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.

Emily Frankoski, Community Arts Director for Joplin’s arts agency Connect2Culture, joined me once again for a “Spotlight on Joplin” segment focusing on arts events as well as arts camps and classes for kids in June 2019.  Here are the events Emily brought up—first, performances.

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For the past five years Music Monday of the Ozarks has presented talks by local musicians, and those involved in the production and promotion of local music, the first Monday of the month at University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in the John Q. Hammons Room. Previously a lunch-hour event, starting with the June event Music Monday will move will move to 6:00pm.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Little Theatre)

There is a time to weep. There is a time to mourn. And there is a time to dance! “Footloose – The Musical,” based on the hit 1984 movie that launched the careers of Kevin Bacon and Sarah Jessica Parker among others, explodes onto the Landers Theatre stage in Springfield Little Theatre's new production June 7-23 to conclude LT's 2018-19 season.  I talked with the actors playing Ren and (no, NOT Stimpy!) Ariel—Patrick Sturm and Austen McGranahan—on KSMU’s “Arts News.”

(Poster design courtesy Rock House Center For The Arts)

“We’ve been going at it for 15 years, and each year grows a little bigger and gets a little better and more organized. So yeah, we’re ready to do it.”

(Stomp The Blues Out Of Homelessness)

Blues enthusiasts in the Springfield area will be busy the next two weekends.  Tonight it's a concert by Anthony Gomes.  Next Saturday May 18 is the 9th annual "Stomp The Blues Out of Homelessness" music festival, from 1:00 to 10:00pm at the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Thomson Center, 222 West Plainview Road (aka Farm Road 182), at Campbell Avenue.  Four musical acts will perform, and proceeds this year benefit five local charities, according to longtime event organizer Jim Payne: Laura's Home and Darr House, both operated by Good Samaritan Boys Ranch; Women in Need of the Ozarks