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Coming up at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East downtown: US97 and Outback Concerts presents The Bob & Tom Comedy All-Stars Friday Nov.19 at 7:30pm. The nationally-syndicated "Bob and Tom" radio show hosts many of the world's best comedians every weekday morning. The Bob & Tom Comedy All-Stars tour, now in its sixth year, presents a rotating ensemble of stand-up comics to stages all across America. Thanksgiving night, Thursday Nov.25, the Gillioz will hold a special showing of the Jim Carrey/Jeff Daniels comedy "Dumb and Dumber" at 7:00pm. And on Friday Dec.3rd at 8:00pm The Gillioz presents a live appearance by actor/comedian/songwriter Jeff Daniels. And Saturday Dec.4 at 8:00pm at the Gillioz, it's the band Shinedown with their "Anything and Everything" Acoustic Tour, with special guest Will Hoge and questions and answers with the audience. And Wednesday Dec.8 at 8:00pm sees the return of a long-standing Springfield tradition, the "Imagine" Concert, a Tribute to John Lennon. This year the proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Ozarks chapter of WIN, Women in Need, an organization that helps single working women with one-time assistance in a crisis when they have no other means of support. Scheduled to perform this year are Truett and the Traitors; The Big Beat Club; Jenny Vinyard; Cindy Woolf; Dale McCoy; The Silver Hammer Band; The Detectives; Cornbelt Chorus; Ghost Dance; Brother Wiley; North Decade; and The Skeletons. For ticket information call the Gillioz box office at 863-9491 or visit www.gillioz.org.

The Missouri State University Theatre and Dance Department presents the musical "White Christmas," based on the classic 1954 Bing Crosby/Danny Kaye Paramount film, in the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts Friday and Saturday Dec.3 & 4 at 8:00pm and Sunday Dec.5th at 2:00pm. The show features 17 Irving Berlin songs. WWII veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after the war; with romance in mind they follow a pair of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. It's part of the Hall's annual Winterfest weekend, Dec. 3rd through 5th. You're invited to take a few minutes to stop by the Hammons Hall lobby over that weekend for the 3-day Winterfest, combining the talents of the region's best visual artists with the performing arts. You can shop for holiday gifts on four of the Hall's lobby levels, with live performances of holiday music. Admission to Winterfest is free and open to the public; to purchase tickets for the "White Christmas" production, call the MSU TIX number, 836-7678 or visit www.hammonshall.com.

Coming in December at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut: Springfield Little Theatre presents a theatrical adaptation of "Miracle on 34th Street" Dec.2nd through 12th. Everybody loves the familiar tale of the kindly, bewhiskered man who believes himself to be the real Santa Claus, hired to be in the Macy’s parade by a harried young mother who had raised her daughter to not believe in Santa, and the mom’s lawyer/boyfriend who rescues all three of them. If you’ve seen the Academy Award winning film, you know the happy outcome. But knowing the ending does not diminish the power of this story to restore the Christmas spirit in even the most determined grinch. Performances at the Landers will be Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30pm. For tickets call the Landers box office at 869-1334 or visit www.springfieldlittletheatre.org.

Springfield Contemporary Theatre at the Vandivort, 305 E.Walnut 4th floor, presents the family musical THE SECRET GARDEN by Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon, based on the Frances Hodgson Burnett novel, November 19-Dec. 12. The 1991 Tony and Drama Desk winner for Best Musical, it tells the story of 11-year-old Mary Lennox, sent to live with a reclusive uncle she's never met in his North Yorkshire manor, Misselthwaite. The estate’s many secrets include an abandoned garden and a boy with a mysterious illness. Mary, guided by magical spirits from her past and by the young gardener on the estate, gradually transforms herself and the estate into new life. Bursting with haunting melodies, this classic musical is perfect for the holiday season. Bob Bradley directs the production, with music director Gary Lyons. Performances are at 7:30pm Nov.19-20, 26-27, Dec.2-4 and 9-11; there are 2:00pm Sunday matinees on Nov.21st and 28th, and December 5th and 12th at the Vandivort. For ticket information visit www.springfieldcontemporarytheatre.com or call 831-8001.

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A 62-piece collection of original textbook art by Michael Buesking is on display in the Fine Art and Design Gallery at Evangel University. Buesking’s artwork supplements a textbook by Michael Palmer titled "Elements of a Christian Worldview." Most drawings are in pencil, but some are charcoal or conté. Many well-known personalities such as Freud, Marx, Schleiermacher, Max Weber, and Martin Luther are represented in the collection. The drawings belong to Gospel Publishing House but are on permanent loan to Evangel University for display. The collection will be on display at Evangel through December. The gallery, located on the first floor of the Barnett Fine Arts Center, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Michael Buesking at 417-865-2815 ext. 7281.

For the past month or so area artist Michael McClure has been out looking for "fall colors" to paint around the area, mostly at streams. He'll display the results, including lots of small jewel-like scenes, Friday Nov.19 from 6 to 9pm and Saturday the 20th from 1 to 6pm at Michael McClure Gallery, 3223 County Road 1670 near Willow Springs. You're invited to join Michael for homemade goodies (yes, he makes them), stimulating conversation and good art. If you can't come in person view some of the paintings at www.michaelmcclure.com/show.html.

Pro Musica Joplin presents the Foothills Brass Quintet from Canada, with a program to show kids how music is put together, Saturday Dec.4th at 11:00am at Saint Paul's United Methodist Church, 2423 W. 26th Street in Joplin. Step-by-step they'll create songs using the building blocks of tone, rhythm, melody and harmony, and highlight how these building blocks are used in other songs the kids already know. A lucky volunteer will get to conduct, and everyone will receive instructions on building would-be brass instruments out of household items. The program, while aimed at elementary school-age kids, will be fun and informative for all ages. Tickets are being sold at Cleo's Picture Framing and Ernie Williamson Music in Joplin; All Things Grand in Carthage and Joplin; area Southwest Missouri Bank branches; and at the Pro Musica office, 211 S. Main Suite 312 in Joplin. Call 625-1822 or visit www.promusicajoplin.org for more information. The Foothills Brass Quintet’s appearance in Joplin is funded in part by St. John’s Regional Medical Center, and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

In 1990 the President approved a joint resolution designating November as "National American Indian Heritage Month." On Saturday, November 20 the people of this area will have a unique opportunity to pay tribute to the original people of this land in what promises to be an exciting educational and cultural experience. Stone Akin and the American Indian Descendants Right of Heritage Organization will sponsor a program with American Indian fry bread, live Native American music, arts and crafts as well as seminars on American Indian History and the 2012 Mayan Calendar. The program will be held at the Shell Knob, Missouri Community Building, 1/2 mile south of the Table Rock Bridge on Hwy 39 from 6:00-8:30 pm. Admission is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12. Proceeds will benefit the American Indian Descendants Right of Heritage Organization. For information contact, Stone Akin 417-858-0084 or email indiandescendants [at] yahoo [dot] com.