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Great Rivers Festival At Great Rivers Museum In Alton

Great Rivers Festival, Alton, IllinoisMusic, live animals and bird-house building will all be part of the fun at the Great Rivers Festival at the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton, Illinois this weekend.

The event takes place from noon to 9 p.m. at the Museum, 2 Lock and Dam Way in Alton.

On the MainStage:

  • Blues Handle Band, 2 p.m.
  • Hobo Jungle, 4:15 p.m.
  • Clockwork, 6:30 p.m.

The Festival will also include live animal shows:

  • World Bird Sanctuary LIVE Bird Show, noon
  • Serengeti Steve: The Reptile Experience, 1 p.m.

Family entertainment includes: 

  • Catch and release fishing pond
  • Archery
  • Eating aliens: Asian carp cooking demo
  • Sandbox creation ctation
  • Chalk art
  • Birdhouse building


FREE: Shakespeare Festival St. Louis In Forest Park

Antony & Cleopatra at Shakespeare Festival St. LouisThe 15th annual Shakespeare Festival St. Louis continues in Forest Park with the Bard’s Antony and Cleopatra. The FREE event runs nightly except Tuesdays through  June 14. The play and the green show is interpreted into American Sign Language on Thursday nights

Performances are 8 p.m. with pre-show activities at 6:30 p.m.  Concessions are available nightly, and communal dining with a four-course menu by Bixby’s, will be offered on select evenings.

Shirine Babb stars as Cleopatra with Jay Stratton as Mark Antony. Other cast members include Kari Ely, Gary Glasgow, Raina Karianne Houston, Ryan Alexander Jacobs, Alan Knoll, Bernell Lassai III, Matt Lytle, Conan McCarty, Jesse Emanuel Muñoz, Charles Pasternak, Reginald Pierre, Michael James Reed, Robert Riordan and Moses Villarama.

Here’s the synopsis of Antony and Cleopatra from the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis website:

Following the assassination of Julius Caesar and his defeat of Brutus and Cassius, Mark Antony becomes one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire, together with Octavius Caesar and Lepidus. In the course of overseeing the eastern half of the empire, he falls in love with Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, and settles in Alexandria.

He is compelled by his fellow triumvirs to return to Rome when the empire is threatened by the rebellion of Sextus Pompey, who attempts to revenge the defeat of his father by Julius Caesar.With his wife Fulvia recently deceased, Antony marries Octavius’ sister, Octavia, in an attempt to heal the rift between the two emperors. They make peace with Pompey. When Cleopatra hears about Antony’s marriage, she flies into a jealous rage, but is confident that Antony does not love Octavia. Antony goes to Athens, but when war breaks out between Caesar and Pompey, Antony sends Octavia back to Rome and returns to Egypt.Octavius Caesar defeats Pompey and, incensed with Antony’s recent behavior, declares war on both Antony and Cleopatra. When the Romans arrive, Antony is offered a choice of how to fight and, despite being renowned as the world’s greatest soldier, chooses to fight at sea. The Egyptian navy is inadequate, and when Cleopatra’s navy turns and flees, Antony follows them and Caesar defeats him.Antony despairs, blaming Cleopatra for leading him astray, but quickly forgives her. The couple sends messages to Caesar: Antony requests to be allowed to live in Egypt, while Cleopatra asks that her kingdom be passed down to her rightful heirs. Octavius dismisses Antony’s request, but agrees to grant Cleopatra’s if she will betray her lover. She seems to consider the offer, until Antony interrupts and rails at her disloyalty. He forgives her moments later, and resolves to return to battle.When Antony meets Caesar again at sea, the Egyptian fleet repeats their treachery, leaving him to a tragic downfall. Antony vows to kill Cleopatra, so she goes to her tomb and sends a message to Antony that she is already dead. Antony is devastated and decides to kill himself. He botches the suicide, wounding himself severely. His followers take him to Cleopatra’s tomb, where he dies in her arms.Cleopatra’s life is in tatters. Without Antony and at the mercy of Caesar, she resolves to commit suicide. She has someone bring her some poisonous snakes and incites them to bite her. Caesar arrives just after her death and orders that the two lovers be buried together.



IndiHop Unites The Grove And Cherokee Street In One Party

IndiHop 2015 in St. LouisCheck out two of St. Louis’ hippest neighborhoods–the Grove and Cherokee Street while sipping some awesome suds at 25 businesses at IndiHop 2015 Saturday, May 30, 2015.

For $25 participants can pick up an IndiHop tasting glass in either neighborhood and same up to 50 different local brews.

Live musicians, artists and street performers will be entertaining visitors as they go. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Six IndiHop shuttles, running from noon to 8 p.m., will transport participants from one neighborhood to another.

Toxic Material Disposal For St. Charles County Residents

Through Sept. 30 St. Charles residents can dispose of toxic household wastes not accepted in curbside recycling programs. Residents can bring the items to the Recycle Works Central location, 60 Triad Drive 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and the last Saturday of the month. A $10 fee for materials up to 50 pounds and an additional $1 for every pound over 50 pounds.

Accepted materials include oil-based paint (no latex paint), pesticides, automobile fluids and chemicals. For further information, click here.

Honey Vox To Perform At Twilight Tuesday Concert

Music symbolHoney Vox will perform at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in the Twlight Concert series. The event will occur on the north lawn of  the Missouri History Museum.

The museum offers a 25-minute preconcert tour about notable people and events in African-American history in St. Louis. The tour starts at 5 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson statue. If more than 25 people want to take a tour, the museum will conduct a second one at 5:30 p.m. Youth and family programs on the north lawn also are part of the event.

Make and Take Craft Activities and Outdoor Family Games will occur from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Balloon Art and Face Paiting will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The museum says people can bring picnic, snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages (but no glass bottles), blankets, lawn chairs, tables less than 36 inches-by-36 inches and dogs on leashes.

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

Free Family Fun At Missouri History Museum

Free family fun 2015The week starting June 1, 2015, will be one of free family fun at the Missouri History Museum.

Activities include:

• Hands-on arts and crafts related to object and themes of museum activities.

• Storytelling.

• Special guests.

Museum programs will be for individual families Monday, June 1, and Friday, June 5. Groups of eight or more must call 314-454-3114, the museum said. It said such groups may not be allowed to attend activities on Monday and Friday and may be asked to make reservations for Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 4.

From 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Monday and Friday, storytelling for children 2 to 5 years old will be in museum galleries. The museum also offers Bust a Rhyme where participants learn about ryming words and the sounds they make.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Children can drop in at any time for make-and-take craft activities.

On Tuesday, June 2, Circus Flora will make an appearance at 10:30 a.m. for a preview of its 2015 show One Summer on 2nd Street. The singer Celia will perform between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

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


A Walk In 1875 St. Louis Exhibit Spins Off Talk, Play

St. Louis 1875The Missouri History Museum exhibit  A Walk in 1875 St. Louis will spin off several events.

Andrew Wanko, the exhibit’s curator, will speak about it at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 2015, in the AT& T Foundation multipurpose room of the museum.

At least once a week starting on Tuesday, June 2, a play will explore the lives of touring actors, circuses and other performers at that time. All performances will start at 2 p.m. be in the MacDermott Grand Hall. Exceptions will be 11:30 a.m. starts on June 6 and 13.

The weekly performance dates are:

• June 2, 4 and 6.

• June 9, 11, and 13.

• June 16.

• June 23 and 25.

• June 30 and July 2.

• July 7 and 9.

• July 14 and 16.

• July 23.

• July 28 and 30.

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


Geneology Expert To Speak At Missouri History Museum

John Colletta, a geneology expert, will explain ways people can search for their ancestors at a talk at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, in the AT&T Foundation Multipurpose room in the Missouri History Museum.

The museum says Colletta will discuss how to use original records and published materials to find out about past family members.

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

Free: Maplewood Summer Concert Series At Ryan Hummert Memorial Park


Maplewood Summer Concert Series

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The Maplewood Summer Concert Series begins this Wednesday with Power Play performing at 6 p.m. at Ryan Hummert Park. The park is at Sutton Boulevard and Lyndover Place. Maplewood is a St. Louis suburb.

The concerts are held the fourth Wednesday of the month May through August.  Refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the concert.

Here are the concerts for the rest of the summer:

  • June 24: Boogie Chyld
  • July 22: The Jeremiah Johnson Band
  • Aug. 26: Clockwork with Bella & Lily (This is a Concert for a Cause Food Drive benefitting MRH School District’s “Weekend on Wheels” program.)
  • Sept. 23: Old Salt Union

The park is at Sutton Boulevard and Lyndover Place.

The concert series is presented by the Maplewood Community Betterment Foundation.

Check out the MCBF Facebook page for the latest updates on the Concert Series including cancellations due to weather.

Missouri History Museum To Show Movie About Plaszow Concentration Camp

Inheritance movie 1Inheritance,” a movie about the Plaszow concentration camp in Poland, will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in the Lee Auditorium of the Missouri History Museum.

The movie is the story of two women – one the daughter of the camp’s commander and the other a former enslaved prisoner – who seek closure years after World War II ends.

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