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Christmas events, concerts, plays offered as entertainment in four states Dec. 3-9

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Ozark Festival Orchestra rehearsed on Tuesday at the Monett Middle School band room with members of the Crowder College Community Choir and the Aurora High School Concert Choir for the fifth annual "Nine Lessons and Carols" concert. The first performance will be on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Neosho. The second performance will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12, at the First United Methodist Church in Monett. OFO Music Director Ken Meisinger, shown above, conducts one of the pastoral passages for both choir and orchestra. Admission to the concerts is free. A love offering will be taken. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
This week in Monett: The Monett Chamber of Commerce's Festival of Lights runs nightly at South Park, opening at 5:30 p.m.

At Mocha Jo's, 404 E. Broadway, Hell's Enemy, a contemporary Christian band, plays at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Monett High School Jazz Band will give its Christmas concert on Dec. 7.

Christmas parades will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Exeter, 2 p.m. in Aurora and 6:30 p.m. in Cassville.

This week in Springfield: At Missouri State University, the 45th annual Elizabethan Christmas Dinners will be held Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Plaster Student Union. Tickets are $30.

At the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, the Missouri State University Theatre and Dance Department will present a stage show of "White Christmas" featuring 17 Irving Berlin songs at 8 p.m. on Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $24. Winterfest visual and performing arts festival runs Friday evening, all day Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday on the lobby levels.

Evangel University's Music Department presents a Christmas Concert at 7:45 p.m. on Friday in the Chapel Auditorium.

The Drury University Music Department presents Christmas Vespers will be presented at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Stone Chapel on the Drury University campus.

Singer/songwriter Jeff Daniels performs at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East. Tickets are $20.

The rock band Shinedown performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Gillioz Theatre. Tickets are $35 and $40.

Sara Groves presents a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Remington's, 1655 W. Republic Road.

Nighthawk Express is the featured band at the monthly Nighthawk Express Bluegrass Show at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Firefighter's Union Hall, 2350 N. Clifton.

The second annual Snow Ball, an evening of dancing featuring the Wings of Swing, will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Oxford HealthCare at the Cox Meyer Center, 3545 S. National. Cost is free.

The eighth annual Bartenders Charity Ball will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Clarion Hotel, 3333 S. Glenstone. Cost is $55.

The Springfield Contemporary Theatre presents the musical "The Secret Garden" with performances on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, and again next weekend. Shows are at the fourth floor Vandivort Center Theatre, 305 E. Walnut.

Springfield Little Theatre's production of "Miracle on 34th Street" runs to Dec. 12. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

A satirical reader's theater version of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Skinny Improv Theatre, 301 Park Central East. Cost is $12. The troupe presents "Frosty the Snowman" at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

An RK Gun Show will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E*Plex, opening at 9 a.m. each day.

The Springfield High Schools Honors Orchestra and Springfield Youth Symphony presents a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Clara Thompson Hall on the Drury University campus.

At the Outland Ballroom, 326 South Ave., Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Cloud City and Carter Hulsey play Friday; Low Down Fancy and the Down Low Players plus Hundred Hand String Band play Saturday; the Koffin Kats play Dec. 6; the Detectives play Dec. 9.

At the Stained Glass Theatre, 1996 W. Evangel in Ozark, Ron Boutwell's "Beacon in the Night: A Christmas Story" runs Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. through Dec. 18. Tickets are at 417-581-9192.

This week in northwest Ark.: At the Walton Arts Center, 495 Dickson in Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas Theatre Department presents Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $15 to $23. The University of Arkansas's Winterfest Concert is at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The University of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Concert is 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 featuring Schumann's Symphony #2. Kathy Mattea presents a concert of Christmas music at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9.

The University of Arkansas Master Chorale performs at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the First United Presbyterian Church, 695 Calvin St. in Fayetteville.

At George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson in Fayetteville, performing this week are Jason Boland and the Stragglers, the Bel Airs and Ultra Suede on Friday; JJ Grey and Mofro on Saturday; 10 Years and American Fang on Dec. 6; Robert Earl Keen on Dec. 9.

At Arts Center of the Ozarks, 214 S, Main, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," a play where the original Christmas cast meets the notorious Herdsman family, will be offered at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $20.

Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" ballet will be performed by the Ballet Westside Performing Company with local young people will be offered Friday and Saturday at Rogers Heritage High School.

The Christmas parade in Eureka Springs is Friday evening downtown.

The formal garden area around the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs will be illuminated with more than two dozen trees, opening Saturday and running to Dec. 31.

This week in Joplin: At Missouri Southern State University, a stage version of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" will be offered at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Taylor Performing Arts Center. The MSSU choirs offer their winter choral concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 and the MSSU Symphonic Band presents its winter band concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, both in Taylor Auditorium.

The Foothills Brass Quintet offers a concert on "How Music is Put Together" at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 2423 W. 26th St., part of the Pro Musica concert series. Tickets are $7.

A live production of "It's A Wonderful Life" opens Dec. 9 at the Stained Glass Theatre, 1318 W. 26th.

In Carthage, live bluegrass music will be offered at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Woodshed Emporium, on the northwest corner of the square. Old Wire Road and New Dogs Old Tricks perform. Admission is $5.

The Stone's Throw Theatre in Carthage continues "Miracle on 34th Street" for the final weekend at 796 S. Stone Dr. Ticket information is at 417-358-9665.

The annual Christmas lights tour continue nightly at the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix church grounds in Carthage.

The Carthage Christmas parade is at 7 p.m. on Monday in the square.

In Neosho, the Ozark Festival Orchestra will offer its fifth annual "Nine Lessons and Carols" Christmas concert with the Crowder College Community Choir and the Aurora High School Concert Choir at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church, Hwy. 71 bypass at Oak Ridge.

The ninth annual Neosho Dickens Christmas Faire is Saturday, beginning at 8 p.m. in the Civic Auditorium and the square, concluding with the parade at 5 p.m.

This week at the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, will be Scott Ellison with blues and rock on Friday, and country-rock bands Solace and Livewire on Saturday.

This week in Miami, Okla.: Brantley Gilbert performs on Friday at the Buffalo Run Casino.

Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker" will be presented by the Midwest Reg. Ballet at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. at the Coleman Theatre, 103 N. Main.

This week in Tulsa, Okla.: Willie Nelson and Friends perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the SpiritBank Events Center, 105th and Memorial. Tickets are $35 to $100.

At the Hard Rock Casino, 777 W. Cherokee in Catoosa, Saliva performs Friday and Foreigner plays Saturday.

At the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E 2nd. St., a stage version of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" opens Dec. 9 and runs through next weekend in the Liddy Doenges Theatre. The American Theatre Company's version of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" will open Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and run for three weekends in the John H. Williams Theatre.

This week at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, will be Infamous, Josh Sallee, Game Warden and C-Rob on Friday; plus Jerrod Niemann and Kyle Park on Dec. 9.

At the Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis Ave., "Christmas Joys" with the orchestra and choirs of Oral Roberts University will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Comedian Brian Regan performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

The Grand National Gun Show runs Saturday and Sunday at the QuikTrip Center in Expo Square.

This week in Pittsburg, Kan.: The annual Madrigal Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the Overman Student Center at Pittsburg State University.

The Pittsburg State University Band performs at 3 p.m. on Sunday in Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine.

This week in Kansas City: On Friday, Enrique Eglesias performs at the Sprint Center, 1100 Walnut. Gorilla Metal Fest brings a half dozen bands to the Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania. TubaChristmas, welcoming all tuba, euphonium and baritone players to participate, will be held at noon on Friday in the Lyric Theatre, 1029 Central.

On Saturday, the Eli Young Band, the Scott Ford Band and Six Degrees West play at the Beaumont Club. Local bands and a comic book convention are slated at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway.

The Twelve Divas of Christmas perform with the Heartland Men's Chorus at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St.

On Dec. 6, Jimmy Eat World, Sleigh Bells, the Dirty Heads and Free Energy play at the Midland Theatre, 1228 Main.

On Dec. 7, a traveling Vaudeville show plays at the Beaumont Club.

On Dec. 8, My Chemical Romance, A Day to Remember, Innerpartysystem and Beautiful Bodies play at the Midland Theatre.

The University of Missouri Conservatory of Music has a Concert Jazz Band concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 and a jazz concert featuring Bobby Watson and Horizon at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, both at White Hall, 4949 Cherry.

At Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W. 13th, "A Robert Shaw Christmas" will be offered at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The University of Missouri Fine Arts Chorale gives its holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Musica Sacra presents a concert at 7 p.m. on Friday at St. Francis Xavier Church, 2001 E. 52nd St.

Final performances of the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre's production of the musical "Awake and Sing" are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. The British plays "Under Milkwood" on Dec. 7, "Austen's Women" on Dec. 8 and "The Dumb Waiter" on Dec. 9 kick off a week-long British invasion of shows. Performances are a 3614 Main.

"Distracted," a play about a boy with ADD, runs through Dec. 12 at the Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main.

Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" presented by the Kansas City Repertory Theatre runs through Dec. 26 at the Spencer Theatre on the University of Missouri campus, 4949 Cherry St.

The annual celebration "Christmas in Song" runs through Dec. 26 at the Quality Hill Playhouse, 303 W. 10th St.

This week in Columbia: "Monty Python's Spamalot" is offered Friday at Jesse Hall on the University of Missouri campus.

Stephens College presents "Meet Me in St. Louis" through Sunday and again next weekend in the Macklanburg Playhouse.

"A Christmas Brass Extravaganza" is offered by the University of Missouri School of Music on Friday at the Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. 9th St.

Handel's "Messiah" will be offered by the University of Missouri Music Department on Sunday in Jesse Hall.

This week in St. Louis: On Friday, the 120-voice Archdioceses Adult Choir, children's choir and 20-piece orchestra plus handbells offer a Christmas concert at 8 p.m. on Friday in the St. Louis Cathedral.

On Saturday, Peter Martin and Romero Lubambo play at 8 p.m. at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd.

The Judds perform at 7 p.m. at the Family Arena in St. Charles.

On Sunday, the American Kantorei perform selections from Bach's B Minor Mass at 3 p.m. at Concordia Seminary Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus. "Barney Live" plays at the Family Arena in St. Charles.

Aaron Neville and his Quintet perform Friday and Saturday at the Lumiere Theatre, 999 N. 2nd St. at 8 p.m.

The St. Louis Symphony performs Brahms' Symphony #1, Albeniz's "Suite Espanola" and Falla's "Three Cornered Hat Suites at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Powell Hall, Grand and Delmar.

The Joffrey Ballet's production of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" will run through Sunday at the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand.

The play "Slasher" runs through Dec. 18 at the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand.

At the Pageant, 6161 Delmar, performing are local bands Theadore, Union Tree Review, Humdrum and Animal Empty on Friday; Mama's Pride on Saturday; and Dweezil Zappa playing Frank Zappa's music on Dec. 8.

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