From the monthly archives: March 2011

A self-made tan

March 31, 2011 9:21 pm by

Whoever named spring break “spring” break probably didn’t live in Missouri. He or she must have lived in one of those magical lands where spring actually happens in March. I’m trying hard to imagine my sunshine-bound classmates with wrinkly skin to curb my jealousy, but their happy, bronzed beach photos keep popping up on Facebook and ruining my attempts. So instead, I’ve turned to self-tanners, products whose inventor probably did live in Missouri.

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English rock band Arctic Monkeys not only announced the release date for its upcoming album, set to drop June 7, but also gave us the title … brace yourself …  Suck It And See.  The band released the 12-song album’s single, “Brick By Brick,” at the beginning of the month (rather randomly, as it was [...]

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Opening Day in CoMo

March 31, 2011 12:37 pm by

Can’t make it to St. Louis or Kansas City to celebrate the start of a new baseball season? Don’t worry, deals all around town will have you singing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” before the seventh-inning stretch.

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CoMo parks and their perks

March 31, 2011 10:36 am by

Columbia boasts plenty of parks for almost everyone. Get the lowdown on where you should go for a morning jog or an afternoon picnic.

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Adam Richman’s food philosophy

March 31, 2011 9:01 am by

Adam Richman shared a wealth of information with Vox for this week’s feature on food challenges, but there was one quote that really resonated with one of our editors.

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Books for dummies

March 30, 2011 4:15 pm by

The For Dummies books are great at making complex subjects — such as calculus — easy to understand. It turns out they’re good at making day-to-day tasks — such as grilling — easy to understand, too. Who knew?

Grilling For Dummies
Authors: John Mariani and Marie Rama
Publisher: For Dummies 2009
Cost: [...]

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The Final Four countdown

March 30, 2011 4:11 pm by

It’s official: My bracket is dunzo.

None of my final four teams made it through the Sweet 16. In a major upset, the No. 1 seed, Kansas, decided to screw up the only thing they’re halfway decent at and lost against VCU by a whole 10 points. Keeping in theme with Kansas, No. 1 seed [...]

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The Seattle-based folk band, and one of my absolute favorites, Fleet Foxes, is back with its second full-length album, Helplessness Blues.

The record, which isn’t set to drop until May 3, leaked last week (sorry I’m not sorry), and I am happy to put fellow Fleet Foxes fans at ease when I say the [...]

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Life hasn’t been easy for the women of Afghanistan. Many of the freedoms they enjoyed were taken away when the Taliban took over the capital city of Kabul in 1996. Written by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana is the story of one young woman who refused to accept the hand [...]

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This Tuesday, the three must-have DVD releases include two Oscar-nominated flicks and an über-popular television show starring one of Mizzou’s very own.

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This week was full of highly anticipated new releases. Two noteworthy albums are from Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg, who have recently worked together on their new tracks.

Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa, famous for his single “Black and Yellow,” has released his third studio album, Rolling Papers—his first release on [...]

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I’m a sucker for TV commercials — the cheesier the ad, the harder I laugh. Add little kids or animals into the mix and I’m immediately hooked. The E*TRADE babies, the old Budweiser frogs and the General Electric dancing elephant commercials top my all-time favorites list.

So when I [...]

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This week’s releases are series-heavy. In fact, all of the books on the list are volumes in a collection. Newcomers are in luck, though: Hungry Girl doesn’t require previous knowledge of other volumes, and Phantom Evil is the first in a planned miniseries. Happy reading.

Hungry Girl 300 Under 300: 300 Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner [...]

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Spring reads: Green thumb books

March 27, 2011 5:09 pm by

March 21 marked the first day of spring, which means people will soon begin planting flowers, herbs and vegetables for the season. Those lacking a green thumb don’t need to worry. Here are some comprehensive guides to planting and maintaining a garden:

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The release of TV On The Radio’s highly anticipated follow up to 2008’s Dear Science is finally visible on the musical horizon. The record, titled Nine Types of Light, is set to drop April 12 on Interscope after a year-long hiatus and the announcement that bassist Gerad Smith has been diagnosed with lung cancer (he’s [...]

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The Missouri Tigers open up conference play this weekend as they host the nationally ranked Oklahoma Sooners. All four major collegiate baseball polls rank the Sooners in the top 10. The Tigers have won seven of their last nine while the Sooners have dropped four of their last five. The last time Oklahoma visited Mizzou, OU took two of three from the Tigers.

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Staying in Columbia for spring break? If you’re not one of the lucky ones booking it to better weather, you can still escape to a different world — for a few hours, at least. New releases this week will transport you into the dark, fantastical world of kick-ass asylum escapees, the bully-filled classrooms of middle school, and the average albeit content existence of a middle-aged couple.

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You’ve already packed your car with potato chips, big gulp cups and an iPod full of obnoxious road-trip worthy tunes, but don’t forget to do these speedy preparations to get your car in gear for the open road.

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Bittersweet 16

March 24, 2011 6:25 pm by

Well folks, I was over-confident with my March Madness bracket. What I thought was winning in the DJ Kahled sense was actually winning in the hashtag Charlie Sheen sense. I only have six correct teams going into the fourth round. There are a total of 16. I’m no math major, but I’m pretty sure those [...]

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Popular Spring Reads

March 24, 2011 11:16 am by

Whether you are taking a much-needed getaway to the beach or planning a stay-cation in CoMo, the academic spring break week provides a perfect opportunity for anyone to take time for enjoyable reading. Put away the textbooks, and check out these recently released guilty-pleasure picks:

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