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Free: Missouri History Museum To Present Play About St. Louis's Founding Mother

Marie Therese Chouteau

Marie Therese Chouteau

“Veuve Chouteau,” a play about Marie Therese Chouteau, the founding mother of St. Louis continues at the Missouri History Museum at 2 p.m. Tuesdays through January and February. The next performance wil be on Feb. 3, 2015, in the MacDermott Grand Hall.

She was the mother of Auguste Chouteau, the 14-year old who organized the clearing of the land and construction of the first two buildings in what was to become St. Louis. Marie Therese Chouteau later moved to the city with the four young children she and Pierre Laclede, the businessman who selected the city’s site, had together. She had been abandoned by her husband.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.



World Bird Sanctuary Offers Free 'Keeper Talks' Saturday, Sunday

Keeper Talks at World Bird Sanctuary

Learn more about birds like where they come from and what they eat at a Keeper Talk at the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park this weekend. The keepers give the “talk” each Saturday and Sunday as they do the morning feedings.

Keeper talks and parking are FREE as is admission to the World Bird Sanctuary. Meet at 9 a.m. opposite the wildlife hospital.

The Sanctuary is near the intersection of Interstate 44 and Route 141 in Valley Park just west of St. Louis. It’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m; closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission and parking are free.

The attraction features live displays of bald eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, vultures, parrots and reptiles and free seasonal shows, nature trails, educational programs and picnic pavilions.



FREE: AAA To Host Travel Show At Kemp Auto Museum

AAA Travel ShowFind out what’s new in cruises and tours at the AA Travel Marketplace from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31 at the  Kemp Auto Museum. The event is FREE and open to AAA members and non-members alike. Attendees will receive a FREE gift from AAA. 

AAA travel agents will be on hand offering  showtime booking offers with major savings on popular land and cruise vacations.   The show is offering big savings and a special bonus with every booking.

Participants will also be able to attend seminars from AAA’s preferred travel partners.

Participating travel providers include:

    • Pleasant Holidays®
    • Trafalgar®
    • Azamara Club Cruises®
    • Alexander + Roberts
    • Celebrity Cruises®
    • AAA Member Choice Vacations®
    • Holland America Line®
    • Insight Vacations®
    • Rocky Mountaineer®
    • Royal Caribbean International®
    • Uniworld® Boutique River Cruise Collection®
    • And many more

Kemp Auto Museum is located at 16955 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, MO in west St. Louis County.


Orchid Show At Missouri Botanical Garden

Missouri Botanical Garden's annual Orchid ShowNeed a mid-winter pick-me-up? Plan a visit to the Missouri Botanical Garden where its annual Orchid Show kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 31. It runs through March 22.  The Garden is at  4344 Shaw Blvd., south St. Louis. Tickets are $5 (age 2 and under, free) in addition to regular Garden admission ($8 adults; $4 St. Louis City/County residents; free children ages 12 and younger).

View orchid flowers and their amazing pollinators as you stroll through a lush display to discover hundreds of rarely seen orchids from the Garden’s collection Victorian gazebo, pollinators of all shapes and sizes, and hundreds of orchids.
Grodske's Gold

According to a Garden press release: “At every turn, orchids burst from the landscape with bright, bold colors. Approximately 500 orchids are on display at any one time, including CattleyaLaeliaEncycliaOncidium and Paphiopedilumalong with many other varieties. Spanning a wide range of sizes, colors and scents, these orchids are displayed as they would be found in their natural habitats, with terrestrial orchids at ground level and epiphytic orchids suspended atop tree branches. Hundreds of other tropical plants and ferns help set the verdant scene.

“Orchids have specific relationships with their particular pollinators and conservators fear the loss of the pollinator will likely result in the loss of the orchid in the wild. As a result, many orchid conservation projects also focus on the conservation of their pollinators.

“Early study of orchid flowers revealed their complexity in form and specialized mechanisms for attracting insect pollinators. Charles Darwin was one of the first scientists to observe the pollination of orchid flowers by insects and speculated that many flowers resemble insect pollinators.  He suggested that pollinators are attracted to the flowers because of this similarity.  Since pollinators can be very scarce, orchids must have some way to attract animals inside their flowers and the flowers must remain open long enough for a pollinator to find it. Therefore, conservation of orchid species must also include steps to protect their specific pollinators.

“Throughout the year, Missouri Botanical Garden horticulturists care for the collection behind the scenes in the private greenhouse range. Temperatures inside greenhouses are manipulated to force the winter bloom of as many plants as possible for the annual Orchid Show. Orchids are grouped by watering needs and different fertilizers are used depending on the season. Spent blooms are replaced with new ones on a daily basis, shifting the look and landscape of the show throughout its run.

“After visiting the 2015 Orchid Show in Orthwein Hall, visit Monsanto Hall located on the second floor of the Ridgway Center, where contemporary American painter and founder of the “Orchid Alliance Project – Bridging Art and Science,” Patricia Laspino will be showing recent paintings in a solo exhibition entitled “Orchids in the Realm of the Sublime.” Laspino’s provocative large scale oil paintings will highlight orchiOrchid Sprayds found in some of the 35 countries and six continents where the Garden is actively engaged in research. The artist will unveil two new paintings created specifically for the Garden representing orchid species found in South Africa and Madagascar.”

“The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.

“The Missouri Botanical Garden focuses its work on areas that are rich in biodiversity yet threatened by habitat destruction, and operates the world’s most active research and training programs in tropical botany. Garden scientists collaborate with local institutions, schools and indigenous peoples to understand plants, create awareness, offer alternatives and craft conservation strategies. The Missouri Botanical Garden is striving for a world that can sustain us without sacrificing prosperity for future generations, a world where people share a commitment to managing biological diversity for the common benefit.”

George Perris At The Touhill

George PerrisGreek singer George Perris will perform at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, One University Blvd. on the University of Missouri St. Louis campus. His appearance is sponsored by the UMSL International Studies and Programs. Tickets are $10; students and youth, $10; seniors, $18.

Perris’s appearance is an E3! performance. Concert-goers should arrive 50 minutes early for a pre-show discussion. There will also be a reception in the lobby after the performance.

Perris was born in Athens in 1983 to a Greek father and a French mother. At a very early age, Perris decided he wanted to become a singer and began studying the piano. He pursued his studies in Greek Literature at the University of Athens.

Shortly thereafter, his first Greek album was released by EMI. In the years that followed, Perris released 2 more Greek albums with Sony Music and Heaven Music, and a French album in Canada with Select Records.

Perris has performed at some of the most prestigious concert halls around the world [Symphony Hall, Boston; Place des Arts, Montreal; Le Zenith, Paris; Herod Atticus Theatre, Athens; Lincoln Center, New York; Symphony Hall, Kiev; Kurucesme Arena, Istanbul] and with some of the most respected and acclaimed international artists [Lara Fabian, Lucio Dalla, Justin Hayward, Mario Frangoulis, Madeleine Peyroux, Deborah Myers, Stephan Moccio and Alkistis Protopsalti].

Perris came to North America last year for the release of his first English language album, “Picture This.” This debut album was recorded in LA, NYC, London, Montreal, Prague and Athens. George collaborated with producers such as Mark Portmann (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion), Marco Marinangeli (Josh Groban, Il Divo) and Simon Hale (Bjork, Tina Arena). The album includes 13 tracks, 3 of which have been written by George, as well as the participation of the Prague Symphony Orchestra. In addition, his show “George Perris Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center” filmed live in the prestigious Allen Room of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York will be broadcast throughout the spring of 2014 on major cable networks such as The Ovation Channel and Comcast.

Perris’ cause is the Horatio Alger Association; an association that offers scholarships to young students facing great adversity in their lives. He is their International Ambassador and takes part in many HAA events in support of their mission.

“Music, for me, is like a beautiful rainbow with many colors… it knows no nationalities, no frontiers. Because music has its own language: the language of love, of freedom, but above all, of hope,” Perris said.

Circus Harmony Presents 'Giubilante' At City Museum

Circus Harmony's Giubilante/Circus Harmony presents “Giubilante,” a circus garden party for their annual confluence of music and circus arts this weekend at City Museum.

The event features 27 phenomenal flying children in 14 new acts accompanied by the marvelous musicians in the 7 piece Circus Harmony Band under the direction of Adam Rugo.

“Giubilante” takes place at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1 at City Museum, 750 N. 16th St., St. Louis. Tickets are $20

St. Louis RV Show Continues At America's Center

The 2012 St. Louis RV Vacation and Travel Show opens at America’s Center in downtown St. Louis today when seniors get a discount.

The show brings together a huge collection of motorhomes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, vans, pop-up campers and truck campers together under one roof for attendees to explore. Vendors will also showcase campgrounds, resorts and travel destinations. RV products and services will be sold.

Special presentations include one on “Outdoor Gourmet Cooking” by Marty Koch and another on “Traveling With Your Dog” with Shannon Mayfield.

John Holod will return with his “Roads To Adventure Films.”  His programs will cover the Rocky Mountains, Alaska, Route 66, Northeast Coast to Newfoundland and the Southeast Coast and the Gulf.  You can see the entire schedule. 

Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for children 6-12 years and free for children five and under. Seniors (60 years and older) get a discount on Friday  when they will be admitted for $6.  You can spend the whole day at the show for one cheap price.

Soulard Mardi Gras Continues With Wine, Beer & Whiskey Taste, Cajun Cook-Off

Soulard Mardi GrasSoulard Mardi Gras  continues this weekend with the Mardi Gras Wine, Beer & Whiskey Taste at 7 p.m. today at the Bud Light Party Centre in Soulard Market Park and the Luminere Place Cajun Cook-Off  also at the Bud Light Party Centre in Soulard Market Park from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets for the Taste are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Tickets for the Cook-Off are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

Between now and Fat Tuesday Soulard, Mardi Gras features more than a dozen events–and many of them are FREE!

Other upcoming Soulard Mardi Gras events include:

Check out all the Soulard Mardi Gras events.

Missouri History Museum To Show Documentary On East St. Louis

East St. Louis signThe Missouri History Museum will present “Against All Odds,” an hour-long documentary about the history of East St. Louis at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. The documentary will be shown in the Lee Auditorium.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

Missouri History Museum Presents Play About African Americans In St. Louis

The Missouri History Museum will present a play about St. Louis African Americans in the 20th Century at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. The play will be presented in the Lee Auditorium.

The play will explore local African-American history through music, dance and story. It is based on a book of oral histories –– “Lift Every Voice and Sing” –– by Doris Wesley, manuscript specialist at the Western Historical Manuscript Collection at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.