9/26 & 27 BOATHOUSE BANDS Join the fun at The Boathouse in Forest Park. 9/26 it’s The Presentations and 9/26 see MUSYC. 7 to 11p.m. both nights. http://www.boathouseforestpark.com">www.boathouseforestpark.com
9/26–30 DINOROARUS At the Saint Louis Zoo, 16 life-size animatronic dinosaurs move, roar and spit in a one-of-a-kind walk-through exhibit in River’s Edge. Visit ‘Dino Island 2’ in a 3-D motion simulator. Admission is $3 for non-members, $5 including the motion simulator.
9/27 CHILI COOK-OFF The National Kidney Foundation’s annual chili cook-off features music from the area’s hottest bands, a kids’ corner, and great festival food like brats, chicken, funnel cakes and fruit smoothies. $5; free for children under 12. Chili and salsa samples are 50 cents. Westport Plaza, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. www.kidneyemo.org
ACEDIA & ME Author Kathleen Norris presents her latest work, a blend of memoir and meditation, 7p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral. 1210 Locust St.
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: THE MOVIE Science fiction fans, grab your blankets and snacks and head to the lawn at the Saint Louis Science Center’s James S. McDonnell Planetarium for this satirical sci-fi flick. Free. 7 p.m.
TASTE OF THE VINEYARD Join young professionals for great wine and company at Young Variety’s Taste of the Vineyard fund-raiser. Tickets, which cost $40 and include wine, food and a silent auction, can be purchased online at http://www.varietystl.org/yvtov.aspx">www.varietystl.org/yvtov.aspx or by calling Joe Tilman at 453-0453 ext. 121. Proceeds benefit Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis
FEATURED FILM Frontyard Features presents ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ at Lafayette Square, playing at sundown. http://www.fyfstl.com">www.fyfstl.com
JIM GAFFIGAN You’ll guffaw at the Fox Theatre performance of Gaffigan, a ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ favorite. 8 p.m. Tickets, $45.75 each, http://www.metrotix.com">www.metrotix.com or 534-1111.
IRA GLASS Joining the host of ‘This American Life’ onstage at The Pageant will be members of Prison Performing Arts’ Alumni Theatre Company. Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased from ticketmaster.com or The Pageant Box Office, 726-6161. http://www.irascoming.com">www.irascoming.com
9/27 & 28 MUSIC ON THE PATIO Not just any patio—the patio at Mount Pleasant Winery, with spectacular views of the valley in nearby Augusta. 9/27 listen to Chia Band and 9/28 it’s the Soulard Blues Band, both from 1 to 5 p.m. 636-482-WINE or http://www.mountpleasant.com">www.mountpleasant.com
GREEN HOMES & RENEWABLE ENERGY FESTIVAL & HOUSE TOUR Find a city block full of expert green resources for all ages at this free festival Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and view 11 certified green homes on the Green House Tour Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. House tour tickets cost $10 to $15. More info available at www.greenhomesstl.org and 577-0220.
THE HEIGHTS OF ELEGANCE The historic Compton Heights neighborhood is hosting its House and Garden Tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring 12 unique homes, several gardens, and the magnificent ‘Magic Chef’ mansion across from Reservoir Park on Grand Boulevard. Free trolley shuttles, wine tasting, live music and food will be available. Tickets are $20, with a portion of proceeds supporting area nonprofits. http://www.chnba.org">www.chnba.org
ST. LOUIS WINE FESTIVAL Taking place at the base of Art Hill, the weekend festival features more than 150 Missouri, domestic and international wines, and local favorites Kim Massie and Erin Bode will perform. Tickets are $25 the day of, $10 for designated drivers, and free for patrons under 21 accompanied by an adult. www.inplayevents.com
9/28 CELEBRATION OF SCIENCE The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, at 975 N. Warson Road, celebrates its 10th anniversary with a fun-filled day of enriching scientific activities, cultural performances, food and family entertainment. 1 to 6 p.m. Free. 587-1000.
MUSICAL NIGHT IN OAK KNOLL PARK Come to the park (NW corner of Big Bend Boulevard and Clayton Road) to hear Broth’a D & the WOO-Daddies. Terrace seating—guests are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets. 5 to 7 p.m. For more info, call 290-8544.
COOKING FOR A CAUSE More than 30 top St. Louis chefs gather at Mount Pleasant Winery to create a fabulous meal for charity. The 2008 Chefs Wine Country Barbecue benefits the Chefs de Cuisine Education Foundation and ACF Chef and Child Foundation. $50 per person includes admission, food tasting and a commemorative wine glass. Children under 10 are free. 636-482-WINE or http://www.mountpleasant.com">www.mountpleasant.com.
RUNNING TO REMEMBER The first St. Michael’s Day Dash will honor the five Kirkwood community leaders who lost their lives Feb. 7. Proceeds benefit St. Louis Backstoppers. The 5K run/walk starts at 7:30 a.m. in Station Plaza, at Madison Avenue and Kirkwood Road, with a memorial service. Event registration is $25 the day of the event and includes a T-shirt. Register or donate online at http://kirkwood5k.com">http://kirkwood5k.com.
CHILDREN’S BOOK LAUNCH An open house at Cabanne House in Forest Park, 5300 Lindell Blvd. at Union, launches Susann Batson’s new children’s book, ‘Sparkie, A Star Afraid of the Dark.’ Live bluegrass band, food, a caricature artist, photographer, events for children, prizes and more. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
9/30 THE GREATEST SILENCE Winner of the Sundance Special Jury Prize in Documentary, ‘The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo’ shatters the silence that surrounds the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and provides inspiring examples of resiliency, resistance and courage. St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 7 p.m. 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
10/3 ART TOUR PREVIEW Preview the works of many artists who will open their studios to the public during the 63110 Art Tour in November by coming to Riverside Gallery between 7 and 10 p.m. for an artists’ reception. Refreshments and wine will be served. 13 W. Moody in Webster Groves.
10/3 & 10
OWL OUTINGS See the owl butterflies that waken at dusk during two October Owl Outings at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. $6 adults, $4 ages 4 to 12. 5:30 to 7 p.m.
10/4 RUN ‘4’ WEBSTER Proceeds from the Ivory Crockett Run ‘4’ Webster benefit Webster Groves School District Foundation, Edgewood Children’s Center and others. A pre-race reception is the day before from 4 to 7 p.m.; on 10/4 registration starts at 6:45 a.m. and the 4-mile run begins at 8:30. http://smtcstl.com">smtcstl.com or 961-3787.
ROUTE 66 FESTIVAL Get your kicks on Route 66 during the festival at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, 10950 Riverview Drive. Ten hours of free fun and activities, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., include a sock hop, music and vendors. http://www.confluencegreenway.org/route66festival.php">www.confluencegreenway.org/route66festival.php
10/4 & 5 BEST OF MISSOURI MARKET The 17th annual installment takes place at the Missouri Botanical Garden from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features more than 30 new vendors, plus 130 other outstanding Missouri food producers and artisans. Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for children and members. 4344 Shaw Blvd. http://www.mobot.org">www.mobot.org