Around Town Calendar: February

BLACK HISTORY MONTH…2/8 CELEBRATE THE GOSPEL Vocalist Mardra Thomas performs a special program at 3 p.m. in the Shoenberg Theater at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Free with Garden admission; 577-9400 or 2/12-15 FESTIVAL OF AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSIC Hear internationally acclaimed performers and local artists and attend discussions with African heritage scholars in a four-day event celebrating composers and artists of African descent. $55 students or $100 adults; 289-4052. See for times and locations. 2/19 & 20 GALLERY TALK: AFRICAN- AMERICAN ART & ARTISTS Join Danielle Burns, Saint Louis Art Museum’s Romare Bearden fellow, for a discussion on African American art in the museum’s collection. Free; meet at the information center. 11 a.m. Feb. 19 and 6 p.m. Feb. 20. 2/22 BLUE NOTE RECORDS 7OTH ANNIVERSARY TOUR To celebrate the jazz label, an all-star band featuring Ravi Coltrane, Nicholas Payton, Steve Wilson, Peter Bernstein, Bill Charlap, Peter Washington and Lewis Nash performs at The Sheldon Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. $40; or 289-4034. 2/26 — 3/1 E. DESMOND LEE AFRICA WORLD DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL The Missouri History Museum screens films addressing a broad range of topics related to Africa, including post-war healing in Rwanda and Liberia, minority comedians, the struggle of refugees, the roles of women, Vodou and the search for family history. Purchase tickets and find a schedule at

2/6 CABARET ST. LOUIS: LIZ CALLAWAY The singer who played Grizabella in Cats for five years and starred in the original casts of ‘Miss Saigon,’ ‘The Three Musketeers’ and ‘The Look of Love’ comes to the Sheldon ballroom at 8 p.m. $40; 534-1111 or

AVP HOT WINTER NIGHTS TOUR Beach volleyball players from the team that won gold in Beijing hit the sand in the Scottrade Center at 7:30 p.m. $16.50 to $61.50; 241-1888 or

WINE & BEER TASTING & SILENT AUCTION Gather in the Sally S. Levy Opera Center at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis to taste more than 40 wines and specialty beers plus food from local restaurants, with proceeds to benefit Opera Theatre’s professional development programs for young artists. $75 to $125; 963-4223 or

2/6 & 7 CHINESE NEW YEAR SPECTACULAR Divine Performing Arts, which has performed in 70 cities worldwide, comes to Touhill Performing Arts Center with dazzling dancers accompanied by drums and vocals. $30 to $120; 516-4949, or

2/6-15 ‘THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES’ Avalon Theatre Company puts on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a mother, father and son who are more like strangers after the son’s three years in World War II. At ArtSpace in Crestwood Court, 119 Crestwood Plaza. $18 to $25; 351-6482 or

‘SABINA’ The New Jewish Theatre performs a play about Sabina Spielrein, a Russian-Jewish woman who was intricately involved with Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. $22 to $30; 442-3283 or

2/6-5/10 IN SIGHT: SELECTIONS FROM THE COLLECTIONS Curators at Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, pulled rarely seen works and unique ephemera from the collections for display alongside recent acquisitions. The indoor exhibit opens with an informal talk by curator Kim Humphries at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Free; 821-1209 or

2/7 BACKYARD BIRD FESTIVAL Bundle up and bring binoculars to the Missouri Botanical Garden for guided birding walks, live exhibits, identification tips and classes for children and adults from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-registration is required, $18 or $15 for members; 577-9506 or

BOYS HOPE GIRLS HOPE TRIVIA NIGHT The organization’s ninth annual Trivia Night features free beer, soda and wine, raffle items and prizes for first and second place tables. Bring snacks and decorate your table! $400 per table of 10 or $40 per person; to register.

DUETS FOR MY VALENTINE Professional dancers from St. Louis, Chicago and Columbia perform jazz, modern, ballroom, tap, ballet, tango and flamenco duets at 8 p.m. at the Roberts Orpheum Theater. $15 to $60; 421-4400 or

JERRY SEINFELD Thanks to popular demand, the comedian is on the road returning to his first love: stand-up comedy. Catch him at the Fox Theatre at 7 p.m. $51 to $81; 534-1111 or

2/7 & 8  FIFTH ANNUAL JCC INDOOR TRIATHLON Challenge yourself to the sprint course, the long course or participate as a team in the two-day event at the Jewish Community Center, 16801 Baxter Road in Chesterfield. $30 to $70;

2/8 MARDI GRAS MAMBO The Neville Brothers and Dr. John and the Lower 911 let the good times roll at 7 p.m. at the Sheldon in a concert to benefit Sheldon Educational Programs. $55 to $75; 533-9900.

CHAMBER CONCERT Town & Country Symphony Orchestra presents a free concert featuring Barbara Raedeke on organ and Cynthia Bowermaster on violin at 2:30 p.m. at Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N. Ballas Road. For more information call 878-8783 or visit

2/8, 15 & 22 DELTA DENTAL WINTER ZOO Celebrate penguins with games, crafts, activities and more in The Living World from noon to 4 p.m. And when temperatures go below 50 degrees on Sundays, several king and gentoo penguins will venture outdoors at 1:30 p.m. for winter fun with their keepers. Free.

2/9-13/30 CITIZEN’S POLICE ACADEMY The Ladue Police Department offers Monday evening classes familiarizing residents with the duties of a police officer, including firing a service weapon in the police department firing range. The sessions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ladue Police Department, 9345 Clayton Road; contact Pat Allison at 993-1214 to sign up. Free.

2/10-22 ‘SPRING AWAKENING’ One of the biggest Tony Award winners in years comes to the Fox Theatre. The Broadway musical tells a story of teenage self-discovery and budding sexuality set in a repressive and provincial late 19th-century Germany. $25 to $66; 534-1111 or

‘LOVE SONGS AND MURDER BALLADS’ The Folk School of St. Louis presents a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Sheldon Concert Hall, with fiddle tunes, Irish music, swing, blues, ragtime and waltzes. $15; 781-2244 or

2/11 THE VALENTINE BEARS Experience Eve Buntings’ story for kids in a new way with an interactive reading and creative drama activities led by a STAGES artist at 10:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. at STAGES Performing Arts Academy, 444 Chesterfield Center. Free; 636-530-5959 or

2/11-22 KIM, VON WEDEMEYER, PEARLSTEIN, AUGUSTIJNEN AND FROMENT AT THE CONTEMPORARY The works of five artists examining the intersection of film and performance are projected one at a time over the course of five weeks in the Front Room at the Contemporary Art Museum.

2/11-3/8 ‘THE MIRACLE WORKER’ The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis performs the Tony-Award winning play about Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, the teacher who helped bring the mostly mute child out of her shell. $14.50 to $65; 968-4925 or

2/12 DARWIN LECTURE EVENING Dr. Patricia Parker of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Drs. Alan Templeton and Ursula Goodenough will discuss birds of the Galapagos Islands, genetics, evolution and religious naturalism at 7 p.m. at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Free; 577-9400 or