2015 Spring Parade of Homes

See what’s up and coming in home design!

Parade of Homes

The Columbia Home Builders Association’s Parade of Homes is a biannual event that offers an opportunity to tour new homes over 2 days to get a look at what is new in home design. Homes are entered into the parade by area builders who choose to offer free access to the public to see new products and designs.

Free Event – April 25th and 26th, 2015 1pm-5pm Both Days!

The 2015 Columbia Parade of Homes is a free home show featuring the latest trends and styles in home construction.
Stop in at any of our featured homes between 1:00pm and 5:00pm on either Saturday or Sunday and see what’s new in home trends!

The Parade of Homes has amazing custom homes. View a listing and map view of the properties in the Parade of Homes here on their website.
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Columbia’s True/False Film Fest

Have you ever been to Columbia’s annual True/False Film Fest? This year it will take place on the weekend of March 5-8. The films are screened at various locations in downtown Columbia.

Each year T/F adopts a theme and the 2015 theme is: The Long Now. This will be an artistic exploration into the concept of time.

Passes can be purchased now, and the rush for online ticket reservations begin in mid-February. There is a difference between a pass and a ticket, and you can read on those differences here. Although buying a pass is the best way to experience all that the fest has to offer, you can also just buy individual tickets. All passes and tickets must be picked up at the box office at 1020 E Broadway, in the Imago Gallery and Cultural Center.

Check out the film line-up and schedule!

On top of seeing tons of fantastic documentaries, there are other aspects of the fest, including screenings, receptions, music and the True Life Run.

Proceeds from the True Life Run are donated to T/F’s philanthropic effort, the True Life Fund.

The True Life Fund spotlights one film each year and raises funds to support and honor those who appear in the film. This year’s True Life Fund film is Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence, which explores the Indonesian Genocide that took place during 1965 and 1966. The perpetrators of Indonesia’s anti-communist mass killings are still part of the power structure in Indonesia, and their crimes are currently excused or even celebrated.

Adi Rukun in The Look of Silence. Source: truefalse.org

Adi Rukun in The Look of Silence. Source: truefalse.org

Funds will support The Look of Silence‘s subject Adi Rukun and his family relocate in order to avoid the repercussions for speaking out against these atrocities.

Can’t afford the price of a pass? Sign up to volunteer, and you will receive volunteer pass and an official volunteer t-shirt. Your pass grants you admission to films via the Q at all festival venues. You’ll also be admitted to the volunteers-only party during the fest.

All information can be found at the T/F website!

8 New Year’s Eve Events in Columbia, MO

Looking to go out on New Year’s Eve? Here we’ve gathered 8 local events to ring in the New Year.

1. Columbia Eve Fest

Photo by Notley Hawkins. Source: columbiaevefest.com

This is a family-friendly event already covered in a previous blog post.

Ring in New Year’s Eve with a Block Party on 9th street between Elm and Locust in The District, downtown Columbia where culture is celebrated and community is created! Eve Fest is an alcohol-free, celebration of the New Year with music, art, ritual, and festivity.

This one starts at 7 pm.

See more information on their website here.

2. Decadence: A New Year’s Eve and Grand Re-Opening Celebration at the Blue Note

Decadence

New Year’s Eve is an opportunity to celebrate the passing of time and the promise of the future. In that spirit, we’re throwing a RAGING New Years dance party celebrating 100 years of dance music, the promise of music still to come and better yet: a freshly remodeled Blue Note! This is Columbia’s BIGGEST New Years Dance Party.

One of Columbia’s most beloved DJs, Jen HA, will take you on a journey from the early sounds of hot jazz and swing all the way through the decades to today’s hottest dance anthems….and she’ll do it in chronological order, all set to incredible video footage from each musical era on our MASSIVE movie screen. You’ll dance to everything from Louis Armstrong to Elvis and the Beatles to Sam Cooke to the Temptations and James Brown to the Bee Gees to Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, LMFAO, Biggie, Britney, Lady Gaga, OutKast, Katy Perry, Psy, Deadmau5 and soooo much more! All complete with a CHAMPAGNE TOAST AT MIDNIGHT!

We present to you our schedule of musical mayhem…

7:00PM–> 1900s-1920s
7:30–> 1930s-1950s
8:30–> 1960s
9:30–> 1970s
10:30–> 1980s & 1990s
11:30–> 2000s & 2010s

Get ready to ring in the New Year like never before, Columbia. This is DECADANCE.

Buy your tickets here!

3. Mojo’s Presents a New Year’s Celebration

Mojos

Almost time to ring in the New Year! We’ll be doing it the right way with some rowdy rock ‘n roll. And join us in celebrating the end of an era, as Mojo’s transforms into Rose Music Hall at midnight.

Get your tickets to party here!

4. New Year’s Eve at Paint the Town

Source: Paint the Town

Source: Paint the Town

Paint, party and ring in the New Year with great snacks, a glass of champagne at midnight, and a fun painting with glitter! The fun starts at 9:30 pm.

Prices:

12×16 $40
14×18 $45
16×20 $50
18×24 $55

Reserve your seats here!

5. Back to the Future for NYE at Roxy’s

Roxy's

Enjoy the epic photo booth, 3D interactive video and light show, $10 Bottles of champagne, and the best music from 1955 to 2015. We’ll have loads of surprises and great bar specials. Come ring in the new year with us! $8 General Admission Advance Ticket, $10 At the door, $60 Table Reservations (seats 4), YOU MUST DRESS TO IMPRESS (dress code will be in full effect) We always sell out fast so get your tickets TODAY!

See Roxy’s website to buy a ticket or their Facebook event page.

6. A Very Decadent New Years at The Bridge

Decadent Nation

With Decadent Nation and Made in Waves!

Decadent Nation will also have some of their favorite guest musicians filling out the lineup! Violinist virtuoso Molly Healey will be tearing up her fiddle as well as Decadent Nation’s good friend and former member Jaeson Day! Scott McCullough, the hottest harmonica player in Missouri, will be wailing as well! Expect an epic jam like no other to ring in the New Year!

Doors at 8 pm!

See The Bridge’s website and Decadent Nation’s Facebook event page.

7. NYE With Casey Brett & The Cowboy Killers at Nash Vegas

Nash Vegas

Enjoy country music? How about with a moonshine toast at midnight? Only $5 cover.

Check out the event and RSVP here!

8. Eric Lee Beddingfield at Snorty Horse Saloon 

Snorty Horse Saloon

Here’s another event for country music lovers! Come see Nashville artist Eric Lee Beddingfield. $15

See this event on their Facebook page or check out Eric Lee Beddingfield!

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Whatever you do, have a fantastic and safe New Year’s Eve!

Columbia Eve Fest

How do fireworks with your countdown to midnight sound? Check out the upcoming 9th street New Year’s block party!

Photo by Notley Hawkins. Source: columbiaevefest.com

You can celebrate New Year’s Eve in the District (downtown Columbia) on 9th St, in the closed off block between Elm and Locust! Eve Fest is an alcohol-free celebration of the New Year with music, art, ritual, and festivity. The party starts at 7 pm! Show up earlier, and a 5K Run/Walk kicks off at 4:00 pm in front of Cyclextreme. Doors to the Venues open at 6:30 pm (Missouri Theatre, Columbia Art League, Missouri United Methodist Church, Shakespeare’s Parking Lot and the 9th Street Stage). The entertainment begins at 7 pm.

Admission buttons are now on sale. They are available at all Gerbe’s Grocers, the ARC and downtown Parks & Rec.

Buy your buttons early and enter your name in a drawing for a Bristol Acoustic Guitar!
$6 early purchase, $8 at the door
Children 6 and under FREE!

This year’s theme is “Light the Magic,” and the entertainment includes:

  • Miss Jubilee & The Humdingers! Hot Jazz, Swing, Rhythm & Blues and R’n’R spanning the 1920′s-1950′s. Fronted by a high energy female vocalist and backed up by a swingin’ horn fueled rhythm section, Miss Jubilee is a favorite among Swing Dancers and fans of all ages who enjoy uplifting and energetic music!”
  • Keith Jozsef – Master Illusionist …“consider nothing impossible” A master of sleight of hand and grand illusion. Keith Jozef will ignite our Eve Fest theme  “Light the Magic” with perplexing enigma, mystery and wonder!
  • Tom Andes and Sutu Forte Duel –  “Blind Tom” and “Blind Boone” Narrator-Bill Clark Sutu Forte and Tom Andes will reenact the historic duel between “Blind Tom” and “Blind Boone.” Sutu and Tom will bring this duel to the Historic Missouri Theatre stage!
  • Babaloo!-A one-man musical, comedy act for kids! Babaloo is high energy, over-the-top FUN. With Singing and Stomping, Singing and Shouting, Music, Magic and Mayhem. And laughing….lots of laughing!
  • Not to mention food trucks in the Shakespeare’s Parking Lot!

Check out the photos from last year:

Photo by Notley Hawkins. Source: columbiaevefest.com

Photo by Notley Hawkins. Source: columbiaevefest.com

Photo by Notley Hawkins. Source: columbiaevefest.com

Visit columbiaevefest.com for more information.

Also check out our post 8 New Year’s Eve Events in Columbia, MO!