This week in Monett: Linn Thornton's 26th annual Community Christmas Dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the American Legion Home, 715 E. Broadway.
The Monett Chamber of Commerce's Festival of Lights is open Friday and Sunday at South Park.
Robert Pommert, classical guitarist and vocalist, will perform from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday at Denali Dreams, 318 E. Broadway. Denali Dreams will close early on Friday.
At Mocha Jo's, 404 E. Broadway, the bluegrass band Timberline will play at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 27. Mocha Jo's is closed Friday and Saturday.
This week in Springfield: Free ice skating will be offered at the Mediacom Ice Park from 5 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 6 to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
On Dec. 28, the band MercyMe performs at 8 p.m. at the Branson Convention Center, 200 W. Main.
|The Buttermilk Gang performs on Dec. 30 at the High Life, 322 South Ave.||This week in northwest Ark.: "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)," a madcap play wherein three bored actors combine all the traditional holiday shows into one, is offered at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on both Friday and Sunday at the Walton Arts Center, 495 Dickson in Fayetteville. Tickets are $10 to $22.|
At George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson in Fayetteville, performing this week is Steve Pryor at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Tours are offered Friday and Saturday and Dec. 27 to 30 at the Hawkins House, 322 S. 2nd St. in Rogers, where rooms of the home have been decorated with scenes from the Clement Moore poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Tours begin at 10 a.m. with the last one at 3:30 p.m.
Christmas activities running through the week in Eureka Springs include the "Christmas Story in Lights" at the Passion Play grounds, opening nightly at 5 p.m., and the illuminated Eureka Springs Christmas Forest of two dozen Christmas trees in the garden of the Crescent Hotel.
This week in Joplin: This is the final weekend for the annual show by members of the Spiva Center for the Arts, Third and Wall, in the Main Gallery. The surrealist show of work by Bo Hagerman in the Regional Gallery also closes Sunday.
At the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, performing this week will be Tornado Allie with blues and rock on Friday; Six Guns South and Trash Angels on Saturday; and Beneath the Surface on Dec. 30.
The annual Christmas lights tour continues nightly at the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix church grounds in Carthage.
This week in Tulsa, Okla.: Mike Johnson's World's Richest Calf Roping Contest will be held at noon and 6 p.m. on Dec. 27 at the Ford Truck Arena in ExpoSquare, 4145 E. 21st St., Tickets are $16 and $18.
At the River Spirit Casino, Roger Alan Nottestad, Jenny Labow, John Russell and Derek Thrasher perform Friday and Saturday.
Joe Worrell performs at 8 p.m. on Dec. 30 at the Cabin Creek Stage at the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa.
The touring Smithsonian exhibit "Faces of the Frontier: Photographic Portraits from the America West, 1845-1924" closes on Jan. 2, 2011 at the Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road. More than 100 photographs tell who contributed to the region, including Albert Bierstadt, Kit Carson, Bill Cody, Bill Hickock, Annie Oakley and Geronimo.
This week in Kansas City: The Trans-Siberian Orchestra performs at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 29 at the Sprint Center, 1100 Walnut.
At the Gem Theater at the American Jazz Museum, 1615 E. 18th St., the Louis Neal Big Band performs on Dec. 27. Makuza performs on Dec. 30.
Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" presented by the Kansas City Repertory Theatre runs through Sunday at the Spencer Theatre on the University of Missouri campus, 4949 Cherry St.
The final performance of "A Very Joan Crawford Christmas" is presented at the Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main, at 3 and 7 p.m. on Friday.
"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: the Musical" runs through Dec. 31 at the Coterie Theatre, Grand and Pershing in Crown Center.
"Plaid Tidings," a Christmas concert by the Plaids quartet, is offered through Sunday at the American Heartland Theatre, 2450 Grand Blvd in Crown Center.
The annual celebration "Christmas in Song" runs through Sunday at the Quality Hill Playhouse, 303 W. 10th St.
|This week in St. Louis: The Schwag and Save Camp Zoe perform at 9 p.m. on Saturday at the Roberts Orpheum, 416 N. 9th St.||On Dec. 29, a Kwaanza celebration with storytelling, African drumming, music performances and displays of crafts and jewelry will be held at the Missouri Botanical Garden, beginning at noon.|
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will play along with the Charlie Chaplin's film "City Lights" with the orchestral score at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 29 and 30 at Powell Hall, Grand and Delmar.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra performs at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 30 at the Scottrade Center. 1401 Clark Ave.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze dance and theatre show runs through Dec. 29 at the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand. Tickets are $29.50 to $78.75. Shows are at 1 p.m. on Friday and 1 and 6 p.m. on Sunday, and 7:30 on weekdays.
At the Pageant, 6161 Delmar, performing are the El Monstero: Beyond the Wall tour, has shows at 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Also performing are Yonder Mountain String Band at 8 p.m. on Dec. 30 and 31.