Local Entertainment and Events Feb. 27-March 6
1. Bluegrass fans will want to head to Neosho for the fourth annual Bluegrass Showcase will run 9:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Civic Auditorium, 109 W. Main. Performers will include For Heaven’s Sake, Rippling’ Creek Bluegrass, the Neosho River Boys, Finley River Boys, Shuyler Valley Band, Dixie Union, Roving Gamblers, Pickers Post Band, Redings Mill Road, the Sugar Mountain Band, the Flyin’ Buzzards and No Apparent Reason.
2. The most gut-wrenching theatrical experience this week will be at Cottey College in Nevada. Ann Marilyn Lucas’s play about the Holocaust, “From Silence,” will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Cottey College. The play explores a woman’s regret, years later when her family is threatened, for not speaking out about what she had witnessed during the Holocaust.
3. If you like classical music in big doses, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music offers a concert of winners from its concerto and aria contest. The conservatory’s orchestra and winners will perform Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 5, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, CPE Bach’s Concerto for Flute, Strings and Keyboard, plus works by Kendall and Zuo at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry
SPRINGFIELD: Missouri State University Jazz Symposium offers its first concert at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Wehr Band Hall, 625 S. Clay Ave. near the Hammons Hall.
Missouri State University’s Multicultural Ensemble Concert is offered at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ellis Hall, west of National, north of Grand.
Winter Jam, the contemporary Christian music tour, featuring Hillsong Young and Free, Crowder, Andy Mineo, Building 429, Red, Austin French, Newsong, Greg Stier, Riley Clemmons, Billy Ballinger and Zauntee, is presented at 6 p.m. Sunday at the JQ Hammons Arena, 685 S. Hammons Parkway.
Drury University’s Jazz Combos play at 6 p.m. Friday at the Drury C-Street Gallery, 233 E. Commercial St.
Evangel University music faculty offer a brass quintet concert at 7:30 p.m. March 5 in Barnett Recital Hall.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: At the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson, the Baroque chamber music ensemble Apollo’s Fire play Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” concertos with “revolutionary acts of musical storytelling” at 8 p.m. Saturday. The traditional Irish trio Socks in the Frying Pan perform at 7 p.m on March 5.
At George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson, playing this week are Shane Smith and the Saints plus RC and the Ambers on Thursday; Freddy Todd, Dorfex Bos and Fractal Sky plus 828 Mesh on Friday; Jameson Rodgers and Drew Parker on Saturday; Dweezil Zappa at 9 p.m. March 2; and Sons of Texas at 8 p.m. on March 4.
At the University of Arkansas Fine Arts Center, 340 N. Garland Ave., the Razorbones trombone ensemble plays at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Jazz guitarist John Stowell performs at 7:30 p.m. March 4.
At the Faulkner Performing Art Center, 453 N. Garland, the University of Arkansas Wind ensemble plays its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Collegiate Chorale performs at 7:30 p.m. March 3. The UA Inspirational Chorale performs at 7:30 p.m. March 5.
FORT SMITH, Ark.: At Temple Live, 200 N. 11th St., Skillet plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Reckless Kelly plays at 8 p.m. March 5.
POCOLA, Okla.: At the Choctaw Casino, west of Fort Smith, Woodshed plays on Friday. Blaze of Glory plays a Bon Jovi tribute concert on Saturday.
WYANDOTTE, Okla.: At the Indigo Sky Casino, Johnny Dale Roberts plays at 8 p.m. Thursday. Hackensack plays at 9 p.m. Friday. Oreo Blue plays at 9 p.m. Saturday. Brett and Terri play at 8 p.m. March 5.
At Club 60 West in the River Bend Casino, 100 Jackpot Place, Whiskey River Band plays at 8 p.m. Saturday.
JOPLIN: At the Downstream Casino west of Joplin, Travis Kidd plays Friday. Wildfire plays on Saturday. Ragsdale and Croy play both nights in Lover’s Leap.
MIAMI, Okla.: the Jeff Tatum Band plays at 8 p.m. Friday at the Buffalo Run Casino.
TULSA, Okla.: Country musician Casey Donahew performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa.
At Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main, playing this week is Paul Cauthen on Sunday.
Country musician Aaron Lewis gives an acoustic concert at 8 p.m. Friday at the Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady.
PITTSBURG, Kan.: The band Hairball plays at 8 p.m. Saturday at Kansas Crossing Casino, 1275 S. Hwy. 69 Country.
KANSAS CITY: The Kansas City Symphony and Chorus perform Beethoven’s rarely heard Mass in C, Haydn’s Symphony No. 102 and James MacMillan’s Sinfonietta at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway.
The Swedish band Opeth performs at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Midland Theater, 1228 Main.
At the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, Anna of the North and Quarry perform at 8 p.m. Thursday. Bay Faction, Captiva and Kid Computer perform Saturday. George Thorogood and the Destroyers play at 8 p.m. Sunday. Fitz and the Tantrums play at 8 p.m. on March 4. Justin Moore and Tracy Lawrence perform at 7 p.m. March 7.
At the Olson Performing Arts Center at the Kansas City Conservatory of Music, 4949 Cherry, Conservatory Singers perform works from Hayden to the contemporary at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The Composers’ Guild presents eight works at 7:30 p.m. March 3. The Musica Nova new vocal music ensemble performs six works at 7:30 p.m. on March 5.
At the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino, Rome Ramirez from Sublime and Duddy of Dirty Heads present an acoustic concert with friends at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason from the band Traffic and his band performs at 8 p.m. Saturday.
The University of Kansas Symphonic Band and University Band performs at 7:30 p.m. March 2 at the Lied Center at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
ST. LOUIS: The St. Louis Symphony under Nicholas McGegan will play Beethoven’s Piano concerto No. 2 with pianist Song-Jin Cho, Haydn’s Symphony No. 3 and Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Powell Hall, Grand and Delmar.
Nicholas McGegan leads the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis in a concert for baroque brass at 7:30 p.m. March 2 at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Ave.
At the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-SLU, a tribute concert to Ray Charles by Take 6, Nnenna Freelon, Kirk Whalum and Clint Holmes is offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
This week at the Pageant, 6161 Delmar, performing are a tribute concert to Led Zeppelin on Friday and Saturday; Fitz and the Tantrums plus Twin XL on March 3.
At Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Blvd., Durand Jones and the Indications with Kaina play on Friday.
The duo Hot Tuna performs at 7:30 p.m. March 3 at the River City Casino, 777 River City Casino.
SPRINGFIELD: Missouri State University presents William Inge’s play “Picnic” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. March 2-3 in the Craig Hall Balcony Theatre, west of National at Grand.
Drury University presents four new one-act plays at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in its Sunderland Studio Theatre, near Clara Thompson Hall. Plays include “Family Style” by Larry Linda; “2917” by Keith Sanders; “Crossed” by Cary Pepper and “Gentle Crazy” by Don Gordon.
“The Journey with Jonah,” a dramatization of the Biblical story, is presented at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Studio Theatre, 237 S. Florence Ave.
Springfield Contemporary Theater’s production of Tom Morton-Smith’s play about the “father of the atomic bomb,” “Oppenheimer,” presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at Pershing and Robberson Ave. in Springfield.
OZARK: Stained Glass Theater, 1996 W. Evangel, Kay and Dick Marchand’s play “Living With Style” has shows as 7 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with more weekend shows through March 21.
BRANSON: The Branson Regional Arts Council presents a stage version of “The Wizard of Oz” with local performers, at 7 p.m. Friday; noon, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial St.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: Les Ballets Trocadero de Monte Carlo, the internationally acclaimed male dance company dancing in traditional ballerina apparel, perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Walton Arts Center.
Holland Taylor’s play “Ann,” a portrait of Texas politician Ann Richards, is presented by Theatre Squared, 477 W. Spring St., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. March 2-5, with more shows through March 29.
FORT SMITH, Ark.: At the ArcBest Performing Arts Center, 55 S. Seventh St., “Trolls: Live” is presented at 6 p.m. March 3, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on March 4.
MIAMI, Okla.: “Matilda: the Musical” is presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through March 3 at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, 200 I Street N.E.
TULSA, Okla.: At the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 S. Second St., Tulsa Opera presents Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Chapman Music Hall. “The Face of Emmett Till,” a true-to-life” dramatization of the murder of the African American teen while visiting Mississippi relatives is presented at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Liddy Doenges Theatre, with more shows next weekend.
A touring production of “Trolls: Live” is presented at 10 a.m., 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Tulsa BOK Center, 200 S Denver.
The University of Tulsa presents Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Kendall Hall in the Chapman Theatre, 2721 E. Eighth St.
BARTLESVILLE, Okla.: A touring production of the musical “An American in Paris” is presented at 7:30 p.m. March 3 at the Bartlesville Community Center, 300 SE Adams Blvd.
PITTSBURG, Kan.: Pittsburg State University Theater Department presents Lauren Gunderson’s play “Silent Sky” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and W p.m. Saturday at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 S. Homer.
KANSAS CITY: Matt Cox’s play “Puffs: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years At A Certain School of Magic and Magic” runs through March 22 at the Coterie Theater at Crown Center, Grand Blvd. at Pershing Road.
Christopher Demos-Brown’s play “American Son” has shows at 7:30 p.m. March 4-5, with more shows through March 29 at the Unicorn Theater, 3828 Main.
ST. LOUIS: Shen Yun, the showcase of traditional Chinese dance, music and acrobatics, is presented at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Stifel Theater, 1400 Market.
The Broadway musical hit “The Band’s Visit” is presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. March 3 and 4, 1 and 7:30 p.m. March 5 at the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand, with more shows through next weekend.
St. Louis University presents George Bernard Shaw's “Saint Joan of Arc” at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand Blvd.
Idris Goodwin's play “Ghost” is presented at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Grandel Theater at the Grandel Theater, 3610 Grandel Place, across from Powell Hall.
A Disney musical based on the film “Freaky Friday”
is presented at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at .Zack, 3224 Locust.
“The Office!: A musical parody” is presented in a stage show at 8 p.m. March 4 and 5, with ore shows through next weekend, at the Grandel Theater, 3610 Grandel Square, across from Powell Hall.
“Head over Heels,” billed as a new musical, is offered at 8 p.m. March 5 at the Marcelle, 3310 Sam Shepard Dr., with more shows through March 28.
Deborah Katon's play "What I Know" is presented at 7 p.m. Friday at the Kranzberg Arts Center, 510 N. Grand Blvd., with weekly performances through March 20.
Black Repertory Theater presents Ntozake Shange’s play “Spell #7” at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. March 4-5, with more shows through March 8.
Jacklyn Backhaus’s play “Men On Boats,” recounting John Wesley Powell’s expedition down the Green and Colorado rivers cast with actors identifying as female or gender fluid, is presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Edison Theatre at Washington University, 6465 Forsyth Blvd.
“Flanagan Wake,” an interactive Irish wake, a hit for Chicago Theater Works, is presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and March 5, with more shows running through March 21 at the Westport Plaza Playhouse, Paige and I-270.
St. Louis Repertory Theater at the Loretto Hilton Center on the Webster University campus in Webster Grove presents Charles Ludlam's comic play “The Mystery of Irma Vep” runs at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. March 3, 1:30 p.m. March 4, 8 p.m. March 5, with more shows through March 8.
A touring cabaret presentation of the musical “The Band’s Visit” with the touring cast is presented at 7:30 p.m. March 2 at the Stray Dog Theater, 2336 Tennessee Ave.
CASSVILLE: Trout fishing season opens at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at Roaring River State Parl near Cassville and Bennett Springs STate Park, north of Springfield.
SPRINGFIELD: Professional Bull Riders Association’s Bull Blast is presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Corwin Arena at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
The Springfield Lawn and Garden Show runs Friday through Sunday in the E*Plex at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
TULSA, Okla.: At Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St., the Akdar Shrine Circus a show at 6 p.m. Thursday, two Friday and three each on Saturday and Sunday in the Pavilion.
Comic and actor Marlon Wayans performs at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Osage Casino, 951 W. 36th St. N.
KANSAS CITY: At the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., World Champions Rodeo Alliance Royal City Roundup showcase of eight rodeo disciplines will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday. Professional Bull Riders perform at 6:45 p.m. Saturday and 1:45 p.m. Sunday.
Comic Mike Salazar performs at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St.
Comic Tig Notari performs at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Uptown Theater.
Comedians Mike Epps, Sommore, Gary Owen and Lavell Crawford perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Municipal Auditorium, 13th and Central.
The 2020 Kansas City Auto Show runs March 4-8 in the Convention Center, 13th and Broadway.
Buster Keaton’s silent movie classic “The General” will be screened with a live accompaniment by organist Cameron Carpenter at 7 p.m. on March 4 at the Kauffman Center.
ST. LOUIS: The annual Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., runs through March 22.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: The SHE Festival of Women in music presents trombonist Abbie Conant at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the UA Fine Arts Center, 340 N. Garland Ave. The University of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra plays works by Nadia Boulanger and Naom Faingold at 7:30 p.m. March 2 in the Faulkner Performing Arts Center, 453 N. Garland.
MIAMI, Okla.: A Technology Festival is offered 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 5 at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, 200 I Street NE.