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Opera, plays, shows, festivals, fireflies, pow wow within driving distance of Monett in week ahead

Thursday, June 18, 2009

This week in Monett: Skateboarding enthusiasts will be at Monett's North Park skate park on Sunday marking National Go Skateboarding Day. No specific activities are planned.

This week in Springfield: Performances at the Missouri State University Tent Theatre behind Coger Hall at Grand and National, features "Altar Boyz" on Friday and Saturday and June 15. Tickets are $10 to $22. "Miss Firecracker" opens on June 24 and runs through next weekend.

The Sounds on the Square free concert series in Park Central Square in downtown Springfield continues tomorrow at 5 p.m. with performances by Ultimate Evolution, Electra 225 Band, Accordion Connection, Le Grande Dames and Lou LeBrun.

Joe Orton's play "Loot" runs Friday and Saturday at the Vandivort Theater, 305 E. Walnut, fourth floor.

The Springfield Little Theater's production of "Meshuggah Nuns" runs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Landers Theater, 311 E. Walnut.

This week at the Outland Ballroom, 326 South Ave., will be a New Wave Dance Party for the Black Box Revue on Friday, Cooter Brown on Saturday.

This week near Springfield: The 30-member 135th Military Army Band, Springfield Reserves, will perform free at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield near Republic. The concert is on the lawn in front of the Visitors Center.

The second annual Downtown Clown A'Round festival, featuring clowns, will be Saturday at Branson Landing.

At the Stained Glass Theatre, 1996 W. Evangel in Ozark, "The Last Oasis, The Story of Lillian Trasher" is showing at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through June 27. Ticket information is at 417-581-9192.

At the Rock House, 41 High Street in downtown Reeds Spring, the Undergrass Boys play at the fifth annual cookout fundraiser for the Rock House. Music starts at 8 p.m.

In West Plains, the Old-Time Music and Ozark Heritage festival is Friday and Saturday in the court square. Featured performers include Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith, Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen, guitarist Comer "Moon" Mullins and fiddler James Bryan. Information is at 417-255-7966.

This week in northwest Ark.: In Fayetteville, the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks, 4703 North Crossover Road, will hold its evening Firefly Festival on Sunday, with musicians, dancers, puppeteers, art installations, crafts and more. This week at George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson in Fayetteville, Boom Kinetic plays on Friday and Mountain Sprout on Sunday. Playing on June 23 will be Backyard Tire Fire featuring Mark Bilyeau of Big Smith.

This is the final weekend for the Rogers Little Theater's production of "Greater Tuna." Shows run through Sunday. The theater is at 116 S. 2nd St. in Rogers.

At the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Highway 62, a cannon firing demonstration will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., Ann and C.W. Webb will display and discuss Civil War items and antique kitchenware from their personal collection.

Friday through Sunday in Eureka Springs is a Native American Pow Wow at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge on Highway 23. Booths open at 3 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. on the weekend. Grand entries are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Opera in the Ozarks opens this weekend at Inspiration Point, west of Eureka Springs, 16311 Highway 62 West. Fully staged performances on Friday and Sunday are a double bill of "Pagliacci" and a shortened version of "Hansel and Gretel." Massenet's "Manon" is on Saturday and Monday. Britten's "Albert Herring" opens on June 25. Shows are at 8 p.m. with a pre-curtain talk at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $20. Information is at 479-253-8595.

This week in Carthage: Performing Friday at The Woodshed Emporium, 311 S. Main on the northwest corner of the downtown square will be Drywood Bluegrass and the Clayton Singers. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

This week in Joplin: Performing at The Foundry, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd., will be The Great Commission, Earth From Above and A Sleepless Legacy on Friday. Playing Saturday will be Here I Come Falling Reunion Show W Romance on a Rocketship and Speak Up.

Performing at the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, is Oreo Blue on Friday, Admiral Twin and Will and the Po Boys on Saturday, and the Rich McCready Band on June 24.

This week in Miami, Okla.: On Friday at Buffalo Run Casino, Darryl Worley performs at 8 p.m. on Friday.

This week in Tulsa, Okla.: Light Opera Oklahoma's production of "My Fair Lady" is continuing with shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the John H. Williams Theater at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St. downtown. Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Gondoliers" is also running at 8 p.m. on June 23 and 24. Tickets are $25 and $29. A cabaret of operetta and show standards is offered at 7:30 p.m. on June 21. A two-weekend run of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" opens on June 25.

"Big Mama Speaks," a one-woman play by Tulsa community leader Hannibal Johnson retells the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 from one survivor's point of view. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Charles Norman Theatre in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10.

"Onstage at the Midnight Social Club," in which four "sirens of song" sing the ballads and popular songs of the mid-1930s, will be offered at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the Liddy Doenges Theatre at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 and $30.

The Ancient Dreams Orchestra performs Asian-influenced music and dance in "Earthover," at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Liddy Doenges Theatre at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25.

On June 25, a play with music imagines what it would have been like if Oklahoma's most famous musicians, Bob Wills and Woody Guthrie, had met. Music from the beginning and ending of both careers, envisioning two meetings, will be performed by Brad Piccolo and John Cooper of the Red Dirt Rangers. The show is at 7:30 p.m. in the Liddy Doenges Theatre in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25.

The Jonas Brothers will perform at 7 p.m. on June 22 at the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver downtown. Tickets are $27.50 to $87.50.

This week at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, will be a big show of local bands Friday at 7:15 p.m. featuring Johnny Lang and Michael Logen on Friday; Ida Maria, Restless Ribbon and Milos Fare on June 22; and "American Idol's" David Cook with Ryan Star on June 23.

The band Phone Calls from Home plays at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at the King of Clubs, 320 W. Will Rogers Blvd. in Claremore.

This week in Bartlesville, Okla.: One of the premier classical music events in the Midwest, the OK Mozart Festival, is running through Saturday in several venues. The main stage is at the Bartlesville Community Center. Featured performers will include pianist Anne-Marie McDermott on Friday, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on Saturday afternoon, and Kristin Chenoweth and the Amici New York orchestra on Saturday evening. Advance ticket purchase is recommended and can be made by calling 918-336-9800.

This week in Kansas City: On Friday, The Leo Project is at the Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, with Red Line Chemistry, the Shamans, Harvest and Black Oxygen. Church is at the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino. At Frontier Park, 15501 Indian Creek Parkway in Olathe, Kansas, Mike Finnigan and The Phantom Blues Band plays. Ballet North will present "The Wayward Daughter" at 7:30 p.m. at The Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St.

On Saturday, Warlike Earth with A Great Divide, Phrygionic and Collapse play at the Beaumont Club. The June Heal Dance Studio will give its recital at The Music Hall.

The 14th annual Red, White and Boom event begins at 2 p .m. Saturday at Cap Fed Park, Sandstone Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, Kansas. Featured performers will be David Cook, Blue October, Kevin Rudolf, The Veronicas, Matt Nathanson, White Tie Affair, Safety Suit, Jesse James and Love Sick Radio.

The River Jam at English Landing in Parkville features Harper, Angela Hagenbach and Rev. Jimmy Bratcher on Friday. On Saturday performers are Stacy Mitchart, Roger "Hurricane" Wilson, Levee Town. Sons Of Brasil, the Tommy Andrews Band, the Skip Hawkins Band and the Parkville Community Band.

On June 24, Poison Overdose is at the VooDoo Lounge. On June 25, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform at the Sprint Center at 7:30 p.m.

This is the final weekend for the American Heartland Theatre's production of Paul Slade Smith's "Unnecessary Farce," a comedy about police, corruption, sexual antics, hit men and adjoining hotel rooms. Shows are at 7:30 and 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, with multiple weekend shows at 2450 Grand Blvd. Tickets are at 816-842-9999.

On June 25, C.J. Chenier performs at the Beaumont Club.

Opening on June 23 and running through August 2 is a new musical of kids, U: Bug: Me by Jeremiah Neal, at the Coterie Theatre in Crown Center, Grand at Pershing Road.

This week in Columbia: The Columbia-made documentary film "Neither Here Nor There," following a family from Bosnia over three years, will be shown at 7 p.m. on Friday for World Refugee Day at Windsor Auditorium at Stephens College. A panel discussion will follow.

"Combat," a stage show of short plays and fight scene, will be shown at part of the Stephens College Summer Theatre Institute on Friday, at 104 Willis Avenue.

A 2009 Wine and Food Festival will be held throughout Columbia June 20 to 27.

The Columbia Community Band will perform Sunday at the 33rd season of the Shelter Garden Concert Series, 1817 W. Broadway.

This week in St. Louis: On Friday, comedians Bill Engvall and Frank Caliendo perform at the Fox theater, 527 N. Grand, at 8 p.m. The St. Louis Symphony offers a Casual Classics Concert at Powell Hall, Grand and Delmar, at 7:30 p.m. The Gateway Men's Chorus offers a "Remembering Stonewall" concert at the Edison Theater at Washington University at 8 p.m. and again on Saturday. Musica Slesa plays at 8:30 and 10:15 p.m. at Jazz St. Louis in Grand Center. The Pageant at 6161 Delmar hosts Joe Dirt and the Dirty Boys Band along with a tribute band to The Who.

On Saturday, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Scottrade Center.

Opera Theatre of St. Louis, offering performances at the Loretto-Hilton Center at Webster University, has the revised version of Corrigliano's "The Ghosts of Versailles" opens Friday at 8 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. on June 21 and 23. On Saturday, Richard Strauss' "Salome" will be at 1 p.m. and Puccini's "La Boheme" is at 8 p.m. On June 24, "Salome" is at 1 p.m. and Mozart's "The Shepherd King" is at 8 p.m.

The Mid American Regional Lily Society Show is Saturday and Sunday at the Missouri Botanical Garden. A juried art fair is planned Saturday and Sunday at the St. Louis Galleria, 1155 St. Louis off Clayton Road.

The Muny in Forest Park continues its summer season with "Annie," June 22 to 30. Tickets are $9 to $66.

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