Chuck Lavazzi is the producer for the arts calendars and senior performing arts critic at 88.1 KDHX, the local correspondent for Cabaret Scenes magazine, the host of The Cabaret Project’s monthly open mic night at the Tavern of Fine Arts, and entirely to blame for the Stage Left blog at stageleft-stlouis.blogspot.com. He’s a member of the Music Critics Association of North America and the St. Louis Theater Circle.
Chuck has been acting, designing sound, and occasionally directing theatrical productions since roughly the Bronze Age. His one-man show Just a Song at Twilight: the Golden Age of Vaudeville, presented at the Missouri History Museum, was the opening production of the West End Players Guild’s 101st season. He has also appeared with Stray Dog, Metro Theatre Company, The Rep, Midwest Lyric Opera, St. Louis Actors’ Studio, St. Louis Shakespeare, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and even the St. Louis Symphony, where he narrated Peter and the Wolf. He and his lovely wife Sherry live in a house that’s older than both of them put together in the historic and utterly charming Soulard neighborhood.
For the next several months here in St. Louis—indeed, in every city with a major or minor league baseball team—there's one song that will be close to a second national anthem. It's "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," of course. Everybody knows the lyrics (or they think they do); but not very many know the song's history.
Here's your one stop shop for all St. Louis area theatre and cabaret events for the week of July 22, 2013. I try to make this as inclusive and accurate as possible, but if I left anything out or got anything wrong, please leave a comment and let me know!
When: Tonight at 8
Where: Tavern of the Fine Arts, 313 Belt
Why: "Wack-A-Doo." says the description at artszipper.com, "is a St. Louis based band performing "American Musette"; a high-powered mix of toe-tapping Vintage Swing, Folksy Americana and Speakeasy Syncopation. Their upbeat style is reminiscent of nostalgic eras; the Cafes of 1920s Europe, Prohibition, Juice Joints and the back-porch swing."
Who: Third Degree Glass Factory and Friends
What: Third Friday Party
When: Tonight from 6 to 10 PM
Where: Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar
This week: singing carnivorous plants, Japanese butterflies, a soulful wizard, and theatre festival the kicks LaBute. If you can find a better deal in a St. Louis theatre recommendation, bring it in and we'll undercoat it free. Or my name ain't Larry.
Looking for some cool music, food, and wine for a hot summer night? Well, have I got a deal for you!
If you live in Clayton, U. City, Kirkwood, Shrewsbury near south county, or the central part of St. Louis city, you might have noticed something up at 107.3 on your FM radio that hasn't been heard on FM analog radio in St. Louis for nearly three years: classical music, 24/7. You might also have noticed that the voices of the announcers are familiar, along with their programming approach. Yes, dear friends, the classical voice of KFUO (a.k.a. Classic 99) is back. Except that it's now the Radio Arts Foundation (RAF), it's at 107.3 rather than 99.1, and its operating at a power level usually associated with college rock stations—hence the limited coverage area.
Who: The Gateway Festival Orchestra
What: Music of the Tsars
When: Tonight at 7:30
Where: Brookings Quadrangle on the Washington University campus
Who: The Muny
What: Rodgers and Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC
When: Tonight and Sunday at 8:15