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John McCutcheon

Inevitable Seinfeld reference: War: What is it good for? Absolutely nothin', huh! Or so believes folk legend John McCutcheon, who performs his library of peaceful music at the Mildred E. Bastian Center for Performing Arts (Forest Park Community College, 5600 Oakland Avenue; 314-725-5303; at 8 p.m. Friday, November 3. Proceeds benefit St. Louis Justice and Peace Shares. Not that there's anything wrong with that! Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door.

This could be Heaven or this could be Hell: If your head grows weary and your sight grows dim, you should probably stop for the night. May we recommend the Hotel California package at Casino Queen? They're hosting the Tribute to the Eagles at their Club Sevens (200 South Front Street, East St. Louis; 314-534-1111; at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4. One ticket package includes a hotel room, parking and other amenities; those who don't want to stay overnight can purchase single show tickets for $20 (which includes two drinks).

Suck it up, McFarland: Blues-folk singer-songwriter Colleen McFarland has a celebrated song titled, "I Don't Wanna Be Good." While we can't attest to the goodliness of her personal life, McFarland's music is good — extremely good. Her gentle voice has the timbre of Patty Griffin and the twang of Emmylou Harris, and when she employs her band, she can blow the blues like Bonnie Raitt. Be there for the release of her latest CD, Beautiful Lie, at Cicero's (6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-862-0009; at 9 p.m. Saturday, November 4. Tickets are $5, and Remedy opens.

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