This Week 

Highlights from the RFT's "Calendar"
Wednesday/9
The Webster University Guitar Ensemble performs Four Centuries of Music for Guitar (jeez, that'll take a long time) in the recital hall of the Thompson Music Building on the university campus. (see Concerts)

A Special Holiday Tour of four of the city's prominent historical attractions -- the Campbell House, the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion, the Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum, and the Old Court House -- is held this evening. Visitors may park at any one of the stops of the tour; shuttle service to the other attractions will be provided. (see Holiday Events)

Youth Emergency Service (YES) celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a Mardi Gras-style party at Bobby's Restaurant. (see Special Events)

Thursday/10
See the next generation of basketball stars as high-school teams from all over the country square off at the Coca-Cola/KMOX Shootout, America's premier high- school basketball event, at Kiel Center. (see Sports)

West Port Plaza hosts an Antique and Collectible Show through the weekend at the plaza's indoor mall. (see Special Events)

Brian Regan headlines at West Port's Funny Bone Comedy Club with Joe Marlotti. There's something wrong with that Regan boy. (see Performing Arts)

The 50th anniversary Celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is held at Tegeler Hall on Lindell. (see Special Events)

Friday/11
They're ringing chords at the Ambassadors of Harmony's Christmas show tonight and Saturday, featuring top-ranked quartet the Gas House Gang and comedy quartet Expanded Sound, at Harris-Stowe State College. (See Concerts)

The Edison Theatre presents Don Byron and His Mini Big Band performing Bug Music as part of the Ovations! series. (see Concerts)

Delbert McClinton heats up the Landing at Mississippi Nights -- this is the rescheduled show, and the Dec. 4 tickets will be honored at the door. (see Concerts)

Currents 76: Gabriel Orozco, a survey of the artist's photographs made during a recent trip to India, opens at the St. Louis Art Museum and runs through February. (see Exhibit Openings)

Tonight and Saturday, Mid America Dance Company present selections from their repertory of original contemporary dance, An Evening on the Lighter Side, at the Grandel Theatre in the heart of Grand Center. (see Performing Arts)

If you want to see The Complete Nutcracker, you'll have to head to the Florissant Civic Center Theatre for the Gateway Ballet of St. Louis production. (see Performing Arts)

The St. Louis Ambush play the Kansas City Attack at Kiel Center. (see Sports)

It's an all-new sideshow for the '90s as Zamora the Torture King performs his own particular form of puncture performance, with strongman Mighty Jack Hartley jamming nails through boards with his bare hands and Flex the Rubber Boy contorting like a boneless monkey at the Firehouse. (see Performing Arts)

Everything Has a Story hosts the Village Market Place '98, a gathering of businesses promoting their goods as part of a preliminary celebration of Kwanzaa, at the West End Recreational Center. (see Holiday Events)

Saturday/12
The St. Louis University Billikens men's basketball team plays Cal State- Fullerton at Kiel Center this afternoon. (see Sports)

The St. Louis Blues play the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at Kiel Center. (see Sports)

Holiday at the Barracks, a holiday celebration with historical re-enactments from the French and Indian War through World War II, is held today and Sunday at Jefferson Barracks Park. (see Holiday Events)

Art Attack hosts an opening of two new gallery spaces -- the Renaissance Photography Gallery, with photography by Cary Horton, Becky Barris and Roger Renken; and the Vault, an experimental gallery featuring refrigerator-magnet collages by Brad Reno. (see Exhibit Openings)

Sunday/13
A Yuletide Celebration in Historic Lafayette Square, the 24th annual Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor Tour, begins at the Park House in Lafayette Square. (see Holiday Events)

Hanukkah: Festival of Lights, featuring craft workshops, sing-alongs, musical performances and a menorah-lighting ceremony, is held at the Missouri Botanical Garden. (see Holiday Events)

The St. Louis Rams play the New England Patriots at noon in the Trans World Dome. Would it be too much to ask for one great upset against that Bledsoe kid? (see Sports)

Monday/14
River Styx magazine hosts a Henry Dumas Celebration, with Quincy Troupe and Eugene B. Redmond, at Duff's Restaurant in the Central West End. (see Literary Events)

Should this look like that? Find out as Norma Czar, a registered nurse for BJC Health System, speaks at the meeting of the West County Singles on Sexually Transmitted Diseases: What They Are and How to Recognize Them. (see Lectures)

Tuesday/15
The Writers Club hosts the annual Pre-Kwanzaa Forum, including a KwanSaba candle-lighting ritual, at the East St. Louis Municipal Building. (see Holiday Events)

The Holiday Brass Concert, with guest conductor Julius Hunter of KMOV, is held in the glorious surroundings of the Cathedral of St. Louis. (see Concerts)

The Bach Society Christmas Candlelight Concert, featuring the St. Louis Symphony Children's Choirs, is performed at Powell Symphony Hall. (see Concerts)

Wednesday/16
The Ray Brown Trio performs at Jazz at the Bistro, a series of jazz concerts in Grand Center. (see Concerts)

Pieces of 8, St. Louis' premier a cappella octet, performs at the weekly McMurphy's Grill luncheon. (see Concerts)

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