5 things to do in St. Louis this Weekend: 11/14-11/17

Photo courtesy of cinemastlouis.org.

Thursday, November 14-Sunday, November 24
22nd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival
330 films will be screened at various venues, including many award-winning features and shorts from around the globe. This year’s highlight is an appearance by Oscar-winning writer/director Oliver Stone, who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, talk about his career and then screen the director’s cut of “JFK” on Friday, Nov. 22 (the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination). SLIFF’s main venues are the Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium, Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium, the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville and KDHX in Grand Center. Individual tickets are $12 but some events have special pricing. http://www.cinemastlouis.org/about-festival

Thursday, November 14-Sunday, November 24
All Is Calm
This is the second weekend of Peter Rothstein’s a capella musical at Fontbonne University Fine Arts Theatre that showcases a historically factual event from World War I. On Christmas 1914, a group of Allied and German soldiers put down their weapons to gather in no man’s land to celebrate a peaceful holiday together that included Christmas carols, food and drink and even a soccer match. Performances run at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $25-$30. http://www.mustardseedtheatre.com/index.php/component/content/article?id=178

Friday, November 15
Locally Grown Literature at Schlafly Bottleworks
There’s several good reasons to attend this Friday night event. For one, admission is just $15, which gets you two Schlafly craft beers and readings from featured authors like Scott “Wichita Lineman” Phillips, William Stage, Robin Tidwell and Julie Dubray. But perhaps more importantly, this event is a fundraiser for the Book House, the popular independent bookstore that recently lost its Rock Hill home that it had resided in since 1986. The Book House is moving to a new spot in downtown Maplewood, but the building needs a lot of work done, which proceeds from this event will go toward. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/509671

Friday, November 15
Trace Adkins, The Christmas Show
Country music artist Trace Adkins is bringing his inaugural tour of The Christmas Show to the Effingham Performance Center. Adkins recently produced an album of Celtic Christmas carols titled “The King’s Gift.” This show is designed as a reverent theatrical and musical production for the whole family. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are running between $71-$86. http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/07004B14E749C229?brand=&tm_link=tm_homeA_g2&hot_ticket_brand=home

Friday, November 15-Sunday, November 17
MADCO: Uprising
MADCO, the modern dance group, is kicking off its season the Touhill Performing Arts Center with a collaboration with track and field legend Jackie Joyner Kersee. Kersee describes modern dance as the perfect artistic medium to represent athleticism due to its combination of power and grace. This show brings together classical dance training with the intensity and high energy of funk and hip hop. The show starts at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25. http://www.touhill.org/default.asp?touhill=51&objId=1169



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