10/16-31 THEATER ON THE HOUSE. Seven St. Louis theaters, including St. Louis Repertory, Mustard Seed and New Line, have free tickets available for various shows. www.freenightoftheater.com.
10/17 CASINO NIGHT Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis hosts its first annual Casino Night at the Top of the Met. You can try your luck at blackjack, roulette, Texas Hold-Em and craps from 8 to 11 p.m. Register in advance for $30 at www.blacktie-stlouis.com or $40 at the door.
CELTIC THUNDER In a new show, five male singers from Ireland and Scotland perform Celtic music accompanied by an orchestra, band, bagpipes and monks. $37.50 to $57.50; www.metrotix.com or 534-1111.
10/17 & 18 RICKY NYE Blues and R&B artist Ricky Nye performs at 8:30 p.m. at Brandt’s Cafe in the Loop, along with Brian Aylor on drums and St. Louis’ Vince Corkery on bass. No cover.
FAMILY HAYRIDES Take an hour-long hayride of Jefferson Barracks, roast marshmallows, sip hot chocolate and listen to bluegrass music from 6 to 10 p.m. at 251 Cy Road in South County.
10/17-30 BOO AT THE ZOO NIGHTS Explore Headless Horseman Graveyard or Dead Man’s Bayou, take a night hike to learn about animal communication, make a creepy craft or visit the ‘Scare-ou-sel.’ Every night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Advance registration recommended, 646-4771.
10/18 K.D. LANG Rock and country singer-songwriter k.d. lang plays at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. $30 to $100, 516-4949.
10/19 NATURAL LIVING EXPO The Healthy Planet hosts its 16th Natural Living Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Webster Groves Recreation Center. More than 70 booths offer eco-friendly and natural products and information, including food samples and beer tasting. Admission is $8, children under 16 free.
LUCINDA WILLIAMS Grammy winner Lucinda Williams plays The Pageant at 8 p.m. Her most recent album is Little Honey. $25 to $30, www.ticketmaster.com.
ACTION/ABSTRACTION ‘Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning and American Art, 1940-1976’ opens at the Saint Louis Art Museum. The exhibit examines Abstract Expressionist work from the perspective of rival art critics Clement Greenberg and Harold Rosenberg.
JACKSON BROWNE The singer-songwriter plays at the Fox Theatre at 7:30 p.m. $42.50 to $100, www.metrotix.com or 534-1111.
DOWN SYNDROME CUT-THON AND RAFFLE The Pujols Family Foundation and Hair Theatre host the first ‘OPERATION CHARLIE’ Down Syndrome Cut-thon and Raffle from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hair Theatre in Kirkwood. Minimum $30 donation for hair services.
10/20 GEMS OF THE VIENNESE MASTERS The Sheldon Chorale performs works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and others at 8 p.m. $10 for seniors and students, $15 general admission; www.metrotix.com or 534-1111.
10/21 MEANINGFUL MAKEUP Makeup artist Alison Raffaele, who works with Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Giselle Bundchen and others, demonstrates her products and provides complimentary makeovers at Soft Surroundings in Richmond Heights from 5 to 9 p.m. Ten percent of the evening’s sales go to Stray Rescue St. Louis. 262-4949.
CHOCOLATE FOR TWEENS Learn how to create truffles, chocolate boxes and other chocolate-based dips from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at COCA, 524 Trinity Ave. Register at www.cocastl.org; $35 for members, $40 for non-members and supplies cost $20.
10/21 & 28 DANCE LESSONS WITH BUCK Learn classic Country Western line dances and couples dances for $3 at the Rockhorse Saloon and Dance Hall in Wildwood, 18720 Stovall Lane. 405-3024.
11/18 & 25, 12/2 THE REST IS NOISE READING GROUP The group meets to discuss ‘New Yorker’ staff writer Alex Ross’ book, ‘The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century,’ at the Schlafly Tap Room downtown. Free; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 286-4134.
10/21-11/2 THE COLOR PURPLE The Tony-nominated, Grammy-winning musical comes to the Fox Theatre with a cast including St. Louis’ Trent Armand Kendall. $27 to $68; visit www.metrotix.com or call 534-1111.
10/24 REFRACTIONS Featuring work by Mark Douglas, Robert Reuter and Antje Umstaetter, the exhibit of contemporary photography opens at 5:30 p.m. at the gallery at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Blvd.
MARY ENGELBREIT St. Louis children’s book author and illustrator Mary Engelbreit discusses and signs her latest book, ‘Mary Engelbreit’s Nursery Tales,’ at St. Louis County Library on Lindbergh Boulevard. Free; doors open at 6 p.m., and the event begins at 7 p.m.
10/24-26 ARTSTRAVAGANZA! Fifty artists from artisan group The Best of Missouri Hands display work at the St. Louis Artist’s Guild in Clayton. The free show opens with a Moonlight Reception from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
10/26 HUNGER WALK Walk one or three miles in Forest Park to raise funds for Operation Food Search and Church World Service to fight hunger. Registration at 1 p.m. in the Upper Muny parking lot and walk begins at 2:30 p.m.
FREE FORM FILM FESTIVAL In the first installment of this year’s Free Form Film Festival, Mad Art Gallery shows vintage instructional, exercise and self-help videos. Doors open at 7 p.m.; $5 suggested donation.
10/27 WEBSTER JAZZ FACULTY CONCERT Webster University faculty play ‘A Tribute to Ella, Lady Day, and Mr. B’ at 7 p.m. at the Winifred Moore Auditorium. Admission is $10 for the general public and free for students.