This Week

Highlights from RFT's "Calendar"
Former LSG member Gerald Levert opens for R&B legend Patti LaBelle at the Fox Theatre. (see Concerts)

The STL Construct/Mart, an equipment and architectural-products show, is held today and tomorrow at America's Center. (see Special Events)

Human jukebox Gerry Grossman performs at Art Vieluf's Comedy Etc., in the Fairview Heights, Ill., Ramada Inn, through Feb. 6. (see Performing Arts)

Knussen's Picks, works by conductor Oliver Knussen and works that have inspired him, is performed by members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, with students from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Webster University, at the Sheldon Concert Hall. (see Concerts)

The St. Louis University Billikens men's basketball team plays Southern Mississippi in a home game at Kiel Center. (see Sports)

Lay This Laurel, a photography exhibit by Richard Benson celebrating Black History Month, runs through the end of the month at the UM-St. Louis Public Policy Research Center. (see Exhibit Openings)

The St. Louis Blues men's professional hockey team play the New Jersey Devils at Kiel Center. (see Sports)

The Unity Theatre Ensemble presents A Lovesong for Miss Lydia in four shows through the weekend at the Greeley 23rd Street Theatre. (see Performing Arts)

He's changed his look and updated his sound, and now he's back! Vanilla Ice performs at the Galaxy. (see Concerts)

The 20th annual Soulard Mardi Gras starts tonight with all of the craziness St. Louis can handle. Over the next 11 days there will be parades, beer tasting, wiener-dog racing, music and more in a variety of locations in the Soulard area. See the special Mardi Gras section in this issue for a complete schedule of events. (see Special Events)

The St. Louis Ambush men's professional indoor-soccer team plays the Edmonton Drillers in the first of two games this weekend at Kiel Center. (see Sports)

Robert Hart Baker conducts the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert featuring works by Brahms, Berlioz and Hindemith at the St. Louis Symphony Music School. (see Concerts)

The Rainbow Chamber of Commerce hosts Transitions '99, a Black History Month tribute featuring local gospel singers under the direction of Levi (Too) King, at the Ambassador. (see Concerts)

Sherry Glaser performs the three roles of three generations in her production of Family Secrets, the opening show of the Women CenterStage series at the Center of Contemporary Arts. (see Performing Arts)

The Alpha Players of Florissant present the comedy Run for Your Wife at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre. (see Performing Arts)

It's ladies' night at the Westport Playhouse as the Chippendales come to town for one night only. (see Performing Arts)

Gospel legends the Blind Boys of Alabama and a cappella troubadours the Persuasions perform at the Edison Theatre, on the Washington University campus. (see Concerts)

Jazz flutist Herbie Mann performs at the Sheldon Concert Hall. (see Concerts)

Beckmann and Paris, an exhibit of the German expressionist's works created while he was on the road, opens today and runs through May 9 at the St. Louis Art Museum. (see Exhibit Openings)

Trailnet's annual Eagle Days, featuring eagles from the World Bird Sanctuary and a Native American storyteller, is held on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. (see Special Events)

Tropics Two, a special event organized to give young adults ages 25-40 a chance to become acquainted with the Missouri Botanical Garden, is held tonight at the Garden's Ridgway Center. (see Special Events)

Country comic and persecutor of the ignorant Bill Engvall performs two shows tonight at Westport Playhouse -- and here's your sign. (see Performing Arts)

The St. Louis Blues play the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at Kiel Center. (see Sports)

The St. Louis Ambush plays the Edmonton Drillers again at Kiel Center. (see Sports)

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Greater St. Louis hosts the seventh annual UCP Celebrity Ski Race, pitting St. Louis on-air personalities against the general public at Hidden Valley Ski Resort. (see Sports)

Commercial Photography in a Corporate Environment, a collection of photos from Busch Creative Services director of photography Michael Strauss, opens today at the May Photography Gallery on the Webster University campus. (see Exhibit Openings)

The St. Louis University Billikens men's basketball team plays the boys from Kentucky as Murray State comes to Kiel Center. (see Sports)

It's hard to believe that Javert might chase Valjean all the way to the Midwest, but here it is -- Les Miserables, part of the Ameritech Broadway Series, is presented through Feb. 14 at the Fox Theatre. (see Performing Arts)

Smokin' Joe Kubek and Benois King perform tonight at Generations Nightclub. (see Concerts)

The St. Louis Black Repertory Company production of OyamO's I Am a Man opens tonight and runs through March 6 at the Grandel Theatre. (see Performing Arts)

The Brad Mehldau Trio is the next act at Jazz at the Bistro, in Grand Center. (see Concerts)

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents The Last Night of Ballyhoo, opening tonight at the Loretto-Hilton Center and running through March 12. (see Performing Arts)