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From the monthly archives: March 2011

Earth Day is rapidly approaching, and Columbians are celebrating early with Earth Hour on Saturday, March 26 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. During this hour, the city is encouraging citizens to conserve energy by turning off all artificial lights in their homes. Various local restaurants will serve dinner by candlelight during Earth Hour, and Ragtag Cinema will provide human-powered cellphone charging for free.

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The week of 3/20 is packed with video-game releases. Crysis 2, which some critics are calling the most beautiful console games ever produced, is launching along with Dissidia 012 Duodecim Final Fantasy, LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars and The Tomb Raider Trilogy. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Trilogy was originally slated to release today, but Ubisoft pushed it back to June.

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Now that True/False and the Oscars are over, you might have had your fill of movies. But don’t give up too fast! There’s some great films opening this weekend, and Vox has the deets on them all.

Not sure if you’ll like a movie? Check VoxMagazine.com tomorrow for the reviews.

Battle: Los Angeles

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Chances are you’re thinking TGIF and ready to relax. Don’t let budget woes stress you out because Vox has gathered some weekend drink deals that won’t hurt your wallet. Cheers!

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Two directors from the Missoula Children’s Theatre in Missoula, Montana, have traveled the yellow brick road to Columbia and have organized a performance of the Wizard of Oz. The cast includes about 50 Columbians ages 5 to 18.

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Throughout the past month, my dad has told me that I absolutely must watch the new Showtime series, Shameless. Last semester he TiVo’ed me a marathon of HBO’s Bored to Death, starring the adorable Jason Schwartzman and hilarious Ted Danson, and I loved every moment of it.

So naturally, [...]

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Tiki Time

March 9, 2011 2:03 pm by

Tiki Barber, the New York Giants running back who retired in 2006, announced Tuesday that he’s heading back to the NFL for the 2011 season. Boredom couldn’t have been the reason for his return, though: Since retiring he’s spent time as an analyst on The Today Show, Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football. He’s also written a number of children’s books with his twin brother, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber, and authored a few books of his own.

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The Avenue of the Columns, otherwise known as Eighth Street, might get a makeover. The City Council held a public hearing Monday night to discuss the project, which has been in the works since 2001.

Eighth Street links the columns of the courthouse to the columns of MU. Community stakeholders wanted to “put an identity [...]

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The True/False Film Fest has invaded Columbia, but if you’re not into docs, there are still new mainstream releases at our local Hollywood and Forum theaters.

Check out these new flicks:

The Adjustment Bureau:

This romantic thriller, based on the Phillip K. Dick short “Adjustment Team,” centers around a charismatic politician running [...]

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Heavy rain is threatening to put a damper on today’s True/False festivities. The True/False sign above the ticket office came loose in the storm and was taken down. The Burger and the King at Little Ragtag was paused in response to tornado sirens. True/False officials have assured festivalgoers that the March March scheduled tonight at [...]

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The first panel of True/False 2011 delved into an issue related to the title of the festival itself. Four directors, all of whom have films screening this weekend, talked about blurring the lines between reality and fiction, both in general and in their specific documentaries. Film critic Robert Koehler moderated the discussion and deemed the topic “almost as old as cinema itself.”

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If you’re interested in charting your family tree back through the 1700s, head to the Columbia Public Library Training Center tomorrow at 10 a.m. Genealogist Traci Wilson-Kleekamp is a Missouri expert in tracing African-American genealogy and will give a talk presenting tips and tricks for Columbians of African-American descent interested in charting their [...]

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T/F Fans on the Street

March 4, 2011 2:24 pm by

Locals John and Anne Marie Foley are no one-and-done movie goers. The seven-time T/F attending couple has tickets for 18 T/F films and they are going to try to go to all of them. They’ve seen three flicks so far, and of the three, they say Blood in the Mobile is their favorite. You can [...]

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Nature Walk busks on the corner of Cherry and Ninth during day two of True/False. Jack Grelle, vocals and guitar; Graham Miles, poor-man’s bass; and Tommy Sallings, guitar, say they will be playing again at 7 p.m. tonight at Lakota.

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Our last True Life Run training tip is the same as the first: Do nothing.

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Movie review: Zielinski

March 4, 2011 12:24 pm by

After being exiled from their home state, only a handful people would have the willpower to continue fighting for personal beliefs. John Zielinski is one of them. Considered to be Iowa’s most blacklisted author, Zielinski depicts the story of one man who lets nothing hinder his investigation of what he perceives to be a conspiracy between the CIA, government, child slavery, prostitution and drugs.

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Movie review: Subway Preacher

March 4, 2011 11:16 am by

Dennis Ho’s Subway Preacher follows Brian, a devout born-again Christian, and his ministry. His beliefs are deep and unwavering, even in the face of hypocrisy and unbelievers. Broke and living with his brother because he quit his job to minister 24/7, he and his wife Rose are struggling to keep their relationship together. The story revolves around their marital problems and is a candid look into a failing marriage, leaving the audience wondering how they ever got together.

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The song “Black and Yellow” by Wiz Khalifa cuts off and Relevant Hairspray takes the stage. With the sudden contrasting of sounds that fill the room, people begin drifting toward the stage to hear the first of four bands from De Stijl Records in Minneapolis to perform that night.

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As True/False Film Festival-goers entered Cafe Berlin for the first music showcase of the weekend on Thursday evening, volunteer Amanda Rainey met them at the door with an industrial-sized drink pitcher and click-counter, saying “Hi, we’re collecting donations for bands.” Read more to learn about last night’s performances and atmosphere.

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Movie review: Benda Bilili!

March 4, 2011 1:20 am by

When the two French filmmakers Renaud Barret and Florent de la Tullaye first saw a group of paraplegics passionately playing and singing in the streets of Congo, they didn’t know the life-changing journey they were about to embark on. Five years later they are ready to tell their story, and the Missouri Theatre was the chosen place to unfold it in the United States for the first time.

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