This Week

Highlights from RFT's "Calendar"
Wednesday/6
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents the story of persecuted genius in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde through Feb. 5 at the Loretto-Hilton Center. (see Performing Arts)

The hypnotist Raven performs through Jan. 9 at Art Vieluf's Comedy Etc., in Fairview Heights, Ill. Don't volunteer to go onstage, or you'll wake up with your friends laughing at you while you look for your pants. (see Performing Arts)

Thursday/7
Take off to the Great White North when the All-Canada Show, featuring representatives from Canada's lodge, resort and outfitting industries, is held through Jan. 10 at the St. Charles Expo Hall. (see Special Events, eh?)

The St. Louis Blues play the Chicago Blackhawks in a game at Kiel Center. A tie is always better than a loss, but let's try to slap those boys from Chi-town, shall we? (see Sports)

Former presidential advisor George Stephanopoulos speaks at Powell Symphony Hall as part of the St. Louis Speaker Series. (see Lectures)

If you're up for some pickin' and grinnin', head out to the Bluegrass Music Festival, featuring performances by nine regional bands and guitar/banjo competitions, at the Days Inn in Eureka. The music continues through Jan. 10. (see Concerts)

Friday/8
The 15th annual Elvis Birthday Celebration features a 4-foot guitar-shaped birthday cake and contests for Elvis impersonators and trivia hounds. Steve Davis & the TCB Band perform live during the heart of the evening. (see Concerts and Special Events)

A bad day of fishing is always better than a good day at work, so find out how to get the most out of your angling afternoon at the Let's Go Fishing Show, which exhibits the finest in fishing tackle, accessories and fishing boats, at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville, Ill., through Jan. 10. (see Special Events)

The Junior League of St. Louis hosts the St. Louis Flower Show, through Jan. 10 at America's Center. (see Special Events)

The clown princes of the basketball court, the Harlem Globetrotters, play their unique brand of B-ball at downtown's Kiel Center. (see Sports)

One person can make a difference, and every "one" helps, as MetroBike hosts another of its Polar Bear Bike and Breathe Easy bicycle commutes. The ride begins at the Turkish Pavilion in Tower Grove Park and ends at downtown locations. (see Sports)

The West End Players Guild presents a staged reading of Zona Gale's drama Miss Lulu Bett this weekend at the Union Avenue Christian Church. (see Performing Arts)

Beneath the Surface, a collection of canvas drop cloths by such national fiber artists as Jane Sauer, Clare Versteegen and Gina D'Ambrosio, opens today and runs through February in the Anheuser-Busch Gallery of the Center of Contemporary Arts. (see Exhibit Openings)

Craft Alliance hosts two gallery openings: Inspired by Nature, an exhibit by Eddie Dominguez, Jeff Irwin and Kate Wagle of functional and sculptural crafts ranging from realism to abstraction, in the Mae Whitaker Gallery; and Shrines & Monuments, an exhibition in clay by Richard Wehrs in the Stix Friedman Gallery. (see Exhibit Openings)

Saturday/9
An Evening of Stars, a benefit for the United Negro College Fund featuring a live performance by the Thomas Person Quartet and televised performances by Stevie Wonder, Boys II Men and more, is held at the Anheuser-Busch Headquarters. (see Concerts)

Vocal artist Carol Genetti performs with Eric Leonardson and Scott Marshall in a concert brought to the Forum for Contemporary Art by New Music Circle. (see Concerts)

Webster University's 12th annual Juried Student Photography Exhibit, by students enrolled in Webster University's photography program, opens in the May Photography Gallery on the campus. (see Exhibit Openings)

Unposed, black-and-white portrait photography of Rita Silen, is the inaugural exhibit at the Renaissance Photography Gallery in the Midtown Arts Center. (see Exhibit Openings)

The third annual Bing Devine Major League Sports Clinic, for youth baseball and softball players, is held at the Washington University Field House. Training seminars, lectures and a silent auction are featured. (see Sports)

The St. Louis University Billikens men's basketball team plays host to Tulane in an afternoon game at Kiel Center. (see Sports)

The St. Louis Ambush plays the Milwaukee Wave in a game at Kiel Center. (see Sports)

Sunday/10
The St. Louis Ambush plays the Wichita Wings at Kiel Center. (see Sports)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch cultural-news editor Robert W. Duffy moderates Making a Difference, a panel discussion on religious leaders who have affected the city of St. Louis, at the Missouri Historical Society Library & Research Center. (see Education)

Monday/11
Kevin McCameron from Intermission Magazine discusses his publication, views and visions at the meeting of the Backstage Theatre Club at the Focal Point. (see Lectures)

Tuesday/12
Ensemble Ouabache (pronounced Wabash), a baroque chamber group, performs an All-Telemann concert with countertenor Steven Richards in Washington University's Umrath Hall. Hey, if it ain't baroque, don't fix it. (see Concerts)

Wednesday/13
Oscar, Elmo and the whole gang again take their show on the road, pulling into Kiel Center with the Sesame Street Live production of When I Grow Up, which continues through Jan. 17. (see Performing Arts)

The songwriting triumvirate of Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell, collectively known as Cry Cry Cry, performs at the Edison Theatre. (see Concerts)

The Sheldon Concert Hall hosts Hans Vonk conducting members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and local musicians in a chamber-music concert featuring works by Stravinsky. (see Concerts)

 
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