Arts and Culture

Missouri Department of Conservation

Head outside in mid-April and you’ll notice many trees springing into bloom. 

 

This week on Discover Nature, we pay special attention to an unwelcome invader: the Callery pear tree. 

 

Callery pears, which include the commonly known Bradford pear, are easily identifiable right now: deciduous trees reaching mature heights of 30-50 feet, with a pyramid-shaped crown covered in clusters of tiny white flowers with an unpleasant odor. 

 

Local entrepreneur RYAN KENNEDY wants to bring a 'cat cafe' to Columbia! What is it? Well, on one side you've got a coffee shop/bakery, and on the other is a room with 12 cats just waiting to be played with. This will be a partnership with Boone County Animal Care. Also, DR. RICK FRAUNFELDER, Mason Eye Institute, tells us about the benefits of LASIK eye surgery. [4:10] April 17, 2018

There's no excuse for boredom this summer thanks to the variety of camps offered by Stephens College. Filmmaking, fashion, gaming and more are just a few of the options available to girls and boys of all ages. BARBIE BANKS is here to tell us all about it! Plus, MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to join the League of Women Voters tomorrow afternoon at the Hy-Vee on Conley for another 'Lunch and Learn'! The topic this month: evaluating information in the age of fake news and alternative facts. [4:32] April 17, 2018

The third annual Unbound Book Festival returns next weekend to the Stephens College campus in Columbia! Among the new changes this year is the addition of Thursday to what was just a two-day event. CATHY SALTER is here to tell us all about this free event that's fun for all ages - watch! April 13, 2018

If you remember the days of turning the dial on the radio in order to change the station, you're gonna love the collection of songs the Boonslick Chordbusters have put together for their next concert, "Tunes From Around the Dial," happening this Saturday in Columbia! The Boone County Hams - a four-part spin-off - perform John Denver's "Country Roads" [2:10] and "This Little Light of Mine" [5:50]. April 12, 2018

JESSI GREEN tells us about Capital City Productions' "Boeing Boeing," a comedy set during the jet age of the 1960s. Can a bachelor engaged to three stewardesses keep them apart? Find out when the curtain goes up tomorrow night! [4:27] April 11, 2018

Missouri Department of Conservation

As nighttime temperatures begin to climb and soil warms in Missouri’s woods, a fungal favorite of foragers begins to emerge. 

 

This week on discover nature, keep an eye to the ground for morel mushrooms. 

 

Morels are hollow-stemmed mushrooms, with a somewhat conical cap, covered with definite pits and ridges, resembling a sponge, pinecone, or honeycomb.  

 

These choice-edibles grow in a variety of habitats including moist woodlands and river bottoms. 

 

Talking Horse Productions Artistic Director ED HANSON invites everyone to come see John Bucchino's "It's Only Life," a musical revue featuring 'some of the best voices in mid-Missouri' opening this Friday in Columbia! At [4:07] BRANDON SANKPILL performs "Unexpressed." April 10, 2018

GreenHouse Theatre Project Artistic Director, ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI, invites everyone to come see her "unusual" take on the story of Frankenstein! The classic monster tale turns 200 years old this year, and so while you think you may know it by heart, you have yet to see Elizabeth's immersive, multimedia adaptation! Plus, AMY CROUSORE invites all middle and high school-aged children to come play the organ at Missouri United Methodist Church this Saturday! 'Pedals, Pipes and Pizza' is a free event that aims to introduce the young, and the young-at-heart, to the "king of instruments." [5:06] April 9, 2018

'Too Quick for the Living' author/poet WALTER BARGEN reads "Jack Mackerel Joins the Roman Legion." (It's about a cat.) April 6, 2018

"Madagascar: A Musical Adventure" is what's known in JILL WOMACK's world as a TYA production, or a 'theatre for young audiences'. That means this particular show features adults acting alongside advanced TRYPS children. You'll want to be sure and "move it move it" to the Macklanburg Playhouse on the Stephens College campus this weekend only! April 5, 2018

MU Veterinary Health Center's CB CHASTAIN on the recent pet food recalls: "what I think is a lot more concerning is a more common problem where bacteria gets into the food, and that puts the animal's life at risk and can also risk the health of the owner." Plus, 'It Takes a Village: Community Through Song' is a "huge concert" that showcases members from each ensemble in the Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri. Artistic Director EMILY EDGINGTON ANDREWS tells us more! [4:45] April 4, 2018

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on discover nature one of the oldest fish species alive today, and Missouri’s official state aquatic animal, is on the move. 

 

Paddlefish are related to sturgeon and sharks and are historically found in the big rivers of our state. 

 

This large bluish-gray fish with an elongated paddlelike snout, or rostrum, has no bones in its body, and adults have no teeth. Paddlefish swim slowly through water with their mouths wide open, collecting tiny crustaceans and insects in their elaborate gill-rakers. 

 

Columbia Entertainment Company's KATIE HAYS says "We Found Love and an Exquisite Set of Porcelain Figures Aboard the SS Farndale Avenue" is about a community theatre troupe in England trying to put on a show, and - as you might expect - everything goes wrong. Plus, "mind and brain wellness" is the focus of this year's one-day CoMo Wellness Conference. ERIN BROWN tells us about the schedule, the sessions and the speakers! [4:28] April 3, 2018

SARAH GIULIANI and SARAH JAEGER want your blood...in support of MU's annual Greek Week Blood Drive! Thirty minutes is all it takes to save three lives (and get some free food). Also, CLARA STARK and ETTA BYBEE invite kids (ages 5-12) to spend part of their summer at Maplewood Barn's Children's Theatre Camp. Register today! [3:35] April 2, 2018

Rice University

Darren Hellwege talks with Professor John Boles of Rice University about his research and writing on Thomas Jefferson. Boles will be a guest of the University of Missouri's Kinder Institute. 

Rainbow House of Columbia

Darren Hellwege talks with April Barnett of Columbia's Rainbow House about the services they offer and their annual fundraising event the Masquerade Ball 

Get your laughs on at the 30th annual Assistance League of Mid-Missouri and Job Point Comedy Night! DONNA BECKETT and SANDRA FLAKER tell us about that, as well as about ALMM's quarterly cookie sale - it's back, and the order deadline is fast approaching! Plus, JOSH CHITTUM tells us how the "We Always Swing" Jazz Series is planning to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. [4:24] March 30, 2018

Reflect

Mar 29, 2018

Directors Kim Hopkins (VOICES OF THE SEA), Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside (AMERICA) spent significant time with their subjects, close-knit families in Cuba and Mexico, respectively. Listen in on these three as they consider the many things they have in common during their Field Session at True/False 2018.


Native plant expert NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL introduces us to Kentucky Coffeetree, Burr oak acorn flour, Jerusalem artichoke and more! Taste recipes made from these ingredients by signing up for one of Nadia's classes in April at the Career Center in Columbia. March 29, 2018

JOAN STACk invites everyone to visit the exhibit: "Sketches of War: Editorial Cartoons Representing World War I by Daniel Fitzpatrick." Daniel was the editorial cartoonist for the St. Louis Post Dispatch from 1913-1958. These 'sketches' are on display now in The Elizabeth Rozier Gallery in Jefferson City. March 28, 2018

Missouri Department of Conservation

The lonesome calls of Missouri mornings on the prairie – once produced by hundreds of thousands of birds across our state – now hold the haunting story of a species nearly eliminated from our landscape

Each spring, male prairie chickens return to breeding grounds, called leks, to perform unique mating rituals. Each male defends his territory from competing cocks, inflating bright orange air sacs on his neck, and producing distinct “booming” call. 

DR. DAVID NEWMAN applies "golf therapy" to children with autism, ADD and ADHD. He says, "people that have autism, that before were almost unruly, when they get out on the golf course they're not. They're calm; they're relaxed. You can actually talk to them." March 27, 2018

MU grad students SARAH PEACOCK, Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, and DREW MALLINAK, School of Natural Resources, give us the two-minute version of their recent Science on Tap CoMo presentations. Plus, NICK FOSTER looks ahead to the many programs Voluntary Action Center supports during the spring and summer months. [4:47] March 26, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, about the many planned activities to help us celebrate our planet Earth! Starting tomorrow, turn off any non-essential lights and devices from 8:30-9:30 p.m.; then there's the Show Me Native Yards and Neighborhoods Workshop with Nadia Navarrete-Tindall; plus, the Advancing Renewables in the Midwest Conference is coming up in mid-April. So much to do - watch for details! March 23, 2018

Rejoice

Mar 22, 2018

Over years of editing, both Leilah Weinraub (SHAKEDOWN) and RaMell Ross (HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING) found themselves migrating away from conventional cinematic languages. In a conversation during True/False 2018 they discussed how they are both seeking to reshape documentary grammar and expand the way films portray black life.


Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They perform Sydney Carter's "Julian of Norwich" on autoharp and guitar at [4:13]. Plus, get details on the 27th annual Big Muddy Folk Festival, happening April 6-7 in Boonville! March 22, 2018

St. Louis rapper JosephX breaks down his song "Suede," and how he paints vivid lyrical pictures by stepping into other people's shoes. We also chat with Alex Oren, the producer for "Suede," who details his beat-making process with technical grace.


Today Paul Pepper visits with BETTY WILSON, JESUS GOMEZ and MIKE DULAK about the Mid-Missouri Community Orchestra. Even if all you have is just a passing interest in playing an instrument, this organization is for you! As Mike tells us: "it's about the journey." At [4:30] KATHLEEN DAKE invites everyone to come see several hundred pieces of work by local school children starting this Saturday at the 35th annual Ruth Hogan Children's Art Exhibit at Capital Arts Gallery in Jefferson City! March 21, 2018

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on discover nature, celebrate the first week of spring with a nature hike.

 

 

Spring brings new life to the outdoors: watch for young river otters near lakes and streams, bats leaving hibernation caves, wild turkeys, and turtles becoming active. 

 

The sounds of spring, alone, offer reason to rejoice. Listen for pileated woodpeckers drumming to establish territories, mourning doves cooing from their crop field nests, and the serenade of spring peepers at sunset.  

 

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