Around Town Calendar: January

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 1/17 ‘FREEDOM CELEBRATION: DREAM. HOPE. CHANGE.’ A free presentation of photography, song and music at 7 p.m. at the Saint Louis Art Museum celebrates the life of King and others who worked for social change. 1/18 STAMPING, SHOUTING AND SINGING HOME The Black Rep commemorates King with an uplifting tale about a family’s struggles in the 1950s deep South, told through the eyes of 12-year-old Lizzie. 5 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum. Free; 746-4599 or 1/19 DAY OF SERVICE Participate in a national day of service along with communities and nonprofits across the country. Find local opportunities and more information at, including ‘do it yourself’ action guides. 1/24 ‘STILL I RISE: GREAT SPEECHES BY AFRICAN AMERICANS’ Webster students deliver historic speeches at 7 p.m. at University Center Commons with a reception following the program. Free.

1/16-18 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Edison Theatre and Metro Theater Company present the civil rights classic at Edison Theatre through Jan. 18. $16 adults; $12 children, students and seniors; 935-6543 or

LATE AFTERNOON First Run Theatre Inc. presents a play about hope, survival and secrets set in St. Louis in 1936. At the Thomas Hunter Theatre, 233 N. New Ballas Road in Creve Coeur. Purchase tickets, $8 to $12, at the door.

1/16-2/22 ‘JEWELRY AT LARGE’ Craft Alliance, 6640 Delmar Blvd., hosts an exhibition of wearable art made by artists from across the country.

1/16-3/29 ‘ORCHID PORTRAITS’ The Missouri Botanical Garden hosts an exhibit of 30 orchid images, taken by Charles Rowden, the official photographer of the American Orchid Society and the Cymbidium Society of America.  $8 admission, free to members.

LOUIS CAMERON, ‘HEINEKEN’ The artist’s 8 by 19-foot painting transforms an image of a six-pack of beer into a painterly abstraction. ‘Heineken’ will be on display in Gallery 301 at the Saint Louis Art Museum until March 29.

1/16-26 ‘NARRATIVES AND OBSERVATIONS’ The Morton J. May Foundation Gallery at Maryville University hosts an exhibit of individual and collaborative drawings, paintings and ceramics by Mark and Patricia Sheppard. The artists will come to the gallery for a reception Jan. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. Free.

1/16 DAN HICKS & THE HOT LICKS The band pays tribute to the ‘folk years’ of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, with music by the Limelighters, Mississippi John Hurt, Pete Seeger and the Weavers, The Kingston Trio, Buffy St. Marie, and Peter, Paul and Mary, plus plenty of Hot Licks favorites. 8 p.m. at the Sheldon. $30-$35;

534-1111 or

BENEFIT FOR WEBSTER GROVES HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ All the jazz bands in the Webster Groves School District plus the University of Illinois Jazz Faculty perform at 6 p.m. at The Pageant, with proceeds to benefit the Webster Groves High School jazz program. $10 under 21 or $20; tickets available at The Pageant Box Office, Webster Groves High School and at the door.

THIRD FRIDAY OPEN HOUSE Make a winter glass keepsake and watch glassblowers play with fire from 6 to 10 p.m. at Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd. With a cash bar and music by the Funky Butt Brass Band. Free; 367-4527 or

1/16-18 HALLSPRINGAR Learn the Norwegian couples dance in a three-day festival with workshops, dancing and a potluck dinner at University United Methodist Church, 6901 Washington Ave. Register at; $45 for the workshop package and $55 with lunches.

1/16-24 ‘THE CEMETERY CLUB’ The Kirkwood Theatre Guild presents a play about Ida, Lucille and Doris, three widows who meet once a month at the cemetery where their husbands are buried.

$14-$16; 821-9956 or

1/17 ‘MASKED MARVELS AND WONDERTALES’ Michael Cooper’s one-man variety show features a high-kicking giant, a clumsy cowpoke, and a grumpy, pipe-smoking trout fishing beside an imaginary stream. The storyteller, mask-maker and mime performs at 11 a.m. in the E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, 560 Trinity Ave. $10; 534-1111 or

‘THE MUSIC OF BROADWAY’ Actor Ben Nordstrom leads the young performers of Team Stages in a tribute to the music of the Great White Way at 11 a.m. at the Sheldon. $5 children or $10 adults; 533-9900 or

1/17 & 18 ‘EAGLE DAYS’ Celebrate the resurgence of the bald eagle from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. Spotting scopes will be set up and there will be a live eagle program repeated every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Free.

1/20 – 2/1 LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL Yes, the movie is a musical now—one that earned seven Tony Award nominations in 2007, its first year on Broadway—and it’s coming to the Fox Theatre. $27 to $68; 534-1111 or

1/20-24 ‘MOVIN’ AND GROOVIN’ WITH KINDERMUSIK’ Children age six and younger are invited to dance, sing, play percussion instruments and listen to musical storytime during the Kindermusik Academy event to benefit the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Jan. 20 and 24 at the Jewish Community Center, 16801 Baxter Road in Chesterfield, and Jan. 21 at The Lodge, 1050 Des Peres Road in Des Peres. $5 donation; 434-9496 or

1/21 ‘KITTEN’S FIRST FULL MOON’ Hear the classic children’s story in a new way at STAGES Performing Arts Academy, 444 Chesterfield Center. Part of the free ‘Stories @ STAGES’ series, the event features an interactive reading and drama activities with a STAGES artist. 636-530-5959 or

PATHETIQUE Violinist David Halen, pianist Peter Henderson and other members of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra perform ‘Pathetique’ and other works by Beethoven at 8 p.m. at the Sheldon. $60 or $75; 533-9900 or

1/23 THE FRONT ROOM Two new exhibits are on display in the Contemporary Art Museum: an installation by Fia Backstrom that explores the commodification of contemporary art, on view until Feb. 8, and Sean Snyder’s film, ‘Exhibition,’ on view until April 19. The film examines the social conventions of art through a 1964 Soviet documentary.

REGINALD R. ROBINSON The pianist and composer of semi-classical music, ragtime, Latin American, jazz and blues performs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Free.

1/23 & 24 PILOBOLUS Twining into impossible shapes, writhing over the ground and hurtling through the air, the super-athletic dance company performs at Touhill Performing Arts Center, presented by Dance St. Louis.

$30-$50; 516-4949 or


Metro Arts in Transit and the Poetry Society of America are sponsoring a ‘Poetry in Motion®’ contest open to all people living within a 50-mile radius of St. Louis. Fifteen winning poems will be displayed on MetroLink trains and Metro buses. Submissions are due Feb. 2. 314-982-1412