This Week

Hightlights from RFT's "Calendar"

See all the new SUVs and FWDs at the 1999 Greater St. Louis Auto Show, running through Jan. 24 at America's Center. (see Special Events)

The St. Louis University Billikens men's basketball team plays the University of South Florida tonight in a game at Kiel Center. (see Sports)

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' Studio Theatre presents Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive, running through Feb. 7 on the lower level of the Loretto-Hilton Center. (see Performing Arts)

Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation Tour, making the most of the new wave of gospel music, features CeCe Winans and Trin-I-Tee 5:7, tonight and tomorrow at the Fox Theatre. (see Concerts)

The Productive Living Board for St. Louis County Citizens with Developmental Disabilities hosts a Public Forum, to gather information for its five-year strategic plan, tonight at Southview School. (see Special Events)

Sam Shepard's True West is performed through Feb. 7 at Crossroads School by the Actors Renaissance Theatre. (see Performing Arts)

The real Patch Adams (Hunter "Patch" Adams), made famous by the new Robin Williams film, delivers his lecture/performance "Passion and Persistence" at the Sheldon Concert Hall. (see Performing Arts)

Neighbors Around the World's fund-raising Party and Silent Auction, benefiting six local charities and nonprofit organizations, features all of the silliness and entertainment we've come to expect at any event held in downtown's City Museum. (see Special Events)

Civil-rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams reads and discusses her new book, Watch Me Fly: What I Learned on the Way to Becoming the Woman I Was Meant to Be, at Left Bank Books. (see Literary Events)

The Improbable Theatre Company presents a production of 70 Hill Lane at Washington University's Edison Theatre. (see Performing Arts)

The West County YMCA plays host to the Playwrights' Original Works Festival today and tomorrow, with performances of Jerrold Rabushka's Russell Comes Home and readings of David Lane's Johnny Get Your Gunn and R.J. Osbourne's How Sweet the Sound. (see Performing Arts)

Scenes from productions by Benjamin Britten, Argento and Vaughan Williams make up An Evening of 20th-Century Opera, presented by Webster University's Opera Studio in the university's Winifred Moore Auditorium. (see Performing Arts)

The Forum for Contemporary Art hosts the openings of two exhibits: Portraits, the St. Louis debut of painter Matthew Antezzo, and Live in Your Head, new works with a selection of past projects by Matt Mullican. Both exhibits run through March 13. (see Exhibit Openings)

The St. Louis Ambush men's professional indoor-soccer team plays the Florida Thundercats tonight in a game at Kiel Center. (see Sports)

Indieopolis II, a showcase of local indie bands including Fly Everywhere, Full on Venus, Johnny Magnet, Petlover, the Spelunkers and Stillwater, is held at Mississippi Nights. (see Concerts)

Dash Rip Rock comes all the way up the river from Louisiana to St. Louis just to perform for Beatle Bob's Birthday Bash at the Hi-Pointe. (see Concerts)

Celebrate our local cultural diversity as the Missouri Historical Society hosts How We Worship, a five-hour bus tour of area religious institutions beginning at the Missouri History Library and Research Center. (see Special Events)

The Freedom of Choice Council hosts a Celebration of Roe v. Wade, featuring performances by Random Access and the Gash-Voigt Dance Company and a lecture by Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice, at St. John's United Methodist Church. (see Special Events)

George Carlin, arguably one of the greatest and most influential comics of our time, performs tonight at the Fox Theatre. (see Performing Arts)

The St. Louis Ambush play the Montreal Impact in a game at Kiel Center. (see Sports)

The opening of The First Glimpse Back, an exhibit of original watercolors by Paul Jackson, the newest and youngest signature member of the American Watercolor Society, is held tonight at the Creative Art Gallery. The exhibit runs through Feb. 24. (see Exhibit Openings)

Blueberry Hill hosts the Walk of Fame Reading -- featuring local writers, stringers, wordsmiths and educators reading from the works of their favorite authors who have been immortalized in the stars on the University City Walk of Fame -- in Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, with an intermission played by local musician Tom Hall. (see Literary Events)

Missouri NARAL (the state affiliate of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League) host their annual Roe v. Wade Anniversary Fundraiser, with food, a silent auction and music by Code Blue, at Duff's Restaurant in the Central West End. (see Special Events)

The University of Missouri-St. Louis Monday Noon lecture series resumes as W. Jackson Rushing III, UM-St. Louis professor of art and art history, presents a slide talk on Will Barnett: The True Freedom of Abstract Art in the J.C. Penney Building on the university campus. (see Lectures)

GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination, welcomes a former bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Herb Chilstrom, and the Rev. Corrine Chilstrom as they lead an open, honest discussion on Homosexuality and the Church at Bethel Lutheran Church. (see Lectures)

The Wine Merchant hosts a Wine Class, explaining the subtle nuances of port wines, at the Clayton store. (see Education)

Jazz at the Bistro's featured act this week is the veteran Ahmad Jamal Trio, whose concert last year met with a warm reception from a very cool crowd. (see Concerts)

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