Springfield Contemporary Theatre at the Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut 4th floor, presents a lighthearted, charming musical by Ned Wilkinson, even if the title doesn't sound like it: "Julie Bunny Must Die!" It's the story of cartoonist Adam Chase and his creation "Julie Bunny: International Spy," who together battle villains not only in Adam’s cartoon world, but also in his real life. While Julie fights her nemesis Chef Albertson, it is up to Adam to keep his boss, clingy girlfriend and an obsessed fan in balance. As Adam’s worlds collide, he has to figure out how to stay in control and not to be defeated by the baddies. The SCT production follows Julie Bunny’s hit premiere at the 2010 Orlando International Fringe Festival. Performances are scheduled at the Vandivort Friday and Saturday Jan. 7 and 8, and Thurs-Sat Jan.13-15 all at 7:30pm, with 2:00pm Sunday matinees January 9 and 16. For ticket information call 831-8001 or visit www.vctheatre.com.
First Friday Art Walk presents an intimate little Art Walk to start the New Year. While our University galleries, as well as the Creamery Arts Center, are taking a break for winter holiday, there’s still plenty to see and do with Art Walk’s 14 participating galleries full of original art, music, food and fun Friday January 7th from 6-10 pm. January highlights include: the work of featured artists Dale Brueggemann and Debbie Reed at Fresh Gallery; the internationally renowned art of Springfield’s own Brad Noble, on display at Hawthorn Galleries in January; Good Girl Art Gallery features "Sensual Sects," a playful and stimulating body of work by Becca Rutledge, plus "Cherry Street and the Lone Star State," a Senior Exhibition by Ashley Byers; art by Fayae Clifton's students at Ash Grove High School at Park Central Branch Library; discounts, drawings and new albums at Red Door Studios; north of the Square, visit Phelps Street to enjoy work by photographer Joyce McMurtrey at Obelisk Home, art by Gavyn Sky at Revel Advertising and the original creations of Karen Schneider, Kat Allie and Stephanie Cramer at Inveno Health; and see the ancient art of glassblowing create modern works of art as Springfield Hot Glass Studio crafts "Abstract Animals" including elephants and antelope. Other galleries on the January 7th Art Walk include Abundant Life Covenant Church, Canvas, Farmers Gastropub, the Gillioz Theatre, and SPringfield Pottery. For families on the go, the Downtown Y offers "Family Art Night," with affordable child care for Art Walking parents, serving children ages 3 months to 12 years, 6:30-9 p.m. for $10 per child with preregistration. Kids enjoy healthy activities and snacks, story time and a hands-on art project to take home. Call (417) 862-8962, ext. 149, for information or to preregister. For information on the First Friday Art Walk, visit their website at www.ffaw.org or call 849-8255.