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Friday, January 22, 2016

6 Fun Things to Do in St. Louis This Weekend

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click to enlarge Circus Harmony is at the City Museum this weekend. - PHOTO BY LAUREN KNIGHT
  • Photo by Lauren Knight
  • Circus Harmony is at the City Museum this weekend.

4. See a circus troupe at City Museum

Where do kids from south city, the counties and the northside get together on a daily basis? At Circus Harmony, of course. The circus school based at the City Museum teaches kids traditional circus arts, but it also teaches them about themselves — and others. You can see what they've learned at Circus Harmony: Giocoso. The name comes from an Italian musical term for "joyful," which is the only way these youthful acrobats, contortionists, wire-walkers and unicyclists know how to perform. Prepare to be amazed, and not just by the daring on display — the Circus Harmony Band plays everything from traditional circus music to klezmer. Giocoso is performed at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (January 23 to 31) at the City Museum (750 North Sixteenth Street; 314-436-7676 or Tickets are $20.

5. Learn about St. Louis history at the theater

John Banvard had great artistic ambition, channeling his fascination with the Mississippi River into a landscape painting that he claimed was three miles long. (Experts now believe it was at most a half-mile long, which is still impressive.) Banvard mounted what he called his "georama" on rollers like a scroll, and would unspool it slowly so audiences could see what a cruise down the Mississippi looked like. His vision made him the toast of the 1800s, but imitators threatened to push him out of the market he created. West Hyler and Matt Schatz turned the true story of an American original into the musical Georama, which gets its world premiere at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. A 600-foot-long georama was created especially for this production, which runs Tuesday through Sunday (January 23 through February 7) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves; 314-968-4925 or Tickets are $50 to $65.

6. Enjoy comedic opera — happy ending guaranteed

Guglielmo and Ferrando are soldiers currently set to marry a pair of sisters, Fiordiligi and Dorabella. Their older pal Don Alphonso warns them that women are not capable of being faithful, and proposes a test. The boys should claim they're being sent off to war, but actually disguise themselves as rich Albanians and attempt to woo each other's fianceé. And so they do, but with some reservations. Mozart's two-act opera buffa Cosí fan tutte has enchanted and unsettled audiences for 225 years, thanks to its comic bits and its jaundiced view of women as fickle flirts. Winter Opera St. Louis continues its season with Cosí fan tutte at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday (January 22 and 24). Performances take place at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts (425 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-865-0038 or, and tickets are $35 to $55.

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