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Free: Summer Concerts At Brookings Quadrangle Of Washington University

Gateway Festival Orchestra 2014The next three Sundays will feature music in the Brookings Quadrangle of Washington University from the Gateway Festival Orchestra. The concert on July 13, 2014, will be Water Music, with flautist Shiori Tomatsu as soloist.

All concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. The quadrange is in the eastern end of the campus at the western city limits of St. Louis. It can be reached from Skinker and Forsyth boulevards and the Forest Park Parkway.

Other concerts are:

• July 20, Music of the Night will Soprano Stella Markou as soloist.

• July 27 Bright Lights of Broadway featuring soprano Jane Jennings and tenor Keith Boyer.

 

 

 

Residents Get Free Admission To Botanical Garden

Missouri Botanical Garden

Here’s a freebie if you’re a resident of St. Louis City or St. Louis County.

Those residents can get into Missouri Botanical Garden for free on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

You have to get there before noon. The deal is off if there is an event with a special admission fee. Garden hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is considered one of the top three botanical institutions in the world. 

Among other things, you will find there:

  • 17,500 live plant species on display
  • Education programs 
  • A 6.5-million plant specimen herbarium, one of the largest in the world
  • An English Woodland Garden with a meandering brook that flows from a pool in the northeast corner, under several limestone bridges and into the Japanese Garden lake by way of a waterfall
  • A 14-acre Japanese Garden, one of the largest in North America, representing “an evolution of centuries of tradition and a multiplicity of distinctly Japanese cultural influences”
  • The Climatron®, a giant greenhouse with more than 2,800 plants, including 1,400 different tropical species. It was the first geodesic dome to be used as a conservatory.

 

Fourth Of July Restaurant Deals In The St. Louis Area

Fourth fire crackerSome national restaurants are getting in the holiday spirit by offering deals on the Fourth of July.

Here are some that have St. Louis area locations:

Extended Hours At Science Center During Fair St. Louis

St. Louis Science CenterVisitors can enjoy an extended stay at the Saint Louis Science Center during Fair St. Louis.

The Science Center will be open until 11 p.m. July 3, 4 and 5, 2014.

Visitors can experience an OMNIMAX® Theater show, Dinosaurs in Motion special exhibition, James S. McDonnell Planetarium shows, public telescope viewing, and the traveling exhibit Rise Above.

The Saint Louis Science Center is located in Forest Park. Admission to the Science Center is FREE.

Free: Summer Concerts At Brookings Quadrangle Of Washington University

Gateway Festival Orchestra 2014The next four Sundays will feature music in the Brookings Quadrangle of Washington University from the Gateway Festival Orchestra. The first concert on July 6, 2014, Aire of Romance, will feature violinist Samantha Lord.

All concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. The quadrange is in the eastern end of the campus at the western city limits of St. Louis. It can be reached from Skinker and Forsyth boulevards and the Forest Park Parkway.

Other concerts are:

• July 13, Water Music, with flautist Shiori Tomatsu as soloist.

• July 20, Music of the Night will Soprano Stella Markou as soloist.

• July 27 Bright Lights of Broadway featuring soprano Jane Jennings and tenor Keith Boyer.

 

 

 

Galaxy Red To Perform At Saint Louis Zoo’s Jungle Boogie

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Galaxy RedThe FREE Jungle Boogie Friday night concert series at the Saint Louis Zoo continues this holiday weekend with a concert by Galaxy Red.

Galaxy Red performs variety and dance music. The band’s website says: “GalaxyRed is one of a kind in the music industry. Combining the live music of long-time St. Louis favorite the Galaxy Band with St. Louis’ legendary DJ Crucial gives the audience an experience like they have never known.”

The website also says:  “. . . Galaxy Band and DJ Crucial to play TOGETHER and independent of one another to provide four hours of seamless, non-stop music ranging from the 1950′s to the edgy R&B and Hip Hop sounds of today and everything in between.”

Concerts are performed from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Schnuck Family Plaza in the center of the Zoo.

The series presents a variety of music–rhythm-and-blues, pop, rock, jazz and more–among the animals through August 29.

As always, admission to the zoo is free.

Check out the Jungle Boogie schedule for the rest of the season:

  • July 11 — American Idle (Country/Pop/Variety)
  • July 18 — Pennsylvania Slim (Blues & Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll)
  • July 25 — The VCRs (’90s covers)
  • August 1 — Mood Swings (’80s covers)
  • August 8 — Coco Soul (Disco)
  • August 15 — Griffin and the Gargoyles (Variety/Dance)
  • August 22 — Ticket To The Beatles (Beatles covers)
  • August 29 — FatPocket (Funk)

America Chevy Dealers spsonors Jungle Boogie.

Thanks to Prairie Farms the zoo will have extended hours on the weekends this summer. Starting Friday, May 23 through September 1, the Zoo is open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during Prairie Farms Summer Zoo Weekends. Weekday summer hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.Independence Day weekend, July 3-6; and Labor Day, Sept. 1, the Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission to the Saint Louis Zoo, located in Forest Park, is FREE.

 

 

 

St. Louis’ FREE Fourth of July Celebration Moves To Forest Park

Fair St. LouisFair St. Louis,  St. Louis’  Fourth of July celebration, continues this year at a new location–Forest Park. The fair is also known at  “America’s Biggest Birthday Party,”

As in the past, it’s a three-day FREE event beginning on Thursday, July 3, 2014 and running through Saturday, July 5.

The fair has a powerhouse entertainment line-up that includes singer Bonnie Raitt and high wire act the Flying Wallendas.

The line-up also includes country duo Thompson Square, pop divas En Vogue and rock legends the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Thompson Square, En Vogue and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, The Band Perry, The Fray, Matt Nathanson, Gavin DeGraw, Mary Lambert, Musiq Soulchild, Capital Cities and The Neighbourhood.

The Flying Wallendas will perform nightly with Tino Wallenda performing spectacular evening and nighttime skywalks high above the Grand Basin.

Check out the entire fair entertainment schedule.

Each night caps off with a spectacular fireworks display at 10 p.m.

See the fair’s website for maps and information on parking.

 

Free: Yoga Under The Arch On Saturday

Yoga Under The ArchStop by the grounds of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Gateway Arch) in downtown St. Louis for Yoga Under The Arch  at 9 a.m., on Saturdays this summer.  Instructors from the South City YMCA will lead the sessions.

The last date of Yoga Under The Arch will be determined by the ArchCityRiver project construction schedule.

The program is free. However, reservations are required. If you make a reservation online, you will get a pass to park for free at the Arch parking garage.

Check out the park’s Facebook page if the weather is inclement.

Free Admission To Botanical Garden For Residents Wednesday And Saturday Mornings

Missouri Botanical Garden

Planning your weekend? If you’re a resident of St. Louis City or St. Louis County, you can get into Missouri Botanical Garden for free.

Residents of St. Louis and St. Louis County get free admission to the Garden on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

You have to get there before noon. The deal is off if there is an event with a special admission fee. Garden hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

 

Free: Misssouri History Museum To Show ‘America From The Ground Up’ Film Series

America From the Ground Up“America: From the Ground Up,” a series of six films of Monty Dobson, archaeologist and filmmaker, will be shown in Sundays and Mondays in June at the Missouri History Museum. The Sunday sessions begin at 1 p.m. and the Monday ones at 10:30 a.m. All are in the AT&T Foundation Multipurpose room. Dobson will answer questions after the films run.

The third Sunday session is on June 29, 2014. It features “Science of Archaeology” and “War of 1812.”

The last Monday session is on June 30, featuring  “American Revolution,” “Science of Archaeology” and “War of 1812.”

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