Reel Progress

Founded in 2008 by Stephens College, the Citizen Jane Film Festival celebrates and showcases female filmmakers, screening their narrative, short and documentary films and hosting panel discussions. But the fest goes far beyond that, hosting a variety of events such as a pitch competition where people can pitch their screenplay to a group of producers […]


Puppy Love

Dorothy Gill and Bradley Johnson were married April 28, 2017, under a pergola at the bride’s beloved family property, The Gillage. Canines participated. The couple met in 2012 when Dorothy (Dot) found herself the owner of two friendly but rambunctious dogs. She called a local trainer, Brad, who took an interest in the dogs (and […]


Fall Into Soup Season

Fall is here and the chilly temperatures have us craving for hot soup on the stove. Friends, nothing is easier! All you need are fresh vegetables, some vegetable or chicken stock and a bit of cream to make a mouth-watering bowl of soup that’s as good for you and your family as it is delicious. […]

Fall Time. Beer Time.

Jon Whitaker is a certified cicerone and Beer Program Director at International Tap House in Kansas City, Mo. Sweatshirts, football games, and temps in the 50s. Only thing missing there is a great, malty beer. Let’s dig into some of the better fall choices. Let’s start light with Hofbrau’s Oktoberfest. Not a traditional “marzen” in […]


Inner Beauty

Pizza is great, but inside a pocket it can be even better. This is a bit of an over simplification — a calzone is so much more than a pizza pocket. While the outer crust is pizza dough, the inside can be so much more than just random pizza toppings. Since the toppings are encased, […]


Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

When fall hits there’s just not enough pumpkin spice. It’s found in lattes, Cheerios, ice cream and even Dorritos. It’s loved because of the warm fuzzy feeling it gives us, indicating the change of the season and kickoff to the holidays. This recipe is pumpkin spice overload because it not only has the spice but […]


Love Sushi? You’re in Luck

Love Sushi has come to town, and with that, fans of Asian food can rejoice as they will want to add this cozy place to their ever-growing list of favorite locally owned restaurants. Located in Crossroads West Shopping Center at Broadway and Stadium Boulevard, Columbia’s newest sushi stop does not disappoint. Step inside to be […]


The Bridge

I was running late. Hannibal was still an hour away. So I took a short cut. My car was making good time on the back roads, slicing down straightaways that squeezed between flat soybean fields, where traffic is sparse. The phone lines drooped and rose in rhythm from one telephone pole to the next. My […]


From Farm to Finery and Fun

Photographs by Jennifer Roberts Crafting is trendy these days. Grandmas are not the only ones knitting sweaters. Yarn bombing is the new graffiti. Kids everywhere are learning to crochet cute little animals (amigurumi) and yarn comes in isles of colors. Local fiber artists Kate McKenzie and Kristin Frazier have a long history of crafting. Both […]



Photo courtesy of L.G. Patterson Anand Prahlad, the director of creative writing at the University of Missouri–Columbia, is known for his engaging teaching style, work in folklore, mbira music and poetry. Recently, Prahlad diverged from art and academia with the publication of his memoir, “The Secret Life of a Black Aspie.” In the book, Prahlad […]


Planting Miracles

Photos by Noppadol Paothong and L.G. Patterson Have you noticed more butterflies in Columbia this year? One reason might be Monica Lee and her husband, Noppadol Paothong (Nop). Four years ago Nop and Monica picked up some free milkweed seeds at Powder Valley Nature Center in St. Louis. With the help of their then 3-year-old […]

Tough-Talking Tiger

Photo by L.G. Patterson Mizzou football went 4-8 in 2016. You probably knew that. Head coach Barry Odom certainly remembers. “When you [only] win four games, guys, believe me, it hurts your soul,” Odom told reporters at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama. But the 2016 season did end on a high note. The Tigers […]

All in the Family

Photos Courtesy of Mizzou Athletics Major college athletes basically have a second family. They often spend more time with their teammates and coaches than their actual relatives, especially during the season. University of Missouri women’s basketball has taken the family thing to another level. The Tigers were the only team in the country during the […]


Picnic Perfect Wraps

Fall is filled with tailgates, cycling, hikes and more. And wraps are the perfect pick for all your outdoor activities. Grilled Chicken, Avocado and Veggie Wrap with Roasted Red Pepper and Lime Spread 2 large limes (or 3 small ones) 1 cup of roasted red peppers 1 cup sour cream 1 cup good mayonnaise 5 […]


Tough-Talking Tiger

Photo by L.G. Patterson Mizzou football went 4-8 in 2016. You probably knew that. Head coach Barry Odom certainly remembers. “When you [only] win four games, guys, believe me, it hurts your soul,” Odom told reporters at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama. But the 2016 season did end on a high note. The Tigers […]


Endless Grooves

More than any of the blues fests I’ve attended over the years, this month’s Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Stephens Lake Park showcases local players front and center and in their best light. Any given year Chump Change, the Bel Airs, Fried Crawdaddies and their ilk have kept the tone fierce but mellow […]


Bob and Kathy Jones

Photos by L.G. Patterson Like many other retirees who woke up on a balmy June morning this year, Bob Jones went for a swim. He had been preparing for this particular swim for more than a year, and he had flown from Hartsburg, Mo. to California, just to dip his toes and the rest of […]


A Gardener’s Work is Never Done

Each spring it seems we are all eager to get our hands dirty and plant seeds well before we should, as we are chomping at the bit to get our vegetable gardens going and shake off our winter blues. And now that fall is on its way, the garden you so eagerly planted may be […]


Good Food’s In Store

There’s something that happens to us when the city we live in grows as fast as Columbia has. The pace of day-to-day life is quicker, and our time behind the wheel of a car is spent more often at stoplights than on windy roads. As a plus, however, Columbia’s top chefs are eagerly striving to […]

In Good Company

Photos by Notley Hawkins This expansive contemporary home was built in 2012 and features over 6,300 square feet of modern charm and keen attention to detail. From the 2.11 acre lot and 10-foot ceilings, to the stunning kitchen and light-filled living room, this home was built with dinner parties and guests in mind. For builder […]