This Week 

Highlights from the RFT's "Calendar"
Wednesday/24
As Bees in Honey Drown takes you on a journey into the lives of the rich and fabulous in the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' Studio Theatre production, with previews tonight and a run through mid-April at the Loretto-Hilton Center. (see Performing Arts)

Chances are you'll get a kick out of the musical review Cole, featuring the life and songs of Cole Porter. The Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts' production runs this weekend and next in the Stage III theater. (see Performing Arts)

Jazz at the Bistro brings in one of the most popular figures in contemporary jazz, John Pizzarelli, for performances through Saturday. (see Concerts)

Thursday/25
Find out what fiction writer Padgett Powell likes about the South when he reads in the Hurst Lounge of Washington University's Duncker Hall. (see Literary Events)

Lily Tomlin made the observation that if you talk to God you're praying, but if God talks to you you're schizophrenic. And before psychotherapy, you might have been considered to be one of the Mystics, which is the title of the new performance piece by Gash/Voigt Dance Theatre, premiering at Christ Church Cathedral for three nights. (see Performing Arts)

If you thought the only thing the mandolin was good for were some old Rod Stewart standards, you need to head to Cicero's for the Jazz Mandolin Project. (see Concerts)

A major presence on the Austin music scene, Jimmy LaFave, makes his presence known at Off Broadway with the Nighttribe. (see Concerts)

Friday/26
You could spend more than 20 dollars on the new Elvis biography, or you could fork over an even 20 to have David Rosen explain the King to you in Jungian terms in his lecture "Don't Be Cruel to a Heart That's True: The Myth of Elvis Lives On" in the St. Louis Art Museum auditorium. (see Lectures)

There's good karma at Karma when Outhouse and Exit 159 perform. (see Concerts)

You might hear a rebel yell or two at the Hi-Pointe when the Scoundrels, Nashville Rebels and Polyplush Cats take the stage. (see Concerts)

Saturday/27
A weekend in Hermann is worth the drive to discover who's wurst is the worst at the annual Wurstfest. (see Special Events)

Onstage in their various quadrants of the sky are Venus, Saturn, the Orion Nebula and the Beehive Cluster (which is not a retro hairstyle) when the University of Missouri-St. Louis Observatory turns its telescope on the heavens for an open house. (see Special Events)

For 65 bucks you can spend the morning in the St. Louis Art Museum auditorium with Jungian analyst Vocata George for the lecture "Marilyn Monroe: Her Candle Burned Out Long Ago, Her Legend Never Did." If you can even stand to hear that lyric again, you can stay in the afternoon for a discussion with George and David Rosen on Marilyn and Elvis as cultural icons. First question: What would have happened to Marilyn and Elvis if they had participated in Jungian analysis? Would they have fared better than Jackson Pollock? (see Lectures)

Artist Bernard Maisner sheds light on illuminated manuscripts past and present in his lecture "The Art of the Illuminator" at the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art on the campus of St. Louis University. Maisner's lecture is presented in conjunction with the current exhibition of his work in the museum. (see Lectures)

Stardust & Moonburn is a salute to Hoagy Carmichael, with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra getting down with Banu Gibson and New Orleans Hot Jazz at Powell Hall tonight and tomorrow afternoon. (see Concerts)

Men Out Loud displays gay pride and beautiful voices at the Sheldon. (see Concerts)

The Beautys, the Ded Bugs and Thirteen After get the throng all sweaty at Cicero's. (see Concerts)

The Side Door shows its teen spirit with Imperial Teen. (see Concerts)
Back in the '70s, Robin Trower created the best music for long, slightly psychotic night drives across the American hinterlands. Relive the psychosis at Mississippi Nights. (see Concerts)

Sunday/28
Pride St. Louis hosts the Miss Gay Pride Entertainer of the Year Pageant at Magnolia's Bar to benefit PrideFest '99, with the top female impersonators in the city vying for the coveted title. Last year's winner, Sasha Nicole, will be on hand to give up her crown. We say, "Give it up, girl!" (see Special Events)

Synchronia delivers its most recent new-music offerings in Wash. U.'s Steinberg Gallery auditorium. (see Concerts)

Monday/29
Cicero's makes Monday a good night to be out with Robert Deeble. (see Concerts)

Thrash around at Karma with the Vibrators and Gangreen. (see Concerts)

Tuesday/30
Has it really been 20 years of "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina"? If this is a thought you can't let go, you must see the new touring production of Evita at the Fox Theatre, opening tonight and running through Sunday. (see Performing Arts)

Schleigho makes the most of its vowels at Cicero's. (see Concerts)

Wednesday/31
It may be a Hard Knock Life Tour, but it's a hip-hop nation celebrating its own self at Kiel with Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man and Redman. (see Concerts)

Haven't heard much from Salt 'n Pepa lately, so it might be a good day for a road trip to Columbia and the Blue Note to hear what they have to say for themselves. (see Concerts)

Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band evoke the spirit of Bill Monroe at Mississippi Nights. (see Concerts)

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