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Hightights from RFT's "Calendar"
Wednesday/17
The Screened-In Porch is billed as "a play that explores the sensual and seductive lives of women over 40." Viagra will not be sold at intermission at this latest offering from the St. Louis Black Repertory Company at the Grandel Theatre. (see Performing Arts)

Citizen King plays hip-hop pop a la Beck at Mississippi Nights. (see Concerts)

Thursday/18
So what might the new Forum for Contemporary Art building be like? In the competition for the contract, Swiss architects Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer present an open audition at Washington University's Steinberg Hall Auditorium. (see Lectures)

Smoke, bourbon and Off Broadway create the proper ambiance for the James Armstrong Blues Band. (see Concerts)

He shoots! He ... doesn't score, again. The St. Louis Blues take not-so-deadly aim at the Phoenix Coyotes at Kiel Center. (see Sports)

Friday/19
Once upon a time, everybody went to the Chase. That time may be back with the renovation of the Chase Park Plaza, which includes a cinema complex of five theaters. Get a peek at the new Chase Park Plaza Cinema and support the St. Louis International Film Festival with a preview opening and fundraiser. (see Special Events)

One of the most notable authors of children's literature, St. Louisan Patricia McKissack, discusses and signs A Picture of Freedom at Barnes and Noble-Des Peres. (see Literary Events)

Women. Can't live with 'em, can't drag them across the stage by their hair -- unless you're performing William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. It's not quite like Gwyneth and Joseph getting all moony in the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis production. (see Performing Arts)

If you go to the American Theatre tonight, be sure to wear flowers in your hair for Rusted Root. (see Concerts)

The St. Louis Ambush get their kicks with the Kansas City Attack in National Professional Soccer League action at Kiel Center. (see Sports)

Saturday/20
You can brag, "My dog's faster than your dog," and mean it after attending a presentation by Greyhound Companions at Pet Market Place in the Yorkshire Shopping Center. (see Special Events)

If the folks at VH-1 understand that music education improves learning skills across the board, it must be something of a no-brainer. But despite the obvious relationship between music and math, music education continues to be cut from public-school budgets. VH-1 has founded Save the Music to help inform the public about the benefits of music as part of a standard curriculum. Save the Music comes to Crestwood Plaza with a variety of events, including a performance by New World Spirits, a musical-instrument "petting zoo" (get to know the cello) and an invitation to the community to donate old instruments for the cause. (see Special Events)

Theater lovers would pay big bucks just to see Zoe Caldwell drink a cup of tea, but you can hear the incomparable actress and director speak for free in Brown Hall on the Washington University campus. (see Lectures)

The acoustically perfect Sheldon Concert Hall is the perfect venue for Calliope, an ensemble that performs early music on authentically reproduced instruments. (see Concerts)

The classical guitarist Eliot Fisk displays his sublime virtuosity at the Ethical Society. (see Concerts)

The David Grisman Quintet approaches its own form of the sublime at Mississippi Nights. (see Concerts)

Dave Van Ronk and Rosalie Sorrels -- they're sublime, too -- play the Focal Point. (see Concerts)

If you don't score, you don't win. The St. Louis Blues prove this point at Kiel Center against the Ottawa Senators. (see Sports)

Sunday/21
A night to dress up: Zoe's Pan Asia Cafe and Duff's Restaurant co-host the 6th annual Academy Awards Party benefiting the AIDS Foundation of St. Louis. Charles Brennan and the RFT's Ray Hartmann host the Zoe party, John Carney and Joe Pollack the Duff's party. And the winner is ... (see Special Events)

The St. Louis Cathedral Basilica is filled with the sounds of Mario Duella on the organ. (see Concerts)

The St. Louis Ambush play the Harrisburg Heat at Kiel. (see Sports)

Monday/22
The artist Mary Miss has cast her creative vision on St. Louis and has some plans. She speaks on "The Art of Engagement" in the auditorium of Steinberg Hall at Wash. U. (see Lectures)

The Kim Portnoy Trio makes sounds far and wee, as inspired by e.e. cummings, at the Loretto-Hilton Center. (see Concerts)

At the net! Shoot it at the net! The St. Louis Blues try again at Kiel against the Carolina Hurricanes. (see Sports)

Tuesday/23
Anybody who sings the blues with an Emily Dickinson verse as a lyric is OK by us: Susan Tedeschi plays at Blueberry Hill. Mary Cutrufello opens with some straight-ahead rock & roll emotion. (see Concerts)

Wednesday/24
The pursuit of fame, glamour, the accompanying corruption -- oh goody, sounds like a perfect evening of theater. The Rep presents As Bees in Honey Drown in the Studio Theatre, where they do all the edgy, nasty, fun stuff. (see Performing Arts)

John Pizzarelli has taken to crooning along with his jazz guitar and combo. He won't make you forget Ol' Blue Eyes, but you'll remember Pizzarelli a long time after his gig at Jazz at the Bistro, which runs through Saturday. (see Concerts)

If you're into the new swing revival, head to Blueberry Hill for the Freschetta Mirror Ball Tour, featuring the New Morty Show, Blue Plate Special and Alien Fashion Show. If not, well, whatever. (see Concerts)

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