Local Entertainment and Events Feb. 20-27
1. The Ozark Festival Orchestra presents its Soloist Showcase/Young Artists Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center, west of Price Cutter. The concert has six soloists and a trio, pieces from Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and “Bugler’s Holiday” to showpieces from Vivaldi to Rachmaninoff, a rainbow of styles and talent on display.
2. Country music star Tanya Tucker and Brandy Clark perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Gillioz Theater, 325 Park Central East in Springfield. Tucker, now over 60, with a lowered aged voice, sings with more grit and pathos than ever, giving new life to country music.
3. Les Ballets Trocadero de Monte Carlo, the internationally acclaimed male dance company dancing in traditional ballerina apparel, perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Ark. The ballet-trained Trocs are the toast of NYC with their annual “Nutcracker,” and will be a joy to see in the Ozarks.
SPRINGFIELD: The Evangel University Sinfonia and University Orchestra play at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Barnett Recital Hall not he Evangel campus.
Missouri State University Jazz Symposium offers its first concert at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the Wehr Band Hall, 625 S. Clay Ave. near the Hammons Hall.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: At George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson, playing this week are Borgore on Thursday, Monk is King and a tribute concert to Sublime by Lou Dog on Saturday; Colony House on Sunday; Om, Wovenhand and Bones of the Earth on Feb. 24; Chris Renzema Ry Cox on Feb. 25; Twiddle and Kitchen Dwellers on Feb. 26; Shame Smith and the Saints and RC and the Ambers on Feb. 27; Freddy Todd, Dorfex Bos with Fractal Sky B2b Mesh on Feb. 28.
At the University of Arkansas Fine Arts Center, 340 N. Garland Ave., UA Jazz Combos play at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25. UA faculty members flutist Catalina Ortega and pianist Miroslana Panayotova play at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26. The Razorbones trombone ensemble plays at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 27.
The University of Arkansas Wind ensemble plays its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Faulkner Performing Art Center, 453 N. Garland.
FORT SMITH, Ark.: At TempleLive, 200 N. 11th St., Candlebox plays at 7 p.m. Thursday.
POCOLA, Okla.: At the Choctaw Casino, west of Fort Smith, Rackensak plays on Friday. Lone Star Skynyrd plays on Saturday. Woodshed play on Feb. 28 .
WYANDOTTE, Okla.: At the Indigo Sky Casino, Sweet Trouble offers an acoustic concert at 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. Donnie Ray Stevens plays on Friday. Johnny Dale Roberts plays at 8 p.m. on Feb. 27.
At Club 60 West in the River Bend Casino, 100 Jackpot Place, Dewayne Bowman and the Swinging’ West Band plays a free show on Saturday.
JOPLIN: The Pro Musica concert series continues at 7 p.m. Thursday with the Horszowski Piano Trio at the Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, 3401 Newman Rd.
Northeastern State University flute professor Laura Pillman performs a recital at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in Corley Auditorium, 3950 E. Newman Rd. at Missouri Southern State University.
At the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, in the Sports Legend Bar, Mr. Lucky plays Friday, FM Live on Saturday, and the George Brothers on Feb. 26. In Lover’s Leap, the Widowmakers play Friday and Saturday.
MIAMI, Okla.: Dead Metal Society plays at 8 p.m. Saturday at Buffalo Run Casino.
TULSA, Okla.: Styx plays at 8 p.m. Thursday at the River Spirit Events Center, 8330 Riverside Parkway.
At the Tulsa BOK Center, 200 S. Denver, rapper DaBaby performs at 8 p.m. Friday. Country musicians Brantley Gilbert, Dylan Scott and Brandon Lay play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Country musician Josh Turner and MamaDear perform, at 8:30 p.m. on Friday at the Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady.
At Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main, playing this week are Young Dolph, Key Glock and DJ Bigg Rich on Thursday; Black Tiger Sex Machine, Blanke and Vamps on Friday; Nghtmre, Crankdat, Wavedash and Black AM on Feb. 26.
PITTSBURG, Kan.: At the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 S. Homer, the Pittsburg State University Wind Ensemble plays at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Grammy nominated singer songwriter Jennifer Knapp performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
KANSAS CITY: The orchestra Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin performs Pachelbel’s Canon, J.S. Bach’s Double Concerto and works by Handel, CPE Bach, Scarlatti and Vivaldi at 7:30 p.m Friday at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St.
Jazz vocalist Stacey Kent offers a program of Bossa Nova, jazz standards and newer songs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Folly Theater.
At the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, Hollyn performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Electro-soul producer Michael Menert performs with Recycled Funk and My Pet Monster at 9 p.m. Friday.
At the Midland Theatre, 1228 Main, Nghtmre, Kompany, Wavedash and Black AM play at 8 p.m. on Thursday.
The KC Conservatory of Music Choirs perform contemporary works in “Celebration of Peace” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Community of Christ Temple, 1001 W. Walnut. The conservatory’s Graduate Fellowship Brass Quintet plays works by J.S. Bach, Albinoni and contemporary pieces at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak.
At Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan., the Choir of Man performs at 8 p.m. Friday in Yardley Hall. Winterlude, an ensemble of sax and violin, plays Ellington, Monk, the Beatles and more at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Polsky Theatre.
ST. LOUIS: At Powell Hall, Grand and Delmar, the St. Louis Symphony gives a concert with the In Unison Choir celebrating Black History Month at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Aaron Neville Duo plays with the orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. A concert of Prokofiev's children's fable “Peter and the Wolf” is presented at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Rappers Yo Gotti, Lil Baby, Boosie Badazz and Lil Durk perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Chaifetz Arena, Market and Lindell Blvd.
The country music quartet Little Big Town performs at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand.
At the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Ave., Kathy Mattea performs at 8 p.m. Friday. Melba Moore and Howard Hewett perform at 8 p.m. Saturday. The Route 66 Jazz Orchestra plays at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25.
The Jupiter String Quartet plays works by Mozart, Schubert and Kati Agocs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Ave. at Washington University.
Voices8 and the Crossroads Quartet play at 8 p.m. Friday at the St. Louis Basilica, 4431 Lindell Blvd.
The traditional Irish band Dervish performs at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-SLU.
This week at the Pageant, 6161 Delmar, performing are Grace Potter and Devon Gilfillian on Thursday; Falling in Reverse, Escape the Fate and The Word Alive on Sunday; Nghtmre, Crankdat, Wavedash and Black AM on Feb. 25.
At Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Blvd., We Were Promised Jetpacks, Slaughter Beach and Dog play on Thursday. A tribute concert to Kansas is offered on Saturday. Twiddle and Kitchen Dwellers play on Sunday.
SPRINGFIELD: Missouri State University presents William Inge’s play “Picnic” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24-27 in the Craig Hall Balcony Theatre, west of National at Grand, with more weekend shows through March 3.
The final performance of a touring production of the musical “Waitress,” with music by Sara Bareilles, is presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, 525 S. Hammons Parkway.
Final performances of Springfield Little Theatre's production of Jerry Herman's musical “Hello Dolly” are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut in Springfield.
Springfield Contemporary Theater’s production of Tom Morton-Smith’s play about the “father of the atomic bomb,” “Oppenheimer,” presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, with more shows through March 1 at Pershing and Robberson Ave. in Springfield.
Drury University presents four new one-act plays at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27, with more shows next weekend, in its Sunderland Studio Theatre, near Clara Thompson Hall. Plays include “Family Style” by Larry Linda; “2917” by Keith Sanders; “Crossed” by Cary Pepper and “Gentle Crazy” by Don Gordon.
OZARK: Stained Glass Theater, 1996 W. Evangel, Kay and Dick Marchand’s play “Living With Style” has shows as 7 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with more weekend shows through March 21.
BRANSON: The Branson Regional Arts Council presents a stage version of “The Wizard of Oz” with local performers, at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, with more weekend shows through March 1 at the Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial St.
ROGERS: Arkansas Public Theater presents the Disney musical “Newsies” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Victory Theater, 116 S. Second St.
SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark.: John Brown University’s theater department presents Lauren Gunderson’s play “Silent Sky” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Berry Performing Arts Center, West Valley Drive.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: At the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson, the Peking Acrobats perform at 7 p.m. on Feb. 25.
University of Arkansas Theater Department presents John Walch’s play “In the Book Of” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the UA Black Box Theater at the Global Campus Building, 2 E. Center St.
Holland Taylor’s play “Ann,” a portrait of Texas politician Ann Richards, is presented by Theatre Squared, 477 W. Spring St., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27, with more shows through March 29.
JOPLIN: Missouri Southern State University’s music and drama departments present the Abba musical “Mamma Mia!” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Joplin High School Performing Arts Center, 2104 S. Indiana Ave.
MIAMI, Okla.: “Matilda: the Musical” is presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, 200 I Street N.E.
Miami Little Theater presents Robert Harli’s play “Steel Magnolia at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Coleman Theatre, 103 N. Main.
TULSA, Okla.: At the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 S Second St., the Broadway musical “Godspell” is presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday in the John H. Williams Theatre. Tracy Letts’ play “August: Osage County” is presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Liddy Doenges Theatre.
The University of Tulsa presents Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Feb. 27, with more shows through next weekend at Kendall Hall in the Chapman Theatre, 2721 E. Eighth St.
PITTSBURG, Kan.: A student performance of a stage version of the novel “Freaky Friday” is presented at 7 p.m. Friday ands 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pittsburg memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine.
KANSAS CITY: KC Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway.
Danny Hodges’ play “King Solomon Lives: A Nubian Love Story” is presented at 4 and 8 p.m. Sunday at the Midland Theater, 1228 Main.
The KC Conservatory of Music and Dance presents its Senior Dance Capstone Project with totally different shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry.
Matt Cox’s play “Puffs: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years At A Certain School of Magic and Magic” opens Feb. 25 and runs through March 22 at the Coterie Theater at Crown Center, Grand Blvd. at Pershing Road.
“Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: the Musical” is presented at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.
ROLLA: A touring production of “Driving Miss Daisy” with Clarence Gilyard and Sheree Wilson is presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Leach Theater, 400 W. Tenth St.
ST. LOUIS: The 20th anniversary touring production of the Broadway musical “Rent” is presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand. The Broadway musical hit “The Band’s Visit” is presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25-27, with more shows through March 8.
Idris Goodwin's play “Ghost” is presented at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Grandel Theater, with more weekend shows through March 1 at the Grandel Theater, 3610 Grandel Place, across from Powell Hall.
St. Louis University presents George Bernard Shaw's “Saint Joan of Arc” at 8 p.m. Feb. 27, with more shows through March 1 at the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand Blvd.
Max McLean gives his one-man show of author C.S. Lewis in “The Most Reluctant Convert” at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-SLU. St. Louis Repertory Theater at the Loretto Hilton Center on the Webster University campus in Webster Grove presents Charles Ludlam's comic play “The Mystery of Irma Vep” runs at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Feb. 25-26, 8 p.m. Feb. 27, with more shows through March 8.
Black Repertory Theater presents Ntozake Shange’s play “Spell #7” at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Feb. 27, with more shows through March 8.
“Flanagan Wake,” an interactive Irish wake, a hit for Chicago Theater Works, is presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and Feb. 27, with more shows running through March 21 at the Westport Plaza Playhouse, Paige and I-270.
Jacklyn Backhaus’s play “Men On Boats,” recounting John Wesley Powell’s expedition down the Green and Colorado rivers cast with actors identifying as female or gender fluid, is presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Edison Theatre at Washington University, 6465 Forsyth Blvd., with more shows next weekend.
Stray Dog Theater presents final performances of Edward Albee's “Three Tall Women” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at 2336 Tennessee Ave.
Kirsten Greenidge’s play “Milk Like Sugar” will be presented at 12:45 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Florissant Valley Theater at the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College, 3221 McKelvey Rd. in Bridgeton.
SPRINGFIELD: The Springfield Bird and All Pet Show runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds Annex.
REEDS SPRING: The Rock House, 41 High St., will present a square dance at 7 p.m. Friday with old-time music offered by Jim Nelson, Dedo Norris, Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains.
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.: The Jokers Masquerade Costume Ball runs 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center, 205 W. Van Buren, with a Royal Mini Parade, dancing and costume contest.
The annual Mardi Gras parade runs 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday through the downtown. Be warned — parking is hard to get.
The Beer Can and Breweriana Collectors Show runs 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center.
FORT SMITH, Ark.: At the Fort Smith Convention Center, 55 S. Seventh St, a Pardi Gras is offered at 6 p.m. on Saturday, with live music, a Cajun dinner and dancing with music by Memphis Soul.
TULSA, Okla.: At Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St., the Midwest Arms Collector Gun and Knife Show runs Saturday and Sunday in the River Spirit Expo Hall. The Oddities and Curiosities Expo runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Central Park Hall. The Akdar Shrine Circus opens Feb. 27 and runs through next weekend in the Pavilion.
The fifth annual Tulsa Mardi Gras Masquerade will be held from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday at Enso Bar and Unicorn Club, 230 E. First St.
PITTSBURG, Kan.: At the Kansas Crossing Casino, 1275 S. Hwy. 69 Country, comic Jamie Kennedy performs at 8 p.m. on Feb. 27.
KANSAS CITY: At the Uptown Theater, a Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball is offered at 8 p.m. Friday. Comic Tig Notaro performs at 7 p.m. Feb. 27.
The 10th annual “Mardi Gras: Beans, Beads and Booze” event runs 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the American Jazz Museum 1616 E. 18th St.
ST. LOUIS: Comic Jim Gaffigan performs at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Stifel Theater, 1400 Market.
Professional Bull Riders give their Border Patrol Invitational at 5 p.m. Saturday and 1:45 p.m. Sunday at the Enterprise Center, 1401 Clark Ave.
The Ballroom Dance Academy of St. Louis offers its Mardi Gras social at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Grandel, 3610 Grandel Square, across from Powell Hall.
Comics Ricky Royal, Charlie Winfrey Larry Greene, Nick Nichols and Libbie Higgins perform on the theme “But Baby, I Love You” at 8 p.m. Friday at the Sun Theater, 3625 Grandel Square.
Comics Nikki Glaser, Andrew Collin and Anya Marina perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pageant, 6161 Delmar.
The annual Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., runs through March 22.
SPRINGFIELD: Missouri State University holds its Composition Festival of new music with concerts at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and 25 at Ellis Hall, west of National and north of Grand.
COLUMBIA: Africa Fest 2020 runs 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday with an African market at the Community United Methodist Church, 3301 W. Broadway on Friday and a gala performance at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Missouri Theater, 203 S. Ninth St.