Vox Picks

Each month, Vox curates a list of can't-miss shops, eats, reads and experiences. We find the new, trending or underrated to help you enjoy the best our city has to offer.


To the MU Choral Union perform songs of freedom in its “The People Speak” concert. The Columbia Civic Orchestra and over 100 singers from the community are joining in a celebration of opera favorites and rarely performed selections. From a political prisoners’ chorus to an opera in defiance of an unjust king, tune in to the sounds of people uniting against oppression. As the evening continues, the works of Scott Joplin, Beethoven, Kirke Mechem and Verdi will echo off the auditorium walls.

When: Thurs. April 28

Cost: $25 per ticket

Where: Jesse Auditorium, 409 Conley Ave, Columbia, MO 65201


Missouri’s bicentennial anniversary with MOda 200: Missouri Style Makers, Merchants and Memories. The exhibition highlights Missouri’s often overlooked but influential history in the fashion industry. The Show-Me State was once the second-largest garment and millinery producer in the United States. It was also the nation’s largest manufacturer of junior dresses in the early 20th century. The State Historical Society of Missouri and Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection curated a custom gallery with artwork, clothing and accessories spanning the late 1820s to fall 2021.

When: All month long

Where: First Floor of Center for Missouri Studies Art Gallery, 605 Elm St.

Cost: Free


At the CoMo Retro Game Convention. Arcade lovers and 8-bit enthusiasts can peruse displays from vendors who might just have the retro find for your collection. Plus, all gamers in attendance are entered to win a Nintendo Switch OLED. Test your video gaming skills by entering the Mario Kart 64 and Super Smash Bros. 64 tournaments. The convention will also be hosting guest YouTuber Adam Koralik and the Retro Game Hunter Museum.

When: April 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $10 per person; Free for those 12 and under

Where: Stoney Creek Conference Center, 2601 S. Providence Rd.


At the queer-owned Dandy Lion Cafe, located on Main Street in Ashland. This much-anticipated cafe is set to open by the end of March. ​​Dandy Lion food and beverage director Jordan Holman was highlighted by Feast magazine as a rising star in the mid-Missouri food community. The cafe is already working with local farmers to help create a more sustainable community. Its main mission is to create a space open to all and to be an advocate for marginalized groups.

Where: The Dandy Lion on Main, 102 S. Main St Ashland, MO 65201

Phone: 573-557-9222


At Unbound Book Festival! After a two-year hiatus, Unbound is back, and in a new locale. The festival is moving downtown for the first time in its seven-year history. Local businesses such as Shortwave Coffee on Ninth Street, Ragtag Cinema, Fretboard Coffee, Broadway Hotel and Serendipity Salon and Gallery, Tiger Hotel and Orr Street Studios will serve as venues. Chat with authors and listen to a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen. Authors will speak on topics such as graphic memoirs, nostalgia, banned books, humor writing and the medical-industrial complex. See the festival in a new light by applying to volunteer on the Unbound website.

When: Thu. April 21 — Sun. April 24.

Cost: Free; Write On! Workshop $50 to register

Who: Open to the public, tickets available for Friday's Keynote event on the festival's website

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