Local Entertainment and Events March 23-30
1. Tulsa Ballet, a world-class company, presents one of the masterpieces, Tchaikovsky's "Swam Lake," at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 S. Second St. If you loved Natalie Portman in "Black Swan," you will love this production created for Houston Ballet with original choreography, a step into another world with best views from the elevated balcony seats.
2. One of the most important composers active today, John Adams, has his "Gospel According to the Other Mary" played by the St. Louis Symphony with soloists — including three countertenors — and chorus at 8 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Powell Hall, Delmar and Grand in St. Louis, prior to conductor David Robertson taking the concert to Carnegie Hall in NYC. This will be a rare opportunity to hear a a very substantial new work even before New York audiences.
3. The 27th annual annual Kite Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, seven miles south of Eureka Springs, Ark., on Highway 23 South, will be Saturday. Participants can bring their own or receive help building a kite. It's a colorful event in a scenic place, a nice day outdoors.
SPRINGFIELD: At the Gillioz Theater, 325 Park Central East, REO Speedwagon and Michael Tolcher play at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
At the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, the Missouri State University Symphony Orchestra plays at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The MSU All-Bands concert is offered at 7:30 p.m. on March 28.
The Missouri State University Chorale performs at 6 p.m. on Sunday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 3555 S. Fremont.
The Evangel University Symphonic Band plays at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Barnett Recital Hall.
Drury University jazz combos play at 6 p.m. on Friday at Drury's Commercial Street Gallery, 233 E. Commercial.
Drury University Singers perform at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, 820 E. Cherry.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: At the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson, the Janoska Ensemble plays at 7 p.m. on March 28. The acoustic duo Still on a Hill plays at 7 p.m. on March 30.
At George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson, playing this week are Richard Burnett and Mudhawk on Thursday, Jason Boland and the Stragglers on Friday, Shovels and Rope on Saturday, the Show Ponies on Sunday, Nick Swaim and Triple Threat on March 29 and the Victor Wooten Trio on March 30.
The Nois Saxophone Quartet plays at 7:30 p.m. on March 27 at the Stella Boyle Smith Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 340 N. Garland Ave.
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.: The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors perform at 7 p.m. on March 28 at the Auditorium, 36 S. Main.
JOPLIN: The world famous Academy of St. Martin in the Fields orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Taylor Performing Arts Center at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. Works include the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 and the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 with with pianist Inon Barnatan plus Mozart's Symphony No. 29 and Copland's "Quiet City."
At the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, playing this week are Asphalt Cowboys on Friday and Saturday.
MIAMI, Okla.: Riders in the Sky performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Coleman Theater, 103 N. Main.
WYANDOTTE, Okla.: Country musician Shawna Russell performs at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Indigo Sky Casino, 70220 E. Highway 60.
TULSA, Okla.: At the River Spirit Casino, 8330 Riverside Parkway, Brad Paisley plays at 8 p.m. on Thursday. REO Speedwagon plays at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
The rock band Kansas gives a 40th anniversary performance for the first time of its complete classic album "Leftoverture" at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady St.
George Thoroughgood and the Destroyers and Paralandra play on March 30 at the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa.
At Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, playing this week are the Casey Donahew Band, BC and the Big Rig on Thursday; Shovels and Rope plus Matthew Logan Vasquez on Friday; Excision, Cookie Monsta, Barely Alive and Dion Timmer on Sunday; and Split Lip Rayfield and Vagiarrius on March 30.
The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors perform a free concert at 7 p.m. on March 29 at the Robson Performing Arts Center, 101 E. Stuart in Claremore.
BARTLESVILLE, Okla.: The Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra plays a concert of "Spanish Fire" at 7:30 p.m. on March 25 at the Bartlesville Community Center, 300 S.E. Adams Blvd. Featured work is Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" with guitarist Jennifer Kim.
PITTSBURG, Kan.: A debut concert for the Tomlinson harpsichord, a French-style two-manual new instrument modeled after a late 1700s version, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on March 30 at the Bicknell Family Center, 1711 S. Homer. Pittsburg State University faculty and students will collaborate in a concert of music from the French and German 17th and 18th centuries.
The PSU Percussion Ensemble will play at 7:30 p.m. on March 27 at McCray Hall, 205 E. Lindburg.
KANSAS CITY: The Kansas City Symphony plays Sibelius's Second Symphony and offers the world premier of Rautavaara's Violin Concerto, plus the overture to Nielsen's "Maskarade" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway.
The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra led by Keith Lockhart presents a concert of Gershwin's music at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Kauffman Center.
The Heartland Men's Chorus gives its spring concert with the theme "Identity" at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St.
The Oak Ridge Boys play at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Kauffman Center.
Bring Me the Horizon, Underoath and Beartooth play at 7 p.m. on March 28 at the Midland Theater, 1228 Main.
The American Brass Quintet plays at 7:30 p.m. on March 31 at the Lied Center at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
ST. LOUIS: Pre-baroque music specialists the Tallis Scholars perform at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell Blvd.
Brit Floyd, the Pink Floyd tribute band, performs at 8 p.m. Friday at the Peabody Opera House, 1400 Market.
At the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., the Celtic band Gaelic Storm plays at 8 p.m. on Thursday. The St. Louis Brass Band plays at 7:30 p.m. on March 28.
At the Pageant, 6161 Delmar, playing this week are Southern Soul Assembly on Thursday; Conor Oberst and the Felice Brothers play on Saturday.
At Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar, Fivefold, Welcome Home and City of Parks play on Saturday.
SPRINGFIELD: Springfield Contemporary Theater presents Jon Baitz's "Other Desert Cities" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, and more shows next weekend at Pershing St. and Robberson Ave.
Springfield Contemporary Theater's Sunday Songbook series continues with director Rick Dines and music director Alex Huff offering a cabaret-style stage show at 7 p.m. on Sunday at 431 S. Jefferson.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: TheatreSquare presents Lynn Nottage's play "Intimate Apparel" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 67:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. March 29 and 30, with more shows through April 16 at 505 W. Spring St.
CARTHAGE: Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre presents Pat Cook's play "Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner" at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, preceded one hour by a meal.
JOPLIN: The mystery-comedy classic "Arsenic and Old Lace" is presented at 7:30 p.m. March 29 and 30 with more shows through next weekend at the Joplin Little Theater, 3009 W. First St.
Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin, 21st and Annie Baxter Ave., presents the play "A Little Princess" at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
TULSA, Okla.: Aristophanes' play "Lysistrata" is presented at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Tulsa University's Lorton Performance Center, 550 Gary Place.
At the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 S. Second St., the ensemble Sheridan Road offers a revue of romantic songs at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Williams Theatre. TV's Adam Savage and YouTube's Michael Stevens offer a show of surprising tools and amazing demonstration in "Brain Candy: Live" at 7 p.m. on March 29 in the Chapman Music Hall.
KANSAS CITY: A touring production of "Beautiful: the Carole King Musical" is offered at 7:30 p.m. on March 28-30, with more shows through next weekend at the Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St.
The Kansas City Conservatory of Music presents Handel's opera "Rodelinda" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry.
Disney on Ice presents "Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart" at 7 p.m. March 29, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on March 30, with more shows through April 2 at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd.
The Kansas City Ballet performs at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Kemper Museum of Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd.
The Quality Hill Playhouse presents "Unchained Melody," a revue of pop songs from the 1950s, runs through April 9 at 303 W. 10th St.
Nick Payne's play "Constellations" runs Wednesday through Sunday, continuing through April 2 at the Copaken Stage,13th and Walnut.
Danai Gurira's play "Eclipsed" runs through April 2 at the Unicorn Theater, 3828 Main.
"She Loves Me," a musical by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, has shows at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Musical Heritage Heritage at Crown Center, Grand Blvd. and Pershing Road, with shows running through April 9.
Shakespeare's "The Tempest" is presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan., with more shows next weekend.
A stage version of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" has shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. March 29 and 30 and more shows through April 16 at the Spencer Theatre, 4949 Cherry.
COLUMBIA: A stage version of Lucy Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables" is presented at 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at Launder Auditorium, 901 Rogers at Columbia College.
ST. LOUIS: At the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand, "Motown the Musical" runs through Sunday.
Grandmaster Dalhachi Oguchi and St. Louis Osuwa Taiko dance and music ensemble performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus.
John Logan's play "Never the Sinner" opens Thursday and runs through April 2 at the New Jewish Theater at the Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur.
St. Louis Repertory Theater, at the Loretto Hilton Center on the Webster University campus in Webster Groves, presents Marco Ramirez's play "The Royale" through Sunday. The musical "Million Dollar Quartet" runs through April 9 at the Loretto Hilton Center at Webster University in Webster Groves.
Robert Dubac's one-man play "The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?" runs through Sunday at the Westport Plaza Playhouse, 630 Westport Plaza.
SPRINGFIELD: The George Carden Circus will perform afternoon and evening shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the J.Q. Hammons Arena.
The Ozark Empire PRCA Pro Rodeo runs Friday through Sunday in the arena at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.
TULSA, Okla.: The Secret Keeper Girls Purple Party Tour is offered at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis Ave.
ST. LOUIS: Comic Paula Poundstone performs at 7 .m. on Saturday at the Sheldon Concert Hall.
Comic Gary Owen performs on Friday at the Pageant.
SPRINGFIELD: Lunafest, featuring nine short films with stories about women, will be offered from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on March 25 at the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Dr.
COLUMBIA: The Missouri Folk Fest, rescheduled, offers a single night with new artists showcased at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Blue Note, 17 N. Ninth St.