Night & Day 

May 12-19, 1999

wednesday
may 12
As part of the Chamber Music St. Louis Series at the Sheldon Concert Hall, members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra present Critical Reaction, a collection of now-famous works by Schoenberg and Brahms that were originally given the thumbs-down by critics. The concert includes a talk by St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial writer Philip Kennicott, who will discuss why good writers write articles condemning pieces that could end up becoming the world's next masterpieces. (see Concerts)

thursday
may 13
During his three-day tour of St. Louis, the venerable Lama Lodo Rinpoche will lecture and teach in a variety of places, but KDK St. Louis, the local Tibetan Buddhist group playing host to the lama, recommends hearing him speak on Bodhicitta: Aspirational and Inspirational at the Ethical Society tonight. (see Lectures)

Those looking to Find Romance in the City, are invited by RFT Romance and Metropolis St. Louis to a party for singles and downtown-lovers alike at Velvet. Filling out a free 40-word Romance ad gets you in without a cover, scores you free appetizers and puts a Romance calling card (a $20 value) in your pocket. And if that's not enough, you'll be registered to win a couple of Cardinal tickets. (see Special Events)

friday
may 14
The star of the ABC sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Mark Curry, brings his show back to the stage at the Funny Bone Comedy Club in West Port Plaza for five shows this weekend. His 6-foot-6 frame makes him a giant in almost any house, and his humor allegedly makes him a giant in the industry -- check him out tonight or tomorrow and see for yourself. (see Performing Arts)

As summer approaches and the world springs to life, most of the performing arts' seasons are coming to a close. The St. Louis University High performing-arts center is the venue for Mid America Dance Company in Concert, the company's grand finale of the 1998-99 season. This collection of works -- some choreographed by troupe members and some brand-new pieces previously unseen in St. Louis -- is presented tonight and tomorrow, and that's the last you'll get until winter. (see Performing Arts)

saturday
may 15
Author E. Lynn Harris has moved all the way from self-publishing his first book (Invisible Life) to the bestseller lists (Just as I Am), and today he reads from and signs his new novel, Abide with Me, at Afrocentric Books and Cafe. If you can't make it out today, that's all right -- he's staying over in St. Louis, and tomorrow he'll be at Left Bank Books in the Central West End. (see Literary Events)

If you haven't yet discovered that St. Louis is truly the crossroads of the United States, just look at our architecture. For a good close-up look at the walls that surround us, ranging in form from American Prairie to Northern Italian Renaissance, we recommend the 30th annual Central West End House Tour, featuring the houses of Kingsbury Place. If you head out for this tour (held today and tomorrow), use the Belt entrance to Kingsbury (off Pershing) to find the starting point of the tour. (see Special Events)

Make sure you warm up before you start the 12-ounce curls. The fourth annual St. Louis Microfest -- featuring samples of local and national craft beers, as well as live music by the Pennsylvania Slim Blues Band, Hudson and the Hoodoo Cats and the Chia Band -- is held today in Forest Park's World's Fair Pavilion. The drinking and dancing benefit the Lift for Life Gym, an organization working to help inner-city youth. (see Special Events)

sunday
may 16
This is one time when your Harley riders, crotch-rocketeers, cruisers and choppers can come together for one good cause. The annual Cancer Benefit Ride-Cindy Haege Memorial, a 90-mile motorcycle ride, raises money for the American Cancer Society. The ride begins at 10:30 a.m. at Frieze Harley-Davidson in Belleville, Ill., and all bikes are welcome. (see Special Events)

The stars shine in the afternoon in University City! The St. Louis Walk of Fame has announced this year's honorees: William Danforth for education, Robert Guillaume for acting, John Hartford for music, Harriett Woods for activism and politics, and, last but not least, Dick Weber for his career in bowling. These luminaries of their professions and of our city will be lauded at the 11th annual Induction Ceremony. The festivities take place outdoors, next to Blueberry Hill in the Loop (or in the Tivoli Theatre, if it rains). (see Special Events)

The Midwest Lyric Opera Company presents an Opera Mini-Fest, a benefit concert whose proceeds will be directed toward reopening the Kiel Opera House as a multivenue events center catering to the arts and entertainment tastes of St. Louis. The performance is held at Centenary United Methodist Church, followed by a walk to the Opera House, where a rally will be held for its restoration. (see Performing Arts)

monday
may 17
Fore! The weather is just perfect for golf right now -- not too hot, not too cold -- and if you've got your clubs out and cleaned, head for the third annual O'Leary's Charity Golf Tournament, benefiting the Judevine Center for Autism and the Pradi Willi Syndrome Association, held at the Players Club in Crescent, Mo. Lunch and dinner will be provided, as well as the opportunity to win awards for best play. (see Sports)

tuesday
may 18
The Forum for Contemporary Art presents the last of a series of architects being considered to design FOCA's new museum building. Architect Jacques Herzog (from Herzog & de Meuron Architeken) and the head of the Rotterdam Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rem Koolhaas, discuss their collaborative effort as part of the Architects Lecture Series tonight in Washington University's Steinberg Auditorium. (see Lectures)

The Boney Goat Band plays folk music from rural Missouri at this week's installment of the Twilight Tuesdays concert series, held on the lawn of the Missouri History Museum. Bring a lawn chair and get set for some pickin' and grinnin' with songs like "Fire on the Mountain" and "On the Loose." (see Concerts)

wednesday
may 19
Enjoy a summer evening like you did when you were young, and sing "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt" over and over and over again! The St. Louis County park rangers invite you and your guitar out to Jefferson Barracks Park to join in their Campfire Folk Sing-Along, where you can play and sing, or just sit back and enjoy the fire. (see Special Events)

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