When you think of Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield you probably think of the Civil War, or battle reenactments. But each Saturday night in May, visitors won’t hear gunshots--instead, they’ll hear music. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has more.
If you’re touring the streets of Joplin this weekend, you might run into a parade of vintage cars strolling around town. The Vintage Car Rally Association is hosting its “All Stars for Autism” vintage car show May 1-5 at the city’s Holiday Inn. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
For those parents with young, active children, summer can be tricky to find activities to burn off that energy. To help out working parents, a few organizations around Springfield offer a variety of kids’ programs all summer long. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
A musical group at Missouri State University is preparing for an upcoming concert, an audition for a reality TV show, and the release of its sixth album. KSMU's Rebekah Clark has this feature on the group A Cub Bella.
A National Park Service Report found that in 2011, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield’s nearly 200,000 visitors spent over 10 million dollars in the greater Springfield area. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has details.
Ozarks Technical Community College has traditionally been known for its emphasis on technical and health related degrees—not for its fine arts. But right now, OTC actors are busy memorizing their lines, and stage managers are envisioning a set at the historic Gillioz Theatre in downtown Springfield. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the community college has responded in a big way to demand for fine arts education.
Chinua Achebe was Africa’s most famous novelist and professor, the founding father of African fiction. His 1958 novel “Things Fall Apart” challenged traditional Western thought and assumptions of colonial rule in Africa, and remains the most widely read book in African literature. Achebe died Thursday at the age of 82. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe spoke with a local professor who shares her perspective on the African luminary’s impact in her classroom.
On Friday, May 3, downtown Springfield will celebrate its Mexican sister city, Tlaquepaque, during the first Friday night of the month. The evening kicks off with the ninth annual ArtsFiesta!, hosted by Springfield’s Sister Cities Association. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has a preview.
Missouri State University's IDEA Commons now includes the ""eFactory," a small business incubator designed to help entrepreneurs launch their careers. After two years of planning and construction, the eFactory's doors are open for business. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
In honor of Women’s History Month, Missouri State University has brought author Pamela Smith Hill back to her Ozarks roots to speak about another famous Missourian: Laura Ingalls Wilder. Pamela has written several books, including two on Wilder's life and work. Hill will give a free lecture Tuesday night at MSU to the Springfield community. She stopped by the KSMU studios during her visit to campus and shared with Rebekah Clark her fascination with the legendary writer.
During 2012, the year the city of Branson celebrated its centennial, members of the community collected modern “artifacts” to put in a time capsule for the next 50 years. On Thursday, city leaders plan to lock it up until the year 2062. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Each year at the Academy Awards, the losing nominees of the top five individual categories – best director, actor, actress, and supporting actor and actress – receive gift bags, each containing items such as electronic devices, vacation packages, clothing, and jewelry. They’re dubbed ‘swag bags that console Hollywood’s most glamorous losers.’ Sunday night at the Oscars, these losers will receive something different - a word portrait of Abraham Lincoln, courtesy of Springfield artist Dan Duff. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe spoke with Duff and has this story.
Some love struck Ozarks residents received a special Valentine’s surprise today – a live, singing Valentine’s card. As KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports, these ladies are part of the Springfield Metro Chorus.
Testing for Silver Dollar City’s new wooden rollercoaster “Outlaw Run” began today. As KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports, officials are preparing for the opening of the world’s second fastest wooden roller coaster in March.
Within the past century Springfield has grown exponentially, with city parks some of the most beloved parts of that urban development. This year, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board is celebrating its centennial in cooperation with the History Museum. For our local history series, Sense of place, KSMU’s Emma Wilson brings us the story.
Evangel University plans to host legendary singer/songwriters Bill and Gloria Gaither as part of a two-day lecture series about gospel and worship music heritage on Feb. 12 and 14. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details.
For all of you last-minute Christmas shoppers, how about handmade crafts made by artisans from around the world? KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports on a local fair trade store dedicated to providing artisans and their families with income needed to survive.
Springfield Regional Arts Council's "Growing Up in the Arts" program provides instruction in the visual, performing and literary arts to "at-risk" children ages 3 to 13. Randy Stewart introduces you to the program, and to one of its young participants.
It’s getting colder in the Ozarks, a sign that winter weather is in full swing. A common remedy to the frigid temperatures is hot soup. This Saturday, at Farmers Market of the Ozarks, the first annual “Soup-Off” event allows patrons to taste locally prepared soups and donate money to help combat hunger. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe has this report.
Springfield’s own Indie-pop band, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, has been known for quite a few things around the area, one of them being their unusual band name. However, that unusual name has now caught the interest of the Boris Yeltsin Foundation, who just so happens to sponsor one of Russia’s largest rock concerts. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers has more about this local band going international.
As part of the unveiling of a plaque Wednesday in honor of the O'Reilly/Wooten family at the Creamery Arts Center, a major announcement was made regarding the Springfield Collaborative Arts Endowment campaign. KSMU's Randy Stewart was there.
What’s the difference between a reproduction and an original print? The Springfield Art Museum’s new exhibit, entitled Proof of Process: the Art of Printmaking, highlights the secrets and techniques. The exhibit also features a display of the history of print, and holds a large array of original prints from the gallery’s permanent collection. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.6
The idea behind the Ozarks Family Voices project is to give the child a personalized audio library so they learn to develop literacy at an early age. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe has this report on just how much of an impact pre-recorded storytelling can have on young minds.