In Aurora, the 25th annual Aurora Auto Fest is Saturday in Oak Park.
This week in Springfield: The Missouri State University Symphony Orchestra performs Franck's "Symphonic Variations" with Dr. Peter Collins, Symphony #3 by Samuel Jones and "City Scape" by Jennifer Higdon at 7:30 p.m. today at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.
The Missouri Literary Society is holding a Literary Festival on Friday, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Park Central library branch. Authors are scheduled to speak through the day and an outdoor evening activity is planned on the square.
An outdoor fashion show will be held downtown from South Avenue to Walnut Street on Saturday.
The Skinny Improv comedy troupe presents a murder mystery set in a talk show format at the "Talktoberfest Mystery Hour" at 10:15 p.m. on Friday at 301 Park Central East. Tickets are $7.
Sitar virtuoso Vikas Gupta will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Ellis Hall on the Missouri State University campus. Gupta will give a master class at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
The Poor Thespians present a stage production of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" Oct. 8 to 31 at the Gillioz Theater, 325 Park Central East. Tickets are $10.
Final performances of Missouri State University's drama department's presentation of August Strindberg's "Miss Julie" through Sunday. Performances are nightly at 7:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Balcony Theater. No show on Saturday. Tickets are $14.
A stage production of Mel Brooks' musical "The Producers" runs through Oct. 11 at the Landers, 311 E. Walnut. Beth Domann directs. Tickets are $25. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sundays.
Farmfest runs Friday through Sunday at the Ozark Empire Fairground.
Xtreme Cage Federation Fight Fall Fury is at the Shrine Mosque at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Comedian Bill Santiago will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the Plaster Student Union at Missouri State University.
The Missouri State University Concert Chorale will appear in concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Messiah Lutheran Church.
At the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, the Michael Wolf Trio performs jazz at 8 p.m. Friday. "Trout Fishing in America" plays at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6. Wolf will give a jazz clinic and workshop on the music business at 11 a.m. on Friday at Ellis Hall on the Missouri State University campus.
The Missouri State University Theatre and Dance departments present "Incognito" on Oct. 8 in Carrington Hall. Chicagoan Michael Fosberg, author of the show, performs.
This week at the Outland Ballroom, 326 South Ave., Koffin Kats, Boogeymen, Brutally Frank, and Queen City Saints play Friday. Cornbelt Chorus, Apt. 5, Drums of Death and the cast of the Vandivort's musical "Evil Dead" perform Saturday. Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin plays Oct. 6.
Drury University's production of "Hedda Gabler" by Ibsen opens Oct. 7 for the two-weekend run in the Studio Theatre. Shows are at 8 p.m.
National Harvest Festival runs through October at Silver Dollar City in Branson.
Showing through Oct. 24 at the Stained Glass Theater, 1996 W. Evangel in Ozark, is "Songs in the Night," the story of hymn writer Fanny Crosby, in a play by Joseph Ransom. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:30 p.m. matinee this Saturday. Tickets can be ordered by calling (417) 581-9192.
This week in northwest Ark.: Soul and funk band Tower of Power performs with Full House at 7 p.m. Friday at the Walton Arts Center, 495 Dickson in Fayetteville. Tickets are $28.50 to $48.50.
Arthur Millers "Death of a Salesman" will be given through Sunday and again next weekend at the Walton Arts Center. Shows are at 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday. Tickets start at $18.50.
The University of Arkansas Wind Symphony performs at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 7 at the Walton Arts Center. Tickets are $10.
Kim and Jim Lansford perform at 8 p.m. on Friday at GoodFolk Productions, 229 N. Block St. in Fayetteville.
Art in the Park is at Wilson Park, 675 N. Park Ave. in Fayetteville on Saturday, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
This week at George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson in Fayetteville, playing Friday will be the Bel-Airs, Charlie Robison, Sunny Sweeny and Mamma Sweet. On Saturday there will be a Bob Dylan tribute plus Mountain of Venus and friends.
A benefit concert at the Benton County Fairgrounds Arena in Bentonville at 7 p.m. on Saturday will feature Taylor Clayborne, Disasterful, Sucker Punch Railroad, and the Great Scotts. All tickets will be advance sales for $10. Information is at 479-685-1150.
An American Girl Fashion Show will be held Saturday and Sunday at Arts Center of the Ozarks, 214 S. Main in Springdale. Shows are at 12:30 and 4 p.m. Tickets are $35.
The fifth annual Fall Festival in Rogers runs all day Saturday downtown.
The 19th annual Corvette Weekend runs through Sunday in Eureka Springs. Information is at 417-862-7232.
Jason Aldean will perform with Love and Theft on Oct. 8 at the Convo in Jonesboro. Tickets are $22.75 to $32.75.
The 34th annual Arkansas Apple Fest runs Friday through Sunday in Lincoln. Over 100 arts and crafts exhibitors are expected.
This week in Joplin: At Missouri Southern State University, the Canadian folk rock band Great Big Sea will perform at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5 in Taylor Auditorium. The concert is free. On Oct. 6, the film "Kamouraska" at 7 p.m. in Cornell Auditorium. Voice instructor Marvin Murphree will give a voice recital at 7:30 p.m.
Pro Musica opens its season with a concert by the American Brass Quintet at 8 p.m. on Oct. 8 at Ozark Christian College, 1111 N. Main, in the chapel.
In Neosho, 18 regional artists will have exhibits set up in the square for the annual Fall Festival Autumn Harvest in the square downtown, opening at 9 a.m.
This week at the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, bands include Earl and Them on Friday, Retrorockerz on Saturday and Centrefire on Oct. 7.
This week in Miami, Okla.: Jason Boland performs on Friday at the Buffalo Run Casino.
The Native Oklahoma Weekend runs Friday through Sunday with craft vendors and competitions.
This week in Tulsa, Okla.: The Dave Matthews Band plays at 7 p.m. on Friday at the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver. Willie Nelson and family with Lucas Nelson and the Promise of the Real also perform. Tickets are $65.
The Sci-Fi and Horror Weekend is slated for Friday and Saturday at the Tulsa Convention Center, 100 Civic Center. Bands, stage shows and film will be included.
A play production of E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web" will be given Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. in the John H. Williams Theatre at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St. downtown. Tickets are $8.
The N-E-W Trio plays the music of Kirchner, Schumann and Schubert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the John H. Williams Theatre in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25.
The Tulsa State Fair opens today and runs through Oct. 11. Everclear performs at 7 p.m. on Saturday. MercyMe plays on Oct. 5 and Keith Anderson plays Oct. 6.
This week at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, will be the Decemberists, Laura Veirs and the Hall of Flames on Sunday, Insane Clown Posse on Oct. 5, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights plus the Effects on Oct. 7, and a fundraiser with eight bands for the United Way on Oct. 8.
The Haunted Castle Halloween Festival runs Friday and Saturday at the Haunted Castle in Muskogee.
This week in Kansas City: On Friday, Miley Cyrus performs at the Sprint Center, 1100 Walnut downtown. Tickets are $39.50 to $79.50. Moby plays at the Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania. Oktoberfest events are at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway. Comedienne Margaret Cho performs at the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino at 8 p.m. The Kansas City Symphony performs a symphony and cello concerto by Haydn at 8 p.m. at Visitation Church.
On Saturday, Revolting Cocks, Ringmaster Jim Rose, Blownload and Left Spine Down play at the Beaumont Club. Soft Reeds plays at The Back Yard at the Beaumont.
On Sunday, the Kansas City Symphony family season gives a concert of music by Mozart at 2 p.m. in Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.
On Oct. 6, Paramore with Paper Route and the Swellers play at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway. Wilco and Liam Finn play at Grinders, 417 E. 18th St. in the Crossroads district.
On Oct. 7, KMFDM plays with Angel Spit at the Beaumont Club. Brand New, the Manchester Orchestra and Sybris play at the Uptown Theater.
On Oct. 8, AC/DC plays at the Sprint Center.
"Tell-Tale Electric Poe," a world premiere play adopted by Jeff Church from Edgar Allan Poe stories, runs through Oct. 9 at the Coterie Theatre in Crown Center, Grand at Pershing Road. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and noon some weekdays. Tickets can be ordered by calling 816-474-6552.
The American Heartland Theatre's production of Peter Colley's thriller play, "I'll Be Back Before Midnight" runs though Oct. 25 at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday and on weekdays. Tickets are $27.50 to $32, available by calling 816-842-9995.
Final performances of Edward Albee's "The Seascape" continue through Saturday at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, 3614 Main. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $25.
Final performances of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" are this weekend at the Spencer Theatre at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Performing Arts Center, presented by the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Shows are at 8 p.m. and can be ordered by calling 816-235-2700.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra performs at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Lied Center on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence. Tickets are $24 and $28.
This week in Columbia: Final performances of "The Laramie Project" at the Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave. through Saturday.
The Moo-Dah Parade is at 2 p.m. on Saturday downtown.
A concert of music by Haydn and Mendelssohn in honor of their bicentennials will be at the Reynolds Alumni Center at the University of Missouri at 7 p.m. on Sunday. The festival will have daily concerts through Oct. 9.
This week in St. Louis: Lily Tomlin performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri campus.
On Sunday, Miley Cyrus plays at the Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Ave. The Farm Aid benefit will be at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, starting at 12:30 p.m.
The St. Louis Symphony performs Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," Prokofiev's "Piano Concerto No. 2," Harris' "Symphony No. 3," and Janáček's "Sinfonietta" at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Powell Hall, Grand and Delmar.
The Taste of St. Louis festival runs Friday through Sunday in the Soldier's Memorial park downtown.
A traveling show of Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Phantom of the Opera" runs through Oct. 25 at the Fox Theater, 527 N. Grand.
This week at The Pageant, 6161 Delmar, Michael Frani and Spearhead with Trevor Hall play Friday. Stephen Lynch performs Saturday. Great Big Sea plays Sunday. On Oct. 6, Brand New plays with Manchester Orchestra and Sybris. On Oct. 7, Paramore, Paper Route and the Swellers perform.
Final performances of the St. Louis Repertory Theater's production of the musical "Amadeus" are this weekend at the Loretto-Hilton Center.
The St. Louis Shakespeare Company is performing "Macbeth" at the Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square in Grand Center, through Sunday and again next weekend.
St. Louis University presents "The Bald Soprano" at 8 p.m. Friday in Xavier Hall.