Pappadam Preach

Indian dance, Christian love

SAT 12/3


Face it: We like Jesus better when he's singing and dancing. From Godspell to Jesus Christ Superstar, it's obvious that the Son of God was born with jazz hands and happy feet. And in Preeti Nrityeshwar, an Indian dance interpretation of the Life and Resurrection of Christ, Jesus gets to flex his chops as Lord of Dance and Love. After years of having his divine dance title challenged by Michael Flatley (who, Christ admits, gives him a run for his money with his uncanny leg-flailing), Jesus is finally back in his prime and ready to reclaim his right. Presented by Abhinaya, a nonprofit cultural organization that promotes classical dances of India, Preeti Nrityeshwar has Jesus one-up Flatley by leading his people through a synthesis of Christianity and Indian dance. While our pithy musicals beckon, "Pree-pare ye the way of the Lord," this night thou shalt heed the call of Preeti Nrityeshwar at 7 p.m. in the Lee Auditorium of the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-469-6559). Tickets are $10 to $15. Kristyn Pomranz

Classic Speedball

If CliffsNotes are for people who want to hasten their way through novels, then All the Great Books (Abridged) is for those who want to shoot AP English as an intravenous drug. Brought forth by the Reduced Shakespeare Company (the same breakneck brainiacs behind The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged]), this run through the classics is designed for those who find Steinbeck stagnant and Tess to be of the D'ullsville. Time-saving tactics include the condensation of Dickens into "Great Expectorations" and hacking Homer into "The Ilioddity." The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis stages All the Great Books on the Mainstage at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves) Tuesday through Sunday (November 30 through December 30). Purchase tickets ($13 to $61) by calling 314-968-4925 or visiting www.repstl.org. Le fin. — Kristyn Pomranz

Six-String Fling
A Prince among Ben

SAT 12/3

What is classy? A string of pearls with that little black dress, reading poetry aloud on a park bench, listening to anything on vinyl, a Sunday afternoon at the theater: All these things are plenty classy, but perhaps you're looking to expand into uncharted territory? We thought so. Make your way via horse-drawn carriage, rickshaw or Vespa to the Ethical Society of St. Louis (9001 Clayton Road, Ladue) by 8 p.m. to enjoy Benjamin Verdery's excursion into the worlds of classic funk and classical guitar. A gifted composer renowned for his "guitar orchestra" pieces as well as his renditions of Bach and Mozart, Verdery also shows an affinity for the works of Prince, having recorded no less than four of the Purple One's greatest hits ("Kiss" and "Let's Go Crazy" among them). Now that's classy. Tickets are $16 to $18; for more information call the Saint Louis Classical Guitar Society at 314-567-5566 or visit www.benjaminverdery.com. Amy Helms

 
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