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The Skinny Improv's monthly live-on-stage local late-night talk show "The Mystery Hour" is moving to "prime time" on Saturday August 7 at 7:30pm at the Gillioz Theatre downtown. For some people the interviews are their favorite part; for some it's the videos, but everybody seems to love the live music. So the Mystery Hour producers decided to assemble their favorite musical acts into one big concert at the Gillioz. But wait, it's not just a concert, it's also a highlights and clips show. Scheduled to appear: Jeremy Larson, Survival Car, J.J. Alberhasky, Stills and Grant, and Focus! Focus. Admission will be $8 and tickets will be available at the door. For more information visit www.themysteryhour.com.

Randy Bacon's Gallery Sounds Concert Series will present one of Springfield's most popular bands, Somebody Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin in an all-ages alcohol and smoke-free concert on Saturday August 21st--doors will open at 7:30 with music at 8. Opening for them will be Kansas City-based band The acb's. Tickets are $12--call 868-8179 or visit www.gallerysounds.net. Get a preview of "Boris Yeltsin" on KSMU Friday Aug.20 at noon when the band makes a return appearance on Studio Live Performance!

Randy Bacon’s Gallery Sounds Concert Series at the Monarch Art Factory, 600 W. College, will present an all-ages, alcohol- and smoke-free indie rock concert Friday, August 13; doors open at 8:00 pm, music begins at 8:30. Performing will be The New Monster's Collective, a predominantly all-girl five-piece local band whose high-powered, eccentric pop tunes have attracted them a large local fan base with their combination of folk, pop, bluegrass and other influences. Opening act will be Sister City and Jesse James Wax Museum. Tickets are $8 are are available from www.gallerysounds.net or by calling 868-8179.

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks presents the second annual "Bloody Battle of the Bands," combining a day-long rock festival featuring some of the area's newest musical talent, with a blood drive. This year's "Battle" takes place Friday August 6th from 3 to 9pm at the Shrine Mosque in downtown Springfield. Participants will vote for their favorite band by giving blood in the band's name. Area bands will be competing for prizes including studio recording time and musical equipment; participating bands this year include Ambrister, Arrayed in White, the Ben Frisch Trio, Brickyard, Message and Forum, The Lonely Apache and Punting Baxter, with a special appearance by Berch. Blood donors are encouraged to sign up online to secure a donation time at www.cbco.org. For more information visit www.cbco.org.

Springfield's newest music festival takes place later this month: the first annual Ozarks Music Fest to benefit local children and families served by Shriners Children's Hospitals and the Boys and Girls Club of Springfield, in cooperation with the Ozarks Sertoma Club. Ozarks Music Fest is scheduled for Friday and Saturday August 27 and 28 in the south lot at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, 1935 S. Campbell. The event's lineup of musical artists includes blues singer Shemekia Copeland headlining the Friday-night Aug.27 concert; Ivan Neville's new band "Dumpstaphunk" from New Orleans headlines the Saturday night show. Also appearing: Aunt Kizzy's Boyz from San Diego; Joanne Shaw Taylor and the Zac Harmon Band, and Ernie and Earl Cate with their annual Springfield reunion show. The talent lineup also includes 10-year-old guitarist Tallan Noble Latz, who blew away the judges on "America's Got Talent"; Memphis-based blues favorite Reba Russell; and another returning favorite, guitarist Michael Burks and his band. For more information on the first annual Ozarks Music Fest, visit their website www.ozarksmusicfest.com.

Leslie Carrier talks with Char Berquist,Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution at Missouri State University about the work the center does.

In the first part of an ongoing series on Alzheimer's, meet Dr. Bill Sunderwirth who was recently diagnosed with the disease.

Being sent to the pound does not necessarily mean a death sentence for animals whose owners don’t claim them. That’s because the Springfield-Greene County Animal Shelter has partnered with animal rescue organizations. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more…

The genre of the graphic novel has a long history. According to some, it dates all the way back to cave paintings. Others date it back to the Middle Ages. Others find a more recent foundation for it. At Missouri State University, an entire intercession course will focus on the genre, and while budget concerns will prevent more courses being offered in this area, many English courses will begin to incorporate more about the graphic novel into the curriculum. Award-winning graphic novelist Matt Kindt will be on the Missouri State campus to lecture to students in the course Aug. 12, and from 6-8 p.m. that evening, he will be available in the Plaster Student Union Gallery for a book signing and reception. For more information, contact Jen Murvin Edwards at jedwards [at] missouristate [dot] edu.