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Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
Local Entertainment: Nov. 26-Dec. 3
1. If you're trying to recapture the spirit of Christmas, try Springfield Little Theater's stage version of the film "Miracle on 34th Street" at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 with more shows through the next two weekends at the Landers Theater, 311 E. Walnut. The Landers is a bit of a barn, so closer seats may prove better for this show.
2. For a good, varied Christmas concert with traditional and contemporary sounds close to home, try the free holiday concert by the Missouri State University music department's Grand Chorus and Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in Springfield. The decorated hall should bring out the holiday spirit in anyone as December begins.
3. A spectacular musical show is planned in Kansas City as Handel's "Messiah" is performed with a 250-voice KC Symphony Chorus and Independence Messiah Choir with the Kansas City Symphony at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 with more performances through next weekend at the Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway. A big production, more selections and top notch singers are guaranteed. All seats at the Kauffman's Helzberg Hall provide great sound.
The Drury University Wind Symphony, Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Clara Thompson Hall.
Michael McDonald will perform at 8 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the O'Reilly Center at Drury University.
Ronnie McDowell and friends Tommy Cash, Gail Davies, Deborah Allen, Jeff Bates, Amber Hayes, Teea Goans and BLEND present a Christmas tour at 7 p.m. on Sec. 2 at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East.
Michael McDonald performs at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson. Faculty with the University of Arkansas will play piano trios at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, 340 N. Garland.
At the Faulkner Arts Center, 453 N. Garland, University of Arkansas Jazz Ensemble will give a concert at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 2. The men's chorus and women's chorus will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3.
At George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson, playing this week are Big Uns, Isayah's All-Stars, the Schwagg and Friends of the Phamily on Friday; National Park Radio, Shawn James and Paper Anthem on Saturday; Ryan Bingham and Jamestown Revival on Nov. 30; All That Remains, Devour the Day, Audiotopsy and Sons of Texas on Dec. 2; Black Tiger Sex Machine on Dec. 3; the Belairs, Goodluck Slim and Here Come the Mummies on Dec. 4.
Native American flutist John Two-Hawks and Finnish vocalist Johanna Kurela perform at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Crystal Bridges Museum.
The Missouri Southern State University Jazz Orchestra performs a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Corley Auditorium.
At the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, Nashville artist Marci Mitchell performs on Friday and Saturday.
Vocal and instrumental students at Northeast Oklahoma A&M College perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1.
At Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, performing this week are Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Cody Canada and the Departed on Friday; Poison Overdose, We The Ghost and Sweatin Bullets on Saturday; Ryan Bingham and Jamestown Revival on Sunday; Parkway Drive, Miss May I, Thy Art Is Murder and In Hearts Wake on Nov. 30; Kevin Gates, Geaux Yella and Jay Lewis plus OG Bobbie Black on Dec. 1; and Gaelic Storm on Dec. 3.
King Diamond, Abigail and Exodus play on Dec. 2 at the Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady St.
"An Evening of Jingle Bell Rock" is offered at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Bartlesville Community Center, 300 S.E. Adams Blvd.
The Kansas City Symphony plays Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5, De Falla's "Nights in the Gardens of Spain" with pianist Alessio Bax, and Albeniz's excerpts from "Iberia" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway.
Jazz combos of the Kansas City Conservatory of Music perform at 6 p.m. on Nov. 30 at the Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand Blvd.
The Kansas City Conservatory of Music Chamber Orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 at Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry.
The Kansas City Conservatory of Music Musica Nova choir performs works by Ives, Hovhaness, Cage, Harrison and more at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Olson Performing Arts Center.
The Supermatics perform Friday through Sunday at the Argosy Casino in Riverside.
Lights and the Mowglis perform on Sunday at the Midland Theater, 1228 Main.
Todd Rundgren performs at 8 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino.
At the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand, Straight No Chaser plays at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Michael McDonald performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday. "Festival of Praise," with Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell and Israel Houghton, is offered at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Heart performs at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1.
The St. Louis Symphony performs Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1 and "Peter and the Wolf," Tan Dun's Contrabass Concerto and Rimsky-Korsakov's suite from "The Snow Maiden" at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday at Powell Hall, Grand and Delmar. Handel's "Messiah" is presented at 8 p.m. on Dec. 3 with more shows running through next weekend.
Teen performers TeamSTAGES' seventh annual Notes From Home Holiday Concert is offered at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd.
The University of Missouri music students present a chamber music concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center.
At the Pageant, 6161 Delmar, performing this week are Dr. Zhivegas and Queen's Boulevard on Friday; a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute concert on Saturday; LA4SS on Sunday; X Ambassadors and Saint Motel on Dec. 1; Death Cab for Cutie and Wolf Alice on Dec. 2; and country artists Big and Rich, Brothers Osbourne and Com on Dec. 3.
Springfield Contemporary Theater's presentation of the musical "Xanadu" has shows at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday at 431 S. Jefferson.
Ron Boutwell's play "From the Harvest Fields," reenacting the Biblical story of Ruth, runs through Dec. 19 at the Stained Glass Theater, 1996 W. Evangel.
A touring production of the musical "Annie" is presented at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson.
Rick Elice's play "Peter and the Starcatcher" opens at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 and runs through December in the Studio Theater, 505 W. Spring St.
The "So You Think You Can Dance" tour performs at 8 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Midland Theater, 1228 Midland Theater.
A stage version of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" runs through Jan. 3 at the Coterie Theater at Crown Center, Grand Blvd. and Pershing Road.
The Quality Hill Playhouse presents the revue "Christmas in Song" Thursday through Dec. 23 at 303 W. 10th St.
The musical "Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play" by Anne Washburn, a "Simpsons" cross with WWIII, opens Dec. 2 and runs through Dec. 27 at the Unicorn Theater, 3828 Main.
Kansas City Repertory Theater presents David Sedaris' "The Santaland Diaries" Dec. 3 through Dec. 24 at the Copaken Stage, 13th and Walnut downtown. Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" runs through Dec. 24 at the Spencer Theater, 4949 Cherry.
The Leach Theater, 400 W. 10th St., presents "Reduced Shakespeare Company presents the Ultimate Christmas Show" at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3.
The Moscow Ballet production of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" is offered at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30 at the Fox Theatre.
The "So You Think You Can Dance" tour performs at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Fox Theatre.
Filmmaker John Waters presents a one-man show, "A John Waters Christmas: Holier and Dirtier," at 8 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Sheldon Concert Hall.
Repertory Theater of St. Louis opens its production of Rick Elice's play "Peter and the Starcatcher" opens at 8 p.m. on Dec. 2 and 3, with more shows running through Dec. 27 at the Loretto Hilton Center at Webster University in Webster Groves.
Stray Dog Theater presents a parody of 1950s camp films, "Devil Boys from Beyond," at 8 p.m. on Dec. 3, with more shows running through Dec. 19 at the Tower Grove Abbey Theater, 2336 Tennessee Ave.
Joshua Harmon's play "Bad Jews" opens Dec. 3 and runs through Dec. 20 at the Jewish Community Center Staenberg Family Complex in Creve Coeur.
The Monett Chamber of Commerce's Festival of Lights runs nightly through December at Monett's South Park.
A live nativity show will be offered Dec. 3 through next weekend at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds arena.
"Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker's Tales of Slavery and Power," an exhibit of silhouettes offering commentary on historical perspectives on race, runs through Jan. 3 at the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Circle.
Ozark Whittlers and Woodcarvers will demonstrate their craft on Saturday at 4601 S. Nature Center Way.
The Queen City Craft Show is offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at 425 W. Walnut.
The Ozark Kennel Club Dog Show runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
At the Crystal Bridges Museum, "Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic" runs through Jan. 18. "Alfred Maurer: Art on the Edge" runs through Jan. 4. "Changing Perspectives of Native Americans" also runs into 2016.
The Eureka Springs Art Bazaar will be held Saturday at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center.
The Great Ozarkian Beard Off, a competition over the best facial hair, runs Friday through Sunday in various locations around town.
The 49th annual Silver Tea will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Crescent Hotel, 75 Prospect.
The 2015 Dickens Christmas Faire Holiday Market, featuring more than 50 booths of gift and decorating ideas, runs evenings Dec. 3 and 4 and through Dec. 5 at Mills Park Centre, 100 N. College St.
Har-Ber Village offers its 19th century Christmas on Main Street event on Saturday and Sunday.
At Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st. St., the USA BMX Grand Nationals run Friday through Sunday in the River Spirit Expo Center. The Tulsa Flea Market runs Saturday in the Exchange Center.
At the Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Rd., "In Living Color," an exhibit of printmaking with iconic works by Andy Warhol and more, runs through Jan. 17. "Barbizon and Beyond," an exhibit of French landscapes, runs through Feb. 28.
A photography exhibit, "Through the Lens: Visions of African American Experience 1950-1970," runs through April 3 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St.
Quilt National 2015, a show of fiber art, runs through Saturday at the Peabody Opera House.
Running at the St. Louis Art Museum in Forest Park are the exhibits "The Artist and the Modern Studio" through Jan. 3; "Journey to the Interior: Ink Painting from Japan"; "Blow-Up: Graphic Abstraction in 1960s Design" through March 20; and "St. Louis Modern" through Jan. 31.
The Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington Blvd., has the following exhibits running: "Hurvin Anderson: Backdrop," exploring social history and cultural identity; "Wyatt Kahn: Object Paintings;" and "Sheila Hicks: Fiber Art;" all through Dec. 27.
At the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University, exhibits currently running are "World War I: War of Images, Images of War," through Jan. 4, and "The Paintings of Winton Churchill," through Feb. 14.