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The 6th annual Citizen Jane film festival kicked off Friday at Stephen’s College. The festival will celebrate women filmmakers and—this year—adds a participatory summit to kick start a conversation about getting more in filmmaking.
Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In our continuing efforts to bring you nothing but the best in classic stories, we offer you an audio dramatization of an award winning story, "Golden Dreams," based on the writings of Stephen Leacock. Mr. Leacock is a bit vague about what award it might have won, but perhaps we can learn more from our protagonist, the professor. Let's turn it over to him, so he can tell you all about the book "Golden Dreams."
That phrase is more than just a picture, painted with words, of mad-hatted saxophonists blowing their horns until daybreak or drummers beating city streets to get from one late-night spot to the next. It's also become the mantra of the "We Always Swing" Jazz Series. Just a week from opening its 19th season, the Jazz Series knows that, to stay true to the spirit of the music it loves, it too has to remain a living, breathing, scrapping, shuffling, ever-changing organism.
If you've strolled down Ninth Street in the past four years, chances are you've happened upon a man in front of Lakota Coffee, surrounded by instruments, playing music and chatting with the occasional passer-by.
On its new double LP, the University of Missouri Concert Jazz Band proves it is settling into a groove. That doesn't mean the band's material or sense of creative motion is growing stale — far from it.
I marvel at those players who hit the stage with the chops and confidence to offer up rock, jazz or classical standards for their audience. Pianist Eldar Djangirov is one such musician who has attained an uncommon level of virtuosity in two genres: jazz and classical.
With the passage of time, some things change, and some stay the same — it's a clichéd observation, which of course means it's also universally true. And so it goes with the Citizen Jane Film Festival, which turns 6 this year.
For 11-year-old Jonathan Shanks, 10-year-old Jessica Shanks and 11-year-old Katie Baker, the chalk art portion of Saturday’s Capital Jazzfest and Capital Street Art Fair was a chance for them to combine their creativity.
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