CoMo Weekender: Happy May ft. Bike, Walk, Wheel Week and Waffles

The college students might be heading out but that doesn’t mean this town shuts down. Time to celebrate with the real locals. Join the community for Bike, Walk & Wheel Week. Support a local band or troupe of young thespians. Relive True/False. Do it all with a tummy full of chicken ’n waffles. See below.

11th Annual Mayor’s Challenge: Bike, Walk & Wheel Week Kickoff Event (Sat, 10 a.m.)

Dust off that bike and grab your walking shoes for Bike, Walk & Wheel Week. Check out the dozen or so events by Columbia Parks and Recreation and PedNet all week or create some of your own.

“It’s really to encourage people to be active,” says Karen Ramey, superintendent of CPR.

Popular events include Story Book Trail “Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature” on Saturday, the Family Fun Fest on Wednesday and the Breakfast Station Day next Friday. Go to the PedNet website for the full schedule.

Save some dough and the environment while you’re at it. According to Kiplinger, cyclists can save $20 per week on a 10-mile roundtrip commute to work. Nice!

Punctuation: 2012 MU Senior Art Exhibition (Fri, 4 p.m.)

Stop by Punctuation on your way home to see work from 31 seniors from the MU Art Department.

“People should come to Punctuation because the work is among the best the gallery shows all year,” says graduating senior Merit Myers. “Work this good stays with viewers long after they leave the gallery.” So support these emerging artists and head to Bingham Gallery on Friday. “There’s gonna be plenty of fizzy lifting drink and noms,” says Myers. That’s reason enough for me.

Sunflower Waffle Company opens at Mojo’s (Fri, 3:30 p.m.)

Head to Mojo’s on Friday afternoon for a soul food classic: chicken ‘n waffles. Enjoy this southern favorite from the Sunflower Waffle Company in their grand introduction to Columbia. Plus, you get your choice of gravy or syrup. You can also get waffles sans chicken for the vegetarians among us aka me. I’m a sucker for gourmet food trucks. Theirs will be open in two weeks. Catch them at Mojo’s in the meantime.

True/False Films at Ragtag: Undefeated (Fri, 6:30 p.m.; Sat, 2:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sun 1:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.)

Head to screenings of two True/False films at Ragtag this month. Undefeated, winner of best documentary at the Oscars, opened last weekend.  This film is way more than an underdog story.  Watch and see.  Also, keep an eye out for The Bully Project, which opens later this month.

The Hooten Hallers at The Blue Note (Sat, 9 p.m.)
The Hooten Hallers formed here in 2006, playing a mix of rock n’ roll, blues and country. Here’s your chance to see this Missouri duo return home. After all, Paste Magazine did list them among the 10 Missouri Bands You Should Listen To Now. You should probably listen.

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Junior (Fri-Sun, 7 p.m.) Go down the rabbit hole with the kids from the TRYPS Children’s Theatre. The white rabbit is waiting. Just don’t be late for this very important date.

CoMo Weekender is curated by Trupti Rami in hopes of enlivening those 55 hours away from the workweek. Email questions, comments or suggestions to


This article appeared on on May 11, 2012. I wrote it as a part of CoMo Weekender, a guide to weekends in Columbia, Mo.

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