Best Bets: AfroSexyCool, Michael Kahn, Chris Swan & Jim Manley Duo

Best Bets: AfroSexyCool, Michael Kahn, Chris Swan & Jim Manley Duo

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New stage highlights The Muny's 101st season opener

"Guys and Dolls," which opened the Muny's 2019 season on a newly rebuilt stage in Forest Park


AfroSexyCool Fourth Anniversary

When 7 p.m. Friday • Where Zoom • How much Free

The long-running AfroSexyCool event keeps its vibe going with a livestream featuring resident DJs Makeda Kravitz, Blvck Spvde, Hood Bunnny, Nico Marie and creator James Biko. It’s self-described as one of the most unapologetically black parties online, and Afrobeat, Afropop, Afro-Latin, soca, soul, house, dancehall, hip-hop, trap, bounce and more are among the many sounds explored. Use meeting ID 842 4742 2156 to access the Zoom livestream. By Kevin C. Johnson


St. Louis Symphony Orchestra: Stéphane Denève with Salonen, Ravel and Berlioz

When 8 p.m. Saturday • Where KWMU-90.7 FM; stlpublicradio.orgHow much Free • More info

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra continues rebroadcasting some highlights of the 2019-20 season on Saturday night with music director Stéphane Denève leading the orchestra in Esa-Pekka Salonen’s “Nyx,” Ravel’s “Shéhérazade,” with mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham, and Berlioz’s bizarre, beloved “Symphonie fantastique.” Because of the pandemic, we were denied some exciting programs from Denève and the SLSO, but we’re getting to hear others again, continuing into June. By Sarah Bryan Miller

The Metropolitan Opera: Donizettis’s ‘L’Elisir d’Amore’

When Available for streaming from 6:30 p.m. Saturday to 5:30 p.m. Sunday • Where metopera.orgHow much Free

Gaetano Donizetti’s charming comedy “L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love)” is a tuneful winner. This 2018 performance of Bartlett Sher’s Met production features South African soprano Pretty Yende as the smart, attractive landowner Adina; tenor Matthew Polenzani is Nemorino, the lovable lunk of a peasant who adores her — and who manages to win her. His famous aria “Una furtive lagrima (a furtive tear),” might have something to do with that. The cast is rounded out by baritone Davide Luciano’s insufferable Sergeant Belcore and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo’s snake-oil salesman Dr. Dulcamara; Domingo Hindoyan conducts. By Sarah Bryan Miller


Michael Kahn: ‘Bad Trust’

When 7 p.m. Monday • Where much Free • More info

A trust fund dispute turns deadly, challenging St. Louis sleuth Rachel Gold in Michael Kahn’s 11th novel featuring the lawyer. Kahn, of course, is a St. Louis lawyer himself and will talk about his latest mystery with another lawyer-writer, Mitch Margo (“Black Hearts White Minds”). In a review for the Post-Dispatch, Harry Levins praised Kahn’s surprising ending and said the tale is “laden with local color — Gold has named her dog Yadi — and with insight into the way lawyers think.” By Jane Henderson

Muny Cast Party: ‘Guys and Dolls’

When 7-8 p.m. Monday • Where much Free

The Muny closes its quarantine Cast Party series with the show that opened the theater’s 2019 season on the brand-new stage: “Guys and Dolls.” Muny artistic director and executive producer Mike Isaacson hosts a livestream discussion in which members of the show’s cast and creative team will reunite (remotely) to reminisce about the production and recall some favorite moments. If the Muny’s 102nd season in Forest Park can safely proceed amid the coronavirus pandemic, it will kick off July 20 with “Chicago”; a decision will be made June 8. By Gabe Hartwig


Chris Swan & Jim Manley Duo

When 7:30 p.m. Tuesday • Where Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle Avenue; much $15 for in-person audience; free for livestream • More info 314-517-2449

The Gaslight Theater hosts an intimate jazz show by the Chris Swan & Jim Manley Duo. The venue can accommodate 10 VIP in-person guests (first come, first served); everyone else will watch the show remotely via Facebook Live. By Kevin C. Johnson

Carter Sickels: ‘The Prettiest Star’

When 7 p.m. Tuesday • Where much Free • More info

Author Carter Sickels talks about his much-anticipated novel set in 1986, when a young man with AIDS returns to his hometown. In alternating points of view, “The Prettiest Star” explores the fear and rejection so many gay men felt then while taking the protagonist out of New York and placing him in the rural setting of southern Ohio. O magazine called the book one of “31 LGBTQ Books That’ll Change the Literary Landscape in 2020.” By Jane Henderson

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article included shows by Shane Gillis at Helium Comedy Club. Those performances have been rescheduled for June 18-20.

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