The holidays can be depressing for any number of reasons, from going broke purchasing gifts to receiving another gigantic cartoon-character sweatshirt in the flattering color of blaugeh. Yet in spite of all this, some people are still trying to make you smile like the cats over at the Black Cat Theatre (2810 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; www.blackcattheatre.org or 314-963-8800). This newly opened space plays host to the comedic one-act "Lily's Hat" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (December 7 through 16). So you've got a new place to visit and a funny play about the technological divide between the generations both should help you feel more happy. Plus, each night after the theatrical presentation, a local music act takes the stage (on Friday, December 8, Kim Massie channels Aretha Franklin). Well, you like music; this just might be OK! To grasp at what little happiness is offered you this holiday season, leave the astonishingly awful presents at home, and bring a mere $20 for your admission to the holiday cabaret. An affordable night out that's stylish and fun? There really is a Santa Claus.
Thursdays-Saturdays. Starts: Dec. 7. Continues through Dec. 16