Local Entertainment and Events July 27-Aug. 3
1. The 81st annual Ozark Empire Fair opens Thursday on the north end of Springfield. Livestock shows, rides, fine arts created by local residents, fair food and live entertainment continue through Aug. 5. Live entertainment in the arena this week includes Daughtry on Thursday, Randy Houser and Lindsay Eli on Friday, the Outlaw Nationals Monster Truck Show on Saturday, For King and Country with Zach Williams on Sunday, Demolition Derby on Aug. 1, and the Extreme Invitational Rodeo on Aug. 3. This is the biggest event of the summer and worth a trip at some point during its run.
2. The 49th annual Brumley Sing, one of the biggest gospel music celebrations of the year, honoring area native and "I'll Fly Away" composer Albert E. Brumley, opens Aug. 2 and runs through next weekend at the Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis in Tulsa, Okla. Opening show at 7 p.m. on Aug. 2 features Dailey and Vincent, Karen Peck and New River, the Diplomats, the Kingsmen Quartet, Gold City and Tim Lovelace. The 7 p.m. show on Aug. 3 features Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers in their only appearance, the Nelons, Jeff and Sheri East, the Erwins and Tim Lovelace.
3. Tulsa offers world class ballet. The Summer Heat International Dance Festival at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 S. Second St., opens with a gala at 8 p.m. on Thursday, the Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve presenting "Carmina Burana" at 8 p.m. on Friday. The Paul Taylor Dance Company performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve presents "Glory" at 8 p.m. on Aug. 1. Shows are in the big Chapman Music Hall. Unless you sit very close, the best seats are in the balconies, so bring field glasses for the best view.
SPRINGFIELD: At the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, Tesla and Voices of Extreme play at 8 p.m. on Aug. 1. Seether, Poison, Letters from the Fire and Big Story play at 8 p.m. on Aug. 2.
The Missouri Jazz Orchestra performs at 7 p.m. on Aug. 1 at Cartoons, 1614 S. Glenstone.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: At George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson, playing this week are Richard Burnett and Mushawk on Friday, the 13th annual Jerry Garcia birthday party on Saturday plus Forgotten Space on Saturday.
SENECA: The Bo Philips plays at 9 p.m. on Saturday at the Bordertown Casino.
TULSA, Okla.: Florida Georgia Line, Nelly and Chris Lane perform on Thursday at the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver.
At Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, That 90's Party is offered on Saturday. The Senior Star Round-Up with Cowboy Jones and the Round Up Boys performs on Sunday. Frank Foster appears at 7 p.m. on Aug. 3.
KANSAS CITY: Lyle Lovett and his Large Band perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Lied Center at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
The Branford Marsalis Quartet and vocalist Kurt Elling play jazz at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway.
The band alt-J performs at 8 p.m. on Aug. 3 at the Starlight Theater in Swope Park.
The Vi Tran band plays Thursday and Friday at 9 p.m. at the Argosy Casino in Riverside.
At Crossroads at Grinders, 147 E. 18th St., the Floozies, Big Wild, the Russ Liquid Test and Gekko play on Friday.
A concert of Kansas City songs of World War I are presented at 6 p.m. on Aug. 3 at the WWI National World War I Museum, 100 W. 26th St. on Aug. 3.
Country musician Corey Smith plays an outdoor concert at 7 p.m. on Aug. 3 at 13th and Walnut.
ST. LOUIS: At the Hollywood Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, country music stars Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi play at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Incubus and Jimmy Eat World plus Judah and the Lion perform at 6:45 p.m. on Aug. 1.
Lyle Lovett and his Large Band plays at 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Peabody Opera House, 1400 Market.
SPRINGFIELD: The Springfield Improv Theater continues its monthly superhero parody shows with a reading of "Superman vs. Batman (Part Deux)" at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at 308 South Ave.
OZARK: Ron Boutwell’s play “Reclamation Conspiracy” runs through Aug. 12 at the Stained Glass Theater, 1996 Evangel.
ROGERS, Ark.: Arkansas Public Theater, 116 S. Second St., presents a stage version of "The Wedding Singer," opening at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Aug. 3 with more shows through Aug. 13.
FORT SMITH, Ark.: A stage version of "The Secret Garden" is presented by Fort Smith Little Theatre, 401 N. Sixth St., with shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Aug. 2 and more shows next weekend.
JOPLIN: Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. First St., presents "The Snow White Show" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
A stage version of “Anne of Green Gables” has shows at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday with more shows next weekend at Stained Glass Theater, 21st and Annie Baxter Road.
KANSAS CITY: A touring production of the Broadway hit "Something Rotten!" opens July 25 and runs at 8 p.m. through Saturday at the Starlight Theater in Swope Park.
The "Dancing With the Stars: Live" tour makes its final area stop at 8 p.m. on Aug. 2 at the Midland Theater, 1228 Main.
"Mystery Science Theater 3000: Live" offers a show at 8 p.m. on Aug. 3 at the Midland Theater.
"Garfield: the Musical" runs through Aug. 6 at the Coterie Theater at Crown Center.
“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” is presented at 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Aug. 5 at the theatre in the Park, 7710 Renner Rd. in Shawnee, Kan.
ARROW ROCK: The farewell tour of the Abba musical “Mamma Mia!” runs at the Lyceum Theater through July 30.
COLUMBIA: A stage version of "Disney's Tarzan" opens at 7 p.m. Thursday and runs through Sunday at Jesse Auditorium on the Mizzou campus.
"Disney's Beauty and the Beast" is presented at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at the Maplewood Barn Theater, 2900 E. Nifong Blvd., with more shows for the next two weekends.
ST. LOUIS: The Muny continues its season of musicals in the amphitheater at Forest Park with "A Chorus Line," opening Friday and running through Aug. 4. Shows are at 8 p.m.
The farewell tour of the Abba musical “Mamma Mia!” runs at Friday through Sunday at the Fox Theater, 527 N. Grand.
Stages St. Louis presents "9 to 5: the Musical" at 8 p.m. on Friday, with shows through Aug. 20 at the Robert Reim Theatre in the Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Rd.
"Ragtime: the Musical" opens Aug. 3 and runs Thursdays through Saturdays through Aug. 19 at the Stray Dog Theater, 2336b Tennessee Ave.
SRINGFIELD: The "Watercolor USA 2017" exhibit at the Springfield Art Museum runs through Aug. 27 at 1111 Brookside Dr.
A charity car, truck and bike show is offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Elks Lodge, 2223 E. Bennett.
The Springfield Craft Beer Bash, featuring more than 100 brews, runs 4 to 9 p.m. in Park Central Square.
JOPLIN: Comedian Rodney Carrington appears at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin.
TULSA, Okla.: Kristin Hensley and Jem Smedley of the duo #1MOMSOHARD offer comedy at 8 p.m. on Aug. 1 at the Cox Business Center Ballroom, Seventh and Houston.
At Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St., the American Buckskin 29th annual World Championship Show runs through Saturday at the Livestock Complex. The Home and Garden Expo of Okla. runs Friday through Sunday in the River Spirit Expo Hall. An RK Gun and Knife Show runs Saturday and Sunday in the Exchange Center. The Kansas Paint Horse Congress opens Aug. 2 and runs through next weekend. The All American Appaloosa Congress opens Aug. 3 and runs through next weekend in the Super Duty Arena.
Rodeos this week include the St. Jude Children's Hospital Benefit Rodeo on Friday in Skiatook, north of Tulsa.
KANSAS CITY: "War on the Catwalk," featuring performers from Season 9 of RuPaul's Drag Race, is offered at 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St.
The exhibit "Mummies of the World" runs through Jan. 2 at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd.
ST. LOUIS: "Bring It: Live," a brand new hip-hop majorette competition, is offered at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Peabody Opera House.
Comic and actor Joel McHale performs Friday and Saturday at the Helium Comedy Club, 1151 St. Louis Galleria St. Tom Green appears Aug. 3-5.
KANSAS CITY: The KC Fringe Festival offers plays and concerts nightly through Friday at Bolender Center, 500 W. Pershing Rd.; the Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Rd., Holy Cow Market, 3100 Gillham Rd.; Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Penn Valley Dr.; Musical heritage Theater at Crown Center; Outburst Theatre, 1715 Wyandott; Phosphor Studio, 1730 Broadway; Unicorn Jerome Stage, 3828 Main; Union Station City Stage, 30 W. Pershing Rd.; Westport Coffee House, 4010 Pennsylvania Ave.; and the Writer's Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Ave.
ST. LOUIS: The Neil LaBute New Theater Festival at the Gaslight Theater, 358 N. Boyle Ave., continues with the second group of plays through Sunday. Plays include “Hate Crime” by Neil LaBute, "How's Bruno" by Cary Pepper, and "Sin Titulo" by Tearrance Chrishom.