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Festivals, concerts, shows, theater available as entertainment options for week

Thursday, August 6, 2009

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Jeannine Blankinship Photography and Gallery, 207 3rd St., opens "The Local Art Show" on Friday. "This show includes a variety of works ranging from traditional to un-traditional as well as paintings, print work, and photography," said Blankinship. Opening night will have extended hours, from 7 to 9 p.m. The gallery will have new hours otherwise, open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. only, and by appointment. Blankinship said pieces on display will be "a bit more affordable" than past shows. All artists are from southwest Missouri. "There's a little bit for everybody," Blankinship said. Among the works will be photographs of Dianne Baum taking a different look at downtown buildings. Jared Ratley has pop culture icon portrait paintings in black-and-white. Photographer Allen J. Miller has tried his hand at paintings in solid colors. Layra Alvaraz, of Carthage, has still lifes and landscape paintings. Trina VerSteeg Wilcox offers abstract paintings. Recent college graduate Mandy Botlick has several prints and silk screens in the show. Lindsey Anderson offers colorful nature close-up photos. Bob Logan and John Bremer have new paintings featured. The graffiti wall will be up for any people who want to be an artist and draw or paint themselves. The show will run through September 11.
This week in Monett: The Kings Prairie 10th annual benefit concert supporting the rural Monett community center will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Duke Mason, the Granny Chicks, Country Sunshine, Al Brumley Jr. will perform. Concessions begin serving at 5 p.m. Admission is free. Donations accepted. Those attending should bring lawn chairs. The concert is held on the grounds of the historic Kings Prairie school, just west of Z Highway on Farm Road 2015, three miles east of Monett.

This week in Springfield: At the Outland Ballroom, 326 South Ave., playing Saturday will be the Dark Alleys, Ghost Dance and My Wasted Life, starting at 10 p.m. On Aug. 12 will be Winovino and The Results.

At Remington's, 1655 W. Republic Road, on Friday will be an adaptation of C.S. Lewis's "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" for the stage.

The 16th annual Rag Doll Reunion and Craft Show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Foster Auditorium at Cox Medical Center South on S. National.

At the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, 6424 W. Farm Road 182 near Republic, commemoration of the 148th anniversary of the Civil War battle will be held Friday through Sunday. Living history programs and free sessions on tracing Civil War ancestors are planned.

At the Stained Glass Theatre, 1996 W. Evangel in Ozark, running for its fourth weekend is Ron Boutwell's "From the Mountain Top," continuing through Aug. 22.

This week in northwest Ark.: The 116th annual Gravette Day will be held Saturday, 6 a.m. to midnight, at Kindley City Park in Gravette. Events include a classic car show, motorcycle charity poker-run, vendors and rides, Hendren Aviation skydivers and a chili/salsa cook-off.

The 11th annual Grape Festival will be held through Saturday in the center of Tontitown, on Highway 412 West.

Near Ozark, the Mulberry Mountain Music Harvest Festival runs Aug. 12 to 15. Performers will include the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Umphrey's McGee, the Avett Brothers, Railroad Earth, Squirrel Nut Zippers and many more bands for more than 65 performances on three stages. Mulberry Mountain is southeast of Fayetteville, 16 miles north of Ozark, on Highway 23 off the Pig Trail National Scenic Byway. Information is available at 866-667-1919.

Running Aug. 13 to 15 will be the 38th annual Northwest Arkansas Bluegrass Festival, four miles north of Harrison on Highway 65.

Comedian Bill Engvall will perform at the Walton Arts Center, 495 Dickson St. in Fayetteville, on Saturday, with shows at 4 and 8 p.m.

Tickets start at $40.50.

A production of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" is offered at 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, 4703 N. Crossover Road in Fayetteville. Tickets are $5.

This week at George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson in Fayetteville, bands playing include Drive By Truckers, Hill Country Revue and Charliehorse on Friday; Thanks for Nothing on Saturday; Pope County Bootleggers on Sunday; Fnomenon, Lucio, Ceephor, Grotesk and the Subhuman on Aug. 12; and Hot Shot Karate and Stars Go Dim on Aug. 13.

The 15th annual Regional Art Exhibition runs through Saturday at the Arts Center of the Ozarks, 214 South Main in Springdale.

Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" is running through Sunday at the Rogers Little Theater, 116 S. 2nd St. Tickets can be ordered at 479-631-8988.

In Eureka Springs, through Sunday will be Summer Diversity Weekend. Activities are planned throughout the town, including costume parties and the annual "Rocky Horror Picture Show" party and costume contest.

This week in Joplin: On Sunday, Music in the Park features Shades of Blue, a blues-rock band, at 6 p.m. at the Landreth Park Amphitheater. The concert is free. Those attending should bring lawn chairs.

Also on Sunday, Heartland Opera Theatre presents "A Time of Enchantment" at 2:30 p.m. at Corley Auditorium at Missouri Southern State University. Local artists include Dyanne Lile, Kayleen Seidl, Lucas Tarrant, Loria Harrington, Lendi Stirewalt, Christopher Layton, Erin Phipps, Sam Green and Jennifer Youngs in opera and musical theatre selections. Tickets are $25.

This week at the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, Foreigner will play on Sunday. The regular entertainment venue will include Oreo Blue on Friday and Saturday, the Rich McCready Band on Saturday, Rick Cook and Seminot on Aug. 12.

This week in Miami, Okla: At the Buffalo Run Casino, playing on Aug. 13 will be Saliva, Smile Empty and the Texas Hippie Coalition. Cowboy Troy performs on Aug. 14 and Martina McBride on Aug. 15.

At the Coleman Theater, 103 N. Main, Bob Wills' Texas Playboys perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Balladier and writer Bobby Bridger plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Maidens IV present Celtic Fire with harpist Tammy Wilcox at 7 p.m. Aug. 11.

In Tahlequah, "Under the Cherokee Moon" will be offered in a outdoor dinner theater format at the Cherokee Heritage Center on Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 15. Cost is $25 for the meal and show or $15 for the show only. Information is available at 888-999-6007.

This week in Tulsa: Final performances of the touring production of the Broadway musical "Wicked" runs through Sunday at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St. downtown. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. weekdays, 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. on weekends and may sell out. Tickets are $32 to $125 and can be ordered by calling 918-596-7122.

At the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver, Keith Urban plays with Sugarland at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20 to $77.

The Steve Miller Band will play at 7 p.m. Sunday at the SpiritBank Events Center, 105th and Memorial.

This week at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, will be the Tulsa Music Awards at 8 p.m. Saturday and an Afton Live concert for all ages with Chronic Soul, Downcast, Monday Riot!, Daniel Dew and Brett Edwards on Aug. 13.

Chris Isaak performs at the Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady St., at 8 p.m. on Aug. 12. Tickets are $35.50 to $45.50.

This week in Kansas City: On Friday, Alice Cooper performs at the Star Pavilion at the Ameristar Casino. Pete Yorn plays at the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino. Atmosphere is at the Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania. Stephanie Laws performs at Benton's at the Westin Crown Center both Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday, Keith Urban performs with Taylor Swift at the Sprint Center, 1100 Walnut. Blondie performs at Crossroads at Grinders, 417 E. 18th St.

On Sunday, Crue Fest 2 at the Sprint Center, 1100 Walnut, will feature the band Motley Crue performing its entire first album, "Dr. Feelgood." Flyleaf plays at the Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania Ave.

On Aug. 11, Chickenfoot plays at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway. Otep plays at the Beaumont Club.

On Aug. 12, Green Day plays at the Sprint Center.

On Aug. 13, Jeffree Star is at the Beaumont Club.

"Are We There Yet? Family Survival Guide" is running through Aug. 23 at the American heartland Theatre, 2450 Grand Blvd.

This week in St. Louis: Performing on Aug. 11 at the Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Ave., will be Green Day. Crue Fest 2 will play at the Verizon Amphitheater.

Opening Aug. 13 through Aug. 30 is the musical "Mary Poppins" at the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand Blvd.

Running through Sunday at the Muny in Forest Park is the musical "Hairspray."

Union Avenue Opera at the Christian Church, Union and Delmar, offers Verdi's "Il Trovatore" at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Playing this week at the Pageant, 6161 Delmar, will be Carney in Friday, Xavier Rudd and Jeremy Fisher on Saturday, and Pete Yorn with Zee Avi on Sunday.

Duke Mason returning to Kings Prairie

By MURRAY BISHOFF

Duke Mason is looking forward to his third appearance at the Kings Prairie benefit concert on Saturday. Mason will headline the concert of old-time music, classic country, bluegrass and gospel selections at the historic Kings Prairie school.

Concessions will begin serving at 5 p.m. and the music will start at 6 p.m. The school, used as a community center now, is located just west of Z Highway on Farm Road 2015, three miles east of Monett.

Admission is free. Donations are collected to help with the upkeep of facility and planned improvements. The concert is the high point of the year for the Kings Prairie community.

Performing along with Mason will be two sisters from Neosho, Janie and Bella, whose stage act is the Granny Chicks, will bring their accordion skills and singing to the show. The quartet Country Sunshine, headed by Rex Lingerfelt which last played at the benefit in 2007, will be back with classic country and gospel songs.

Concert organizer Al Brumley Jr. has promised to perform some of the greatest hits of his father, Albert E. Brumley. Special appearances by other local performers are expected as well.

Mason, who turns 40 this year, said he is having one of his busiest years, despite the economy. Though some events where he has played have cancelled this year, other invitations have come.

Last Saturday Mason played at the Crawford County Fair in Girard, Kan., then flew to Florida to drive to a concert in Foley, Ala., where he performed with his father, Lowell Mason. Duke performed gospel music with his family from age four to 15. He has been performing steadily on his own since age 21, mostly in the Wichita-Tulsa-Kansas City-St. Louis-Branson area.

Among Mason's highlights of the year has been around four concerts back-to-back at the beginning of July, after which he flew to New York City for his first concert before the national Little People of America association. There were 3,000 registered for the conference. Mason was such a hit he was invited to perform again next year with his full band when the group meets in Nashville, Tenn.

Next Thursday Mason will head for Memphis for the annual Elvis Presley shows, where he has performed for around 15 years. This year for the first time he will perform at a memorial dinner held by Presley's personal nurse at the Peabody Hotel. Country singer Ronnie McDowell and another performer will also participate.

"The majority of my fan base, especially in this area," Mason said, "is an older crowd, because most of music I do is songs from the 1950s and southern gospel. I've been playing at lot of city festivals this year, and there are always younger people there, so we're branching to a little younger market. That's always nice.

"The fans so incredible, so supportive. Last October we went to a seven-day caribbean cruise, with 00 people from the area signing on to go. It went so well we're going to do it again in January," Mason said.

Mason said his repertory of songs is constantly growing. He likes to add songs and change arrangements so fans get a different show every time they see him perform. One of his specialties is Elvis Presley's songs, but even with those standards Mason likes to take different approaches.

For example, a year ago Mason performed at the Joplin Memorial Hall with the Imperials, the vocal group that backed up Presley in his Las Vegas shows from 1969 to 1971. On that occasion, the show included arrangements with brass.

"It was neat for us. It made the songs exciting for us again," Mason said. He plans to use the brass arrangements again when he and his band perform at Little Balkan Days in Pittsburg, Kan., this fall.

The Kings Prairie audience will hear Mason with one of his band members and recorded accompaniment, several with the Jordanaires, Presley's original vocal back-up. The concert will offer a venue for showing off several new arrangements of gospel songs.

"I'm getting ready to record new gospel CD," Mason said. "I'm testing waters for audience reaction. The Kings Prairie crowd will help me decide what to put on my new CD."

"It's always a good evening," said Mason. "I'm looking forward to the food and hearing everyone else," Mason added.

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