Best Bets: Lorde, Pentatonix, dinosaurs and more

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Best Bets: Lorde, Pentatonix, dinosaurs and more

Posted on: March 14th, 2014 by tommyj

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Friday through March 29; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays; also 3 p.m. March 22 and 29 • Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 North Grand Boulevard • How much $20-$25 • 314-289-4063;

Playwright Adam Rapp spins a tale of sex and deception around two college buddies (Austin Pierce and Reggie Pierre) who become involved with a prostitute (Maggie Conroy) in Amsterdam. The subject matter probably makes this this obvious, but don’t bring the kids. The drama opens a new season at HotCity Theatre.

8:15 p.m. Saturday • Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard • How much $45-$55 • 314-533-9900;

They call her “the people’s diva,” and in that capacity she just became the first opera singer to take on the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. But there’s a lot more to soprano Renée Fleming, who will demonstrate her artistic breadth and depth on Saturday night for the Sheldon’s annual spring gala. A few tickets still remain for what should be a first-rate recital by a wide variety of composers, from Richard Strauss to Richard Rodgers.

Rickey Smiley’s House Party

8 p.m. Saturday • Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard • How much $25-$75 •

Fans of old-school hip-hop will get a strong dose of it Saturday night at Rickey Smiley’s House Party. Comedian and morning radio host Smiley is the highlight for some, but for others, it’s all about seeing Salt-N-Pepa, Big Daddy Kane and the Sugarhill Gang.

Kevin Eubanks

7 and 10 p.m. Saturday • Lumière Place Casino’s Lumière Theatre, 999 North Second Street • How much $25-$35 •

Former “Tonight Show” music director Kevin Eubanks continues his journey as a touring and recording musician with his latest album “The Messenger.” The jazz guitarist said in a statement: “I wanted to branch out a little bit more on this recording. I didn’t want to be as concerned with the ‘jazz sound’ as much. I wanted to let out a little bit more of what I’ve been musically exposed to.”

Editor’s pick: Cottleville St. Patrick’s Day 

Noon Saturday • Cottleville • How much Free • 

Downtown isn’t the only spot to watch a St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday. Cottleville’s annual celebration starts at Cottleville Parkway and Weiss Road and travels through downtown Cottleville before ending at Francis Howell Central High.

Stile Antico

8 p.m. Saturday • Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell Boulevard • How much $19-$39 • 314-533-7662;

At Cathedral Concerts, the best programs are of choral music written to resound in a great space. On Saturday night, the superb young British a cappella choir Stile Antico will make a return visit, performing a program of Tudor masterpieces by Byrd, Tallis, Taverner and others, a well-chosen set for the spacious acoustic of the Cathedral Basilica.

7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday • Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard • How much $25 to $75 • 314-534-1700;

What’s up, Doc? It’s another musical romp with Bugs Bunny, who turns up as a conductor almost as often as he cross-dresses in the classic Warner Brothers cartoons. The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will team up again with Looney Tunes (including the concert premiere of three new 3-D animated shorts) for an evening that’s fun for the whole family.


‘Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet’

Sunday through July 6 • St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park • $14 adults, $12 seniors and students, $10 children 6-12; free on Fridays • 314-721-0071;

St. Louis has deep French roots, and to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the city’s founding, the St. Louis Art Museum will present a major exhibition of paintings and photographs, 120 of them in all, from 19th century France. It’s a virtual journey through France via seven thematic sections, exploring Paris and the modern cityscape; monuments; rivers and forests; rural and agricultural life; mountains; marine views; and railroads and factories, all focused on the years between 1850 and 1880. Painters include Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne and Édouard Manet.

While the kids are on spring break, take a trip to the Science Center to see John Payne’s 14 interactive, life-size dinosaur sculptures. Visitors can learn about his artistic process from sketches to sculptures to biomechanics and robotics.

Theater artists from almost two dozen different companies are up for the St. Louis Theater Circle Awards, which recognize excellence in St. Louis professional theater. Covering musicals, comedies and dramas, the awards are presented by group of critics who review shows here. Everyone is welcome at the ceremony, which will also be televised live on HEC-TV and streamed at, starting with the “red carpet” at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, as well as in advance through COCA. A cash bar will be open all evening; if you want to order the buffet, call 314-637-7907 or visit before the big night.

Dawn Weber

7:30 p.m. Tuesday • Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard • $12; $5 children 18 and under • 314-534-1111;

Singer-trumpeter Dawn Weber promises a program of classical music and jazz, with guests including the Arch City Brass. It’s a chance to hear some of the artists who have built strong followings on the local music scene.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday • Peabody Opera House, 1400 Market Street • Sold out •

A cappella group Pentatonix, whose last concert was a year ago at the Pageant, is trying on a bigger venue for size, with a sold-out show at the Peabody Opera House. Since winning the third season of “The Sing-Off,” Pentatonix has released several projects including “PTX Volume 1” and “PTX Vol. 2” last year.

Rudresh Mahanthappa & Gamak

7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through March 22 • Jazz at the Bistro, 3536 Washington Boulevard • $28-$33 • 314-534-1111 or

Jazz saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa has earned huge praise for his imaginative albums, including “Codebook” and “Black Water.” Mahanthappa will offer his fresh take on jazz when he performs at Jazz at the Bistro with his band Gamak. If you’re a fan of improvisational saxophone, this is an engagement you won’t want to miss.

Talk about landing with a bang. Fresh New Zealand singer Lorde did that and more with her ethereal debut single “Royals” from her “Pure Heroine” album last year, and she has been reaping awards and praise from it ever since. Not only is the album a huge hit, but it landed her two Grammy Awards for song of the year and pop solo performance. She even got to perform, albeit strangely, on the telecast. Apparently, many are dying to see what else she has to offer live. Her Peabody Opera House concert sold out in minutes. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Lo Fang opens.

7:30 p.m. Thursday; through April 6 • Wool Studio Theatre, JCC’s Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive • $35-$39 •

Michael James Reed and Jerry Vogel star as estranged brothers who meet in the house where they grew up to sell off their parents’ things. But in this drama by Arthur Miller, there’s more than old furniture to go through, and it makes a heavy load. Kelley Weber and Bobby Miller round out the cast; Bruce Longworth directs.

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