Friday, November 20, 2015

6 Things to Do This Week for $15 or Less

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge The Missouri Botanical Garden — site of two of this week's recommended events. - PHOTO BY SONYA LALLA
  • Photo by Sonya Lalla
  • The Missouri Botanical Garden — site of two of this week's recommended events.

It just might snow this weekend — but don't take to your fainting couch just yet. Even if the snow comes, it almost surely won't stick — and that means you have no excuse but to get off the couch and do a thing or two. 

Fortunately for you, there's a ton going on this week. Inhale the aroma of conifers at the Missouri Botanical Garden, enjoy a gallery installation at Third Degree Glass Factory, or even check out some of the most beautiful quilts in the world at the Quilt National. Whatever you do, don't spend the weekend curled up under a blanket — the weather is only going to get worse, so why not enjoy yourself while you still can?

1. See America's top quilts at the Peabody Opera House

Experience the quilt in a whole new way: as a form of modern art, and as the canvas for an intricate story. The biannual Quilt National takes the familiar form and puts it in a fascinating new light. This year the show moves to Peabody Opera House (1400 Market Street; 314-499-7600 or www.peabodyoperahouse.com), and includes more than 55 award-winning quilts from around the world. As always, proceeds from the juried show benefit Safe Connections — which means your ticket directly supports services for survivors of relationship violence and sexual abuse. The Quilt National is on display Thursday through Saturday (November 19 to 21), Monday to Wednesday (November 23 to 25), and Friday and Saturday (November 27 and 28). Admission is $10.— Brooke Foster


2. Start your holiday shopping early with some amazing ornaments

Kickstart your holiday festivities — with fire. On Friday at 6 p.m., Third Degree Glass Factory (5200 Delmar Boulevard; 314-367-4527 or www.stlglass.com) reveals its artists' signature ornament for this Christmas during Third Friday. Find that perfect, limited-edition glass ornament to festoon your tree. Check out the new gallery installation by Mark Witzling, Into the Mind. Enjoy acoustic tunes from the Maple Jam Band. Warm up on the patio with (and be dazzled by) fire-spinners. Plus, create a gift for somebody on your nice list in a guided glass-art class — you can make a paperweight, a nightlight, flame-worked glass beads, or fused-glass jewelry. Admission to Third Friday is free, but glass classes require a fee of $35 for materials. — Brooke Foster


3. Check out the holiday lights at MOBOT

Transport yourself to a world of sheer holiday magic at the third annual Garden Glow. This event turns the already-gorgeous Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; 314-577-5100 or www.mobot.org) into a Yuletide dreamscape, with a million-plus lights twinkling throughout the grounds. Snap your photo against wintertime backdrops, enjoy traditional holiday tunes, take part in special seasonal festivities, and dig into warming comfort foods in the garden's on-site café, Sassafras. Garden Glow is open 5 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday (November 21 to December 17), and from 5 to 9:30 p.m. nightly from Friday, December 18, through Saturday, January 2. Admission is $6 to $18. — Brooke Foster

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