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Leslie Carrier talks with Julie Leeth, executive vice-president of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, about the Rural Schools Partnership.

Theresa Bledsoe talks with Ted O'Neal, the City of Springfield's superintendent of solid waste management, about a greenhouse project that's in the works.

Billy Long



The federal government is looking at new ways to protect elected officials after Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was critically injured when a gunman opened fire at a public event Giffords was hosting. Six people died and many others were injured. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore spoke with newly-elected Congressman Billy Long about the tragedy. Long began by saying he expects some changes are in store for him and other members of Congress regarding security.

You are cordially invited to Eat, Drink and Be Married! Springfield Little Theatre is hosting a wedding for their annual Little Theatre, Big Party. The wedding cast will be your favorite SLT players, and you will play the role of the happy couple’s family, friends, or maybe even be a member of the wedding party. It's Saturday January 22nd at the Veridian, 309 South Avenue. For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, call Little Theatre at 869-3869 or visit



Veteran journalist Dante Chinni (PBS NewsHour) will speak on "Our Patchwork Nation: The Ozarks and the Road Ahead" at 7:30 PM, January 24 in Meyer Library Room 101.

Chinni is project director of Patchwork Nation, an effort to get beyond the red/blue map of American politics by dividing the nation's 3,141 counties into 12 community types. Nixa, Missouri is the community the project chose to represent the country’s 468 or so Evangelical Epicenter counties. In the past, Chinni has worked for the Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek. Together with James Gimpel, he is the author of the newly released Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America, The 12 Community Types That Make Up Our Nation (Gotham Books, 2010). The book includes an entire chapter on Nixa, Missouri.

Veteran journalist Dante Chinni has worked for the Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, and the Project for Excellence in Journalism. He is native of a Detroit, Michigan area. He is project director of Patchwork Nation.

For more information on Chinni, see www.dantechinni.com

For more information on the project, see www.patchworknation.org

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Daniel Zender announce a unique new collaboration, The SSLYBY (European) Tour Book. 60 pages of new illustrations by Daniel Zender and writings by band members, created during the band's 2010 tour of Europe. The official release of this book will be February 4th at Smart Gallery, 405 W Walnut during the February First Friday Art Walk. All of the illustrations will be on display, as well as other art from the band. The book will be available for sale to the public that night. For more information visit www.danielzender.com.

The Gillioz Theatre presents political satire group The Capitol Steps Thursday Jan.27 at 8:00pm, with power, conflict, scandal and mayhem all set to your favorite tunes! And Internationally acclaimed trombonist and composer Delfeayo Marsalis comes to the Gillioz Theatre on Saturday February 5 with his original theatrical jazz production "Sweet Thunder: Duke and Shak" which melds the work of Duke Ellington with William Shakespeare. The production features actor Kenneth Brown Jr. along with Delfeayo Marsalis and a jazz octet, plus full stage set and costuming. Driven by a long-term affinity for both Duke and the Bard, Delfeayo studied literature on the masters’ level at the University of New Orleans where he nurtured his love for Shakespeare. While later earning his masters degree in jazz performance at the University of Louisville, he first made the connection between the Bard and Duke in the form of a thesis paper relating the two, and was inspired to create a fresh new interpretation of Ellington's extended jazz suite "Such Sweet Thunder." The production is currently on a 36-city U.S. tour; it's directed by John Grimsley with script by Charles E. Gerber. Tickets range from $30 to $42.50, with student and group rates available. For tickets call the Gillioz box office at 863-9491 or visit http://gillioz.zhost.net.

Area artist and gallery owner Michael McClure will present a class on painting techniques in oil or acrylic in two four-hour sessions on Sunday January 23rd and Saturday Jan.29 from 1 to 5pm each day. Participants can come for one or both classes--cost is $35; a materials list will be provided on request when you register. Location is Michael McClure's studio at 3223 County Rd. 1670 in Willow Springs, MO. For information call (417) 252-4797 or email Michael at mcclure172 [at] gmail [dot] com.

The next Contra Dance sponsored by the Traditional Dance & Music Society of the Ozarks is Saturday, January 15 from 7:30 to 10:30pm at the Franciscan Villa, 620 W. Scott in Springfield. Basic Steps are taught at 7 p.m. Live music will be provided by fiddler Jim Lansford and pianist Kim Lansford, with dance caller Gloria Johnson. No partner needed; ages 10 and up are welcome. Admission is $6 adults, $4 students and Dance and Music Society members. For more information call Vickie Strohm at 862-8681 or visit www.springfieldcontra.org.