Best Bets: Holiday Magic, DaVinci's machines, Cavo and more

2012-11-23T05:30:00Z Best Bets: Holiday Magic, DaVinci's machines, Cavo and moreBy Go! magazine staff stltoday.com
November 23, 2012 5:30 am  • 

FRIDAY

Teddy Bear Teas: 11 a.m. Friday-Sunday • The Ritz-Carlton, 100 Carondelet Plaza • $49, children 12 and under $39 • 314-719-1433, ritzcarlton.com When you’re tired of Black Friday shopping, take a break for a fancy tea party with the kids and help a good cause. Families are invited to enjoy storytelling, face-painting, caroling, hot cocoa and tea, sandwiches and pastries, and a cookie-decorating station. Bring a teddy bear to donate to Friends of Kids With Cancer. BY GABE HARTWIG

David Robertson, Gil Shaham and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday • Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard • $30-$110 • 314-534-1700, stlsymphony.org Family togetherness on holidays is a wonderful thing, but after you’ve finished cooking, chatting, consuming, catching up and cleaning up, it’s always good to have a plan. This weekend, there’s no better plan than to take the family to Powell Symphony Hall, where another Thanksgiving family reunion — between St. Louis Symphony Orchestra music director David Robertson and his brother-in-law, the astounding violinist Gil Shaham — will continue onstage. It’s a family that plays well together. The SLSO will offer a family-friendly program, with Johann Strauss Jr.’s “Tales From the Vienna Woods,” Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, “London,” and Beethoven’s masterpiece of a violin concerto, with Shaham as soloist. It’s not to be missed. BY SARAH BRYAN MILLER

Historic Holiday Kickoff: Noon-2 p.m. Friday • Old Courthouse, 11 North Fourth Street • Free • nps.gov/jeff The halls of downtown’s historic Old Courthouse will be decked in authentic Victorian style for an afternoon of olde-tyme holiday festivities. At noon, enjoy a concert by the St. Louis Brass Quintet. At 1 p.m., the Chicago-based Caroling Party performs. Cookies and hot cider will be served in the rotunda. BY GABE HARTWIG

Editor’s pick  » Holiday Magic: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday • America’s Center, 701 Convention Center • $10, $5 for children • stlholidaymagic.com ➙ Here’s some magic for you: Holiday Magic, a weekend shopping event, somehow will squeeze 10 full-scale carnival rides, a trackless train, an arena for the Purina Incredible Dog Team and a very chubby Santa into America’s Center. Kids can enjoy face painting, storytelling, painting a poinsettia and cookie decorating. BY DIANE TOROIAN KEAGGY

Gateway to the Stars: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday • Gateway Arch grounds • Free • nps.gov/jeff At the Gateway Arch grounds, there’s plenty to see by simply looking up. Members of the St. Louis Astronomical Society will show the sights far beyond the Arch in a telescope-viewing session, weather permitting. Come early (6-6:30 p.m.) for a ranger-led walking “tour” of the buildings, boats and people that once occupied the area where the Arch now stands. BY GABE HARTWIG

Wild Lights: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through Dec. 23, nightly Dec. 26-30 • St. Louis Zoo, Forest Park • $4 for members, $5 for nonmembers, free for children under 2 • stlzoo.org In addition to the zoo’s usual residents, check out displays of penguins in paradise, Swan Lake, a fantasy butterfly garden, a gingerbread village and more, all crafted in dazzling lights. The zoo also will feature storytellers, puppet shows and performances by local choirs. BY GABE HARTWIG

Editor’s pick  » DaVinci Machines Exhibition: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through spring 2013 • Bank of America Plaza, 800 Market Street • $9-$14, free for children 4 and younger • 314-241-1241, discoverdavinci.com ➙ Get a close-up look at some amazing technological advancements — from 500 years ago. The DaVinci Machines Exhibition, which returns to St. Louis, features more than 60 hand-crafted replicas built from designs by scientist, inventor, artist and original Renaissance Man, Leonardo DaVinci. Some of the pieces on display include the DaVinci bicycle, hang glider and air screw (the precursor to the helicopter), plus robotic inventions such as DaVinci’s life-size robot drummer and mechanical lion. BY GABE HARTWIG

SATURDAY

A Second Salty Salute: St. Louis Does Guided by Voices (Again): 8 p.m. Saturday • Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue • Free for 21 and older, $3 for under 21 • offbroadwaystl.com This weekend, St. Louis musicians revisit Guided By Voices material, first performed at a big tribute just after Thanksgiving last year. It looks as if a local music tradition is truly in the making. The tribute, A Second Salty Salute: St. Louis Does Guided By Voices (Again), begins at 8:30 p.m. Saturday with Sleepy Kitty. The rest of the lineup: This City of Takers at 9 p.m., Mercy Twins at 9:20 p.m., Middle Class Pants at 9:40 p.m., Echo Bravo at 10 p.m., Kentucky Picture Bikini at 10:20 p.m., Deciders Deluxe at 10:40 p.m., Bunnygrunt at 11 p.m., Bruiser Queen at 11:20 p.m. and Popular Mechanics at 11:40 p.m. BY KEVIN C. JOHNSON

Rickie Lee Jones: 8 p.m. Saturday • Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville • $57-$67 • wildeytheatre.com → Edwardsville’s Wildey Theatre boasts an especially impressive booking in singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones. Jones is out promoting her latest album, “The Devil You Know,” which she says is a “simple, surprising record.” On the album, she covers the likes of the Rolling Stones, the Band, Van Morrison and Neil Young. She’s joined on the album by Ben Harper, who produced the album and contributed new song “Masterpiece.” “This cover record took me to a new place in my work,” she says. “I found another voice; it’s a quieter one, older perhaps, but more likely younger than I have ever been. With Ben, I felt safe, recording these songs with care and impulse. They deserve that.” BY KEVIN C. JOHNSON

Editor’s pick  » KPNT 105.7 presents Cavo, Shaman’s Harvest, Rains, Addictive Behavior: 8 p.m. Saturday • The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard • $19.50 • Ticketmaster ➙ St. Louis rock band Cavo gives its final show of 2012 appropriately at its most regular local concert home, the Pageant. The band is promising to melt “the faces of those that come to rock.” A portion of the proceeds benefits Autism Speaks. After the show, the band will begin writing its next record, the follow-up to “Thick as Thieves.” BY KEVIN C. JOHNSON

SUNDAY

Ferguson Northern Lights Celebration: 2-7 p.m. Sunday • Victorian Plaza, 20 South Florissant Road, Ferguson • Free • fergusoncitywalk.com The bustling part of Ferguson known as Citywalk hosts its popular Northern Lights Celebration, featuring a market with gift, craft and food vendors, trackless train rides, a petting zoo, storytelling with Mrs. Claus, an ice-sculpting demonstration, a juggler, live music, a Christmas parade at 5 p.m. and the tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. BY GABE HARTWIG

WEDNESDAY

Festival honors Eugene B. Redmond: Noon Wednesday • East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, 601 J.R. Thompson Drive, East St. Louis • Free • 618-874-8708, 618-235-1392, eugenebredmond.com/home/events Four days of festivities celebrate the 75th birthday of East St. Louis’ poet laureate, Eugene B. Redmond. On Wednesday, the events kick off with poetry readings with Michael Castro, Shirley Leflore and Desmond Porter. More readings continue Thursday at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, with jazz concerts on Friday. BY JANE HENDERSON

THURSDAY 

Editor’s pick  » The St. Louis Holiday Historic House Tour: 3-8 p.m. Thursday • St. Louis’ historic houses • $20 in advance, $30 in advance for guided bus transportation • campbellhousemuseum.org ➙ Overlooked treasures, St. Louis’ historic houses offer today’s residents a special glimpse at the festive holiday celebrations of our ancestors. The Eugene Field House, the Campbell House Museum, the Chatillon-DeMenil House, the Old Courthouse and the Tower Grove House and Museum Building at the Missouri Botanical Garden will be decked out in their holiday finest for this annual event. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, the ETC Senior Theater will present scenes from “A Christmas Carol” at each location. This year, Sassafras Cafe at the Missouri Botanical Garden will serve at buffet dinner for $14.95; call 314-577-0200 for reservations. BY DIANE TOROIAN KEAGGY


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