From the monthly archives: August 2011

It’s that time of year again—the start of the new semester, when the streets are filled with college students and returning vacationers. If you’re new to good ol’ CoMo (that’s local speak for Columbia, Missouri) you should check out some of these guides for getting around and getting stuff done.

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This is a tale of caution: On Thursday evening sometime between 8 p.m. and midnight, somebody broke into my apartment in East Campus (the night before I was scheduled to move out, of course). After living there for two years without any similar issues, I thought I was safe. Many students are moving in this week, so hopefully they can learn from the mistakes that I made.

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Still haven’t decided whether your bike is Dawdle-ready? Monday, ticket prices for the Boone Dawdle will increase $5, so it might be time to start pumping those tires.

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Beginning this month, the Access Arts School of Service will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with events including galleries and exhibits, fundraisers and receptions. Here’s the schedule for the celebration.

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Brooklyn band Widowspeak released its debut, self-titled album today with its label, Captured Tracks.

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It’s close encounters with many strange things when an alien travels cross country, Martians take moms and Rainn Wilson becomes a super hero.

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Student memberships at Ragtag

August 8, 2011 10:23 am by

School’s back in session soon, and now there’s something new for you to student charge. Starting today, Ragtag Cinema is selling student memberships at both the Ragtag location at 10 Hitt St. and the MSA box office (with a valid student ID).

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This week’s most anticipated book releases take readers back in time. First, Charles C. Mann discusses the biological aftermath of an inadvertent discovery by recounting the effects of Columbus’ discovery of the Americas on such things as animal habitats, agriculture and disease. Meanwhile, W.E.B. Griffin tells the little-known tale of the espionage war that was waged long after the German surrender in World War II.

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Even if you’ve never been, tonight is the night to get down at Generic Nightclub. Because it’s the last night the club will be open.

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Best books for August

August 5, 2011 2:04 pm by

Stuck inside on the rainy day? Update your reading list with these books off Amazon.com’s list of the best books of the month.

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Missouri Truck Stop Premieres

August 4, 2011 10:14 am by

It isn’t everyday that a red carpet graces the cement parking lot at Midway Truck Plaza. If there was ever a day that called for such a classy item to appear at the truck stop, though, it would have to be the premiere of Midway’s own reality television series on Travel Channel- Truck Stop Missouri.

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Friday is the final day to buy priority seating for the “We Always Swing” Jazz Series. About a week ago, the series’ 17th season events were finalized and among the performers are some big names in jazz.

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Mike Deheny warns that – just like last year – the Boone Dawdle will be sold out. So get your tickets early! There are three ticket types, plus a Super Circle Advance Purchase, which guarantees you face time with the festival directors and a bunch of swag.

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CoMo’s culture scene is in luck: The 2011-2012 schedule has been announced, and it looks like this year will be full of film, dance, theater and music. Here are the performances scheduled for the fall semester.

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HHS requires free birth control

August 2, 2011 10:30 am by

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services announced it will require health insurance companies to cover some women’s preventative drugs and services. This means that insurance plans beginning on or after Aug. 12, 2012, will cover costs for services including FDA-approved birth control, voluntary sterilization, breastfeeding support and HIV counseling.

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Although the start of school may be looming in the distance, celebrate the last weeks of summer vacation with these releases that offer the best of the season: surf, sand and baseball.

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Last week, Little, Brown & Company announced the addition of a mysterious book to its lineup of fall releases. The book, tentatively titled “Untitled” and written by “Anonymous,” is set to come out in November.

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August 2011 has started with a bang in the book releases department. This week will bring a new love story from the author of The Notebook, an examination of the correlation between mental illness and history’s greatest leaders and the memoirs of a ceramacist who traces a number of family [...]

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