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Delirious Nomad | 04.06

 

The secret thrill of the annual University City Sculpture Series is finding the art. A passel of sculpture students from Washington University designs and builds the temporary pieces, and then erects them in parks big and little throughout U. City. Picking up a map at the opening reception at University City Hall is the key to finding them all during their brief time on earth (2:30 p.m., April 9, www.ucitymo.org).

Ahhhh , Bill Evans. Ahhhh , “Blue in Green,” the Bill Evans song that’s just too slow and beautiful to be from this world. Dig the man and his music at a tribute concert of Evans tunes performed by the in-the-pocket musicians of the Webster Jazz faculty. Then catch a showing of The Universal Mind of Bill Evans at Moore Auditorium, for a super-budget $5 (April 10, 314-968-7487, www.webster.edu/filmseries.html).

What’s new with David Sedaris? How’s his boyfriend, Hugh? His crazy sister, Amy? His other crazy sister, Gretchen? His other other crazy sister, Tiffany? His fourth, uh, yet-more-crazy sister, Lisa? His macho, cussin ’ brother, Paul? Those of us who really have to know will fork over the $37.50 and head to Powell Hall for a performance by the lisping laugh-lit superstar (April 13, 314-534-1700, www.slso.org/events).

There’s really very little to tell about Beat Me in St. Louis, the annual bondage/domination/sadism/masochism convention happening at an undisclosed hotel. That’s because event organizers zealously guard the event’s location and other details until you’ve paid for your registration. They don’t want a bunch of gawkers , dilettantes, or, uh, journalists stopping up the spanking machine, ya see (April 21–23, www.stl3.com/events/bmsl/home). Whip it, indeed.

The only thing better than books is used books. And the only thing better than used books is used books with the occasional brown stain of unknown origin on the top of the page. Head to the annual Greater St. Louis Nursery Foundation Book Fair at Westfield Shoppingtown Mall’s parking garage for a mindless orgy of more than a million used books in all conditions, plus CDs, magazines, videos, ephemera, and all manner of dusty revels (April 27–May 1,www.stlouisbookfair.org).

Some of us walk on the moon by vaporizing the fuzzy fern and listening to Orange Nebula. Others will have to head to Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon , the new film at the St. Louis Science Center’s wraparound Omnimax Theater. Tom Hanks (of course) narrates the skip across the lunar surface (April 28–August, www.slsc.org).

 

Through April 28: Honor Awards 2006 group show at Art St. Louis (314-241-4810, www.artstlouis.org)

Through April 28: The Tom Brady Effect, photo exhibition on performance artist, at Three Sinks Gallery; performances in gallery April 7, 21 & 28 (tombradycreate.com, 314-963-3448)

Through May 29: Exhibition of collages Forget to Remember, Remember to Forget by Shawn Slavik at Subterranean Books (314-862-6100, www.subbooks.com)

Through June 4: Quattro Prospettive/Four Perspectives, A Visual Exchange Between St. Louis & Florence at Regional Arts Commission Gallery (www.stlrac.org)

April 2, 9 & 23: Classic 99 From the Garden Live concert at Mo. Botanical Garden (314-725-0099, www.mobot.org)

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

Thru April 15: Echo Theatre Co. presents Lucy Prebble drama on Internet chat rooms Sugar Syndrome at Tin Ceiling (www.echotheatrecompany.org)

April 1:Gateway Men’s Chorus “Mo Town” concert at Casa Loma Ballroom (www.metrotix.com)

April 1: Heart of America Bench Press & Dead Lift Championships at Gateway Center in Collinsville (www.wabdl.org)

April 1–2: Missouri Tartan Day Festival in St. Charles (www.missouritartandayfestivities.com)

April 1–9: MADCO presents dance spectacle Chimera featuring aerialists, audience participation, & wild sets & costumes at UMSL’s Touhill Performing Arts Center (314-516-4949, www.touhill.org)

April 1–14: St. Louis Munny Show features toys customized by area artists at Star Clipper Comics (314-725-9110, munny.starclipper.com)

April 2: New episodes of “Robot Chicken” return to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim (www.cartoonnetwork.com)

April 2: An evening with Ray Harryhausen , special-effects innovator, at Webster Films (314-968-7487, www.webster.edu/filmseries.html)

April 2: Webster Univ. Classical Guitar Ensemble at Moore Aud . (314-968-7128)

April 4: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Chamber group performs at Tower Grove Park’s Piper Palm House (314-771-2679, www.towergrovepark.org)

April 4: Echo Theatre Play Reading Series presents staged reading of Rebecca Gilman’s The Glory of Living at Soulard Coffee Garden (314-995-2123, www.echotheatrecompany.org)

April 4: Novelist Sigrid Nunez reads as part of Washington Univ. Writing Program series at Hurst Lounge, Duncker Hall (314-935-7130)

April 4–16: Lavish musical Bombay Dreams at Fox Theatre (314-534-1111, www.metrotix.com)

April 5: Strange Brew: Cult Films at Schlafly Bottleworks features samurai classic Yojimbo , sponsored by Webster Films (314-968-7487, www.webster.edu/filmseries.html)

April 6: Readings at the Schlafly Tap Room featuring poets Jane Mead & Carl Phillips (belz.net/readings)

April 6: Left Bank Books welcomes Alex Belth , author of Stepping Up: The Story of All-Star Curt Flood & His Fight for Baseball Players’ Rights (314-367-6731, www.left-bank.com)

April 6 : Russian film Brother at SLU Spring Film Series (7 p.m., free, Kelley Auditorium)

April 7: Mad Arf pet-themed art show to benefit Stray Rescue at Mad Art (www.madart.com)

April 7: “Stonecutter’s Aria” opera/first-person narrative from Carol Faenzi novel at Mo. History Museum (314-746-4599, www.mohistory.org)

April 7: Crossings Concerts presents “Early in the Evening,” jazz works selected by Washington University’s Prof. Gerald Early & performed by locals, at Christ Church Cathedral (artandsoulcafe.org, www.crossingsconcerts.org)

April 7: Archaeological Inst. of America presents talk by Dr. Stephen Tuck on “De Arte Gladiatoria: Recovering Gladiatorial Tactics from Artistic Sources” at St. Louis Art Museum (314-721-0072, www.slam.org)

April 7: First Friday Gallery & Design Walk Downtown on & around Washington Ave. (314-406-5778, www.downtowngallerywalk.com)

April 7–8 & 14–15: Adults-Only Nighttime Easter-Egg Hunt at Jefferson Barracks Park (314-615-4FUN, www.stlouisco.com/parks)

April 7–29: New paintings by Shane Simmons, Barry Leibman , & Laura Beard Aeling at Philip Slein Gallery (314-621-4634, www.philipsleingallery.com)

April 7–29: Jill Downen : ( dis ) embody, installation & sculpture at Bruno David Gallery (www.brunodavidgallery.com)

April 7–May 6: Lingering Presence, intimate photographs of lived-in places by Barbara McDonnell & Kathleen Sanker , at Ellen Curlee Gallery (314-241-1299)

April 7–June 11: The Collectibles & Contemporary Masterworks: St. Louis Collects at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (www.contemporarystl.org)

 

April 7: Arbor Day Tree Giveaway at Mo. Botanical Garden (314-577-9400, www.mobot.org)

April 8-20: U. City Photo Show at U. City Library (314-727-3150)

April 8: Kathryn M. Buder Center Native American Pow Wow at Washington Univ. Field House (gwbweb.wustl.edu/buder/events.html)

April 8: Eagles of Death Metal in-store performance at Vintage Vinyl (www.vintagevinyl.com)

April 8: Repeal of Prohibition Beer Festival at Schlafly Bottleworks (www.schlafly.com)

April 8: Race, Power & Money lectures series presents Dr. Mary Berry on “The Issue of Reparations” at Mo. History Museum (314-746-4599, www.mohistory.org)

April 8: Anime Mini-Convention at Maryville Univ. ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

April 8: Midwest Fight Fest no-holds-barred fighting at Stratford Inn in Fenton (www.shamrockpromotionsllc.com)

April 8–9: Spirit of St. Louis Marathon including 5K Run; Read, Right ,& Run Marathon; Mature Mile; and Children’s Fun Runs in Forest Park; Marathon; Half Marathon; and Marathon Relay near Soldiers’ Memorial (www.stlouismarathon.com , 314-629-2489)

April 9: St. Louis Gypsy (Roma) Music Festival by Gitana Productions, in Forest Park’s World’s Fair Pavilion with ethnic food sales ( stlouis.missouri.org/gitana )

April 9: St. Louis Chamber Chorus presents “Classic Encounters,” with works by Rorem & Elgar , at Washington Univ.’s Graham Chapel (636-458-4343, www.chamberchorus.org)

April 10: St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day with Kiener Plaza pep rally (www.stlcardinals.com)

April 10: Left Bank Books welcomes Wade Rouse, author of memoir on growing up gay in rural area America’s Boy (314-367-6731, www.left-bank.com)

April 11: Northwinds Concert Band “Worlds Lost & Found” concert features Otto Schwarz’s Man in the Ice, score for documentary on unfrozen mummy, performed to scenes from film, at Florissant Civic Center Theatre (314-921-5678)

April 11: Nine Black Alps in-store performance at Vintage Vinyl (www.vintagevinyl.com)

April 11–13: Toys & Collectibles Auction at Ivey-Selkirk (www.iveyselkirk.com)

April 12: Rub the blood of the lamb on ya door for Passover

April 12: 52nd City magazine release party at Atomic Cowboy (www.52ndcity.com)

April 12–16: SLCC – Meramec presents Jane Martin’s Anton in Show Business (314-984-7562)

April 14: Inspiration behind Hotel Rwanda & author of An Ordinary Man Paul Rusesabagina speaks at St. Louis County Library HQ (www.slcl.org)

 

April 14: Jana Harper exhibition opens at Beverly Gallery; one-night art event featuring works by Lisa Bulawsky & Dan Kelly at Fort Gondo (www.fortgondo.com)

April 14: Josef von Sternberg/Marlene Dietrich film series featuring Shanghai Express at St. Louis Art Museum (314-721-0072, www.slam.org)

April 14–15: Venus Envy women arts extravaganza exhibition & party at St. Louis Centre (www.venusenvy.org)

April 14–June 11: Bill Keaggy Junk Science exhibit at COCA (314-725-6555, www.cocastl.org)

April 14–22: Washington Univ. MFA First Year Show at Des Lee Gallery (www.art.wustl.edu)

 

April 14: MadJAZZ concert series Guitar Circus features many guitarists at Mad Art (314-771-8230, www.madartgallery.com)

April 15: St. Louis Classical Guitar Society presents Pavel Steidl at Ethical Society of St. Louis (314-991-0955)

April 15: 52nd City magazine/ blog book-sale fundraiser at The Royale (www.52ndcity.com)

April 16: New Music Circle presents avant garde musician Alvin Lucier at Washington Univ.’s Steinberg Auditorium (314-995-4963, www.newmusiccircle.org)

April 17: River Styx at Duff’s Reading Series presents author collective “Loosely Identified” (314-533-4541, www.riverstyx.org)

April 17: Webster Univ. Big Band & Mini Big Band scholarship benefit concert at Moore Aud . (314-968-7128)

 

April 18: James Hegarty electronic-music outdoor concert at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park (atrium, Theatre Bldg., 314-644-9769)

April 18–23: SIU – Edwardsville presents Gilbert & Sullivan operetta Pirates of Penzance at Dunham Hall Theatre (618-650-2774)

April 19–23: St. Charles Community College Center Stage Theatre presents The Complete Works of W. Shakespeare (Abridged) at Shook Fine Arts Bldg. (636-922-8050)

April 19–May 14: St. Louis Black Repertory Co. presents August Wilson drama King Hedley II at Grandel Theatre (314-534-1111, www.theblackrep.org)

April 20: Ciné 16 free 16-mm academic films at Mo. History Museum; tonight, Buster Keaton’s The General (314-746-4599, www.afana.org/cine16stlouis.htm)

April 20: St. Louis Poetry Ctr. 60th Anniversary Celebration with readings at U. City Library (www.stlouispoetrycenter.org)

April 20: Les Choristes at SLU Spring Film Series (7 p.m., free, Kelley Aud .)

April 20: Merle Haggard & Bob Dylan at Fox Theatre (www.metrotix.com)\

 

April 20: Washington Univ. Concert Choir at Graham Chapel

April 20-28: Soundstage Productions presents Deborah Brevoort drama Blue Moon Over Memphis featuring Elvis impersonator Steve Davis at HH Studios (314-968-8070)

 

April 21: Josef von Sternberg/Marlene Dietrich film series featuring Scarlet Empress at St. Louis Art Museum (314-721-0072, www.slam.org)

April 21: Webster Univ. New Music Ensemble at school’s Music Annex (314-968-7128)

April 21-22: Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival featuring trumpeter Clark Terry
at Jazz at the Bistro & UM-St. Louis (314-516-4949)

April 21–23: Ovations! & Dance St. Louis present LINES Ballet at Edison Theatre (314-534-1111, www.metrotix.com)

April 21–23: Smoke up—or not—at Herb Weekend plant sales & demos at Mo. Botanical Garden (314-577-9400, www.mobot.org)

 

April 21-23: Valerie Harper in Golda Meir story Golda’s Balcony at Fox Theatre (www.metrotix.com)

April 21–25: Webster Univ. Conservatory of Theatre Arts presents Once in a Lifetime at Loretto -Hilton Center (314-968-7128)

April 21–29: SLU Theatre presents Neil LaBute’s The Shapes of Things at Xavier Hall (314-977-3327)

April 21–30: Washington Univ. Performing Arts Dept. presents musical about scarred woman on bus-pilgrimage Violet at A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre (314-534-1111, www.metrotix.com)

April 21–30: SLCC – Forest Park presents Dale Wasserman musical Man of La Mancha at Bastian Theatre (314-644-9386)

April 21–May 6: HotCity Theatre presents David Ives comedy Polish Joke at ArtLoft Theatre (314-289-4060, www.hotcitytheatre.org)

 

April 21-May 12: Zak Starer exhibition at Fort Gondo (www.fortgondo.com)

April 22: Pedal Through The Past Forest Park bicycle ride (www.trailnet.org)

 

April 22: Zoo President Dr. Jeffrey P. Bonner signs Sailing with Noah: Stories From the World of Zoos at St. Louis Zoo (314-781-0900, www.stlzoo.org)

April 22: Author Steve Fischer signs When the Mob Ran Vegas: Stories of Money, Mayhem, and Murder at Borders Creve Coeur (314-432-3575)

April 22–23: Grand South Grand House Tour (www.southgrand.org)

April 23: Earth Day in Forest Park Muny area (www.stlouisearthday.org)

April 23 : Webster Univ. Symphony Orchestra at Community Music School of Webster Univ. (314-968-5939)

April 26: Andre Rieu & Johann Strauss Orchestra at Savvis Center (www.ticketmaster.com)

April 26: Author of juvenile classic Anastasia Krupnik Lois Lowry speaks at St. Louis Public Library Buder Branch (314-367-6731)

April 27 : The Ballad of Ramblin ’ Jack Elliot at SLU Spring Film Series (7 p.m., free, Kelley Auditorium)

April 27: Webster Univ. Classical Guitar Ensemble at Moore Aud . (314-968-7128)

April 27 : Christine Todd Whitman at St. Louis Speakers Series at Powell Hall (314-533-7888, www.speakerseries.com)

April 28: Performance of Berlioz’ Te Deum at St. Louis Cathedral featuring three choirs, soloists, orchestra, & organ (314-533-7662, www.stlcathedralconcerts.org)

April 28: Ovations! presents jazz vocalist Rene Marie with Imani Winds in “The Josephine Baker Project: Le Jazz Hot” at Edison Theatre (314-534-1111, www.metrotix.com)

April 28: African Cinema of Ousmane Sembene film series featuring Black Girl at St. Louis Art Museum (314-721-0072, www.slam.org )

April 28: Family Movie Night with film screened outdoors at St. Vincent Community Ctr. (314-721-8102)

April 28–29: Second City comedy troupe performs at Touhill Ctr. (314-516-4949, www.touhill.org)

April 28–29: Dance St. Louis presents Mark Morris Dance Group at Touhill Ctr. (314-534-1111, www.metrotix.com)

April 28–30: Webster Univ. Dance Ensemble at Loretto -Hilton Ctr. (314-968-7128)

April 28–May 6: Washington Univ. MFA Thesis Show at Des Lee Gallery (www.art.wustl.edu)

April 28–May 7: St. Peters Act II Theatre presents Steve Martin comedy The Underpants at St. Peters Community & Arts Ctr. ( 636-288-3512)

April 28 – Aug. 26: Josephine Baker: Image & Icon exhibition with concerts, lectures, & films at Sheldon Concert Hall (www.sheldonconcerthall.org)

April 29: Ovations! for Young People presents the Imani Winds in How Jeff Got His Groove Back at Edison Theatre (314-534-1111, www.metrotix.com)

April 29: National Dance Week Finale performances by 30 troupes at St. Louis Union Station (www.stlouisunionstation.com)

 

April 29: Wings of Spring Confluence Birding Festival at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary near Alton, IL (www.wingsofspring.org)

April 29: Searchlight Party at top of U. City Hall

April 29-30: U. City in Bloom Perennial Plant Sale at Heman Pk. Community Ctr. (www.ucity100years.org)

April 29–30: “Josephine Baker: A Centennial Celebration” at Webster Films (314-968-7487, www.webster.edu/filmseries.html)

 

April 30: U. City Spring House Tour (314-726-0668, www.ucityresidential.org)

April 30: Bach Society of St. Louis presents “Reflections” concert at St. Francis Xavier College Church (314-652-BACH, www.bachsociety.org)

April 30: Holocaust Museum & Learning Ctr. Film Series presents Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness (www.hmlc.org)

April 30: Washington Univ. Concert Choir & Symphony Orchestra at Graham Chapel (314-935-4841)

April 30–Oct. 31: Chihuly at the Garden glass sculpture indoors & out at Mo. Botanical Garden (314-577-9400, www.mobot.org)

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