This week in Monett: Mocha Jo's, 404 E. Broadway, will hold the first round of its Mocha Jo's Idol contest on Saturday evening, starting at 6:30 p.m. Today, Anthony Ramsey plays piano at 6:30 p.m. Bob and Derick perform on saxophones at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Jan. 19 will be Science Night with activities planned.
This week in Springfield: Springfield Contemporary Theatre at the Vandivort Center presents Tracy Letts' thriller play "Bug" for the second of three weekends in the fourth floor theater at 305 E. Walnut. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. today through Sunday and Jan. 21 to 23.
Country music singer/songwriter Phil Vassar appears in concert at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East. Tickets are $30 and $40.
A show of prints by Jacob Lawrence, 1963-2000, will open Saturday and run thru Feb. 28 at the Springfield Art Museum. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Springfield Symphony will give a concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, playing American music by Barber, Copland, Diamond, Hovhaness and gospel selections. Tickets are $14 to $29.
The Springfield Boats, Sports and Travel Show will be at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, opening at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. An antique tractor pull will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Scrap-A-Palooza, a convention-style gathering for scrapbookers, will be held 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday at Remington's on Republic Road.
This week at the Outland Ballroom, 326 South Ave., will be the Detectives on Saturday, the band Exeter from Nashville, Tenn., on Jan. 18, and the Late Greats and Gardenheads on Jan. 21.
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.
The Titanic Museum, West 76 Country Blvd. and Gretna Road in Branson, will host its fourth annual ice sculpture event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
This week in northwest Ark.: "A Year with Frog and Toad," a musical by Wille Reale based on the children's stories by Arnold Lobel will be given at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Walton Arts Center, 495 Dickson in Fayetteville. Tickets are $10.50 and $16.50.
A tribute to the legends of tap dancing will be presented at 7 p.m. on Jan. 20 and 21 at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. Eight world-class dancers and three jazz musicians perform in the multi-media show. Tickets are $18.50 to $40.50.
This week at George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson in Fayetteville, will be Earl & Them and David Nall on Friday; Hairy Apes BMX and Dead Kenny G's on Saturday; a benefit concert for the Northwest Ark. Food Bank by Peter, Paul & Pelphre on Sunday; Perpetual Groove on Jan. 20; Jeff Coffin Mu'Tet, Jeff Sipe, Felix Pastorius, Kofi Burbridge on Jan. 21.
Stacey Earl and Mark Stuart will play at 8 p.m. on Friday at GoodFolk Productions, 229 N. Block St. in Fayetteville. Tickets are $12.
At the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Theresa Delaplain, oboe, and friends will give a recital at 8 p.m. Friday in the Fine Arts Center. A free concert of chamber music will be given at 8 p.m. on Jan. 19 in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center.
This week in Joplin: Students at Missouri Southern State University will have a day of service to help 13 community organizations in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 18. Closing ceremonies begin at 4 p.m.
Auditions for Joplin Little Theater's production of "The Nerd" will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 and 19 at 3009 W. 1st St. The show will run in March.
At the Spiva Center for the Arts, 3rd and Wall, the second of four weekly tango lessons will be held on Jan. 19 Beginner classes are at 6 p.m., intermediate at 7 p.m. and an extra hour with the instructor at 8 p.m. A class on drawing portraits with Steven Labadessa will run Jan. 21 to 28.
This week at the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, will be the Wes Hart Band on Friday, Pearl and Trash Angels on Saturday, Beer and Chicken Band on Jan. 20.
This week in Miami, Okla.: Scott Keeton performs on Friday at the Buffalo Run Casino.
This week in Tulsa, Okla.: On Saturday, the Tulsa Symphony will offer a concert of English music at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapman Music Hall at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center 110 E. 2nd St. Music will include Elgar's "Enigma Variations," Britten's "Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes" and a Haydn symphony. Tickets are $10 to $65.
Theatre Tulsa presents the black comic play "What the Butler Saw" by Joe Orton at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the Liddy Doenges Theatre at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15.
The Emerson String Quartet will perform works by Ives, Shostakovich and Beethoven at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the John H. Williams Theatre in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25.
Xtreme Fighting League "New Year's Revolution," with special guest Forrest Griffin, will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at the SpiritBank Events Center, 105th and Memorial. Tickets are $20 to $100.
Playing this week at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, will be the Heat Circle, CrazyLove, Mechanicalbirds, Simply Confused, Great Gain and Amanda Byers on Jan. 21.
The William Joseph Band will play at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Roxy Theater in Muskogee.
Blue Finger Disco plays both Friday and Saturday nights at the Cherokee Casino, 777 W. Cherokee St. in Catoosa.
This week in Kansas City: On Friday, Wade Bowen, Deadman Flats, the Deedles, Kyle Park and Sons of Bill play at the Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania Ave. The MMA Triple Threat with extreme fighters Jett Jones and Heracio Escobar will be at the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino.
On Saturday, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Sam Sliva and the Good plus Mark McKinney play at the Beaumont Club.
On Sunday, Aaron Lewis from Staind performs at the Midland Theater, 13th and Main. The Expendables, Iration, Passafire, Pour Habit and Roots Down Below play at the Beaumont Club. The Kansas City Theater Pipe Organ Concert featuring Walt Stroney will be at 2 p.m. at the Music Hall, 13th and Central.
The Kansas City Symphony will give a concert including the Piano Concerto #18 by Mozart with soloist Benedetto Lupo at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lyric Theater, 11th and Central. Schubert's Symphony #5 and more music by Mozart fill out the program. Tickets are $12 to $42.
The Mid-America Boat and RV Show, the largest show of its type in the Midwest, will be held Friday through Sunday at the Convention Center, 301 W. 13th St.
On Jan. 21, Owl City plays at the Beaumont Club with Lights and Deas Beal.
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," runs through Feb. 21 at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd. Shows are at 7:30 or 8 p.m. with weekend matinees. Tickets are $12.50 to $30 and can be ordered by calling 816-842-9999.
This week in Columbia: "Window Pains," a play by Columbia resident Hartley Wright exploring a family's struggles with autism, has performances through Sunday in Jesse Hall at the University of Missouri. Tickets are $10.
This week in St. Louis: On Friday, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder play at 8 p.m. at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd. Tickets are $40 and $45.
On Saturday, Jamie Adkins with Circus INcognitus performs at 11 a.m. at the Edison Theatre at Washington University. A touring production of Verdi's opera "La Traviata" will be given at 8 p.m. at the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri. Tickets are $30 to $45. The annual Loop Ice Carnival runs through the day in downtown University City, featuring ice carving demos, ice slides, fire performers and other festival events.
On Sunday, country music singer Dierks Bentley, David Nail and the Lovehammers perform a benefit concert at 6:30 p.m. at the Chaifetz Arena at St. Louis University. Tickets are $27 to $52.
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Powell Hall, Grand and Delmar. Music includes Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique," a piano concerto by Ravel and a work by Magnus Lindberg. An all-Beethoven concert featuring Symphony #5 will be given at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Dave Mason performs at 8 p.m. on Jan. 21 at the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino. Tickets are $20 to $45.
A touring production of the musical "Grease" runs through Jan. 24 at the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand. Tickets are $24 to $66.
The St. Louis Black Repertory Company's "Romeo and Juliet" runs through 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.
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 through Jan. 31. Tickets are $18 to $66.
The Citilites production of "Love! Valour! Compassion!" runs through Sunday at the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand Blvd. Tickets are $15 to $20.
This week at the Pageant, 6161 Delmar, will be New World Spirits and Brown Bottle Fever on Saturday.