Highlights for Aug 20-26, 2018. As always, events are regularly added, so check back for more, and details for all of the events are in the notes section of the calendar. Remember, if you need more info, use the links and contact info for the event—sometimes details change before we can catch them.

Mon, Aug 20

7-9 pm: Acting Auditions for “Sweeney Todd” at Talking Horse Productions. Love acting? Want to try your hand at being in a play? Here is your chance: Auditions for this Stephen Sondheim musical are scheduled for both Monday and Tuesday at 7 pm. Callbacks will be on Wednesday. Those auditioning should bring a prepared song, preferably in the style of Sondheim. You should bring sheet music or recorded accompaniment. Please, no a cappella singing. No prepared monologues are necessary.

Tue, Aug 21

12-1:30 pm: Tech Help at the Columbia Public Library. This drop-in program lets you learn at your own pace with interactive tutorials for beginning and intermediate Windows users. Library trainers will be on-hand to offer support or help you navigate the basic functions of your Windows, Android or Apple laptop or device. Staff are unable to troubleshoot or repair equipment.

6-7:30 pm: Intro to WordPress.com at the Columbia Public Library. This is a registered class where you can learn about this free online publishing platform and you can create a simple blog or a sophisticated website. Bring your log-in and password, if you have one.

There are many technology support classes available at the Columbia Public Library. Both drop-in and registered classes are available, and if a registered class is full, they are offered again. Examples of other offerings include Facebook, Mac Photos, Android, personal archiving, and online security. There are also classes for kids and teens to learn computer basics, how to use different devices, and even how to make stop-motion animation movies.

Wed, Aug 22

6-7 pm: This month, Science on Tap features two Biological Sciences topics: Hong An on Brassica rapa and Marco Navarro on breathing at Craft Beer Cellar. Science on Tap CoMo is an outreach program that focuses on stimulating public engagement in science and technology, while offering STEM graduates an opportunity to improve communication skills. On the fourth Wednesday of each month, two graduate researchers will give a 20-minute presentation of their work to a general audience, with an additional 5 minutes for Q&A.

Photo of the Flea Bitten Dawgs.

Flea Bitten Dawgs to perform at the Columbia Public Library

Thu, Aug 23

7-8 pm: Enjoy the Flea Bitten Dawgs Concert for teens and adults at the Columbia Public Library. David Henry Spangler and Thom Pallozola of the Flea Bitten Dawgs play original tunes and jazz and Americana on ukulele and other instruments. Their music spans decades of swing, blues, pop and soulful ballads. Since the band’s formation in 2010, they have toured Europe, played in 10 states and recorded three CDs. This award-winning group was named “Best Old Band of 2011” by the Riverfront Times in St. Louis.

Fri, Aug 24

4:30-6:30 pm: Curator talk at 4:30 pm and art reception for the Friends with Benefits Exhibition at Bingham Gallery on the University of Missouri campus. With this exhibition, toward fulfillment of her doctorate in Art Education, Bethanie Irons focuses on the marriage between materiality and technology and examines how artists, teachers, and researchers can embrace the potentials of engagement with online art communities. If you are unable to be at the reception, the exhibit will be on view Aug 20-24, 2018.

Sat, Aug 25

12-9 pm: Mid-Missouri PrideFest at Rose Music Hall. This annual community festival celebrates people of all gender identities, and is a family-friendly event including entertainment, live performances, activities for kids and teens, vendors, and information on community organizations. There will also be food for sale. Outside food / beverages are not allowed. Musical performers include The Blu Janes, Violet and the Undercurrents, The Quorus: Columbia’s lgbtqqa-z Community Choir, Vigil And Thieves, and The Adaptation.

Do you know of any other fun, free events going on this week? Please share the details in the comments, so that everyone can benefit!

Have a wonderful week!

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