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 6th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Call for Entries – ends November 20

– Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation (FPACF) is pleased to announce the 6th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition in the spring of 2016.  Online registration to enter is now open for all high school students in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.  There are no fees to participate.  The event will follow a competition format with students vying for scholarships, special awards, prizes and the opportunity to compete in the finals on The Fabulous Fox Theatre stage on Saturday, April 23, 2016.  This event showcases the most talented teens in our region who excel in the performing arts. More than 180 senior high schools and performing arts organizations in the St. Louis metro area received details about the 6th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition. The call for entries deadline is November 20, 2015. Contestants must be enrolled in the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the 2015-2016 school year and must attend a high school/home school within a 50-mile radius from the Arch.




Lamar Harris: Nina Reloaded – with Anita Jackson, October 28-29, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Ferring Jazz Bistro (Jazz St. Louis is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization

3536 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103

$15; $10 Students  

An icon of American music, Nina Simone was the consummate musical storyteller who used her remarkable talent to create a legacy of liberation, empowerment, passion, and love. Join Lamar Harris for a modern spin on Simone’s music, featuring vocalist Anita Jackson.



Houston Person Quartet, October 30-31, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Ferring Jazz Bistro (Jazz St. Louis is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization

3536 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103

$35; $10 Students 

One of St. Louis’s favorites and a giant of soul and groove based jazz, Houston Person’s velvet-toned saxophone has enamored jazz lovers since the 1960’s. Throughout his prolific career, Person has remained a symbol of constant swing and good times. As Person puts it, he wants to give people “good solid melodies with some improvisation and plenty of blues feel.” Swing…and soul…PERSON-ified!




 37th Annual Jewish Book Festival - November 1-15

Jewish Community Center/Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Dr 63146 314-442-3299

The 37th Annual Jewish Book Festival will feature 3 Keynote Events this year: October 13 (Anita Diamant, author ofThe Boston Girl and The Red Tent & Wash U grad), October 22 (Ben Bernanke, author of The Courage to Act-this info embargoed until Aug 10) and November 1 (Dennis Ross, author of Doomed to Succeed: The U.S. –Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama).  Authors, event and activities cover sports, popular fiction, politics, women’s issues, travel, economics, space, cooking, music, dance and more! A full schedule of activities will be available online by September 1.



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Dave Dickey Big Band, November 1, 6:00pm

Ferring Jazz Bistro (Jazz St. Louis is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization

3536 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103

$20; $10 Students 

The Dave Dickey Big Band features 18 of the top jazz musicians from St. Louis, Edwardsville, Columbia, Springfield, and Champaign, Illinois. Many of the band members are also top music and jazz educators teaching at schools such as SIUE, Mizzou, UMSL, Webster, Southwest Missouri State University, Lindenwood, St Charles Community College, University of Illinois, and public schools in the area. The Dave Dickey Big Band features music by big band greats like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones / Mel Lewis, and many others. The band also performs music of contemporary composers, including original compositions and arrangements from members in the band.




Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Jazz Band, November 4-7, 7:30pm & 9:00pm

Ferring Jazz Bistro (Jazz St. Louis is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization

3536 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103

$40; $10 Students  

If music were about pictures, percussionist Poncho Sanchez’s music would best be described as a kaleidoscopic swirl of some of the hottest colors and brightest lights to emerge from either side of the border. At any given show, fragments of Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa, and other infectious grooves collide and churn in a fiery swirl, with results that are no less than dazzling. Sanchez grew up in a suburb of LA, where he was raised on an unusual cross section of sounds that included straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz, and American soul. Whatever the genre, the mesmerizing array of sounds and colors from Sanchez’s youth have telegraphed across the decades and continue to inform his creative sensibilities to this day. His over 20-year relationship with Concord Records has yielded two dozen recordings, a Grammy Award, and several Grammy nominations.



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24th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival - November 5-15

Multiple locations in the metro area

Tickets: Free - $15

Among the highlights of this year’s Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF), held Nov. 5-15, is a trio of programs featuring actor/writer/director Alex Winter, a former St. Louisan who receives the fest’s annual Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award. Winter’s documentary “Deep Web” kicks off SLIFF on Nov. 5, and he’ll also accompany screenings of “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (on Nov. 6) and “Downloaded” (on Nov. 7).  The fest extends well beyond Winter, of course: SLIFF has films for all seasons and every taste. The 24th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival will screen an unprecedented 447 films: 97 narrative features, 86 documentary features, and 264 shorts. The fest also will feature seven special-event programs, including two free master classes and the closing-night party, and 67 free programs. This year’s SLIFF has 270 screenings/programs, with 70 countries represented.   The fest will host more than 125 filmmakers and related guests, including honorees Winter (Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award), Trent Harris (Contemporary Cinema Award), and Rosemary Rodriguez (Women in Film Award).



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St. Louis Symphony “Time to Tango” – November 8, 5:30pm

560 Music Center, The Delmar Loop


Enjoy an evening celebrating more than 10 years of partnership with the St. Louis Symphony. This year’s concert features Cortango Orquesta, an ensemble that performs tango with a symphonic twist. Join us early for a beginner group tango lesson. No RSVPs necessary.



Voices for the MS Cure:  Charles Glen & Joe Mancuso, November 8, 6:00pm

Ferring Jazz Bistro (Jazz St. Louis is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization

3536 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103


Voices for the MS Cure is a Multiple Sclerosis benefit for the Gateway Chapter; an extension of Voices of St. Louis started by Joe Mancuso and Charles Glenn, who lives with MS.Renowned and award-winning male vocalists, Charles Glenn and Joe Mancuso are highly regarded as virtuoso jazz artists.  Both have earned critical and popular acclaim for their interpretations — Glenn for his unforgettable groove, range, and scatting; Mancuso for his powerful, dynamic syncopation, and swing.

National anthem singer for the St. Louis Blues, Charles Glenn has been a member of the Grammy-Award winning group The Fifth Dimension. The son of an accomplished opera singer, he continues to accumulate honors including an Emmy for KETCs “You Deserve 9,” the Judy Award for “Passing Strange,” and a large prize on NBC’s singing competition “The Winner Is.”  He just returned from a gospel festival abroad, and has opened for Dave Koz, Kenny Loggins, Josh Stone, Smokey Robinson and more.Joe Mancuso has proven himself one of the most impressive overall musicians in St. Louis, receiving awards for Best Album 2014, Best Musical Act 2014, and Best Vocalist 2012 by the Riverfront Times (RFT) with multiple festival performances to his credit [Mel Bay Jazz Festival, Whitaker Music Festival, U City Jazz Festival, Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival].  His sophomore CD is due for release soon, and he performs well over 100 shows each year.


SIUE Concert & Alumni Jazz Bands, November 10, 7:30pm

Ferring Jazz Bistro (Jazz St. Louis is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization

3536 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103

$15; $10 Students   

The St. Louis area is home to many great university jazz programs. The Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville jazz department, now under the leadership of guitarist Rick Haydon, consistently produces swingin’ musicians. For this big band showcase, both the student Concert Jazz Band and a special, newly-formed SIUE Alumni Jazz Band will perform your favorite charts from Basie, Ellington, and beyond.



Something Wonderful:  Karin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein, November 11-12, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Ferring Jazz Bistro (Jazz St. Louis is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization

3536 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103

$35; $10 Students  

Four-time Grammy nominee Karrin Allyson recently went back to the recording studio for an intimate look at the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. “I’ve been all around the world musically, from bop and bossa…to blues and singer-songwriters. I find myself powerfully drawn to the world of Rodgers and Hammerstein.” The tunes, with their gorgeous melodies and near perfect lyrics, are music that begs to be sung.



Tommy Halloran’s Guerrilla Swing, November 13-14, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Ferring Jazz Bistro (Jazz St. Louis is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization

3536 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103

$20; $10 Students  

Vocalist and guitarist Tommy Halloran, equal parts Randy Newman and Tom Waits, is one of the hardest working musicians in St. Louis. His group Guerrilla Swing, consisting of Mark Wallace on upright bass, Kristian Baarsvik on saxophones, and Kevin Cheli on drums, pays homage to the great tradition that is jazz with a vintage swing sound, while simultaneously creating music that is relevant to our modern times. Guerrilla Swing was named the overall Best Band in St. Louis 2014 by the RFT and performs every Sunday for Brunch at the Bistro.



AARP in St. Louis Get out and Geocache on the Ten Toe Express – November 14, 8:45am

Shrewsbury MetroLink Station

7201 Lansdowne Ave, St. Louis, MO 63119

RSVP Required

Time: Arrive by 8:45 am

Length of Walk: Approximately 3 hours and 3 miles of walking

AARP in St. Louis adds a new dimension to the CMT Ten Toe Express with an opportunity to geocache (scavenger hunts based on your own iphones) with your grandchildren.  Meet at the Shrewsbury  Station on November 14 at 8:45 am.   The group will take the train to the Forest Park Station and make its way to the Missouri History Museum in search of a hidden cache. This walk has limited capacity.


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 Saint Louis Ballet - November 15, 3pm

Touhill Performing Arts Center – Lee Theatre

UMSL campus


Saint Louis Ballet joins the Jewish Book Festival for its fourth year, featuring several works from the company’s repertoire. Miriam Mahdaviani, a freelance choreographer, formerly with New York City Ballet, will make a special presentation of her masterwork “Mishpacha,” accompanied by the Klezmer music which makes for a rousing finale and audience favorite. The piece will include the entire Saint Louis Ballet Company. A question and answer opportunity with Ms. Mahdaviani and the dancers and director will conclude the program.