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Delirious Nomad | 05.06

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When was the last time you went to a concert where live crickets were used as an instrument (and not a punchline)? It happened last year at an Experimental Noise/Music Gathering at Dunaway Books. Each Thursday in May, the bookstore stays open late, and musicians who play cellos, electronic doodads, children’s toy instruments, and even buckets of crickets make soft noises in the corners. You seek out the funny noises, and dig on their subtle interplay above and below the conversation (314-771-7150, www.dunawaybooks.com).

Look, you can go to this event after I’ve bought my ticket, okay? Because this is gonna sell out like Hustlers at the prison gift shop, and I will not be denied. I’m talkin’ ’bout the Crispin Glover appearance at Webster Films. The High Priest of Weird will screen his recent film featuring actors with Down’s Syndrome, What Is It?. He’ll also present something called the “Big Slide Show” which, whatever it turns out to be, will certainly skirt “normal,” thank goodness. He’ll sell and sign items afterward, too, at Webster Films May 4, (314-968-7487, www.webster.edu/filmseries.html).

Will Free Comic Book Day save the planet? Not likely, chum, but if all goes as planned, it will get more kids into the hobby. Nearly every comics store in the land is giving away an assortment of comics, ranging from Conan to Star Wars to GI Joe to Archie to the X-Men. Head to www.freecomicbookday.com for a directory of where to go (May 6).

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra conductor David Robertson has really nice hair. That, and his charismatic command of musicians, the media, and audiences near and far seem to have secured him a place in the tympani of our hearts. (Aw, shucks.) Robertson returns to UMSL’s Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center for a night intended to stretch your expectations of all things percussion. The maestro, a passel of Orchestra members, percussionist Colin Currie, and some Juilliard School students beat it and repeat it on May 10 (314-516-4949, www.touhill.org).

Last time Cirque du Soleil came to town was the first time Cirque du Soleil came to town, and it was so damned good, adults stopped taking Xanax and kids started. The phantastique experience of dazzling acrobatics paired with ambient music, jungle lighting, and other bizarre stimuli is designed to muddle and then mollify the senses. Delirium doesn’t come cheap, but your splurge-alert should be going off—now may be the time. (May 12-13, Savvis Center, www.cirquedusoleil.com)

I’m not saying that you have to be a vegetarian, hemp-clothes-wearin’, skinny tech geek with a photo of a Space Shuttle liftoff hanging in your bathroom in order to own a recumbent bicycle. But it helps. In truth, riding a recumbent bike or trike is more fun than an amputee doin’ the hokey-pokey. Lean back and go forth at a Recumbent Bicycle Rally in Russell Commons Park in Alton on May 13 (www.trailnet.org, www.stlrecumbents.com).

May–Aug.: Trailnet sponsors weekly Tues. evening Riverfront Trail Bicycle Rides departing from Laclede’s Landing & Wed. evening bicycle rides along trail around Creve Coeur Lake (314-416-9930, www.trailnet.org)

May–Aug.: Wed. Night Bicycle Rides in “Central Corridor” & Thurs. Night Rides through low-traffic streets in Des Peres, Ladue, & Kirkwood sponsored by Trailnet Bicycle Fun Club (314-416-9930, www.trailnet.org)

May 2: 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)

May 2: Percussion Ensemble at SLCC–Forest Park (314-644-9769)

May 2: Washington Univ. Jazz Band at Steinberg Hall (314-935-4841)

May 2-7: Musical Hairspray at Fox Theatre (www.metrotix.com)

May 2–June 6: Twilight Tuesdays outdoor concerts at Mo. History Museum with concessions; bring picnics & folding chairs (314-746-4599, www.mohistory.org)

May 3: Strange Brew: Cult Films at Schlafly Bottleworks features The Loved One, sponsored by Webster Films (314-968-7487, www.webster.edu/filmseries.html)

May 3–6: St. Louis Storytelling Festival at various venues (www.umsl.edu/~conted/storyfes)

May 3–21: From Door to Door by James Sherman at the New Jewish Theatre (314-442-3283, www.jccstl.org)

May 4: Author of memoir Oh, The Glory of It All Sean Wilsey reads from & signs his book at Left Bank Books (314-367-6731, www.left-bank.com)

May 4: Crispin Glover screens his film What Is It?, featuring actors with Down’s Syndrome, presents an offbeat slide show, and sells and signs items afterward at Webster Films (314-968-7487, www.webster.edu/filmseries.html)

May 4–6: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs music of DeGrigny, Banjamin, Sibelius, & Brahms (314-534-1700, www.slso.org)

May 4–13: Hydeware Theatre presents Joe Mantegna’s Bleacher Bums at COCA (314-368-7306, www.hydewaretheatre.org)

May 4–13: Theatre Guild of Webster Groves presents Alan Ayckbourn wicked comedy Bedroom Farce (www.theaterguildwg.org)

May 5: Central West End Gallery Walk (www.thecwe.com)

May 5: Awesome: I F***in’ Shot That!, Beastie Boys performance film shot by 50 fans in one night, at Webster Films (314-968-7487, www.webster.edu/filmseries.html)

May 5: Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Kiener Plaza downtown (314-837-6100, http://hispanicfestivalstl.com)

May 5: First Friday Gallery Walk downtown (www.downtownstlouis.org)

May 5: African Cinema of Ousmane Sembene film series featuring Camp de Thiaroye at St. Louis Art Museum (314-721-0072, www.slam.org)

May 5–6: St. Louis Dance Festival Showcase with Indian, ballet, modern, African, jazz, & flamenco dance at Edison Theatre (314-997-0911)

May 5–6: Modern Art Music Festival at SLCC–Forest Park (314-644-9769)

May 5–7: Florissant Valley of Flowers Festival with Children’s Celebration of Performing Arts at Florissant Civic Ctr. (314-921-5678, www.florissantmo.com)

May 5–13: Kirkwood Theatre Guild presents musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Kirkwood Comm. Ctr. (314-821-9956)

May 5–27: Leslie Laskey: Realms at Bruno David Gallery (314-531-3030, www.brunodavidgallery.com)

May 5–June 3: Art by Eric Nichols & Ron Buechele at Mad Art (314-771-8230, www.madart.com)

May 6: Million Marijuana March to the Arch (http://gstlnorml.org)

May 6: Taboo-breaking comedian Doug Stanhope at Pop’s (www.popsrocks.com)

May 6–7: Flower Festival at Christ Church Cathedral (www.yourcathedral.org)

May 7: 77th Annual Washington Univ. Fashion Design Show at St. Louis Galleria (www.art.wustl.edu, 314-935-6543)

May 7: University City Symphony Orchestra performs music of Ravel & Woehr at COCA (314-725-6555)

May 7: Webster U. alum Brian Jun screens his film Steel City at Webster Films (314-968-7487, www.webster.edu/filmseries.html)

May 7: Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis presents play for juniors Soothsayin’ – A Stylin’ Julius Caesar at St. Louis Art Museum (314-721-0072, www.slam.org)

May 7: Big Big House Tour of St. Louis City featuring home fair at Central Reform Congregation (www.bigbigtour.org)

May 7: St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra performs music of Brahms, Tower, Barber, & Tchaikovsky (314-534-1700, www.slso.org)

May 8: River Styx Literary Feast at Duff’s featuring authors Lee Abbot & Marjorie Stelmach (314-533-4541, www.riverstyx.org)

May 8: Author of Cage of Stars Jacquelyn Mitchard reads from and signs her book at St. Louis Public Library, Schlafly Branch (314-367-6731, www.left-bank.com)

May 10–13: Kurt Elling at Jazz at the Bistro (www.jatb.org)

May 12: St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra performs music of Arnold, DeFalla, & Shostakovich at Comm. Music School of Webster Univ. (314-421-3600, www.stlphilharmonic.org)

May 12: Comedian D.L. Hughley with Katt Williams at Fox Theatre (314-534-1111, www.metrotix.com)

May 12: Car cruise at Stratford Inn in Fenton (www.stratfordbar.com)

May 12: SLCC–Meramec sculpture show at Fort Gondo; new show with works by Angela Malchionno, Sharon Bean, & Xenia Federchenko at Beverly Gallery (www.fortgondo.com)

May 12–13 Cirque du Soleil presents Delirium at Savvis Ctr. (www.cirquedusoleil.com)

May 12–14: Art Fair at Laumeier Sculpture Park (314-821-1209, www.laumeier.org)

May 12–14: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs music of Stravincky, MacMillan & Lindberg, & Schumann (314-534-1700, www.slso.org)

May 12–20: Washington Univ. MFA Thesis Show, pt. 2 at Des Lee Gallery (www.art.wustl.edu)

May 12–22: Landmarks Assoc. Historic Preservation Week with house tours, slide shows, awards presentations, & downtown-living tour at various locations (http://stlouis.missouri.org/501c/landmarks)

May 13: Microfest with many varieties of microbrewed beer at Forest Park’s Upper Muny Parking Lot to benefit Lift for Life (314-436-7103, www.liftforlife.org)

May 13: Bark in the Park Humane Society festival for dogs & owners at Forest Park World’s Fair Pavilion (www.hsmo.org)

May 13: Full-Moon Bike Ride & Walk at Creve Coeur Park (636-391-0922, ext. 10)

May 13: Michelob Ultra Mountain Bike Challenge at Castlewood State Park (www.stlbiking.com)

May 13: Opening day of Tower Grove Farmers’ Market in Tower Grove Park (www.tgmarket.org)

May 15: Author of novel on young Yugo sniper Pretty Birds and NPR host Scott Simon reads from & signs his book at Left Bank Books (314-367-6731, www.left-bank.com)

May 15–June 30: Through the Looking Glass group exhibition at Art St. Louis (314-241-4810, www.artstlouis.org)

May 16: Gordon Parks’ niece Marcella Piper introduces Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks, for free screening at Webster Films (314-968-7487, www.webster.edu/filmseries.html)

May 16–28: Musical Dr. Doolittle featuring Tommy Tune at Fox Theatre (www.metrotix.com)

May 17: Author of young adult novel Skip MacAlester J.E. Robinson reads from & signs his book at Left Bank Books (314-367-6731, www.left-bank.com)

May 18–21: New Chris Jackson musical Trolley to DeBaliviere at Mo. History Museum (314-746-4599, www.mohistory.org)

May 19: National Bike-to-Work Day with free breakfast for riders at Mo. History Museum, Mo. Botanical Garden & Memorial Park in Clayton (www.trailnet.org)

May 19: African Cinema of Ousmane Sembene film series featuring Guelwaar at St. Louis Art Museum (314-721-0072, www.slam.org)

May 19: Third Friday Glassblowing & Stretching Demos (BYOB) at Third Degree Glass Studio (314-367-4527, www.stlglass.com)

May 19: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs music of Mozart, Bach, Copland, Rossini, & others (314-534-1700, www.slso.org)

May 19: Free Family Night at Magic House (www.magichouse.org)

May 19 & 21: Scavenge Through the Night flashlight scavenger hunts at Laumeier Sculpture Park (314-355-7374)

May 19–21: Art on the Square art fair, Belleville Public Square (618-257-0747, www.artonthesquare.com)

May 19–28: Alpha Players of Florissant present Auntie Mame at Florissant Civic Ctr. (314-921-5678)

May 19–28: Muddy Waters Theatre presents a season of Sam Shepard dramas, featuring Buried Child, 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 )

May 20: Tango Society of St. Louis Celebrities’ Tango Ball at the Sheldon (www.metrotix.com)

May 20: Free filmmaking workshop with director Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation) at Sverdrup Bldg., Webster Univ. (314-361-8870, ext. 229, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

May 20: Spoken-word & music performance by horror-punk Michale Graves in support of West Memphis Three at Vintage Vinyl (www.michalegraves.net)

May 20: Band Together LGBT-friendly concert band Spring Pops Concert at Comm. Music School of Webster Univ. (www.bandtogetherstl.com)

May 20: Festival of Food & Flowers at Kirkwood Junction with farmers’ market, cooking demos, kids’ fun, etc. (314-822-0084)

May 20–21: 20th Century Design & Fine Art Auction at Ivey-Selkirk (www.iveyselkirk.com)

May 20–21: Hoop It Up 3-on-3 street basketball tourney at Westport Plaza (www.3on3basketball.com)

May 20–21: Tilles Arts & Crafts Festival at Tilles Park in the County (www.stlouisco.com/parks)

May 20–June 11: Greater St. Louis Renaissance Faire in Wentzville’s Rotary Park (www.stlrenfaire.com)

May 20–June 24: Opera Theatre of St. Louis season begins with Rossini’s Barber of Seville at Loretto-Hilton Theatre (314-961-0644, www.opera-stl.org)

May 21: Crawfish & Bock Party with live Cajun music at Schlafly Tap Room (www.schlafly.com)

May 21: Young People’s Symphonic Orchestra & Concert Orchestra at Comm. Music School of Webster Univ. (314-968-5939)

May 21: St. Vincent de Paul Parish Homecoming with art fair, chicken dinners, & games

May 21: Crescendo Concerts presents cellist Andres Diaz at First United Methodist Church in St. Charles (http://crescendoconcerts.org)

May 21: Kids Day with live dance, crafts, games, & treats at Cahokia Mounds (www.cahokiamounds.com)

May 22: Autistic author Temple Grandin speaks and signs books at St. Louis Science Ctr. (www.slsc.org)

May 24–June 18: Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis presents Julius Caesar in Forest Park (314-361-0101, www.sfstl.com)

May 24–July 2: St. Louis Black Repertory Co. presents musical Dreamgirls at Grandel Theatre (314-534-1111, www.stlouisblackrep.org)

May 26: Recent Landscape Photography: The Intimate & the Sublime opens at St. Louis Art Museum; also, African Cinema of Ousmane Sembene film series featuring work on escape from forced clitorectomy Moolaade at St. Louis Art Museum (314-721-0072, www.slam.org) (314-721-0072, www.slam.org)

May 26–29: Rib America Festival featuring inexpensive concerts by Montrose, Kansas, Head East, Candlebox, Puddle of Mudd, Peter Frampton, Eddie Money, & April Wine at Soldier’s Memorial (www.ribamerica.com)

May 26–29: Greek Festival at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (314-966-2255)

May 26–June 4: Curtain Call Repertory presents musical Secret Garden in the St. Louis Carousel House at Faust Park (636-346-7707, www.curtaincallrep.com)

May 27–28: Tilles Antiques Festival & Classic Car Show at Tilles Park in Ladue (314-615-4FUN, www.stlouisco.com/parks)

May 27–29: Independent Art Market featuring ceramics, letterpress prints, textiles, & paintings at Firecracker Press ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

May 27–June 24: Opera Theatre of St. Louis presents Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel at Loretto-Hilton Theatre (314-961-0644, www.opera-stl.org)

May 28: Savor U. City festival with food, entertainment, & crafts in Heman Park (www.olivelink.net)

May 28: St. Louis Chamber Chorus presents “Coda” concert featuring new, commissioned work Requiem for St. Louis, at Our Lady of Sorrows (5020 Rhodes, 636-458-4343, www.chamberchorus.org)

May 28: Washington Ave. Beat Festival (www.downtownstlouis.org)

 

May 29: Gypsy Caravan St. Louis Symphony Orchestra benefit huge flea market downtown (www.gypsycaravan-stl.org)

May 29: Great Pizza Bicycle Ride with all-u-can-eat pizza after ride in Milstadt, Ill. (www.trailnet.org)

May 29: Memorial Day Concert by Compton Heights Concert Band at Tower Grove Park (http://stlouis.missouri.org/chband)

May 31: Author of Love in the Present Tense and Pay It Forward Catherine Ryan Hyde reads from and signs her book at Left Bank Books (314-367-6731, www.left-bank.com)

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