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Becoming Dr. Ruth

Jewish Community Center-Wool Studio Theatre : 7:30 p.m. every Wed., Thu. until December 20; 8:00 p.m. every Sat. until December 20; 7:30 p.m. every Sun. until December 21

It's hard not to love Dr. Ruth. The diminutive, ever-jovial sex therapist radiates life wisdom and goodwill, and before Dr. Phil came along she was the pop doc most ubiquitous on TV talk shows. But apart from all her celebrity of the past few decades, Ruth Westheimer led a hugely adventurous... More >>

Maryland Heights Theater

U.S. Bank Wild Lights

Saint Louis Zoo : 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. daily from December 19 until December 23; 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. daily from December 26 until December 30; 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. daily from January 2 until January 3

Christmas will come if you're ready or not ready, but kids don't understand them. That's why you have to find ways to distract them the entire month of December. U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo is an excellent means of doing so. The night is brightened by animated light displays,... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park Zoo and Animals, Holiday, Family Events, Cheap Thrills

Holiday Wreath Auction

Missouri Botanical Garden : 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily until December 24; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily from December 26 until January 4

You've tried the DIY-craft Christmas, and to be sweet about it, that kind of creativity turned out to be decidedly not in your wheelhouse. To replace those well-intentioned efforts and to turn your holiday home decor from tragic to terrific, take a look at the Holiday Wreath Auction offerings.... More >>

St. Louis - Tower Grove Visual Art, Home and Garden, Holiday, Arts

D-Day: Normandy 1944

Saint Louis Science Center-OMNIMAX : 1:00 p.m. daily until December 19

D-Day, the 1944 Allied invasion of occupied France, was one of the most important battles of Western history. It has been analyzed, fictionalized and re-created in a number of media, so why attempt to do so again? French filmmaker Pascal Vuong wanted to look not just at what happened on June 6,... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park History, Film, Cheap Thrills, Arts

Reality

Kranzberg Arts Center : 8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri. until December 20; 3:00 p.m. December 20

The cast of Looking for Love are supposed to fall in love and live happily ever after. But reality TV dramas are often short on reality and long on drama, and all bets are off once the cameras go dark. Lia Romeo's dark comedy Reality deals with the scandalous behind-the-scenes happenings of... More >>

St. Louis - Grand Center Theater

Winter Jewels

Butterfly House : 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily until December 24; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily from December 26 until January 4

This being St. Louis, the Christmas season is either freezing cold and wonderful, or unseasonably warm and unreasonably damp -- often in the same week. To guarantee comfortable temperatures, visit the Butterfly House for Winter Jewels. You can search for fairies in the Tropical Conservatory,... More >>

Chesterfield Nature, Family Events, Cheap Thrills

A Classic Christmas: From 1950s Television

Webster University-Moore Auditorium : 7:30 p.m. December 20; 7:30 p.m. December 21

Special Christmas episodes of TV series are nothing new, dating all the way back to broadcast television's beginnings. The Webster Film Series presents A Classic Christmas: From 1950s Television, which collects several of these early episodes (and appropriate trailers and promos). You can see... More >>

Webster Groves Film, Holiday, Free Events, Arts

International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes

Saint Louis Science Center : 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until December 30; 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. every Sun. until December 30

At the Saint Louis Science Center's (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400 or www.slsc.org) International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, attendees can put on their thinking caps, be it a deerhunter, fedora or beanie, and do Watson one better by attempting to solve a murder mystery. The show... More >>

St. Louis - Tower Grove Museum Exhibits and Events, History, Education

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis Fall Exhibitions

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis : 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Wed. until January 3; 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri. until January 3; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sat. until January 3

Get up close and personal with the work of three exceptional artists as the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis opens its fall exhibition. Houston conceptual artist Mel Chin presents Rematch, an in-depth, fascinating selection of his unclassifiable, multimedia work, which has popped up in the... More >>

St. Louis - Grand Center Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

Steinberg Skating Rink

Steinberg Skating Rink : 10:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m. daily from December 19 until January 3

Ask any parent and they'll tell you: Christmas eve is the slowest day of the year. You're trying to finish all the last minute stuff before the in-laws arrive, and your damn wiener kids keep asking you "how much longer till Christmas?" every 90 seconds. Listen, one of you needs to dad-up and... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park Cheap Thrills, Sports - Participatory, Holiday, Family Events

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

Tower Grove Abbey : 8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until December 20

Armadillo Acres, Florida's homiest trailer park, bears witness to an impossible Christmas miracle. Mean Darlene has been struck kind by a bout of amnesia. The trio of friends -- Betty, Lin and Pickles -- are shocked and amazed by her transformation, but no one expects it to last. What they do... More >>

St. Louis - South Grand Theater, Holiday

Facets of Three Jewels: Tibetan Buddhist Art

Saint Louis Art Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Fri. until February 22; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Sat., Sun. until February 22

One of the most consistently rewarding elements of art is that the more you learn, the more you appreciate what you're seeing. Facets of Three Jewels: Tibetan Buddhist Art, the new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (314-721-0072 or www.slam.org), is an object lesson in art appreciation.... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

Santa vs. the Snowman

Saint Louis Science Center-OMNIMAX : 12:00 p.m. daily from December 19 until December 24; 12:00 p.m. daily from December 26 until December 31

Snowmen seem like such jolly fellows that it's hard to imagine them fighting anybody -- least of all Santa Claus. But when a snowy gent decides to try his hand at impersonating the big guy, Santa has to defend his turf. The North Pole becomes a comic battleground as Santa's mechanical creations... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park Family Events, Cheap Thrills, Arts, Holiday, Film

Scenic Wonder: An Early American Journey Down the Hudson River

Saint Louis Art Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Sat., Sun. until April 5; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Fri. until April 5

We tend to think of early nineteenth-century America as a country unspoiled by mechanized progress, but that was true only west of the Mississippi River. The Hudson River, which runs from the Adirondack Mountains and ends in Upper New York Bay, was already being changed by steam technology.... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

The Grapes of Wrath

Webster University-Moore Auditorium : 7:30 p.m. December 19

Director John Ford was a master of misdirection. His public persona was that of a hard-drinking, two-fisted, anti-intellectual. Ford was perceived as an inarticulate, right-wing curmudgeon, but his films presented a different worldview -- and perhaps none more effectively than Ford's adaption... More >>

Webster Groves Arts, Cheap Thrills, Film

Classical Music Open Stage

Tavern of Fine Arts : 7:30 p.m. second Mon. of every month

There are far too few venues for violinists, pianists and cellists to perform in public, outside of massive symphony orchestras. This creates quite the dilemma for amateur musicians who want to perform chamber music, or who simply prefer playing in a more intimate and less formal atmosphere.... More >>

St. Louis - Skinker/DeBaliviere Open Mic, Music, Free Events, Arts

Currents 109: Nick Cave

Saint Louis Art Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Sat., Sun. until March 8; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Fri. until March 8

Here's a snippet on Nick Cave, but not that Nick Cave: The Nick Cave under discussion here is a conceptual artist instead of a rock star, and he hails from much closer to home than Down Under -- Fulton, to be exact. But like his more famous Aussie counterpart, this Mr. Cave also works with... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

A Christmas Story: The Musical

The Fox Theatre : 8:00 p.m. daily until December 23; 2:00 p.m. every Sat. from December 20 until January 3; 1:00 p.m. December 21; 8:00 p.m. December 22; 8:00 p.m. December 26; 1:00 p.m. December 28; 1:00 p.m. December 30; 1:00 p.m. December 31; 1:00 p.m. January 2; 1:00 p.m. January 4

The 1983 film A Christmas Story was ignored at the box office, earning only $2 million during its opening weekend. In the years since, the movie has gone on to become a holiday favorite, thanks to annual airings on television and a steady stream of home-video releases. Now Ralphie's quest to... More >>

St. Louis - Grand Center Theater, Holiday

All Is Calm

Fontbonne University Fine Arts Theatre : 8:00 p.m. every Thu., Sat. until December 19

Mustard Seed Theatre is regifting this season, but no one will complain. The company remounts its sensational Christmas show from last year, Peter Rothstein's All Is Calm, with the same cast. This a cappella musical tells the true story of the spontaneous truces that popped up on the frontlines... More >>

Clayton Theater, Holiday

DJ Mahf

Pin-Up Bowl : 10:00 p.m. every Tue.

From the 2013 RFT Music awards: DJ Mahf works from some place in his brain that pumps out enough enthusiasm to make his work look easy. Performing with a chilled zeal, the Indyground DJ interplays dense minutes of thumping samples with crackling movie clips and fine-tuned, one-and-two-handed... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park Music

Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show

Missouri Botanical Garden : 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily until December 24; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily from December 26 until January 4

There will be plenty of trainspotting at the Missouri Botanical Garden's Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show, an event celebrating the finest in garden decor and the thrills of model railroading. Trains of all kinds chug along 900 feet of track bedecked for the holidays. They... More >>

St. Louis - Tower Grove Home and Garden, Holiday, Family Events

Missouri Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker

Edison Theatre : 7:30 p.m. December 19; 2:00 p.m. December 20; 2:00 p.m. December 21

What would Christmas be without The Nutcracker? E.T.A. Hoffmann's story about a young girl who journeys to a fairy-tale world of brave wooden soldiers is set against one of Tchaikovsky's best-loved scores; no wonder it's become a family favorite. The Missouri Ballet Theatre performs its... More >>

St. Louis - Clayton Family Events, Performing Arts, Dance, Holiday, Arts

Marty Stuart: The Art of Country Music

The Sheldon : 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. every Sat. until January 3; 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Tue. until January 3; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri. until January 3

It's a good night for country-music fans in St. Louis. Marty Stuart is at the Sheldon Art Galleries (3648 Washington Boulevard; 314-533-9900 or www.thetheldon.org) from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 3, for the opening reception of Marty Stuart: The Art of Country Music. (At 8 p.m. Stuart performs... More >>

St. Louis - Grand Center Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

Mysteries of the Unseen World

Saint Louis Science Center-OMNIMAX : 10:00 a.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until December 31; 12:00 p.m. every Sun. until December 31

It's pretty much a given that most of us spend too many hours glued to screens and electronic media and insufficient time outdoors. But for all the myriad miraculous things waiting to be observed and studied out there in the natural world, there are just as many that are invisible to us, no... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park Film, Family Events, Cheap Thrills, Arts

Bach Society of St. Louis Christmas Candlelight Concert

Powell Symphony Hall : 7:30 p.m. December 23

Since 1951, the Bach Society of St. Louis has presented a holiday concert for the city that is highlighted by a solemn and beautiful candlelight procession. This year's Christmas Candlelight Concert features Handel's sublime Messiah and guest singers the St. Louis Children's Choirs. The evening... More >>

St. Louis - Grand Center Holiday, Arts, Performing Arts
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