Arts News

Friday, 10-11 a.m.

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.

(Logo design courtesy seekhelpthewebseries.com)

Andie Botrell's web dramedy "Seek Help" is back for a second season.  She explains that Season One of the series, which is available for viewing at https://www.seekhelpthewebseries.com/, "is about Richard, a former child genius-turned psychologist, whose life is kind of falling apart. And in the first season we follow his quasi-inappropriate relationship with one of his patients, Alexandria, who is going through a traumatic loss. And they sort of bond over that.

(Poster design courtesy Missouri State University Department of Theatre and Dance)

Missouri State University Theatre and Dance presents the Spring Dance Concert: Parts of the Whole Thursday-Sunday May 3-6 in Coger Theatre. One of humanity’s most ancient art forms, dance has played an integral role in storytelling, ritual, ceremony, cultural identity, social bonding and creative self-expression. Blending artistry and physicality, myriad styles of dance movement have evolved and continue to emerge.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre presents Henrik Ibsen's classic 1882 drama "An Enemy of the People," in an updated version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, April 27-May 13 at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza, corner of Robberson and Pershing downtown. When Dr. Thomas Stockmann discovers toxic contamination in the water used at the local baths, he expects to be hailed as a hero. But since the baths are the town's main source of revenue, the community fights to silence him as Dr. Stockmann learns there are forces more powerful than truth.

(Poster design courtesy Queen City Voices)

Queen City Voices is described by spokesperson Amy Hoogstraet Safley as "a non-profit community choir in Springfield. We are an all-inclusive choir--we're open to anyone in the community who wants to join, as long as they're 18 or older, as long as they like to sing, and as long as they can commit their Monday evenings to us during our seasons. And that's all we ask.  You don't have to audition. We just come together, united by our love of singing.

(Photo courtesy www.davidharrison.com)

National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, Inspired by the success of Black History Month in February and Women's History Month in March, Poetry Month takes place every April in order to mark poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.  Two local authors and poets, David Harrison and Marcus Cafagna, joined us in studio this morning to read a few of their poems and talk about the importance of the art of poetry.

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