The economy is a hot topic at any time of the year. What's next? How will it rebound? And so on. The Bureau of Economic Research at Missouri State University researches economic conditions within the region, state and nation, and among other reports, publishes an annual economic forecast. Dr. David Mitchell, associate professor of economics and the director of the Bureau of Economic Research, shares some of the findings and expectations for 2011.
In this segment of our series “Justice for All: The Missouri Public Defender System in Crisis,” we’re taking a tour of the United States to see how other places are running their public defender systems—and what Missouri might learn from them. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.
Many people can relate to feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day. But public defenders here in Missouri say try combining that with low pay, little gratitude, not enough resources, and conditions where someone’s constitutional rights are on the line, and you would get a glimpse of what they see day in and day out. As part of our series, “Justice for All: The Missouri Public Defender System in Crisis,” KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.
After three decades of serving Christmas dinner to Springfield residents, the annual Christmas Dinner for Those Alone has become a staple of the holiday season. KSMU’s Emma Wilson brings us the history of this tradition, and the story of the man who made it all possible.
The "MOAK 2010 4-State Regional Exhibition" continues through January 2nd at the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive near the intersection of National and Bennett, in the Museum's New Wing galleries. This biannual, juried exhibition recognizes and encourages artists working in all media who reside in the four-state region of Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas. Juror for the 2010 exhibition was Julia Kirt, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. For information call the Art Museum at 837-5700 or visit www.springfieldmo.gov/art.
The Springfield Symphony opens 2011 with "Heaven on Earth," a concert featuring 2009 Van Cliburn Piano Competition finalist Mariangela Vacatello playing Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto, Saturday Jan.15 at 7:30pm at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. This season is the 150th anniversary of the birth year of Gustav Mahler--and the 100th anniversary of his death in 1911. This Springfield Symphony concert will include "Blumine," a movement originally part of Mahler's 1st Symphony. Also: Mozart's Symphony No.41, the "Jupiter." For tickets call the MSU Tix number, 836-7678 or 1(888) 476-7849. For information on the concert visit www.springfieldmosymphony.org.
Springfield Contemporary Theatre at the Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut 4th floor, presents a lighthearted, charming musical by Ned Wilkinson, even if the title doesn't sound like it: "Julie Bunny Must Die!" It's the story of cartoonist Adam Chase and his creation "Julie Bunny: International Spy," who together battle villains not only in Adam’s cartoon world, but also in his real life. While Julie fights her nemesis Chef Albertson, it is up to Adam to keep his boss, clingy girlfriend and an obsessed fan in balance. As Adam’s worlds collide, he has to figure out how to stay in control and not to be defeated by the baddies. The SCT production follows Julie Bunny’s hit premiere at the 2010 Orlando International Fringe Festival. Performances are scheduled at the Vandivort Friday and Saturday Jan. 7 and 8, and Thurs-Sat Jan.13-15 all at 7:30pm, with 2:00pm Sunday matinees January 9 and 16. For ticket information call 831-8001 or visit www.vctheatre.com.