Seeing stars…St. Louis will welcome a couple of big names beginning next month. On Tuesday, April 23, BOB DYLAN and his band will perform on the Peabody Opera House stage. Tickets went on sale March 15, and may still be available at the box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or through Dylan, who will turn 73 in May, became the first rock musician to be voted into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters earlier this month.

The other big name is comedy royalty: JERRY SEINFELD will return to the Fox Theatre stage on Saturday, May 18. The comedian is known for his signature stand-up routine filled with observations “about nothing.” Tickets go on sale March 22, and are available through the box office or through Metrotix (534-1111 or

This is one garage sale you won’t want to miss: The ST. LOUIS MUSEUM STORES GARAGE SALE takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, March 23, at The Living World at the Saint Louis Zoo. The annual event features close-out, clearance and unique items found at gift shops from area attractions, including Opera Theatre, World Chess Hall of Fame, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Zoo and World Bird Sanctuary. Admission is free.

SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS is gearing up for its production of Twelfth Night, which runs May 24 through June 16 at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park. For the first time ever under his tenure, executive director RICK DILDINE will be in the director’s chair, with actors KIMIYE CORWIN and ANDERSON MATTHEWS starring in the lead roles as Viola and Malvolio.

Love bacon? St. Louis’ first-ever BACONFEST takes place at Kiener Plaza, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. this Saturday, March 23. Festivities will include the first annual pardoning of a live pig, as well as live music and the Bacon Battle Award competition. One of the highlights will be the 500-pound ‘Hog Log’ prepared by LN Cooks columnist CHEF JOHN JOHNSON of Lumiere Place and River City Casino. The Hog Log, which will contain 250 pounds of bacon and sausage filling encased in 250 pounds of woven bacon, will be cooked on-site in a custom-built 50-foot-long smoker. Slices will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting USO of Missouri. 

Kudos the Wydown Middle School choir teacher JERRY ESTES, who recently earned Yale University’s distinguished Music Educator Award. The recognition is given biennially to 50 music educators nationwide based on their outstanding accomplishments in public school classrooms. Estes has been teaching choir to sixth- through eighth-grade students at Wydown for 18 years.

LN’s annual MOTHER’S DAY LOOK-ALIKE CONTEST is on! If you’ve ever been told that you’re your mother’s spitting image, or if you’ve ever been mistaken as sisters, this is the contest for you! The winning photo earns Mom a full-service package from DOMINIC MICHAEL SALON, which includes a haircut, blow dry, manicure, pedicure, waxing and facial! Send us a photo of mother and child(ren), complete with names and contact information, by Wednesday, April 10. We’ll publish as many photos as space allows in our April 19 issue. All of them will appear on our website. Email your photo submissions (at least 1 MB in size) to Julia Christensen,