Around Town Calendar: November

HOLIDAY WALKS…11/22 DOWNTOWN KIRKWOOD’S HOLIDAY WALK Downtown shops and restaurants hold sales and specials, Santa and Mrs. Claus make a visit and the holiday trolley offers free rides from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 11/23 HOLIDAY CHAMPAGNE STROLL Shop the boutiques and antiques shops on Clayton Road from Brentwood Boulevard to Hanley Road from noon to 5 p.m. for unique gift ideas, refreshments and special activities. 11/24-1/5 HISTORIC BELLEVILLE’S 19TH ANNUAL GINGERBREAD WALK Take a walk down East Main Street, where dozens of prize-winning, edible gingerbread creations are displayed in shop windows, reminiscent of the days when Belleville looked like a quaint German village with ‘gingerbread’ architecture. Free. 11/28-12/30 U.S. BANK WILD LIGHTS Stroll through the zoo’s holiday wonderland with animated light displays, including splashing penguins and bullfrogs croaking ‘Jingle Bells’ from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. See the lights on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Dec. 14 and nightly afterward. $5, $4 for members. 12/6 ST. LOUIS HISTORIC HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT TOUR The Eugene Field House, Campbell House Museum, DeMenil Mansion, Sam Cupples House, Scott Joplin House and the Old Courthouse are showcased during this holiday tour from 3 to 8 p.m. $20 in advance or $25, children under age 13 $5 in advance or $10; 421-4689.

11/21 THIRD FRIDAY OPEN HOUSE Watch glassblowing demonstrations, shop for glass gifts and make a glass tile keepsake from 6 to 10 p.m. at Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd. Free.

THE DREW EMMITT BAND The singer and mandolin player performs with his band 9 p.m. at Lucas School House, 1220 Allen Ave. $20; 621-6565 or

HOLIDAY MAGIC LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW More than 35 boutique vendors are featured beginning at 10 a.m. at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton, and all proceeds benefit the Respiratory Care Division at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. $60; RSVP at or call 268-2700 ext. 6106 for more information.

BEETHOVEN AND RACHMANINOFF The St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra performs its first concert of the season at 8 p.m. at the William D. Purser Center, 1851 Schoettler Road in Chesterfield. 421-3600 or for ticket information.

11/21-1/4  HOLIDAY WREATH EXHIBITION Enter a silent bid to win one of the unique wreaths decorating the Missouri Botanical Garden, custom-designed by 13 local floral designers. Winning bidders will be notified after Jan. 5. Admission to the wreath exhibition is included in Garden admission.

11/21-12/6 ‘THE DEAD GUY’ The concept of this HotCity Theatre production: Give a self-proclaimed ‘loser’ $1 million, follow him around for one week, then let the TV audience decide how he dies. $25 adults, $20 seniors; 289-4063 or $15 student rush tickets available 10 minutes before show time.

11/22 OPERATION GIVE THANKS The Clayton Schools’ Family Center hosts a cocktail party from 8 to 11 p.m. at Mandarin Lounge, 44 Maryland Plaza, to benefit Operation Shower, which sends baby ‘showers in a box’ to military moms-to-be. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of;

11/22 & 23 WINE DIVA WEEKEND Journey along Ste. Genevieve’s wine trail, the Route du Vin, for fine wines paired with “Diva Treats” at each of the region’s five wineries. Purchase tickets ($25) by calling 800-398-1298 or in the tasting room of participating wineries.

UNIQUE BOUTIQUE ART AND FINE CRAFT BAZAAR John Burroughs hosts its 13th annual boutique featuring the hand-crafted work of more than 40 artisans, including fine jewelry, stained and hand-blown glass, sculpture, pottery, hand-knit woolens and holiday ornaments. $5 admission at the door.

CELEBRATE ME HOME St. Louis natives Antonio Douthit, principal dancer with Alvin Ailey, and Denise Thimes, award-winning jazz vocalist, perform with Alvin Ailey American Theater dancers and a live band at COCA. Tickets for the Nov. 22 fall fund-raiser are $250-$650; $35 to $50 for the Nov. 23 show: or 725-1834.

11/23 SLSO: EXPLOSIONS The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra treats listeners to a rhythmic world trip from St. Louis to Europe to North Africa at 2 p.m. at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center. $11 to $35; 516-4949 or

DUNTECH DANCE THEATRE The troupe of St. Louis area dancers performs pieces based on choreography originally used by the Katherine Dunham Dance Company; 2 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum. Free.

RAMS BOOT OLD MAN WINTER, HEAT-UP FUND-RAISER Before the Rams vs. Bears game on Sunday, area firefighters and volunteers will be stationed outside the gates and at tailgate parties to collect donations for Heat-Up St. Louis.

11/24 & 25 VIENNA BOYS CHOIR HOLIDAY CONCERT The choir returns for its annual visit to the Cathedral Basilica Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 25 at 2:30 p.m. $20 to $40; 533-7662 or

11/25 CHRISTMAS KISS 2008 Beth Tuttle and others perform at the Sheldon Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive. $10, age 12 and under free; 353-5570 or e-mail New, unwrapped toys will be collected at the concert.

11/25-12/7 IAN BURNS The Contemporary Art Museum displays Ian Burns’ kinetic dioramas, made of primitive electronics, household objects and more, in The Front Room. $5 adults, $3 seniors, kids and students free.

11/26-12/28 THIS WONDERFUL LIFE Watch actor Mark Setlock perform George, and Mary, Zuzu, Mr. Potter, Clarence, Bert and every other character in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ in his one-man take on the Frank Capra classic. 968-4925 or

11/26-1/4 GARDENLAND EXPRESS Eight model trains traverse a mountainous landscape through detailed miniature winter scenes with colorful poinsettias and other flowering plants at the Missouri Botanical Garden. $3 plus Garden admission, members free.

11/28 ST. LOUIS BLUES REVUE Vocalists Marty Abdullah, Roland Johnson and Robbie Montgomery join the Soulard Blues Band for a night of blues and soul beginning at 8 p.m. at the Sheldon Ballroom. $15 general admission, $25 reserved table seating; or 534-1111.

11/28-11/30 ANNUAL INDIAN MARKET DAYS American Indian artisans and vendors of American Indian-made arts and crafts sell their products, including jewelry, beadwork, paintings, pottery, clothing, weaving and sculpture. At Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville, Ill. Free; 618-346-5160.

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CRAFT SHOW This holiday craft show at Third Degree Glass Factory features more than 120 crafters, 12 bands, family-friendly craft demonstrations plus food and drink. $10 Red Carpet Black Friday entry, $2 Saturday and Sunday.

CATS Its Magical Mister Mistoffelees … See the show that won seven Tony Awards at the Fox Theatre. $22 to $61; or 534-1111.

11/29 MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER Mount Pleasant Winery presents “Lost on Gilligan’s Island,” an evening of mystery and intrigue with appetizers and wine tasting at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. 5634 High St., Augusta, Mo. 636-482-WINE, 800-567-WINE or