Around Town Calendar: November

Fall Foliage Drives…AUGUST A. BUSCH MEMORIAL CONSERVATION AREA Located off Hwy. D in St. Charles, this nearly 7,000-acre nature preserve offers a scenic driving tour with multiple opportunities to hike along the way. You can also picnic, bike, rent boats, hunt or fish. Open 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.; 636-441-4554. AUGUSTA, MO. Upon exiting I-64, a beautiful drive to Augusta through Defiance follows on State Hwy. 94. For a nice route beginning in Augusta, head north on 94 to the Daniel Boone Home, or cut off just before the Daniel Boone home on Schluersburg Road to make a loop. Augusta Chamber of Commerce: 636-228-4406. GREAT RIVER ROAD Follow part of this scenic route along the Mississippi River north through Illinois to Alton and Grafton, where you can enjoy exceptional fall colors and a view of the Illinois River from the bluffs of the 8,000-acre Pere Marquette State Park. Or head south on the Missouri side through Herculaneum and Perryville to Cape Girardeau. For information, visit; for information on the Illinois route:; Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau: STE. GENEVIEVE, MO. To tour the scenic wine country around Ste. Genevieve, head south on US-32 to Hwy. B, following the ‘Route du Vin.’ (see Ste. Genevieve Interpretive Center: 66 S. Main St., 573-883-7097.

11/7 ORNAMENT PARTY Craft Alliance holds a party from 6 to 8 p.m. with complimentary refreshments and ornaments for sale made by local and national artists, including hand-blown glass balls, at their Delmar Loop location, 6640 Delmar Blvd.

11/7-8 LUNA NEGRA DANCE THEATER The Chicago dance troupe recreates modern dance composer Jose Limon’s ‘There is a Time’ at the Edison Theatre at 8 p.m. $32 general admission, $28 seniors and Washington University faculty and staff, $20 students and children; 935-6543 or

11/8 WINE DINNER AND AUCTION Family Support Network holds a fund-raiser auction and dinner with carefully chosen wine pairings at 6:30 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton. Individual tickets start at $350, tickets for 10 start at $3,000; 644-5055 ext. 116 or

FUR FASHION EXTRAVAGANZA Annie Malone Children & Family Service Center presents a Fur Fashion Showcase at 5 p.m. at the Norman K. Probstein Golf Clubhouse in Forest Park. $65; 531-0120.

PESTO FESTO The harvest festival benefiting EarthDance features live music, a silent auction, dinner prepared with local foods and the premiere of St. Louis filmmaker Rebecca Rivas’s documentary on a lifelong Ferguson farmer. 6 p.m. at Savoy Banquet Center, 119 S. Florissant Road in Ferguson. $25 in advance, $30 at the door;

11/10 CHIP CONLEY The founder and CEO of California’s largest boutique hotel company discusses creativity in business from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at COCA. $75; 725-1834 ext. 144 or

11/11 GREGORY MAGUIRE The author of the novel ‘Wicked’ speaks and signs copies of his latest book, ‘A Lion Among Men,’ from 8 to 9 p.m. at COCA. Purchase Maguire’s latest book at Left Bank Books or at the door to receive two tickets.

11/11-15 SLSO GUITAR FESTIVAL The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra puts on five guitar concerts, including a performance with 100 guitars, at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, The Pageant and Powell Symphony Hall. Tickets sold by each venue.

11/11 & 14 GALLERY TALK Washington University professor of art history and archeology Angela Miller  presents the lecture, ‘Blind Spots: Women & Minority Artists in Abstract Expressionism’ at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 and 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Free.

11/12 EVAN HANDLER The ‘Sex and the City’ star signs and discusses his recent memoir, ‘It’s Only Temporary: The Good News and the Bad News of Being Alive,’ at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Louis Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur as part of the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival. $15; free with series ticket.

BATTLE OF THE CORPORATE BANDS It’s your chance to hear employees of St. Louis corporations as they bust out their band skills at 7:30 p.m. at the Sheldon Theatre. Proceeds benefit Music for Lifelong Achievement. $10; 534-1111 or

11/12-16 OUR TOWN The Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts performs Thornton Wilder’s classic at the Browning Theatre, 130 Edgar Road. $12 general admission, $6 seniors and students, 968-7128.

11/13 IT’S EASY BEING GREEN: PRACTICAL TIPS FOR HOMEOWNERS University of Missouri Extension hosts a free educational forum from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Webster Groves Recreation Complex, 33 E. Glendale Road. Register by Nov. 10 at 615-2911 or

CHEREE BERRY Join Cheree Berry Paper founder and author of ‘Hoorah for the Bra’ for drinks and hors d’oeuvres from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington Ave. This  event for women benefits Marian Middle School. Tickets are $75; visit and click on ‘News & Events’ or call 771-7674 to reserve a spot.

DJ BATTLE Watch the final round of the contest at Home nightclub in the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in St. Charles. $5; doors open at 10 p.m.

11/13-23 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The 17th annual festival screens more than 260 shorts, features and documentaries representing 38 countries and 75 filmmakers. 289-4150 or for more information.

11/14  SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED  The Four Seasons Hotel hosts an autumn gala to benefit The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, with casino games, live music, Bond girls, spy giveaways and a luxury car display. $300; 968-7340 ext. 229.

ARTFIX Enjoy restaurant samplings and a silent auction with items donated by local and national artists at Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St. The event benefits Rebuilding Together St. Louis. $40; 918-9918 ext. 21.

MOTHER-DAUGHTER EVENING AT THE SPA Make a natural perfume and milk bath and let yourself be pampered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Whole Foods Market in Town & Country, 1160 Town and Country Crossing Drive. $20.

11/14-16 SWEENEY TODD Watch ‘the demon barber of Fleet Street’ in Stephen Sondheim’s musical at the Fox Theatre. $24 to $69; 534-1111 or

SAME SPIRIT, DIFFERENT MOVEMENT Multicultural dance company Illystyle mixes acrobatics, break dancing, tap, ‘old school’ hip-hop and more at COCA. $14 to $18; 534-1111 or

11/14-23 ANTIGONE Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ Dawn McAndrews makes her directorial debut with the Greek tragedy at the Saint Louis University Theatre, 3733 W. Pine Mall. $10 general admission, $9 seniors and faculty, $7 students; 977-3327.

11/15 WINE TASTING The Charles Matthew Espiritu Foundation holds a wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Racquet Club, 476 N. Kingshighway, to benefit the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center.

ZOOTINI 2008 The Saint Louis Zoo hosts a Young Zoo Friends fund-raiser for the zoo with a ‘Stayin’ Alive’ theme, plus live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Prices vary, 646-4771 or

11/15-16 SAMSON AND DELILAH New Opera Saint Louis performs Camille Saint-Saën’s opera Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. at Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel, 1107 E. Linden Ave. Call 865-0038 to purchase reserved seats in advance, $28 to $32. Students $15 at the door, general admission $22 at the door.