(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza, corner of Pershing & Jefferson downtown, presents the annual "Missouri Solo Play Festival" January 4-20, with three great solo performers appearing in repertory.  This is the third year of the festival, says Dr. Robert Bradley, who's directing the second show in the festival, "Chesapeake."  You may remember four shows in the festival last year--but one of them was actually a solo dance performance by MSU's Ruth Barnes.  This year it's back to three plays, period.

City of Springfield

"Mediacom” is now gone from the names of Springfield’s ice skating facility and world team tennis stadium.  A ten-year naming rights agreement between the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and Mediacom Communications Corporation, which began in 2008, has ended.

The former Mediacom Ice Park is now Jordan Valley Ice Park.  The agreement also included the former Mediacom Tennis Stadium at Cooper Tennis Complex, home of the Springfield Lasers.  Signage on both facilities will be updated in the next few weeks, according to the park board.

Springfield Regional Arts Council

First Friday Art Walk is Friday night (1/4) from 6 to 10 at 16 locations in downtown Springfield. 

Literature uniquely reflects society. Without trying to be a historical document, novels can reflect the author's worldview, values and beliefs - either overtly or in between the lines.

Dr. Erin Kappeler, assistant professor of English at Missouri State University, tells us about how we can use literature as a lens into the past, present and future.

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"Discover Nature:  Animal Bingo," for all ages, will be held Friday (12/28) from 1 to 2 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  

"Bullet Journaling 101" will be held Friday (12/28) at 4 p.m. for anyone 16 and older at the Willard Branch Library.  Registration is required.