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Delirious Nomad | 02.06

Their hats may be silly, but the sound of their bagpipes and drums is stirring stuff. The Pipes, Drums & Dancers of the Black Watch & Band of the Welsh Guards are a 200-year-old performing British battalion of kilted fellers that gets serious for ceremonial events in the United Kingdom . Dance St. Louis welcomes the stockinged stalwarts to the Fox Theatre ( Feb. 9–10, 314 -534-1111, www.metrotix.com).

Season subscribers to the children’s theatre series at COCA may recall the magic of FROGZ, a wordless, imaginative show by the Imago Theatre performed a few years back. The charming pantomime, acrobatics, puppetry, and mask play of Biglittlethings, another Imago production, means anteaters, butterflies, hippos, raccoons, and polar bears flouncing across the stage at COCA again (Feb. 10–12, 314-725-6555, www.cocastl.org).

Is it wrong to force a dachshund into a little cowboy costume and to make him race other li’l dogies before thousands of screaming drunks? I dunno; it sure is cute, though. The Beggin’ Strips Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras Pet Parade starts at Allen and Menard, and the PETsMART Wiener Dog Derby toddles forth at Soulard Market Park ( Feb. 19, 314-771-5110, www.mardigrasinc.com).

In his poetry collection Hurdy Gurdy, Tim Seibles waxes on “those days when I'm right in the middle of living forever,” like the time a “really foxy white girl” rubbed up against his 13-year-old self in a public bus. And then, in the same poem, he confesses, ”Some days I can feel the crosshairs/settling on a spot just behind my ear.” Live the bipolar fantasy at the River Styx at Duff’s Reading Series (Feb. 20, 314-533-4541, www.riverstyx.org). Historical novelist Kathryn Davis reads, as well.

The shopping mall hasn’t been this interesting since horny bohunks swung by the pizza place to pick up Jennifer Jason Leigh in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. DIMBY presents the Mardi Gras Mall Crawl with 65 bands playing live in 20 shops at St. Louis Centre. Just remember: Champs has a no-body-surfing rule, OK? (Feb. 23, 314-283-0013 , www.MardiCrawl.com)

A scant three years ago, New Line Theatre struck gold with a production of the hilarious musical cribbed from the covers of The Weekly World News, Bat Boy. Lead actors Todd Schaefer and April Lindsey reprise their respective roles as a long-eared mutant looking for acceptance, and a liberal gal who’s ready to risk rabies for the fanged dude she adores (Feb. 23–March 18 at the ArtLoft Theatre, 314-534-1111, www.metrotix.com).

Fri:: Friday Nights Live entertainment & cash bar at St. Louis Science Center (314-289-4444, www.slsc.org)

Sun: Delta Dental Winter Zoo presents indoor kids’ activities at St. Louis Zoo (314-781-0900, www.stlzoo.org)

Thru Feb. 17: Sculpture by Mayumi Sarai and collages & paintings by Brittany Lueken at Webster University's Cecille R. Hunt Gallery (314-968-7171)

Thru Feb. 25: Drawings: Ahzad Bogosian, Johann Feilacher, Katherine Rhodes Fields, Leon Hicks, Tom Lang at Three Sinks Gallery (314-963-3448)

Thru March 12: Arshile Gorky: The Early Years—Drawings and Paintings, 1927–1937 at MOCRA (314.977.7170,mocra.slu.edu)

Thru March 26: Great Rivers Biennial featuring works by Moses, Jason Wallace Triefenbach, & Matthew Strauss at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (www.contemporarystl.org)

Feb. 1: Strange Brew: Cult Films at Schlafly Bottleworks features Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles, sponsored by Webster Films (314-968-7487, www.webster.edu/filmseries.html)

Feb. 2: Readings at the Schlafly Tap Room featuring poets Patrick Herron, Joe Esser, & Kent Shaw (belz.net/readings)

Feb. 2: Select Nights with music, $1 beer, & complimentary appetizers by Kitchen K at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (www.contemporarystl.org)

Feb. 2: Webster Films presents Werner Herzog’s Aguirre: The Wrath of God at Moore Auditorium (314-968-7487, www.webster.edu/filmseries.html)

Feb. 2: unWorks Film Series featuring documentary on injustices in Sudan Invisible Children at Mo. History Museum (314-746-4599, www.mohistory.org)

Feb. 2–12: Looking Glass Playhouse of Lebanon, Ill., presents musical Urinetown (618-537-4962)

Feb. 3: East African music of Samite at Touhill Performing Arts Ctr. (314-516-4949, www.touhill.org)

Feb. 3: Louis Comfort Tiffany exhibit opens at St. Louis Art Museum; also, screening of films on sculptors Serra, Giacometti, & Eliasson (314-721-0072, www.slam.org) (314-721-0072, www.slam.org)

Feb. 3: St. Louis Folk Festival featuring Greg Brown, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Johnny Irion, & Cosy Sheridan at the Sheldon (314-534-1111, www.sheldonconcerthall.org)

Feb. 3–5: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs music of Mozart, Des Prez, & Kurtag at Powell Hall (314-534-1700, www.slso.org)

Feb. 3–18: Soundstage Productions presents Paula Vogel drama The Long Christmas Ride Home at HH Studio (www.soundstageproductions.net)

Feb. 3–24: Grit featuring works by Daniel Axe, Kate Davis, Zachary Ford, and Emily Francisco at Fort Gondo (www.fortgondo.com)

Feb. 3–25: Four Painters: Arthur Osver, Ernestine Betsberg, Paul Shank, & Sandra Marchewa at Philip Slein Gallery (314-621-4634, www.philipsleingallery.com)

Feb. 3–March 25: Lawrence Lithography Workshop: 26 Years of Collaboration at UMSL’s Gallery 210 (314-516-5952, www.umsl.edu/~gallery/)

Feb. 4: Wine by Design party with Big Nose Cabernet release to benefit AIDS Foundation of St. Louis at Maryland House (314-361-9444)

Feb. 4: Mardi Gras House Decorating Contest with shuttle at Soulard Market Park (314-771-5110, www.mardigrasinc.com)

Feb. 4–5: Backyard Birding Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden (314-577-9400, www.mobot.org)

Feb. 4–5: Metro Theater Co. presents Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse at West County YMCA (314-997-6777, www.metrotheatercompany.org)

Feb. 5: Fred’s Annual Superbowl Sunday Looney Toons Laserdisc Marathon at Frederick’s (www.fredericksmusiclounge.com)

Feb. 5: Young People’s Symphonic Orchestra Concert at Community Music School of Webster Univ. (314-968-7128)

Feb. 6–24: Mixed-media works by Christina Vodicka at SLCC – Forest Park Gallery of Art (314-644-9350)

Feb. 7: Echo Theatre Play Reading Series presents staged reading of Adam Rapp’s Stone Cold Dead at Soulard Coffee Garden (314-995-2123, www.echotheatrecompany.org)

Feb. 7: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Chamber group performs at Tower Grove Park’s Piper Palm House (314-771-2679, www.towergrovepark.org)

Feb. 7–12: St. Louis Boat & Sports Show at America’s Center (www.saintlouisautoshow.com)

Feb. 8–March 5: St. Louis Black Repertory Co. presents Cassandra Medley drama on scientific evidence for racial superiority Relativity at Grandel Theatre (314-534-1111, www.stlouisblackrep.org)

Feb. 8–March 10: Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents Tom Stoppard version of Pirandello’s Henry IV at Webster University’s Loretto-Hilton Center (314-968-4925, www.repstl.org)

Feb. 9: University City Symphony Orchestra performs music of Brahms & Kodaly at COCA (314-725-6555)

Feb. 10: Opening of new show by Jessie Van der Laan at Beverly Gallery (3227 Cherokee, www.fortgondo.com)

Feb. 10 : St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra performs music of Elgar, Haydn, & Rachmaninoff at Community Music School of Webster Univ. (314-421-3600, www.stlphilharmonic.org)

Feb. 10: Teatro Lirico d’Europa presents La Boheme at Touhill Performing Arts Ctr. (314-516-4949, www.touhill.org)

Feb. 10 : Mardi Gras Wine Taste with art show, live music, & food sampling at Mad Art & Lemp Grand Hall ( 314-771-5110, www.mardigrasinc.com)

Feb. 10–11: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs music of Mozart, Stravinsky, & Wuorinen at Powell Hall (314-534-1700, www.slso.org)

Feb. 10–12: Webster Films presents Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket at Moore Auditorium (314-968-7487, www.webster.edu/filmseries.html)

Feb. 10–19: Act II Theatre Co. presents One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at St. Peters Community & Arts Ctr. (636-397-6903)

Feb. 10–19: Muddy Waters Theatre presents a season of Sam Shepard dramas, featuring Simaptico, at St. John’s United Methodist Church (314-540-7831, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Feb. 10–May 14: Drinks are boiling. Iced Drinks are boiling., sculpture by Joseph Havel, at Laumeier Sculpture Park (314-821-1209, www.laumeier.org)

Feb. 11: Ovations! presents Soweto Gospel Choir at Edison Theatre (314-534-1111, www.metrotix.com)

Feb. 11: Crystal Cajun Mardi Gras Cookoff at Casa Loma Ballroom ( 314-771-5110, www.mardigrasinc.com)

Feb. 12: Children’s Mardi Gras Art Fair & Parade at Concordia Elementary ( 1809 S. 8th. Street, www.mardigrasinc.com)

Feb. 12: Soundstage Productions presents Jerome Kelty’s Look Away, drama on sanity hearing of Mary Todd Lincoln, at Mo. History Museum (314-746-4599, www.mohistory.org)

Feb. 12–May 7: First Ladies: Political Role & Public Image at Mo. History Museum (314-746-4599, www.mohistory.org)

Feb. 13: UMSL Premier Performances Artemis String Quartet at Sheldon Concert Hall (314-516-5818)

Feb. 13: Nada Surf free in-store performance at Vintage Vinyl (www.vintagevinyl.com)

Feb. 13: Webster Univ. Big Band & Mini-Big Band at Moore Auditorium (314-968-7128)

Feb. 14: New Media Series: David Hammons’ Phat Free opens at St. Louis Art Museum (314-721-0072, www.slam.org)

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

Feb. 15–18: World Saxophone Quartet at Jazz at the Bistro (314-531-1012, www.jatb.org)

Feb. 15–March 5: Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass at the New Jewish Theatre (314-442-3283, www.jccstl.org)

Feb. 16: Cine 16 free 16-mm academic films screened in new location; Frank Capra TV short & classic “The Red Balloon” tonight at Mo. History Museum (314-746-4599, www.afana.org/cine16stlouis.htm)

Feb. 16–17: Music & Musicians in the Black Artists’ Group of St. Louis Symposium with jazz performances at Washington Univ. (314-935-4841)

Feb. 17: Third Friday Glassblowing & Stretching Demos (BYOB) at Third Degree Glass Studio (314-367-4527, www.stlglass.com)

Feb. 17: St. Louis Anime Meetup Group with screenings of Japanese ’ toons at Star Clipper Comics & Games (anime.meetup.com/144)

Feb. 17–18: Used book sale at St. Louis County Library – Jamestown Bluffs Branch (314-741-6800)

Feb. 17–18: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs music of Dvorak, Bartok, Kodaly, & Janacek at Powell Hall (314-534-1700, www.slso.org)

Feb. 17–19: NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston three-point, slam-dunk, etc., contests & game on TV (www.nba.com)

Feb. 17–19: Webster Films presents documentary on punk pioneers We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen at Moore Auditorium (314-968-7487, www.webster.edu/filmseries.html)

Feb. 17–March 31: Show of Love group exhibition at St. Louis Centre ArtDimensions gallery

Feb. 18: Arianna String Quartet Family Concert “Sing, Speak & Dance” at Touhill Performing Arts Ctr.; free for kids under 17 (314-516-4949)

Feb. 18: Opening of four new exhibits at Sheldon Concert Hall Galleries, including Paula Lincoln: Fragments, Anthony Barboza: Jazz Moves, Invent a Musical Instrument, and Shane Simmons Paintings (314-533-9900, www.sheldonconcerthall.org)

Feb. 18: AMP’D MOBILE World Supercross motorcycle-racing at Edward Jones Dome (314-241-1888, www.ticketmaster.com)

Feb. 18: Wall Ball with 30 artists creating works live at City Museum to benefit SCOSAG ( 314-865-0060, www.SCOSAG.org/wallball)

Feb. 18: Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Imaginary Theatre Co. presents Box Wars at Loretto-Hilton Theatre (314-968-4925, www.repstl.org)

Feb. 18–19: Southern Comfort Taste of Soulard with New Orleans food sampling at two dozen restaurants ( 314-771-5110, www.mardigrasinc.com)

Feb. 18–19: St. Louis Black Repertory Co. presents dramatic performance of Rosa Parks & the Montgomery Bus Boycott at Mo. History Museum (314-746-4599, www.mohistory.org)

Feb. 19: Bach at the Sem concerts at Concordia Seminary featuring violinists Wanda Becker & Kaoru Wada (www.csl.edu/bachat.htm)

Feb. 19: Impressionist Camera: Pictorial Photography in Europe, 1888–1918 opens at St. Louis Art Museum (314-721-0072, www.slam.org)

Feb. 19: St. Louis Chamber Chorus presents “ Polychoral Masterpieces” at St. Louis Cathedral Basilica (636-458-4343, www.chamberchorus.org)

Feb. 19: Washington Univ. Symphony Orchestra performs at Graham Chapel (314-935-4841)

Feb. 19: Webster Symphony Orchestra concert at Community Music School of Webster Univ. (314-968-5939, www.webster.edu/cms)

Feb. 19 & 25: Schlafly Krewe of Brew Mardi Gras heated tent with live music & beer sales at Soulard Market Park (www.schlafly.com)

Feb. 19–20: Arianna String Quartet “Happy 250th Anniversary, Mozart” concerts at Touhill Performing Arts Ctr. & Sheldon Concert Hall (www.ariannaquartet.com)

Feb. 20: Webster Films presents documentary Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser at Moore Auditorium (314-968-7487, www.webster.edu/filmseries.html)

Feb. 20: St. Louis African Chorus in concert at Mo. History Museum (314-746-4599, www.mohistory.org)

Feb. 21: St. Louis Zoo Friends Speaker Series presents “Saving a Rainforest: The Zoo’s Work in Nicaragua” at St. Louis Zoo (314-781-0900, www.stlzoo.org)

Feb. 21: Lift Every Voice Black History Month concert with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, IN UNISON chorus, Denise Thimes, & Ptah Williams at Powell Hall (314-534-1700, www.slso.org)

Feb. 22: The Genius of Mozart at Sheldon Concert Hall (314-533-9900, www.sheldonconcerthall.org)

Feb. 22–26: SLCC – Meramec Theatre presents drama Code: Orange (314-984-7562)

Feb. 22–26: SIU – Edwardsville presents Marivaux drama The Dispute at Dunham Hall Theatre (618-650-2774)

Feb. 23: Galt Niederhoffer reads from & signs novel A Taxonomy of Barnacles at Left Bank Books (314-367-6731, www.left-bank.com)

Feb. 23: Sunken Titanic discoverer Robert Ballard at Maryville U. St. Louis Speakers Series at Powell Hall (314-533-7888, www.speakerseries.com)

Feb. 23–25: Y-Rep Teens present The Trojan Women at West County YMCA ( 636-532-6515)

Feb. 24 : Chamber Music of Arnold Schonberg at Washington Univ. Steinberg Hall (314-935-4841)

Feb. 24: UMSL Premier Performances presents Salzburg Chamber Soloists at Touhill Performing Arts Ctr. (314-516-5818)

Feb. 24–25: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs music of Mozart, Ligeti, Hindemith, & Dvorak at Powell Hall (314-534-1700, www.slso.org)

Feb. 24–26: Annual Art in Bloom event with wild floral arrangements paired with artworks, including lunches, happy hours, kids’ activities, lectures, & extended hours at St. Louis Art Museum (314-721-0072, www.slam.org)

Feb. 24–March 5: Washington Univ. Performing Arts Dept. presents Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at Edison Theatre (314-534-1111, www.metrotix.com)

Feb. 24–March 5: Curtain Call Repertory presents musical Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in the St. Louis Carousel House at Faust Park (636-346-7707, www.curtaincallrep.com)

Feb. 24–March 5: SLCC – Forest Park presents Gregory Carr comedic intergenerational conflict Johnnie Taylor Is Gone at Bastian Theatre (314-644-9386)

Feb. 25: Charter Communications Grand Mardi Gras Parade from Downtown to Soulard ( 314-771-5110, www.mardigrasinc.com)

Feb. 25: Grand Slam of Motorsports Monster Truck Racing at Edward Jones Dome (314-241-1888, www.ticketmaster.com)

Feb. 25: St. Louis Classical Guitar Society presents Festival of Four at Ethical Society (314-567-5566)

Feb. 26: Delta Dental Mardi Gras at St. Louis Zoo Living World (314-7801-0900, www.stlzoo.org)

Feb. 26–May 7: Drawing Upon Stone: John Caspar Wild’s Early Views of the Midwest, painting exhibition at Mo. History Museum (314-746-4599, www,mohistory.org)

Feb. 27: UMSL Premier Performances “Classic Ragtime” with pianist Tom McDermott and clarinetist Evan Christopher (314-516-5818)

Feb. 27–March 17: Paintings by Michael Paradise at SLCC – Forest Park Gallery of Art (314-644-9350)

Feb. 28: Bruce Benderson reads from & signs novel The Romanian: Story of an Obsession at Left Bank Books (314-367-6731, www.left-bank.com)

Feb. 28: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs music of Mussorgsky & Ravel in Young Adult Concert at Powell Hall (314-534-1700, www.slso.org)

Feb. 28: Fat Tuesday Light Up the Night Mardi Gras Parade Downtown ( 314-771-5110, www.mardigrasinc.com)

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