Local Entertainment and Events May 25-June 1
1. Storyteller Garrison Keillor, free from his "Prairie Home Companion" obligations, can't keep from working and will appear on tour at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Walton Arts Center, 495 W Dickson in Fayetteville, Ark. Here is an unusual opportunity to hear a giant in regional storytelling close to home. All seats in the Baum Walker Hall are good for this event.
2. If you're a big bluegrass fan, the last weekend of Silver Dollar City's Bluegrass and Barbecue Festival has lots to offer. Bands this week include Nothin' Fancy, the Sowell Family Pickers, the Foust Family, the Lindsey Family, the Trinity River Band, Cedar Hill, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, the Russell Clan, the Snyder Family Band, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder on Sunday, Blue Highway, Borderline Bluegrass, the Clay Hess Band, the Haining Family, Junction 63 and the KBA Treblemakers. Shows run through May 29.
3. In Sedalia, the 36th annual Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival runs May 31 through next weekend, with concerts in downtown venues, with paid concerts in the Liberty Center 111 W. Fifth St. Scott Kirby, Richard Dowling, Bryan Wright, Paul Asaro, Virginia Tichenor, Mimi Blais, Sony Leyland, Martin Spitznagel, Sue Keller, David Reffkin and Jeff Barnhart are among the headliners expected. These are today's greats in the field, with bravura performances extending to stride piano and early jazz, improv and new works. Free outdoor concerts are offered through the day June 1-3.
SPRINGFIELD: ZZ Top and Austin Hanks play at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.
The Wings of Swing Big Band plays at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield near Republic, at the Visitor's Center.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: At George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson, playing this week are Goodbye June on Thursday, SpaceFace on Friday, Rick Hancock and bulletproof on Saturday and the Beatles tribute band Lonely Hearts Club Band on June 1.
TULSA, Okla.: At the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa, the Clairvoyants perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday. Vince Neil from Motley Crue plays at 8 p.m. on June 1.
Roger Waters brings his songs of Pink Floyd concert to the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver, at 8 p.m. on June 1.
The Cherokee Maidens and Sycamore Swing give a concert at 7 p.m. on June 1 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center's LaFontune Studio, 110 S. Second St.
At Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, playing this week are Brothers Osborne and Troy Cartwright on Friday; Tech N9ne, Brotha Lynch Hung, Krizz Lallko, Stevie Stone and Ces Cru on June 1.
Foster the People and Miya Folick play at 8 p.m. on May 31 at the Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady St.
KANSAS CITY: The Kansas City Symphony offers its 15th annual free patriotic concert at 8 p.m. on Sunday at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd., concluding the Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" and Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."
At the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Roger Waters presents his songs of Pink Floyd concert at 8 p.m. on Friday.
At the Midland Theater, 1228 Main, Flux Pavilion, Kayzo and TrollPhace perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, The Shins and Surfer Blood perform at 8 p.m. on June 1.
At Crossroads at Grinders, 147 E. 18th St., Samantha Fish's Summer Kick Off runs Friday and Saturday, also featuring Dumpstaphunk, Southern Avenue plus Moreland and Arbuckle. So Much for the Afterglow, Everclear, Vertical Horizon and Fastball play at 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Ragtime pianist David Thomas Roberts plays at 6 p.m. on May 30 at Schmitt Music, 7316 W. 119th St. in Overland Park, Kan.
ST. LOUIS: At the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, Mua He Ruc Ro plays at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Future, Migos, Tory Lanez, Kodak Black and Zoey Dollaz play at 7 p.m. on June 1.
Roger Waters' songs of Pink Floyd concert is offered at 8 p.m. on May 30 at the Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Ave.
At the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., Paul Thorn performs at 8 p.m. on June 1.
At the Pageant, 6161 Delmar, playing this week are Tech N9ne, Brotha Lynch Hung, Krizz Lallko, Stevie Stone and Ces Cru on Friday; School of Rock on Sunday.
At Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar, Dinosaur Pile Up, the Fade and Synthetic Sun play Friday; Smino, Monte Booker, Jay2 and Bari on Sunday; Mike Stud and Matt Citron on June 1.
SPRINGFIELD: Springfield Contemporary Theater presented "Beehive: the 1960s' Musical" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. June 1 with more shows through the next two weekends at 431 S. Jefferson.
"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)" is offered at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Dr., with more show next weekend.
Julianne and Derek Hough bring their dance tour to the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on June 1.
OZARK: Ginger Casebeer's play "Love is on the Air" opens June 1 and runs through July 1 at the Stained Glass Theater, 1996 Evangel.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: "The Ding Dong," adapted from the play by Georges Feydeau, is presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. on May 31 and June 1, with more shows next weekend at the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson.
Livvy Pierce gives the one-woman show "Things I am Learning in my Twenties Works" at 10 a.m. Thursday through May 31 in the Walton Arts Center.
JOPLIN: Joplin Little Theatre's production of the horror/sci-fi movie spoof, the musical "Little Shop of Horrors," has shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 3009 W. First St.
TULSA, Okla.: At the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 S. Second St., the Broadway musical "Something Rotten!" has shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday in the Chapman Music Hall. The Kripalaya Dance Academy presents "Sangama" with dance from India at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the John H. Williams Theatre. Jack Allen and friends present a night of satire with their "Live from Tulsatown, or What You Won't" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Charles Norman Theatre. Pearl Cleage's play "Flyin' West," about African American women moving to Kansas after the Civil War, is offered at 8 p.m. Saturday with more shows next weekend in the Liddy Doenges Theatre. The musical "Pete 'n' Keely," a fictional music duo reuniting for a TV special, is offered at 8 p.m. on June 1 with more shows through next weekend in the Charles Norman Theatre.
Burlesque Roulette, a competition for the Gilded Wheel, is offered at 7:30 p.m. at the IDL Ballroom, 230 E. First St.
KANSAS CITY: The musical "Fun Home" runs at 7:30 p.m. May 30 to June 1 through next weekend at the Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway.
Julianne and Derek Hough bring their dance tour to the Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St. at 8 p.m. on May 30.
The world premier of Larissa Fasthorse's play "What Would Crazy Horse Do?" runs through Sunday at the Copaken Stage, W. 13th St. and Walnut downtown.
Christina Anderson's play "Man in Love" is presented through Sunday at the Copaken Stage.
"Priiscilla, Queen of the Desert: the Musical" opens May 31 and runs through June 25 at the Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main, with no shows on Mondays.
COLUMBIA: The Maplewood Barn Theater opens its run of the musical "Pump Boys and Dinettes" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and June 1, with more shows for the next two weekends at 2900 E. Nifong Blvd.
ST. LOUIS: Opera Theater of St. Louis continues its season with Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" at 8 p.m. Friday and June 1, and Ricky Gordon's opera of Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath" at 8 p.m. on Saturday and May 31, at the Loretto Hilton Center at Webster Groves University in Webster Groves.
The St. Louis Shakespeare Festival presents "The Winter's Tale," opening May 31 and running through June 25 at 8 p.m. nightly except Tuesdays in Forest Park by the Art Museum.
"PAW Patrol Live 'Race to the Rescue'" is presented Friday and Saturday at the Peabody Opera House, 1400 Market.
New Jewish Theatre's production of Amy Herzog's play "4000 Miles" runs through Sunday at the Jewish Center in Creve Coeur.
"Lenny: America IRL," featuring Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, offers live readings, poetry and music at 7:30 p.m. on May 31 at the Sheldon Concert Hall.
SPRINGFIELD: The 34th annual National Street Rod Association Mid-America Street Rod Nationals will be held Friday through Sunday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
The Springfield Art Gallery, 1111 Brookside Circle, shows the exhibit "American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists' Colony" through July 2.
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.: Cruiser Nights is offered on May 30 for bicycle riders downtown, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Harmon Park, 532 Spring St., continuing at different locations until 7:30 p.m.
TULSA, Okla.: An RK Gun and Knife Show is offers Saturday and Sunday in the Exchange Center at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St.
Rodeos this week include the the 4H FFA Booster Club Rodeo in Haskell, west of Muskogee; and the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo in Claremore on May 30.
KANSAS CITY: Comic Gary Owens performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Midland Theater.
SPRINGFIELD: The Oovvda Winery hosts the 12th annual Folk Americana Music Festival from 1 to 9 p.m. on Saturday at 5448 N. Berry Lane. Performers include David Zimmerman, Barak Hill, Melinda Mullins, Kevin Cott, Brandon Moore. Steve Ames and Abby Waterworth.
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.: The second annual Plein Air Arts Festival runs through Friday in various locations around town, including the Crescent Hotel.
The May Festival of the Arts continues through May 30.
PARSONS, Kan.: Katy Days runs Friday through Sunday at Forest Park, Broadway and Heacock.
KANSAS CITY: The Kansas City Jazz and Heritage Festival runs Friday through Sunday at the American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th St. Headliners include the Chick Corea Trio, Brandy, Lalah Hathaway, John Scofield, Oleta Adams, Logan Richardson and Bobby Watson.
Turtle Fest runs Saturday and Sunday at the Sea Life Aquarium, 2475 Grand Blvd.
CURRYVILLE: The sixth annual Back 40 Memorial Day Weekend Bluegrass Festival runs Thursday through Sunday, at 5955 Pike 32 south of Hannibal. Major performers include Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Blue Highway, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers and Audie Blaylock and Redline.
ST. LOUIS: The Spring to Dance Festival runs Friday through Sunday at the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Thirty professional dance companies perform in 7:30 p.m. shows nightly.
The St. Louis Greek Festival runs Saturday through May 30 at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 1755 Des Peres Road in Town and Country, off I-270 near Manchester.
St. Louis Ribfest runs Friday through May 29 at the January-Wabash Memorial Park, 501 N. Florissant Rd. in Ferguson. Shuttle service is available from 1225 S. Florissant Rd in Cool Valley.
The Missouri River Irish Festival runs Friday through Sunday at Frontier Park in St. Charles. The Elders will lead the live music.
The St. Louis African Arts Festival runs Saturday through May 29 at the World's Fair Pavilion in Forest Park.