5/1 ‘RE/ACTION(S)’ EXHIBIT OPENING Gail Brown curates an exhibit of work by 35 emerging artists with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Craft Alliance. The exhibit continues through June 28.
ARIANNA STRING QUARTET The internationally acclaimed ensemble performs ‘Storytellers’ at 8 p.m. at the Touhill, a program focused on the stories and imaginations of composers Felix Mendelssohn, Leoš Janácek and Franz Schubert. $20; 516-4949 or touhill.org.
5/1-3 RIVERDANCE The thunderous celebration of Irish Dance comes to the Fox Theatre for five farewell performances. $26 to $66; 534-1111 or metrotix.com.
5/1-9 DAMN YANKEES Kirkwood Theatre Guild performs the popular musical at the Robert G. Reim Theatre in the Kirkwood Community Center. $19; 821-9956 or ktg-onstage.org.
5/3 STAENBERG FAMILY COMPLEX GRAND OPENING The Jewish Community Center celebrates its new family fitness complex with face painting, hula hoop contests, a stilt walker and guided tours beginning at 1 p.m. The festivities continue during ‘Open House Week’ May 10 to 17.
432-5700 or newjstl.com.
5/3 & 8 ‘SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL: DANCE SONGS OF THE ’50S AND ’60S’ The St. Louis County Community Chorus performs its annual spring concert May 3 at Affton High School Auditorium and May 8 at Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church in Creve Coeur. $5 children and $10 adults; 534-1111 or stlccc.org.
5/4 RIVER STYX LITERARY FEAST Poet Mary Jo Bang and fiction author Pinckney Benedict come to Duff’s Restaurant at 7:30 p.m. to read from their work. $4 members, students and seniors or $5; 361-0522 or riverstyx.org.
5/5 FLEETWOOD MAC During its ‘Unleashed 2009 Tour,’ the rock band plays the Scottrade Center at 8 p.m. $47 to $147; 241-1888 or ticketmaster.com.
5/7 ‘MASTERS OF SEX’ Biographer Thomas Maier comes to Left Bank Books in the CWE at 7 p.m. to discuss his book on sex study pioneers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Free; 367-6731 or left-bank.com.
TONY BENNETT The winner of 13 Grammys comes to the Fox Theatre at 8 p.m. $65 to $266; 534-1111 or metrotix.com.
5/8 DOUBLE ART OPENING The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University and the Contemporary Art Museum host simultaneous receptions for their summer exhibits from 7 to 9 p.m. A free shuttle operates on the half hour. Free; kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu or contemporarystl.org.
5/9 JIM SCHOEMEHL 5K RUN/WALK Webster Groves High School hosts the event to benefit the ALS Foundation and the Kurre Family. The run/walk begins in the Bradford Street parking lot south of the high school at 8 a.m. $5 kids under 6, $10 students up to 12th grade and $15 adults in advance or $25 the day of; 775-8496 or jims5krun.com.
‘TALK TOAST TASTE’ KWMU hosts its annual benefit dinner at 6 p.m. at the Chase with special guests NPR newscaster Lakshmi Singh and ‘Tell Me More’ host Michel Martin. $150 and up; 516-5968 or kwmu.org.
PAINT WEBSTER PLEIN AIR COMPETITION Join in the painting competition or watch artists at work outdoors beginning at 8 a.m. in Webster Groves. $1,000 in cash prizes will be announced at 6 p.m. at the Monday Club. Register at yucandu.com/registration or until 10 a.m. May 9 at Yucandu Art Studio.
EPIPHANY RUN FOR THE STARS Part of the South City Racing Series presented by Big River Running, the event includes a twilight walk at 6:30 p.m. and 5K at 7 p.m. Music, barbecue and awards follow the run. $10 to $50; 645-2116 or bigriverrunning.com.
5/10 JAMES TAYLOR Hear ‘Sweet Baby James,’ ‘Fire and Rain’ and ‘Carolina in My Mind’ from the legendary singer at 8 p.m. at the Fox Theatre. $62.50 to $82.50; 534-1111 or metrotix.com.
FAMILY SUNDAY AT THE ART MUSEUM: AFRICAN ARTS Every Sunday, the Saint Louis Art Museum offers hands-on art activities from 1 to 4 p.m. and 30-minute tours especially for families at 2:30 p.m. Throughout May, activities focus on African Art, and May 10 the St. Louis Children’s Zoo brings in live African animals for kids to draw. Free; 721-0072 or slam.org.
5/13 TONY HORWITZ ON TOUR Hear from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ‘A Voyage Long and Strange: On the Trail of Vikings, Conquistadors, Lost Colonists and Other Adventurers in Early America’ at 7 p.m. at the St. Louis County Library headquarters. Free; 994-3300 or slcl.org.
THE BEACH BOYS Original members Mike Love and Bruce Johnston lead a concert at 7:30 p.m. in Powell Hall. $45 to $92; 533-2500 or slso.org/beachboys.
5/14 BILLY JOEL AND ELTON JOHN The most successful and longest-running concert pairing in pop history reunite for a ‘Face 2 Face Tour,’ performing at Scottrade Center at 7:30 p.m. $51.50 to $177; 241-1888 or ticketmaster.com.
‘ASK NOT’ The Missouri History Museum shows a documentary examining the U.S. military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy’ from 7 to 9 p.m. The screening, part of the Emmy Award-winning PBS film series ‘Independent Lens,’ is followed by a panel discussion hosted by Channel 9 producer Jim Kirchherr. Free; ketc.org/communitycinema.