Arts News

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.

(Photo courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

When the stage is lit up, the characters are actually in the dark.  When the stage is dark, the lights are actually on in the characters' world.  That may not make sense, but hopefully it will if you attend Springfield Contemporary Theatre's new production of Peter Shaffer's 1965 British farce Black Comedy, opening tonight and running through June 19 at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Little Theatre)

Springfield Little Theatre at the Landers, 311 E. Walnut, presents the stage musical version of "Little Shop of Horrors," with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, based on the cult-classic Roger Corman film.  Opening tonight (Friday May 20th), the production continues through June 5th.

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Boston-based soul-blues singer Ingrid Gerdes grew up here in Springfield, and is returning home for a performance—her first local gig in 15 years!—at Lindberg’s on Commercial Street on Saturday Feb. 21st from 7:00 to 9:00pm. 

John Darkhorse, host of KSMU’s Route 66 Blues Express, talked to Ingrid by phone for his program this week.  You’ll be able to hear the complete 12-minute conversation starting about 11:30pm Saturday night on KSMU, but here are some samples.

(Photo courtesy Missouri State University Department of Media, Journalism and Film)

The Missouri State University Department of Media, Journalism and Film has a couple of events coming up next week.  Producer/director/screenwriter Alex R.

(Photo courtesy Springfield Metro Chorus)

Springfield Metro Chorus, a group of women who celebrate and perform the art form known as "barbershop" music, presents "Singing Christmas Cards" this season to wish your friends and family a happy holiday.  Chorus members will deliver a live singing Christmas card and a personal message anywhere in the USA over the phone on Saturday Dec.20.  Tenor Becky Clifton-Hopkins, lead singer Diane Durham, bass Julie Hockensmith and baritone Tawny Brown came to the KSMU studios to perform two of the six numbers that they'll have available for the phoned-in Christmas Cards: Silver Bells and