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Big K.R.I.T., Cyhi the Prynce

When 8 p.m. Friday • Where The Ready Room, 4195 Manchester Avenue • How much Sold out • More info

Southern rapper Big K.R.I.T. will have fans packed into the Ready Room on Friday in support of his latest album, “4eva Is a Mighty Long Time.” The double album features T.I., Lloyd, Bun B., Pimp C, CeeLo Green, Jill Scott, Sleepy Brown, Joi, Bilal, Robert Glasper and Ferguson’s own Keyon Harrold. By Kevin C. Johnson

‘Born Yesterday’

When Friday through April 8 • Where Browning Mainstage, Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves • How much $18.50-$89 • More info 314-968-4925;

The 2017-18 Mainstage season at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis comes to a close with Garson Kanin’s classic satire of American politics, “Born Yesterday.” When a self-made, none-too-honest tycoon (Andy Prosky) heads to Washington to buy a senator or two, he’s afraid that his dumb-blonde girlfriend (Ruth Pferdehirt) will prove an embarrassment among the “classy” people he plans to corrupt. Hoping to seem classy himself, he hires a smart reporter (Aaron Bartz) to tutor her. Whoever guessed that she’d be such a quick student? Pamela Hunt directs. By Judith Newmark

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra: Teuscher Sings Mozart

When 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday • Where Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard • How much $25-$112 • More info 314-534-1700;

If you love solo vocal music, this is your weekend at Powell Hall, when guest conductor Bernard Labadie returns to lead German soprano Lydia Teuscher and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in an evening filled with classical works. Teuscher will sing six concert and operatic arias by Mozart. There’s purely instrumental music, too, of course: The program begins with Henri-Joseph Rigel’s Symphony No. 4 and concludes with Haydn’s enchanting Symphony No. 99. By Sarah Bryan Miller


Search Party 2018

When 1-3 p.m. Saturday • Where Indian Camp Creek Park, 2679 Dietrich Road, Foristell • How much $1 per player; registration required • More info 636-949-7535;

You’d expect to hunt leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day. But the folks at St. Charles County Parks and Recreation say a few other things are hiding in their woods. Join Search Party 2018 to find life-size characters, including leprechauns, a sasquatch, the Loch Ness monster and even the Chick-fil-A cow hiding in 50 acres of the park. The first 50 players to complete the search win prizes. They’ll give you a map with clues; you provide the cellphone or camera to photograph the characters when you find them. Kids 10 and under must hunt with an adult. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

Steve Earle

Steve Earle performs Sept. 21, 2016, at the Americana Music Association Honors & Awards Show in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Steve Earle & the Dukes

When 8 p.m. Saturday • Where Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Boulevard • How much Sold out • More info 1-800-745-3000;

Steve Earle & the Dukes return to St. Louis for the 30th anniversary celebration of Earle’s album “Copperhead Road.” The 1988 album was considered a new rock direction for Earle. By Kevin C. Johnson

Festival of Laughs

When 8 p.m. Saturday • Where Chaifetz Arena, 1 South Compton Avenue • How much $52-$102 • More info 1-800-745-3000;

Sommore is always a hoot as the host of the annual Festival of Laughs at Chaifetz Arena, and this time she’s bringing Earthquake, George Wallace, Tommy Davidson, Tony Rock and Bruce Bruce. By Kevin C. Johnson

Alton St. Patrick’s Day Festival

When 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday • Where Downtown Alton • How much Free • More info

Celebrate all things Irish with 15 businesses in downtown Alton on St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy green beer, corned beef sandwiches, beer and live leprechauns at businesses along Third Street, Broadway and State Street. Argosy Casino will provide a free shuttle throughout the event. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

‘Spring for Siteman’

When 6 p.m. Saturday; check-in at 5 p.m., artist meet-and-greet at 7 p.m. • Where Performing Arts Center at John Burroughs School, 755 South Price Road • How much $50-$100 • More info 314-961-0644;

For years, the annual “Sing for Siteman” concert has featured singers from Opera Theatre of St. Louis performing their party pieces (and some lighter music) to benefit cancer research at the Siteman Cancer Center. In the past, it’s taken place during OTSL’s spring season. June gets crowded, though; this year, it was moved up to March and redubbed “Spring for Siteman.” The performers are soprano Mary-Hollis Hundley, mezzo-soprano Melody Wilson, tenor Joshua Blue and baritone Robert Mellon. Pianist Carol Wong, whose idea the concerts were, has had to drop out; her place at the keyboard will be taken by Derrick Goff. By Sarah Bryan Miller

‘A Night of Classics (For Those Who Hate Classical Music)’

When 8 p.m. Saturday • Where 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Avenue, University City • How much Free; donations accepted • More info

If you don’t think you like classical music, BandTogether would like to challenge your assumptions with “A Night of Classics (For Those Who Hate Classical Music).” Founded 21 years ago to provide a marching band for the annual Pride Parade, BandTogether has grown to a 100-member concert band that wants to help you spend your St. Patrick’s Day discovering the beauty and wonder of classical music. Gary Reynolds and Jeff Girard will lead the ensemble in music ranging from “The Ride of the Valkyries” to “Clair de Lune,” “Bolero,” excerpts from “Carmina Burana” and more. By Sarah Bryan Miller


Graham Nash

When 8 p.m. Sunday • Where The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard • How much $41-$51 • More info 1-800-745-3000;

Classic singer and songwriter Graham Nash, whose history speaks for itself, is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee for Crosby, Stills and Nash and the Hollies. He’s coming to the Pageant for an intimate evening of songs and stories. By Kevin C. Johnson

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Family Concerts: ‘Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland’

When 3 p.m. Sunday • Where Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard • How much $8-$19 • More info 314-534-1700;

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Family Concerts offer enjoyable, engaging entertainment for children and those who accompany them. They’re often examples of collaboration between arts organizations, too. On Sunday afternoon, for example, resident conductor Gemma New will lead “Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland,” with a score by Michael Gandolfi, narration by actors from the St. Louis Black Rep and dancers from COCA. (There are two other fun works on the program: the Overture to Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee.”) Arrive early for photos with Pinocchio, Geppetto and a cute bumblebee from Bob Kramer’s Marionnettes; the chance to create your own bumblebee; and a hands-on experience with different orchestral instruments. By Sarah Bryan Miller


170910MT LouFest

Lecrae performs on the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Stage during day two of the LouFest Music Festival at Forest Park on September 10, 2017 in St. Louis. Photo by Michael Thomas


When 8 p.m. Monday • Where The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard • How much $25 • More info 1-800-745-3000;

Rapper Lecrae is giving St. Louis another look at his “All Things Work Together” album. Lecrae introduced fans to the album at LouFest in 2017, though at the time the album was a couple weeks away from release. Now, fans have had more time to sit with the album. Expect him to highlight “All Things Work Together” and more. By Kevin C. Johnson

Mary Troy and Mary Jo Bang

When 7:30 p.m. Monday • Where Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Boulevard • How much $5 • More info

River Styx magazine brings together two women who have a lot of influence on upcoming writers in St. Louis as faculty with university MFA programs. Troy, of UMSL, writes fiction, including “Swimming on Hwy N.” Poet Bang, of Washington University, has a recent book called “A Doll for Throwing.” By Jane Henderson


Kelly Barnhill

When 7 p.m. Tuesday • Where St. Louis County Library, 1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard • How much Free • More info 314-994-3300

Kelly Barnhill is a Minnesota writer who won the Newbery Medal for “The Girl Who Drank the Moon.” But she also writes a lot of fantasy literature for adults, including her new collection, “Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories.” Publishers Weekly calls the stories “haunting and beautifully told.” By Jane Henderson


Taste of U. City

When 5-8 p.m. Thursday • Where Mandarin House Banquet Hall, 8004 Olive Boulevard, University City • How much $20 in advance, $25 at the door; half price for children 12 and under • More info 314-337-2489;

You can nibble on food from China, Vietnam and India, then finish off with root beer, frozen yogurt and cookies at this event featuring more than 40 of University City’s remarkably diverse array of restaurants. Where else can you enjoy the James Beard Award semifinalist cooking of Público and a sandwich from Jimmy John’s at the same time? By Daniel Neman


When 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Thursday through April 1 • Where Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 North Grand Boulevard • How much $15-$25 • More info 314-534-1111;

The Inevitable Theatre Company presents Dallas actor and writer Sherry Jo Ward in her original work “Stiff.” Ward has Stiff Person Syndrome, an extremely rare and painful condition that impairs mobility. In a performance that’s part stand-up comedy and part PowerPoint presentation, Ward explores what it means to confront a life-altering diagnosis. Recognized with several awards in Texas, “Stiff” is presented here in partnership with Paraquad. By Judith Newmark

Fast forward

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Rehearsals

Willie Nelson performs during rehearsals for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards at The Staples Center, on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

“Ready Player One,” in theaters March 29: Steven Spielberg directs the virtual-reality fantasy based on a 2011 science fiction novel by Ernest Cline

QFest, April 4-8 at the .ZACK: Cinema St. Louis’ annual LGBTQ festival presents two dozen films representing an eclectic group of voices

Harry Potter and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, April 5-8 at Powell Hall: While the movies play on the big screen, the SLSO plays John Williams’ scores for “Chamber of Secrets” and “Prisoner of Azkaban” in two separate concerts

Willie Nelson & Family, April 18 at the Peabody: “Last Man Standing,” the latest album by the 84-year-old country star, goes on sale April 27


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