Local Entertainment and Events Aug. 16-23
1. The Freistatt Lions Club in Freistatt present Ernte-Fest, an authentic German festival with ethnic food, traditional entertainment, a beer garden and polka music for dancing, opening at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Oompahsters will provide traditional German music both nights. On Saturday, the band Big Smitty plays from the second stage, beginning at 8 p.m. This is a family friendly event with games, concessions and bingo.
2. Eureka Springs, Ark. holds its Bluegrass Weekend on Friday and Saturday with free music in Basin Spring Park. Performances start at 4 p.m. Saturday with the Crumbs and A Boy Named Banjo. On Saturday, music starts at 1 p.m. with the Crumbs, Lonesome Road, Runaway Planet and Chatham County Line. Bring lawn chairs. Other performances are slated around town.
3. If you need some drama to enliven your weekend, try the Stone’s Throw Theater production of Tennessee Williams’ play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” presented Friday through Sunday at 2466 W. Old Route 66 Blvd., with more shows next weekend. A dinner theater option is available one hour before shows. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 417-358-9665.
SPRINGFIELD: At the Complex, 307 Park Central East, Cofreshi performs at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The 1970s band Toto plays at 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Gillioz Theater, 325 Park Central East.
An outdoor concert by Shaun Munday, 83 Skidoo, Kevin and Mike plus others will be given from noon to 6 p.m. at Doling Park, 301 E. Talmage St.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: At George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson, performing this week are a Guta Bob Mary tribute concert with Anna Vogel on Thursday, Boom! Kinetic on Friday, Dial Up on Saturday, Buku and Lucid on Aug. 21, Neutral Snap and Bryce Williams on Aug. 22, and John Moreland on Aug. 23.
FORT SMITH, Ark.: The Beatles vs. Elvis, a musical showdown, is offered at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fort Smith Convention Center, 55 S. Seventh St.
POCOLA, Okla.: At the Choctaw Casino, west of Fort Smith, country musician Aaron Lewis performs at 8 p.m. on Friday.
JOPLIN: At the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, Asphalt Cowboys play at 8 p.m. Friday. Full Flava Kings play on Saturday. Hudson Drive plays on Aug. 23.
MIAMI, Okla.: Branson entertainer Shoji Tabuchi takes his show on the road for a performance Thursday at the Coleman Theater, 103 N. Main.
TULSA, Okla.: Vince Gill will perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday at the River Spirit Events Center, 8660 Riverside Parkway.
At Cain's Ballroom, 423 Main, the Randy Rogers Band plays on Friday. A Blues Challenge with assorted bands is offered Saturday. Chase Rice and Abby Anderson play on Aug. 23.
PITTSBURG, Kan.: Piper Leigh and the Smoking Section play at 8 p.m. Friday at Kansas Crossing Casino, 1275 S. Highway 69 County.
KANSAS CITY: At the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., the Smashing Pumpkins and Metric perform at 7 p.m. Thursday. Keith Urban and Kelsea Ballerina perform at 7 p.m. Friday. Sam Smith and Beth Ditto perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
At the Midland Theater, 1228 Main, Marsiela y Amanda Miguel perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday. Jeremiah, Teyana Taylor and DaniLeigh perform at 8 p.m. on Aug. 22.
The “Happy Together” Tour, with the Turtles, Chuck Negron from Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, the Association, Mark Lindsay from Paul Revere and the Raiders, and the Cowsills perform at 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway.
The Hot Country Nights concert series continues in the Power and Light District, 13th and Walnut, with Ashley McBride and Jillian Jacqueline playing at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The Randy Rogers Band plays at 7 p.m. on Aug. 23.
Lita Ford plays at 8 p.m on Friday at the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino.
ST. LOUIS: At the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., 38 Special and the Steel Woods play at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper perform at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
At the Family Arena in St. Charles, R. Kelly performs at 8 p.m. on Friday. The “Happy Together” Tour performs at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Sam Smith and Beth Ditto perform at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Chaifetz Arena, Market and Lindell.
Soul Funk Fest with Cameo, Doug E Fresh and Love Jones perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Fox Theater, 527 N. Grand.
Trumpeter Herb Albert and song stylist Lani Hall perform at 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Grandel Theater, Grandel Place and Grand across from Powell Hall.
The Good Deeds perform at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd.
Blackberry Smoke, JJ Grey and Mofro play at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Chesterfield Amphitheater.
This week at the Pageant, 6161 Delmar, Monica performs on Saturday. Lil Baby, YK Osiris, City Girls, Kollision, B La B and 24 Heavy play on Aug 22.
At Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Blvd., playing this week are Falling Fences and Meramec Valley Girl on Saturday, and a tribute concert to the 1980s on Aug. 23 focusing on the music of Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, the B-52’s, Blondie and Sade.
SPRINGFIELD: Final performances of the Traveling Symphony touring group production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, in the Santa Fe Room.
OZARK: Ron Boutwell's play "The Secret of Raven Cottage" is presented at 7 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday,
at the Stained Glass Theater, 1996 W. Evangel.
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.: “Anna,” an interactive murder mystery, is presented at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Mellonlight Ballroom, 2 Pine St., with more shows next weekend.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: Theater Squared presents the musical “Once,” opening Aug. 22 and running through Sept. 23 in the Nadine Baum Studios, 505 W. Spring St.
TULSA, Okla.: At the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 S. Second St., “Disney’s Newsies” is presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, with more shows for next weekend at the John H. William Theatre. A stage version of “The Wizard of Oz” is presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, with more shows next weekend in the Liddy Doenges Theatre.
KANSAS CITY: “Love Never Dies,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to the musical “Phantom of the Opera,” runs at 8 p.m. through Sunday at the Starlight Theater in Swope Park.
Musical Theater Heritage, Pershing Road and Grand Blvd., presents “The Producers,” running through Aug. 26.
ARROW ROCK: The Lyceum Theater premiers “Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins,” opening at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22 and 23 and running through next weekend.
COLUMBIA: David Lindsay-Abaire’s play “Ripcord” is presented by Talking Horse Productions at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at 210 St. James St.
ST. LOUIS: Stages St. Louis presents the musical "Mamma Mia!" with shows running Friday through Sunday Robert Reim Theatre in the Kirkwood Civic Center, 111 S. Geyer Rd. in Kirkwood.
Union Avenue Opera presents Kurt Weill’s “Lost in the Stars” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the church theater, 733 N. Union Blvd., with more shows next weekend.
Stray Dog Theater presents the musical “The Robber Bridegroom” Thursday through Saturday at the Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee Ave.
Michael Madden’s comic play “Maybe This Time” is presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Gaslight Theatre, 358 N. Boyle Ave.
SPRINGFIELD: The Ozarks Antique Auto Swap Meet runs Friday through Sunday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: Theatre Squared opens its season with a production of the musical “Once” on Aug. 22, running through Sept. 23 at the Nadine Baum Studios, 505 W. Spring St.
SPRINGDALE, Ark.: Top Elvis performer Brent Giddens leads an Elvis show as a local fundraiser with a silent auction and food at 3 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the Schmieding Center Theater, 2242 N. Thompson.
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.: The Arkansas Enduro Series bicycle races run Saturday and Sunday at Lake Leatherwood City Park, 1303 County Road 204. A wide range of races are planned.
NEOSHO: Crowder College hosts its sixth annual Roughrider Rodeo at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Roughrider Arena, 608 Field Ave.
TULSA, Okla.: At Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St., the NSBA World Championship Show and Breeders Championship Futurity runs through Sunday in the Ford Truck Arena. The Grand American Arms Show runs Saturday and Sunday.
PITTSBURGH, Kan: “The Vault Unlocked,” a special exhibit of historic documents and collected art from Pittsburg State University’s 115-year history will be placed on display Aug. 23 at the Bicknell Family Center, 1711 S. Homer.
KANSAS CITY: Comic Chris D’Elia performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Midland Theater.
The Miss Black America Pageant is set for 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Gem Theater, 18th and Vine.
SEDALIA: The Missouri State Fair runs through Sunday. Grandstand shows include Casting Crowns and Zach Williams on Thursday, Aaron Watson and Tim Montana on Friday plus Cole Swindle and RaeLynn on Saturday. The ASCS National Sprint Car and ULMA Late Model Races run Sunday.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: The Fayetteville Roots Festival opens Aug. 22 and runs through next weekend at various locations. Performers include Mavis Staples and Booker T. Jones on Aug. 22, the Del McCoury Band and Flanco Jimenez on Aug. 23.
CLAREMORE, Okla.: Fiber Fest opens Aug. 23 and runs through Aug. 25 at Shepherd’s Cross, 16792 East 450 Road. Demonstrations of how to process any kind of fiber, workshops of washing, dying, wet felting, carding and weaving will be offered.
ST. LOUIS: The sixth annual Rise Up Festival, celebrating revitalization, runs 5 to 11 p.m. on Saturday at 1627 Washington Ave.
Festival of the Little Hills runs Friday through Sunday in Frontier Park, 500 S. Riverside Dr. in St. Charles.