2. See an amazing series of dance performances
Dance St. Louis' Spring to Dance Festival is like Christmas morning for dance lovers, if only Christmas stretched across three nights. Each of those nights has ten companies from across the nation performing a new program with no overlap or repetition. Each night also has opening acts. You'll see everything from traditional West African dance (St. Louis' own Afriky Lolo) to high-flying aerialists (Aerial Dance Chicago) to the unique work of the Dancing Wheels Company, a Cleveland-based company that blends the talents of dancers with and without disabilities. Spring to Dance takes place at 5:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday (May 27 to 29) at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri–St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; www.dancestlouis.org). Tickets are $10 to $20.
4. See an opera company take on Shakespeare at OTSL
Shakespeare's Macbeth has everything you could ever want from a story. A power-mad man rises to the throne — but only thanks to the blood-thirst of his grasping wife — and is eventually undone by the vengeful heirs and friends of his victims. You also get an eerie prophecy, walking trees, ghosts, violent madness and bloody dreams. Giuseppe Verdi bound all of these crowd-pleasing elements together with music in his operatic adaptation of Macbeth. The grisly masterpiece is the second show of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' current season. Macbeth is performed in English at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at Webster University's Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; 314-961-0644 or www.opera-stl.org). OTSL presents Macbeth in repertory six more times through June 26. Tickets are $25 to $129.
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