Free Music Friday!

CoMO will be celebrating the return of our student population and the best weather of the year with a long night of free, live music starting with The Reverend Horton Heat outside the Blue Note on 9th Street.

Then Walk the Plank Productions graces us with another free show afterwards at Mojo’s, featuring local duo, the Flood Brothers…

and Hillbilly Casino from Nashville…

and Chic Gamine.

Thank you, Walk the Plank and the Blue Note.  This will be a perfect way to end our summer.

Tumbleweed Wanderers at Mojo’s

After listening to Tumbleweed Wanderers, two things surprise me about the band: They have only been together for two years, and they are unsigned. I expect the latter to be remedied soon.

Their sound is described as a combination of soul, folk, and rock ‘n roll…but that doesn’t quite capture it.  Or maybe it does; I don’t know.  Give it a listen and decide for yourself.  It’s lovely and fun and upbeat.  They are experienced buskers, used to performing and connecting with audiences.   They would be a perfect addition to True/False.

Wednesday, August 14th at Mojo’s.

Grand Opening: The Studio of Morli Wilcox

The few times that I have had the opportunity to speak with an artist about her work while gazing at it, I have come away tremendously enriched. That was the case when I met with Morli Wilcox to learn about one of her paintings that I found hanging in the hallway of the catacombs.  (I snatched it up before anyone else could see it.)

A close up Big Bang Bug by Morli.

My painting is called Big Bang Bug. This is no ordinary painting, but Morli will have to explain it herself. I can’t do it justice. Another painting I found online has a similar story.

Morli recently moved to a new studio in the North Village Art Studios building and is holding a grand opening on Friday, February 1, 8 PM to 2 AM.  I am looking forward to seeing more of her work and, hopefully, getting an interview.  First Friday Love Fest will also be going on from 6 to 9 PM…two events well worth braving the cold.

The Ruins of Us, Christmas Shopping and Columbia Independent School

by Keija ParssinenYou might wonder how the The Ruins of Us by local author Keija Parssinen, Christmas shopping and Columbia Independent School connect?  The answer is brilliant and simple!  Barnes and Nobles has provided readers in Columbia with a chance to meet Keija Parssinen while attending a reading of her novel, The Ruins of Us. In addition to this fabulous opportunity, Barnes and Nobles is donating a portion of the proceeds from sales made during the event to the school of Keija’s choice, Columbia Independent School.  To help support the school, stop by the table to meet Keija and receive a voucher that tells the cashier to donate a portion of your purchase to the school.

This event is a wonderful opportunity to meet a local author, published by HarperCollins and shop for those avid or budding readers on your list.  The perk? Your purchases help support an institution on our community.  What could be better than meeting a talented, best-selling author and enjoying a reading from The Ruins of Us, all while supporting an educational institution while Christmas shopping?

Join us on Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Barnes and Nobles in the Columbia Mall. The reading will take place at 5 p.m. We hope to see you there.

CoMo Event: Psychic Fair

Good Nature is holding its first annual Full Moon Psychic Fair tomorrow, September 29th, from 11 AM to 6 PM. Columbia has plenty of great events and activities going on all year round, but this is something out of the ordinary.

Services available at the fair include palmistry, tarot card reading, rune casting, astrology charting, reiki healing, chair massage, and aura photography.

I plan to be first in line to have a photograph taken of my aura.  The aura is the electromagnetic field around the human body.  Nicola Tesla is reported to have made the first aura photograph long, long ago.  I’ve had plenty of people tell me what my aura looks like; now it’s time to find out if a camera sees it the same way.

There will be live music by Romani Blue, along with belly dancers and a drum circle at 4 PM.  Folks are encouraged to bring their instruments.  Books, tarot cards, runes, pendulums, and drums will all be discounted 15% during the fair.  The pendulums are great fun to play with, and anyone can make beautiful sounds with Good Nature drums…even me.

Good Nature is hidden away in Alley A between 9th and 10th streets, just south of Broadway.  It’s a perfect perfect place to hold a fair.  It’s also the perfect place to buy an alcoholic beverage called Viking Blod.  I have no idea if it is palatable.  I don’t drink, so someone else is going to have to look into that.

***Awesome and inexpensive photography by Jon Asher.


Wordless Wednesday: Artrageous Friday & Summerfest

(all photos taken on a Nikon D300 with 35mm 1.8 lens)


DanceWalk CoMo: July 6th!

It’s dancing. It’s walking. It’s walking while dancing, or dancing while walking. You can do it anywhere, any time, but the first organized DanceWalk CoMo is Friday, July 6th. It will begin at Artlandish Gallery (1019 E Walnut Street) at 7 pm and snake around downtown, ending back at Artlandish for music and more dancing. Start at the beginning or join in along the way. Everyone is welcome!

See the actual route on the facebook event page, and see the inspiration on YouTube. Get a DanceWalk CoMo t-shirt at Acme (not required), and get ready to DanceWalk!

Art in the Park 2012

Perfect weather. Color everywhere. Great food. That sums up our day at Art in the Park.










***Photographs by Isabelle Heintz and Susan Heintz.

The Pedaler’s Jamboree

According to my dictionary, a jamboree is a carousal or any noisy merrymaking. The Pedaler’s Jamboree is all that with bicycles…a trail mix of slow riding, hanging out, eating, and drinking to a soundtrack of high-energy, Missouri-infused, live music.

The two day event begins on Saturday, May 26th, in downtown Columbia. Riders take off for a leisurely ride to Boonville via the MKT and Katy trails. Along the way are many opportunities to stop and enjoy great music and refreshments.  At the end of the trail, at Kemper Park, is an evening of main stage performances, Burn Circus, more refreshments, and free camping for registered riders.

On Sunday riders will backtrack, enjoying more music and refreshments (including an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast) and an after party at Broadway Brewery, brewers of Pedaler’s Jam Session IPA microbrew.  I did my first Jamboree last year, but couldn’t fully participate because I was desparately needed for a surprise disco party and a midnight run to the airport.  I vowed to let nothing hold me back this year, especially after seeing the musical line-up:

Southern Culture on the Skids (watch for the interview!), Dirtfoot (watch for the interview!), The HipNecks (read the interview!)…

Carrie Nation and The SpeakeasyThe Ben Miller Band, Brad Cunningham of Man in the Ring, Wild Cat Daddies, Noah Earle

The Kay Brothers, Primitive Soul, We Live in Public, The BluesSlingers, and Honkey Tonk Band.

I’ve been collecting reasons not to attend the Jamboree and here they are:

I’m too old/I’m too young.  Nope.  You are not.  People of all ages enjoyed last year’s ride.  Awesome folks from one month to 80+ were seen having a good time.

I’m not a cyclist.  You don’t have to be.  If you don’t want to cycle the trail to Boonville, you can get a pass just for the festivities at Kemper Park.  You could walk the trail.  You could skip the trail.  There will be plenty of people on the ride who rarely ride bikes; it’s not a race.

I don’t have a bike.  You can rent one!  Try Walt’s or Tryathletics or CycleXtreme, but get on it right away!

I don’t like to camp.  I don’t like to camp either.  I like to sleep!  You can stay in a hotel and take the shuttle bus, or you can have your 17 year old son pick you up from Kemper.  I’ll be doing the latter.

What if I get a flat?  There will be SAG support on the ride.  You will also be surrounded by friendly, happy cyclists who are willing to stop and help a rookie.

It might rain.  Yes, it might, but the show will go on.  We’ll all enjoy it, rain or shine.

I can’t haul all my camping stuff on my bike.  You don’t have to!  Off Track Events will do it for you; just drop it off at the registration point on Saturday morning.  Do the same on Sunday morning at Kemper, and pick it back up when you get to town.

I don’t own any spandex.  Spandex is totally optional.  It is not an option that I ever choose.

I don’t know what to bring.  All you need are a few things: a bike, sunscreen, and some cash.  If you are camping, you’ll need shelter unless you are very good at quickly making friends.  Everything else you can find along the way.  I plan to bring water, a camera, sunglasses, a bike helmet, food, a phone, and a change of clothes because people are always spilling beer on me.

I don’t think that I can handle the ride.  It sounds hard.  It’s not.  The trail is flat and quite beautiful in places.  There is one hill at the very end, but it is easy to manage.  Again, it’s a leisurely ride and not a race.

 I want to bring my kids, but I’m worried that they won’t go to sleep in the campground.  Children have an awesome time on the ride, and they are totally pooped out at the end of the day.  The music switches to acoustic at 10:45, so the little ones won’t have any trouble settling down.

Still have questions?  Check out the website for the schedule, food options, and more info on camping and registration.  Early registration has been extended: You can save $10 by registering before midnight on Tuesday, the 15th.  I’ll see you on the trail.

CoMo Events : Jazz Under the Stars

CoMo Events : Jazz Under the Stars

The Jazz Series & Missouri Theatre announced their “Jazz Under The Stars” series, a three concert Thursday night summer series on the roof of the Missouri Theatre during June, July and August.

June 14 -Eric Slaughter Trio
July 19 – Diverse
August 16 – MU Faculty All-Stars

Three-concert Passes will be on sale beginning May 14. Single-concert tickets on sale beginning May 26. Limited reserved table seating and general admission/standing room available. Get your tickets at the Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St. or call the box office at (573) 875-0600. You can also purchase tickets  on-line at