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.
The Traditional Dance and Music Society holds their regular Contra Dance on Saturday June 6 from 7:30 to 10:30pm in the gym at the Franciscan Villa on West Scott in Springfield. Basic steps are taught at 7:00; live music will be provided by Bill Mathews and friends, with dance caller Gloria Johnson. Everyone ages 10 and up is welcome; admission is $6, $4 for students. For more information visit www.springfieldcontra.org or call 862-8681.
The Ozark Arts Council and the Theatre Company present "An Evening of One Acts II" at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Harrison, Arkansas--performances are Friday and Saturday June 5 and 6 at 7:30pm, and Sunday June 7 at 2:00pm. There are four one-act comedies on the bill: "The Laziest Man in the World," who outwits two bumbling burglars; "The Red Lamp," which is used as a signal for everything from panhandlers to romantic trysts; "The Street of Good Friends," about schoolteachers on vacation in Italy who accidently wander into the red-light district; and "For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls," Christopher Durang's parody of "The Glass Menagerie." For more information or tickets, call (870) 391-3504 or visit www.ozarkartscouncil.org.
The Lebanon Art Guild's annual "Art On The Farm" family outdoor festival is Saturday and Sunday June 6 and 7 from noon to 6:00 p.m. at the farm of Bill and Vera Harrill, 23488 Highway N, seven miles east of Lebanon. Admission is free although the Guild won't turn down any tax-deductible contributions at the gate! This year's event promises will feature numerous area artists exhibiting and demonstrating their artistic talents. There will also be children's activities, art demonstrations, art lessons, music, poetry, hay rides, an art auction and down-home food catered by Maria's Cafe. For more information call (417) 532-1895 or (417) 588-3768; oremail lagg [at] lebanonartguild [dot] org.
The Eureka Springs School of the Arts will offer numerous week-long workshops and classes this summer, starting June 1st through 5th with a class in colored clays taught by Susan Siegele and Mike Haley. Other classes will be offered in wood and stone; metals, glasswork; painting and collage. For more information visit www.esartschool.org or call (479) 253-5384. The school is located on Highway 62 West in Eureka Springs.
Running June 12-28 at the Landers Theatre: Springfield Little Theatre's production of "Meshuggah-Nuns!" The Little Sisters of Hoboken are at it again in this zany, uproariously fast-paced show, on an all-expenses-paid "Faiths of All Nations" cruise aboard the USS Golden Delicious. The ship encounters a week-long storm at sea that incapacitates all but one of the cruise's entertainment staff, Tevye in the ship's "Fiddler on the Roof" production. Together, Tevye and the nuns put on a fun-filled musical for the passengers. Opening night of "Meshuggah-Nuns!" is Friday June 12th at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut. For times and tickets call 869-1334 or visit www.springfieldlittletheatre.org.
Springfield Contemporary Theatre at the Vandivort Center, 305 E. Walnut 4th floor, will present Joe Orton's wild farce "Loot" June 5-20. A REALLY dark comedy in which a corpse, the mother of a young bank robber, is dumped upside down in a closet so the thief and his accomplice, an undertaker's assistant, can stash their stolen loot in the coffin the parlor! "Loot" is a scathing attack on money, the police, and several other sacred institutions--definitely not your ordinary drawing-room comedy. For times and tickets call the Vandivort Theatre box office, 831-8001 or toll-free 1(888) 452-0930.
The First Friday Art Walk in June runs 6-10 p.m. on Friday June 5, featuring new art, live music, hands-on activities and fellowship in 23 participating galleries. For information call 849-8255 or visit www.ffaw.org. Among the highlights in June:--ArtWhole Studio opens its canvas to Art Walkers this month. Explore your creativity in the ArtWhole performance space, enjoy Chet Burgtorf’s photography series Abandoned, and pick up ArtWhole’s June schedule of events. --Bodhi Salon and Spa presents Photography by Kickapoo High School senior Trenton O'Dell.--The Creamery Arts Center showcases the talents of the 27-county southwest Missouri region in its Extravaganza Exhibition. --Elite PhotoArt features artist Tanja Ware in her show "Shades of Light, Shadow & Reflections," and continues to display Pottery by Bari Precious.--Fashioned By Jaye, 212 S. Campbell, presents "Jaye: Retrospective," a variety of artwork in a range of media by Jaye Coltharp. --Fitzwilly’s Gifts & Antiques presents "Dream of...", a collection of paintings by Hailey Patton. --Fresh Gallery presents Featured Artist Clarissa French in June. Her show includes abstract, kaleidoscopic images and cemetery photos from her Memento Mori series. Also this month, paintings by Sharon Warren.--Connecticut artist Sky Hoyt returns to Good Girl Art Gallery for her second show, "Being In and Of the Garden." Hoyt is joined Springfield native Ellen Neville, showing new collage and mixed media work, plus inspirations from her first semester at The Art Institute of Chicago.--Hawthorn Galleries introduces the premier solo exhibition of artist Elizabeth Chapman at the June Art Walk, with live music by Jeremy Larson and Don Chapman.--Inveno Health, located at 431 N. Boonville, will join First Friday Art Walk in June featuring works by popular Springfield painter Stephanie Cramer. Inveno, a new medical device manufacturer and distributor located on Missouri State University's IDEA Commons downtown, is celebrating its presence in downtown Springfield with art, opening its doors to the public during the June 5 Art Walk. --Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building features a double-header with sculptor Jacob Burmood and painter Jake Johnson.--Park Central Square Branch Library features photography by Debbie Raymer Joiner and live music by folk-rocker Dallas Jones.--Enjoy live jazz by Missouri State University students, refreshments and photography of James Radke in his show, "In the Moment," featuring images of jazz performers, at Randy Bacon Photography Studio and Gallery. --Rox Stoneworks presents "Works in Progress" by Rox Studio stone sculpting students and abstract paintings by James Crafford.--Susan Sommer-Luarca unveils her new series of nudes, and displays original nudes by Picasso and Matisse from her private collection. Susan leads off with a private session for invited guests 6-8 p.m., opening to the public 8-10.
Springfield Regional Opera, in cooperation with Skinny Improv, presents "Shakespeare Sings" on Saturday May 30 at 7:30pm and Sunday the 31st at 2:00pm at the Skinny Improv Theatre, 301 Park Central East. In this innovative presentation, scenes from various musical adaptations of Shakespeare plays from the worlds of opera, Broadway and Hollywood, will be juxtaposed to provide audiences a unique insight into the genius of Shakespeare. Tickets are $15. Call 863-1960 for more information.
The Yellow House Community Arts Center in West Plains presents singer-songwriter Mosa Saturday May 30th at 7:30pm. Mosa (also known as Mimi Baczewska) has a long history of making music in the Ozarks; she's now living in the east and only makes rare trips back here. She'll be offering a sneak preview of her new CD. Admission is $5 at Yellow House, 209 Trish Knight Street in West Plains.
The Mountain Home Symphony Orchestra in Mountain Home, Arkansas, is a non-profit community orchestra consisting of volunteer musicians. They'll perform their spring concert, called "The Next Generation" on Sunday June 7th at 2:30pm in Dunbar Auditorium at Mountain Home High School, 500 Bomber Blvd (off Highway 62 at the West Creek Shopping Center). Conductor and Music Director Barbara Deegan promises something for everyone--familiar pieces by Leroy Anderson and John Philip Sousa, as well as an Ellington arrangement, and music by William Grant Still. Audience donations will be appreciated. This concert features five young musicians; scholarships are offerd to graduating seniors. The orchestra is always looking for more members, especially string players. If interested, contact Barbara Deegan at (417) 543-5696.