Arts News

Friday, 10-11 a.m.

Every Friday morning, Randy Stewart talks with artists, performers, directors and administrators from the area visual and performing arts scene, and presents a comprehensive calendar of arts events.

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Springfield Contemporary Theatre's Songbook Series presents Springfield native Nedgra Culp in two performances next week.  She comes to SCT from her current engagement portraying Aretha Franklin in Branson's "Legends in Concert," and she's joined by two more of Branson's top female vocalists, Chelsie Odom and Rebecca Taylor, to form the trio "Girls on Fire."   The original Sunday Feb.19 show is SOLD OUT, so they've added an additional performance Thursday Feb.23 at 7:00pm at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza, corner of Pershing and Robberson downtown. 

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The Missouri State University Division for Diversity and Inclusion and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning welcome filmmaker and musician Patrick Mureithi for a special Black History Month event, "Shattering the Silences: Trauma and Healing in the Diaspora", Thursday Feb.23 from 4:00 to 6:00pm in Plaster Student Union Theatre.  It promises to be an afternoon of musical healing, storytelling and collective engagement; it's billed as an Afrocentric look at social trauma and healing through a "house concert" musical presentation by Patrick Mureithi with streaming video of how communi

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Dreams are never as simple as black and white.  That's the message imparted by Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 stage drama "A Raisin in the Sun," which opens tonight at Springfield Contemporary Theatre's Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza.

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The Kimberling Area Library, 45 Kimberling Blvd. in Kimberling City, will host the 5th annual "Meet the Authors Festival" on Saturday, February 4th from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM.  Come to this free event to meet more than 30 authors from all over Missouri and Arkansas and listen to ten interesting speakers.  The authors will all have copies of their books available for purchase--and autographing, of course.

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Missouri State University is collaborating with Springfield-Greene County Library, University Heights Baptist Church, and the Springfield Art Museum to present "500 Years of Reformations." The Reformations of the sixteenth century radically changed the churches of Western Europe, and later shaped the religious landscape of the Ozarks as well. This series of local events marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses through an exploration of the history, books, visual arts, and music of the various movements — Protestant and Catholic — that emerged.