This week in Monett: The Horseshoe Theater opens its 2009 season at the Monett City Hall Auditorium. Performing at 7 p.m. on Saturday will be musician, author, story teller, reading and writing workshop leader, and entertainer Dusty Sourdough from Wasilla, Alaska.
The author of four published family books, Sourdough entertains at dinner theatres, schools, churches and conventions throughout the land. His show includes Alaska-type country music and inspirational story telling of his adventures . Admission is a $5 donation at the door.
This week in Springfield: "The Rat Pack is Back" touring show featuring the music of Frank Sinatra and friends is at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are at 888/476-7849.
At Drury University, the play "Arsenic and Old Lace" runs at 8 p.m. today through Saturday in the Wilhoite Theatre.
At Evangel University, the University Symphony Band will perform on March 12 in Chapel Auditorium.
The Landers Theater at 311 East Walnut downtown has "The Boys Next Door running through March 22, with shows at 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25 to $25, available from 417/869-1334.
Extreme fighting is slated for Saturday at the Shrine Mosque.
On Sunday, organist Jeremy Chesman with the Missouri State Chamber Orchestra will give an "Organ Plus" concert in Ellis Hall under the direction of Dr. Amy Muchnick.
This week in Joplin: Playing at the Downstream Casino, off Interstate 44 at Exit 1, will be Highway 13 on Friday and Saturday, Scott Ellison on Saturday, and Sarah Dunn and Sundown on March 11.
This week in Miami, OK: Performing this week at Buffalo Run Casino will be Buddy Jewell on Friday, Paul Ingram Thomas on Saturday, and comedians Tony Deyo and Barry Friedman on March 12.
On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the Crowder College Jazz Orchestra plays at the Coleman Theatre, 103 N. Main.
This week in Tulsa: Final performances of the Broadway musical "The Pajama Game" are Friday through Sunday in the Chapman Music Hall in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Shows next week are at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $18 to $47, available by calling (918) 894-4200.
The musical "Altar Boyz", a comedy about a Christian boy band struggling to make the big time, runs Friday through Sunday and again next weekend at the Liddy Doenges Theatre in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Shows are at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $30 and $35.
The musical "Rainbow Fish" will be presented Friday and Saturday at the John H. Williams Theater in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday for young audiences. Tickets are $8.
The Merce Cunningham Dance Company will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Chapman Music Hall of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25 and $40.
This week at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, on Friday it's Hayes Carl and Band of Heathens, 9 p.m., $20. On Saturday at 6:30 p.m. a night of Texas swing music is planned with the Texas Playboys' birthday salute to Bob Wils, with the Round Up Boys and Oklahoma Stomp, $21. On March 12, it's The Game LAX Tour, with Nipsey Hussie, Johnny Ringo, Filla, Navigator, and Laylo, $28.
This week in Pittsburg, KS: The Pittsburg State University Jazz Festival will be Friday, 8 to 10 p.m. Concerts are in Memorial Auditorium, McCray Hall, and the Overman Student Center.
This week in northwest Arkansas: Saturday and Sunday at the Walton Arts Center, 495 West Dickson in downtown Fayetteville, "Magic Tree House the Musical" is offered, geared for children. Shows are at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $16 to $28. The Jamie Baum Septet plays at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $20 and $30. Down the street at George's Majestic, 519 West Dickson, Big Smith is performing both Friday and Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.
On March 7 at GoodFolk House, 229 North Block in Fayetteville, Rod Picott and Amanda Spears play at 8 p.m. Admission is $10.
On Saturday and Sunday, Arts Center of the Ozarks at 214 S. Main in Springdale offers the play "Hansel and Gretel". Tickets are at 479/751-5441.
This weekend in Pea Ridge is the 147th anniversary of the Battle of Pea Ridge at the Pea Ridge National Military Park. Activities begin at 10 a.m. at the Elkhorn Tavern. Live demonstrations, guided tours, a Civil War era display, a memorial service, artillery programs and infantry demonstrations are planned. Admission is $5 per carload.
The Northwest Arkansas Sports Card Convention will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Bentonville Clarion Hotel.
In Eureka Springs, running all month is the Eureka Springs Gallery Association's gallery showcase, featuring 970 artists and craftsmen's creations in nine fine arts and crafts galleries.
Tomorrow the Pine Mountain Jamboree Music and Comedy Theatre opens its 35th season. Information is at 479/253-9156.
This week in Kansas City: On Friday, Thriving Ivory is at the Midland Theater, 1228 Main, at 8 p.m. The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra performs traditional and classic Irish music at the Folly Theater at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $70.
Professional Bull Riders bring their show to the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd. downtown at 6:50 p.m. and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Rob Kapilow and the Maia String Quartet give a free concert at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Folly Theater, and another for $10 on Sunday at the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum. Music of Haydn is showcased.
At the Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Republic Tigers are playing tomorrow. Gaelic Storm is at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Hank Williams III is at the Beaumont on March 11. Soilwork plays at 7 p.m. on March 12.
At the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino, Mint Condition plays tomorrow. Raphael Saadiq performs March 11.
Running through March 22 are performances of Sarah Ruhl's comedy "The Clean House" at the Unicorn Theater, 3828 Main. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets are $20 to $30, depending on the date.
The Coterie Theater's production of "The Breakfast Club" is being offered at 7:30 p.m. every Monday at the Westport Coffeehouse, 4010 Pennsylvania Avenue. Tickets are $12.
This week in Columbia: The Stephens College Dance Company gives its spring concert on Friday and Saturday at the Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Avenue. Tickets are $14.
On Tuesday, actor Edward James Olmos will be at Columbia College's Launier Auditorium to speak on "Ethics in Hollywood" at 7:30 p.m. Also on Tuesday, the Borromeo String Quartet will offer a concert of Beethoven's last string quartets at Jesse Hall on the University of Missouri campus. Admission is $15.
On Wednesday, the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players will be in town with "The Mikado". Tickets are $18 to $30.
This week in St. Louis: On Friday, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Powell Hall, Delmar and Grand. Music by Bach, Stravinsky (Symphony for Winds), Bernstein (Prelude Fugue and Riffs), and Ravel (Bolero) is featured. At 8 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday, the orchestra performs with the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago company on ballets by Britten and Ravel.
On Friday, Gaelic Storm performs at the Sheldon Concert Hall, Washington Street west of Grand. Tickets are $30 and $35.
On Friday and Saturday, the Schlafly Brewery is hosting its ninth annual Stout and Oyster Festival, starting at 5 p.m. Friday and noon on Saturday at the Schlafly Tap Room.
On Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., the Alexandra Ballet brings a touring production of "Cinderella" to the Blanche Touhill Auditorium at the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. Tickets are $20 to $30.
Contemporary dance by the St. Louis Ballet, including works by Balanchine and Michael Uthoff will be featured in the Edison Theatre on the Washington University campus at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $35.
On Sunday, Cirque Eloize "Nebbia" will be presented at the Lindenwood Center for Fine & Performing Arts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $45.
At 8 p.m. on Monday, the Sheldon Chorale presents Haydn's "Kleine Orgel Messe" at the Sheldon Concert Hall, for the 200th anniversary of the composer's death. Tickets are $15.
This week at The Pageant, Skinker and Delmar, performing on Saturday will be Uberzone and D.J. Dan with Serious Lee, Dave Zam, and Chapa. On March 11, the Taste Of Chaos Tour opens with Bring Me The Horizon, Pierce the Veil, Four Year Strong, Cancer Bats, and the Ernie Ball Band.