Best Bets: The Randy Dandies, 'A Wicked Wonderland' and more

2012-12-14T06:00:00Z 2012-12-27T19:10:04Z Best Bets: The Randy Dandies, 'A Wicked Wonderland' and moreBy Go! magazine staff stltoday.com
December 14, 2012 6:00 am  • 

FRIDAY

Editor’s pick   » Live chat with Schlafly CEO: 1 p.m. Friday • stltoday.com/chats • Dan Kopman, co-founder and CEO of Schlafly Beer, will answer readers’ questions in a live STLtoday.com chat. Got questions about upcoming releases, the brewery’s 21st anniversary or what Dan drinks when no one’s watching? This is your chance to ask. Submit questions in advance, or join the discussion live. BY EVAN S. BENN

Editor’s pick   » “Holiday!”: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday • 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Avenue • $25 • gmcstl.org ➙ The Gateway Men’s Chorus will perform both the sacred (Vivaldi’s “Gloria in Excelsis”) and the silly (a mash-up of “Holiday” by Madonna and “Celebrate” by Kool & the Gang) at its annual salute to the holidays. This year, in celebration of the 560 Music Center’s roots as a Jewish temple, the chorus also will sing “Amen Shem Nora,” “Sheyibone Beis Hamidosh” and “L’dor Vador,” as well as Tom Lehrer’s hilarious “Hanukkah in Santa Monica.” BY DIANE TOROIAN KEAGGY

SATURDAY

Y98 Mistletoe Show with Train, Gavin DeGraw, Grace Potter, Tristan Prettyman: 7:30 p.m. Saturday • Peabody Opera House, 14oo Market Street • $36.50-$66.50 • Ticketmaster.com • Rock music fans sadly won’t be getting an Alanis Morissette performance at the Y98 Mistletoe Show. The artist, overdue for a St. Louis appearance, bowed out for personal reasons. But Gavin DeGraw graciously stepped in, keeping on track a show that also includes Train, Grace Potter and Tristan Prettyman. BY KEVIN C. JOHNSON

Editor’s pick   » “A Gnome for Christmas”: Saturday through Dec. 23 • Heagney Theatre at Nerinx Hall High School, 530 East Lockwood Avenue • $6 • repstl.org ➙ Ever notice how stupid fairy tale fathers are? Either they marry complete jerks (“Cinderella”) or they put their families in peril with their lame-brain ideas (“Beauty and the Beast”). And so it is for Lulu, whose father invents junk no one wants. Dead broke, the dad moves Lulu to cheaper digs — a dilapidated farmhouse with a broken fence and a mean landlord. But when magical things start to happen, Lulu finds out her new home may be enchanted. Performed by the Imaginary Theatre Co., the Rep’s program for young audiences. BY DIANE TOROIAN KEAGGY

Voce Grand Opening with Kim Massie, Mark Rose: 8 p.m. Saturday • 212 South Tucker Boulevard • $10 • vocestl.com New downtown concert venue Voce opens in fine fashion this weekend with a concert from none other than Kim Massie. Voce’s schedule for the rest of the month is filling up quickly. On tap: An Evening with Erin Bode, Dec. 29, $12; Justus, 8 p.m. Dec. 21, $5; Broke Neck, the Difference Engine, Holiday at Sea, Dec. 22; The Lone Rangers, Dec. 31; 88.1 KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round with Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies Family Matinee, March 2, doors and optional buffet at 11 a.m. and concert at noon, $8-$10; 88.1 KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round with Billy Jonas & the Billy Jonas Family Band Family Matinee, April 6, doors and optional lunch buffet at noon, concert at 1 p.m., $10. BY KEVIN C. JOHNSON

“Christmas at the Cathedral”: 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday • Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell Boulevard • $24-$49 • 314-533-7662; stlcathedralconcerts.org A program that’s focused on the sacred, Cathedral Concerts’ eighth annual “Christmas at the Cathedral,” keeps Christ in Christmas. Horst Buchholz, music director of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis, has talented forces on hand that include the Archdiocesan Adult Choir, Children’s Choir, Handbell Choir and Orchestra; the beautiful nave of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis provides a handsome backdrop. The program features Christmas classics old and new; a highlight this year is Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Oratorio de Noël (Christmas Oratorio).” BY SARAH BRYAN MILLER

“FA LA LA LA LA: A Heartwarming Holiday Spectacular”: 8 p.m. Saturday • Plush, 3224 Locust Street • $15, a portion of the proceeds benefit the Red Cross • plushstl.com Local burlesque performers Michelle Mynx of Mynx Academy of Pole Dance, Vera Valentina of the Hoochie Coochie Girls, Bibi Dazzle of the Bon Bons and guest cabaret artist Christy Strickland perform in this not-quite-X-rated X-Mas show, presented by the Randy Dandies. BY DIANE TOROIAN KEAGGY

Piwacket Holiday Festival: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday • Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Boulevard • $15 • 314-222-9469; piwacket.com Piwacket, a family theater troupe, continues to perform for young audiences all over town (though not in its erstwhile Maplewood theater; it has closed). Its annual family holiday festival goes on, too, now in the Delmar Loop. There will be arts and crafts, games, face-painting, puppetry, a sing-along and treats, plus a noon performance of one of Piwacket’s original shows, “Snowman’s Revenge.” BY JUDITH NEWMARK

Bobby Rush: 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday • Sweetie Pie’s Upper Crust, 3643 Delmar Boulevard • $30-$40 • 314-371-0304 STL Bluesweek headliner Bobby Rush, who performed in St. Louis on Memorial Day weekend, returns for a special gig at Sweetie Pie’s Upper Crust in Grand Center. It’s no surprise to find the blues legend back so soon. Rush told the Post-Dispatch that he shuns talk of retirement. “That’s a bad word,” he said. “I’ll never think about it. I’ll never retire. I’ll do this until I can’t do it any more. I’m going to let God retire me.” Rush is known for songs such as “Chicken Heads” and “Big Fat Woman.” BY KEVIN C. JOHNSON

Camp Lo, DJ Mahf, Steddy P, the Vaporz: 10 p.m. Saturday • Lola, 500 North 14th Street • $10 • welovelola.com Classic-rock acts are well known these days for performing past great albums in their entirety, but that trend has mostly fallen on deaf ears when it comes to rap acts. (Why no “Illmatic” from Nas or “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” from Lauryn Hill?) But Camp Lo is out performing its 1997 album “Uptown Saturday Night,” an ode to the blaxploitation era, from front to back on tour. The underrated album includes “Luchini AKA This is It.” Knuckle Rumbler and Leisure Studies are presenting the show. BY KEVIN C. JOHNSON

SUNDAY

“Celia’s Yuletide Xpress Secular Holiday Sing-a-long”: 3 p.m. Sunday • Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue • Pay what you can, accepting donations and toys for the Bridge, which serves St. Louis’ homeless • offbroadwaystl.com The family-friendly Musical Merry-Go-Round concert series presents local favorite Celia, who promises to sing about Rudolph, Frosty and, fingers crossed, Mr. Heat Miser. BY DIANE TOROIAN KEAGGY

MONDAY

Editor’s pick   » “A Wicked Wonderland”: 7 p.m. Monday • Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard • $25-$100 • 314-534-1111; MetroTix.com ➙ Members of the national touring cast of “Wicked” will take a break from singing about Oz at the Fox to belt out some of their favorite holiday tunes at the Sheldon. Souvenirs and backstage experiences will be up for bids in silent and live auctions, and proceeds from the evening will benefit Stages St. Louis and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The official “Wicked Wonderland” after-party is at Meyer’s Grove (4510 Manchester Avenue) for Musical Monday. BY GABE HARTWIG

WEDNESDAY

The Cabaret Project’s open mic night: 7 p.m. Wednesday • Tavern of Fine Arts, 313 Belt Avenue • Free • tavern-of-fine-arts.com; 314-367-7549 St. Louis cabaret artists sing holiday favorites with accompaniment from Carol Schmidt on the baby grand piano. Chuck Lavazzi from KDHX (88.1 FM) will be the master of ceremonies. Want to share the joy? The audience will have a chance to join in for a singalong. BY JODY MITORI

THURSDAY

“A Gospel Christmas”: 7 p.m. Thursday • Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard • $50-$85 • 314-534-1700; stlsymphony.org Take 6? Try Take 10. This a cappella sextet has won 10 Grammy Awards in its 25-year history of performing R&B-inspired gospel music. The group performs seasonal favorites with SLSO’s In Unison Chorus under the direction of Kevin McBeth. BY DIANE TOROIAN KEAGGY

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