Around Town Calendar: May

Celebrate Mom with these great events: DENISE THIMES AND FRIENDS The jazz vocalist performs her 13th annual Mother’s Day Concert at 5:30 p.m. May 10 at The Sheldon. A dinner buffet is available from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Spiering Room for an additional $35. $20 to $40 for the concert; 534-1111 or ‘WRITING THE WOMEN’S WAY: A MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION OF CREATIVITY’ Kim Anderson, co-author of ‘Writing the Women’s Way: A Creative Workbook Honoring the Feminine Frame of Mind,’ facilitates a writing workshop May 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Heights for mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. $45 includes a light lunch; register early at MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND ‘AMERICAN FOLK’ CONCERT The St. Louis Women’s Chorale celebrates the roles women have played in the evolution of folk music and explores the genre’s beginnings in Appalachia and the Deep South. May 9 and 10 at Union Avenue Christian Church. $15 to $20; 768-0949 or MOTHERS ARE SPECIAL The Magic House admits mothers free of charge from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 10, and activities include Mother’s Day keepsake-making. $8.50 ages 1 and up; 822-8900 or

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

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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

TONY BENNETT The winner of 13 Grammys comes to the Fox Theatre at 8 p.m. $65 to $266; 534-1111 or

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; or

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

‘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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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;