This Week

Highlights from the RFT's "Calendar"
Wednesday/21
Barbara Carroll and Jay Leonhart perform a tribute to Jerome Kern through April 24 at Jazz at the Bistro, in Grand Center. (see Concerts)

St. Louis Community College-Forest Park presents Contagion of the Night, by St. Louisan Paul Guzzardo, as part of City Artfest through April 25 at the college's performing-arts center. If you're obsessing about the upcoming millennium switch, this is the play for you. (see Performing Arts)

If it's not the millennium but basic fears about abandonment in time and space you're worried about, check out the St. Louis Black Repertory Company's production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot (directed by Joneal Joplin) through May 16 at the Grandel Theatre. (see Performing Arts)

Thursday/22
Author Tom Wolfe (A Man in Full, Bonfire of the Vanities) speaks as part of the 1999 Speakers Series tonight at Powell Symphony Hall. (See Literary Events)

If you haven't gotten enough university Shakespeare with Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville's Hamlet and St. Louis University's Midsummer Night's Dream, the Fontbonne College fine-arts department presents the chilly story of A Winter's Tale through April 24 in the Fine Arts Theatre. If that's still not enough, check out what opens tomorrow at Webster! (see Performing Arts)

Friday/23
Lay on, Macduff. Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts presents William Shakespeare's Macbeth through April 27 at the Loretto-Hilton Center. Surveys show that this is the most often produced of the Bard's plays. It's also the shortest. Coincidence? (see Performing Arts)

Hans Vonk conducts the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in an orchestral concert of works by Mozart, with guest pianist Emanuel Ax, tonight and tomorrow at Powell Symphony Hall. (see Concerts)

The Chieftains follow up the release of their latest album, Tears of Stone, with a concert at the Fox Theatre. These guys are known for combining traditional Irish tunes with popular music, and their concerts always seem to have a special guest, so the ticket price always includes a bonus prize. (see Concerts)

Double in, double out. Hammer for the toss. If you have any idea what these things mean, you should be heading out to the 27th annual Blueberry Hill Dart Tournament in the University City Loop. Try for your share of the 20 grand in cash prizes. (see Sports)

Saturday/24
Pride St. Louis' Rainbow Volleyball Tournament, benefiting PrideFest '99, is held at Bridges Nightclub, in Granite City, Ill. (see Sports)

Slay the fatted calf for the return of Missouri's prodigal daughter as Sheryl Crow performs at the Fox Theatre, with Semisonic opening. (see Concerts)

The Armed Forces Museum of St. Louis hosts a World War II Weekend, marking the 55th anniversary of D-Day with historic re-enactments, displays and a concert by the Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble, today and tomorrow at Jefferson Barracks Park. (see Special Events)

If they tell you to go fly a kite today, it's OK -- they're just talking about the Great St. Louis Kite Festival, benefiting the Mathews-Dickey Boys Club and Forest Park Forever, held in the Central Fields of Forest Park. If they tell you to go fly a kite tomorrow, something's wrong. (see Special Events)

Cafe Danielle hosts the second annual Underwood Reading, with 19 local poets reading from their works, for six hours, right next door to Left Bank Books. Keep the coffee coming -- you just might need it. (see Literary Events)

Sunday/25
University City's annual Spring House Tour of some extravagant and historic homes is held today. (see Special Events)

Uncover some of St. Louis' rich ethnic diversity as the Thai Association of Greater St. Louis hosts its traditional Thai New Year's fete, the Songkran Festival, all day at the Buddhist Temple of St. Louis. Everyone is welcome, so check it out -- could change your whole outlook. (see Special Events)

Metro Theater Company presents A Short Hike on a Long Trail (better than a long walk off a short pier) at the St. Louis University High School Performing Arts Center. (see Performing Arts)

R&B quartet Dru Hill performs at the Fox Theatre tonight with Faith Evans, Total and Case. (see Concerts)

Monday/26
This week most of the Webster University musical ensembles perform at one venue or another, and tonight the Webster University Big Band gives its final concert of the semester in the Winifred Moore Auditorium. (see Concerts)

Tuesday/27
Former Westminster Abbey organist Simon Preston presents some hallowed works at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. (see Concerts)

They're back in town -- for a few days, anyhow, after an almost two-week road trip. The St. Louis Cardinals play the first of three games against the leather- lunged boys from a mile up, the Colorado Rockies, at Busch Stadium. (see Sports)

Wednesday/28
The Kirkwood Public Library Book Fair opens with a $5 preview night tonight; then, through May 2, admission is free. (see Special Events)

Get in a partying mood -- the Poster Children perform tonight under the giant Amoco sign at the Hi-Pointe. (see Concerts)

 
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