Delirious Nomad | 02.07

sarahsilverman February may be as cold as the alleged witch's genitalia, but there's no shortage of fun events organized for indoor pleasures.



February may be as cold as the alleged witch's genitalia, but there's no shortage of fun events organized for indoor pleasures. Listen to a talk by a woman who's a great advocate for human rights, when she isn't – and even when she is – working as the world's most famous journalist; CNN's Christiane Amanpour does the St. Louis Speakers Series at Powell Hall Feb. 1 (314-533-7888, Sometimes he feels like a motherless chile: Leon Burke sings a tribute to Paul Robeson at the Sheldon Feb. 3 (, 314-533-9900).

A new Valentine's Day tradition, Love-O-Rama presents "The V-Day Spectacular" with film docs, performances by political tease-act Bench Press Burlesque, stage dancers, a kissing booth, and live music by Celia's Big Rock Band, The IN? and Fire Dog, at Lucas School House Feb. 15 (314-621-6565, And winter's chill gets colder still with a theatrical version of Orwell's 1984 that, I'm betting, has to conjure thoughts of Bush's post-9/11 assault on our privacy rights. How could Tim Robbins' Actors' Gang have it otherwise? (Edison Theatre Ovations! Series, Feb. 16-17,

Through March 18: Seeking Nihility, mixed media & installations by Jennifer Weigel, at Subterranean Books gallery (

Through June 3: Cold War exhibition at Jefferson Barracks Park (314-544-6224,

Sundays in Feb.: Delta Dental Winter Zoo presents indoor kids' activities at St. Louis Zoo (314-781-0900,

Feb. 1: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra chamber group performs avant garde music of Cage & Feldman at Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (, 314-534-1700)

Feb. 1: Ten Jens (Hofer, Bervin, Chang, Chapis, Coleman, Currin, Benka, Tynes, Woods, and Lyons) read their poetry at Observable Readings series at Schlafly Bottleworks (

Feb. 1: CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks as part of St. Louis Speakers Series at Powell Hall (314-533-7888,

Feb. 1: Select Nights with DJ, drinks & appetizers at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (

Feb. 1: Sarah Silverman Program premieres on Comedy Central (

Feb. 2: St. Louis Folk Festival with singer/songwriter Vance Gilbert, folk-rock trio Girlyman, and singing sisters Nerissa and Katryna Nields at the Sheldon Concert Hall (, 314-533-9900)

Feb. 2: Mardi Gras Wine Taste with art show, live music & food sampling at Mad Art & Lemp Grand Hall, with trolleys circulating between (314-771-5110,

Feb. 2: Nicholas Nixon: 30 Years of Photography opens at St. Louis Art Museum (, 314-721-0072)

Feb. 2-3: Super Bowl Shabbat Jewish event with former NFL linebacker Alan Veingrad at Sheraton Clayton Plaza (314-725-0400)

Feb. 2-3: Doc on beat-boxing Breath Control at Webster Films (314-968-7487,

Feb. 2-4: Matthias Kuchta Puppetry presents The Emperor's New Clothes at COCA Family Theatre Series (, 314-725-6555)

Feb. 3: Crystal Cajun Mardi Gras Cookoff at Casa Loma Ballroom (314-771-5110,

Feb. 3: Free in-store concert by Ghost in Light at Vintage Vinyl (

Feb. 3: Maestro Leon Burke presents tribute to Paul Robeson at the Sheldon (, 314-533-9900)

Feb. 3: St. Patrick Center for the homeless benefit screening of Hurricane on the Bayou at St. Louis Science Center Omnimax Theatre with Cajun food and live music by young fiddler from film, Amanda Shaw (, 314-289-4424)

Feb. 3: Race, Power & Money Series presents FOCUS St. Louis program Bridges Across Racial Polarization at Mo. History Museum (, 314-746-4599)

Feb. 4: Children's Mardi Gras Art Fair & Parade at King of Glory Lutheran School (1809 S. 8th Street at Soulard,

Feb. 4: Backyard Birding Festival at Mo. Botanical Garden (314-577-9400,

Feb. 5: Staged reading of Clare Booth Luce's The Women to benefit Avalon Theatre Co., with 17 local actresses, silent auction & drinks at the St. Louis Women's Club (, 314-351-6482)

Feb. 5: For the Sake of Art jazz tribute to Art Blakey with Webster University Faculty Jazz Ensemble performing songs by Blakey, Benny Golson, Lee Morgan, Horace Silver and Wayne Shorter at Moore Auditorium, Webster University (314-968-7128)

Feb. 6: Lunch & Learn Series: "African-American Lives" with screening of PBS series tracing African ancestors with DNA at Mo. History Museum (, 314-746-4599)

Feb. 6-11: St. Louis Boat & Sports Show at America's Center (

Feb. 7: Strange Brew cult films at Schlafly Bottleworks presents The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (314-968-7487,

Feb. 7: ECHO Theatre Company's "Hump Day" Play Reading Series presents The Whore of Sheridan Square by Michael Baron at Soulard Coffee Garden (

Feb. 7-11: Black Theatre Workshop at SIUE presents Ossie Davis comedy about revenge on the plantation owner Purlie Victorious at Metcaf Theatre (888-328-5168, ext. 2774)

Feb. 7-March 4: Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles at Loretto-Hilton Theatre (314-968-4925,

Feb. 8: 3 Warhol films, Kiss, Since & Blow Job, at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (

Feb. 8: Short story stylist Deborah Eisenberg reads from her work as part of Washington Univ. Writing Program Reading Series at Formal Lounge, Women's Building (314-935-7130)

Feb. 8-18: Muddy Waters Theatre presents Arthur Miller drama Death of a Salesman at St. John's Methodist Church Theatre (314-540-7831)

Feb. 8-25: Hydeware Theatre presents local playwright James Wax' Insignificant Others… a love story, a comedy about imaginary friends, at the Tin Ceiling (314-368-7306,

Feb. 9: Works by Cameron Fuller opening at Fort Gondo (

Feb. 9: St. Louis Philharmonic featuring music of Holst & Mendelssohn at 560 Trinity (314-421-3600,

Feb. 9: Dr. Frank Stadermann, from Washington University's Laboratory for Space Sciences, will present his findings from comet debris returned by Stardust mission at St. Louis Science Center Planetarium (

Feb. 9-10: Dance St. Louis presents Hungarian State Folk Ensemble at UMSL's Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Ctr. (

Feb. 9-26: Never Meaning No Harm, new painting, drawing, sculpture and video by Texas artists Eric Gibbons and Ryan Lauderdale at Mad Art (

Feb. 9-May 13: Karyn Olivier: A Closer Look at Laumeier Sculpture Pk. galleries (

Feb. 10: Lift Every Voice Black History Month concert with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, IN UNISON chorus & special guests (314-534-1700,

Feb. 10-11: Southern Comfort Taste of Soulard with New Orleans food sampling at 2 dozen restaurants via trolley (314-771-5110,

Feb. 11: Beggin' Strips Barkus Mardi Gras Pet Parade & PETsMART Wiener Dog Derby at Soulard Market Park (

Feb. 11: Echoes of History in Music program with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra group performance inspired by artifacts at Mo. History Museum (, 314-746-4599)

Feb. 11: Celebrate the Gospel gospel-music celebration with city-wide, multi-racial gospel choir performing the debut of a new work by Fred Onovwerosuoke, director of the St. Louis African Chorus, at Mo. Botanical Garden (, 314-577-9400)

Feb. 11: Figure Skating Show at Greensfelder Rec Center at Queeny Park (636-391-0922,

Feb. 12-March 9: Paintings & mixed media by Sarah Gianoble at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park Gallery of Art (314-644-9231)

Feb. 13: St. Louis Zoo Friends Speaker Series presents "WildCare Institute: Center for Conservation of the Humboldt Penguin" in the Living World (314-768-5450,

Feb. 13: Romantic Reads Book Sale with very inexpensive romance novels for sale, plus "romantic refreshments" and music at St. Louis County Library-Rock Road Branch (314-429-5116,

Feb. 14: Love in the Loop University City Loop lovey-dovey discounts & such (314-727-8000,

Feb. 14: Observable Readings series Valentine's Day poetry event at The Royale (

Feb. 14-March 11:  St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre presents Ron Himes musical Crossin' Over at Grandel Theatre (314-534-3810,

Feb. 14-15: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra chamber group performs avant garde music of Steve Reich & George Crumb at Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (, 314-534-1700)

Feb. 15: Love-O-Rama presents "The V-Day Spectacular" with film docs, Bench Press Burlesque performances, lice rock by Celia's Big Rock Band, The IN? and Fire Dog, stage dancers & kissing booth at Lucas School House (314-621-6565,

Feb. 15: Russian Roulette St. Petersburg Clown-Mime Theatre performs at JCC (

Feb. 15: Cine 16 vintage school films presents "Black & Proud in the 70's" program at Mo. History Museum (, 314-746-4599)

Feb. 15-18: Soundstage Productions presents original Gregory Carr drama Stormy Monday, on African American men looking for work at new 1959 Chrysler plant in Fenton, at Mo. History Museum (

Feb. 15-24: Lindenwood University theatre presents The Sea, English comedy of manners adapted from Shakespeare's The Tempest (636-949-4878)

Feb. 15-March 4: Orange Girls present John Olive drama on schizophrenic writer Standing On My Knees at COCA (

Feb. 16: Waking Desire: The Films of Merchant Ivory featuring A Room with a View at St. Louis Art Musuem (, 314-721-0072)

Feb. 16: Free Family Night at the Magic House (

Feb. 16: "Heaven Sense" event with dancers mingling with guests, lazily floating Warhol silver balloons, live music & poetry and 7-ft. disco ball at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (

Feb. 16-17: Tim Robbins' Actors' Gang presents George Orwell's 1984 at Edison Theatre, via Ovations! Series (

Feb. 16-18: Dance St. Louis presents high-energy percussion & dance spectacular Stomp at Fox Theatre (

Feb. 16-18: Clayton Symphony Orchestra & Stray Dog Theatre perform My Fair Lady in Concert at Clayton High School (

Feb. 16-18: NBA All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas, with 3-point, slam-dunk, etc. contests & game on TV (

Feb. 16-24: St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley presents Steve Martin comedy Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Fischer Theatre (314-513-4488)

Feb. 17: Pyramid Companies Grand Mardi Gras Parade from downtown to Soulard (; Schlafly Krewe of Brew Mardi Gras heated tent with live music & beer sales at Soulard Market Park (

Feb. 17: Grand Slam of Motorsports Monster Truck Racing at Edward Jones Dome (314-241-1888,

Feb. 17: Hansel & Gretel: The Next Generation by Imaginary Theatre Co. at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (

Feb. 17-18: Missouri Orchid Society Show & Sale at Mo. Botanical Garden (, 314-577-9400)

Feb. 18: St. Louis Chamber Chorus presents "Luther's Legacy" at Immanuel Lutheran Church of St. Charles (636-458-4343,

Feb. 18: Delta Dental Mardi Gras at St. Louis Zoo Living World (314-7801-0900,

Feb. 18: Waking Dreams: The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites from the Delaware Art Museum opens at St. Louis Art Museum (, 314-721-0072)

Feb. 18: Webster Univ. Symphony Orchestra performs music of Britten, Barber & Beethoven at 560 Trinity (

Feb. 19: Eric Post, photographer of Ghost Town: While St. Louis Sleeps, gives slide show as part of Monday Noon Series in Rm. 229, J.C. Penney Conference Center, UMSL (

Feb. 19: Poet Monica de la Torre & novelist Jane DeLynn read from & sign their books at River Styx at Duff's Reading Series (

Feb. 19: Screening of doc on jazzman Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus plus live concert by Webster Jazz faculty at school's Moore Auditorium (314-968-7487,

Feb. 20: Fat Tuesday Parade downtown featuring Bud Light Party Zone (

Feb. 20-25: Pulitzer Prize-winning John Patrick Shanley drama on priest who may or may not have been shtupping student Doubt, featuring Cherry Jones, at Fox Theatre (314-534-1111,

Feb. 21: Christopher "Thank You For Smoking" Buckley speaks as part of Washington Univ. Assembly Series at Graham Chapel (314-935-5285)

Feb. 21-25: Jesus Hopped the A Train drama performed by St. Louis Community College-Meramec (314-984-7562)

Feb. 21-25: SIUE presents Nicky Silver farce about liberal do-gooders The Altruists at Dunham Hall Theatre (888-328-5168, ext. 2774)

Feb. 21-March 4: Webster University Conservatory of Theatre presents Ivan Turgenev drama A Month in the Country at Emerson Studio Theatre (314-968-7128)

Feb. 22: Free in-store concert by Tech N9ne at Vintage Vinyl (

Feb. 22: Screening of Rachel Lyon's Race to Execution, on death row inmates, followed by panel discussion with experts, at Mo. History Museum (, 314-746-4599)

Feb. 22-24: Y Rep Teens present J.B. Priestly British onstage thriller Dangerous Corner at West County YMCA (636-532-6515, ext. 227)

Feb. 22-25: St. Louis Annual Builders Home & Garden Show (

Feb. 22-March 10: AfterMidnight presents Daniel MacIvor "suburban gothic" drama Cul De Sac at Technisonic Studios (500 S. Ewing in the St. Louis Business Center, near Jefferson and Highway 40, 314 487-5305,

Feb. 23: Spoken word performance by Saul "Love Jones" Williams at Mo. History Museum (, 314-746-4599)

Feb. 23: Waking Desire: The Films of Merchant Ivory featuring Maurice at St. Louis Art Musuem; plus free concert by Samba Bom Trio (, 314-721-0072)

Feb. 23-25: Dance St. Louis presents DanceBrazil at Edison Theatre (

Feb. 23-25: Harris Stowe University theatre presents civil rights drama The Face of Emmett Till (314-340-5975)

Feb. 23-March 4: Midsummer Night's Dream at St. Louis University Theatre (314-977-3327)

Feb. 23-March 4: St. Louis Community College-Forest Park presents comedy on ugly Americans Some Americans Abroad at Bastian Theatre (314-644-9386)

Feb. 24: St. Louis Classical Guitar Society presents Paul O'Dette & Ellen Hargis at Ethical Society (, 314-567-5566)

Feb. 24: The Grace Lee Project doc on the diversity of women who share that name screened at Webster Films, with appearance by director Grace Lee (314-968-7487,

Feb. 24-25: Gardening Blitz Weekend with cluster of indoor classes in Low-Maintenance Perennials, Plants of Merit Old and New, Missouri Natives in Your Garden, Birds and Birding in St. Louis, Spring Mediterranean Seafood Dinner, Hillside and Slope Gardens, Garden Photography Workshop, A Taste of Watercolor,  KMOX "Garden Hotline" host Mike Miller on Well-seasoned Advice for the Novice Gardener, Perennials for Saturday Gardeners, Perennial Gardening in the Shade, Planting for Hummingbirds and Butterflies, Best Roses for St. Louis, Spring Lawn Care, Grab-and-Go Healthy Breakfasts, Best Shrubs, Fresh Floral Wreath, and Growing Orchids ($15 and up each) at Missouri Botanical Garden (, 314-577-9441)

Feb. 25: Winter Legends of Lone Elk Park nature walk with cocoa, sponsored by St. Louis County Parks (636-391-0922,

Feb. 25: Cinema St. Louis Oscar Night America watching party with giveaways, popcorn, official programs, drinks & silent auction at the Pageant (

Feb 25: Lost Boys of Sudan doc with appearance by native Sudanese man and Webster administrator Wenceslaus P'Oryem at Webster Films (314-968-7487,

Feb. 26: Webster Univ. Big Band & Mini-Big Band in "Ellington is Forever!" Concert at Moore Auditorium (314-968-7128)

Feb. 26: K. Curtis Lyle reads from and signs his new poetry chapbook, The Epileptic Camel Driver Speaks to a Refugee Death: Elegy for Fakin' Floyd Raintree, b/w Nailed Seraphim, published by Hoobellatoo, at Duff's (, 314,265-1435)

Feb. 27-March 11: Edward Scissorhands dance musical at Fox Theatre (

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