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  • June 9, 2009 11:51 AM

    Springfield Regional Arts Council will present a three-day Watercolor Workshop for adults with artist Alicia Farris. The workshop will be held at The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, on June 23, 24, and 25 from 9:00 AM to Noon each day. Explore the versatility of painting with transparent watercolor from the fundamentals of color, value and composition to techniques such as wet on wet, dry brush, glazing, texturing and color mixing. At the end of the first day there will be an optional but recommended group visit to the Springfield Art Museum to see the national watercolor show, Watercolor USA, both to gain inspiration, and to look for styles and techniques that were discussed and practiced in class. This workshop is for both beginners and the intermediate painters. Cost of the workshop is $69 and a supply list will be available upon registration. Registration deadline is Tuesday, June 16. To register, call the Arts Council at 862-2787 (ARTS) or email info [at] springfieldarts [dot] org.

  • June 9, 2009 10:39 AM

    Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield presents The "Ray House Jamboree," a bluegrass music festival on the lawn in front of the historic Ray House (Tour Stop Number 2) on Saturday June 13 from 11am to 4pm, featuring several local groups performing traditional Ozark music. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. The Ray House will be open all day, and guided tours will be provided by park volunteers. Normal park entrance fees apply. For more information call 732-2662.

  • June 9, 2009 10:35 AM

    The 27th annual Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association Spring Bluegrass Festival is Thursday through Saturday June 11-13 at the HOBA Park in West Plains. Featured this year are the Martin Family, Route 66, Howell County Bluegras, Big Creek, the Ozark Bluegrass Boys, and the Romans Family. The festival opens Thursday night June 11 at 7pm with a Gospel Night. Friday night's show is also at 7:00pm; Saturday's show starts at 1:30pm. For admission prices and more information contact the Ozark Welcome Center toll-free at 1(888) 256-8835.

  • June 9, 2009 10:31 AM

    The 2009 Old Time Music Ozark Heritage Festival takes place Friday and Saturday June 19 and 20 in downtown West Plains, Missouri. Celebrate old-time msuic and the unique culture of the Ozark highlands during this two-day festival, with music, artisans, a jig-dance competition, exhibits, activities and more. Musical headliners include thumbpicking guitar master Comer "Moon" Mullins and the duo of Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen on Friday night the 19th; then longtime Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith and one of old-time music's foremost fiddlers, James Bryan, both performing Saturday night June 20. Other musical acts include the Shout Lulu String Band; Baled Green and Wired Tight; fiddler Travis Inman; 3 Penny Acre; and bluegrass and gospel singer Emily Dowden. There will also be jam sessions and workshops in hammer and mountain dulcimer, fiddle, clawhammer banjo, backup guitar and more. James Bryan will host a "Fiddler's Frolic at 5pm Friday the 19th. There are also traditional dance workshops Friday morning. The Bob Holt National Old TIme Jig Dance Competition is Saturday the 20th at 1pm; the 2nd annual Mule Jump demonstration and competition is Saturday afternoon the 20th. "Artisans in Action" for 2009 include the Country Heritage Spinners and Weavers fiber-arts guild; the Hutton Valley Quilters; the Ozark Mountain Long Rifles club; mandolin maker Mike Fraser from Kansas City; Dennis Purcell with his ozark split oak baskets; Barbara Williams and Jeri Winchester demonstrating fine art and fiber art. Also: beeswax candlemaking, bow making, native beadwork, leatherwork, flint napping, guitar making, jewlery, woodcrafts and folk art, and more. For more information visit their website www.oldtimemusic.org or email info [at] oldtimemusic [dot] org.

  • June 9, 2009 10:12 AM

    The first annual Pierce City Arts Festival will take place downtown Pierce City, MO on Saturday June 13. Booths featuring the work of more than 25 area artists will be open from 10am to 5pm. Also, live entertainment starts at 10am at Freda Mae's, with cowboy storyteller and musician Tex Carroll, followed by Mark Chapman, tango dancers, the Jufara Marimba Ensemble, and Michael Two Leaf Meadows performing Native American flute music. For more information call (417) 737-1966.

  • June 9, 2009 10:01 AM

    The Harlin Museum in West Plains presents a new juried art show, "Vanishing Ozarks-Old Schoolhouses and Country Stores," June 17 to July 10. Participating artists sought out examples of country stores and schoolhouses in their area of the Ozarks and gave them artistic interpretation. Most of them have also collected stories about the schools and stores depicted in their paintings, in keeping with the Harlin Museum's mission to tell the story of the Ozarks through art and history. In addition to the artwork, the opening reception will include a storytelling re-enactment of an old schoolhouse, featuring original materials used by the teachers and students. The reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.harlinmuseum.org or call (417) 256-7801.

  • June 9, 2009 09:54 AM

    Due to the large response to their first call for auditions, Children’s Choirs of Southwest Missouri has added a new audition date for the upcoming season. Auditions for kids ages 5 to 18 for one of CCSM's six performance choirs and Young Artist Showcase will be conducted Tuesday June 23rd at National Avenue Christian Church, 1515 S. National. Auditions are friendly and low-key and are used to evaluate each singer for correct choir placement. For more information or to schedule a time, call Debi Lee at 890-7807.

  • June 5, 2009 09:56 AM

    Enjoy some of Springfield's best live music this summer at Park Central Square in the free concert series "Sounds on the Square." Bring lawn chairs, enjoy happy hour or dinner on the square in one of three outdoor cafes, or find a shady spot on the square to share a blanket while enjoying great local music. The family-friendly concert series takes place Fridays and Saturdays on the square, and admission is free. The music starts at 5:00 pm on Friday July 24th with the players from Ernie Bigg's Dueling Piano Bar. Then at 7:00pm more piano with Jackson Hunt. Members of Springfield Regional Opera will perform at 8, and at 9, Captain Black and the Sea Dogges performing traditional and original music about pirates and sailors. Saturday the 25th the music starts in Park Central Square at 7:00pm with indie folk/rock band North Decade, followed at 8pm by Sun City Casualties performing original songs with a pop/rock feel. Then at 9, more indie pop from veteran recording and touring artist Eddie Gumucio and his band The Electrics. For more information visit www.itsalldowntown.com.

  • June 3, 2009 09:22 AM

    The Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, and the Urban Districts Alliance announce a new season of "Wednesday Noon in Founders Park," a weekly series of free lunch-time concerts and shows continuing through July 29 every Wednesday in Founders Park, 330 E. Water Street in downtown Springfield. Shows begin at 12:15pm and run until 12:45pm. Patrons are encouraged to bring a sack lunch and lawn chair. Upcoming performances include: Springfield Ballet on June 3rd; the Little Hoover Big Band on June 10; Leah Hamilton Jenkins "Singing the Standards" on June 17; Springfield Little Theatre's Y.E.S.Troupe on June 24; pre-teen rockers "SuperCharge" on July 1st; singer-songwriter Katie Tow on July 8; the Honkyton Renovators July 15; pop/indie jam band The Scribbles on July 22; and string players from Missouri State University's "String Fling" for the final performance on Wednesday July 29. For more information visit www.itsalldowntown.com, www.springfieldmo.gov/founders/, or call 831-6200.

  • June 2, 2009 11:29 AM

    Wilson's Creek National Battlefield presents another "Arts in the Park" concert on Saturday June 6th at 7pm. Bluegrass band Crazy Mule will be featured; it's free and open to the public. Another program will take place on Saturday June 13 at the Ray House on the battlefield grounds--the regular admission charges apply for that program. For information call 732-2662.