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It's Rabbit Season 

And life is sweet

We're living in the Golden Age of Easter Bunnies. Think about it: What does Santa Claus look like? Red suit, white hair and beard, black boots, fat. Even the tiniest polliwogs can describe the Jolly Elf well enough that a police sketch artist would have no trouble rendering his chubby likeness. But the Easter Bunny remains in a state of flux, its appearance uncodified and open to interpretation. You see pink bunnies, white bunnies, bunnies wearing jaunty pastel vests and bunnies au naturel, long-eared and short-eared bunnies -- why, even the Easter Bunny's sex is a matter for debate. Male or female? Who cares! As long as he or she is packing a metric ton of chocolate in that little basket, any Easter Bunny is a welcome guest.

And at the Saint Louis Zoo's Breakfast with the Bunny, you become the guest, and the Easter Bunny is your gracious host. You enjoy a healthy breakfast of French-toast sticks, sausage, doughnuts and fresh fruit while ol' E.B. sits up at the head of the table (he's doing the Atkins). After you eat, you can have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny and then leave with a few treats. Reservations are required (call 314-768-5413, Monday through Friday) and admission is $14 to $16. With seatings at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, March 27 and 28, April 3 and 4, and April 10, you have lots of opportunities to rub elbows with one harbinger of spring. -- Paul Friswold

Theater's gateway drug

MON 3/29

The true purpose of theater is to explain the mysteries of life -- or to at least put them in perspective. Sure, entertainment is a factor, but theater is at its best when it tackles the tough questions. So it's good to see storyteller and puppeteer Loretta Washington wrestle one of the big topics. Why Cats and Dogs Fight will be one of the stories she tells through the art of puppetry at 4 p.m. at the University City Public Library (6701 Delmar Boulevard, 314-727-3150). Ms. Washington encourages audience participation at her live theater events, so feel free to opine about the roots of this age-old conflict. Public discourse should be the goal of all theater and, like most great art, her performance is free to all. -- Paul Friswold

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