Around Town Calendar January

Dreaming of Spring…‘HENRY’S GARDEN’ ORCHID SHOW The Missouri Botanical Garden hosts its 91st annual orchid show Jan. 31 through March 15. More than 800 orchids will fill the Orthwein Floral Display Hall, decorated in Victorian style with a three-tiered fountain, wrought-iron lamp posts, urns and benches. $3 in addition to Garden admission; 577-9400 or THE JEWEL BOX Get a taste of spring while viewing the permanent floral displays under the 55-foot cantilevered glass walls. $1; 531-0080. ‘HOT HOT HOT’ The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House hosts a Family Fun Weekend Jan. 24 and 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. See hundreds of butterflies in a lush landscape of tropical plants, waterfalls and pools while your kids play games and make crafts. Activities included in Butterfly House admission; 636-530-0076 or SOULARD FARMER’S MARKET No matter how cold, the 230-year-old Soulard Farmer’s Market, 730 Carroll St., is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, and most of the stalls are inside the Grand Hall. 622-4180.

1/9 WINTER BLUES The Soulard Art Market, 2028 S. 12th St., hosts an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. for a juried exhibition of artwork reflecting ‘the blues’ whether it’s Blues music, the color blue, or feeling ‘blue.’ The exhibit runs until Feb. 7.

HOLGA POLKA INVITATIONAL The Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Blvd., hosts an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the exhibit, ‘Holga Polka Invitational,’ a collection of photographs taken with the Holga toy camera by more than 40 artists. The exhibit runs through Feb. 22.

‘ART AND UPHEAVAL’ BOOKSIGNING Author William Cleveland will discuss and sign his latest book, about how art can change communities. 7:30 p.m. at Left Bank Books. Free.

‘OPERA NIGHT’ AT THE SAINT LOUIS SYMPHONY James Gaffigan conducts works by Verdi, Puccini and Wagner and Opera Saint Louis’ Kelly Kaduce sings arias from ‘La traviata’ and ‘Madame Butterfly’ at 8 p.m. at Powell Hall. $19 to $105; 534-1700 or

1/9-18 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.

1/9-2/22 ‘JEWELRY AT LARGE’ Craft Alliance, 6640 Delmar Blvd., hosts an exhibition of wearable art made by 13 artists from across the country.

1/9-3/29 ‘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 to the Garden.

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

1/10 HOUSKA ‘HI-DEF’ phd gallery, 2300 Cherokee St., hosts an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. for an exhibit of 22 new paintings by Saint Louis artist Charles Houska. Twenty percent of the evening’s sales benefit Food Outreach. Free; 664-6644.

KRISTEN CHENOWETH The Tony Award-winner and star of ‘Pushing Daisies’ will perform as a solo vocalist with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. at the Fox Theatre. $45 to $100; 534-1111 or

‘ON THE BRINK’ COCAdance members and alumni of the semi-professional company perform at 3 and 9 p.m. at COCA, 524 Trinity Ave., joined by guest choreographers Darrell Grand Moultrie and COCAdance assistant director Alicia Graf. $10 students or $15; 725-6555 or

1/10-11 A CONVERSATION WITH MARY BADHAM Join the actress who played Scout in the 1962 film adaptation of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ 1 p.m. Saturday at the Schlafly Public Library, 225 N. Euclid Ave.; 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Missouri History Museum and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at  the University City Public Library, 6301 Delmar Blvd. Free;

1/12 ‘A STRONG SEED PLANTED’ The Central Library, 1301 Olive St., screens the documentary about the civil rights movement in early 1960s St. Louis, with archival footage and interviews with key participants of the Jefferson Bank Protest. At 6 p.m.; free.

1/12-26 ‘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.

1/15 ‘SCIENCE CAFE’ Join Dr. Rainer Bussman, Curator of Economic Botany at the Missouri Botanical Garden, for an informal discussion about medicinal plants at 7 p.m. at Herbie’s Restaurant, 405 N. Euclid Ave. Free.

SALLY VAN DOREN The St. Louis poet reads from and signs her latest book, ‘Sex at Noon Taxes’ at 7 p.m. at the Schlafly Branch Library, 225 N. Euclid Ave. Free.

1/16 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

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.

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

1/16-18 HALLSPRINGAR Learn the Norwegian couples dance in a three-day festival of 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 story-teller, mask-maker and mime performs at 11 a.m. in the E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, 560 Trinity Ave. $10; 534-1111 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 a live eagle program will  repeat every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Free.

CHECK THIS OUT…With works by Pollock, de Kooning and others, ‘Action/Abstraction’ examines the paintings and sculptures that transformed the art world after World War II. The exhibit remains on display at the Saint Louis Art Museum until Jan 11. 721-0072