CoMusic Review: Photos from Mission of Burma at Mojo’s

Mission of Burma brought their post-punk act to Columbia last night with a stop at Mojo’s. The Riverfront Times music blog indicates that prior to this tour, Mission of Burma’s sole Missouri performance was at Mizzou’s Springfest in 2004. That’s a rather unflattering statistic for our state since the band has trekked across the states on a number of tours over the three and a half decades of its existence (granted, the band was on hiatus for 20 years). I expected a large crowd to come out for such a widely respected group, but there was actually plenty of breathing room inside Mojo’s. Perhaps that should be expected when a late 70s-era punk band plays a college town. After all, Mizzou freshman were only 9 years old when Mission of Burma reached their second peak in popularity after their reformation in 2002.


CoMo Foodie Find : 5 Generations Salsa

5 Gen Salsa Columbia, Missouri food

Last weekend I braved the King’s Daughters Festival in search of new Missouri finds to highlight here on the blog. It took a bit of digging through the Egyptian cotton sheets and personalized coozies, but I did find a few stand out items.

One of my favorites was the 5 Genrations Salsa Kim Lanes was sampling. This sweet yet spicy recipe has been handed down generation through generation of Kim’s family, hence the name 5 Generations. The tagline Original San Antonio Recipe references where the salsa got its start. As a five year resident of the Alamo city, I definitely recognized the hallmarks of the roasted style of salsa so popular there.

You can find 5 Generations Salsa at area HyVee stores and the Mosers on Rangeline for around $4 a bottle. Or you can also order directly through the 5 Generations website. There you can also pick up a case for $45. Consider snagging one for hostess gifts or to bring to holiday parties.

CoMo Weekend : 11/11-13


The weekend came early for parents who couldn’t park their public school kids somewhere, but for the rest of us the bell just rang and we’re free to go. Here’s where the Collective is spending their precious 55 hours.

Friday the 11th

  • If you’re superstitious, don’t forget to make a wish at 11:11pm tonight. You’ll be dead and gone the next time 11:11 11.11.11 comes around. Unless you wish for eternal life.
  • Feeling a little uncool these days? Up your hip factor by going to see the KOCU bill at MoJo’s. CAVE, Jerusalem & the Starbaskets, Running, and Hott Lunch are playing. Doors open at 8:30. It’s a cheap night at $6 a ticket (plus $2 if you’re a minor.)
  • Weekend opens at Ragtag.  Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe says it’s “one of the truest, most beautiful movies ever made about two strangers.” Check out the trailer here.

Saturday the 12th

  • Want to get a jump start on your holiday shopping and support local bsuinesses? Take yourself down to the Expo center for the King’s Daughter’s Holiday Festival.
  • Did our post on Occupy CoMo make you want to get in  on the action? Then head to city hall at 12pm and join in the potluck/protest/celebration.
  • If you’re not sported out from the last Mizzou home game, the Derby Dames have some sweet roller action happening at the Boone County Fairgrounds. The Convixens and Violent Phlegmmes will face off at seven. Tickets will be $15 at the door, unless you bring 5 donate-able cans of food for $5 off the price of admission.

Sunday the 13th

  • Let’s face it you’re never going to finish that scarf in time to give it to your aunt for Christmas. Let the professionals of the Wavers and Spinners Guild take over your warmth needs. They are having a Holiday Exhibition and Sale  from 11am-3pm at the Boone County Historical Society Museum at 801 Ponderosa drive.
  • Stop getting your comedy and mystery from network television and catch it on the live stag instead. Missouri’s own playright Lanford Wilson murder mystery comedy Book of Days is showing at the Columbia Entertainment Company


CoMo Family: Homecoming Happenings

Homecoming is NOT just for college students and alumni.  It is actually a great opportunity for community members and the University community to come together, especially when it comes to Mizzou and Columbia.  After All, MU takes credit for inventing homecoming and this is the centennial year.

Last year, my kids really enjoyed the parade.  While I find it hard to endorse any event where candy is thrown – really, we need extra candy two weeks before Halloween???? – I will say that the parade participants interact with the crowd making this more fun than the average, home-town parade.  At two my daughter loved to answer the chant of MIZ with a hardy ZOU.  I am looking forward to hearing my son get in on the action this year.  The parade’s route runs through campus and downtown so there is plenty of wonderful spots to enjoy the show.  This year’s parade starts at 8:30 am on Saturday, October 15.  More details can be found by clicking here.

Another Mizzou tradition is the campus decorations and skits put on by the sororities and fraternities.  I admit we skipped this last year.  My kids were too young and I assumed that skits produced and performed by a bunch of college students might not be appropriate for my toddlers.  I have since been told that this activity should not be missed and that my kids will love it.  The performances take place between 6 pm and 10 pm and are easy to happen upon if you just wander around “Greek town.”  There are vendors offering food and a Spirit Rally scheduled for 7 pm.  The weather is supposed to be beautiful and I highly endorse any excuse to eat “street food.”

And, oh, there is also a football game.  If you are into that kind of thing.  Kick-off against Iowa State is scheduled for 1pm.

I love living in a college town.  I love the unexpected opportunities it provides our family.  And I plan to take full advantage this weekend.

Homecoming activities all weekend long on MU’s campus.

Family highlights include:  Friday night decorations and skits in Greek Town, Saturday morning parade and Saturday afternoon football game.

For more information visited the Mizzou website by clicking here.


CoMo Tech: Joy Mayer


Who are you?

A mother and wife. A social, optimistic journalist. A person who’s lived in eight states and can never answer the question “where are you from?” but is thrilled to call Columbia home now.

What do you do for money?

I teach journalism at Mizzou and am the director of community outreach for the Columbia Missourian. I’ve spent the last year studying audience engagement in journalism, and how a participatory culture demands a more social, more responsive, more collaborative, more connected journalism. I’ve taught multimedia and print design in the past, and now I teach a class called Participatory Journalism.

What do you do for fun?

I read Harry Potter with my 8 year old. I solve the world’s problems with my 5 year old. I sometimes manage to have grown-up conversations and see movies at the Ragtag with my husband. I swim at the ARC and hang out in Columbia’s parks. I volunteer in my kids’ school (Ridgeway) and Sunday school (the Newman Center). I eat sushi and play board games with friends. I mess around with technology. I dream about the sailboat and kayaks we left behind when we moved here from Florida (finally replaced with a canoe last summer).

I would characterize my relationship with technology as:

Tethered. Whether that’s good or bad will depend on your perspective on life, I suppose! My tech use is both utilitarian and fanciful. I rely heavily on digital tools to keep my life organized. I’m a Remember The Milk junkie and can’t imagine what I did before online To Do lists, for example. I keep control over everything I read through bookmarks. I get ridiculous amounts of satisfaction from a well-organized digital life. (Thrilling, I know.) I also just love to play. I love messing around with technologies and services that seem merely silly, then realizing there could be more substantial uses. Or just enjoying their silliness.

Smart or dumb phone? What kind? If smart, what are the three apps you use most?

I’m an iPhone user. My three most-used apps have to be:

  1. Facebook
  2. Tweetdeck
  3. Remember The Milk

Mac or PC or Other?

I’ve been a Mac admirer since I first made a square appear on the screen of an Apple II in elementary school. Admiration turned into an actual affair with my first adult computer purchase — an original Bondi blue iMac.

I use twitter for …

Keeping up with my future-of-journalism folks, CoMo folks (for news tips and socialization) and friends. I use lists mercilessly and really listen to only a fraction of the people I follow. I also use it to get feedback on my work, share links I find interesting and make connections with people I want to meet. It’s gotten to the point where I forget who I’ve met in person and who I just know through Twitter, because I’ve built relationships that really mean something, even if we’ve never met face to face. Oh, and I use it for customer service. There’s nothing like complaining in public to get quick responses and avoid long wait time on the phone!

I use facebook for …

Keeping up with people I know in real life. My network there is large because I’ve spent seven years (Facebook showed up early on in that time) working in a newsroom that sees hundreds of students each year (no exaggeration). But they’re almost all people I’ve known in person. It’s a funny mix. Facebook is how my far-flung family (seriously — we’re in probably 20 states) keeps up with my life and my kids. But my favorite Facebook moments are where I realize I’m having a conversation with a friend from middle school, my high school English teacher, my cousin in Florida, a colleague from my first newspaper job and a current student. And then I wonder why my grandmother doesn’t understand how people connect online? It’s crazy how fast things have changed. (Grammie’s also on Facebook, by the way. She just doesn’t get it.) I also love Facebook groups — that’s the way I network and share ideas with people I DON’T actually know.

Do you read any blogs? What are three of your favorites?

Tons. I can’t keep up. I won’t bore you with all the future-of-media blogs I follow. They make up most of my “read these every day” folder on Google Reader. A few others that inspire or delight me are

  1. Pictory
  2. CoMo Homestead
  3. Quotes on Design

Go-to menu item and restaurant in CoMo?

My favorite local restaurant is Osaka. When I’d just given birth to my 5 year old, and my friend Liz asked what she could bring me in the hospital, I requested avocado rolls from Osaka. When I’m downtown or on working dinners , I love the oysters and local salads at Sycamore. When I’m with the family, our options are limited because I have a son who’s allergic to corn, which is in most processed food. So I rely on local restaurants that know what’s in their food, like Shakespeare’s, Uprise and Broadway Brewery. I’m still on the hunt for really good Mexican food here, and would welcome suggestions.

Complete this sentence: Archers of Loaf is/are ________________.

I think it would be cheating to look it up, but I sort of remember from reading your interview with Sarah Hill that it’s something I’m no longer hip enough to know about. I love band names, though. My brother’s in a band called Tea Leaf Green. I love that.

Friends are visiting from out-of-town. You’re for-sure taking them to:

The quad, Ragtag, the pool at the ARC, Twin Lakes Park, the Katy trail, Rocheport, the patio at Flat Branch.

My second-favorite city/town/hamlet/state/country/province in the world is:

Ever? Anywhere? Rome. That I’ve lived in? Either San Francisco or Juneau, AK.

Thanks, Joy!

CoMo Tech spotlights how wise, local folks use his or her tech and town powers for good (or evil). Check out the archive here. If you have someone you’d like to be featured in CoMo Tech, please let us know!

CoMo Family: Fall Festival Fun

When you think pumpkins do you think peaches?  Me neither.  That is until I went to The Peach Tree Farm Fall Festival last year.  Now, when I think about getting a pumpkin, I will always think of Peach Tree Farm first.

Easy to find, right off of I70, a few miles west of Columbia, Missouri, The Peach Tree Farm has the perfect set-up for Fall Festival fun.  The property is beautiful, with enough acreage that even on a busy day you can remove yourself from the crowd and still find a chicken, goat or sheep to talk to.

From giant tee-pees, to numerous small animal enclosures, from the pumpkin patch to many display areas perfect for taking pictures of your kids, The Peach Tree Farm is agri-tainment at its best.

The staff is friendly and helpful and I suspect most of them are part of the family, as this is truly a family-farm.  My kids enjoyed the hayride, and I just loved the relaxed nature of the grounds.

I did think the straw maze was a bit of a disappointment.  The top is covered which makes it way too dark and scary for my toddlers and way too claustrophobic for me.

We may try some of the other pumpkin patches in our area this year, but we will also reserve a few hours to visit The Peach Tree Farm this month.

The Fall Festival is open seven days a week for the entire month of October.

24863 Hwy. 98, Boonville, MO 65233




Dude, Where’s My Food Truck?

Here is Seoul Taco! They are a St. Louis food truck that kills it when it comes to Korean BBQ!

I really wanted to bring the thunder with this post.  I am a 6 foot 270 pound man that can crush some food.  I’ve eaten all over Columbia. You name it and my butt has been in a chair there, probably more than once.  I wanted to write about the best restaurants in Columbia.  I wanted to write about schooners at Bambino’s, chili cheese dogs and root beer floats at Mugs Up, juicy burgers at Lee St. Deli, stretches at the Diner… the list goes on and on. That was my problem:  I was faced with too many choices. I just couldn’t decide.

The decision on what to write about drove me in to a massive eating binge.  I ate and ate and ate trying to decide what to write about, until finally I’d had enough.  I had gained 10 pounds and decided to join Weight Watchers, only eat gross food the rest of my life and be a skinny mini.  All the great food in Columbia had taken my life away from me.  The Nachos Bianco at Addison’s was the final straw.  Well, that and a cup of white chicken chili from Willies and some cicada ice cream from Sparky’s (yeah I saved some from a few months ago for a special occasion).

OK OK OK… you got me.  I am not really joining Weight Watchers, but I was in a week-long food coma after eating at every restaurant in the 573. During my quest I thought to myself, Columbia has everything.  How am I ever going to be able to choose what to write about?  Then it dawned on me, CoMO doesn’t have everything.  I shall write about the one thing we don’t have-Food Trucks!

There is something about food trucks that has me obsessed.  Almost as obsessed as the first time I had a deep friend Twinkie (don’t hate)!  Columbia is seriously missing out!  Raise your hand if you are tired of double cheeseburgers, or McDoubles!

I love eating out at Columbia restaurants, but who else is tired of racing downtown to grab a bite for lunch and trying to get back in an hour so your boss doesn’t fire you? For me, it’s a problem. With that, here are my top 10 reasons why food trucks are cool, and why CoMO needs ‘em.

1. I am getting old and food trucks make me feel cool.  I can watch a TV show about them (Great American Food Truck Race on Food Network) and see young people being a part of the movement.

2. After having a few adult beverages and waiting on a cab to pick you up who wouldn’t want a Korean taco? My boys from STL, Seoul Taco, could hook you up with that.

3. Can you imagine a dessert truck outside of Top 10 Wines? Heck, can you imagine a dessert truck anywhere? Yes please!

4. It’s quick, it’s not a drive-thru, and most of the time it’s a pretty dang good meal.

5. If the food is bogus we can always drag race the food trucks at the fairgrounds. Git-R-Done!

6. They come to you.  Makes it pretty easy to pop out of your office and snag some delicious food and get back to work.

7. Food Truck Meet Ups.  Who wouldn’t want to go out to Stephen’s Lake and enjoy several different cuisines from Korean BBQ to Dumplings to Sushi to Burgers… who knows what great food we might see?

8. It’s a business that thrives off of social media.  It’s so cool to see a tweet go out then an hour later 100 people are lined up wanting your food?  Pretty kewl (it’s how the young people spell cool these days).

9. They’re featured in the movie “Machete.” If Luz’s taco truck is good enough for Machete, it should be good enough for you.

10. They’re unique. A lot food trucks buck traditional when it comes to flavor and taste combinations, creating delicious new concoctions that make you scarf them down while you wonder how the heck they made those things taste SO good together.

11. (Bonus) Food trucks are like ice cream trucks for adults. I think we can all agree that is, Winning!

I love Columbia. I love eating. I don’t want to take anything away from this great city, but I sure as heck want to add to it.  Food trucks would add another bit of diversity to an ever growing city. Plus like I have stated before they are FREAKING cool!

Now after a weeklong food coma I think its best I take a nap.

CoMo Food: Not To Miss Dishes, Booches Edition

Ultimate $5.00 meal deal

Burger “value meal” messages bombard us from every chain restaurant imaginable.  I believe the tastiest burger in CoMo is most definitely the Booches Burger.  The beef is fresh, with toppings just as you like it!   For most of you this shout out doesn’t come as a surprise.  It seems that everyone from USA Today to local bloggers have recognized this Columbia icon.

While traveling recently I found myself on Fast Food island with nothing but corporate chain fast food as far as the eye could see.  After driving through and dropping over $8.00 it reminded me of how much I miss the quality and price of Booches.

One burger and Coke and I’m out the door for less than $5.00.  Split a bag of chips with a friend and you’re still around that price point.  But more importantly I’m eating a quality hand pattied burger that is made fresh and sourced from a local grocer.  I’m also supporting a local business in a historic building and the CoMo tradition of ordering off the board at a wooden table surrounded by friends or family.  Now THAT’S a VALUE meal!


CoMo Family : Disney Live Giveaway!

Disney Live Three Classic Fairy Tales Columbia Missouri

Next month CoMo kiddos will get a taste of Disney magic when the Disney Live Three Classic Fairy Tales comes to the Hearnes Center on October 16th. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald will bring the stories of Cinderella, Belle, and Snow White to life. Any Disney fan will want a front seat!

There will be two showings on October 16th, one at 1pm and one at 3pm. Check out seats and pricing here. You can save $3 per ticket by entering the code MOM at checkout.

We’re also giving away a set of tickets here on The COMO Collective!
How do you win? Here’s how…
1. Leave a comment with who you hope to see on stage at Disney Live.
2. Follow The COMO Collective on Google Friend Connect and leave us a comment letting us know you did.
3. Like our Facebook page and leave a comment letting us know you did.
Don’t forget to leave a comment for each method of entry.
We will draw a winner October 2nd.

Winner will be chosen at random. Winners must be 18 years old. The prize is a Family Four Pack to either the one o’clock and the four o’clock show on October 16th. Feld Entertainment is neither a sponsor nor endorser of this promotion.

Disclosure: I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows.

CoMo Family: Flipz USA Fun Days

Most mornings I wake up with two clear goals in mind:  1) make it to bedtime with both kids fully intact and 2) do whatever it takes to make sure they are authentically tired when their heads hit the pillows.  I am ashamed to say it took me more than a year to discover Flipz, a Columbia, Missouri location that caters to mothers who share my goals.

On a normal day Flipz appears to be a high-end gymnastics facility – the kind that might call itself an academy.  But on most Friday mornings (occasionally on Thursdays and sometimes in the evenings) they let the amateurs take over.  (They update their website regularly, so you always know when a Fun Day or Fun Night is scheduled.)

Flipz Fun Days are seriously, seriously fun.  The entire gym is open with no restrictions.  The responsibility lies with parents to help their children make good choices and, boy, are there a lot of choices.  From balance beams and parallel bars to trampolines and rope swings, all kids can find something to love.

The gym is large enough that it truly can absorb dozens and dozens of children, so don’t let a packed parking lot make you nervous.   My children and I always find a space to explore and some equipment to climb, jump or swing on without feeling crowded.

I love watching my kids create new games for themselves or master new skills while burning a ton of energy.  I love throwing them through the air and watching the expressions on their faces, the perfect mix of thrill, fear and delight as they fly into the giant foam pit.

It seems that most parents, including me, allow their children free-range while they are in the gym.  In general, this works out surprisingly well.  However, on occasion, things seem a little more dangerous or chaotic than even I am comfortable with.  Usually this is just a result of older kids (in the 5 to 8 year range) not recognizing their need to tone it down a bit around the toddlers and pre-schoolers.  Ultimately this is the parents’ responsibility and if I am there, I am quick with a dirty look or even a direct confrontation. (Yes, I am THAT mother.)  So please, if you really just want to chat with your friends and not pay attention to your kids, head to your local park, or stay in your own backyard.  The things that make Flipz awesome also require that parents are fairly vigilant.

Now that I have made my plea for better parenting, I must insist that all responsible parents check out Flipz.  Your kids will love you for it.

And if by chance you see my kids there and they are misbehaving, feel free to confront me. In all likelihood you will find me stuck in the giant foam pit and you will have to help me out before you can give me a dirty look.

Flipz USA, 900 Hillsdale Rd., Columbia, MO 65201


Fun Days are $5 per hour, or $8 for a full two hours.  All kids younger than 6 are welcome, no charge for kids that are not yet walking. 

Fun Nights include childcare and cost $15.  Fun Nights are open to kids 4 and older.