At A Glance…In the Galleries LOOP WEB Bill Smith’s installation at the Saint Louis Art Museum combines sound, a three-dimensional, multimedia sculpture, and a light projection system. ‘Loop Web,’ the first three-dimensional installation in the Museum’s new media series, will be on display until Jan. 4. JOHN WATERS Best known for his quirky films, the director has been making photo-based artwork, sculpture and installations since the early 1990s. Find 60 works by Waters at the Laumeier Sculpture Park Indoor Galleries through Jan. 11. WALLACE HERNDON SMITH The painter’s exhibit opens with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Sheldon Art Galleries. Born in St. Louis in 1901, Smith was influenced by Bonnard, Matisse and Hopper. More than 35 watercolors and oils Smith made during summer trips to Michigan and while traveling in Europe are on display until Feb. 7. ART ST. LOUIS XXIV From more than 400 submissions, 44 works were selected for inclusion in Art Saint Louis’ 24th annual show, on display at 555 Washington Ave. until Dec. 30. PERSUASIVE POLITICS — PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN MEMORABILIA Find an ‘I Like Ike’ Dixie cup, a dress made of paper printed with ‘Nixon,’ George McGovern toilet paper and more at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art. The exhibit closes Dec. 21.

12/12 WINTER HOLIDAY CONCERT Soprano Laura Medendorp is featured in Town and Country Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concert 8 p.m. at The Principia Ridgway Auditorium, 13201 Clayton Road. Free; 878-8783.

‘THE NUTCRACKER’ St. Louis Ballet dances the classic, directed by Gen Horiuchi, at Edison Theatre, One Brookings Drive. $35 adults, $25 children; 636-537-1998 or

OASIS ARTIST EXHIBITION St. Louis OASIS displays three diverse art exhibits from

1 to 3 p.m. at the art gallery and studio of Clayton on the Park, 8025 Bonhomme Ave. Free.

12/12 & 13 BLACK CAT HOLIDAY CABARET SERIES Trumpet player and vocalist Dawn Weber performs jazz, funk and classical styles on Friday, followed by vocalist and pianist Anita Rosamond presenting her third annual Christmas show. Doors open at 8 p.m.; cash bar and holiday appetizers available. $25; or at the box office.

JOAN RIVERS The actress, comedian and Emmy award-winning former talk show host performs stand-up comedy at Lumiere Place. $40;

12/12-14 ‘THE LITTLE DANCER’ Degas’ famous statuette comes to life, dancing through some of the world’s greatest paintings in a story ballet that serves as an introduction to art and dance for families. At COCA. $14-$18; 725-6555 or

12/13 HOLIDAY BEAD MADNESS Make glass snowmen, candy canes, Christmas trees, wrapped presents and more from 1 to 5 p.m. at Craft Alliance, 6640 Delmar Blvd. $58; 725-1177 or

REINDEER BREAKFAST Children can make their own special ornament, decorate reindeer cookies and visit with Santa at Four Seasons Hotel from 9 to 11 a.m. $50 per adult, $20 per child ages 4 to 12.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO WESTPORT Get free pictures with Santa and a goodie bag while enjoying carolers, cookies and hot cocoa at Westport Plaza. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

12/13 & 14 KRISTKINDL MARKET The annual holiday craft fair showcases traditional German arts, crafts, food, literature and costumed carolers. At the Hermannhof Festhalle and Hofgarten in Hermann. 578-486-FARM or; free.

NUTCRACKER ON ICE St. Louis skaters perform at the Webster Groves Ice Arena. $5 in advance or $7; tickets available at the Ice Arena, Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream, Head to Toe Dancewear, Go-Figure Skates and

12/14 OFF THE WALL AT CITY HALL Local artists, musicians, poets, dancers and restaurants showcase their talents from 7 to 11 p.m. at City Hall. Donations at the door benefit ArtDimensions.

LAFAYETTE SQUARE HOLIDAY PARLOR TOUR Experience the Victorian splendor of several Lafeyette Square homes on the holiday tour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $15 in advance, $18 the day of; 772-5724 or

12/14 & 16 CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT CONCERT St. Louisan Gina Galati makes her Powell Hall debut with the Bach Society of Saint Louis. $20 to $60, 534-1700 or

12/16 BUBBLES: THINKING BEYOND BRUNCH AT GRANNY’S Explore the world of wines that fizz and delicious cheese to accompany them from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Whole Foods Market, 1601 S. Brentwood Blvd. $20; 968-7744 or

PROJECT PEANUT BUTTER Hear Washington University pediatrics professor Dr. Mark Manary discuss the project he started in Malawi to combat malnutrition and hunger with community-based treatment. 7 to 9 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum; free.

12/17 JAN GREENBERG The author discusses her biography of contemporary artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Schlafly Branch Library, 225 N. Euclid Ave. Free.

12/17 & 18 JACKY TERASSON The two-time Grammy nominee performs at Jazz at the Bistro in Grand Center. $10-$35; 534-3663 or

12/18 HOLIDAY CARRIAGE RIDES Take a free horse-drawn carriage ride in downtown Clayton along streets decorated with holiday lights and window decorations. 290-8544 for more information.

12/18-20 U.S. SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS Olympic skaters Apollo Ohno, J.P. Kepka and Katherine Reutter, among others, compete at Hardee’s Ice Plex in Chesterfield.

12/19 THIRD FRIDAY AT THIRD DEGREE GLASS See fiery glass-blowing demonstrations, shop for gifts, make a holiday keepsake and hear live music from 6 to 10 p.m. at Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd. 367-4527 or; free.

12/20 NATIONAL LUTHERAN CHOIR CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL The 60-voice choir brings a Twin-Cities tradition to St. Louis at Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust St. Known for singing from all corners of a cathedral space, the choir will include poetry, scripture, and audience-participation carols in its performance. $20; 888-747-4589 or

12/21  HANUKkAH AT THE MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN Celebrate the holiday with storytelling, song and a ceremonial menorah-lighting from noon to 4 p.m. at the Garden. Activities included with garden admission.