Around Town Calendar: November

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

11/14 CHEVALIER-MAURICE & ME Tony Sandler performs in homage to the widely admired entertainer in the last performance of the Cabaret St. Louis fall season at 8 p.m. at the Sheldon. $40;

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.

HANSEL & GRETEL Catch the last performance of the fairy tale by Piwacket Theatre for Children at 11 a.m. at Black Cat Theatre, 2810 Sutton Blvd. $12, children under 2 free; 963-8800 or

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 Blvd., 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

IN THE VINEYARD 2008 Plaza Frontenac hosts a benefit at 7 p.m. for Edgewood Children’s Center, featuring 80 wines from around the world and food from St. Louis’s top restaurants. Tickets:

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.

11/17 LAURA NUMEROFF The best-selling author comes to the Schlafly Library, 225 N. Euclid Ave., to discuss her most recent book, ‘If You Give a Cat a Cupcake.’ 2 p.m. Free.

11/18 VETERANS OPEN HOUSE Support Dogs Inc. holds an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring dog demonstrations, facility tours and information about the organization, which provides service dogs to persons with disabilities, 11645 Lilburn Park Road. Free; donations accepted.

11/19 ST. LOUIS POETRY SLAM Watch the action or compete for a cash prize at an audience-judged poetry slam at 8 p.m. at The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd. $5 cover.

11/20 SCIENCE CAFE Glenda Abney, director of EarthWays Center, leads an evening of informal discussion on ‘Sustainability: Finding Your Way Forward’ from 7 to 9 p.m. at Monarch Restaurant, 7401 Manchester Road in Maplewood.

CURATOR DIALOGUE Charlotte Eyerman, from the Saint Louis Art Museum, and Sabine Eckmann, from the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, discuss the visual art and culture of New York and California during mid-century, as highlighted by the museums’ concurrent exhibitions. 6 p.m. at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum; reservations required, 935-4253.

HOPPY HOLIDAYS Join beer specialist Andy Snead from 6 to 8 p.m. at Whole Foods Market in Brentwood to learn about winter libations. $20; 968-7744.

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 Singer and mandolin player Drew Emmitt performs with his band at 9 p.m. at Lucas School House, 1220 Allen Ave. $20; 621-6565 or

11/21-22 HEATHER MOORE TRUNK SHOW Create one-of-a-kind necklaces and bracelets with Heather Moore charms at Ylang-Ylang in Plaza Frontenac.

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.

11/22-23 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 ($20 before Nov. 7, $25 after) by calling 800-398-1298 or in the tasting room of participating wineries.

11/24 & 25 VIENNA BOYS CHOIR HOLIDAY CONCERT The Vienna Boys 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-$40; 533-7662 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, Garden members free.

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


11/13-12/24 HOLIDAY ZOOTIQUE Find unique gifts including animal- and nature-themed ornaments, plush animals, hand-painted African pottery and the zoo’s 2008 yellow glass giraffe ornament at the Holiday Zootique at the Saint Louis Zoo.

11/21 HOLIDAY MAGIC LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW More than 35 boutique vendors are featured beginning at 10 a.m. at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton, with proceeds benefiting the Respiratory Care Division at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. $60; RSVP at or call 268-2700 ext. 6106 for more 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.

11/22-23 UNIQUE BOUTIQUE ART AND FINE CRAFT BAZAAR The John Burroughs School hosts its 13th annual boutique featuring the 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.

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