Around Town Calendar: December

LITERARY PICKS…Through 12/6 ST. LOUIS IN WATERCOLOR Watercolors from Marilynne Bradley’s new book, ‘St. Louis in Watercolor: The Architecture of a City’ are on display at Grafica Fine Art, 7884 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves. 12/4 ETHAN CANIN The author of the best-seller ‘America America,’ a novel about political ambition set during the Vietnam War, reads from his work at 7 p.m. in Gallery 210 at UMSL. Free. 12/5 ROBERT OSTERHOFF St. Louis author Robert Osterhoff reads and signs from his book, ‘Inside the Lionel Trains Fun Factory: The History of a Manufacturing Icon and the Place Where Childhood Dreams Were Made,’ at 4:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Ladue. Free. 12/5 CHRIS AND TOM MCCLARREN Tom McClarren and his son Chris discuss ‘Morsels of Mischief: Orphan Tales from my Childhood,’ the memoir they wrote together about Tom’s childhood in the German St. Vincent Orphan Home in St. Louis. 7 p.m. at Subterranean Books, 6275 Delmar Blvd. Free. 12/5 DR. MARK VONNEGUT Kurt Vonnegut’s son reads his father’s writings, presents his art and discusses his ideologies at 8 p.m. at The Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road. $15, $10 students and seniors; 12/9 A PRESENTATION WITH WORLD WAR II VETERANS The book ‘Victory Through Valor’ includes more than 100 interviews with men who served in World War II. Hear veterans recount their experiences at 7 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum. Free.

11/28 ST. LOUIS BLUES REVUE Vocalists Marty Abdullah, Roland Johnson and Robbie Montgomery join the Soulard Blues Band for a night of blues and soul beginning at 8 p.m. at the Sheldon Ballroom. $15 general admission, $25 reserved table seating; or 534-1111.

JOHN CAGE: SONATAS AND INTERLUDES FOR PREPARED PIANO Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra pianist Peter Henderson performs one of Cage’s most celebrated concert pieces 7 p.m. at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Free.

11/28 & 29 FAIR TRADE MARKET Find thousands of handmade items from more than 50 countries at Manchester United Methodist Church, 129 Woods Mill Road in Manchester. Free.

11/28-11/30 ANNUAL INDIAN MARKET DAYS American Indian artisans and vendors of American Indian-made arts and crafts sell their products, including jewelry, beadwork, paintings, pottery, clothing, weaving and sculpture. At Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville, Ill. Free; 618-346-5160.

CATS It’s Magical Mister Mistoffeles…See the show that won seven Tony Awards, at the Fox Theatre. $22 to $61; or 534-1111.

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CRAFT SHOW This holiday craft show at Third Degree Glass Factory features more than 120 crafters, 12 bands, family-friendly craft demonstrations plus food and drink. $10 Red Carpet Black Friday entry, $2 Saturday and Sunday.

U.S. BANK WILD LIGHTS Stroll through the zoo’s holiday wonderland with animated light displays, including playful penguins splashing and singing and bullfrogs croaking ‘Jingle Bells’ from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. See the lights on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Dec. 14 and nightly afterward. $5, $4 for members.

11/29 THE MISSOURI VALLEY BOYS Led by founder and original Missouri Valley Boy Delmer Stovall, the group plays traditional country western, hillbilly and Top 40 from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Stovall’s Grove, 18720 Stovall Lane in Wildwood.

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER Mount Pleasant Winery presents “Lost on Gilligan’s Island,” an evening of mystery and intrigue with appetizers and wine tasting at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. 5634 High St., Augusta, Mo. 636-482-WINE, 800-567-WINE or

12/1 THE CHRISTMAS SWEATER Based on TV/radio personality Glenn Beck’s soon-to-be-released novel, the play is about tragedy, family, redemption and faith.

12/3 FESTIVAL OF TREES Judevine Center for Autism offers elegantly designed trees at a benefit gala and auction 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet. $200 and up;

432-6200 or

EVIDENCE FOR EVOLUTION Academy of Science fellow and Washington University professor emeritus Dr. George Johnson revisits Darwin in light of recent genomic data. 7:30 p.m. at the Saint Louis Zoo; free.

12/4 NANCY KRANZBERG AND JEANNE TREVOR The vocalists perform jazz standards and holiday fare in the first concert of the Black Cat Holiday Cabaret series. 8 p.m. at the Black Cat Theatre, 2810 Sutton Blvd. in Maplewood. $25; 781-8800 or

12/4 & 5 16TH ANNUAL LADUE CHAPEL NURSERY SCHOOL HOLIDAY MART Find children’s artwork, room decor, jewelry, children’s clothing, seasonal merchandise and more at Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church, with 20 percent of proceeds benefiting the nursery school.

12/4-7 ALICE IN WONDERLAND Shooting Star Productions, a nonprofit theater company of youths ages 5 to 19, performs the play based on Lewis Carroll’s book. At Visitation Academy, 3020 N. Ballas Road. 909-1909.

12/4 & 6 SNOWMAN’S REVENGE The Piwacket Theatre for Children performs a winter tale about a young boy who learns a lesson in control from Queen Frostine and her bluesy dancing snowflakes. At the Black Cat Theatre. $12; 963-8800 or

12/5 ‘PULL MY DAISY’ AND ‘SHADOWS’ The Saint Louis Art Museum shows two films about bohemian New York in the late 1950s. At 7 p.m.; free.

HOLIDAY GROUP SHOW Atrium Gallery, 4728 McPherson Ave., hosts a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. for its group show featuring recent work by six artists. Free.

12/6 ST. LOUIS HISTORIC HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT TOUR The Eugene Field House, Campbell House Museum, DeMenil Mansion, Sam Cupples House, Scott Joplin House and the Old Courthouse are showcased during this holiday tour from 3 to 8 p.m. $20 in advance or $25; 421-4689.

EVIL PRINTS ONE DAY WORKSHOP Learn what a print is and how to make one from 1 to 4 p.m. at Evil Prints, 814 S. Vandeventer Ave.; to reserve a spot. Free.

VICTORIAN HOLIDAY CONCERT IN TOWER GROVE PARK The St. Louis Gateway singers offer holiday favorites from noon to 3 p.m. at the Piper Palm House. $35 donation; 771-4484.

12/6 & 7 ‘THE NUTCRACKER’ Chesterfield Arts presents the classic, danced by Alexandra Ballet, in the Purser Center at Logan College. $12 to $15 for adults, $6 to $7 for children; 636-519-1955 or

KRISTKINDL MARKT Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, Mo., hosts this authentic German Christmas Market, now in its 16th year. Free; or 800-909-9463.

12/7 GREEN EXPO Enjoy eco-friendly shopping and learn about green living at the Missouri History Museum from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.