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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

8 Fun-Filled Things to Do This Holiday Week

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click to enlarge Now, darling, what could be more marvelous than Breakfast at Tiffany's? - C. PARAMOUNT PICTURES
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  • Now, darling, what could be more marvelous than Breakfast at Tiffany's?

5. Thrill to the sounds of the St. Louis Symphony

On Thursday you fed your body; this weekend, feed your soul. The St. Louis Symphony presents a special holiday program that's guaranteed to fill you up.
Beethoven's Emperor includes the mighty Piano Concerto No. 5 (also known as Emperor), a magisterial piece of music that requires a piano virtuoso — Stephen Hough, in this instance — to work with dual trumpets, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, a timpani and the strings to assay the heights of its dramatic first movement. Also on the playlist is Respighi's Fountains of Rome and Pohjola's Daughter by the Finnish master of moody autumnal music, Sibelius. You get color, you get a tone poem and you get the majesty of the Biggest of the Big Bs. Beethoven's Emperor is performed under the baton of Robert Spano at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (November 25 to 27) at Powell Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; Tickets are $25 to $111.

6. See a classic film on the big screen
If the strife of the past month has you down and the stress of the impending holiday season feels like too much too soon, just do what generations of Americans have done: Hide out in a movie theater with an old friend. Blake Edwards' classic romantic comedy Breakfast at Tiffany's returns to big screens at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday (November 27 and 30) thanks to Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events. Audrey Hepburn plays socialite party girl Holly Golightly, who dreams of easy wealth, which she hopes to achieve by attaching herself to a fabulously rich older man. George Peppard is Paul Varjak, a frustrated writer who has his own financial arrangement with an older woman. When Paul and Holly meet, sparks fly. Neither of them are happy with their lives, but maybe they could be if they were together — if only one of them was rich. And sure, Mickey Rooney's turn as a Japanese neighbor is an embarrassing, unfunny racist caricature, but when he shows up on screen, just visit the concession stand. You can see Breakfast at Tiffany's locally at Wehrenberg Ronnies 20 Cine (5329 South Lindbergh Boulevard; Tickets are $10 to $12.50.

7. Cheer on the Blues at Scottrade Center

The St. Louis Blues take on the Dallas Stars tonight at 7 p.m. at Scottrade Center (1401 Clark Avenue; in a meeting of puzzling teams. The Blues have been up and down so far this year, and the Stars have dragged as well, although the boys from Dallas have been missing some key players to injury. But the Central Division is exceptionally tight this year, so the more wins the Blues pick up against divisional rivals, the better off they'll be come April. Tickets to tonight's game start at an affordable $15 and go up to $319.

8. Get in the spirit with an Old World Nutcracker
We are on the cusp of December, which makes it the perfect time for The Nutcracker. And what a Nutcracker to start us off this holiday season: The Moscow Ballet presents a lavish production of the dreamy holiday ballet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 30, at the Fox Theater (527 North Grand Boulevard; A young girl falls asleep after a visit from old family friend Herr Drosselmeyer and enters a fairy tale world of dancing dolls and an evil Mouse King. Her protector is her toy soldier nutcracker, who comes to life in the form of a handsome prince. The Great Russian Nutcracker has sumptuous costumes, magical props and an incredible Christmas tree that grows right before your eyes. Tickets are $31 to $125.

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