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Local Entertainment: April 28-May 5

TOP PICKS

1. For the annual President's Concert at Missouri State University in Springfield, the MSU Grand Chorus and Symphony Orchestra perform Mozart's "Requiem" and Poulenc's "Gloria" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hammons Hall. The Mozart is a meditative, spiritual piece, matched with a buoyant life affirmation in the Poulenc, from 170 years later. With big choirs and orchestra, this will be a moving experience.

2. Fans of classic rock music will not want to miss what may be their final chance to see the 1960s' rock band The Who in action, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City. The Slydigs will also play. Be prepared to walk some distance as parking can be a nightmare in downtown KC. The Sprint Center is a Huge arena

3. For readers and lovers of books, this is one of the big weeks of the year. In Springfield, the semi-annual Greene County Friends of the Library Book Sale runs through Sunday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E*Plex, a new location. Books old and recent, music recordings and other specialty items are available. For the truly hardcore, the Greater St. Louis Book Fair runs Friday through Sunday at the West County Center Mall, off Manchester at I-270, in the Macy's parking lot, lower level, in suburban St. Louis, the biggest book sale in the state.

CONCERTS

SPRINGFIELD

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Duncan Burnett and the Riot play at 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Gillioz Theater, 325 Park Central East.

French cellist Edgar Moreau performs at 7:30 p.m. on May 3 at the Hammons Hall.

At Drury University, the jazz ensembles perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in Clara Thompson Hall. The choral ensembles perform at 7:30 p.m. on May 2 in Stone Chapel, and the composer's recital is slated for 7:30 p.m. on May 2 in Clara Thompson Hall.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.

At the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson, the Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Octet performs at 7 and 9 p.m. on Friday. The Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas performs Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 and Poulenc's "Gloria" with the John Brown University Cathedral Choir at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Ukranian "ethno chaos" group DakhaBrakha performs at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Country music star Darius Rucker and friends Barrett Baber and Cassandee Pope perform at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, 5079 W. Northgate Rd.

At George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson, playing this week are Animal Collective and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith on Thursday; Full House, Cory Smith and Rob Baird on Friday; Doyle Bramhall on May 3; Whitechapel, Fit for a King, the Plot in You, Enterprise East and the Battle Within on May 4; and Trey O'Dell on May 5.

At the Faulkner Performing Arts Center, 453 N. Garland, the University of Arkansas Concert Band and Symphonic Band play on Sunday at 3 p.m. The Schola Cantorum choir performs at 7:30 p.m. on May 5.

The Fulbright Brass Quintet plays on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the University of Arkansas's Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, 340 N. Garland.

JOPLIN

At Missouri Southern Symphony State University, the MSSU Orchestra plays at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Taylor Performing Arts Center on the MSSU campus. Works will include Vaughan Williams' Tuba concerto, Bernstein's "Candide" overture and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5. The Chamber Winds perform at 5:30 p.m. on May 2 at Corley Auditorium. The Southern Percussion Ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. on May 2 in the Black Box Theater off the southbound lane of Duquesne, first driveway from Newman Road. The Southern Chorale performs at 7:30 p.m. on May 5.

At the Downstream Casino, the Bobby D. Band plays country music on Friday. American Kids play variety rock on Saturday.

MIAMI, Okla.

At the Buffalo Run Casino, Big Smitty plays on Friday and Saturday.

The Northeast Oklahoma A&M College Choir gives its spring concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Commons Hall.

TULSA, Okla.:

The Dali Quartet plays classical and Latin soul fusion at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the John H. Williams Theatre at the Tulsa Performing ARts Center, 110 S. Second St.

British band The 1975 plays at 8 p.m. on May 4 at the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver.

At Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, playing this week are the Del McCoury Band and the Black Lillies on Thursday; Parachute, Jon McLaughlin and Brett Taylor on Saturday; Animal Collective and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith on Sunday; Memphis May Fire, We Came As Romans, Miss May I and For Today on May 5.

At the Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady, BÝrns, Nothing But Thieves and the Strumbellas perform at 8 p.m. on Friday. Graham Nash plays at 8 p.m. on May 3. Lamb of God, Clutch and Corrosion of Conformity play on May 5.

PITTSBURG, Kan.

The Four State Band Concert is presented at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Bicknell Family Center, 1711 S. Homer.

NEVADA: The Cottey College Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday the the Cottey Recital Hall.

KANSAS CITY

Silversun Pickups and Foals plus Joywave perform at 7:30 p.m. on May 4 at the Midland Theater, 1228 Main St.

The Missouri State University Grand Chorus and Symphony Orchestra perform Mozart's "Requiem" and Poulenc's "Gloria" at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway.

Cellist Edgar Moreau performs at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Folly Theater. 300 W. 12th St.

At the Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., the Kansas City Conservatory of Music's Wind Symphony plays works by Bernstein, Gubaidulina, Grainger and John Williams at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. The conservatory's Graduate Fellowship String Quartet plays works by Haydn, Beethoven and Debussy at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The conservatory's Percussion Ensemble plays works by John Cage at 7:30 p.m. on May 2. The Composers' Guild plays new works at 7:30 p.m. on May 3.

An Alice Cooper tribute band plays at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino.

The Kansas City Conservatory of Music's Chamber Orchestra plays Stravinsky's Concerto for String Orchestra, Brahms' Serenade No. 2 and Kraus' "Pantomine" at 12:30 p.m. on May 2 at Grant Recital Hall, 5227 Holmes.

The Kansas City Conservatory of Music's Orchestra and Choirs perform Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, Brahms' Alto Rhapsody and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 at 7 p.m. on May 5 at the Kauffman Center.

Ozomatli plays at 5 p.m. on May 5 at the Power and Light District, 13th and Walnut.

ST. LOUIS

The St. Louis Symphony offers seven pieces telling stories, such as Bernstein's "Candide" overture, Ponchielli's "Dance of the Hours," Dukas' "Sorcerer's Apprentice" and Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" at 8 p.m. on Friday at Powell Hall, Grand and Delmar. The orchestra plays Schubert's Symphony No. 9 and William Kraft's Timpani Concerto No. 2 at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Country music star Jennifer Nettles presents the Next Women of Country tour with Randy Clark, Lindsay Ell and Tara Thompson at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Peabody Opera House, 1400 Market.

At the Sheldon concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., Latin and jazz artist Raul Malo performs at 8 p.m. on Thursday. the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis plays Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings" and Mozart's "A Little Night Music" at 7:30 p.m. May 2 and 3.

At the Pageant, 6161 Delmar, Nahko and Medicine for the People plus New Beat Fund performs at 8 p.m. on Friday. Ashes 2 Ashes gives a David Bowie tribute concerts at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Animal Collective and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith perform at 8 p.m. on May 3. Amon Amarth, Entombed A.D. and Exmortus play at 7:30 p.m on May 4.

THEATER

SPRINGFIELD

The Missouri State University spring dance concert is offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at at Craig Hall.

Springfield Contemporary Theater presents Tracy Letts' play "Killer Joe" at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at 431 S. Jefferson.

OZARK

Joseph Ransom's play "Amazing Grace," about the author and creation of the famous hymn, runs through May 14 at the Stained Glass Theater, 1996 Evangel.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.

At the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson, the Malpaso Dance Company with Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Octet perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

David Greig's play "The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart" is presented at 7 p.m. on May 4 and 5 at the Walton Arts Center's Starr Theater, with more shows through next weekend.

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.

Elite Dance Studios presents Disney's "Little Mermaid Jr." at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Auditorium, 36 S. Main.

NEOSHO

Crowder College presents a stage version of "To Kill A Mockingbird" at 7:30 Thursday and Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Elsie Plaster Community Center on the Crowder campus.

TULSA, Okla

"Billy Elliot: the Musical" runs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and again next weekend in the Liddy Doenges Theatre at the Tulsa performing Arts Center.

NEVADA

Community Council on the Performing Arts presents Gregg Kreutz's play "Death By Golf" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fox Playhouse, 110 S. Main.

KANSAS CITY

Lyric Opera of Kansas City presents Bizet's ever-popular opera "Carmen" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kauffman Center.

A stage version of Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief" is presented at 10 and 11:45 a.m. on April 28 at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St.

A stage version of Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are" runs through May 7 at the Coterie Theater at Crown Center, Grand and Pershing Road.

Hilary Bettis's play "The Ghosts of Lote Bravo" runs through May 8 at the Unicorn Theater, 3828 Main.

Jacquee Gafford presents the one-woman play "The Life and Times of Barbara Jordon" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at the Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Penn Valley Dr.

"It's A Grand Night For Singing," a revue of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, runs through May 22 at the Quality Hill Playhouse, 303 W. 10th St.

The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater performs at 7 p.m. Friday at the Lied Center at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

COLUMBIA

Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" is presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at the Rhynsburger Theater, on the University of Missouri campus.

Shakespeare's "Macbeth" is presented at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at the Maplewood Barn Theatre, 2900 E. Nifong Blvd., with more shows next weekend.

The musical "Cabaret" is presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave., with more shows next weekend.

ST. LOUIS

A touring production of Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway" is presented at 8 p.m. on May 5 at the Peabody Opera House.

A stage version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" runs through May 8 at the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis offers its final dance concert at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. The university's Community Chorus performs a variety of works at 7:30 p.m. on May 3 at the Touhill.

Black Repertory Theater presents Kelvin Roston's biographical play about schizophrenic songwriter Donny Hathaway in "Twisted Melodies," running at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Edison Theater at Washington University.

SPECIAL EVENTS

SPRINGFIELD

Friends of the Bob and Tom Show comedy tour perform at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Gillioz Theater.

The SSG Car and Bike Show is offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 30 at the Rutledge-Wilson Park, 3825 W. Farm Road 146.

TULSA, Okla.

At Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St., the Chill, Kansas and Oklahoma's largest indoor motorcycle, car and custom semi-truck show, is offered Friday through Sunday in the River Spirit Expo Hall. The Metcalf Gun Show runs Saturday and Sunday in the Exchange Center.

KANSAS CITY

The WWE professional wrestling Smackdown show is offered at 7 p.m. on May 3 at the Sprint Center.

Comedian Red Green performs at 7 p.m. on May 4 at the Lied Center at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

ST. LOUIS

The WWE professional wrestling RAW show is offered at 6:30 p.m. on May 2 at the Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Ave.

FESTIVALS

SPRINGFIELD

Spyderfest, for owners of Spyder vehicles, runs through Sunday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

BRANSON: WorldFest at Silver Dollar City, featuring international performing arts acts, runs through Sunday. This will be the final year of this annual event.

The Branson Music Fest concludes Thursday at the Welk Theater, featuring more than two dozen Branson performers, such as the Lennon Sisters and the Oak Ridge Boys, international acts from 30 countries, 40 booths with gift ideas and live cooking demonstrations.

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.

The month-long 29th annual May Festival celebrating the arts begins on Sunday, featuring weekend gallery strolls, music in Basin Springs Park and assorted special exhibits.

TULSA, Okla.

German Fest runs Friday through Sunday at the Great Hall of the GAST Center, 1429 Terrace Dr. in midtown Tulsa, west of Lewis on 15th St.

The 21st annual Renaissance Fair at the Castle in Muskogee opens Sunday and runs weekends through May 30.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla.

The 10th annual Red Fern Festival, with live music, arts and crafts, a pageant and a car show, runs Friday through Sunday downtown in the square and at Norris and Sequoyah City Parks.

BARTLESVILLE, Okla.

Brass Fire and Jens Lindemann perform at 7:30 p.m. on May 3 at the Bartlesville Community Center, 300 S.E. Adams Blvd.

KANSAS CITY

Ink's Middle of the Map Film Festival opens Thursday and runs through May 7 at the Mainstreet Theater, 1400 Main. Comedian Fred Armisen will appear at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Folly Theater.

The New Works Festival will alternate two new plays in performances running Saturday through May 22 at the Copaken Stage, 13th and Walnut. Plays are Rinne Goff's "Fire in Dreamland" and Eric Rosen Adam Mace's "Lot's Wife." Shows are every day except Mondays.

The All-American Barbecue and Brew Festival runs weekends through May 8 at the Worlds of Fun park.

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