"Join a rotating cast of some of St. Louis’ finest musicians for “The Dark Room Brunch Sessions”. Two sets of tunes from 11am-1:30pm is paired with our brand new brunch menu, served 10am-3pm. More info: http://www.thedarkroomstl.com/
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm, $10 Advance, $12 Day of Show, All AgesWith their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody driven sound of their own. The quintet, from Missoula, MT, has been hard at work, writing, touring and playing to an ever-growing fan base for the past 6 years. The fruits of their labor recently culminating with wins at the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Award for Best Band and at the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass festival band competition. In 2013 the band also won The Northwest String Summit Band Competition. With a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, newgrass, innumerable unique originals, sheer raw energy, and exquisite musicianship, The Lil Smokies weave seamlessly through genres, leaving behind melodies you’ll be singing to yourself for days and a jaw you’ll have to pick up off the floor. Buy Tickets @ Metrotix.com
The winter session of social dance classes is starting at St. Charles Community College the week of Jan. 16. Classes will be held in the College Center dance studio on the SCC campus, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville. Classes will be held Jan. 16-March 12. Learn how to swing, rumba, line dance and more with award-winning dance instructors Linda Landwehr and Stan Mayer. The eight-week session costs $52 per person. Students, ages 14 and up, should enroll with a partner.Good dancing is a lifetime investment in fun and wellness. It’s a great way to get exercise without working out. Dancing will open up a wonderful world of togetherness, and it provides participants with a thriving, year-round social calendar. For more information and to enroll, visit stchas.edu/learnforlife.
Veteran story time lady, Georgy Rock, joins us each Tuesday morning from 10:30-11am to read stories, sing songs, laugh, and be silly. All ages welcome, and always free. Today is our special Children's Book Week edition.
An onstage conversation with bestselling novelist Curtis Sittenfeld
From the acclaimed author of “Silver Sparrow,” “An American Marriage” is a stirring love story. Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream until Roy is sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. “An American Marriage” is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward--with hope and pain--into the future.
A sleeping giant of the electronic music world, Douglas Appling – more commonly known as Emancipator – has quietly established himself as a mainstay in the electronic music scene since the release of his debut album, Soon It Will Be Cold Enough in 2006. Classically-trained as a violinist from an early age, Appling’s organic approach to electronic music production draws inspiration from a wide range of international cultures and musical genres, culminating in a refreshingly authentic brand of electronic music that has infiltrated global consciousness. 2015 was a busy year having released Live In Athens in June, and Dusk to Dawn Remixes – a remix album featuring massively-popular contributions from the likes of ODESZA, Little People, Eliot Lipp, and more – in July, 2015 and now his first full length album in three years, Seven Seas. Seven Seas is the product of over two years of work, collaborations, experiences, and live performances all culminating in a cohesive collection of songs that solidifies that Emancipator is only getting better with age.
Hailing from South Florida, this Grammy nominated ensemble of 8 singers and 5 instrumentalists will perform Monteverdi’s “Selva morale e spirituale,” a piece written for the acoustics of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice. “Seraphic Fire lived up its reputation as a taut, mellifluous force” Cleveland Plain Dealer. “One of the most-inventive and adventurous classical music ensembles in the country” South Florida Sun Sentinel. Ticket Prices: $19-$42
The Monocle welcomes Prisca Jebet Kendager as she debuts her new play “Seven and Ten” on February 23 & 24 at 8pm on the Emerald Room Stage. Prisca is a playwright, actress, and teacher in Kansas City, Missouri, and is thrilled to bring her work to Saint Louis! Below is a short synopsis of "Seven and Ten".When Sarah was 14 she had a dream that God told her she and Ryan were supposed to be married. Being a God fearing man (at least as much of a man as you can be at age 14) Ryan agreed and they began courting. At 18 they were married. Once in seminary their friend Henry met Jenny. Henry liked Jenny a lot, and she felt the same. After a lot of prayer and counseling from Ryan and Sarah (the now “well versed” and most “experienced” married couple they knew) Henry and Jenny got married right after college. Ryan becomes a youth pastor, Henry becomes a worship pastor, and Jenny becomes a missions’ pastor. All at the same church. Life is simple and perfect...according to Sarah. After years of making choices at such a young age, Ryan and Jenny begin questioning everything, including whether or not they married the right people. Things become…complicated. Feeling her husband drift away, but not sure why Sara tries desperately to keep things in control. Praying more, and pretending everything is fine.Things begin to fall apart below the surface, but above everything thrives. So it’s ok right? That’s part of being involved in ministries. Your life falls apart, but as long as you change the world, it’s all fine. As the veils become more and more torn and tattered, and true selves come to the surface, even Sara herself is revealed to have her own shameful secrets and hatreds. Especially for Jenny.Tickets are $10 in advance. S15 at the door.
WHAT: Metropolitan Suzuki Strings Fiddle Festival & Workshop WHEN: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24WHERE: Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building, St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. in CottlevilleCOST: $99CONTACT INFO: stchas.edu/learnforlife or 636-922-8233NEWS STORY FORMATMetropolitan Suzuki Strings Fiddle Festival & Workshop at SCC Feb. 24Celebrate Metropolitan Suzuki Strings’ tenth anniversary with a day of education at St. Charles Community College. SCC will host Metropolitan Suzuki Strings Fiddle Festival & Workshop from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building on the SCC campus in Cottleville. The workshop consists of one-hour classes with various artists and concludes with a closing concert. Enrollment is open to any violinist over five-years-old who has completed one or more years of study. Students don’t have to be Suzuki students to enroll, but enrollment is limited to 60 students. Enrollment for the workshop costs $99.The following classes will be taught at the workshop: Master Class with Eva Szekely, University of Missouri¬ – Columbia professor; Fiddle Tunes of the Lewis and Clark Expedition with John Williams, master fiddler; Performance Piece with Mary Sweetin, St. Charles Community College and Missouri Baptist University professor; and Blues and Improvisation with Billy Barnett.For more information or to enroll, contact 636-922-8233 or visit stchas.edu/learnforlife.
Blake Shelton brings his Country Music Freaks tour to Scottrade Center February 24 with Brett Eldredge and Carly Pearce and very special guest Trace Adkins!
Folk School jams are a great way to spend a weekend afternoon. Musicians of all skill levels come together to play and enjoy music under the guidance of a Folk School instructor. Jams are free and open to the public. Participants take turns leading songs and choosing tunes. These informal gatherings are a great way to get back to the basics and simply enjoy playing. Join in!
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In a program inspired by the installation in the Museum’s Bernoudy Permanent Collection Gallery, members of the St. Louis Symphony will perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Philip Glass, reflecting the leitmotifs of real, radical, and psychological as they reflect historically on artworks from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. In partnership with the Department of Music in the Arts & Sciences, part of the St. Louis Symphony Community Partnership Symphony in Your College program.
Presented by the Medical Arts Series
Dr. Anne Spoerry treated hundreds of thousands of people across rural Kenya over the span of 50 years. A member of the renowned Flying Doctors Service, the French-born Spoerry earned the cherished nickname, "Mama Daktari"—"Mother Doctor.” Now, in the first comprehensive account of her life, Dr. Spoerry's revered selflessness gives way to a past marked by rebellion, submission, and personal decisions that earned her another nickname—this one sinister—working as a "doctor" in a Nazi concentration camp. “In Full Flight” explores the question of whether it is possible to rewrite one's troubled past simply by doing good in the present.
Donavon Frankenreiter’s new album, “The Heart,” officially marks the start of the singer-songwriter’s second decade as a solo recording artist. It’s been over ten years since the release of his self-titled debut, and in that time he has grown, not only as a musician, but also as a man. He’s raising a family and nurturing two creative careers-one onstage, one in the waves-but on top of all that, he’s still learning what makes him tick. And so, naturally, he named his album after his ticker. “All these songs are as close to me singing from the heart as I can,” says Frankenreiter. “It’s a complete record; the songs are intertwined. I had to call it ‘The Heart,’ that was the theme of the record.” The songs here are seriously sentimental, without question the heaviest material he has released to date. Part of that inspiration came from his co-writer, the prolific songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips, with whom Frankenreiter had collaborated in the past on his album “Pass It Around.” He recognized the ease with which the two worked together and sent Phillips a handful of new tunes and ideas. He was astonished at the brilliance of the songs that came back, and so quickly, but also by one of Phillips’ suggestions in particular. “Grant told me, ‘You should make the most intimate and honest record you’ve ever made,'” says Frankenreiter. “So these songs are simple and intimate and honest, they aren’t cheeky. There’s some ups and downs-I love writing positive songs and happy tunes, but there are some downers here. I feel like it’s where I’m at, 42 years old. Every one of these songs means a lot to me. They’re from the heart.”
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