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Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014
New Year's celebrations, Christmas shows, concerts Dec. 25-Jan. 1 from Fayetteville to Kansas City, Tulsa to St. LouisTOP PICKS
1. The Festival of Lights at Monett's South Park concludes on Dec. 31. Take the opportunity to soak up the lighting displays and the warm holiday spirit they display nightly.
2. The 25th annual Springfield First Night on Dec. 31 will have activities at the Fox Theatre (performances by Lyal Strickland and Smokey Folk), Gillioz Theatre (performances by Springfield Improv, Jeff Jenkins and the Nick Reull and Ned Band), ideaXfactory, Jordan Valley Park (fireworks at midnight), South Street Christian Church, the Mediacom Ice Park (free ice skating), the 1984 Arcade, the Discovery Center, Arts and Letters (live painting wall and performances), the Ozarks Regional YMCA and the Park Central Library.
3. For a break in traditional holiday concert music, the St. Louis Symphony performs a concert of music from 14 Pixar movies, from "Toy Story" to "Monsters Inc." at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at Powell Hall, Grand and Delmar in St. Louis.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: At George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson, the Cate Brothers, Steve Pryor and Charliehorse play on Friday. Fuggins Wheat Band plays Saturday. Duty Free preforms Sunday. Space Camp, the Irie Lions, Mountain Sprout and Foley's Van play on Dec. 31.
JOPLIN: At the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, Lance Griffith and the Midnight Prairie Band plays on Friday. The Cate Brothers have a reunion of their original lineup plus George Brothers plays country and southern rock on Saturday. The Benders perform on Dec. 31.
TULSA, Okla.: Felix Cavaliere's Rascals perform at 8 p.m. on Dec. 29 at the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa.
A 90s New Year's Eve Bash Revue featuring Teddy Riley, Dave Hollister, Blackstreet, Tony Toni Tone and Ready for the World will be held at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 at the pavilion at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St.
At Cain's Ballrrom, 423 N. Main, the Turnpike Troubadours play with Johnny Burke on Friday and with Hayes Carll on Saturday. The Hangover Ball on Jan. 1 will feature Cody Canada, Wade Bowen, Jason Boland, Evan Felker, Adam Hood, Brian Keane, Mike McClure, Bo Phillips and B.J. Barham.
ST. LOUIS: The Trans-Siberian Orchestra performs at 3:30 and 8 p.m. on Friday at the Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Ave.
The St. Louis Symphony offers a New Year's Eve concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Powell Hall, Grand and Delmar.
At the Pageant, 6161 Delmar, El Monstero presents a Pink Floyd tribute concert at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday. The Schwag performs at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31.
KANSAS CITY: Final performances of John Logan's one-woman show "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers," featuring Donna Thomason, are presented Friday through Sunday at the Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main. Final performances of Rajiv Joseph's play "Bengal Tiger At the Baghdad Zoo" are 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
Kansas City Repertory Theater's production of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is presented at 7 p.m. on Dec. 26 at the Spencer Theater, 4949 Cherry.
ST. LOUIS: "A Christmas Story: the Musical" is presented at 8 p.m. on Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. on Sunday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, 1 and 8 p.n. on Dec. 30, 1 p.m. on Dec. 31 and again next weekend at the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand.
"Ring of Fire," the Johnny Cash story, is presented by St. Louis Repertory Theater through Sunday at the Loretto Hilton Center at Webster University in Webster Groves.
SPRINGFIELD: "Stir Crazy," a holiday family fun night with games and activities for kids, will be held in afternoon and evening sessions on Saturday at the E*Plex at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
The second annual Eve of the Eve Masquerade Ball will be held Dec. 30 at the Old Glass Place, 521 E. St. Louis St.
At the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Dr., "Four by Four: Midwest Invitational Exhibit" runs through March 15. "Glazed Over," showcasing glazed works from the museum's collection, runs through May 17. "Into the West," focusing on Western and Southwestern artists, runs through May 23.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: Last Night Fayetteville will feature performances in a variety of venues with musicians, actors and artists on Dec. 31.
BENTONVILLE, Ark.: At the Crystal Bridges Art Museum, "John James Audubon and the Artist as Naturalist" runs through Jan. 5. "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now" runs through Jan. 19. "Born of Fire: Ceramic Art from Regional Collections" runs through March 2.
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.: More than two dozen decorated Christmas trees will remain on display in the formal garden by the Crescent Hotel through Dec. 31.
FORT SMITH, Ark.: The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, 1601 Rogers Ave., exhibits "An American in Venice: James McNeill Whistler and his Legacy" through Jan. 4.
JOPLIN: A New Year's Eve gala will be held at the Cosmopolitan Ballroom, 501 S. Main, at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 31, with live music, costume contest, modern dance music and a balloon drop.
The Roxy Event Center, 102 S. Joplin Ave., hosts a New Year's Eve event on Dec. 31, beginning at 6 p.m.
At the Spiva Center for the Arts, Third and Wall, the 67th annual Membership Show runs through Jan. 3. An exhibit of works by three stone carvers runs through Jan. 3 in the Regional Gallery.
A 15-minute light show of 50,000 lights in displays programmed to six different songs runs through Sunday at Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church, 15506 Nutmeg Rd. in Carthage.
MIAMI, Okla.: A New Year's Eve party with Pauly Shore will be offered on Dec. 31 at the Buffalo Run Casino.
TULSA, Okla.: At the Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady, comedian Kevin Hart performs at 7 and 10 p.m. on Saturday. A third annual New Year's Eve Celebration featuring the Fabulous Mid Life Crisis Band and Imzadi will begin at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31.
At Expo Square, 4145 W. 21st St., the Tulsa Holiday Circuit Rodeo runs Saturday through Dec. 30 at the livestock complex. Mike Johnson's World's Richest Calf Roping event begins at noon on Dec. 31 in the Ford Truck Arena.
KANSAS CITY: A New Year's Eve party with live music will be held at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Union Station downtown.
COLUMBIA: A New Year's Eve block party will be held on Dec. 31, beginning at 7 p.m., on Ninth Street between Elm and Locust downtown.
ST. LOUIS: A Grand New Year's Eve Ball will be held at 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 at the Casa Loma Ballroom, 3354 Iowa Ave.
The exhibit "Utopia: Revisiting a German State in America," retelling the German heritage in Missouri, runs through April 19 at the Missouri History Museum in forest Park.
An exhibit of landscapes from the Hudson River School of painters runs through April 5 at the St. Louis Art Museum.