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Ensemble Galilei Performs with NPR’s Neal Conan

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"Ensemble Galilei"

Consider a picture book with background music in a movie theater and you will find “First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World.”

Experience thoughts from Charles Darwin literature and many more famous explorers, aided by Ensemble Galilei’s music and National Geographic Image Selection Photographs.

A group of musicians known as Ensemble Galilei have combined visuals and narratives with their melodic compositions. Neal Conan, the host of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” narrates their latest show titled, “First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World.”

Pictures from National Geographic are displayed on a movie screen behind the performers on their various instruments. Their music incorporates Irish, Scottish, early and original music.

The next local showing of Ensemble Galilei with Neal Conan, is in Joplin, Mo., March 6, at Pro Musica Joplin in the Central Christian Center, 410 Virginia.


  • Kathryn Montoya, recorders, oboe, and whistle
  • Sue Richards, Celtic harp
  • Carolyn Anderson Surrick, viola da gamba
  • Hanneke Cassel, Scottish fiddle
  • Allison Edberg, early fiddle
  • Glen Velez, percussion (selected performances)
  • Neal Conan, Narrator
    For selected performances: actor Bill Pullman and Liane Hanson from National Public Radio

People Under the Stairs

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Emcees Thes One and Double K comprise the LA underground hip hop group People Under the Stairs, a.k.a. PUTS.

Since 1998 PUTS has released seven albums. Their latest release is the exhilarating ‘Carried Away’, which came out on October 13.

Peruvian Thes One (Chris Portugal) and LA original Double K (Michael Turner Jr.) met in the early nineties and soon released their first album, ‘The Next Step.’ Since then they have maintained a relatively low profile while continuing to produce better and better material.

‘Carried Away’ is the album you want if you are hosting a house party. See if this video makes you get up and dance:

Written by DaddyWells

November 10, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Stephen Colbert has his Eyes on the Gold

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This winter, the U.S. Speedskating team will have a very unusual logo on their suits, that of the Colbert Nation.

TV Colbert Olympics

Photo from AP

This past October, team’s original sponsor, DSB Bank, was forced to declare bankruptcy  by a Dutch Court, according to a report on

With competitions at the World Cup and the Winter Olympics quickly approaching and the loss of its financial backer for the past three years gone, the team was short $300,000.

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Written by Anna Gaynor

November 10, 2009 at 1:09 pm

KCOU Sponsors a Battle of the Bands

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Thirteen bands are gunning for your votes at The station and the Student Union Programming Board are sponsoring a battle of the bands. They’re all fighting for the chance to play at Memorial Union.

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Audrey Tautou stars as Coco, becomes new face for Chanel

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Opening tonight at the Ragtag is a French film on the early life of Coco Chanel, probably the most well-recognized fashion designers of the 20th century.

Amélie star and most recent Chanel face, Audrey Tautou, plays the young designer before she achieved fame in Coco Avant Chanel.

Chanel created a name and style for herself by wearing and creating clothes that were dark, chic and not filled with flowers or frills. She is now seen as an early feminist, creating clothes for a more modern and on-the-go woman.

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Written by Katie Davis

November 9, 2009 at 7:18 pm

A gala affair

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A short while ago, world-renowned cello master Yo-Yo Ma gave a gala performance at Powell Symphony Hall in St. Louis as part of a fundraiser for the many programs provided by the city’s world-renowned orchestra. It’s always the case – as I suspect it might be with others – that after I go to a concert it’s mandated by some unseen force that I listen to that band or performer on repeat for at least a week. I’ve never quite been able to explain why.

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Written by Sangeeta Shastry

November 7, 2009 at 12:19 am

Ruben Toledo Creates New Covers for Classics

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Penguin Books unveiled new covers for three of their classic pieces of literature on August 25 to coincide with New York Fashion Week: Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and The Scarlet Letter.

Toldeo's covers for The Scarlet Letter, Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights

They are available at the University Bookstore! I read about them in Vogue and The New Yorker a few months ago, but as is usually the case with designer specials, I didn’t think Missouri, much less Columbia, would get access to them. Until I saw them in the “Classics” section while perusing the fiction at the MU bookstore.


The brooding Heathcliff

Toledo is known for his whimsical drawings which can be seen in Nordstrom’s national designer ad campaign as well as The New Yorker, Vogue, the New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar and Interview. His wife, fashion designer Isabel Toledo, designed the dress First Lady Michelle Obama wore at her husband’s inauguration in January. The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City had an exhibition back in 2000 called “Toledo/Toledo: A Marriage of Art and Fashion” that showcased his artwork and her designs.

The covers are fantastic, and even though I read all three books years ago, they made me want to read them over again (and I did). The New York Times called his Lizzy Bennet on the cover of Pride and Prejudice “a Regency gossip girl and Darcy as her Mr. Big in knee breeches”.

Check out the covers at the MU bookstore in the Classics section.

Written by Nancy Stiles

November 3, 2009 at 7:26 pm