On Sunday, the Ozark Festival Orchestra will present its Christmas concert with the Crowder College Community Chorus and the Aurora High School Concert Choir at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1600 N. Central across from North Park. An offering will be taken to cover expenses.
The community Christmas concert in Pierce city will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Congregational Church, Walnut and Washington.
The Monett High School band concert will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Middle School.
This week in Springfield: On Friday, the Missouri State University female a cappella singing group Cub Bella will give a concert of pop songs at 7 p.m. at Plaster Student Union Theater. The MSU green theatre class will present new one-act plays by students at 7:30 p.m. in Craig Hall on the MSU campus. Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser perform at 7 p.m. at the Shrine Mosque, 601 St. Louis. Tickets are $25 and $35.
The Springfield Symphony Orchestra will give its Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. Music will include Robert Kaplow's "Polar Express" and other Christmas favorites. Tickets are $17 to $32.
The Ozarks Christmas Village, with vendors, holiday food and entertainment, runs 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
The holiday film "Miracle on 34th Street" will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East. Admission is $5.
Springfield Little Theatre's production of "Babes in Toyland," based on the Victor Herbert operetta, runs Friday and Saturday at the Landers Theater, 311 E. Walnut. Tickets are $11. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. with 2:30 p.m. weekend matinees.
The Springfield Regional Opera will give a Christmas concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Credo Academy, 931 S. Kickapoo. Tickets are $20.
The Springfield Ballet will host its preview party for this year's production of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" at 7 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut. Admission is $35. Regular performances run Dec. 18 to 20.
The Springfield Christmas Parade is at 1 p.m. Saturday downtown.
Springfield Contemporary Theater brings back the holiday play "Striking 12" by Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin and Valerie Vigoda. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Vandivort Center Theater, fourth floor. Tickets are $20. More shows are next weekend.
A dinner theater production of "The Gift of the Magi" will be offered Dec. 14 and 15 at the Gastropub in Wilhoit Plaza, 431 S. Jefferson. Ticket information is available by calling 417-864-6994.
This week at the Outland Ballroom, 326 South Ave., will be Designer Drugs on Friday, Somebody Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin on Saturday, and the Detectives on Dec. 17.
Running through Dec. 19 at the Stained Glass Theatre, 1996 W. Evangel in Ozark, is "The Christmas House" by Ron Boutwell. Shows this week are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Dec. 3. Ticket information is at 417-581-9192.
The RK Gun Show is Saturday and Sunday at the Ozark Empire Fairground.
Student directed one-act plays will be given at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Wilhoit Theatre on the Drury University campus.
Student Stephanie Edwards will give a piano recital at 6 p.m. on Saturday in Barnett Recital Hall on the Evangel University campus.
This week in northwest Ark.: A touring tribute to Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack returns with "The Rat Pack is Back for the Holidays" concert through Sunday at the Walton Arts Center. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $30.50 to $34.50.
Mannheim Steamroller brings its Christmas concert to the Walton Artist Center for shows at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets are $45.50 to $75.50.
At the University of Arkansas on Sunday will be "An International Christmas Concert" with the Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra from Krakow, Poland, playing works by Vivaldi, Handel, and Puccini and Polish and international carols. The free concert is at 8 p.m. in Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center in Fayetteville.
Arthur Miller's play "The Crucible" will be presented Dec. 13 to 15 and in the following week at the University of Arkansas Theatre. Shows run through Dec. 22.
At GoodFolk Productions, 229 N. Block St. in Fayetteville, Nedski and Mojo play on Friday and Outside the Lines performs Saturday. Both concerts are at 8 p.m.
This week at George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson in Fayetteville, will be LaFuSo, Ultra Suede and Mountain Sprout on Friday; Well Well Well, Fade 2 Fall, Calling Tokyo, Affectus, Anomoly and After the Scars on Saturday; Scott Leeper of the Ben Miller Band on Sunday; Rip Off and Take Cover on Dec. 16; the Counterlife, Egyptr, Perpetual Werewolf and Color Club on Dec. 17.
At Art Center of the Ozarks at 214 S. Main in Springdale, the Arkansas Winds will give a free concert at 3 p.m. Saturday. The ACO Youth Choirs and the adult ACO Chorale will present a holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The Shaumbra Dance Theater Company of Consciousness will give a performance at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Enthios Art Venue, on Greenwood Hollow Road past the elementary school. Admission is $20.
The Ozarks Chorale presents its 14th annual Old Fashioned Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Auditorium in downtown Eureka Springs. The concert will include selections from Handel's "Messiah."
Twelve bed and breakfasts in Eureka Springs are participating in the annual Sweet Treats Cookie Tour, sharing their favorite cookie recipes, on Saturday, from 1 to 6 p.m. Cost is $20, limited to 250 people. Details are at 800-494-4921.
This week in Joplin: The Missouri Southern State University Choral Society will give its Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the First Community Church, 15th and Connecticut. The concert is free.
At Joplin Memorial Hall, the Cage of Honor 36 professional wrestling tour will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 to $25. On Dec. 16, Moscow Ballet presents Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" with recorded music at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 to $99.
Stained Glass Theater, 1318 W. 26th St., presents "Miracle at 34th Street" through Dec. 20. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. with matinees at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are at 417-624-1982.
In Carthage, final performances of Stone Throw Theatre's "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" run through Sunday. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. All performances at 796 S. Stone Lane are offered with a dinner theater format before the show. Reservations can be made at 417-358-7268.
The George washington Carver National Monument near Diamond will hold its annual holiday open house on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.
At the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, playing this week will be Solid Gold on Friday and Saturday, Livewire on Saturday, and the Beer and Chicken Band on Dec. 16.
This week in Miami, Okla.: Steve Azar performs on Friday at Buffalo Run Casino.
This week at the Coleman Theatre, 103 N. Main, the Doug Gabriel Show from Branson will perform on Saturday. The Miami High School Choir will perform at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
This week in Tulsa, Okla.: The Tulsa Ballet's original production of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" will be given Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St. downtown. Shows runs Friday through Sunday next weekend. Tickets are $15 to $55.
David Sedaris's "The Santaland Diaries" will run Friday and Saturday at 8:15 p.m. at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $30.
The American Theatre Company's production of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" runs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the John H. Williams Theatre in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30. More performances follow in the next weekend.
The radio play version of Frank Capra's film "It's A Wonderful Life" will be given as a stage version opening Dec. 16 through 20 in the Charles Norman Theatre at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Shows are at 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. weekend matinees. Tickets are $25.
At the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver downtown, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $38.50 to $58.50. Daughtry will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 15. Theory of a Deadman and Cavo also plays. Tickets are $31.50 to $41.50.
This week at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, will the 14th annual Red Dirt Christmas on Saturday with Cross Canadian Ragweed, Red Dirt Rangers and the Mike McClure Band; Joshua Yarbrough, Infinite Sound Supply, Cait Moore, J. Scott, the Last Slice, FloodLyne, Negative Music, and Unite and Rise on Dec. 17.
"The Trail of Ebenezer Scrooge" runs Friday through Sunday at 8 p.m. and again next weekend at the Community Theatre, 124 S. Water in Sapulpa.
A staged version of "Cinderella" runs 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Community Playhouse, 1800 S. Main in Broken Arrow.
On Dec. 17, the Tulsa Community College Cello Choir will appear in concert at 1:30 p.m. at the Tulsa Historical Society, 2455 S. Peoria.
This week in Kansas City: On Friday, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Sick Puppies and Adelitas Way play at the Midland Theater, 1228 Main. Park University Trio performs at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St. Zoso plays a Led Zeppelin tribute concert at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway. Hearts of Darkness with Miles Bonny, the Blue Riddim Band, the Sequel, Makusa and Soul Servers play at the Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania.
On Saturday, Jim Norton performs at the Uptown Theater with Jim Floretine. Carol Duboc sings the Burt Bacharach songbook with Hubert Laws on flute at 8 p.m. at the Folly Theater. Tickets are $25 to $35. Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser play at the Beaumont Club. Stephen Lynch is at the Midland Theater. The 10-member male vocal ensemble Straight No Chaser performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence.
On Sunday, four bands play Hooligan Holiday at the Beaumont Club.
The Kansas City Symphony presents an original interactive show by Ry Kincaid, "How the Symphony Saved Christmas," at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Lyric Theater, 12th and Central.
On Dec. 16, Barenaked Ladies and Kevin Griffin play at the Midland Theater.
At the Music Hall,, 301 W. 13th St., the Kansas City Ballet's production of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" runs Dec. 16 to 19 with shows at 7:30 p.m. plus weekend matinees.
On Dec. 17, the popular Midwest vocal quartet Tonic Sol-Fa performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Folly Theater. Tickets are $24.50 to $29.50. Mannheim Steamroller presents its Christmas concert at the Event Center, 19100 E Valley View Parkway in Independence.
The Kansas City Repertory Theater's production of "A Christmas Story: The Musical" runs through Dec. 27 at the Spencer Theater, 4949 Cherry on the University of Missouri campus.
"Little House on the Prairie" with period music is running through Dec. 29 at the Coterie Theatre in Crown Center at Grand and Pershing Road. Shows are at 10 a.m. and noon weekdays, and 7 p.m. on Nov. 13. Several performances are sold out. Tickets can be ordered by calling 816-474-6552.
A live radio play of "It's a Wonderful Life" is running through Dec. 27 at the American Heartland Theatre, 2450 Grand Blvd. in Crown Center. Tickets can be ordered by calling 816-842-9999.
This week in Columbia: The Columbia Civic Orchestra and the Columbia Chorale combine for a sing-along of Handel's "Messiah" at the Missouri Theater on Saturday. Tickets are $15.
Stephens College presents its Senior Dance Concert Friday through Sunday at the Warehouse Theatre. Final performances of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" will be presented Friday and Saturday in the Macklanburg Playhouse.
The touring production of "Cirque Dreams: Illumination" will be given Saturday at Jesse Hall on the University of Missouri campus. Tickets are $22 to $34.
This week in St. Louis: On Friday, Aaron Neville presents a Christmas concert at the Lumiere Theatre, 999 N. Second St.
On Saturday, the Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show will be at 8 p.m. at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd. The Trans-siberian Orchestra plays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Ave. Tickets are $25 to $58.
On Friday and Saturday, the Gateway Men's Chorus presents a holiday hit parade at 8 p.m. at the Edison Theatre on the Washington University campus. Tickets are $20 and $25. Good 4 the Soul plays at Jazz St. Louis in Grand Center. The Missouri Ballet's production of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" has shows at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee at the Roberts Orpheum, 416 N. 9th St.
Union Avenue Opera will present Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Union Avenue Christian Church at Delmar.
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and choir under Nicholas McGegan performs Handel's "Messiah" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Powell Hall, Delmar and Grand.
The Ambassadors of Harmony present their "Sounds of the Season" concert at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. Tickets are $23 to $31.
The 26th annual Kwanzaa Holiday Expo will be held Saturday and Sunday at the West End Community Center, 724 N. Union.
On Sunday, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach and Sick Puppies will play at 7 p.m. at the Scottrade Center.
On Dec. 15, the Holiday Brass Ensemble led by Susan Slaughter from the St. Louis Symphony will play a Christmas concert at 2:15 and 8 p.m. at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica. Tickets are $17. Straight No Chaser performs at Harrah's Casino.
At the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand, a touring production of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" will run through Sunday. A stage version of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" opens Dec. 15 for a two-week run. Tickets are $30 to $70.
This week at The Pageant, 6161 Delmar, Whisperwall, The Makeshift Gentlemen, Matt Rowland Band and Drew Mantia play Friday. Sister Hazel, Benjy Davis Project and Andrew Hoover play Dec. 16.