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.

(Poster design courtesy of A Class Act Productions)

George Cron, managing director of local theater company A Class Act Productions has a long relationship with the late Le Wilhelm, Stone County native and noted playwright and theater director who died in 2013.  The two were friends for many years, and George delights in producing Wilhelm's humorous and often odd-ball one-act plays.  For the Valentine's Day weekend A Class Act will present four of Wilhelm's romantic-comedy one-acts under the umbrella title Foolish Hearts.  Performance dates are Thursday through Saturday February 11-13 all at 7:30pm at the 319 Event Center, 319 West Walnut S

(Photo courtesy Poetry Foundation)

"One of these days, I'm going to do this." That's what Missouri State University Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance Darryl Clark told himself as a young man when he first encountered poet/playwright Amiri Baraka's powerful drama of race and gender relations, Dutchman.  Clark's dream has finally come true, as a one-time-only production of the 50-minute play will be presented Tuesday Feb. 9 at 6:00pm in Plaster Student Union Theater, as part of the MSU Division for Diversity and Inclusion's "Shattering the Silences" series.

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Missouri State University alumni Randall Moore ('02, Media Production) and Brandon Kerr ('03, Electronic Arts) are on campus this weekend to screen Moore's documentary Evidence of Harm in Plaster Student Union Theater, Saturday Feb. 6 at 7:00pm, with a talk-back session to follow.  The 80-minute film chronicles the lives of three people who became reluctant health advocates after suffering from the devastating effects of hazardous mercury vapors during routine dental procedures.

(Logo courtesy Glendale High School)

Glendale High School senior  Zach Moore first took up the trombone in the sixth grade.  His playing has progressed to the point that he's earned Bass Trombone in the All-State Orchestra, first-chair trombone in both the All-District Honor Band and the District 9 Jazz Band, serves as Principal Trombone in the Springfield Youth Symphony, and recently performed with the elite U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.

(Photo courtesy Springfield News-Leader.)

Even in a time where virtually anyone with a smartphone can be a "photojournalist," the grand old tradition of newspaper photography is alive and well.  The three staff photographers at the Springfield News-Leader do sterling work throughout the year, from following major news stories to offering glimpses of Ozarks culture.