Fashion Second

With charity first

FRI 9/24

Fashion is something that you participate in every day, either consciously or subconsciously. You're wearing clothes, aren't you? (Never mind, don't answer that.) But assuming that you are, no matter if it's Prada or Patagonia, a used T-shirt or the vintage T-shirt look, what you wear (or don't) shows, at least in part, how you want to present yourself to the world.

So why not put on some of your fancy-type clothes and join mistress of ceremonies Vickie Newton (pictured) from KMOV-TV (Channel 4) and DJ Darrel "Easy" Eason from Majic (104.9 FM) at the Marriot Pavilion hotel downtown (at One Broadway)? There, the Learning Tree Intergenerational Center is hosting a 7 p.m. dinner and an 8 p.m. traveling fundraising fashion show, or a Fashion Silhouette, if you will. Watch as the Hamilton Vogue-Esquire Models of Chicago strut their stuff on the runway and show you how some designers would like for you to present yourself to the world. And just think, your $50 ticket not only feeds your ever-expanding waistline (it happens to the best of us), but it also goes to help fund some of the Learning Tree's services and curriculum (including arts and crafts, computer education, transportation, family counseling and more), which benefit six-week-olds to those fifty-five and older. Call 314-534-0699 for more info about the nonprofit or the fundraiser. -- Alison Sieloff

Christine Andreas lights up the Sheldon

If there's anything more chichi and ritzy than cabaret, don't tell us. The intimacy of the performance, the selection of classic songs, the air of old Broadway style: It's heaven! Christine Andreas, hot off her successful run at New York's famous Carlyle Room, brings her show, An Evening With Christine Andreas, to the Sheldon Concert Hall (3648 Washington Boulevard; 314-534-1111) to kick off the Grand Center Cabaret Series. She'll heat up your night with the music of Ellington, Rodgers & Hart and Cy Coleman -- you know, the good stuff. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday (September 22 through 25) and 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 26. Tickets are $21 to $40, but if you have a valid student ID, you can purchase half-price Student Rush tickets fifteen minutes before showtime. -- Paul Friswold

No Time to Waste
This festival makes a quick run of it

Today's society is full of time-saving conveniences like whole roasted chickens at the grocery, drive-through banks and liquor stores, and frozen-drink mixes. Modern folks want everything now and on the double! That's why St. Louis Community College-Forest Park hosts the One-Act Play Festival Friday through Sunday (September 24 through 26). There's no sitting through whole plays at the last weekend of this event: You get to know the plot, the characters and -- just like that -- the end. Hurrah for succinctness! Come by the college's Bastian Center for the Performing Arts (5600 Oakland Avenue) at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday to see John Wooton's "The Role of Della," Sheri Wilner's "Bake-Off," Steven Gridley's "Lovers in the Park" and "Red Ink" by Laurie Melnik, all of which are directed by local schools. Tickets cost $2 to $4; call 314-644-9386 for more info. Oh, and leave the kiddies at home -- these acts are for grownups. -- Alison Sieloff

Lift a Glass

SAT 9/25

The Third Degree Glass Factory (5200 Delmar Boulevard; look for the sign on the south side of the street -- you can't miss it) hosts a keystone fundraising party for the Lift for Life Gym at 8 p.m. Lift for Life helps underprivileged kids build self-esteem through weightlifting. For $30 at the door, you can hoist a few complimentary beverages instead of weights and enjoy a spectacular glass-blowing demonstration. Call 314-367-4527 for info. -- Paul Friswold

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