Local Entertainment and Events Oct. 17-24
1. This is craft fair weekend in northwest Arkansas, with events around every corner. The big War Eagle Craft Fair, at the War Eagle Mill Park, east of Rogers, runs through Sunday. There’s the Vintage Market and Craft Show in Eureka Springs, the Bentonville Fall Arts and Crafts Fest at the Spanker Creek Farm, the It’s Fall Y’all Craft Fair in the Benton County Fairgrounds, in Bella Vista at 1991 Forest Hills Blvd., the Rogers Fall Craft Fair downtown, the Frisco Station Mall Arts and Crafts Fest in Rogers, the Springdale Fall Arts and Crafts Festival at the Holiday Inn Northwest Convention Center, the Fayetteville Fall Arts and Crafts Festival at the Washington County Fairgrounds, and many smaller events. Literally shop till you drop.
2. Country music star Vince Gill performs at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, 525 S. Hammons Parkway in Springfield. A giant in the field for his writing and mellow style, Gill will offer a classy show. All seats in the hall will be good for this show.
3. For an eclectic theater experience, try Springfield Little Theater’s production of Greg Allen’s 30 plays in 60 minutes, “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,” with shows at 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Landers Theater, 311 E. Walnut in Springfield. This may be theater for the MTV age, quick cuts and a myriad of plots, but you’ll leave knowing you’ve been to another world, or two or three.
SPRINGFIELD: At the Gillioz Theater, 325 Park Central East, jazz giant Branford Marsalis and his quartet perform at 8 p.m. Friday. Country musicians Ryan Bingham and Jamestown Revival play at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23.
The Springfield Symphony performs Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, Joan Tower’s “Made in America” and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with concertmaster David Hays as soloist at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hammons Hall, 525 S. Hammons Parkway.
The Missouri State University Men’s Chorale will perform at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral, 1115 N. Campbell Ave.
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.: “American Pie” singer songwriter Don McLean performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Auditorium, 36 S. Main.
ROGERS, Ark.: Latin artists Camila, Beatriz Luengo, Además, Christian Nava, El Proyecto and Sensación Latina performs at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, 5079 W. Northgate Rd.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: At George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson, playing this week are Flatland Cavalry and Grant Gilbert on Thursday, Big Wild’s Superdream Tour with Evan Giia and Ark Patrol on Friday, Goose on Saturday, Blue October and New Dialogue on Sunday, and Aaron Watson and Kyle Park on Oct. 24.
The University of Arkansas’s Schola Cantorum choir performs at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the the Faulkner Performing Arts Center, 453 N. Garland.
At the University of Arkansas’s Fine Arts Center, 340 N. Garland Ave., the UA Trombone Quartets perform at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23. The UA Jazz Ensembles give a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 24.
FORT SMITH: The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith choirs perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the ArcBest performing Arts Center, 55 S. Seventh St.
Country musicians Randy Houser and Paul Cauthen perform at 7 p.m. Friday at TempleLive, 200 N. 11th St.
POCOLA, Okla.: At the Choctaw Casino, west of Fort Smith, playing this week are Backsliders Wine on Friday and, in separate shows, Lindsay Ell at 8 p.m. and Little Lies at 9 p.m. on Saturday.
WYANDOTTE, Okla.: At the Indigo Sky Casino, 70220 Highway 60, playing this week are Phil Vaught at 8 p.m. Friday, Dirty Saints at 9 p.m. Saturday, and Rackensack at 8 p.m. Oct. 24.
At Bordertown Casino, 129 Oneida, Derryl Perry plays at 9 p.m. on Friday. Phil Vaught plays at 9 p.m. Saturday.
JOPLIN: The Missouri Southern State University Chamber Singers, soloists and instrumentalists perform J.S. Bach’s “Reformation Cantata” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Faith Lutheran Church, 2134 Grand Ave.
At the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, Hudson Drive plays on Friday, the Brandon Butler Band plays Saturday, Steam Machine plays Oct. 22.
MIAMI, Okla.: Joseph Hall stars in “Elvis Rock N Remember” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Coleman Theater, 103 N. Main.
TULSA, Okla.: At the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa, the Charlie Daniels Band plays at 8 p.m. on Thursday. A tribute show to Jimi Hendrix is offered at 8 p.m. Saturday. A tribute show to Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly is offered at 6 p.m. Sunday.
At the Tulsa BOK Center, 200 S. Denver, Godsmack and Halestorm perform at 7 p.m. on Friday. Carrie Underwood plus Maddie and Tae perform at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24.
At Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main, playing this week are Cherub, Gibbz and Madday Static at 9 p.m. Sunday.
At the Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady, the Queen tribute band Killer Queen plays at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tenacious D plays at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21.
PITTSBURG, Kan.: The Southeast Kansas Symphony plays a concert with operatic tenor Robert Dean Smith at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 S. Homer.
At the Kansas Crossing Casino, 1275 S. Hwy. 69 Country, Skid Row plays at 8 p.m. Saturday.
KANSAS CITY: At the Kauffman Center, the Southeast Kansas Symphony plays works by Wagner, Richard Strauss, Ravel’s “Bolero” and modern pieces by John Ross and Barbara York at 5 p.m. Sunday. The Missouri State University Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra plays Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scherezade,” a symphony by Hindemith and shorter works at 7 p.m. Oct. 21.
At the Midland Theater, 1228 Main, the Raconteurs and the Casualties of Jazz play at 8 p.m. Thursday. Herb Albert and Lani Hall and Lonnie McFadden perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Queen tribute show “We Will Rock You” is at 8 p.m. Saturday. Bob Dylan and his band play at 8 p.m. Sunday. The touring tribute concert to Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly is offered at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Bring Me The Horizon, Sleeping with Sirens and Poppy perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 22.
At the Folly Theater, 300 W 12th St., the KC Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony play at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Blues singer Ruthie Foster performs at 8 p.m. Friday. Operatic soprano Nadine Sierra gives a recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Jazz artists Norman Brown, Euge Groove and Lindsey Webster perform at 7 p.m. Sunday.
At the Uptown Theater, Aldous Harding and Hand Habits play at 8:45 p.m. Sunday. Incubus plays at 8 p.m. Oct. 21.
LAWRENCE, Kan.: At the University of Kansas’ Lied Center, Black Violin plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Folk singer songwriter Richard Shindell gives a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The KU Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band play at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23.
COLUMBIA: The Branford Marsalis Quartet plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Missouri Theater, 203 S Ninth St.
ST. LOUIS: At the Stifel Theater, 1400 Market, Bob Dylan and his band play at 8 p.m. on Oct. 22. The Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly tribute concert is at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23.
Fantasia, Robin Thicke, Tank and the Bonfire perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Chaifetz Arena, Lindell and Market.
The St. Louis Symphony plays Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances” and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with soloist Karen Gomyo at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Powell Hall, Grand and Delmar.
At the Grandel, 3610 Grandel Square across from Powell Hall, jazz guitarist Diego Figueiredo and the Janet Evra Quartet play at 8 p.m. Friday. Guitarist Norman Brown plays at 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday.
At the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Ave., Mat Kearney plays at 8 p.m. Thursday. David Sanborn plays at 8:30 p.m. on Friday. Guitarist Pavlo plays at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tim Cunningham and Denise Thimes offer a show at 5 p.m. Sunday. Nadine performs at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22. Edwidge Danticat performs at 7 p.m. Oct. 24.
At the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the female a cappella quintet Nobuntu performs at 8 p.m. on Friday. the UMSL Jazz Orchestra plays at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22.
At the Pageant, 6100 Delmar, playing this week are the Allman Betts Band on Thursday, Big KRIT and Rhapsody on Saturday.
At Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar, Big Wild, Evan Giia and Ark Patrol play on Thursday. Skinny Mars, Yoshi Flower and Grady play on Saturday. Coin and Dayglow play on Oct. 22. Doobie, DJ Hylyte, Krash Minati, BSE Count and Swaun play on Oct. 24.
At the Family Arena in St. Charles, Monsters of Mock play a tribute concert to Queen, Sammy Hagar and AC/DC t 7 p.m. Friday. Legends of Country Rock plays a tribute concert to Poco, Firefall, Pure Prairie League and Jonathan Edwards at 7 p.m. Saturday. Godsmack and Halestorm play at 7 p.m. Sunday.
OZARK: At the Stained Glass Theater, 1996 W. Evangel, Ron Boutwell’s play “The Neon Cross” is presented at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with more weekend shows through Oct. 26.
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.: Intrigue Theater presents is Halloween show at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Auditorium, 36 S. Main.
SPRINGDALE, Ark.: Arts Center of the Ozarks presents Beth Henley’s play “Crimes of the Heart” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday at 214 S. Main.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: The Reduced Shakespeare Company presents “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged, revised)” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Walton Arts Center. Jimmy Buffett’s musical “Escape to Margaritaville” is offered at 7 p.m. Oct. 22-23 and 1:30 p.m. Oct. 24, with more shows next weekend.
Storytellers Glennon Doyle, Abby Warmbach,Mason Zayid, Cameron Esposito, Nkosi Mabaso and Milck give a show together at 8 p.m. Friday at the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson.
Theatre Squared presents Karen Zaharias’s play “Native Gardens” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22-24 with more shows running through Nov. 10 at 477 W. Spring St., none on Mondays.
FORT SMITH, Ark.: Foolish Love presents the stage play comedy “Momma, My Wife Cheated with the Next Door Neighbor” at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center, 55 S. Seventh St.
JOPLIN: Osborne and Eppler’s comic play “Southern Fried Funeral” is presented by Stained Glass Theater at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 2101 Annie Baxter, with more shows next weekend.
Steven Sater’s play “Spring Awakening” is presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Joplin Little Theater, 3008 W. First St.
TULSA, Okla.: The Queen musical “We Will Rock You” is presented at 8 p.m. Friday at the River Spirit Events Center, 8330 Riverside Parkway.
At the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 S. Second St., the musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” is presented at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the John H. Williams Theater. Joe Orton’s murder mystery farce “What the Butler Saw” is presented at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Oct. 24, with more shows next weekend in the Liddy Doenges Theater.
KANSAS CITY: The Russian Ballet Theatre presents Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Folly Theater.
The Kansas City Ballet with the KC Symphony and Chorus perform Orff’s “Carmina Burana” and two other ballets at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kauffman Center.
American Theatre Guild presents “The Simon and Garfunkel Story” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 and 23 at the Kauffman Center.
A touring production of the Broadway show “Dear Evan Hansen” is offered at the Music Hall, 13th and Central, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Lisa Evans’ play about the Freedom Riders, “Rise Up,” is presented at 9:45 and 11:45 a.m. Thursday; 9:45 and 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Coterie Theater at Crown Center, Grand Blvd. at Pershing Road.
Musical Theater Heritage at Crown Center opens its run of “Ragtime” at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, with more shows through Oct. 27, except on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Lucas Hnath’s sequel to the Ibsen play, “A Doll’s House: Part 2” is presented by the Unicorn Theater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22-24, with more shows through Nov. 10 at 3828 Main.
Quality Hill Playhouse, 303 W. Tenth St., presents the Irving Berlin revue, “The Melody Lingers On,” with shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, running through Nov. 4.
Pointe B Dance presents “Masque of Red Death” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts in Lawrence, Kan.
ST. LOUIS: At the Fox Theater, 527 N. Grand, Jimmy Buffett’s “Escape to Margaritaville” is offered at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. “Dear Evan Hansen” is presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22-24, with more shows next weekend.
At the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand, Eric Nauman’s play “A Deal with the Devil” has shows at 6 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday, with shows on those days through Nov. 15.
Suicide Girls present their Blackhearts Burlesque show at 9 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the Sheldon Concert Hall.
At the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the Broadway musical “Mary Poppins” is presented at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 1:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, and more shows next weekend. The Madco 2 dance troupe performs at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
St. Louis Repertory Theater at the Loretto Hilton Center on the Webster University campus in Webster Grove opens its production of Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell's play “The Lifespan of a Fact” at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Oct. 22, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 23, 8 p.m. Oct. 24, with more shows through Nov. 10.
Westport Plaza Playhouse, I-270 at Page, present “December 1963: the Original Jersey Boys” tribute at 8 p.m. Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday.
Stray Dog Theater, 2336 Tennessee Ave. in the Tower Grove Abbey, presents the Who’s rock opera “Tommy” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24, with more shows through Oct. 26.
“Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963” is a stage retelling of the church bombing in Alabama, its context and aftermath, presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 5 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at COCA, 524 Trinity Ave., with more shows next weekend.
“Peppa Pig Live: Peppa Pig’s Adventure” is presented at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Stifel Theatre, 1400 Market.
SPRINGFIELD: Comedy giant Jerry Seinfeld brings his standup show at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Hammons Hall.
The Friends of the Library’s semi-annual book sale runs Thursday through Sunday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E*Plex.
Also at the Ozark Empire Fairground, the Walking Horse Fall Classic runs Friday and Saturday. The American Kennel Club’s Obedience Trials run Friday through Sunday in the Annex.
“Kindred Spirits” TV hosts Amy Bruni and Adam Berry give a talk on hauntings at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Gillioz Theater.
The Red Shoes Gala formal dinner and dance fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks runs 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday at the White river Conference Center, 600 W. Sunshine.
The 32nd annual Wine and Food Celebration, showcasing area restauranteurs and craft beer, is offered Sunday at the White River Conference Center, 600 W Sunshine.
EUREKA SPRINGS, ARK.: The Mad Hatter Ball is offered from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Crescent Hotel, 75 Prospect.
FORT SMITH, Ark.: Comic Rodney Carrington performs at 7 p.m. Friday at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center.
JOPLIN: The Spiva Arts Center, Fourth and Wall, offers its 48-hour Film Competition: Halloween Edition, at 6 p.m. Friday.
TULSA, Okla.: Comic Dane Cook performs at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at the River Spirit Events Center.
At Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St., the U.S. National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show opens Friday and runs through Oct. 26 in the Expo Square.
PITTSBURG, Kan.: At the Kansas Crossing Casino, comics Mark Poolos and Brandon Patrick give a show at 8 p.m. Thursday. Richie Holliday and Shawna Blake perform at 8 p.m Oct. 24.
KANSAS CITY: Happy Harvest Hour, a sampling from KC breweries, is offered from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Starlight Theater in Swope Park.
The Royal American Livestock Show runs through Oct. 27 at Hale Arena on the American Royal Center grounds.
LAWRENCE, Kan.: Humorist David Seders gives a show at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Lied Center at KU.
ST. LOUIS: A celebration of the artistry of Ella Fitzgerald will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Jazz St. Louis, 3636 Washington Ave.
SPRINGFIELD: The Rutledge-Wilson Farm offers its annual Harvest Fest Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27 at 3825 W. Far Road 146.
The Pets and Pumpkins Festival is offered at noon in the downtown square.
Bacon Fest runs noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the E*Plex east hall of the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
BRANSON: Silver Dollar City’s Harvest Festival runs daily through Oct. 26.
ROGERSVILLE: The Dragonfest Renaissance Faire runs 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Springfield Riding Club, 5964 South Hwy. NN.
EUREKA SPRINGS: The Rotary Club’s Oktoberfest runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. oSaturday on Center Street.
CARTHAGE: The Maple Leaf Festival moves into high gear this weekend. The 39th annual Car show and Cruise Night runs Friday and Saturday in the square. The 54th annual Marching Band Festival starts at noon at Huffier Stadium, 2700 S. River. The “Three Minutes of Fame Lip Sync Contest” is offered at 7 p.m. Thursday at Carthage High School, 714 S. Main. The carnival opens at 5 p.m. nightly. The fourth annual bake sale and pie contest runs 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at 404 E. Third. The 5K run is at 6 p.m. Friday. The parade is at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
TULSA, Okla.: The Linde Oktoberfest runs Friday and Saturday at River West Festival Park, 2100 s. Jackson Ave.
CLAREMORE, Okla.: Shepherd’s Cross, 16792 E. 450 Road, runs its Pumpkin Festival through Nov. 9.
KANSAS CITY: The Great Pumpkin Fest runs through Oct. 27 at the Worlds of Fun theme park.
The KC Music and Dance Festival runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the amphitheater at Shawnee Mission Park in Shawnee, Kan. Performers include Kris Jones, the Jeremiah Johnson Band, Stone Senate and Creed Fisher on Saturday; and Wesley Pruitt, Kree Harrison from “American Idol,” the Wilson Brothers Band and the Steel Woods.
HERMANN: Oktoberfest opens in Hermann Saturday and runs every weekend through the month, with activities downtown and at the nearby wineries.
ST. LOUIS: The Purina Farms Howl-o-ween Fest runs Friday through Sunday and again next weekend at 100 Checkerboard Dr.