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"Fall in Love at The Skinny" with the National Touring Company of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” Sunday, February 13th at 7:00PM at The Skinny Improv Theatre, 301 Park Central East. It's a special evening of assorted musical valentines, with proceeds benefitting AIDS Project of the Ozarks. Admission will be a $10 donation, $8 for students. For tickets visit www.theskinnyimprov.com.

Fresh Gallery, the Springfield Regional Arts Council’s collective gallery at the corner of Campbell and Walnut in downtown Springfield, is currently seeking any artists working in 2-dimensional media and 3-dimensional artists with an emphasis on assemblage, metals, stone or clay sculpture, stained glass and wearables. Applications are available online at www.freshgallery.org or can be picked up at Fresh Gallery during their business hours: Tues – Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Deadline for all applicant submissions is Monday, February 21. For more information about Fresh Gallery, call the Arts Council at 862-2787(ARTS) or visit www.freshgallery.org.

Since 1990, Springfield, Missouri has been the host of Visioncon. An event that has celebrated the pop-culture genres of gaming,science fiction & fantasy, while charming guests with a little mid-western hospitaliity. Visioncon 2011 is scheduled for February 18-20 at the Clarion Hotel in Springfield. Guests attending this year include fantasy artist/illustreator Sarah Clemens; Samantha Hart and Dominic Vitucci of Saiko Studios, who will be there to talk about anime; and author Shane Moore, who will release his latest book "A Wererat's Tale" at Visioncon. Other events include a film room showing numerous local and other films; the Browncoats in concert; an art show; and more. For complete information visit www.visioncon.net.

You're invited to bring the entire family to a special evening of music and fun at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center Friday evening the 11th, as Jamin Bray of Shortleaf Interpretive Services performs "Missouri Melodies—Songs of Missouri’s Outdoor Treasures" at 7:00pm in the Nature Center lobby. Enjoy a crackling fire, hot chocolate, and songs about Missouri’s habitats and our unique cultural and natural heritage from this seasoned performer. This concert is free and open to the public--no advance registration required. For more information, call 888-4237. The Nature Center is located at 4601 S. Nature Center Way, near the Glenstone/James River Freeway/Republic Road interchange.

For the last four years, "Rain Barrel Reveal" has been a highly successful project promoting art and the use of rain collection barrels. This year the Springfield Regional Arts Council, the City of Springfield and the James River Basin Partnership are turning their attention toward another important aspect of water education awareness: storm drains. Artists are invited to share their talent as a part of the first "Storm Drain Reveal"-- a project giving artists the opportunity to express themselves with semi-permanent public art in the form of a small-scale outdoor storm drain mural. This project, in addition to involving the local art community, is intended to have a positive impact on water quality protection. Artists interested in showcasing their talent for Reveal are asked to contact Tiffany Frey at James River Basin Partnership-- call 836-6183 or email tfrey [at] missouristate [dot] edu. The deadline to submit an application is February 25nd.

  • Hear live music
  • Share your talents
  • Audition for national campaign
  • See a fashion show
  • Dance
  • Eat soup
  • Play games
  • Learn about Discovery Center programs
  • Eat chocolate
  • View student films
  • Learn to revive your cat or dog
  • Find out how to prune trees
  • Enjoy a carnival

Sunlight through Leaves

Groundhog Day may be a little more accurate than we first thought. After experiencing single digit temperatures and snow storms for most of the last two weeks, the weather may be starting to turn the corner. After speaking with the National Weather Service, KSMU’s Justin Lux has more details.

The Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court urged lawmakers to spend more money on rehabilitation programs like drug courts instead of locking up so many nonviolent offenders. This was part of the message in the State of the Judiciary Address, which the Chief Justice delivered today. KSMU’s Missy Shelton files this report from Jefferson City.

Almost every schoolchild knows the name George Washington Carver and most folks could tell you he was a legendary pioneer of science. But few know of his early life that began here in southwest Missouri. For KSMU’s local history series, Sense of Place, reporter Emma Wilson interviews the author of a new biography about him.