Our staff picks the best things to do this week — with a look ahead.American
Cher, Nile Rodgers & Chic
When 8 p.m. Friday • Where Enterprise Center, 1401 Clark Avenue • How much $147-$497 • More info ticketmaster.com
“Here We Go Again” seems to sum up another go-round for the one and only Cher. You know what you're going to get from a her concert: disco, rock and pop, power ballads, sequins, headdresses and so much more. Opening for Cher is Nile Rodgers & Chic, perhaps the perfect accompaniment with its heavy helping of disco. Songwriter-producer Rodgers has worked with everyone from Madonna to B-52’s to Daft Punk, so we won’t be surprised if “Get Lucky” is part of the set list. By Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra: Symphonie Fantastique
When 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday • Where Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard • How much $25-$112 • More info 314-534-1700; slso.org
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra concludes its 2018-19 subscription series with music director designate Stéphane Denève conducting a program that includes Ravel's "Shéhérazade," with soprano Rinat Shaham, and Berlioz's blazing "Symphonie Fantastique." Denève has an undeniable rapport with the French repertoire; this promises to be a fitting end to this season and a promise of things to come in the fall. By Sarah Bryan Miller
'The Visions of Lewis & Clark'
When Through October • Where Old Courthouse at Gateway Arch National Park, 11 North Fourth Street • How much Free • More info gatewayarch.com
Kites inside the Old Courthouse? Why not? SkyWindWorld of Billings, Mont., is leading the installation of nine large kites in the courthouse dome to tell the story of explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's journey west. The kites, titled “The Visions of Lewis & Clark,” were commissioned in 2002 and have been shown in nearly a dozen cities nationwide. They were installed here Wednesday and Thursday. By Valerie Schremp Hahn
Tyler Perry’s 'Madea’s Farewell'
When 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday • Where Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard • How much $48.50-$138.50 • More info 314-534-1111; metrotix.com
Bye, Madea. It’s the end of the road for the boisterous character, embodied by Tyler Perry in a number of movies and plays. Perry has decided he’s done portraying the gun-toting granny, seen recently on the big screen in “Madea’s Family Funeral,” and is now on the road with “Madea’s Farewell.” This is Perry’s 21st play. It also stars Tamela Mann, David Mann and Cassi Davis Patton. By Kevin C. Johnson
Elle King with Barns Courtney
When 9 p.m. Friday • Where The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard • How much $30-$35 • More info ticketmaster.com
Elle King mixes roots, country, blues and soul music in her vibrant stage shows. Her concert originally was scheduled at Delmar Hall, but it was moved to the Pageant because of popular demand. King's latest album is “Shake the Spirit” featuring “Baby Outlaw” and “Shame.” By Kevin C. Johnson
E.K. Johnston: 'Star Wars: Queen's Shadow'
When 7 p.m. Friday • Where Grant's View library branch, 9700 Musick Road • How much Free • More info 314-994-3300
As part of the St. Louis County Library's "Star Wars" Fan Fest, author E.K. Johnston discusses her new novel, billed as the "dramatic story of Padmé Amidala." She's the character played by Natalie Portman in the prequel trilogy of the film series. The Queen of Naboo was the mom of Luke and Leia. The library says children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Extra parking, and a shuttle service, is at Dressel Elementary School. By Jane Henderson
When 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday • Where Helium Comedy Club, St. Louis Galleria, 1151 St. Louis Galleria Street, Richmond Heights • How much $35; 7:30 p.m. Friday is sold out • More info heliumcomedy.com
Comedian Sinbad has been tearing up the road these days with his stand-up, laughing off the idea he’s been written off. “You have a period of time when you’re burning up and a period of time when you’re coasting," he told the Post-Dispatch in 2016. "But I’ve been working steady since 1983.” By Kevin C. Johnson
Psychedelic Furs, Royston Langdon
When 8 p.m. Saturday • Where The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard, 6133 Delmar Boulevard • How much $36-$38 • More info ticketmaster.com
Psychedelic Furs, an act serving as a purveyor of the alt-rock movement, is on board to remind everyone how it’s done. The band is touring with a lineup that includes Richard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass), Rich Good (guitar), Mars Williams (saxophone), Amanda Kramer (keyboards) and Paul Garisto (drums). By Kevin C. Johnson
When 8 p.m. Saturday • Where J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts, Lindenwood University, 2300 West Clay Street, St. Charles • How much $59.50-$99.50 • More info luboxoffice.com
Patti LuPone, a true Broadway legend, is touring with a show called "Don't Monkey With Broadway." The set list is likely to be culled from the songbooks of such icons as Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim. And nobody can interpret those tunes quite like LuPone. By Calvin Wilson
Chamber Chorale: 'My Song in the Night'
When 7:30 Saturday • Where Salem United Methodist Church, 1200 South Lindbergh Boulevard • How much Free; a free-will offering will be taken • More info americanchamberchorale.com
Stephen Morton will conduct the American Chamber Chorale and Salem Chamber Orchestra in the groups’ season closer. It’s a program made up largely of arrangements of familiar hymns (“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” “Amazing Grace”), inspiring compositions (Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia”) and orchestral works by Ralph Vaughan Williams. By Sarah Bryan Miller
Bach Spring Sing
When 9 a.m.-noon Saturday • Where Central Presbyterian Church, 7700 Davis Drive, Clayton • How much $10 • More info 314-652-2224; bachsociety.org
The Bach Society of St. Louis continues its 2019 Bach Festival with the annual Spring Sing. Singers of all ages and levels of experience are invited to gather for breakfast, followed by rehearsal and then a free concert. It’s led by Bach specialist David Gordon and Bach Society artistic director A. Dennis Sparger. By Sarah Bryan Miller
When 8 p.m. Monday • Where Enterprise Center, 1401 Clark Avenue • How much $72-$122 • More info ticketmaster.com
It has been a decade-plus wait for Tool fans — the rock band’s last album, “10,000 Days,” seemingly was forever ago (2006). On the band’s limited new tour, fans may get a taste of the band’s long-awaited upcoming album. Frontman Maynard James Keenan tweeted: “Feeling cute. May play some new material on this upcoming tour." By Kevin C. Johnson
Bring Me the Horizon, Scarlxrd
When 7:45 p.m. Tuesday • Where The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard • How much $48.50 • More info ticketmaster.com
Hard rock band Bring Me the Horizon is on the road with “Amo,” the follow-up to its 2015 album, “That’s the Spirit.” The band’s Oli Sykes told NME the new album is reflective of the band’s ever-changing sound. “After 15 years, it’s still an issue that we don’t have blastbeats in our music anymore or that we’re not heavy — even though we’ve broken all these barriers and achieved things musically that I never thought we would.” The album includes “Mantra,” “Mother Tongue” and “Wonderful Life.” By Kevin C. Johnson
‘Come From Away'
When Tuesday through May 26; various performance times • Where Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard • How much $30-$115 • More info 314-534-1111; metrotix.com
Critics fell in love with "Come From Away," a musical about the camaraderie between diverted plane passengers and Canadian townspeople in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. It's a show about the humanity that unites us all. By Calvin Wilson
When 8 p.m. Tuesday • Where The Ready Room, 4195 Manchester Avenue • How much $25 • More info eventbrite.com
Smart funnywoman Jen Kirkman visits St. Louis to give her take on life after 40 without children. She'll make you laugh long after the show ends: She has two comedy specials on Netflix, is an award-winning writer for Amazon Prime's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," has written two memoirs and has been a five-time narrator of Comedy Central’s "Drunk History." By Valerie Schremp Hahn
Dave Matthews Band
When 8 p.m. Wednesday • Where Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights • How much $45-$115 • More info livenation.com
We know Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre’s 2019 concert season officially kicked off in late April with a show by Zac Brown Band, but we’re eyeing the Dave Matthews Band show as the real kickoff. It just seems especially fitting. The enduring band’s most recent album is “Come Tomorrow” (2018). By Kevin C. Johnson
When 7 p.m. Wednesday • Where St. Louis Public Library, 1301 Olive Street • How much Free • More info 314-241-2288
As part of the library's Hip-Hop Appreciation Week, poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib will read from his third book, "Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes on a Tribe Called Quest." Two years ago, the author's "They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us" was a favorite book of the year on several lists. By Jane Henderson
'Meet Me in St. Louis'
When 7 p.m. Thursday • Where Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Boulevard • How much $7 • More info landmarktheatres.com
"Meet Me in St. Louis" turns 75 this year, and the Tivoli Theatre celebrates with a screening of the classic movie musical about a young girl (Judy Garland) who doesn't want to move from St. Louis and miss the 1904 World's Fair. To get the full experience, check out the permanent exhibition of World's Fair artifacts at the Missouri History Museum, then climb aboard the Loop Trolley for a ride to the theater. Clang, clang, clang! By Gabe Hartwig
George Packer: 'Our Man'
When 7 p.m. Thursday • Where Schlafly library branch, 225 North Euclid Avenue • How much Free • More info 314-367-6731
One of the masters of narrative nonfiction, George Packer turns to a modern-day diplomat known for his huge ego, brilliant mind and great success in brokering peace in the Balkan wars. In his new biography of Richard Holbrooke, "Packer finds both a riveting tale of diplomatic adventure — part high drama, part low pettiness — and a captivating metaphor for America’s waning power," says Publishers Weekly. By Jane Henderson
"Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live!," May 17-18 at the Playhouse @ Westport Plaza: A stage adaptation of John Gray's best-selling relationship book blends theater and stand-up comedy
Rascal Flatts, May 17 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre: The pop-country band kicks off its "Summer Playlist" tour with a promise to play older hits and a few surprises
Purina Pooches in the Ballpark, May 25 at Busch Stadium: The stadium goes to the dogs for this Cardinals-Braves game, when pups parade on the field before hanging with their people in a pet-friendly section
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, May 31-June 23 at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park: The fest stages one of the Bard's earliest plays, "Love's Labors Lost," a comedy about romance among royals