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Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

Local Entertainment: Dec. 1-8

TOP PICKS

1. Holiday concerts are in full swing this week. One of the most popular national attractions returns to the area as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver in Tulsa, Okla. The ensemble performs in Kansas City on Saturday and in St. Louis on Sunday. No one does Christmas music quite like the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

2. If you enjoy a big production of Handel's "Messiah," you'll find one of the best in Kansas City this week. The Kansas City Symphony and Chorus and soloists play Handel's "Messiah" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway. Every seat in Helzberg Hall has great acoustics. The high seats are steep but every place offers a good view and hearing.

3. If you like a little less reverent take on Christmas, there's always Jean Shepherd's "A Christmas Story," presented in a stage version by Springfield Little Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 with more shows through next weekend at the Landers Theater, 311 E. Walnut. If you remember Christmas in the suburbs in the 1950s, Ralphie and his family will take you right back to the swirling emotions of childhood and the holidays.

CONCERTS

SPRINGFIELD

The Drury University Singers will perform at noon on Thursday at the First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, 820 E. Cherry.

The Drury University Chamber Orchestra and Wind Symphony performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Clara Thompson Hall.

Drury University's jazz combos play at 5 p.m. Friday at the Drury C-Street Gallery.

Drury University choirs will present Christmas vespers at 3 and 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Drury Stone Chapel.

Singer songwriter Jim Brickman performs his "Comfort and Joy" show at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Gillioz Theater, 325 Park Central East.

The Missouri State University Holiday Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

The Drury Jazz Ensembles offer a Big Band salute at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 at Clara Thompson Hall.

Country musicians Chase Rice, Ryan Hurd and Lacy Cavalier performs at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Gillioz Theater, 325 Park Central East.

REEDS SPRING

At the Rock House, 41 High St., the Lacewings perform at 8 p.m. Saturday.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.

At the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson, singer songwriter Kathy Mattea performs at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. The Dover String Quartet and Avi Avital play at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6. Eamoon McCrystal and Chloe Agnew perform at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8.

At George's Majestic Lounge, 517 W. Dickson, playing this week are the Bel Aires, Boss Tweeds, and Steve Kimock on Friday; and Space Jesus on Dec. 7.

The Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas offers a Christmas concert at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Walton Arts Center.

The Austin Lounge Lizards perform at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Fayetteville Library, 401 W. Mountain St.

SPRINGDALE, Ark. The Arts Center of the Ozarks Chorale Holiday Concert is offered at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at 214 S. Main.

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.

Native American flutists John Two-Hawks gives his annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Auditorium, 36 S. Main.

FORT SMITH, Ark.

The Fort Smith Symphony presents A Classic Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the ArcBest Corporation Performing Arts Center, 55 S. Seventh St.

JOPLIN

At the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, Derryl Perry plays country music on Friday. Earl and Them plays on Saturday.

MIAMI, Okla.

The Turnpike Troubadours perform at 9 p.m. on Friday at the Buffalo Run Casino.

TULSA, Okla.

The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus under Ron Spigelman plays a Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Chapman Music Hall at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 S. Second St.

Weezer, Judah and the Lion plus the Moth and the Flame perform at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady.

At Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, performing this week are Dan and Shay plus Walker Hayes on Thursday; Riverfield Rocks on Saturday; the Wood Brothers and Ben Sollee on Dec. 5; Steve Vai on Dec. 6; Marshmello and Brillz on Dec. 7.

BARTLESVILLE, Okla.

The Bartlesville Choral Society presents its Christmas concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Community Center, 300 S.E. Adams.

PARSONS, Kan.

The band M-Pact plays at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Parsons Memorial Hall, 112 S. 17th St.

PITTSBURG, Kan.

The Pittsburg State University Wind Ensemble will play at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Bicknell Family Center, 1711 S. Homer.

NEVADA

The Cottey College Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday in the Cottey Center for the Arts.

KANSAS CITY

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra plays its holiday concert at 3:30 and 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Sprint Center, 1407 Broadway.

TubaChristmas, the open invitation concert to all tuba and euphonium players, will give its annual performance at noon on Friday at the Kauffman Center, with a second performance on Dec. 12.

At the Midland Theater, 1228 Main, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Catherine Russell performs at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Awolnation, Capital Cities, 888 and the Moth and the Flame play at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 7.

The Heartland Men's Chorus gives its Christmas concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St.

The Kansas City Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony plays works works by Tippett, Beethoven, Varése, Reed and Schmitt at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry.

The KC Conservatory of Music Choirs give a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Visitation Catholic Church, 5141 Main St.

The Spire Chamber Ensemble and Choir perform Gregorian chants,Benjamin Brittin's "Ceremony of Carols" and other sacred music of the season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 1307 Holmes St., and at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd. in Prairie Village, Kan.

The KC Conservatory of Music Chamber Orchestra performs works by Haydn, Ginastera and Stravinsky at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry.

The KC Jazz Orchestra plays a swing version of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" ballet at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Kauffman Center.

The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and the Musica Vocale Choral Ensemble present "A Very English Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W. 13th St.

Soprano and opera star Joyce DeDonato and the Italian chamber orchestra Il Pomo d'Oro presents "War and Peace: Harmony through Music" at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St.

The Eli Young Band plays at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 at the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino.

The University of Kansas School of Music gives its holiday vespers concert at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Lied Center at KU in Lawrence, Kan.

The Ten Tenors perform "Home for the Holidays" at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd. in Overland Park, Kan.

COLUMBIA

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Catherine Russell performs at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Missouri Theater 203, S. Ninth St.

ROLLA

The Ten Tenors' "Home for the Holidays" concert is offered at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Leach Theatre, 400 W. 10th St.

ST. LOUIS

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra plays at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Ave.

At the Peabody Opera House, 1400 Market, country musicians Josh Turner, Jana Kramer and William Michael Morgan perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The St. Louis Symphony presents Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" ballet at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Powell Hall, Grand and Delmar. "A Gospel Christmas" with Richard Smallwood at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8.

At the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., the North County Big Band gives its winter concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Actress Zoe Vonder Haar and four St. Louis singers offer a holiday concert at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The Chamber Music Society of St. Louis performs at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 6.

At the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the Opera Theatre gives a showcase of selections from Puccini, Mozart, Bizet, Massenet and Rossini at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves gives a holiday concert at 8 p.m. on Friday. The university orchestra, Jazz and Vocal Point Ensembles perform "Jazz for the Holidays" at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The UMSL Women's Chorale performs at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6. The UMSL Wind Ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7.

A tribute concert to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young is offered at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Family Arena in St. Charles.

THEATER

SPRINGFIELD

The final show of a touring production of "Elf: the Musical," based on the film, is offered at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

Missouri State University's fall dance concert is offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Craig Hall Balcony Theater, 901 S. National Ave.

Nickelodeon's "PAW Patrol Live!" will be offered at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 on Dec. 7 at the Hammons Hall.

As part of Springfield Contemporary Theater's Solo Play Festival, Jim Brochu's play "Zero Hour" is presented Friday through Sunday at the Springfield Contemporary Theater, Pershing and Robberson Ave. David Sedaris's "The Santaland Diaries" is presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday with more shows next weekend.

OZARK

Ron Boutwell's play "The Christmas House" runs through Dec. 17 at the Stained Glass Theatre, 1996 Evangel.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.

A new stage version of Dickens' "Great Expectations" runs through Jan. 1 at TheatreSquared, 505 W. Spring St.

NEOSHO

Crowder College will present Ibsen's play "A Doll's House" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 through next weekend at the Elsie Plaster Community Center on the Crowder campus.

ROGERS, Ark.

David Sedaris's "The Santaland Diaries" is presented Friday through Sunday and again next weekend at the Arkansas Public Theater, 116 Second St.

CARTHAGE

Pat Cook's play "Christmas Express" is presented Thursday through Sunday at the Stone's Throw Theatre, 2466 W. Old Route 66 Blvd., with a dinner theater option one hour before the show, and more shows next weekend.

JOPLIN

Stained Glass Theater presents a stage version of the film "It's A Wonderful Life" Thursday through Sunday at Ozarks Christian College, 1111 N. Main. "The Sanders Family Christmas" opens Dec. 8 and runs through the next two weekends at 2101 Annie Baxter Dr.

Missouri Southern State University's drama department presents Lyndall Burrow's play "Another Mother Goose Christmas Mystery" at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Taylor Performing Arts Center.

TULSA, Okla.

A stage version of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is presented at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 in the John H. Williams Theater in the Tulsa Performing ARts Center, with more shows for the next three weekends.

BARTLESVILLE, Okla.

"Aunt Pearl's Christmas Eve" is presented at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Bartlesville Community Center.

KANSAS CITY

Kansas City Ballet presents Tchaikovsky's ballet "Nutcracker" at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Kauffman Center, with more shows at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 and through the next two weekends.

A national tour of Maripat Donovan's "Sister's Christmas Catechism," a lighthearted crime scene-style investigation of the Christmas story, runs through Dec. 18 at the Starlight Theatre in Swope Park.

"The Book of Mormon" opens on Dec. 6 and runs through next weekend at the Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St.

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: the Musical" runs through Dec. 31 at the Coterie Theater at Crown Center, Grand Blvd. and Pershing Road.

Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins' play "An Octoroon" runs through Dec. 26 at the Unicorn Theater, 3828 Main.

Kansas City Repertory Theater presents an updated version of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" through Dec. 24 at the Spencer Theatre, 4949 Cherry.

The Quality Hill Playhouse, 303 W. 10th St., offers "Christmas in Song" revue through Dec. 24.

"Child of Hope," a telling of the Christmas story with the Storling Dance Theater and live music, will be offered at 2 and 7 p.m. on Friday at the White Theatre at the J, 5801 W. 115th St. in Overland Park, Kan.

COLUMBIA

The Moscow Ballet's touring production of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" is presented at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Jesse Auditorium on the University of Missouri campus.

The musical "Sweet Charity" runs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, with more shows next weekend, at the Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave.

"Elf Jr.," an abridged version for children of the musical, runs at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Warehouse Theatre, 104 Willis Ave.

ST. LOUIS

At the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand, the musical "Annie" is presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. "Finding Neverland" is presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-9 with more shows through the next two weekends.

The Washington University Dance Theatre presents "Critical Mass," a concert on contemporary life, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Edison Theater at Washington University.

"All is Calm," a musical based on the 1914 Christmas truce in World War I, runs at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, with more shows next weekend at the Mustard Seed Theatre, 6800 Wydown Blvd. in Clayton.

A stage version of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" runs through Dec. 24 at Repertory Theater of St. Louis, in the Loretto Hilton Center on the Webster University campus in Webster Groves.

Jonathan Tolins' play "Buyer and Cellar" opens Thursday and runs through Dec. 17 at thMidland Theatre KC

e Stray Dog Theater, at the Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee Ave.

"Dixie's Tupperware Party" runs through Dec. 18 at the Playhouse at Westport Plaza, 635 Westport Plaza.

SPECIAL EVENTS

SPRINGFIELD

An RK Gun Show is offered Saturday and Sunday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

The Body, Mind and Spirit Fair, focusing on spiritual living tools, crystals, oils and herbal body products, oracle cards and more, is offered on Saturday and Sunday at the Holiday Inn, 2720 N. Glenstone Ave.

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.

The 50th annual Silver Tea, a high tea party, is offered at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Crescent Hotel, 75 Prospect.

The Eureka Springs Parade of Lights takes place at 6 p.m. on Friday downtown.

The lighting of more than 30 Christmas trees on the grounds of the Crescent Hotel will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

CASSVILLE

The Cassville Christmas parade will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday downtown.

NEOSHO

Neosho Chamber of Commerce will held its Christmas parade at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Big Spring Park will be decorated for the occasion.

CARTHAGE

The Way of Salvation Christmas lights at the Vietnamese Catholic Church, 1900 Grand Ave, runs nightly through December.

GROVE, Okla.

The Har-Ber Village offers its Christmas on Main Street on its 19th century town every afternoon through Dec. 11 at 4404 W. 20th St.

VINITA, Okla.

The Vinita Christmas parade will run at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

TULSA, Okla.

At Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St., the Capital Oil Stampede rodeo runs Friday through Sunday in the Ford Arena. The Holiday Circus Extravaganza runs Saturday and Sunday in the Pavilion. The Grand American Arms Show runs Saturday and Sunday in the River Spirit Expo Hall.

Comedian Brian Regan performs at 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Tulsa Convention Center, Seventh and Houston.

COLUMBIA

A Dickens Victorian Christmas runs nightly Sunday through Dec. 7 at Historic Senior Hall on Waugh St.

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