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  • January 11, 2011 10:38 AM

    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.

  • January 11, 2011 10:38 AM

    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.

  • January 11, 2011 10:36 AM

    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.

  • January 7, 2011 09:17 AM

    Springfield Little Theatre begins 2011 with "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" January 28-February 13 at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut. The "King of the Road," the late Roger Miller, composed a jubilant score with Cajun, gospel, folk, country and blues elements, to shepherd the audience down the Mighty Mississippi with Huck Finn, searching for a new life, and Jim the runaway slave, searching for freedom. Beth Domann directs the production, with choreography by Lorianne Dunn and musical direction by Brooke Stephens. The production is scheduled Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30, and 2:30pm matinees Saturdays and Sundays through February 13. For tickets call the Landers box office at 869-1334 for visit www.springfieldlittletheatre.org.

  • January 7, 2011 09:10 AM

    Coming to the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts: the next Don Wessel Emerging Concert Artist recital is Thursday Jan.27 at 7:30pm, featuring 26-year-old flutist from Belarus, Aleksandr Haskin. A meet-the-artist reception follows the recital, which will feature seating right on the Hammons Hall stage to get you up-close and personal with the performer. The national touring production of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST returns to Hammons Hall in the "Give Your Regards To Broadway" series, February 11-13. Based on the Oscar-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping stage spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. It’s a classic musical love story, filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song. Performances at Hammons Hall are Friday Feb.11 at 8:00 pm; Saturday the 12th at 2:00 and 8:00pm; and Sunday Feb.13 at 2:00. For more information visit www.hammonshall.com, or for tickets call 836-7678 or 1(888) 476-7849.

  • January 7, 2011 08:59 AM

    The Springfield Council of PTAs presents the annual city-wide "Reflections Showcase," "Together We Can," Sunday Jan. 9 from noon to 4pm at Battlefield Mall at the J.C. Penneys east entrance. Kids from Springfield schools will display their entries in dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography and visual arts. At 3:00 an awards ceremony will take place. It's free and open to the public. For more information visit http://scptamo.com.

  • January 6, 2011 10:02 AM

    The Creamery Writers Workshop opens its 3rd season at the Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway across from Hammons Field, on Thursday Jan.13 at 7:00pm. Writers of all ages and proficiencies are invited to come celebrate and compare their New Year’s resolutions with friends old and new. Have an idea for a project—a story, a book or chapter, a play, a poem? Don’t hold back. All it takes is that you show up with 8 to 10 copies of your work. If you want applause you’ll get it—or gentle criticism if you ask for it. All writers share the same problems and times, so don’t hold back if you need suggestions for a title, help with coming up with a better word or phrase. Creamery Writers Guild meetings take place the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. For more information call Springfield Regional Arts Council at 862-ARTS (2787) or visit



  • January 4, 2011 02:58 PM

    Violinist Jesse Mills and pianist Rieko Aizawa, who call themselves "Duo Prism," have both previously appeared in Joplin's Pro Musica concert series. They'll perform with clarinetist Marlene Pauley Thursday January 20th at 7:00pm Webster Hall Corley Auditorium on the campus of Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. The concert includes Brahms' Violin Sonata No.2; a trio by Khachaturian; and Beethoven's "Kreutzer" Sonata. It's open to the public free of charge, but donations will be appreciated. Duo Prism’s appearance in Joplin is funded in part by the Vivian Leon Fund of the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. In addition to the free concert, they'll perform a bonus House Concert on Friday Jan.21st at 6:30pm; a limited number of $75 tickets are available for that night, which will include a cocktail buffet, the concert, and a champagne dessert. For more information call Pro Musica Joplin at (417) 625-1822 or visit www.promusicajoplin.org.

  • January 4, 2011 02:57 PM

    Unite of Southwest Missouri invites you and your family to explore a world of cultural entertainment during the 14th Annual Springfield Multicultural Festival on Monday January 17th, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, from noon to 4:00pm at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. Local performers representing cultures from around the world will gather on stage at Hammons Hall along with KY3 news co-anchor Marie Saavedra to explore a world of cultural entertainment. You will see traditional favorites including the Celtic Fire Irish Dance Company, Grupo Latinoamericano, the MSU Gospel Choir and other groups. In the Hall's foyer area there will be more than fifty exhibiting organizations sharing information about education and employment opportunities, healthcare, financial services and other important community resources. Admission is free and the event is open to everyone.

  • January 4, 2011 02:54 PM

    The Missouri Film Alliance and The Moxie Cinema are holding a FREE, five-month “Queen City Cinema” series dedicated to Springfield-area filmmakers. The series opens TONIGHT (Tuesday Jan.4th) at 9:30pm with a showing of four short films. The free film series will take place every first Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. at the Moxie Cinema, 431 S. Jefferson (entrance on Pershing just south of the Downtown Y). This initial series will include “oops” by Chris Beckman, which was selected to show at Utah’s Sundance Film Festival in January. Donations will be accepted to help pay for Beckman’s travel expenses to attend the Sundance Festival. His 10-minute art film, which is composed entirely of YouTube video segments, also won the Vimeo Awards Experimental category. The three other featured films on Tuesday include:“This is the Orange Line” by Nathan Maulorico; “One Piece at a Time” by Max Rosen; and “Loose Cannon” by Brook Linder. The Moxie is partnering with the Springfield-based Missouri Film Alliance to give local filmmakers this outlet to show their work on the big screen. The Queen City Cinema series is funded through a grant from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative, which encourages projects that nurture local arts and the audiences for them. The submission process is ongoing. Any aspiring directors out there should drop off two DVDs of their film (short or long) at the Moxie. For more information, contact: Mike Stevens at the Moxie Cinema, (417) 379-9270; or Steve Olson of Missouri Film Alliance, (417) 501-6075.