Local Entertainment and Events Feb. 16-23
1. The Ozark Festival Orchestra presents its Soloist Showcase concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center, Bridle Lane and East Cleveland Ave. Pianist Jason Terry will play Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto No. 5, a southwest Missouri first. Coloratura Angela Yoon will sing soprano showpieces by Verdi and Offenbach. Concertmaster Ned Horner will solo in Saint-Saens' "Danse Macabre." The concert closes with the finale to Stravinsky's "Firebird." A silent auction fundraiser of arts lovers' treats, from antiques and furniture to recordings and pies, will be held in conjunction with the concert.
2. The Pro Musica concert series in Joplin continues with the six-person Nordic Voices vocal ensemble performing at 7 p.m. Thursday at Central Christian Center, Fifth and Virginia. A six-member ensemble, three men and three women, based in Oslo, Norway, the group is known for its extraordinary a cappella skill and broad repertory. The Missouri Southern State University Chamber Singers will offer a pre-concert performance at 6:30 p.m. Earlier in the day, Nordic Voices will give a lecture on their craft at 1 p.m. in Corley Auditorium at MSSU.
3. The 24th annual Barkus Mardi Gras Pet Parade, the most amazing Missouri Mardi Gras tradition, is offered at 1 p.m. on Sunday at 12th and Allen streets in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis. You will see an astounding array of dogs, even some cats, dressed in all kinds of colorful costumes. The nearby park also offers wiener dog races. This is a spectacle that truly has to be seen to be believed.
SPRINGFIELD: The annual performance of Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" with narrator, a popular program with children, is offered at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the O'Reilly Family Events Center on the Drury University campus.
The Missouri State University Symphony will play at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.
POINT LOOKOUT: Singer and composer Tony Melendez performs at 7 p.m. on Feb. 20 at Jones Auditorium on the College of the Ozarks campus.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: At the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt present an evening of acoustic music at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21. Third Coast Percussion presents an interactive family concert at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23.
At George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson, performing this week are Roger Creager on Thursday, National Park Radio on Friday; Youth Pastor, Randall Shreve and Molten Mama on Saturday, the Yonder Mountain String Band on Sunday, GUTA on Feb. 22 and Joseph on Feb. 23.
At the University of Arkansas's Fine Arts Center, 340 N. Garland Ave., Yamaha performing artist Patricia Surman plays a recital of flute music at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. A recital of songs in Chinese and an exploration of Japanese culture through excerpts from Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" will be offered 3 p.m. Sunday. At the Faulkner Performing Arts Center on the UA campus, the Symphonic Concert Band performs at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 21. The Wind Symphonic Band plays at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23.
JOPLIN: At the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, Retrorockerz play classic rock on Friday. Mister Lucky plays variety rock on Saturday. The Crayons play a free concert of classic rock in the Legends Stage on Feb. 23.
TULSA, Okla.: At the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa, Sugar Ray plays at 8 p.m. on Friday. Kiss plays at 8 p.m. on Feb. 22. Tanya Tucker's rescheduled concert is at 8 p.m. on Feb. 23.
Handel's oratorio "Solomon" is presented at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, 1301 S. Boston Ave.
The Miró String Quartet presents a complete cycle of Beethoven string quartets, with concerts at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 23, and the final concerts next weekend at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 S. Second St.
At Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, performing this week are Datsik, Crizzly amd Virtual Riot on Thursday; Taddy Porter, Nicnos, Skytown and Good Villains on Friday; Juicy J, Belly and Project Pat on Saturday.
Twenty-One Pilots, Jon Bellion and Judah and the Lion perform at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver.
PITTSBURG, Kan.: At the Bicknell Family Center, 1711 S. Homer, the Pittsburg State University Wind Ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Broadway veteran Jeri Sager joins the Southeast Kansas Symphony for a concert of show tunes at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
KANSAS CITY: The Kansas City Symphony plays Beethoven's Symphony No. 8, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 with pianist Wei Luo and Hindemith's "Ragtime" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway.
Classical violinist Nicola Benedetti and the Venice Baroque Orchestra play works by Vivaldi, Corelli, Geminani, Galuppi and Avison at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St.
Jazz pianist Robert Glasper performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St.
Country musicians Larry Stewart, Ritchie McDonald and Tim Rushlow perform at 8 p.m. on Friday at the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino.
The Mid America Freedom Band plays at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the National World War I Museum, 100 W. 26th St.
The Kansas City Symphony plays a one-hour chamber music concert of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 by J.S. Bach and Debussy's String Quartet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Kauffman Center.
At the Midland Theater, 1228 Main, Skillet, Sick Puppies and Devour the Day play on Thursday. Tesla, the Cringe and the Raskins play on Feb. 23.
The choirs of the Kansas City Conservatory of Music offer 18 selections from J.S. Bach to Eric Whiteacre at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Community of Christ Temple, 1001 W. Walnut in Independence.
COLUMBIA: Third Coast Percussion performs at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St.
The Russian String Orchestra performs at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Missouri Theatre.
ST. LOUIS: Jon Bon Jovi and band perform at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Ave.
The St. Louis Symphony In Unison Chorus and soloists present a Black History Month concert with a concert of spirituals at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Powell Hall, Grand and Delmar.
Contemporary Christian musicians Travis Greene, Anthony Brown and Jonathan McReynolds bring their Worship Tour to the Peabody Opera House, 1400 Market, at 8 p.m. on Feb. 21.
The Chamber Music Society of St. Louis presents "The Sonata Program" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 and 21 at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd.
At the Pageant, 6161 Delmar, performing this week are Young MA on Thursday; Sting, Joe Sumner and the Last Bandoleros on Friday;
SPRINGFIELD: A stage version of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday with more shows for next weekend at the Springfield Contemporary Theater, 431 S. Jefferson.
Bruce Norris's play "Clybourne Park" opens at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 with shows running through the next two weekends in the Craig Hall Balcony Theater at Missouri State University, Grand and National.
Springfield Little Theater opens "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" in a stage show on Feb. 23, with more shows running for the next two weekends at 311 E. Walnut.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: The children's plan "The Bockety World of Henry and Bucket" will be presented at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Starr Theater at the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson.
Lisa D'Amour's play "Detroit" runs through Feb. 26 at TheatreSquare, 505 W. Spring St.
SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark.: John Brown University's Theater Department presents Mark Twain's play "Is He Dead?" Friday and Saturday and again next weekend in the Berry Performing Arts Center.
ROGERS, Ark.: Mel Brook's "Young Frankenstein: the Musical" is presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Feb. 23 and more shows for the next two weekends at the Arkansas Public Theater, 116 S. Second St.
MIAMI, Okla.: Miami Little Theatre presents a stage version of "To Kill A Mockingbird" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 with more shows through next weekend at the Coleman Theatre, 103 N. Main.
TULSA, Okla.: At the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second St., "Avenue Q" is presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the John H. Williams Theatre. "Court-Martial at Fort Devens," based on a true story of racism and sexism on trial during WWII, is presented at 3 p.m. on Sunday with more shows next weekend in the Liddy Doenges Theatre.
Stephen Sondheim's "Company" opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at the Tulsa Community College Performing Arts Center, 10300 E. 81st St.
Theatre Pops presents "Wild Party," a musical by Andrew Lippa based on a poem about Manhattan in the Roaring Twenties, at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday and again next weekend at the IDL Ballroom, 230 E. First St.
"Sanders Family Christmas" is presented 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at the True Baptist Church, 410 Terrace Dr. in Sand Springs.
Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" is presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and again next weekend at the Broken Arrow Community Playhouse, 1800 S. Main.
PITTSBURG, Kan.: Pittsburg Community Theater presents "Seussical the Musical" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at Memorial Hall, 503 N. Pine.
Jon Baitz's play "Other Desert Cities" is presented at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the Bicknell Family Center, with more shows through next weekend.
KANSAS CITY: “First Date: a Musical Comedy” is presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday, 7 p.m. Feb. 22-23, with more shows Tuesday through Sunday through Feb. 26 at the Starlight Theater in Swope Park.
Kansas City Repertory Theater presents “Side by Side by Sondheim” Thursday through Sunday at the Spencer Theatre, 4949 Cherry.
The Kansas City Conservatory of Dance senior students present their recital in two parts, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry.
August Wilson's play "Gem of the Ocean" is presented on Feb. 23 with more shows weekends through March 11 at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theater, 3614 Main.
The Quality Hill Playhouse presents the revue "I Got Rhythm," with selections from Broadway to Hollywood, runs through Sunday at 303 W. Tenth St.
Will Snider's new play "How to Use A Knife" runs through Sunday at the Unicorn Theater, 3828 Main.
A new touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” has performances Thursday through Sunday at the Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St.
"Fringle" author Andrew Clements' children's story "No Talking" is adapted for stage, opening Feb. 21 and running Tuesdays through Saturdays at the Coterie Theatre in Crown Center.
Marcus Gardley's "X," a new play viewing the assassination of Malcolm X in the context of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," is presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday only at the Lied Center at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
COLUMBIA: "Heathers: the Musical" is presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 with more shows through the next two weekends at the Columbia Entertainment Company, 1800 Nelwood Dr.
GreenHouse Theatre Project presents Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" at 7:30 p.m. through Sunday at the Orr Street Studios, 106 Orr St.
Ruby Rae Spiegel's play "Dry Land" opens at 7:30 p.m. thursday and runs through Sunday at the Warehouse Theater, 104 Willis Ave.
Joel Drake Johnson's play "Rasheed Speaking" is offered at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Talking Horse Productions, 210 St. James St.
The Acting Company's touring production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" is presented at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Rhynsburger Theater, 129 Fine Arts Building on the Mizzou campus, paired with a performance of Marcus Gardley's "X," a new play viewing the assassination of Malcolm X in the context of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," is presented at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
ST. LOUIS: At the Peabody Opera House, 1400 Market, a touring production of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" is presented at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The children's show "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" is presented at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20.
The Broadway hit “Something’s Rotten” is presented at 1 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday at the Fox Theater, 527 Grand.
St. Louis Repertory Theater, at the Loretto Hilton Center on the Webster University campus in Webster Groves, presents “To Kill A Mockingbird” through March 5.
Ibsen's "A Doll's House" runs Thursdays through Saturdays through Saturday at the Stray Dog Theatre, 2336 Tennessee Ave.
"The Vagina Monologues" are presented at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Holmes Lounge by the Edison Theater at Washington University.
The Peanuts parody, "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" is presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Louis Community College Meramec campus, 11333 Big Bend Rd.
"Pump Boys and Dinettes" is presented through Sunday at the Westport Plaza Playhouse off I-270 at Page. "Graeme of Thrones," a gamer's fantasy trip through fantasy worlds, opens Feb. 21 and runs through next weekend.
SPRINGFIELD: The Nitro Arenacross Tour has shows on Friday and Saturday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds Arena.
The Wedding Essentials Bridal Expo runs Saturday at the Radisson Hotal, 4236 Elk Valley Rd. in Ozark.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: Circus Oz, Australia's best-loved circus, performs through Sunday at the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson.
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.: The Mardi Gras coronation ball takes place at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Crescent Hotel, 75 Prospect. The Mardi Gras Night Parade runs at 6 p.m. on Saturday through downtown.
The Beer Can and Breweriana Collectors Show runs 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Best Western In of the Ozarks Convention Center.
TULSA, Okla.: At Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St., Darryl Starbird's National Rod and Custom Car Show runs Friday through Sunday in the River Spirit Expo Hall. The Vintage Tulsa Show runs Friday through Sunday in the Exchange Center. The Akdar Shrine Circus opens on Feb. 23 and runs through next weekend in the Pavilion.
KANSAS CITY: The Nitro Arenacross Tour has shows on Saturday and Sunday at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd.
Comedian Bill Engvall performs on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Kauffman Center.
Comic Adam Devine performs at 8 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the Lied Center at the University of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Dr. in Lawrence.
SPRINGFIELD: Potterfest, a screening of all eight "Harry Potter" films, will run at 7 and 10:30 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m, 3:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East. Potter memorabilia, a costume contest and other activities are scheduled.
ST. LOUIS: The ninth annual St. Louis Centennial Beer Festival, featuring more than 200 brews from 30 different breweries, is held Thursday through Saturday at Moulin Events and Meetings, 2017 Chouteau Ave.
The annual Orchid Show at the St. Louis Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., opens Thursday and runs through March 6