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Best Bets: Olivia Rodrigo, 'Harry Potter,' Moonchild, Ali Stroker, Ana Vidovic

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‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1’

When 7 p.m. April 15, 2 and 7 p.m. April 16 • Where Powell Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard • How much $55 • More info 314-535-1700;

Was it He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named who keeps conspiring to delay the screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” at Powell Hall, with its musical score performed live by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra? Nope, just COVID. Originally scheduled for March 2020 and rescheduled for January this year, this time it looks like a good bet to happen. If you’ve kept your tickets from January, the Friday tix are valid for the 7 p.m. April 15 performance, Saturday tix for 7 p.m. April 16 and Sunday matinee tix for 2 p.m. April 16 — which, please note, is a Saturday, not Sunday. Very few tickets remain, starting at $45. By Daniel Durchholz

Springtime Village

When 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 15-16 • Where Purina Farms, 500 William Danforth Way, Gray Summit, Missouri • How much $15 per vehicle; registration encouraged • More info

Celebrate spring with dozens of baby animals, adoptable pets and the Incredible Dog Team. Purina Farms’ annual Springtime Village event will feature inflatables, magic shows, carnival games and an egg scavenger hunt wagon ride. Guests can also meet costumed characters and pose with Peter Rabbit. Babaloo will perform live music on April 15, and Rusty Pliers gives a puppet show on April 16. Bring your own dog April 16 for a Sniff N Search event ($25). By Valerie Schremp Hahn


The Great Mushroom Hunt

When 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 16 • Where Raging Rivers Waterpark, 100 Palisades Parkway, Grafton • How much $15.99, $49.99 for four in advance; $24.99 each on April 16 • More info 618-786-2345;

The pools and slides are closed for now at Raging Rivers, but the water park hosts its second annual Great Mushroom Hunt this weekend. Hunters of all ages are invited to search for morels while hiking on marked trails behind the park, looking for eagles and even watching for Bigfoot. An Easter egg hunt for kids starts at 10:30 a.m. Food trucks, kids activities, vendors and more will be on site. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

Ana Vidovic

When 8 p.m. April 16 • Where The Ethical Society, 9001 Clayton Road • How much $34-$39 • More info 314-567-5566;

Award-winning classical guitarist Ana Vidovic has been playing guitar since age 5. At 7, she gave her first public performance and at 11 was performing internationally. A native of Karlovac, Croatia, she has released six albums and two DVDs and has performed all over the world. Videos of her performances have racked up millions of views on YouTube. Her live St. Louis Classical Guitar performance at the Ethical Society will also be available for online viewing April 22-25. By Daniel Durchholz

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

When 7:30 p.m. April 16 • Where Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 8001 Natural Bridge Road • How much $40-$69 • More info

Dance St. Louis presents the all-male comic dance company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. In a review of a 2016 performance at New York’s Joyce Theater, the New York Times noted that “while you laugh at their demented antics, you find yourself watching them with a special tenderness. You’re on their side.” By Calvin Wilson


Dana Levin

When 7 p.m. April 19 • Where much Free • More info

Dana Levin, distinguished writer-in-residence at Maryville University, discusses her new poetry collection with two other poets, Diane Seuss and Jane Huffman. Levin said in an interview with the New England Review that “Now Do You Know Where You Are,” her fifth book, is “the most engaged with our present moment in history, and with the people and places in my life. It’s a chronicle of dis/orientation: personal and collective, psychological and political.” By Jane Henderson


Moonchild, Sofiya Ballin, Austin Antoine

When 8 p.m. April 20 • Where Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street • How much $22 • More info

Alternative R&B band Moonchild, one of the coolest acts you may not be familiar with, returns to Old Rock House in support of “Starfruit.” The new album includes guest features by Lalah Hathaway, Alex Isley, Tank and the Bangas, Rapsody and others. By Kevin C. Johnson

Olivia Rodrigo, Gracie Abrams

When 8 p.m. April 20 • Where The Factory, 17105 North Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield • How much Sold out • More info

Olivia Rodrigo is arguably, if not certainly, the past year’s top new music sensation on the strength of her debut album, “Sour.” The blockbuster album yielded a number of hits including “Driver’s License,” “Good 4 You” and “Deja Vu” that helped make way for her “Sour” tour. The show at the Factory was a quick sellout. By Kevin C. Johnson


Montez Coleman

Montez Coleman

Remembering Montez Coleman

When 7:30 p.m. April 21 • Where Ferring Jazz Bistro, 3536 Washington Boulevard • How much $16-$21 • More info

East St. Louis jazz drummer Montez Coleman left us too soon this year after an admirable career that included recording and touring with Roy Hargrove and his membership in elite jazz circles in New York City. Coleman will be celebrated at Jazz St. Louis’ Ferring Jazz Bistro with a tribute featuring Adam Maness, Bob DeBoo, Eric Slaughter, Jason Swagler, Adaron “Pops” Jackson, Zeb Briskovich, Kendrick Smith, Danny Campbell, Bernard Terry, Demarius Hicks, Miles Vandiver, Matthew Henry and others. By Kevin C. Johnson

The 73rd Annual Tony Awards - Show

Ali Stroker accepts the Tony Award in 20019 for best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical.

‘Variety Unbound: An Evening of Empowerment’

When Reception at 6 p.m. April 21, dinner at 7 p.m. • Where The Factory, 17105 North Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield • How much $300 for two seats; dinner patron packages available • More info

Ali Stroker hosts “Variety Unbound,” a fundraiser for Variety St. Louis. Stroker, who uses a wheelchair, won the 2019 Tony Award for best featured actress in a musical for her performance in “Oklahoma!” She also appeared in Deaf West Theatre’s Broadway revival of “Spring Awakening.” There will also be a performance by the Variety Kids. By Calvin Wilson

Theresa Brown

When 7 p.m. April 21 • Where St. Louis County Library, 1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard • How much Free • More info 314-994-3300;

Theresa Brown, a nurse with experience in oncology, learns much more when she herself is diagnosed with breast cancer. In her memoir, “Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient,” Brown says she was surprised as a patient by the lack of compassion in the medical maze, but she worries that complainers often receive worse care. She also realized what she could have done better as a nurse herself when treating others. Brown, who also wrote “The Shift,” will discuss her new book. By Jane Henderson


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