FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
FIND YOUR FUN THIS FALL IN COLUMBIA
"WE ALWAYS SWING" JAZZ SERIES KICKS OFF 20th SEASON 

 

For two decades Columbia's non-profit "We Always Swing" Jazz Series has been gracing the city with some of jazz music's greatest contemporaries. This fall marks the beginning of the landmark 20th season (which begins in October and runs through April) for the Jazz Series and to commemorate the occasion, organizers have stacked the schedule with highly-acclaimed performances.

 

This year's celebratory season kicks off with a Latin flair on Thursday, Oct. 2 at the historic Missouri Theatre in downtown Columbia with a performance by Conrad Herwig's Latin Side All-Stars featuring Joe Lovano and special guest Chucho Valdes. On Sunday, Oct. 19, the Eric Alexander and Harold Mabern Quartet brings the blue sounds of the Windy City to Murray's Restaurant (a local jazz staple) on the south side of town. Also at Murray's, on Sunday, Nov. 9, the New New York Standards Quartet will entertain the crowd with new interpretations of classic pop songs and Broadway hits. On Wednesday, Nov. 19, the impressive piano/ bass duo of Joanne Brackeen and Cecil McBee will light up the stage at the University of Missouri's Whitmore Recital Hall located on campus. And, deep into the fall season, on December 7, Murray's will host the "The Chrisma'kahKawanzaa Holiday Extravaganza," a double-bill event featuring the Joey D'Francesco Trio and the Matt Wilson Tree-O.

 

For more information on the Jazz Series, including a complete schedule of performances, please visit www.WeAlwaysSwing.org.

HARTSBURG PUMPKIN FESTIVAL CELEBRATES FALL HARVEST  


Hartsburg Pumpkin FestivalThis October, thousands will flock to the charming Missouri River town of Hartsburg, located just 15 minutes south of Columbia, for the 
23rd Annual Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival, October 11-12.


Since 1991, this celebration of the season has been a regional favorite drawing as many as 50,000 people per year to "Missouri's Pumpkin Patch" to join in the family-oriented festivities focused on the fall harvest. The fest will feature thousands of pumpkins and gourds for sale, live music and dancing, 150 arts and craft vendors, hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting stations and a large straw maze. Also on hand will be a wide array of pumpkin goodies and fun pumpkin-themed activities such as pumpkin carving and painting. For more information on the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival, please visit  HartsburgPumpkinFestival.com.
COMING HOME TO COLUMBIA

Nearly all of Columbia will be dressed in black and gold the weekend of October 24-25 for the 103rd (yeah, that's right - 103rd!) University of Missouri homecoming celebration

 

The festivities begin earlier in the month with a local food drive, community service day, blood drive and student talent competitions. However, the homecoming weekend kicks off Friday, Oct. 24 at the Reynolds Alumni Center located on campus where former students will come together with old friends to relive their "glory days" and tour the campus. Later that afternoon, crowds will convene in "Greek Town" to take in the spirited campus decorations and skits. On Saturday, Oct. 25, thousands of supporters will line Columbia's downtown streets for Mizzou's homecoming parade and float competition. All of the spirit and cheer and school pride will reach a crescendo during the homecoming football game against SEC conference rivals Vanderbilt University. For complete details about this year's homecoming festivities, and more information on Mizzou's rich homecoming tradition, please visit Mizzou.com/Homecoming.

CITIZEN JANE CHAMPIONS WOMEN IN FILM INDUSTRY

Citizen Jane 2011 LogoThe Citizen Jane Film Festival (CJFF) returns to Stephens College campus and downtown Columbia, November 7-9.


Since its inception in 2008, Citizen Jane has morphed into much more than just a film fest - it is now a full-blown Film Institute offering a year-around schedule of films, workshops, summits with acclaimed female filmmakers and even a summer camp to teach young women the art of filmmaking. But the flagship festival is still the highlight of the year. The CJFF program features some of the most daring and accomplished works by women filmmakers from around the world, complete with interactive panels with filmmakers, in-depth workshops with industry professionals and fun and festive parties. 

Passes for the 2014 CJFF are available for purchase now, and individual tickets go on sale October 6. For complete information, or to order tickets, please visit CitizenJaneFilmFestival.org.
 
ABOUT COLUMBIA

Columbia features a mix of small town charm and friendliness with the amenities and cultural offerings of a big city. There is always something exciting to see and do in Columbia, so for more information on these and other ways to have fun in Columbia, please contact Megan McConachie at the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-652-0987 or at VisitColumbiaMO.com.

 
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