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Delirous Nomad | 12/05

A poetry reading by K. Curtis Lyle is not so much a performance as a group ritual. Lyle gesticulates and chants like a shaman, weaving a spell, working his juju. Come, come, come hear him at Readings at the Schlafly Tap Room Dec. 1. He’s joined by poet Marcellus Leonard (belz.net/readings).

Phil Slein’s devotion to underground art again yields up the best eye candy on Washington Avenue. The Marked Men: 6 Influential Tattooists, which features flash art by the legendary Don Ed Hardy, bows at Philip Slein Gallery, Dec. 2–30. The gallery also offers a mess of old-fashioned letterpress posters and such in Eric Woods: Firecracker Press. Woods’ handmade retro greeting cards, journals, and similar merch fairly scream out “classy Christmas gift” (314-621-4634, www.philipsleingallery.com).

Rasputina. Two gals with cellos; one dude on the drums. Corsets. Funereal ditties. The black humor of songs like “Howard Hughes,” “Kate Moss,” and “The Donner Party.” The aural equivalent of an Edward Gorey cartoon. The most tightly controlled and the funniest onstage commentary between songs ever (“Our undergarments may be soiled, but our heats remain pure”; “The rumor that theFull House twins abused a priest, and that animals were involved, rages on. But, we still perform their music”; “Julie Andrews comes into me and tells me to do bad things. She tells me to sing and spin, spin closer to the edge of the Alpine mountaintop”). Dec. 10 at Pop’s (http://www.rasputina.com ).

Can you honestly see Blade Runner too many times? Are your bored with Sean Young’s smoldering robot gaze and her cigarettes? Are you tired of the Vangelis electronic-noir soundtrack? Are you sick of Rutger’s Hauer’s big suicide speech? How could you be? Replicants and their secret lovers are making tracks for the Five Decades of Science-Fiction Cinema series at the St. Louis County Library – Mid County Branch for the Dec. 13 screening of the Ridley Scott masterpiece (314-721-3008, www.slcl.org).

Oh, Jesus, it’s Christmas. End the hypocrisy of it all with the Non Prophet Theatre’s Militant Propaganda Bingo Machine sketch-comedy show at the St. Louis Science Center. The SLSC’s young/hip/trendazoid Friday Nights Live party welcomes the proudly offensive comedy troupe for an evening of interactive mirth, mistletoe, and mommy-make-it-stop (314-289-4444, www.slsc.org).

Thru Dec. 3: New holiday of “Festivus,” from episode of Seinfeld, celebrated with discounts at Laclede’s Landing locations (www.lacledeslanding.org)

Thru Dec. 11: Webster Univ. Conservatory of Theatre presents The Memory of Water at Loretto-Hilton Ctr. (314-968-7128)

Thru Dec. 23: St. Charles Christmas Traditions, Wed.–Sun. on S. Main Street in St. Charles with historic characters, intl. Santas, Christmas carolers, crafts for kids, and shopping (www.stcharleschristmas.com)

Thru Dec. 30: U.S. Bank Wild Lights holiday lights display at St. Louis Zoo (314-781-0900, www.stlzoo.org)

Thru Jan. 1: St. Louis County Parks Winter Wonderland huge lights display at Tilles Park in Ladue

Thru Jan. 6: Art St. Louis XXI exhibition at Art St. Louis (www.artstlouis.net)

Thru March: Owl Prowl night hikes with owl calling at World Bird Sanctuary (636-861-3225, www.worldbirdsanctuary.org)

Fri.: Friday Nights Live entertainment & cash bar at St. Louis Science Ctr. (314-289-4444, www.slsc.org) (www.stlouisco.com/parks/ww/ww2005.htm)

Dec. 1: Philippe Parreno’s The Boy From Mars opens as part of New Media Series at St. Louis Art Museum (314-721-0072, www.slam.org)

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

Dec. 2: White Christmas movie sing-along with refreshments & prizes at St. Louis County Library Headquarters (www.slcl.org, 314-994-3300)

Dec. 2–3: Former child-prodigy artist Alexandra Nechita appears at Wentworth Gallery of Westfield Shoppingtown West County (314-821-8884)

Dec. 2–4: Washington Univ. Performing Arts Dept. presents dance performance Reach/Rebound featuring choreography by Alonzo King, at Edison Theatre (314-534-1111, www.metrotix.com)

Dec. 2–11: Tin Ceiling presents Dylan Thomas poetic drama Under Milk Wood at the Tin Ceiling (3159 Cherokee & Compton, 314-351-6652, www.tinceiling.org)

Dec. 2–11: Muddy Waters Theatre presents a season of Sam Shepard dramas, featuring Fool for Love, 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 )

Dec. 3: Film Crash screened at Mo. History Museum, followed by discussion on racial stereotypes (www.mohistory.org, 314-746-4599)

Dec. 3: Arianna String Quartet Family Concert “Power of Imagination” at Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Ctr.; free for kids under 17 (314-516-4949)

Dec. 3: St. Louis County Parks Candy Cane Hunt at Faust Park (www.stlouisco.com/parks)

Dec. 3: New exhibition opening at Shaw Gallery (4065 Shaw, 314-664-4041, www.shawsgallery.com)

Dec. 3: St. Louis Classical Guitar Society presents Benjamin Verdery at Ethical Society (314-567-5566)

Dec. 3: West End Arts Council Wintermarkt with crafts, kids’ activities, cider, baked goods, live music, carriage rides, & blacksmithing demos at Kingsbury & Des Peres Aves. (314-862-5122)

Dec. 3: Christmas is for the Birds featuring Santa photos with live raptor bird at World Bird Sanctuary (636-861-3225, www.worldbirdsanctuary.org)

Dec. 3–4: Cherokee-Lemp Cookie Spree at antiques stores in Cherokee St. antique district (www.cherokeeantiquerow.com)

Dec. 3–4: Soulard House Tour (314-621-6226)

Dec. 3, 10, & 17: Gingerbread-house workshops at Eckert’s of Belleville (www.eckerts.com)

Dec. 4: Webster University Concert Choir & Choral Society at Community Music School of Webster Univ. (314-968-5939)

Dec. 4–5: Arianna String Quartet “Serious Passion” concerts at Blanche M. Touhill Ctr. for Performing Arts & St. Louis Ethical Society (www.ariannaquartet.com)

Dec. 5: Webster Univ. Jazz Singers at Moore Auditorium (314-968-7128)

Dec. 5: Robot fashion show at Ground Floor in Belleville (www.thegroundfloor.us/)

Dec. 6: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Chamber group performs at Tower Grove Park’s Piper Palm House (314-771-2679, www.towergrovepark.org)

Dec. 6: Word in Motion Warrior Poet Award Ceremony honoring Shirley LeFlore & Michael Castro at Sqwires (314-443-4357)

Dec. 6: St. Louis Comm. College–Forest Park Percussion Ensemble performance at school’s Bastian Theatre (314-644-9769)

Dec. 6: Echo Theatre Play Reading Series presents staged reading of Christopher Durang’s Mrs. Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge at Soulard Coffee Garden (314-995-2123, www.echotheatrecompany.org)

Dec. 6-11: Dance St. Louis presents Riverdance at Fox Theatre (314-534-1111, www.metrotix.com)

Dec. 6-22: Art for AIDS by students to benefit St. Louis Effort for AIDS at UMSL’s Gallery Visio (314-516-7922)
Dec. 7: Strange Brew: Cult Films at Schlafly Bottleworks features skateboarding doc Dogtown & Z-Boys, sponsored by Webster Films (314-968-7487, www.webster.edu/filmseries.html)
Dec. 7: Shootout prep basketball featuring seven games at Savvis Center (www.savviscenter.net, 314-241-1888)
Dec. 8: Author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks at St. Louis County Library HQ (www.slcl.org, 314-994-9411)
Dec. 9: PLAYBACK:stl Sparkly Lights Holiday Show with Chicago’s the Its!, the Maxtone 4, & eero at Blueberry Hill (www.playbackstl.com)

Dec. 9: Rush tribute band Thunderhead at Stratford Bar in Fenton (www.stratfordbar.com)

Dec. 9: Washington Univ. Concert Choir performs at school’s Graham Chapel (314-935-5581)

Dec. 9–10: Gateway Men’s Chorus Holly Jolly Hollywood Concert at Grandel Theatre (314-621-7286, www.gatewaymenschorus.org)

Dec. 9–18: St. Louis Ballet presents The Nutcracker at Edison Theatre (www.metrotix.com)

Dec. 9–March 5: Paintings by Tim Eitel featured in Currents at St. Louis Art Museum (artist speaks on Dec. 8, 314-721-0072, www.slam.org)

Dec. 10: Mound City Music Fest w/Son Volt, Vic Chesnutt, Patterson Hood, & Joe Pernice to benefit SCOSAG at Pageant (www.scosag.org)

Dec. 10: Merry Tuba Christmas w/holiday tunes performed by more than 100 tubas at St. Louis Galleria (www.saintlouisgalleria.com, 314-863-5500)

Dec. 10–11: Central West End Mansions of Portland Place Holiday House Tour (314-367-2220, www.centralwestend.org)

Dec. 10–Jan. 28: Works by Wallace Herndon Smith at galleries at Sheldon Concert Hall (www.sheldonconcerthall.org)

Dec. 11: Neil Diamond at Savvis Center (www.savviscenter.net, 314-241-1888)

Dec. 11: Biggest ToyMan Toy Convention of year at Machinist Hall (636-332-0807)

Dec. 11: Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor Tour (314-772-5724)

Dec. 11: Handel’s Messiah sing-along at Washington Univ.’s Graham Chapel (314-935-5581)

Dec. 11: Celebration of the Season w/Webster Univ. Chorale at Moore Aud. (314-968-7128)

Dec. 11–March 4: Daguerrotypes to Digital and Portfolio/Progressions exhibit at St. Louis Artists Guild (314-727-6266, www.stlouisartistsguild.org)

Dec. 14: Washington Univ. Chamber Ensembles at Holmes Lounge, Ridgley Hall (314-935-5581)

Dec. 15: Psycho screened at St. Louis County Library Headquarters (314-994-3300, www.slcl.org)

Dec. 16: A Gospel Christmas with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, IN UNISON Chorus, & vocalist Walter Hawkins at Powell Hall (www.slso.org)

Dec. 16: Winter Glow sing-along choral performance & lantern procession at St. Louis Art Museum (www.slam.org)

Dec. 16–18: Webster Films presents 50th anniversary screenings of Robert Mitchum in Night of the Hunter (314-968-7487, www.webster.edu/filmseries.html)

Dec. 16–22: Touch the Sound documentary on deaf percussionist at Tivoli Theatre (314-995-6270, www.landmarktheatres.com)

Dec. 16–Jan. 16: Gend-etics, art by Aron Fischer, at Fort Gondo (314-772-3628, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Dec. 17: Sing Out St. Louis at Union Station (www.stlouisunionstation.com)

Dec. 17: African-American History Series features “It’s All in a Manner of Speaking,” talk on ebonics & other controversies by Dr. John Baugh at Mo. History Museum (314-746-4599, www.mohistory.org)

Dec. 17: BandTogether Community Concert Band Winter Holiday Concert at Community Music School of Webster Univ. (314-968-5939)

Dec. 17–18: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus plus solo voices perform Handel’s Messiah at Powell Hall (www.slso.org)

Dec. 18: Chanukah: Festival of Lights music, dance, cookie-decorating, crafts, Israeli “shuk” (marketplace) vendors, & menorah-lighting ceremony at Mo. Botanical Garden (www.mobot.org)

Dec. 18: William Partridge leads Christ Church Cathedral choir in choral concert at St. Louis Art Museum (314-721-0072, www.slam.org)

Dec. 19: 79-year-old and her grandson lead fencing demo as part of Lunch & Learn series at St. Louis Science Center (314-289-4444, www.slsc.org)

Dec. 21: Mizzou v. Illinois basketball at Savvis Center (www.ticketmaster.com)

Dec. 23: Compton Heights Concert Band Holiday Pops Concert with Hugh Smith & vacuum cleaner-soloist Stan Kann at Powell Hall (314-534-1700)

Dec. 25: International Free Food & Watch Movies on TV Day

Dec. 27: Five Decades of Science-Fiction Cinema series at St. Louis County Library – Mid County features Pitch Black (314-721-3008, www.slcl.org)

Dec. 27: Raja the elephant’s birthday party at the St. Louis Zoo (314-781-0900, www.stlzoo.org)

Dec. 28: Kwanzaa: Festival of the First Fruits with storytelling, craft & jewelry displays, African drumming, & musical performances at Mo. Botanical Garden (www.mobot.org)

Dec. 29: Big River Hurricane Relief Concert with New Orleans jazz musicians Jeremy Davenport, Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, & more at Sheldon (www.sheldonconcerthall.org)

Dec. 30: Kwanzaa program with music, storytelling, tours, refreshments, & kids’ crafts at St. Louis Art Museum (www.slam.org)

Dec. 30–31: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs live accompaniment to screening of Charles Chaplin silent City Lights at Powell Hall (www.slso.org)

Dec. 31: First Night in Grand Center (314-289-8121, www.firstnightstl.org)

Dec. 31: Black Velvet & Bluegrass NYE Party at Schlafly Tap Room (www.schlafly.com)

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