Wednesday, November 25, 2009

AmerenUE Thanksgiving Day Parade--Nov 26

Head downtown for the Midwest’s best holiday parade featuring colorful floats, bands, storybook characters, carriages, equestrian units and Santa Claus!

The AmerenUE Thanksgiving Day Parade will wind through downtown St. Louis to kick off the holiday season starting at 8:45am. The two millionth Eagle Scout, Anthony Thomas will serve as the Honorary Grand Marshal. The parade begins at North 4th Street and Washington Avenue, proceeds South on North 4th Street to Market Street, continues West on Market Street and concludes at 14th Street.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Way of Lights--Nov 20

The Way of Lights at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine is one tradition that my family does every year. The kids love to see all of the lights and it presents a beautiful telling of the Christmas story. There are also lots of fun activities to do inside and out!

Drive through 1 1/2 miles of breathtaking displays of over one million lights which focuses on the birth of Christ, the one true light of the world. Through sparkling lights, electro-art sculptures and creative displays, the Shrine celebrates the birth of our Savior. There's a free petting zoo and choir performances many nights. In addition you can tour the Christmas tree room where there are many beautifully decorated Christmas trees with a theme of "Christmas through the years." There's also an interactive children's village where kids can make ornaments and watch puppet shows!

The Way of Lights is open from 5-10pm starting November 20 and ending January 3, 2010.

Macy's Holiday Festival of Lights--Nov 20

It's the start of the Christmas decorating season with Macy's Holiday Festival of Lights!

On November 20 at 6:30pm, Christmas lights are simultaneously turned on in downtown St. Louis and downtown Clayton for the official start of the holiday season. Special holiday activities starting at 4:30pm and a fireworks display after the lighting will be held at each location (Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis and Memorial Park in the St. Louis County Government Center in Clayton). Concluding the event in Kiener Plaza after the fireworks display will be a walking procession led by Santa up 7th Street to Macy's for the unveiling of the holiday windows.

Dale Chihuly exhibit--Nov 20-Jan 30

If you missed the most recent Chihuly exhibit, you now have the opportunity to catch it again! From November 20-January 30 the Duane Reed Gallery (4729 McPherson Ave., 63108) will be hosting a Chihuly exhibit showcasing his phenomenal glass sculptures. Admission to the gallery is free.

Chihuly’s distinctive glass sculpture is represented by over 180 international museums including the Louvre, MOMA, the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. His recent exhibition at the Kew Botanical Garden in London drew in 950,000 visitors. Chihuly’s popularity also has a special art historical resonance. His work owes much to the grand tradition of Renaissance era Venetian glass, yet his work squarely sits in the modern avant-garde. Critic Donald Kuspit commented that Chihuly, with an intention to transform and deepen consciousness, was able to 'find transcendence in the medium itself. He mythologizes glass into the ideal medium of expression'. In this visionary leap Chihuly’s rare ability to conceive of sculptural glass on a monumental scale revolutionized the medium.

For more information contact the Duane Reed Gallery at 314-361-4100.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

COCA Beginner Rhythm Tap Jam--Nov 15

Kids ages 6-12 will explore basic tap steps, vocabulary, tempo, and musicality. Students will learn the fundamentals of rhythm through imaginative rhythm games and patterns. Tap shoes provided (pending shoe size) by COCA.

The workshop will be held from 3-4pm.

For more information or to register, email For registration, include the names, addresses and birth dates of those attending.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

18th Annual St Louis International Film Festival--Nov 12-22

The 18th Annual St Louis International Film Festival will be held from Nov 12-22 at various theatres in the St Louis area. The festival features screenings of films, shorts, features, documentaries and independent features from all over the world, with special emphasis on American independents, world cinema and prize-winning short subjects. The festival has achieved an official designation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a sanctioned short subject qualification event.

While most of the St Louis International Film Festival screenings require paid tickets, there are several events and screenings that are free that might be of interest to film buffs out there.

The following events are free:

--"For the Love of Movies"/Film Criticism Seminar on Nov. 14 at Tivoli 3
--NFF Coffee With the Filmmakers on Nov. 15 at Tivoli 3
--"Ride With the Devil: Director's Cut" on Nov. 15 at Brown Hall
--Faruk Sabanovic Program on Nov. 17 at UM-St. Louis
--CinemaSpoke Reading: Broken Sinclair on Nov. 17 at Webster
--Edward Serotta Program on Nov. 18 at Fontbonne
--"Princess of Egypt" on Nov. 21 at Brown Hall
--"Tahaan" on Nov. 21 at Brown Hall
--"Egon & Donci" on Nov. 21 at Brown Hall
--"West of Pluto" on Nov. 21 at Brown Hall
--"The Hollywood Cartoon" on Nov. 21 at Brown Hall
--"Chops" on Nov. 22 at Webster
--Closing-Night Party and Award Presentation on Nov. 22 at the Moonrise Hotel