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SPRING ARTS GUIDE Here’s your to-do list for a busy season of concerts, author events, theater, festivals, visual art exhibitions and more happening in St. Louis.

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Cody Garcia (left) and members of the national touring company of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

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Who says all the best concerts are in summer? 90 to look forward to now BY KEVIN C. JOHNSON | POST-DISPATCH POP MUSIC CRITIC

he onslaught of summer concerts begins with a Memorial Day show (Kesha and Big Freedia) at a new venue (St. Louis Music Park in Maryland Heights). But first things first: Spring brings its own super slate of big acts to get excited about. Here are nearly 90 can’t-miss shows.

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Allen Stone, Samm Henshaw, Andy Suzuki & the Method WHEN 8 p.m. March 13 • WHERE Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Boulevard • HOW MUCH Sold out • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

After a tour with Goo Goo Dolls and Train that included a 2019 stop at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Allen Stone grabs hold of the reins to return to Delmar Hall.

Gabriel Iglesias WHEN 8 p.m. March 13 and March 15 • WHERE Stifel Theatre, 1400 Market Street • HOW MUCH $46.50-$67.50 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

Comedian and actor Gabriel Iglesias goes “Beyond the Fluffy” for two nonconsecutive nights.

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TobyMac, Tauren Wells, Jordan Feliz, We Are Messengers, Ryan Stevenson, Aaron Cole, Cochren & Co. WHEN 7 p.m. March 14 • WHERE Enterprise Center, 1401 Clark Avenue • HOW MUCH $28-$78 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

TobyMac kicked off his “Hits Deep” tour in 2018, and it’s still going strong.

Ryan Hurd, Adam Doleac, Joey Hyde WHEN 8 p.m. March 14 • WHERE Delmar Hall • HOW MUCH $15-$18 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

Rising country star Ryan Hurd — a country artist you should know, Rolling Stone magazine says — is touring to support his “Platonic” EP. Read more on Page 8.

SFJazz Collective WHEN 8 p.m. March 14 • WHERE Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries, 3648 Washington Boulevard • HOW MUCH $35-$45 • MORE INFO metrotix.com

The Sheldon’s Rhythm & Jazz Series continues with SFJazz Collective, honoring the 50th anniversary of classic albums “In a Silent Way” by Miles Davis and “Stand” by Sly and the Family Stone. Read more on Page 6.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead WHEN 8 p.m. March 14-15 • WHERE The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard • HOW MUCH $45-$50 (first show is sold out) • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

There’s never enough Grateful Dead tribute bands for St. Louis audiences, which embrace different interpretations of the band’s sounds.

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WHEN 8 p.m. March 15 • WHERE Event Center at River City Casino, 777 River City Casino Boulevard • HOW MUCH $42-$77 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

The Canadian band known for “American Woman” continues to rock on. The act has seen several personnel changes since its start in the 1960s.

Brent Cobb, Michaela Anne, Maddie Medley WHEN 7:30 p.m. March 15 • WHERE Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue • HOW MUCH $20-$35 • MORE INFO ticketweb.com

The burgeoning Snow Tire Concert Series continues with country singer Brent Cobb. His 2006 debut album “No Place Left to Leave” was recently reissued.

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros, Don Was, Jay Lane WHEN 7 p.m. March 18 • WHERE Stifel Theatre • HOW MUCH $57$97 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros take on the legendary music of the Grateful Dead, along with rock standards.

Arlo Guthrie WHEN 7:30 p.m. March 18 • WHERE Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1 Touhill Circle • HOW MUCH $30-$72 • MORE INFO touhill.org

Arlo Guthrie brings his “20/20 Tour” back by popular demand.

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Nathaniel Rateliff, Sam Evian, Hannah Cohen

The Manhattan Transfer

Brent Cobb

WHEN 8 p.m. March 19 • WHERE Stifel Theatre • HOW MUCH $32-$72 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

WHEN 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 1-2, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. April 3-4, 2 and 6:30 p.m. April 5 • WHERE Jazz St. Louis • HOW MUCH $10$51 • MORE INFO jazzstl.org

On his new tour, singersongwriter Nathaniel Rateliff performs music from his latest album, “And It’s Still Alright,” which will showcase him in stripped-back moments and full-band accompaniment. Read more on Page 7.

The Manhattan Transfer in such an intimate space may be the St. Louis jazz event of the season.

Graham Nash WHEN 8 p.m. April 1 • WHERE The Pageant • HOW MUCH $42.50-$52.50 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

Festival of Laughs

The music legend presents “An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories.”

WHEN 8 p.m. March 20 • WHERE Chaifetz Arena, 1 South Compton Avenue • HOW MUCH $64-$130 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

Vanessa Carlton, Jenny O

Sommore returns as host of the Festival of Laughs, this time bringing along Lavell Crawford, Michael Blackson and Don “DC” Curry.

WHEN 8 p.m. April 2 • WHERE Blueberry Hill Duck Room • HOW MUCH $30 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

Singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton follows her 2015 album, “Liberman,” with “Love Is an Art,” out March 27.

Kandace Springs WHEN 7:30 p.m. March 18-19, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. March 20-21, 6:30 p.m. March 22 • WHERE Jazz St. Louis, 3536 Washington Boulevard • HOW MUCH $10$36 • MORE INFO jazzstl.org

The Steeldrivers WHEN 8 p.m. April 4 • WHERE Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries • HOW MUCH $25-$55 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

The jazz singer and pianist is set to release “The Women Who Raised Me,” a tribute to some of her favorite female vocalists.

The album is “Bad for You,” but it’s good for fans of the bluegrass band.

Gatlin Brothers WHEN 8 p.m. March 20 • WHERE Event Center at River City Casino • HOW MUCH $19.50-$49.50 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

The Grammy-winning country trio — Larry, Steve and Rudy Gatlin — has been performing for more than six decades in some of the world’s largest venues.

Ron White WHEN 8 p.m. March 20 • WHERE Stifel Theatre • HOW MUCH $46.75-$56.75 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

Comedian Ron White always brings the real from the blue-collar perspective.

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Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Brother Francis and the Soultones WHEN 8 p.m. March 20 • WHERE Blueberry Hill Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard • HOW MUCH $17-$20 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears draw from the likes of Albert King, R.L. Burnside and the Rolling

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Stephen Marley Stones on their latest album, “The Difference Between Me & You.”

Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers WHEN 7:30 p.m. March 21 • WHERE Chaifetz Arena • HOW MUCH $50.50-$100.50 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

Sturgill Simpson is a true rising country and American superstar. His new album is “Sound & Fury.”

Moneybagg Yo WHEN 8 p.m. March 21 • WHERE Pop’s Nightclub, 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget • HOW MUCH $32-$59 • MORE INFO ticketweb.com

“Time Served,” featuring Future, DaBaby, Summer Walker and Megan Thee Stallion, is the new album from hot rapper Moneybagg Yo.

Tab Benoit WHEN 8 p.m. March 21 • WHERE Event Center at River City Casino • HOW MUCH $24-$34 •

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Tab Benoit brings his brand of blues guitar strumming to River City Casino.

Bob Mould, Jason Narducy WHEN 8 p.m. March 21 • WHERE Off Broadway • HOW MUCH Sold out • MORE INFO off broadwaystl.com

Bob Mould goes solo and electric on his new tour. His latest alt-rock album is “Sunshine Rock.”

One Night of Queen WHEN 7:30 p.m. March 22 • WHERE Event Center at River City Casino • HOW MUCH $42-$47 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

The music of Freddie Mercury and Queen continues to rule after the 2018 release of “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The band is as wildly eclectic as ever on its new “Free Your Mind” album.

Of Montreal, Locate S,1, Jesus Christ Supercar

Street, Richmond Heights • HOW MUCH $21-$29 • MORE INFO heliumcomedy.com

Billy Stritch

WHEN 8 p.m. March 27 • WHERE The Ready Room,

Michael Colyar went straight from winning “Star Search” to TV and movie screens and now to comedy clubs near you.

WHEN 7:30 p.m. March 2526 • WHERE Jazz St. Louis • HOW MUCH $10-$40 • MORE INFO jazzstl.org

The Grammy-winning composer presents “Billy Stritch Sings Mel Tormé.” The title says it all.

Black Pumas, Seratones WHEN 9 p.m. March 27 • WHERE Delmar Hall • HOW MUCH Sold out • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

It was a bit of a shock when alt-soul act Black Pumas landed a Grammy nomination for best new artist this year. See for yourself what all the chatter is about.

4195 Manchester Avenue • HOW MUCH $20-$23 • MORE INFO eventbrite.com Of Montreal has been a part of the Ready Room’s schedule each year since the venue opened. This time the band comes with a new album, “Ur Fun.”

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony WHEN 8 p.m. March 27 • WHERE Pop’s Nightclub • HOW MUCH $30-$75 • MORE INFO ticketweb.com

The rap group is calling itself Boneless ThugsN-Harmony as part of a Buffalo Wild Wings promotion, but we’ll stick with the original.

Big Gigantic

Michael Colyar

WHEN 8 p.m. March 25 • WHERE The Pageant • HOW MUCH $36-$38.50 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

WHEN 7:30 and 10 p.m. March 27-28, 7 p.m. March 29 • WHERE Helium Comedy Club, St. Louis Galleria, 1151 St. Louis Galleria

Billie Eilish WHEN 7:30 p.m. March 28 • WHERE Enterprise Center • HOW MUCH Sold out • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

She swept the 2020 Grammys. Now Billie Eilish makes her St. Louis debut with her “WHERE Do We Go World Tour.”

Renee Elise Goldsberry WHEN 8:30 p.m. March 28 • WHERE Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries • HOW MUCH $40$50 • MORE INFO metrotix.com

She won a Tony Award (featured actress in a musical) for “Hamilton.” She’ll dig into that show and more at the Sheldon Gala.

Brandy Clark WHEN 8 p.m. March 28 • WHERE Off Broadway • HOW MUCH $28.75 • MORE INFO etix.com

The country singersongwriter just released her “Your Life Is a Record” album, featuring “Who I Thought I Was.”

Nappy Roots

WHEN 8 p.m. April 5 • WHERE Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street • HOW MUCH $30-$35 • MORE INFO metrotix.com

Stephen Marley goes unplugged this time around with “Acoustic Soul.”

Terri Clark, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss

WHEN 8 p.m. March 30 • WHERE Off Broadway • HOW MUCH $20 • MORE INFO ticketweb.com

WHEN 7:30 p.m. April 9 • WHERE Event Center at River City Casino • HOW INFO $28-$52 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

The Louisville, Kentucky, rap group — known for “Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz” — is back. Its latest EP is “Roll With the Beat” (2018).

Country music veterans Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss are still standing and have banded together for “Chicks With Hits.”

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Grouplove, Le Shiv

WHERE 8 p.m. April 1 • WHERE Delmar Hall • HOW MUCH $29.50-$32.50 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

WHEN 8 p.m. April 9 • WHERE The Pageant • HOW MUCH $35-$40 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

The New York City rapper is one to watch with his “Ghetto Lenny’s Love Songs” album.

Rock band Grouplove’s new album, “Healer,” includes the singles “Youth” and “Deleter.”

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Iliza Shlesinger WHEN 8 p.m. April 23 • WHERE Stifel Theatre • HOW MUCH $32-$62 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

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She recently dropped her “Unveiled” comedy special on Netflix and will unveil more on tour.

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Ken Jeong WHEN 8 p.m. April 23 • WHERE Touhill Performing Arts Center • HOW MUCH $35 • MORE INFO touhill.org

The Touhill’s Mirthweek Comedy Show always brings the laughs. This year it’s Ken Jeong the comedian, actor and former physician.

Toots & the Maytals WHEN 7 p.m. April 23 • WHERE Atomic Cowboy Pavilion • HOW MUCH $28.50-$38 • MORE INFO ticketweb.com

Friday, May 8 / 6–10 p.m.

Toots & the Maytals bring potent reggae grooves to the Grove.

Saturday, May 9 / 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Omarion, Bow Wow, Ying Yang Twins, Pretty Ricky, Ashanti, Soulja Boy, Lloyd, Sammie

Sunday, May 10 / 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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The Secret Sisters, Logan Ledger WHEN 8 p.m. April 10 • WHERE Off Broadway • HOW MUCH Sold out • MORE INFO ticketweb.com

The Secret Sisters return with “Saturn Return,” featuring an assist from Brandi Carlile.

T.D. Jakes WHEN 7 p.m. April 10 • WHERE Stifel Theatre • HOW MUCH $39.50-$150.50 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

So Bishop and author T.D. Jakes is in the live comedy business now, and it looks as if he’s not keeping it safe. He presents “A Time to Laugh” with Nephew Tommy, Arnez J, Tony Roberts, Carmen Barton and David A. Arnold.

Adam Carolla WHEN 7:30 and 10 p.m. April 10-11 • WHERE Helium Comedy Club • HOW MUCH $37.50-$47.50 • MORE INFO heliumcomedy.com

Jimmy Kimmel describes Adam Carolla — his former co-host on “The Man Show” — as the funniest comedian to have never written a joke.

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WHEN 8 p.m. April 11 • WHERE Chaifetz Arena • HOW MUCH $32.50-$49.50 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

WHEN 7:30 p.m. April 16 • WHERE Event Center at River City Casino • HOW MUCH $19-$69 • MORE INFO ticketmaster

The event features John Scofield, one of the innovators of modern jazz guitar, and Sean Jones.

Rapper and singer NF’s new album is “The Search.”

The veteran country singer is still riding high after his recent inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Bluegrass Hall of Fame.

Kristian Nairn

David Archuleta WHEN 8 p.m. April 15 • WHERE Old Rock House • HOW MUCH $30 with VIP available • MORE INFO metrotix.com

With his “American Idol” roots far behind him, Archuleta is moving forward with new single “Mi Pequena Oracion.”

Robyn Hitchcock WHEN 8 p.m. April 15 • WHERE Off Broadway • HOW MUCH $25 • MORE INFO ticketweb.com

After a career of more than 20 albums, the British rocker’s latest is self-titled.

Young M.A. WHEN 8 p.m. April 16 • WHERE The Ready Room • HOW MUCH $27.50-$99 • MORE INFO eventbrite.com

Rapper Young M.A. brings her “Herstory in the Making” to the Ready Room.

Walk Off the Earth, Gabriela Bee WHEN 7:30 p.m. April 16 • WHERE The Pageant • HOW MUCH $59.50 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

The rock band promises an experience that’s both interactive and intimate.

Michelle Wolf WHEN 8 p.m. April 16, 7:30 and 10 p.m. April 17-18 • WHERE Helium Comedy Club • HOW MUCH $25-$35 • MORE INFO heliumcomedy.com

Michelle Wolf’s latest Netflix offering is “Michelle Wolf: Joke Show.” But she has new jokes for fans who catch her as she works out new material in intimate venues on the road.

Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival WHEN 8 p.m. April 17-18 • WHERE Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center • HOW MUCH $35

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WHEN 9 p.m. April 18 • WHERE Ryse Nightclub, Ameristar Casino, 1 Ameristar Boulevard, St. Charles • HOW MUCH $10-$25 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

“Game of Thrones” alert: Kristian Nairn, who portrayed Hodor, is also a DJ.

Talib Kweli WHEN 8 p.m. April 18 • WHERE Atomic Cowboy Pavilion, 4140 Manchester Avenue • HOW MUCH $22.50-$28 • MORE INFO ticketweb.com

The Brooklyn rapper makes an overdue return to St. Louis.

Nnamdi WHEN 8 p.m. April 20 • WHERE Delmar Hall • HOW MUCH $13-$15 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

The Nigerian-American artist has released records and EPs under his name and the moniker “Nnamdi’s Sooper Dooper Secret Side Project.” He also runs his own label, SOOPER Records.

WHEN 8 p.m. April 24 • WHERE Chaifetz Arena • HOW MUCH $48.50-$112.50 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

Singer Omarion must have had such a great time with the “Millennium Tour” that visited last year. He’s bringing it back but without his group B2K.

Chaka Khan, Eddie Levert WHEN 8 p.m. April 24 • WHERE Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard • HOW MUCH $39-$149 • MORE INFO metrotix.com

Funk queen Chaka Khan returns on the strength of her new album, “Hello Happiness,” as well as decades of earlier hits.

Drive-By Truckers WHEN 8 p.m. April 24 • WHERE The Pageant • HOW MUCH $27.50-$32.50 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

The alt-country band is fresh off its new album, “The Unraveling.”

Marlon Wayans WHEN 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. April 24-25, 7 p.m. April 26 • WHERE Helium Comedy Club • HOW MUCH $37.50-$47.50 • MORE INFO heliumcomedy.com

Actor-comedian Marlon Wayans continues his successful swing

through stand-up with a return to Helium.

Steely Dan WHEN 8 p.m. April 25 • WHERE Stifel Theatre • HOW MUCH $72-$137 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

Variety never disappoints when it comes to headliners for its annual “Dinner With the Stars,” and Steely Dan should be another big night.

Amanda Shires, Jade Jackson WHEN 8 p.m. April 29 • WHERE Off Broadway • HOW MUCH • MORE INFO ticketweb.com

Amanda Shires is part of the Highwomen, which just released its self-titled debut album. But the “Atmosphereless Tour” is all about Shires.

Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys WHEN 8 p.m. April 29 • WHERE Old Rock House • HOW MUCH $15-$20 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys’ bluegrass rings out loudly on its “Lord Help Me Find a Way” album.

Ali Siddiq WHEN 8 p.m. April 30, 7:30 and 10 p.m. May 1-2 • WHERE Helium Comedy Club • HOW MUCH $21-$29 • MORE INFO heliumcomedy.com

This HBO “Def Comedy Jam” veteran was also once dubbed the No. 1 comic to watch by Comedy Central.

Lindsey Buckingham WHEN 8 p.m. May 1 • WHERE The Pageant • HOW MUCH $35-$45 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, who in 2018 released “Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham,” will perform from that set and more.

NRBQ WHEN 8 p.m. May 1 • WHERE Blueberry Hill Duck Room • HOW MUCH $30 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

The classic band was founded more than 50 years ago.

Brian Culbertson WHEN 8 p.m. May 2 • WHERE The Pageant • HOW MUCH $39.50-$49.50 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

The jazzy, funky Brian Culbertson nears the release of his 20th album, “XX.”

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Hot 104.1 Super Jam WHEN May 2 • WHERE Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights • HOW MUCH Ticket prices to be announced • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

The annual event is the concert highlight for hiphop radio station Hot 104.1. Acts will be announced; previous years have featured Post Malone, Chris Brown, Future, 21 Savage, Drake, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, Jeezy, Nelly, T.I. 2 Chainz, 50 Cent, K. Michele and more.

Peach Pit, Haley Blais WHEN 8 p.m. May 2 • WHERE Off Broadway • HOW MUCH Sold out • MORE INFO ticketweb.com

Peach Pit’s second album, “You and Your Friends,” is out April 3.

Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey WHEN 8 p.m. May 2 • WHERE Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries • HOW MUCH $75.50-$126 • MORE INFO metrotix.com

Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey keep the legacy of Peter, Paul and Mary alive.

Story of the Year WHEN 8 p.m. May 2 • WHERE Delmar Hall • HOW MUCH Sold out • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

Story of the Year’s debut, “Page Avenue,” just hit 1 million in sales (platinum), and the band will celebrate by performing the album in its entirety. The band performs its “Black Swan” May 1 at Delmar Hall.

Die Antwoord WHEN 8 p.m. May 4 • WHERE The Pageant • HOW MUCH $49.50-$52.50 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

Die Antwoord guarantees a wild ride with its “House of Zef USA Tour 2020.”

Agnostic Front, Sick of It All, Crown of Thornz WHEN 8 p.m. May 4 • WHERE Blueberry Hill Duck Room • HOW MUCH $25-$28 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

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It’ll be a hardcore night at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room with Agnostic Front and Sick of It All.

Mavis Staples, Patty Griffin WHEN 8 p.m. May 5 • WHERE The Pageant • HOW MUCH $45-$75 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

We love this inspired, unexpected pairing.

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The Sounds, StarBenders

Sturgill Simpson

WHEN 8 p.m. May 6 • WHERE The Ready Room • HOW MUCH $30 • MORE INFO eventbrite.com

The Sounds tours in advance of its new album, “Things We Do for Love.”

Chromeo WHEN 8 p.m. May 8 • WHERE Atomic Cowboy Pavilion • HOW MUCH $22-$35 • MORE INFO ticketweb.com

Chromeo is a regular at the Pageant but appears at Atomic Cowboy for a special outdoor DJ set.

The Purple Xperience WHEN 8 p.m. May 8 • WHERE Event Center at River City Casino • HOW MUCH $32-$59 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

A purple rain will pour down on the casino’s Event Center when this Prince tribute act hits the stage.

Justin Willman WHEN 8 p.m. May 9 • WHERE The Pageant • HOW MUCH $32 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

Black Pumas

Comedian, actor and magician Justin Willman returns to St. Louis for a big hometown show.

Pointfest WHEN 3:30 p.m. May 9 • WHERE Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre • HOW MUCH $29.50-$125 • MORE INFO livenation.com

Shinedown, Cypress Hill, Theory of a Deadman, Puddle of Mudd, Sick Puppies, Badflower and Dinosaur Pile-Up are on the stacked lineup.

Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, I Prevail, Ice Nine Kills WHEN 6 p.m. May 10 • WHERE Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre • HOW MUCH $29.50-$79.50 • MORE INFO livenation.com

When it comes to big radio shows, none are bigger than the ones 105.7 the Point brings to town.

Nicole Henry WHEN 7:30 p.m. May 13-14, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. May 15-16, 6:30 p.m. May 17 • WHERE Jazz St. Louis • HOW MUCH $10-$36 • MORE INFO jazzstl.org

She won the Soul Train Music Award for best traditional jazz performance in 2013.

The 1975, Phoebe Bridgers, beabadoobee

Brooks & Dunn, Tucker Beathard

WHEN 7 p.m. May 14 • WHERE Enterprise Center • HOW MUCH $30.50-$90.50 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

WHEN 7 p.m. May 15 • WHERE Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre • HOW MUCH $35-$350 • MORE INFO livenation.com

English rock band the 1975 comes to St. Louis for its biggest show yet. A new album, “Notes on a Conditional Form,” is out in April.

The country duo kicks off its “Reboot” tour in Maryland Heights, with special guest Tucker Beathard.

Pokey LaFarge WHEN 8 p.m. May 15-16 • WHERE Off Broadway • HOW MUCH $22$35 • MORE INFO ticketweb.com

The St. Louis singer hits “Rock Bottom Rhapsody” with his new album.

Rage Against the Machine, Run the Jewels WHEN 8 p.m. May 16 • WHERE Enterprise Center • HOW MUCH Sold out • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

Who would’ve guessed that, in 2020, Rage Against

the Machine would be as in demand as it is? And Run the Jewels is the perfect opening act.

Goodie Mob WHEN 9 p.m. May 17 • WHERE Pop’s Nightclub • HOW MUCH $35 • MORE INFO ticketweb.com

Goodie Mob celebrates the 25th anniversary of “Soul Food,” its debut album that included “Cell Therapy.”

They Might Be Giants WHEN 7 p.m. May 17 • WHERE The Pageant • HOW MUCH Sold out • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

its third album and breakthrough release.

Three 6 Mafia, Juicy J, DJ Paul, Gangsta Boo, Crunchy Black, Project Pat, Lil Wyte, La Chat WHEN 7 p.m. May 23 • WHERE Chaifetz Arena • HOW MUCH $39-$119 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

It’s not every day that Chaifetz Arena books an Oscar winner. Three 6 Mafia has one for its work on “Hustle & Flow.”

They Might Be Giants celebrates “Flood,”

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Meet favorite authors, pick up a few new titles at 80+ spring book events BY JANE HENDERSON | POST-DISPATCH BOOK EDITOR

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n Grant Snider’s world, reading can be humorously dangerous. His comics include the hazards: “speed reading” while driving a scooter off a cliff; reading while walking toward an open manhole; even “heavy reading” under a giant book. He’ll show off his comics on books (“I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf”) April 29 as one of more than 80 writers coming to town in the next two months. Not all will judge you by your bookshelf (especially if you don’t take them home). But their books may make dandy additions. Doublecheck times and dates closer to the events, as they can be subject to change. March 20, Pulitzer Arts Foundation Riker, River Styx series, • Erik Larson, “The Splendid and the Vile,” 7 p.m. March 13, St. Louis County Library (1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard), $35-$40 includes 1-2 tickets and book, slcl.org • Cynthia Graham, “Below the Surface,” 1 p.m. March 14, Main Street Books (307 South Main Street, St. Charles), mainstreetbooks.net • Malaika B. Horne, “Mother Wit,” 7 p.m. March 16, Left Bank Books (399 North Euclid Avenue), left-bank.com • Jenny Molberg, Carl Phillips and Martin

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7 p.m. March 16, High Low (3301 Washington Boulevard), riverstyx.org or kranzbergartsfoundation. org/high-low • Alma Katsu, “The Deep,” 7 p.m. March 16, St. Louis County Library • Aisha Sabatini Sloan, “Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit,” 8 p.m. March 18, Washington University, Duncker Hall, Hurst Lounge Room 201, subbooks.com • TaraShea Nesbit, “Beheld,” 7 p.m. March 19, Left Bank Books • Nathaniel Mackey and Natalie Shapero, 100 Boots Poetry Series, 7 p.m. March

(3716 Washington Boulevard), pulitzerarts.org • Mark Sophir, “300-1: My 52 Year Journey with St. Louis Hockey and a Championship for the Ages,” 10:30 a.m. March 21, Buder library branch (4401 Hampton Avenue), slpl.org • Peter Green, “Chicago’s Designs,” 1 p.m. March 21, Main Street Books • Chris Bohjalian, “The Red Lotus,” 7 p.m. March 23, St. Louis County Library • Nick Bruel, “Bad Kitty Joins the Team,” 6:30 p.m. March 24, Daniel Boone library branch (300 Clarkson Road), slcl.org

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• Night of Mystery with Elizabeth Little, Lori Rader-Day and Jennifer McMahon, 7 p.m. March 24, St. Louis County Library • Rob Larson, “Bit Tyrants,” 7 p.m. March 24, Left Bank Books • Louise Aronson, “Elderhood,” 7 p.m. March 25, Jewish Community Center (2 Millstone Center Drive), jccstl.com • Michael Signer, “Cry Havoc,” 7 p.m. March 26, Ethical Society of St. Louis (9001 Clayton Road), left-bank.com • Craig Fehrman, “Author in Chief,” 7 p.m. March 26, Left Bank Books • William E. Wallace, “Michelangelo: God’s Architect,” 7 p.m. March 26, University City Public Library (6701 Delmar Boulevard), ucpl.lib.mo.us • Frances Mayes, “See You in the Piazza,” 7 p.m. March 27, St. Louis County Library • James Rollins, “The Last Odyssey,” 7 p.m. March 30, St. Louis County Library • Sidney Thompson, “Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves,” 7 p.m. March 30, Left Bank Books • Jim Erwin and Vicki Berger Erwin, “Steamboat Disasters of the Lower Missouri,” 7 p.m. March 30, Middendorf-Kredell library (2750 State Highway K, O’Fallon, Missouri), mylibrary.org • Neal Bascomb, “Faster,” 7 p.m. March

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April • Ariel Lawhon, “Code Name Hélène,” 7 p.m. April 1, St. Louis County Library • Eduardo Porter, “American Poison,” 7 p.m. April 2, St. Louis County Library • Laurell K. Hamilton with William McCaskey, Patricia Briggs, Sharon Shinn and M.C. Sumner, “Fantastic Hope,” 7 p.m. April 6, .Zack (3224 Locust Street), $19, includes copy of book, metrotix.com • Sarah Kendzior, “Hiding in Plain Sight,” 7 p.m. April 7, Ethical Society, free tickets with RSVP, left-bank.com • Edward J. Larson, “Franklin & Washington,” 7 p.m. April 8, St. Louis County Library • Cynthia Beebe, “Boots in the Ashes,” 7 p.m. April 8, Left Bank Books • Ashley Kahn, “Kind of Blue,” 7 p.m. April 8, Jazz St. Louis (3536 Washington Boulevard), left-bank.com • Ali Araghi, “Immortals of Tehran,” 7 p.m. April 9, Left Bank Books • Sherri Duskey Rinker, “How to Put an Octopus to Bed,” 6:30 p.m. April 9, St. Louis County Library • Jim Merkel, “Growing Up St. Louis,” 1 p.m. April 11, Central Library (1301 Olive Street), slpl.org; at 7 p.m. May 7, Merkel will be at Kisker Road library (1000 Kisker Road), mylibrary.org

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You by Your Bookshelf,” and Anne Bogel (Modern Mrs. Darcy website), 7 p.m. April 29, St. Louis County Library • Wes Moore, “Five Days,” 7 p.m. April 30, St. Louis County Library • Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado, leads discussion on “Reading Mexico,” 7 p.m. April 30, Subterranean Books

May • Phillip Matthews and Tongo Eisen-Martin, 100 Boots Poetry Series, 7 p.m. May 1, Pulitzer Arts Foundation (3716 Washington Boulevard), pulitzerarts.org • Ruth Reichl, “Save Me the Plums, 7 p.m. May 2, St. Louis County Library, $22-$28 • Niki Smith, “The Deep and Dark Blue,” 6:30 p.m. May 4, Left Bank Books • John Elizabeth Stintzi, “Vanishing Monuments,” 7 p.m. May 5, Left Bank Books • Alex George, “The Paris Hours,” 7 p.m. May 6, Left Bank Books • Michael Kahn, “Bad Trust,” 7 p.m. May 7, Kranzberg Arts Center studio (501 North Grand Boulevard), left-bank.com or kranzbergartsfoundation. org • Laura Lippman, “My Life as a Villainess,” 7

p.m. May 8, St. Louis County Library • Kate McCann and Heather Treseler, poetry, 7 p.m. May 11, Left Bank Books • Susan Berfield, “Hour of Fate,” 7 p.m. May 11, St. Louis County Library • Bethany Dillon, “War Torn,” 7 p.m. May 11, Middendorf-Kredell library • Trent Brown, “Murder in McComb,” 7 p.m. May 12, Middendorf-Kredell library • Laila Lalami, “Conditional Citizens,” 7 p.m. May 13, St. Louis County Library • Cara Black, “Three Days in Paris,” and Scott Phillips, “That Left Turn at Albuquerque,” 7 p.m. May 13, Kranzberg Arts Center Studio, left-bank.com • Cooper Lee Bombardier, “Pass With Care,” 7 p.m. May 14, Left Bank Books • Lauren Akins, “Live in Love,” 7 p.m. May 14, Spencer Road library, $31$36 includes copy of book • Brad Meltzer, “The Lincoln Conspiracy,” 7 p.m. May 15, St. Louis County Library • John Brown, “Missouri: An Illustrated Timeline,” 2 p.m. May 16, Kathryn Linnemann library (2323 Elm Street, St. Charles), mylibrary.org • Melissa M. Martin, “Mosquito Supper Club,” 4 p.m. May 17, Sister Cities Cajun (3550 South Broadway Boulevard), ticket information March 16, left-bank.com • Susan Choi, “Trust Exercise,” 7 p.m. May 21, St. Louis County Library

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• Kevin Grogan, “A Successful and Secure Retirement,” 7 p.m. April 13, Corporate Parkway Branch library (1200 Corporate Parkway, Wentzville), mylibrary.org • Ed Wheatley, “Baseball in St. Louis,” 7 p.m. April 14, St. Louis County Library • Walter Johnson with Tef Poe, “Broken Heart of America,” 7 p.m. April 14, .Zack, left-bank.com • Vitale Buford, “Addicted to Perfect,” 7 p.m. April 15, Left Bank Books • William Maxwell and Gary Holcomb, editors, discuss Claude McKay’s “Romance in Marseille,” 8 p.m. April 15, Subterranean Books (6275 Delmar Boulevard), subbooks.com • Torrey Maldonado, “Tight,” 7 p.m. April 16, Carpenter library branch (6275 South Grand Boulevard), slpl.org • Jeffrey Copeland, “Lt. Elsie Ott’s Top Secret Mission,” 7 p.m. April 16, Subterranean Books • Julia Phillips, “Disappearing Earth,” 7 p.m. April 16, St. Louis County Library • Steve Murphy and Javier Pena, “Manhunters,” 7 p.m. April 18, St. Louis County Library, $30-$35 • Don Winslow, “Broken,” 7 p.m. April 20, St. Louis County Library • Shane Seely and Erika T. Wurth, River Styx series, 7 p.m. April 20, High Low • Jim Merkel, “Growing Up St. Louis,” 7 p.m. April 20, Left Bank Books • One Book, One Kirkwood with Lisa See, “The Island of Sea Women” and others, 7 p.m. April 22, St. Louis Community CollegeMeramec’s Meramec Theatre (11333 Big Bend Boulevard, Kirkwood), kirkwoodpubliclibrary.org • Jeffery Sterling, “Unwanted Spy,” 7 p.m. April 23, Spencer Road library (427 Spencer Road, St. Peters), mylibrary.org • Oge Mora, “Saturday,” 10 a.m. April 25, Schlafly library (225 North Euclid Avenue), slpl.org • Chuck Palahniuk, “Fight Club 3,” 1 p.m. April 25, Left Bank Books • Tom Clavin, “Tombstone,” 7 p.m. April 27, St. Louis County Library; at 7 p.m. April 28, Clavin will be at Spencer Road library • Grant Snider, “I Will Judge


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Denny Dillon in the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis production of “The Cake”

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Members of the national touring company of “Hamilton”

Brandon Michael Nase in the national touring company of “Cats”

strike up a friendship with a rich guy in “Annie” (April 9-25), the musical that gave the world “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life.” The surprisingly progressive 2014 film version starred Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne and Quvenzhane Wallis as Annie.

Local stages will feature splashy musicals, intimate plays, electric dance shows

Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis WHEN May 7-17 • WHERE Various venues • HOW MUCH To be announced • MORE INFO twstl.org

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Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that made Lin-Manuel Miranda a household name, a Tennessee Williams classic recently staged on Broadway with a Hollywood star, and a popular ballet that inspired a hit film are among the theater and dance offerings this season. The Big Muddy MADCO Diavolo (April 11; $35Dance Company $65) puts a unique spin WHERE J. Scheidegger Center

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WHERE The Grandel, 3610 Grandel Square • HOW MUCH $25-$45 • MORE INFO thebigmuddydanceco.org P H O T O S B Y: J E R E M Y D A N I E L , J O A N M A R C U S , G R E G L A Z E R W I T Z , P H I L L I P H A M E R , M I C H A E L Z O R N , I N V I S I O N /A P

“Moves and Grooves” (April 4-5) promises to be an eclectic program featuring the work of several choreographers. And it’s sure to showcase the ensemble’s blend of athleticism and artistry.

The Black Rep WHERE Washington University’s Edison Theatre, 6465 Forsyth Boulevard • HOW MUCH $15-$50 • MORE INFO theblackrep.org

The life and music of singerguitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and her relationship with protégé Marie Knight, inspired “Marie & Rosetta” (May 6-24), a play by George Brant. Tharpe’s artistry significantly influenced musicians including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Chuck Berry.

Dance St. Louis WHERE Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 8001 Natural Bridge Road • MORE INFO dancestlouis.org

on modern dance, with acrobatics in the mix. And the Spring to Dance Festival (May 21-23; $5$35) returns for its 13th edition, showcasing about 30 ensembles from the Midwest and elsewhere.

Fox Theatre WHERE 527 North Grand Boulevard • MORE INFO 314534-1111; metrotix.com

Three big touring musicals are on their way to the fabulous theater in Grand Center: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (March 17-29; $29-$105), a recent adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl story; “Cats” (April 7-19; $29-$130), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit that made an unsuccessful leap last year to the big screen; and “Hamilton” (May 5-June 7; $99-$449), lyricistcomposer Lin-Manuel Miranda’s show about the “10-dollar Founding Father” that played the Fox two years ago and remains a phenomenon. Who doesn’t want to be in the room where it happens?

for the Arts, Emerson Black Box Theater, Lindenwood University, 2300 West Clay Street, St. Charles • HOW MUCH $15-$35 • MORE INFO madcodance.com

The dance ensemble presents “Resilience” (March 26-28), inspired by the stories of trauma survivors. The program is in collaboration with Hope Creates, the Salvation Army and the Center for Trauma Recovery at UMSL.

New Jewish Theatre WHERE Wool Studio Theatre, Jewish Community Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive • HOW MUCH $49-$54 • MORE INFO newjewishtheatre.org

Wendy Kout’s play “We Are the Levinsons” (March 19-April 5) involves a family going through difficult times. It’s directed by Jennifer Wintzer. Also on the schedule is “Putting It Together” (May 7-24), a musical revue focusing on the songs of

Highlights of the fifth annual festival will include “The Rose Tattoo,” which was revived on Broadway last fall in a production starring Marisa Tomei, and a program of one-act plays. The event is a great way to get acquainted with the work of a worldfamous playwright who once (begrudgingly) called St. Louis home.

the brilliant Stephen Sondheim. It’s directed by Ben Nordstrom, a favorite on local stages.

Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Ryan Umbarila in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

Jordan Braxton and Joneal Joplin in the New Jewish Theatre production of “We Are the Levinsons”

WHERE Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves • MORE INFO 314-968-4925; repstl.org

“Dreaming Zenzile” (March 18-April 12; $20-$94.50), a musical about South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba, closes the Mainstage season. The show is written by and stars jazz vocalist Somi. In the Studio, the Rep presents Bekah Brunstetter’s “The Cake” (March 13-29; $46-$71), about a baker struggling with homophobia. Debra Jo Rupp (“That ’70s Show”) starred in the recent off-Broadway production; Denny Dillon (“Saturday Night Live”) stars at the Rep.

Upstream Theater WHERE Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 North Grand Boulevard • HOW MUCH $25-$35 • MORE INFO 314-534-1111; metrotix.com

Gavin Lee performs with the cast of “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical” at Tony Awards in 2018.

St. Louis Actors’ Studio WHERE Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle Avenue • HOW MUCH $30-$35 • MORE INFO stlas.org

“Comfort” (April 17May 3) is a world premiere of a play by Neil LaBute. It’s also the latest production in the company’s longtime association with the

St. Louis Shakespeare dramatist, who is perhaps best known for “The Shape of Things.”

St. Louis Ballet WHERE Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 8001 Natural Bridge Road • HOW MUCH $25$69 • MORE INFO touhill.org

The company presents “Swan Lake” (April 3-5), which ranks among the most popular of classic ballets. Set to a Tchaikovsky score, the ballet was featured in the highly successful 2010 film “Black Swan.”

WHERE Tower Grove Baptist Church, 4257 Magnolia Avenue • HOW MUCH $15-$20 • MORE INFO stlshakespeare.org

“The Taming of the Shrew” (March 27-April 4), the Bard’s tale of sexual politics, may require a bit of finessing in the #MeToo era. But it’s a good bet

that the company will be up for the challenge.

St. Louis Theater Circle Awards WHEN 7 p.m. March 30 • WHERE Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves • HOW MUCH $15-$20 • MORE INFO brownpapertickets.com

The St. Louis Theater Circle, an organization of local critics, presents its eighth annual awards honoring work produced by professional troupes in the past year. A total of 25 companies were nominated for 51 different shows.

Shakepeare Festival St. Louis WHERE Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO sfstl.com

The troupe presents a touring production of one of Shakespeare’s lesserknown plays, “Cymbeline,” at a number of locations (March 15-May 1; see sfstl.

com) and in Forest Park (May 8-9) in honor of the Shakespeare Festival’s 20th birthday. The season officially opens with “Much Ado About Nothing,” May 27 through June 21.

Stifel Theatre WHERE Stifel Theatre, 1400 Market Street • HOW MUCH $35-$85 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

These shows couldn’t possibly have less in common: “The Color Purple” (April 11), a musical based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Alice Walker novel, and “The SpongeBob Musical” (May 2-3), based

on the quirky animated cartoon. But they’re both coming to Stifel Theatre.

Stray Dog Theatre WHERE Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee Avenue • HOW MUCH $25-$30 • MORE INFO brownpapertickets.com

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West End Players Guild WHERE Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union Boulevard • HOW MUCH $20-$25 • MORE INFO brownpapertickets.com

In “Bloomsday” (April 17-26), playwright Steven Dietz poses the question: If you could change something that happened in the past, would you? It’s a timetravel tale with more than a hint of romance.

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“Iphigenia in Splott” (April 17-May 3) is Welsh playwright Gary Owen’s take on a Greek myth. This one-character play sounds like just the kind of material at which Upstream excels.

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Spring back from winter with these family-friendly events across St. Louis BY VALERIE SCHREMP HAHN | ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

he arrival of spring reawakens St. Louis — or at least it beckons us to get up, stretch and leave the house. Spring officially starts March 20, but the region will turn green this weekend when a number of St. Patrick’s Day parades roll through the streets. Find our guide on Page 12. In addition to spring events, festivals and exhibits, note that City Museum’s rooftop reopens March 13, the children’s garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden reopens March 18 and Six Flags St. Louis opens for the season March 18. Cinco de Mayo: Annie Malone creative innovation. A Cherokee Community Day and Street Festival May Day Parade Happy Trails Pet Festival WHEN May 14-17; parade at 1 p.m. WHEN 11 a.m.-10 p.m. May 2,

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May 17 • WHERE Parade steps off at 20th and Market streets and travels east on Market to Broadway • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO anniemalone.com

parade at 1:11 p.m. • WHERE Cherokee Street, between Jefferson and Nebraska avenues • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO cincodemayostl.com

The Annie Malone May Day Parade, in its 110th year, is the country’s secondlargest African American parade. This year’s theme is “Shine Bright: STL to Hollywood.” The parade weekend includes the second annual Community Day in the Ville on May 16, featuring entertainment, vendors and other activities.

Sample authentic Mexican food, smash a piñata, cheer for lucha libre wrestlers, and enjoy live music, dancing and more at this family-friendly festival. The event, established more than 15 years ago, is organized by the Cherokee Street Development League, a nonprofit that promotes the arts, culture and

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“Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic” can also play ultimate Frisbee on April 3, take tea with princesses April 2526 and learn more about FIRST Robotics on May 2.

WHEN Check-in at 9 a.m., contest at 12:15 p.m. April 20 • WHERE Kimmswick • HOW MUCH Free; fee to participate in parade • MORE INFO gokimmswick. com/happy-tails-pet-fest

Let your furry friend strut in the pet parade, or just stand back and watch the fun. Check out the agility and K-9 demonstrations, and compete in the pet contests. While you’re there, visit with representatives from rescue organizations — and maybe bring home a new family member.

Missouri River Irish Festival WHEN 5-11 p.m. May 22, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. May 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 24 • WHERE Frontier Park, St. Charles • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO moriveririshfest.com

Magic House WHERE Magic House, 516 North Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood • HOW MUCH $12; most events are free with admission • MORE INFO 314-822-8900; magichouse.org

The special exhibit “Splash and Bubbles: Dive in, Lend

a Fin!” returns to the Magic House (May 2-25). Kids can learn how to protect the ocean while playing with puppets created by the Henson Creature Shop. Until then, visit “Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!” (through April 19). Visitors

Now in its 16th year, this is a weekend full of crafts, music, dancing, food and drinks celebrating Irish culture. The Steel City Rovers headline this year. Organizers say it’s the largest free Irish festival in the Midwest.

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Earth Day, so this is your year to celebrate in Forest Park and learn about how to go green. Come for the food, music and fun activities, and learn about sustainable products and earth-friendly nonprofits. Food is available for purchase from local Green Dining Alliance restaurants. Julie Deken carries her new silky dogwood tree from the Department of Natural Resources at the St. Louis Earth Festival on April 27, 2019, in Forest Park.

Teddy Moll of St. Louis peeks over a table of pastries at the St. Louis County Greek Fest at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in 2016.

flip and dive during canine performance demonstrations, take a wagon or pony ride, and enjoy food-truck eats. Brunch and egg hunt events (for an extra fee) are also scheduled.

St. Louis African Arts Festival WHEN 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 23, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. May 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 25 • WHERE World’s Fair Pavilion, 1904 Concourse Drive, Forest Park • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO stlafricanartsfest.com

Shop in the African marketplace, taste authentic African foods, watch African films, and send the kids to explore the Safari Teen Village or other children’s activities. This is the event’s 29th year.

Masks for sale at the St. Louis African Arts Festival at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park on May 27, 2019

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Moolah Shrine Circus WHEN March 19-22 • WHERE Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles • HOW MUCH $15-$20; $10 for parking; free children’s passes online • MORE INFO stlshrinecircus.com

Arabian stallion elephants, trapeze artists, clowns, cotton candy and peanuts — here’s your chance to enjoy an old-fashioned circus experience. Before the show, you can even ride a pony or elephant.

Purina Farms Springtime Village WHEN April 1-5 • WHERE 500 William Danforth Way, Gray Summit • HOW MUCH Free, $15 for parking • MORE INFO 314-982-3232; purinafarms.com

From left: Tessa Luchtefeld, Rachel Phelps and Alicia Smith perform during the 2016 Missouri River Irish Fest in St. Charles.

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Welcome warmer weather with the year’s newest, fuzziest baby animals while enjoying familyfriendly entertainment and games. Watch dogs

WHEN 11 a.m.-9 p.m. May 22-24, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 25 • WHERE Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 1755 Des Peres Road, Town and Country • HOW MUCH Free; food available for purchase • MORE INFO stlouisgreekfest.com

Greek fries, gyros and galaktoboureko: It’s all on the menu at this annual Greek festival in west St. Louis County, where organizers welcome you to “experience a taste of Greece without the airfare.” Wash it all down with Greek pastries and beer, and enjoy music and dancers, a gift shop, church tours and activities for kids.

St. Louis Earth Day Festival WHEN 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 25-26 • WHERE Muny grounds, 1 Theatre Drive, Forest Park • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO stlouisearthday.org

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WHEN May 1-2 • WHERE Muny grounds, 1 Theatre Drive, Forest Park • HOW MUCH $45-$60, free for designated drivers • MORE INFO stlmicrofest.org

Sample beers from here and around the world at this annual benefit for Lift for Life Gym. While you’re there, watch cooking demonstrations, take part in brewing discussions and cheer at the Brewers Olympics. Three timed tasting sessions are offered over two days, and kids can get in on the action by sampling craft sodas.

St. Louis Storytelling Festival WHEN April 23-May 2 • WHERE Various venues • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO extension. missouri.edu/storytelling

The annual gathering of storytellers from near and far celebrates its 41st anniversary this year. A detailed schedule will be available as the event nears.

‘Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic’ WHEN March 27-29 • WHERE Stiefel Theatre, 1400 Market Street • HOW MUCH $15-$85 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

When magician Justin visits Sesame Street to perform for the neighborhood, Elmo wants to get in on the act. Join them and your other favorite characters from the street — Cookie Monster, Count von Count and Big Bird included — as Elmo learns the power of perseverance.

‘Trolls Live!’ WHEN May 15-17 • WHERE Stifel Theatre, 1400 Market Street • HOW MUCH $19-$140 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

Join the fuzzy, glittery, colorful onstage party at the first live tour for the Trolls. Their tradition of hourly hugs is unexpectedly put at risk (!), so see what Poppy, Branch, Cooper, Cloud Guy and their friends do to save it.

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“Rain of Signs” (2016) by Tim Portlock

“Sinbad the Sailor. Voyage #3” by Ainura Ashirova Barron, part of “Storytellers” at Art St. Louis

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Popular fairs and new exhibitions highlight season of visual arts BY JANE HENDERSON | POST-DISPATCH BOOK EDITOR

he St. Louis area nabbed three listings in Art Fair SourceBook’s top 100 fine art events for 2020. Two of them, the St. Louis Art Fair in Clayton and the Historic Shaw Art Fair in St. Louis, are a few months away. But Art on the Square in Belleville is a spring tradition for many people. The SourceBook ranks it No. 4 in terms of fair sales for fine artists. The weekend before Art on the Square is another popular event, the Laumeier Sculpture Park Art Fair. Each fair boasts more than 100 juried artists along with food, drink and entertainment. Whether you have a large or small budget for buying art, though, there’s no charge for just looking at a number of new exhibitions, including drawings by a successful Nazi hunter and sculpture meant to evoke music.

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WHEN March 18-April 29 • WHERE Holocaust Museum & Learning Center, 23 Millstone Campus Drive • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO 314-442-3711; hmlc.org

Mossad agent Peter Zvi Malkin went to Argentina in 1960 to capture Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. He posed as a tourist, creating images in a South American guidebook. A portfolio of the images, combining art and history, helps show Malkin’s memories and feelings at the time.

Art on the Square WHEN May 15-17 • WHERE Belleville Public Square, Highway 159 and Main Street, Belleville • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO artonthesquare.com

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fine art show includes more than 100 artists, music and a children’s art garden. Not sure how to tell if something you buy will work in your home? Meg Caswell, who won HGTV’s “Design Star” show in 2011, will be one of several speakers on the “Living With Art: Interior Design” stage.

‘Currents 118: Elias Sime’ WHEN April 3-Sept. 27 • WHERE St. Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO 314-721-0072; slam.org

Salvaged computer parts, keyboards and other found objects are used in sculptural works by Ethiopian artist Elias Sime. The St. Louis Art Museum’s Currents series showcases contemporary art by living artists. Ongoing at the museum is also the exhibition

“Millet and Modern Art.”

Deborah Douglas: ‘Some Things I Know, Some Things I Only Believe’ WHEN March 20-April 24 • WHERE Gallery at the Kranzberg, 501 North Grand Boulevard • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO 314-533-0367

Using mixed media, Deborah Douglas of St. Louis explores “knowledge,” the overarching theme for a series of shows at the Kranzberg Arts Center. “The consistent practice of mixing media, ideas and formal approaches is innate and familiar for me,” Douglas says. She will give an artist talk at the opening reception April 3.

Ebony G. Patterson WHEN May 8-Aug. 23 • WHERE Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Boulevard • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO

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Abel Catahay browses an artist’s booth with his family at Belleville’s Art on the Square in 2017.

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Gardens are often inspirations for Jamaicanborn artist Ebony Patterson, who also sees symbols of postcolonialism in them.

Part of her new exhibition will be a large collage using torn paper for the museum’s Project Wall. It’s called “... and the dew cracks the earth, in five acts of lamentation ... between

the cuts ... beneath the leaves ... below the soil … .”

• HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO 314-535-4660; camstl.org

Great Rivers Biennial 2020: Kahlil Robert Irving, Tim Portlock, Rachel Youn

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis’ Great Rivers Biennial Awards Program recognizes emerging and career artists working in the area. This year, it features Kahlil Robert Irving, Tim Portlock,

WHEN May 8-Aug. 23 • WHERE Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Boulevard

and Rachel Youn, who, the museum says, “have proposed exhibitions that involve kinetic sculpture, installation, ceramic and digital prints.”

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‘The Argentina Journal: Words and Images from the Man Who Captured Adolf Eichmann’

“Afghan Girl” by Steve McCurry will be on view at the International Photography Hall of Fame.


Lila Giljum and her mother, Ashley Giljum, browse artwork by Jennifer Ivory at the Laumeier Sculpture Park Art Fair in 2019.

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Jasmine Johnson (left) and Makayla Calvin look at sculptures by Dale Rogers at Art on the Square in Belleville in 2016.

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Laumeier Sculpture Park Art Fair

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WHEN May 8-10 • WHERE Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road • HOW MUCH $10; free for members and children 10 and under • MORE INFO 314-615-5278; laumeiersculpturepark.org

The Mother’s Day weekend tradition offers work by more than 150 artists from across the country at Laumeier Sculpture Park. The event — the 33rd — helps support the outdoor venue’s programs and temporary exhibits.

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‘Masterworks: Highlights from the IPHF Collection’ WHEN March 21-June 6 • WHERE International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, 3415 Olive Street • HOW MUCH $10; $5 for seniors and students; free for members • MORE INFO 314-535-1999; iphf.org

Works from more than 500 artists are included in the permanent collection of the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum. With “Masterworks,” it will display famous images from famous people including Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Gordon

Parks, Alfred Stieglitz and more than 45 others.

‘Terry Adkins: Resounding’

‘Storytellers’

WHEN March 13-Aug. 2 • WHERE Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington Boulevard • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO 314754-1850; pulitzerarts.org

WHEN April 13-May 28 • WHERE Art St. Louis, 1223 Pine Street • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO artstlouis.org

A juried exhibit by 47 artists goes on view at Art St. Louis, with a free reception at 5 p.m. April 25. The multimedia show features works that tell stories or are inspired by the written word.

Nearly 50 works include the media of sculpture, video, printmaking and sound show the range of artist Terry Adkins, who died in 2014. Some of his sculptures are huge horns he invented (sometimes playable). He tried to make music as “physical as sculpture” and “sculpture as ethereal as music,” he once said.

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Arianna String Quartet

SPRING ARTS GUIDE ▼

Classical newcomers and seasoned aficionados will enjoy vibrant selection BY ERIC MEYER | SPECIAL TO THE POST-DISPATCH

t’s going to be a classically vibrant spring with so many classical music options, from classical guitar recitals and small chamber concerts to large-scale performances by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus — and so much in between. Newcomers to classical music and seasoned aficionados will find much to love.

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WHEN 8 p.m. May 8 • WHERE Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1 Touhill Circle • HOW MUCH $15-$29 • MORE INFO 314-516-4949; touhill.org

Arianna String Quartet presents its final concert of the season: “Arianna String Quartet: Autobiography.” The performance includes music by Mendelssohn, Corigliano and Beethoven. A pre-concert lecture starts at 7:10 p.m. in the Touhill theater.

Bach Society of St. Louis WHEN 3 p.m. March 22 • WHERE Webster Groves Presbyterian Church, 45 West Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves • HOW MUCH $25$45, $10 for students • MORE INFO 314-652-2224; bachsociety.org

The Bach Society presents Bach’s “St. John Passion,” the vibrant story of Christ’s journey to the cross. This Bach masterwork involves orchestra, chorus and soloists, including tenor Steven Soph, baritone Alexander Dobson, soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg, countertenor Jay Carter, tenor Kyle Stegall and bass Elijah Blaisdell. WHEN April 17-May 15 • WHERE Various venues • HOW MUCH Prices vary; free to $45 • MORE INFO 314-652-2224; bachsociety.org

The Bach Society also returns with its wideranging St. Louis Bach Festival. There are many performances of J.S. Bach’s music, including a variety of collaborations and locations. The festival includes innovative programs such as “Bach, Blues & Bernstein,” exploring the connections between baroque music,

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jazz and composer Leonard Bernstein, taking place at Jazz St. Louis and featuring local jazz musicians. The calendar also includes a signing workshop, a “Community Spring Sing,” and a variety of other programs such as the “Young Artist Showcase,” “Late Night With Johann,” “Bach in the Garden” and “Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.”

Chamber Music Society of St. Louis WHERE Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries, 3648 Washington Boulevard • HOW MUCH $38 • MORE INFO 314-941-6309; chambermusicstl.org

strings by composers working through difficult subjects. Other concerts include “Young Composers Competition Concert” (March 21; Community Music School at Webster University, 200 Hazel Avenue, Webster Groves), “Tree of Life Chapel Lenten Concert Series” (March 27; Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 100 East Adams Avenue, Kirkwood), “Confluence” (April 17; Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard, Forest Park) and “Choice” (May 19; the Sheldon, 3648 Washington Boulevard).

Great Artists Series

The Chamber Music Society of St. Louis has three upcoming concerts in the Sheldon’s intimate ballroom space. “Fantastic Classics” (March 23-24) features Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert. “Keyboards Galore” (April 11) provides unique interactive involvement with the Charles Metz keyboard collection. And “Playing Favorites” (May 11) includes Copland’s original version of “Appalachian Spring,” written for Martha Graham, a novel version of Richard Strauss’ “Till Eulenspiegel” and Wagner’s birthday present to his wife, Cosima, “Siegfried Idyll.

WHEN 7 p.m. March 29 • WHERE 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Avenue • HOW MUCH $15-$40 • MORE INFO 314935-6543; edison.wustl.edu

Chamber Project St. Louis

Masterworks Chorale and the Masterworks Orchestra

WHERE Various locations • HOW MUCH $18-$25, $5 for students • MORE INFO chamberprojectstl.org

Chamber Project St. Louis provides several events this spring, including “Tenacity” (March 14; the Chapel Venue, 6238 Alexander Drive), which presents music for flute, harp and

by program; $1-$112 • MORE INFO 314-534-1700; slso.org

John Adams

The Washington University Department of Music’s Great Artists Series culminates with Beethoven’s complete cello sonatas featuring Alisa Weilerstein on cello and Inon Barnatan on piano. Weilerstein has been described as a “young cellist with an old soul” and Barnatan as having “poetic sensibility, musical intelligence and consummate artistry.” This is a rare opportunity to hear intimate Beethoven in an intimate setting.

WHEN 7 p.m. May 3 • WHERE Our Lady of the Snows Church, 442 South Demazenod Drive, Belleville • HOW MUCH $5-$20 • MORE INFO 618-304-9094; singmasterworks.org

Soprano Stella Markou joins the Masterworks Chorale and the Masterworks

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Orchestra as they present “A Schubert Spring” at Our Lady of the Snows Church in Belleville. The program features lyrical inspirations by the “Prince of Song,” Franz Schubert, including his melodious Mass in G major.

St. Louis Cathedral Concerts WHERE Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell Boulevard • HOW MUCH $19-$42 • MORE INFO 314-533-7662; cathedralconcerts.org

Cathedral Concerts has two fascinating concerts coming up: “Organ Plus” (March 29) features Andrew Peters (organ), Hannah Frey (violin), Jennifer Gartley (flute) and Megan Stout (harp) performing a variety of organ works at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Second is the innovative British early music vocal ensemble

Stile Antico presenting “Breaking the Habit,” a program of rarely performed Renaissance music composed for three queens (April 21).

St. Louis Chamber Chorus WHEN 3 p.m. April 4 • WHERE Sts. Joachim & Ann Catholic Church, 4112 McClay Road, St. Charles • HOW MUCH $30 • MORE INFO 636-458-4343; chamberchorus.org

Philip Barnes, artistic director of the St. Louis Chamber Chorus, traditionally provides a theme for each season; this year’s theme is “Altered States.” The next concert in the season, “The Dog Was Speaking of You,” takes place at Sts. Joachim & Ann Catholic Church in St. Charles. The program involves “songs from lost countries by composers who didn’t exist, of alternative realities and

life imitating art.” The concert features composers, some real and some not, such as Darius Milhaud, Mårten Jansson, Sister Veronica von Dieselheim and Wenceslas Mimm.

St. Louis Classical Guitar WHERE Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road • HOW MUCH $28 • MORE INFO 314567-5566; guitarstlouis.net

St. Louis Classical Guitar continues its 2019-20 Great Artist Guitar Series, “Celebrating Women of Classical Guitar,” with recitals by Paraguayan classical guitarist Berta Rojas (March 28) and Croatian classical guitarist Ana Vidovic (April 18).

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra WHERE Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard • HOW MUCH Prices vary

Through the end of its 201920 season, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra offers plenty of opportunities for both newcomers to classical music and seasoned enthusiasts alike. If you’re new to classical music or want to introduce someone to classical music, you can’t go wrong with Dvo’ák’s “New World” symphony (April 24-26). Stravinsky’s raw and unfiltered “The Rite of Spring” (May 8-9) and Beethoven’s Fourth (April 3-5) are also popular choices. The Beethoven concert includes Korngold’s film musicinspired violin concerto with soloist Jennifer Pike in her SLSO debut. Other programming features the French connection cultivated by music director Stéphane Denève in his first season with the SLSO. The innovative “Maurice Ravel: A Musical Journey” (May 1) with Denève at the helm should be a real treat. The program features a unique blend of music and theater, what playwright and director Didi Balle calls a “symphonic play.” As the orchestra and SLSO artistin-residence Jean-Yves Thibaudet perform Ravel’s music, actors perform scenes from Ravel’s life. For those who enjoy the SLSO Chorus under the direction of Amy Kaiser, Berlioz’s “The Damnation of Faust” (March 13-14) will

be a dynamic performance involving a musical pactwith-the-devil story. Another not-to-be-missed concert with the chorus is “Dona Nobis Pacem” by Vaughan Williams, which is on the program with Prokofiev’s symphony No. 5. (April 17-18) under the baton of resident conductor Gemma New. Celebrity composer and conductor John Adams will lead “Adams Conducts Adams” (March 27-28), featuring his piano concerto “Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?” Thibaudet will be at the keyboard. Other season highlights include the Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 with Ravel’s “Piano Concerto for the Left Hand” (May 2-3), and the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra in its 50th-anniversary season performing Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor and Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances” (March 15). The featured soloist, violinist Anna Zhong, won the annual concerto competition. Finally, film fans won’t want to miss the last two performances of the ever-popular films-inconcert series. First up is “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1” (March 20-22), followed by “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with its adventurous John Williams score (May 16-17). The orchestra performs the music live as the films show on a big screen above the stage.

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