Around Town Calendar: October

Practice Your Moves…11/7 JUMP, JIVE & WILL To benefit Shakespeare in Forest Park, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis hosts dinner, a silent auction and dancing with swing instructors at 7 p.m. at The Mahler Ballroom, 4915 Washington Ave. $125 per person, $1,250 per table; or 531-9800 ext. 107. 10/31 FLAVORFUL FRIDAY SALSA SOCIAL Flavor dance and fitness studio hosts a salsa lesson from 8 to 9 p.m. followed by open dance to Latin music until midnight with a bonus Bachata mini-lesson. Costumes encouraged (it is Halloween, after all). $5 at the door includes bottled water and light refreshments; 5860 Delmar Blvd. 11/7 TANGO AT CLUB 524 The social dance party at COCA starts at 7 p.m. with an hour of dance instruction by COCA faculty and concludes with open dance until midnight. $8 individual, $15 couple; purchase tickets at the door. 11/8 WALTZ PARTY Can you polka? Can you tango? What about schottisch, hambo or ragtime? Attend a workshop from 6 to 7 p.m., then show off your stuff with the Childgrove Country Dancers at their monthly waltz party at the Monday Club, 37 S. Maple Ave. in Webster Groves. $10 at the door.

10/31 THE LAST BROADCAST John Borroughs School hosts a reception for ‘The Last Broadcast,’ a series of drawings inspired by the Northwestern landscape, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Bonsack Gallery.

10/31-11/1 WEAVER’S GUILD SALE The Weaver’s Guild of St. Louis holds its annual sale of clothing, accessories and indoor furnishings from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Brentwood Community Center, 2505 S. Brentwood Blvd.

IL TABARRO The Union Avenue Opera performs Puccini’s story of adultery and deception. $30;


10/31-11/8 THERE GOES THE BRIDE The father of the bride sees things no one else can in this farce, performed by the Kirkwood Theatre Guild at the Robert G. Reim Theatre, 111 S. Geyer. $16; 821-9956.

10/31-1/4 LOOP WEB St. Louis artist Bill Smith combines choreographed sound, a three-dimensional multimedia structure and a light-projection system in the installation, opening Oct. 31 at the Saint Louis Art Museum

11/1 SCIENCE UNCORKED: RED, WHITE AND NEW Sample wine and food pairings and enjoy live music from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Saint Louis Science Center. Proceeds benefit the Science Center’s educational programs. $40, $35 for members; or 289-4424.

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN The Junior League of St. Louis hosts a class on healthy cooking from 10 a.m. to noon at the Missouri Botanical Garden. $25 for one adult and one child, $40 for one adult and two children; or 577-9441.

EATING ST. LOUIS Former Post-Dispatch restaurant critic Patricia Corrigan discusses her book ‘Eating St. Louis: The Gateway City’s Unique Food Culture’ from 6 to 9 p.m.  at Moulin Events, 2017 Chouteau Ave. Tickets are $25 and include samples from local restaurants; or 241-7799.

FIDDLERS CONTEST Stovall’s Grove in Wildwood hosts the Missouri Fiddlers and Old Time Country Music Association fiddle contest and barbecue pork dinner. $10 admission benefits the association; 18720 Stovall Grove.

WRITING THE MEMOIR The St. Louis Writers Guild presents Thomas Larson, author of ‘The Memoir and the Memoirist,’ from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble in Crestwood, 9618 Watson Road. $10 for Writers Guild members, $15 for non-members; register in advance at

11/1 & 2 63119 ART Follow an art tour map through the studios and galleries of Webster Groves, Rock Hill and Shrewsbury from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 and noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 2. Free; 963-0180 or for information.

11/2-12 ST. LOUIS JEWISH BOOK FESTIVAL Jerry Springer gives the keynote presentation Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. 442-3299 or for more author events, including Ruth Westheimer and ‘Sex and the City’s’ Evan Handler.

11/3-12/30 ART ST. LOUIS XXIV Art Saint Louis’ 24th annual all media exhibit featuring St. Louis regional artists opens Nov. 3 at Art Saint Louis, 555 Washington Ave. Free.

11/4 RECEPTION: POINT OF VIEW The University of Missouri-St. Louis presents an exhibit of photographs taken by teenage boys participating in programs at the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma. A free reception lasts from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 4 on the third floor of the Social Sciences building. 


CONSERVATION FORUM 2008 Attend expert lectures and workshops on the Galapagos Islands and a dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Living World at the Saint Louis Zoo. Free; register at

11/6 ANN ZABANONI The author discusses her book, ‘St. Louis Hills’ from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Buder library, 4401 Hampton Ave. Free.

11/7 FLASHBACK TRIVIA NIGHT Dress according to your favorite decade from the ’50s to the ’90s for a trivia night and silent auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Cor Jesu Academy, 10230 Gravois Road in Affton. Proceeds benefit The Kiwi Charitable fund. $20 per person and $160 per table in advance; 780-6024.

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.

CUREIOSITY Proceeds for the CUREIOSITY party and after-party, held from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at  Lumen, benefit the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center. $100 for the entire event, $40 for the after-party only, 706-4080 or

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 ZOOQUEST Participate in this trivia challenge and scavenger hunt recommended for hard-core zoo fans from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the Saint Louis Zoo. Mail in the registration form at by Oct.31; $30 per team for members, $35 per team for the general public.

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.

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

11/11-15 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.