Over 50 things to do this fall

Here’s the official Vox guide to what’s what in all things art this autumn.

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Want to get in touch with your creative side? Columbia has ample opportunities for you in the coming months from ballets to painting classes to breakout rooms. It's never too early to start writing these amazing events into your calendar. 

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October • November • December


The Child Within Art Show

Ever looked at a piece of abstract art and thought a child could’ve made it? We relate. The Columbia Art League collected works by students at Locust Street Elementary School. Adult artists then recreated the pieces to infuse magic with maturity. Through Oct. 31, Columbia Art League, free, 573-443-8838


October Exhibit

From Devin McDonald’s earthy ceramics to Fred Stonehouse’s surrealist pieces, Sager Braudis’ monthly exhibit has a bit of art for everyone. Oct. 1 to 26, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sager Braudis, free, 573-442-4831


Here Come the Mummies

Feel the thrill before Halloween with Here Come The Mummies and Columbian funk group Catdaddy’s Funky Fuzz-Bunker Band. Oct. 3, 8:30 p.m., The Blue Note, $23, in advance; $25, day of, 573-874-1944


Bob Seger

Who doesn’t love that old time rock and roll? Make your night moves to see Seger and The Silver Bullet Band’s “Roll Me Away” farewell tour. Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m., Mizzou Arena, $75 and up, 573-884-7297


David Nail

Country fans will remember his 2013 chart-topper “Whatever She’s Got.” Now, David Nail is touring for his latest album, Only This and Nothing More. Oct. 4, 8 p.m., The Blue Note, $20, in advance; $25, day of, 573-874-1944


Static Gifs for Broken Musicians Art Show

Run by arts nonprofit Dismal Niche, the Columbia Experimental Music Festival includes the fittingly named art show Static Gifs for Broken Musicians. In between attending concerts at the festival, stop into Resident Arts in the North Village Arts District to admire Nick and Erin Potter’s experimental artwork. Oct. 4, 5–7 p.m., Resident Arts, 573-303-7195


Michael Kosta

Pro tennis player-turned-comedian Michael Kosta is coming to town. He has also made appearances on big-name shows such as The Daily Show and Conan. Oct. 5, 7 p.m., $25, The Blue Note, 573-874-1944


Out of the Dust Concert

Not only have Chris and Stephanie Teague managed to restore their marriage after divorce, but they now use this life experience to create pop-funk music under the name Out of the Dust. Oct. 6, 5 p.m., Forum Christian Church, $20, per couple, 573-443-3900


The Next Weather Reading Series 36

Yellow Dog Bookshop continues its reading series The Next Weather. Each edition features a new duo of writers willing to share their work. October’s readers are poet Matt Hart and author Donald Quist. Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m., Yellow Dog Bookshop, free, 573-442-3330


Interstellar Overdrive: Pink Floyd Tribute

Enjoy the Summerfest Concert hosted by Central Bank of Boone County and 96.7 KCMQ featuring the Dark Side of Oz. Oct.11, 7:30 p.m., The Blue Note, free, 573-874-1944


True/False Music Presents Mesonjixx and Tonina

Come out to Cafe Berlin to see these two Midwest-based singer-songwriters with eclectic musical backgrounds perform as part of True/False Music. Oct. 11, 8 p.m., Cafe Berlin, $10, 573-441-0400


By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

Follow the life of Vera Stark, a black maid and actress in a play that goes through 70 years of cinema history. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage mocks racial stereotypes in this comedy directed by Blake Willoughby. Oct. 11–13; 17–20, Thurs.–Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; Talking Horse Productions, $15; $13, seniors and students, 573-607-1740


Escape Room: Trapped in the Chamber of Secrets

Columbia Public Library is turning its studio into Hogwarts for a break-out room experience where brain power is the only magical tool you’ll need to escape. Oct. 12, 9:30–10:30 a.m.; 11 a.m.–noon; 1–2 p.m.; 3–4 p.m., Columbia Public Library, free, 573-443-3161


Mr. Benjamin and the Fun Band

Singer Benjamin Hook will be performing with other Columbia musicians to benefit the Creative Kids Scholarship fund at the Atelier. The scholarship provides arts-integrated education to kids. Oct. 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rose Music Hall, free, 573-874-1944


Explorations In Color: Artist Q&A

The artists behind this exhibition at Montminy Gallery will participate in a Q&A to discuss their creative processes. Artists include painters Jenn Wiggs and John Fennell and photographer Scott Patrick Myers. Oct. 13, 1 p.m., Montminy Gallery, free, 573-443-8936


Vanessa Viruet Artist Talk

Vanessa Viruet says she feels like she’s straddling a border. Not quite queer, Puerto Rican or American “enough,” her Flagged exhibition contemplates the confusion around these identities. Oct. 14, 4:30–6:30 p.m., George Caleb Bingham Gallery, free, 573-882-3555


Cody Ko & Noel Miller: Tiny Meat Gang Live

Whether you subscribe to their channels or just appreciate that they dubbed themselves the “Tiny Meat Gang,” YouTube stars and generally relatable dudes Cody Ko and Noel Miller are live recording their podcast in this edition of the CoMo Comedy Club. Oct. 15, 8 p.m., The Blue Note, $30, 573-874-1944


Climate Change Theatre Action

Founded in 2015, Climate Change Theatre Action uses the stage to promote environmental protection. The show features original solo performances and adapted works by MU students and faculty authors, supervised by artistic director Heather Carver. Oct. 16–19, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 20, 2 p.m., McKee Gymnasium, $7, 573-882-2021



Aiming for Enrike with Umami

Welcome the promises of a thrilling night, and immerse yourself in a bizarre universe with Aiming For Enrike, a musical duo from Oslo, Norway, and Umami. Oct. 17, 8 p.m., Cafe Berlin, $8, 573-441-0400


Mason Ramsey

The Walmart yodeling boy is coming to CoMo. Whether you know him for his songs or for his sassy tweets, you can catch the young cowboy downtown. Oct. 18, 8 p.m.,The Blue Note, $15, 573-874-1944


Lost and Found Jewelry class

One person’s trash is another person’s jewelry. In this Columbia Art League class, learn to turn broken necklaces into new pieces and create wearable bracelets from yarn scraps. Oct. 17 to Nov. 21, Thursdays,6–8 p.m., Columbia Art League, $145, non-members; $125, members, 573-443-8838


Drag Storytime

In addition to its events for adult bookworms, Skylark also hosts story time for kids. Head over for a special October edition of Drag Storytime, where drag queens read children’s books aloud to young readers (and soon-to-be readers). Skylark hosted its first Drag Storytime in April when drag queens Autumn Equinox, Beatrice Adams and Amanda Lay read books such as The Day the Crayons Quit and Princesses Wear Pants. “We’ve lost count of how many Drag Storytimes we’ve held now, because we’re always having waaaay too much fun to keep count,” according to Skylark’s website. This time, the queens will read Halloween-themed selections. Come one, come all in costumes galore. Oct. 19, 1 p.m., Skylark Bookshop, free, 573-777-6990


High Plains Jamboree Exhibition

Two artists from Lubbock, Texas, bring to light the dualism of West Texas’ expansive natural beauty and its fading landmarks with sincerity and sarcasm. Oct. 21 to Nov. 14, George Caleb Bingham Gallery, free, 573-882-3555


Tammy Pescatelli

This stand-up comedian’s not just a mom. She’s a funny mom, as seen on her own reality show, A Standup Mother. Come thirsty — there’s a two drink minimum. Oct. 23, 7 p.m., The Blue Note, $25, 573-874-1944


Angela Denker

The Missouri School of Journalism alumna, Lutheran pastor and author of Red State Christians: Understanding the Voters who Elected Donald Trump is coming to Columbia for a night of discussion. Oct. 24, 6 p.m., Skylark Bookshop, free, 573-777-6990


The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

PACE Youth Theatre offers crime-story amateurs four Sherlock Holmes adventures, adapted by Jon Jory. Follow the British detective in the most bizarre cases he’s ever seen. Oct. 24–26, 7 p.m.; Oct. 27, 2 p.m., Talking Horse Productions, $10; $8, students and seniors; $5, children ages 2–8, sarahpaceinfo@gmail.com



Journey through the ’60s with the Dreamettes as they fight racial discrimination in the music industry and belt out classics. Oct. 24–27, 31; Nov. 1–3, 7–10, Thurs.–Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m., Columbia Entertainment Company, $14; $12, seniors, students and children; $10 on Thursdays, 573-673-6181


The Price Is Right! Live

Do you love game shows? Are you really good at guessing the prices of common household items? Are you itching for five minutes of fame or to see your name in lights? Register three hours before show time, and hope you get picked. Come on down for your chance to play! Oct. 26, 8 p.m., Jesse Auditorium, $36–96, 573-882-3781


2019 Mid Mo Rock Award Show

There’s the Grammys, there’s the American Music Awards, and then there’s the 2019 Mid Mo Rock Awards. Forty-eight rock and metal bands will compete for awards in 15 different categories. Come out to see who wins. Oct. 27, 7 p.m., The Blue Note, $5, in advance; $7, day of, 573-874-1944


An Evening with Spirits ft. Evidential Medium Britney Buckwalter

Open your mind during this live medium reading. Missouri-based psychic Britney Buckwalter tries to connect the audience with deceased loved ones. Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., The Blue Note, $20, 573-874-1944


The King’s Singers

Two-time Grammy-winning artists The King’s Singers are best known for their a capella vocal ensemble performances. Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Jesse Auditorium, $25–45, 573-882-3781


The Wiz

The fantastic world of Oz meets late ’70s African–American culture in this seven-time Tony Award-winning show. Oct. 31–Nov. 2, Nov. 7–9, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 3 and Nov. 10, 2 p.m., Rhynsburger Theatre, $17, 573-882-2021




November Exhibit

Sager Braudis’ November exhibit features artists from around the world, including Metra Mitchell’s “psychologically-charged dramas” and the work of Siberian-born Albert Janzen. Oct. 29 to Nov. 23, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sager Braudis, free, 573-442-4831


Carly Pearce: A Compass Health Concert

Compass Health Network is presenting Carly Pearce in concert to promote Mental Health First Aid, featuring pop singer Hannah Ellis. Nov. 1, 8:30 p.m., The Blue Note, $15, general admission; $18, balcony, 573-874-1944


The Marcus King Band

The fourth-generation musician is stopping in Columbia and bringing his southern bluesy rock with him. Aaron Lee Tasjan will open. Nov. 2, 8 p.m., The Blue Note, $20, general admission, $25, balcony, 573-884-1944


Samuel Comroe

The fourth-place runner-up of "America’s Got Talent" season 13 was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age 6. Come as he shares his past life experiences, cracks jokes and incorporates his ticks into his act. Nov. 3, 6 p.m., The Blue Note, $25, floor;$20, balcony, 573-874-1944


Regina Carter and Xavier Davis

If you’re in the mood for a night full of jazz, come listen to Regina Carter play the violin, accompanied by pianist Xavier Davis. The two will be performing with the “We Always Swing” Jazz Series. Founded in 1995, the organization is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a 14-show season, including performances from artists such as Catherine Russell Group and Aaron Parks Trio. In addition to its concert series, the organization also runs educational events with Columbia Public Schools, hosts Jazz Appreciation Month events and houses an expansive lending library of jazz albums. Nov. 3, 3:30 and 7 p.m., Murry’s, $20–46, 573-449-3009, ext. 1



Salvador Dalí Exhibit

The 20th-century Spanish artist is remembered for getting weird, and you can too with Dalí’s Memories of Surrealism collection from the ’70s. From crutches to elephants, he used objects to challenge viewers’ perceptions. Known for his iconic mustache and surrealist pieces, Dalí left his mark on artistic movements across the globe and in Columbia. The Tiger Hotel has several Dalí pieces in its lobby, and the Museum of Art and Archaeology will show a set of his lithographs. Nov. 5 to Feb. 23, Tue.–Fri., 9 a.m. to4 p.m.; Sat.–Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Museum of Art and Archaeology, free, 573-882-3591


Kyle Kinane

You might have heard Kinane’s absurd satires on Comedy Central or even on Netflix. Now you can meet the stand-up comedian and voice actor in person. Nov. 8, 7 p.m., The Blue Note, $25, floor;$20, balcony, 573-874-1944


Art Uncork’d: Pour Painting

Pour wine in a cup while you fill your canvas with paint. The Columbia Art League offers a slew of wine and art classes at Art Uncork’d, but this November you can pour your heart into the event’s abstract style. Nov. 8, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Columbia Art League, $25, nonmembers; $20, members, 573-443-8838



Ehren River Wright brings his own flair to the world of electronic music. The DJ and saxophonist will be performing as part of his Trilogy Tour. Electro artists Megan Hamilton and Since Juleye will open. Nov. 8, 9 p.m., Rose Music Hall,$10, advance, $12, day of, 573-874-1944



Missouri Contemporary Ballet: "Dialed Out”

It’s a visual feast combining both culture and dance. The Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s 14th annual fall performance, “Dialed Out,” will feature MCB repertoire works choreographed and composed by Kansas City native Kristopher Estes-Brown. Inspired by the ways technology has complicated communication, MCB will express its ideas on human connection while also celebrating diversity. The performance will also feature two new performances choreographed by executive director Karen Mareck Grundy and resident choreographer Fernando Rodriguez. Nov. 8–9, 7 p.m., Missouri Theatre, $28–48, 573-219-7134


2019 Fall Conservatory Concert

The Missouri Symphony Conservatory is the largest music education program for children in mid-Missouri. Come listen as the young virtuosos showcase their skills. Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Missouri Theatre, $10; free under 18, 573-882-3781




An Evening with Andy Offutt Irwin

Andy Offutt Irwin is coming to the library for an evening of storytelling fun. His character-filled solo shows often feature his original songs and whistling. Nov.11, 7 p.m., Columbia Public Library, Friends Room, free, 573-443-316


Anjelah Johnson-Reyes

A former NFL cheerleader, actress and singer, the stand-up comedian might be best known for her time performing on the sketch comedy show "MADtv". Nov. 12, 7 p.m., The Blue Note, $35, 573-874-1944


Disney’s Frozen Jr.

For better or worse, you probably already know the words to this soundtrack. Let it go with Anna and Elsa with TRYPS Children’s Theater’s vision of the acclaimed Disney flick. Nov. 16–17, 2 and 7 p.m., Launer Auditorium, $12; $7, children, 573-449-4536


Veronica Watkins Ceramics Exhibit

Watkins turns the home into an art space by crafting bowls, pitchers, and salt and pepper shakers. The Missouri native will exhibit in Columbia starting this November. Nov. 18 to Dec. 14, Greg Hardwick Gallery, free, 573-875-7517


Baby It’s Cold Outside Painting Class

Head over to Cottonwoods RV Park for the “Baby It’s Cold Outside” paint and sip class. Art materials are included with your ticket; wine, beer and snacks available for purchase. Nov. 23, 3–6 p.m., Cottonwoods RV Park, $20, 888-303-3313


Allen Eskens

The Jefferson City native is coming to Skylark to talk about his latest book, Nothing More Dangerous, an Ozark mystery that takes place in the fictional town of Jessup, Missouri. Nov. 29, 6–7:30 p.m.,Skylark Bookshop, free, 573-777-6990



Last Train to Nibroc

Rewind to 1940, and embark on a story of courtship as May and Raleigh meet on the train carrying F. Scott Fitzgerald’s and Nathanael West’s remains. Dec. 5–8,12-15, Thurs.–Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m., Columbia Entertainment Company, $14; $12, seniors, students and children; $10, Thursday, 573-673-6181


Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Get yourself and your family into the holiday spirit (or out of a Scrooge-like mood) with this classic tale re-imagined. See the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future as life-sized puppets at Stephens College. Dec. 6–7, 11–12,7:30 p.m.; Dec. 8, 2 p.m., Macklanburg Playhouse, $7.69–16, 573-876-7199


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

When the six mischievous and uncontrollable Herdman children volunteer for the Christmas pageant, everyone in town fears the worst. Come see this heartwarming tale about the true meaning of Christmas adapted from Barbara Robinson’s novel. Dec. 6–7, 7 p.m.; Dec. 7–8, 2 p.m., PACE Youth Theatre, $10, $8, students and seniors; $5, children age 2–8, sarahpaceinfo@gmail.com


The Great Russian Nutcracker

Classics never get stale. Bring your family to a colorful combination of dance, song and theater to re explore this Russian ballet — a Christmas tradition —once again. Dec. 11, 7 p.m., Jesse Auditorium,$35–55, 573-882-3781

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