Arts, Culture and History

Route 66 in Missouri: Rolla and Cuba

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 …

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Kansas City Theaters: What to Watch this Winter

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 …

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Missouri Small Towns Can Mean Big Fun for Visitors

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 …

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Creative Minds Focus on Missouri Stories

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 …

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Traveling Missouri’s Highway 36

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 …

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Shining a Klieg Light on Missouri Film Fests

“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 …

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Fave Raves for the 2014-15 Missouri Performing Arts Season

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 …

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Art Meshes With Nature at Missouri Sculpture Parks and Gardens

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 …

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Battle of Pilot Knob Reenactment and Renaming Ceremony

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 …

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Get to Know ‘The Way of American Genius’

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 …

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