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Local Entertainment: July 2-9

TOP PICKS

1. The biggest show of the year in Monett will be the Freedom and Fireworks celebration on July 4 at Monett's South Park. Activities start with the Lions Club barbecued chicken sales at 11 a.m. Live entertainment includes Vagrant at 4 p.m., the Flyin' Buzzards at 6 p.m. and the Mark Chapman Band at 7:30 p.m. There will be a patriotic address by Wally Long, USMC retired, at 9 p.m. and fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

2. Opera in the Ozarks continues its season Friday at the Inspiration Point Pavilion west of Eureka Springs. Performances are with live orchestra and full staging with supertitles. Shows include Rossini's "Cinderella" on Thursday and July 6 and 9; Verdi's "La Traviata" on July 7; and Offenbach's "Tales of Hoffman" on July 8. "A Taste of Three," sampling all three operas, is offered on Friday. "Tales of Hoffman" is presented indoors at the Bentonville High School Performing Arts Center at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

3. Probably the biggest celebration of the nation's birthday will be in St. Louis. The 35th annual Fair St Louis runs Thursday through Saturday in Forest Park. Live music will

include Natalie Stovall and the Drive, Parmalee and Chris Young on Thursday; American Authors, Blondie and Melissa Etheridge on Friday; Morris Day and the Time plus Kool and the Gang on Saturday. The 133rd Veiled Prophet Parade will be at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday. Professional stunt cyclist Chris Clark also performs. The Ameren/Purina Family Festival Zone will return with family friendly hands-on activities.

CONCERTS

SPRINGFIELD

At the Gillioz Theater, 325 Park Central East, Classic Rock Experience, with music by Queen, Styx, Journey, Boston, Led Zeppelin and Elton John at 8 p.m. is presented on Thursday.

MIAMI, Okla.

At the Buffalo Run Casino, the Members Only band performs at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The Mark Chapman Band and Love and Theft perform at 8 p.m. on July 9.

At Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, performing this week are Jason Isbell and John Moreland on July 6; plus Lake Street Dive on July 7.

At the Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady St., Rob Bell performs at 8:30 p.m. on July 9.

KANSAS CITY

The rock band Rush performs at 7:30 p.m. on July 9 at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd.

At the Power and Light District, 13th and Walnut, Travis Marvin at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

COLUMBIA

At the Missouri Theater, 203 S. Ninth St., the Missouri Symphony plays at 6:30 p.m. on July 9.

A concert of chamber music is offered at 7 p.m. on July 6 at the Broadway Christian Church, 2601 W. Broadway.

ST. LOUIS

Jill Scott, Common and DJ Jazzy Jeff performs at 7 p.m. on July 9 at the Peabody Opera House, 1400 Market.

John Fogerty plays songs of Creedence Clearwater Revival at 8 p.m. on July 7 at the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand.

THEATER

SPRINGFIELD

Missouri State University's Tent Theater continues with the second show in its 53rd season, the comedy/drama "Sherlock Holmes: the Final Adventure," with final performances on Thursday and Friday. "Hairspray" opens on July 8 and runs for the next two weekends. Shows run Thursday through Saturday at 8:15 p.m. on the lawn outside of Coger Hall, National and Grand.

OZARK

Ron Boutwell's play "The Forerunner" about John the Baptist runs through Saturday at the Stained Glass Theater, 1996 W. Evangel.

KANSAS CITY

The musical "Pippin" is offered at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at the Starlight Theater in Swope Park.

"A Year With Frog and Toad" runs through Aug. 2 at the Coterie Theatre, 2450 Grand Blvd.

Shakespeare's "King Lear" opens the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival at 8 p.m., running through July 5 at Southmoreland Park, 47th and Oak St.

The Paul Mesner Puppets presents "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf" on July 6 through July 12 at 1006 E. Longwood Blvd.

The Starlight Theater in Swope Park presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" at 8 p.m. on July 7 through July 12.

COLUMBIA

The homicidal comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace" runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at the Rhynsburger Theater on the University of Missouri campus.

ST. LOUIS

The St. Louis Irish Arts Summer Concert, with Celtic dancing, is offered at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd.

The Muny continues its season of outdoor theater at Forest Park with the musical "Irving Berlin's Holiday Day," opening July 6 and running through July 12. All shows start at 8:15 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS

SPRINGFIELD

Springfield offers its Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m., starting north of Central High and ending at Washington Park, where there will be live music.

The Springfield Art Museum offers its Watercolor USA exhibit through Aug. 23.

The 360 Freedom Celebration will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

The Mid-America Fox Trot Show opens July 9 and runs through next weekend at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

BENTONVILLE, Ark.

At the Crystal Bridges Art Museum, "Born of Fire," a ceramic art show, runs through July 20. "Changing Perspectives of Native Americans" runs through Aug. 3. "Fish Stories: Early Images of American Game Fish" runs though Oct. 4. "Warhol's Nature" opens July 4.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.

The Northwest Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will accompany the fireworks show at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Arkansas Music Pavilion at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

At George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson, performing this week are Left of Center on Friday and Cody Johnson on July 9.

BELLA VISTA, Ark.

Freedom Fest is planned at Loch Lomond on Friday.

HOLIDAY ISLAND, Ark.

Fireworks are offered Saturday with viewing from the island's recreation center.

JOPLIN

The Joplin Independence Day celebration will take place on Friday at the Joplin Athletic Complex, concluding with fireworks.

QUAPAW, Okla.

The Quapaw Tribal Powwow is Friday and Saturday at 5681 S. 630 Rd.

TULSA, Okla.

At the Gilcrease Museum of Western Art, "California Impressionism: Selections from the Irvine Museum" runs through Sept. 6. The museum's annual art sale runs through July 12.

KANSAS CITY

The Jackson County Fourth of July Celebration begins at 6 p.m. and runs through the fireworks display at Longview Lake, 11101 Raytown Rd.

At the Nelson Atkins Art Museum, 4525 Oak St., this is the final weekend for the show "A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America," closing July 5 to move on the New York City. "World War I and the Rise of Modernism" runs through Oct. 18. The exhibit "Philip Haas: The Four Seasons" includes 15-foot sculptures, three-dimensional renditions of portraits by Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, made from "botanical forms" appropriate to each season. The sculptures sit outdoors on the lawn.

COLUMBIA

At the Missouri Theater, 203 S. Ninth St., the 1924 silent film "Peter Pan" will be shown with a new score by Phillip Carli at 6:50 p.m. on Sunday. The July 4th Fire in the Sky show will conclude the day-long celebration on Saturday at Flat Branch Park.

FESTIVALS

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.

The fifth annual Fleur Delicious Weekend, a celebration of French cuisine, opens July 7 and runs through next weekend with a street fair atmosphere and activities in many locations.

KANSAS CITY

The Kansas City Riverfest runs from 4 to 11 p.m. on Saturday at the Berkley Riverfront Park, 1298 Riverfront Dr.

ST. LOUIS

The St. Louis Fringe Festival offers a dozen new plays and performers through Saturday at numerous locations, including the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand Blvd.; CEL at 3307 Washington Ave.; and Duet, 3526 Washington.

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