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Coming Up in COMO: 44 things to do

Coming Up in COMO: 44 things to do

Two adorable Yorkie type pups dressed in St. Patricks' Day attire.

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, concerts, musicals, nature, and art offer a variety of experiences.

Welcome to Coming Up In COMO, a brief peek at concerts, plays, art exhibits, events for families and kids, and more. You may send your event notice to [email protected]. Please put “Coming up in COMO” in the subject line. Include the date, time, a brief description, and website or Facebook page (or phone number) for your event. 


Columbia Audubon Society March membership meeting, Universalist Unitarian Church, 2615 Shepard Blvd., 7 p.m. Longtime CAS member Carl Gerhardt presents about the birds he’s encountered on his travels in Australia and New Guinea. Free and open to the public. 

CoMo City Council candidate forum on climate and related issues. Boone County Government Center, 801 East Walnut St., 7-8:30 p.m., light refreshments and socializing starts at 6:30 p.m. 

Austin Meade with Kyren Penrose. Rose Music Hall, 8 p.m., $18. 


Domestic Animals and American Identity II. State Historical Society of Missouri, Center for Missouri Studies, 605 Elm St., through May 31. The second installment of Domestic Animals and American Identity now on display contains a variety of works by George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton, including Benton drawings illustrating Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Bingham’s famous series of prints representing political campaigns and elections in the the 1850s. 

Baby Story Time. Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room, 100 W. Broadway, 9:30-10 a.m. and 10:30-11 a.m. For the tiniest library patron, join for rhymes, songs, and fun. Ages birth-18 months with an adult. No registration required. 

Women’s Network March luncheon. Elk Park Event Center, 4747 East Elk Park Drive. 11:30 a.m. $25 at the door. 

Irish Whiskey Basics course. Hy-Vee, 405 E. Nifong Blvd., 6-8:30 p.m. The class will discuss the spirits rich history, distilling guidelines, and brands available today. The class will include a light meal of made from scratch Irish Pub favorites – as well as nine half-ounce sample pours of Irish Whiskey. $50. 

History of the Orphan Train Movement. Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway, 6:30-8 p.m. Presented by Kaily Carson, curator of the National Orphan Train Complex. Adults and teens. Seating is limited; please register. 

Nclusion Plus and The Blue Note presents Mystique Summers. The Blue Note, 17 N. 9th St., 7:30 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show. Hosted by Mahajanay Demornay, ft. Faye King, Artemis Grey, Tassandra Crush, and Mr. Gay America 2023, KC Sunshine. $10-$25. 

Xtreme Bar Bingo. Dive Bar, 1116 Business Loop E, 7-9 p.m. No cost, no cover bingo consisting of nine games. Prizes and progressive cash jackpot. 

Karaoke Night. (Nightly through March 19). Eastside Tavern, 106 E. Broadway. 8-11:45 p.m.  

St. Patrick's Day photo illustration showing pot of gold and shamrock hat.


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (musical) – Stephens College. Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave., 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18. Box office. 

St. Paddy’s Day Celebration. The Blue Note, 17 N. 9th St., featuring The Kay Brothers. Doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. $12-$25. 

St. Patrick’s Day Bash: Diddy Wah Daddies. Dive Bar, 1116 Business Loop 70. 5 p.m.  

UADA: Retraversing the Void – North American Tour, with Goat Coffin and Lowest Life. Rose Music Hall, 1013 Park Ave., 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show. $18. 


Is Your Child on Track? Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway, 10 a.m.-noon. The Boone County Early Childhood Coalition offers a quick, free screening to assess your child’s well-being and social-emotional health. For Boone County families with children ages 2 months to 5 years. 

Columbia Farmers Market. MU Health Care Pavilion at Columbia’s Agriculture Park, 1769 W. Ash St., 9 a.m.-noon. 

Annual Train Show. Paquin Tower, 1201 Paquin St. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. See a wide variety of displays involving trains and the early days of transportation as well as movies and photographs on rail travel. Hosted by Mid-Mo Railfans and Columbia Parks and Recreation.  Admission is free. 

Friends of the Columbia Public Library lobby book sale. Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway, noon-3 p.m. The Friends hold semiweekly sales in the library lobby. Shop every Wednesday and Saturday noon-3 p.m. Cash or checks only. All proceeds support library services. 

Paper Marbling Workshop. Columbia Art League, 207 S. 9th St. 3-5 p.m. This two-hour workshop will introduce students to several traditional marbling patterns on paper, as well as the marbling process for other materials. Registration required. From $50. 

Women’s Day of Music. The Blue Note, 17 N. 9th St., doors 3 p.m., show 4 p.m. Women’s Day of Music is a music festival curated by The Blue Note and Sergel Music Studio to celebrate and provide exclusive space to women and non-binary musicians. $15-$25. 

Health Fair at Clover’s Natural Market, 2100 Chapel Plaza Ct. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wellness Expo. See how supplements can make a difference no matter where you are on your health and wellness journey. 

Pierpont General Store, celebrity bartenders Zoe Hughley Beasley and Jim Yankee. Pierpont General Store, 7650 Missouri 163, Pierpont. 5-9 p.m. Beasley and Yankee will be raising money for Armani’s Angels. 

Molly Healey String Project and The Tanner Lee Band. Thespian Hall, 522 Main St., Boonville, doors 7 p.m. $20.  

The Hydes of March. Café Berlin, 220 N. 10th St., 7:30-9:30 p.m. Join Detect Nerd for an Ides of March meets Pi Day RPG extravaganza. Free admission, but interactive tipping affects the outcome of the game. 

BadNames. Dive Bar, 1116 Business Loop 70 E. 8 p.m.  

Show-Me-Opera: A Midsummer’s Night Dream – University Concert Series. Missouri Theatre, 203 S. 9th St., 7-10 p.m. $25. Also on Sunday, 2-5 p.m. 

Van Ghost: Album Release Show. Rose Music Hall, 1013 Park Ave., 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show. $15. 

Honeybees creat honey in a honeycomb.


Tunes at Two – Harpist Melissa Purvis. Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway, 2-3 p.m. Local musicians provide a musical backdrop at the Columbia Public Library on the second Sunday of every month. 

Boone Regional Beekeepers A.L. Gustin Golf Course pollinator restoration. Animal Science Research Center, 920 E. Campus Dr., 3-5 p.m. 

Columbia Community Band Winds of March Concert. Hickman High School Auditorium, 104 N. Providence Road. 4-5:30 p.m. FREE ADMISSION. 


DNR photo contest exhibit reception. Missouri State Museum, 201 W. Capitol Ave., Jefferson City. 3:30-4:30 p.m. The Missouri State Museum welcomes the public and the winners of the 2022 MoDNR Photo Contest to a reception and exhibit viewing. The winning photographs in three categories are currently on display in the west foyer of the museum, located on the first floor of the Capitol. 

Emerging artists gala recital. Sheryl Crow Hall, Sinquefield Music Center, 1101 University Ave., Mizzou campus, 7-9 p.m. Free admission. 


Happy Hour Bingo – DogMaster Distillery. 210 St. James St. Suite D, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Five rounds of bingo beginning at 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday. No cost to play. “Mediocre prizes.” 

Taco Tuesday on the Big Muddy. Cooper’s Landing Riverside Resort and Marina, 11505 S. Smith Hatchery Road, 4:30-8:30 p.m. 

Jay & Leslie’s Mime Workshop. Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Professional entertainers Jay Cady and Leslie Seifert-Cady will teach you cool mime illusions like the invisible wall and the tug of war so you can create silent stories of your own. Ages 8 and older. Please register. 

BNNY, with Blights and Ripped Genes. Rose Music Hall, 1013 Park Ave. 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show. $15. 

The As Yet Unnamed Comedy Show. Eastside Tavern, 106 E. Broadway, 9-11 p.m.  


Journey Toward Inclusive Excellence book discussion. Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway, 1-2 p.m. Discuss the novel “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones. Free copies of the book are available at the health department, 1005 W. Worley. Adults. 

Concert Jazz band concert. Rhynsburger Theatre, 505 Hitt St., 7-8 p.m. Featuring the music of Toshiko Akiyoshi. Free admission. 

Personal archiving and your digital legacy. Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway, 7-8:30 p.m. Our photographs, papers, digital assets, and online accounts will eventually need to be taken over by a family member or designated estate manager. In this course, you will learn strategies and techniques for preserving these assets for future generations. Adults. Registration required. 

Dakota Poorman: Best Mistake Tour, with Dan Kerns + Travis Fuetz and The Stardust Cowboys. Rose Music Hall, 1013 Park Ave., 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show. $10. 


Columbia College Global 50th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration. 1001 Rogers St. 3 p.m. on the main campus in Dorsey Gym. 4-6 p.m., Giving Day Happy Hour. Open to the public. 

Reggie Pearl + Laika + Telepathy Club at Rose Music Hall. Rose Music Hall, 1013 Park Ave., 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show. $8 day of show. 


We also love to visit and find out what’s happening at … 

Finger Lakes State Park 

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park 

Three Creeks Conservation Area 

Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area 

Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau

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