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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Ozark Empire Fair, "Shenandoah," concerts July 24-31 from Fayetteville to Kansas City, Tulsa to St. Louis
TOP PICKS

1. The Ozark Empire Fair opens Thursday, the best chance to see a crowd in southwest Missouri. First rate carnival rides, art projects and live animals offer a great show. Live entertainment includes Third Eye Blind performing at 7 p.m. on Thursday; Randy Houser and the Mark Chapman Band at 7:30 p.m. on Friday; the Outlaw Nationals Monster and Pro Arena Tuff Truck Show at 7 p.m. on Saturday; country music star Easton Corbin and the Farm at 7 p.m. on Sunday; a motorcross racing and freestyle show at 6 p.m. on July 30; and WarriorXcross indoor obstacle competition at 6 p.m. on July 31.

2. Mt. Vernon Community Theater and Rebel's Bluff Troupe presents the musical "Shenandoah," starring Jennifer Conner of Monett, with performances at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center, 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd. Set during the Civil War, the play follows a Virginia family during the conflict, with props from Civil War reenactors. Tickets are $12 for adults, with discounts for seniors and students.

3. Superstar Justin Timberlake performs at 8 p.m. on July 30 and 31 at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd. The greatest song stylist of his generation, Timberlake sets the standard for cool with easy interpretations and lots of dancing in his shows. The Sprint Center is a cavernous facility but well amplified for big shows like this. Parking downtown KC is a challenge so be prepared to pay at a parking lot and walk at least a quarter mile to the hall.

CONCERTS

SPRINGFIELD: At the Outland Ballroon, 326 South Ave., performing this week are Machine Head and Population on Friday; plus the Cole Porter Band and Justice Adams Band on Saturday.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: Steely Dan and Bobby Broom perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Arkansas Music Pavilion on the Washington County Fairgrounds.

At George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson, performing this week are White Light Cemetary on Thursday; the Bel Airs, Leah and the Mojo Doctors and Groovement on Friday; Backroad Anthem on Saturday; and Totojojo on Sunday.

Songs by women from the Romantic classical period, Beethoven's Piano Trio in C minor and Scriabin's "Black Mass" sonata No. 9 will be presented at 7 p.m. on Sunday at the University of Arkansas's Fine Arts Center.

At the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, performing this week are the Bobby D. Band and Milton Patton with country music on Friday; Merle Jam with "outlaw" country music on Saturday; and the Milton Patton Acoustic Project on July 29.

CARTHAGE: At the Woodshed in Cherry's Emporium, 311 S. Main, blue band Scale House performs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

WEBB CITY: The Missouri Southern State University Choral Society presents a patriotic concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the First Baptist church, 102 N. Roane Ave.

MIAMI, Okla.: At the Buffalo Run Casino, country musician Gene Wilson performs at 8 p.m. on July 31.

At the Coleman Theater, 103 N. Main, Cow Bop and Duchess, a country music trio, perform at 6 and 7 p.m. on July 29. Classical guitarist Jack Cimo performs between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on July 30.

TULSA, Okla.: "1964: the Tribute" concert of Beatles music is presented at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 S. Second St.

The American Idol Live tour comes to the Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady, at 8 p.m. on July 30.

KANSAS CITY: At the Power and Light District, 60 E. 13th St., the Casey Donahew Band plays on Thursday. Travis Gibson plays on July 31.

At the Midland Theater, 1228 Main, a tribute concert by Australian Queen is offered at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Ted Nugent and Pistol Day Parade perform at 8 p.m. on July 29.

Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps and Mark Selby perform on Friday at Frontier Park, 15501 Indian Creek Parkway in Olathe, Kan.

At Crossroads, 417 E. 18th St., the Pat Metheney Unity Group and Bruce Hornsby perform on Saturday.

COLUMBIA: The annual Mizzou International Composers Festival culminates in a concert of eight new pieces by emerging composers in a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St.

ST. LOUIS: At the Verizon Wireless amphitheater in Maryland Heights, Panic at the Disco performs at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Kings of Leon play at 7 p.m. on July 31.

Tre'von "TreG" Griffith performs with other St. Louis artists at 7:30 p.m. on July 29 at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd.

Turnpike Troubadours and John Henry perform at 8 p.m. on July 31 at the Pageant, 6161 Delmar.

THEATER

SPRINGFIELD: Springfield Contemporary Theater presents the musical "The Spitfire Grill" at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at 431 S. Jefferson.

OZARK: Ginger Casebeer's play "The Land of Nod" opens July 31 and runs through Aug. 30 at the Stained Glass Theatre, 1996 W. Evangel.

ROGERS, Ark.: A stage version of the musical film "Xanadu" is presented at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday and again for the next two weekends at the Rogers Little Theater, 116 S. Second St.

JOPLIN: Sandy Wilson's musical comedy "The Boy Friend" opens July 30 and runs through Aug. 3 at the Joplin Little Theater, 3008 W. First St.

MIAMI, Okla.: The Osage Ballet presents "Wahazhe," a contemporary ballet about Oklahoma history and culture, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Coleman Theater, 103 N. Main St.

TULSA, Okla.: Disney's "The Little Mermaid Jr." stage show opens at 7 p.m. on July 30 at the Tulsa Community College, 10300 E. 81st St. with shows running through next weekend.

NEVADA: Disney's "The Little Mermaid Jr." is presented by the Community Council on the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and again next weekend at the Fox Playhouse, 110 S. Main.

KANSAS CITY: "The Sound of Music" is presented at 8 p.m. on Friday through July 31 at the Starlight Theater in Swope Park.

The Coterie Theater at Crown Center, Grand at Pershing Road, presents "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" through Aug. 3.

"Annie: the Musical" is presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Blue Springs Auditorium, 2000 NW Ashton Dr.

The Leawood Stage Company presents "Hello Dolly" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Ironwoods Amphitheater, 147th and Mission in Overland Park, Kan.

At the Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central in Penn Valley Park, Jeff Smith's zombie apocalypse play "A-Cop-Alypse" is offered at 9:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday. "Girl on Girl," three one-act plays by women, has performances at 6 p.m. on Thursday and 8 p.m. on Saturday. Jesse Ray Metcalf's play "Virgin: Sex, Drugs and Prayer" has performances at 6 p.m. on Friday and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. "Mom.com/roadrage," a play about a road rage afflicted soccer mom who wins the PTO Driver of the Year Award and gives the PTO president a ride home, is presented at 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Schaeffer Nelson's historical play "Kings of Israel" is presented at 9 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Phosphor Studio, 1730 Broadway.

COLUMBIA: Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is presented at 7 p.m. July 31 through Aug. 3 at the Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave.

Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" is presented at 8 p.m. July 31 through Aug. 3 at the Maplewood Barn Theatre, 3709 E. Nifong Blvd.

ST. LOUIS: The Muny continues season of live theater in Forest Park with "Seussical" through July 28. "Grease" opens July 31 and runs through Aug. 8. All shows begin at 8:15 p.m.

Stages St. Louis' production of "Always...Patsy Cline" runs through Aug. 31 at the Playhouse at Westport Plaza. "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" runs through Aug. 17 at the Robert Reim Theater in the Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Rd. in Kirkwood.

Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd" is presented Thursday through Sunday at the Ivory Theatre, 7620 Michigan Ave.

The musical "Ragtime" is presented at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Edison Theater on the Washington University campus.

"Little Women" runs through Sunday at Washington University South Campus Theatre, 6501 Clayton Rd. in Clayton.

"Funny Girl" opens Thursday and runs through Aug. 9 at the Tower Grove Abbey Theater, 2336 Tennessee Ave.

SPECIAL EVENTS

SARCOXIE: The Team DO3 Open Bull Ride benefit for St. Jude's runs Saturday.

CARTHAGE: The 15th annual Greater Ozarks British Motoring Club gathering runs Friday and Saturday, based at the Econo Lodge, with a car show in the square from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

TULSA, Okla.: The WWE SummerSlam takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver.

At Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St., the Home and Garden Expo runs Friday through Sunday in the River Spirit Expo Hall. An R.K. Gun Show runs Saturday and Sunday in the Exchange Center. The World Wide Paint Horse Congress opens July 30 and runs through Aug. 3 in the Livestock Complex.

KANSAS CITY: The Universoul Circus runs July 30 to Aug. 3 at the Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St. The circus also performs through Saturday at the Jamestown Mall, Lindbergh and Old Jamestown Rd. in Florissant.

FESTIVALS

CURRYVILLE: The seventh annual Back Forty Bluegrass Festival, featuring Bobby Osborne, Rocky Top Express, Russell Moore and 12 more acts will be held July 31 through Aug. 3 at Back 40 Bluegrass Park, south of Hannibal.

TULSA, Okla.: Lunafest, a festival of short films promoting women's issues, opens at 6 p.m. on July 24 at the Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Rd.

KANSAS CITY: The Fringe Festival of new plays runs through Sunday at several venues. Performances include a stage version of the film "The Princess Bride" at 6 p.m. on Thursday and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the City Stage at Union Station; Paul Mesner Puppets presenting "Pulcinella" at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at 1006 E. Linwood Blvd.; "Indefinite Articles: A Libertarian Rage" is presented at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 8 p.m. Friday at the Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Rd.; "Desperate Acts" is presented at 6 p.m. Thursday and 9 p.m. Saturday at the Phosphor Studio,, 1730 Broadway; Lucia Aerial Performing Arts presents "Avem" at 6 p.m. on Thursday and 9 p.m. on Friday at the Bolender Center, 500 W. Pershing Rd.; "Woodbine Willie," a World War I account drawn from poetry, is presented at 6 p.m. on Thursday and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, 3614 Main; "Sing, Sing, Sing," an a capella revue, is presented at 6 p.m. on Thursday and 9 p.m. on Friday at the Heartland Forum, 2450 Grand Blvd. in Crown Center; "Flipping Off Our Lord" is presented at 6 p.m. on Thursday and 10:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Fishtank, 1715 Wyandotte; and an operatic retelling of Poe's "Masque of Red Death" is presented at 6 p.m. Thursday and 9 p.m. Saturday at the Off Center Theatre in Crown Center.

ST. LOUIS: The seventh annual LaBute New Theater Festival runs through Aug. 3 at the Gaslight Theater, 358 N. Boyle Ave. Plays running through Aug. 3 include Aldan Murphy's "Pisces," Jared McSwain's "Prosaic Beatings" and Amelia Himebaugh's "The Hushed Machine."

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