a state holiday. Most states only observe President’s Day, which falls on George Washington’s birthday and is five days after President Lincoln’s birthday. With Abraham Lincoln’s many ties to the Show-Me state, it makes sense we’d “show-him” special commemoration on his ... Read More »

Historic Black Kansas City: A Vibrant Community for the Ages

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A wide range of ethnic groups have made significant contributions to Kansas City’s cultural landscape for centuries. In the beginning there were the Wyandotte, Osage and Kansa Native American tribes, followed by Eastern Europeans, Irish, Italians, Germans and other immigrants. African-Americans, originally brought as slaves, date back to the early 1800s – an estimated 4,000 laboring here until Emancipation in ... Read More »

The Monuments Men

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In the weeks after Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, enemy bombing raids on the American mainland became a distinct possibility. Museums and private collectors began to consider how to keep their collections safe in case of invasion. In response to this growing concern, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art served as a repository for a number of the nation’s most ... Read More »