Randy Stewart joined the full-time KSMU staff in June 1978 after working part-time as a student announcer/producer for two years. His job has evolved from Music Director in the early days to encompassing production of a wide range of arts-related programming and features for KSMU, including the online and Friday morning “Arts News.”
Stewart assists volunteer producers John Darkhorse (Route 66 Blues Express), Lee Worman (The Gold Ring), and Emily Higgins (The Mulberry Tree) with the production of their programs. He’s also become the de facto “Voice of KSMU” in recent years due to the many hours per day he’s heard doing local station breaks. Stewart’s record of service on behalf of the Springfield arts community earned him the Springfield Regional Arts Council’s “Ozzie Award” in 2006.
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.
Marshfield Performing Arts Society presents a New Year's Eve dinner theatre production, "Murder at Midnight" with two performances on Friday 12/31 in the new Starlight Room on the square in Marshfield, at 5pm and 9pm--the late show is set to end just in time to ring in the New Year with a champagne toast. Enjoy a four-course m3eal while trying to figure out "whodunit". This black-tie-optional event is a fundraiser for the Marshfield Performing Arts Society, and tickets are $50 per person, available at Beckerdite's Music and the Webster County Library in Marshfield, or by calling 840-2646 in Marshfield. For more information visit www.marshfieldtheatre.org.
Deliverance Temple at 2101 W. Chestnut Expressway hosts their annual "Christmas Candlelight Concert" Sunday Dec.19 at 6:00pm, featuring the Voices of Deliverance Choir and other musical guests in an evening of Christmas music. It's free and open to the public.
Missouri State Theatre and Dance alums--and Broadway veterans--Deidre Goodwin and Michelle Potterf return to Springfield early in January to teach a Broadway dance master class for Springfield Little Theatre. KSMU's Randy Stewart talked about it with Deidre Goodwin.
The Springfield Regional Arts Council presents First Night Springfield, the annual community-wide, alcohol-free celebration of the visual and performing arts to ring in 2011 with live music, theatre, children's activities, fireworks and more. First Night will be held in downtown Springfield on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. This year's event will feature over 25 performances at 10 venues in downtown Springfield, including performances by Chris Sligh (American Idol finalist, season 6), Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, the Skinny Improv, SuperCharge, Grupo Latinoamericano, the Japan America Friendship Group, and many more local performing groups. First Night will also offer hands-on activities for children, rock climbing, ice skating and a fireworks finale in Jordan Valley Park. First Night admission stickers can be purchased in advance for $7 per person or $25 for a family four-pack, at the following locations: area Kum & Go locations, Price Cutter Stores, Springfield-Greene County Library locations, the Creamery Arts Center and the Urban Districts Alliance office. Festivities will begin at 5:30pm, with a fireworks grand finale at midnight in Jordan Valley Park. A complete list of First Night Springfield venues and a complete performance schedule are available online at
. A shuttle will be provided free of charge to all First Night attendees. For information call the Urban Districts Alliance at 831-6200.
Enjoy "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," make a personalized ornament & enjoy live holiday music during Center City Saturday Dec. 18, presented in the downtown arts district by the galleries of First Friday Art Walk--it's free and open to the public. Among the highlights are a FREE showing of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" at 10 a.m. at Hollywood Theaters; a 10:00am storytime followed by family films and live holiday music by "A Matter of Style" Saturday afternoon at Park Central Branch Library. You can make a free handpainted, personalized ornament with artist Jesse Stone at Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut Suite 101 from 1 to 4pm; and watch the artists at Springfield Hot Glass Studio give live glassblowing demonstrations. And you can go on your own mini-Art Walk, as the First Friday exhibits remain up all month long. Center City Saturday is presented the third Saturday of each month by members of First Friday Art Walk and the Downtown Springfield Association. For more information visit www.ffaw.org or the Art Walk page on Facebook.
The Springfield Regional Arts Council, with help from the Junior League of Springfield, is celebrating the season and joining downtown Springfield’s “Festival of Lights” by sponsoring a community-wide Free Art Day at The Creamery Arts Center, Saturday, December 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. Several fun activity stations will be available, including holiday cookie decorating, wrapping paper printmaking, and creating a crafty snowman and a glass ball ornament. The Springfield-Greene County Library will also provide storytelling. All ages and artistic abilities are welcome for hands-on art activities, no registration is required. Every participant can create and take home one item from each station, with instruction and supplies provided by Springfield Regional Arts Council staff and volunteers. The Creamery, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, is located in Jordan Valley Park, at the intersection of Sherman and Trafficway, just west of Hammons Field. For more information call the Arts Council at 862-ARTS (2787) or visit www.springfieldarts.org.
The Springfield Chamber Chorus is a highly-select independent community choir specializing in the performance of a cappella choral literature, both sacred and secular. The Chorus is comprised of post-collegiate singers from the greater Springfield area; all their concerts are free and open to the public. They'll perform Sunday Dec.19 at 5:00pm at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1115 N. Campbell. For more information visit www.springfieldchamberchorus.org.
Messiah Project presents their annual December concert "The Miracle of Christmas" in venues all over Missouri next week. It includes a complete staged performance of Gian-Carlo Menotti's Christmas opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors,' plus "Christmas Around the World" with the Forum Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra of Krakow, Poland. Here's the performance schedule:--Friday Dec.17th at 7:00pm at Faith Fellowship Church in Houston, MO (call 417-967-4680).Also, there will be performances Saturday and Sunday in St.Louis, Chesterfield and Farmington. For more information visit www.messiahproject.org or call 883-5274.