Welcome to Historic Jefferson City-
You're Invited to Feel the History
and Join in the Fun
The Thomas Hart Benton murals in the Speaker's Lounge in the Missouri State Capitol have been attracting art and history buffs since their completion in 1936.
For Immediate Release:
Nov. 30, 2011
JEFFERSON CITY, MO. - Jefferson City isn't just Missouri's capital, it's also a multi-dimensional center for the arts.
From traditional to trendy and everything in between, if you're looking for creativity, fun and cultural enrichment, Jefferson City is the place for you.
You can stroll through the Capital Arts Gallery to admire a diverse selection of art ... applaud from a front-row seat as the curtain rises on a popular theater production ... dance the night away at a local hotspot ... or create your own art itinerary from Jefferson City's wide range of visual and performing arts options.
No matter what your tastes, you can satisfy the right side of your brain in Jefferson City.
Capital Arts Gallery Exhibitions
Through the end of February, some of mid-Missouri's finest artists will have their works on display in two exhibits at the Capital Arts Gallery (1203 Missouri Park Blvd., Washington Park Center).
Art lovers looking for a place to finish their holiday shopping can find one-of-a-kind items for sale at the Capital Arts Gallery during the Give the Gift of Art Exhibition. At this exhibition, patrons can view and purchase arts and crafts from mid-Missouri painters and other artisans. The exhibition runs through Jan. 12 and admission is free.
From Jan. 14 through March 1, the Gallery presents Art by Men, For Men - a display featuring works from male artists in central Missouri. Admission to this event is also free.
The Gallery is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 573-635-8355, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Gallery online at CapitalArts.org.
Live music is a staple throughout Jefferson City.
The Rhythm of
Jazz, blues, rock, gospel and more - life in Jefferson City is a song with many tunes. There's a venue or a festival for every type of music lover in the capital city of Missouri. Here are just a few of the options in the area during the upcoming months:
- Gospel Music USA 2012, a three-day Christian music festival, is set for the Capitol Plaza Hotel Convention Center (415 W. McCarty St.), Jan. 6-8. This show features performances from over 10 gospel acts, including Journey Bound, Crimson Gold, Final Authoriday and The Chosen Ones. For more information, call 660-665-7172 or email email@example.com.
- The Mission (915 E. High St.) offers an eclectic mix of music from bluegrass to hard rock, featuring national, regional and local artists. Adding to the ambiance are brick walls covered in concert posters, a retro backstage lounge, a stamped ceiling and pinewood floors. The Mission is open Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. For a schedule of live entertainment or for more information, visit The Mission on Facebook or call 573-893-2800.
- The Spot (222 E. High St.) features live rock music performed amid hard-rock inspired décor (complete with metal-shop themes and album-cover type art on the walls). The Spot is open Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 p.m. For more information about the bands that are scheduled to rock the house, visit The Spot on Facebook or call 573-635-0744.
- The Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra will perform a "pops" concert on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Robert and Charlene Mitchell Auditorium (710 E. Dunklin). The Orchestra will play popular selections from the musical Les Miserables, the TV mini-series Band of Brothers and the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, as well as several other popular and patriotic medleys. For more information, contact the Symphony by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more about the music scene in Jefferson City, contact the Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-769-4183 or visit the CVB online at VisitJeffersonCity.com.
The Miller Performing Arts Center is home to a number of first-class performances throughout the year.
A Multiplicity of Theater
If you're a theater fan who can't wait for the curtain to rise on a musical, drama, comedy or even just a 10-minute play, there's a seat for you at one of four diverse stage companies in Jefferson City. Schedules vary at each theater based on factors such as the time of year and the featured production. Be sure to check each theater's website or call in advance for specific information on dates, times, name of performance, etc.
- The Capital City Players perform dinner theater productions at the Shikles Auditorium (1200 Linden Dr.). Evening performances are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with a preceding sit-down dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are offered at 1:30 p.m. with a 12:30 meal. For more information or for a schedule of theater performances, call 573-681-9012 or visit The Capital City Player's website.
- The Little Theatre of Jefferson City, founded in 1969, is a large-scale volunteer theater group that performs regular productions at the Etta & Joseph Miller Performing Arts Center (510 Madison St.). Evening productions begin at 7:30 p.m. and matinees start at 2 p.m. For more information or for a schedule of theater performances, call 573-681-9400 or visit the Theatre's website.
- The Stained Glass Theatre of Mid-Missouri is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian theater founded by playwright and director Ron Boutwell to use the art of theater to communicate God's love to the world. Performances (at 830 E. High St.) are generally held on Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. For more information or for a schedule of theater performances, call 573-634-5313 or visit the Theatre's website.
Scene One Theatre is a black-box theatre (a small, intimate theater setting allowing for close observation of the performers' talent) founded by Artistic Director Mark Wegman, featuring primarily original works. Performances (at 117 E. High St., Ste. A) are held at 7:30 p.m. on select Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Call 573-681-9199 or visit the theater's website for more information.
Scene One Theatre in downtown Jefferson City.
A night or afternoon at the theater in Jefferson City is very affordable, the average price of tickets range anywhere from $5 to $30. Some performances scheduled for the 2012 Jefferson City theater season include: Man of La Mancha, Willy Wonka, Smoke on the Mountain, The Nerd and Book of Days. Be sure to check the Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau's calendar of events for dates, locations and show times.
MSP on DVD
Portraits of death row inmates inside the now defunct MSP gas chamber.
An "inside-the-walls" look at the historic Missouri State Penitentiary, once called the "Bloodiest 47 Acres in America" by Time magazine, is currently available for purchase on DVD.
The DVD, titled "Missouri State Penitentiary: 1836-2004," presented by the Jefferson City CVB and Cabin Cabbage Productions, chronicles the captivating real-life stories of the MSP - including daring escapes, infamous prisoners, humorous yarns, and tragic tales of violence and murder.
"We have had an extremely positive response to the DVD so far," said Ryan Winkler, Communications Manager at the Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Anyone with a love of history or an interest in the Missouri State Penitentiary is sure to enjoy this in-depth look into the prison. The first shipment of DVDs received in early November sold out quickly, so act fast and get your copy before they all escape."
For a preview of the DVD, check out the trailer on YouTube.com.
DVDs are $10 each and are available for purchase at MissouriPenTours.com, by calling 866-998-6998 or stopping by the CVB office at 100 E. High Street.
After viewing the DVD, you'll surely want to take a real-life trip "inside the walls" of the Missouri State Pen for a hands-on look at the landmark correctional facility. Lucky for you, the new MSP tour season begins on March 1. Public history tours are $12 per person, twilight tours are $17 and ghost tours are $25. Additional tours are available; call 866-998-6998 or visit MissouriPenTours.com for more information.
Runge Nature Center's Open House
Dates: December 27-29
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on December 27 & 28/10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on December 29th
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center (330 Commerce Drive)
Description: Explore the many gifts from Missouri's fish, forest, and wildlife resources during Runge's annual Open House. No reservations are required
For More Information: Call Kathy Cavender at 573-526-5544
Museum After Hours
Date: January 4, February 1, March 7
Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Missouri State Museum, Missouri Capitol
Description: Starting in January, the Missouri State Museum will have "Museum After Hours" events on the first Wednesday of each month. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to visit the museum at night, or your schedule doesn't allow daytime outings, come join the Museum for special programs and view the exhibits.
For More Information: Call 573-751-2854
Bridal Spectacular 2012
Dates: January 8
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Jefferson City Area YMCA, Firley Center
Description: Brides to be, Central Missouri's Largest Exhibiting Bridal Show (Arcobasso Promotions & Special Events) announces its 25th Annual Bridal Spectacular. This year's show will feature 22,000 square feet of showroom with nearly 90 vendors and a runway fashion show at 3:30 p.m. Bride registration form is available on website along with bridal show links.
Contact Information: Call Vicki Arcobasso at 573-636-4094 or visit www.CentralMissouriBridalAssociation.com on the web.
Cost: $5 general admission, free admission for children nine and under.
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For more information about lodging, events and attractions in and around Jefferson City, please contact the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-769-4183, at
VisitJeffersonCity.com or at the city's Facebook or Twitter pages.
Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau
Ryan Winkler, Communications Manager