This week in Springfield: Springfield Contemporary Theatre at the Vandivort Center presents Tracy Letts' thriller play "Bug," Friday through Sunday and again for two more weekends in the fourth floor theater at 305 E. Walnut.
The Monster Energy Indoor Freestyle MX Event will be held Friday and Saturday at the Ozark Empire Fairground at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12.
The Springfield Symphony will hold a meet-and-greet program at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 14 and give a program at 6 p.m. at Borders Books in advance of the Jan. 16 concert.
This week at the Outland Ballroom, 326 South Ave., will be the Chance Ray Band, Brian Lumley and the Red Dirt Underground on Saturday.
Running through Feb. 6 at the Stained Glass Theatre, 1996 W. Evangel in Ozark, is Jacob Fuchs' "Vanity and Valor," a medieval tale of a forced marriage and faith. Shows are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Ticket information is available by calling 417-581-9192.
This week in northwest Ark.: The touring stage production of "Little House on the Prairie: The Musical" with Melissa Gilbert runs through Jan. 10 at the Walton Arts Center, 495 Dickson in Fayetteville. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $30.50 to $42.50.
This week at George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson in Fayetteville, will be Big Uns, Earl's Garage and Boom Kinetic on Friday; Mountain of Venus, Crazy Neighbor, A.A. Bandy, and Amy Cook on Saturday; Scott Leeper from the Ben Miller Band on Sunday; the Elise Davis Band on Jan. 12; HynoSe, Revocation and Binary Code on Jan. 13; and Matt Stell and the Crashers plus Tiffany Christopher on Jan. 14.
Lives apart are pulled back together in the play "Love Letters," offered Friday through Sunday at the Rogers Little Theater, 116 S. 2nd St. in Rogers. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $10.
"From the Temperate to the Tropics: A Photographic Peregrination" is a photo exhibit by Stephen Ironside showing through Feb. 19 at the Julie Wait Designs Gallery, 318 S. 1st St. in Rogers.
The fifth annual Eureka-Gras Mardi Gras Festival starts with a kick-off party on Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. at the Rowdy Beaver Restaurant, 417 W. Van Buren in Eureka Springs. Festival royalty will be announced.
This week in Joplin: "One Night in Frogtown," a musical for children, will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Hall downtown. Tickets are $10 for adults.
Joplin Little Theatre at 3009 W. 1st St. presents the play "Doubt" Jan. 8 to 12. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 and can be ordered by calling 417-623-3638.
Opening Saturday at the Spiva Arts Center, Third and Wall, is "Works of Perception: Paintings by the Midwest Paint Group" in the Main Gallery. An exhibit of woodworkers creations opens in the Regional Gallery. Both run through late February.
At the Stone's Throw Dinner Theater, 796 South Stone Lane in Carthage, one performance of "An O. Henry Christmas" will be given at 7 p.m. on Friday, preceded by dessert at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.
This week at the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, Scott Elison will perform Friday and Saturday, Big Bad Bubba plays on Saturday and Running On Empty performs Jan. 13.
This week in Miami, Okla.: Johnny Cooper is at the Buffalo Run Casino on Saturday.
The Kenny and Amanda Smith Band, winner of the Bluegrass Music Association's Emerging Artist award in 2003, will play at 7:30 p.m. at the Coleman Theater, 103 N. Main. Tickets are $20.
This week in Tulsa, Okla.: "Legally Blonde: The Musical" runs at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St. downtown. Tickets are $20 to $60.
Theatre Tulsa presents the black comic play "What the Butler Saw" by Joe Orton on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., 2 p.m. on Sunday, and again Jan. 14 to 16 in the Liddy Doenges Theatre at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15.
Monster Jam, featuring racing monster trucks jumping obstacles and smashing objects, will be at the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $22 to $37.
The Vintage Tulsa antiques and collectibles show will be at the SpiritBank Events Center, 105th and Memorial, on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., and Sunday, starting at 11 a.m.
Playing this week at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, will be First Lady Assassins, Madewell, Streetlight Hero, Kick Tree, the Dull Drums and the Defects on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.; 100 Monkeys at 8 p.m. on Jan. 11; and Franke Lee, Johnny LaRue, J.C. Madison, Summer on Titan, Fly Me Anywhere, StArBoX, Up Was Down, Avery Drive, OtherWise Isadore and guests on Jan. 14.
The Tulsa Wedding Show will be at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St., on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.
This week in Kansas City: On Friday, pianist and singer/songwriter Allen Troussaint performs at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St. Tickets are $20 to $45. Six Elvis artists will perform at a birthday bash to the King at the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino.
On Saturday, The Takacs String Quartet performs two quartets by Beethoven and one by Haydn at 8 p.m. at the Folly Theater. The concert is preceded by a lecture at 6:30 p.m.
The Kansas City Symphony performs the Double Concerto of Brahms and the Symphony #7 by Dvorak in performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Lyric Theater, 10th and Central downtown and at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.
A touring production of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas runs through Jan. 10 at the Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St.
David Lindsay-Abaire's play "Kimberly Akimbo," about a woman finding meaning in a family full of dysfunctional people, runs through Jan. 23 at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, 3614 Main.
The American Heartland Theatre's production of "Glorious," the story of socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, "the worst singer in the world" who made a singing career out of unintentionally butchering music, opens Friday and runs through Feb. 21 at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd. Shows are at 7:30 or 8 p.m. with weekend matineÚs. Tickets are $12.50 to $30 and can be ordered by calling 816-842-9999.
This week in Columbia: The world premier of Hartley Wright's "Window Pains," a play exploring a family's struggles with autism, opens Jan. 14 in Jesse Hall at the University of Missouri, running through Jan. 17. Tickets are $10.
This week in St. Louis: On Friday, the tribute band Dread Zeppelin performs at the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $40.
On Saturday, Al Sharpton will be the keynote speaker for the 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King State Commission Celebration at the Harris-Stowe State University at 6:30 p.m. Bands from the university will play. Eddie Izzard will perform at the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand. Tickets are $38 to $58. Spank performs at the VooDoo Lounge at 9 p.m.
A touring production of the musical "Grease" will run Jan. 12 to 24 at the Fox Theatre. Tickets are $24 to $66.
The St. Louis Black Repertory Company presents "Romeo and Juliet" from Jan. 13 to Feb. 14 at the Grandel Theater, 3610 Grandel Square off Grand a block from Delmar. Shows are 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.
"Sesame Street Live" runs through Sunday at the Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Ave. Tickets are $12 to $34.
The St. Louis Repertory Theater presents "Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps" where four actors take on more than 150 roles. Performances are at 8 p.m. the Loretto-Hilton Center in Webster Groves Jan. 6 to 31. Tickets are $18 to $66.
The Citilites production of "Love! Valour! Compassion!" opens Jan. 7 with shows Thursday through Sundays through Jan. 17 at the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand Blvd. Tickets are $15 to $20.
At the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., Salt of the Earth performs Jan. 12. The Washington Avenue Players present a night of Broadway and pop songs on Jan. 13 and 14. Tickets are $20. All shows are at 7:30 p.m.
This week at the Pageant, 6161 Delmar, will be Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven on Friday, several bands doing an Elvis tribute on Saturday, and jazz from Webster Groves schools on Jan. 14.
At the Casa Loma Ballroom, 3354 Iowa Ave., Gateway City Big Band plays Friday. Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers play Saturday.