An authentic trolley with brass rails and bells and outfitted with modern padded seats and air conditioning glides through St. Louis’s historic neighborhoods as knowledgeable tour guides wax poetic about the city’s past and present. Guests gaze out of the trolley’s charming arched windows during the 23-mile ride, catching sight of a much larger arch standing sentry over downtown sites such as St. Louis Union Station and the Mississippi River. Tour guides fling droplets of wisdom like handfuls of rice at famished newlyweds, sharing anecdotes about historic Laclede’s Landing and Forest Park, the site of the 1904 World’s Fair, the first summer Olympic games held in the U.S., and the first forest.
The fully narrated tour departs and returns from Lumiere Place Casino on the riverfront. Tuesday and Thursday evenings, fearless tour goers can follow along a haunted walking tour that highlights some of the city's macabre past, including the St. Louis fire and the Bloody Island.
The classically focused Alexandra Ballet entertains audiences with a well-rounded dance diet ranging from contemporary original pieces to traditional masterworks. The company’s agile dancers have pirouetted their way to uproarious applause in past performances that include The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Peter and the Wolf. Since 2003, the company has enriched the community through its educational-outreach programs, which provide youngsters with free learning materials and ballet performances throughout the school year.
Every Thursday through Saturday night, two pro piano players sit down at Jive and Wail's two baby grand pianos and proceed to bang out Top 40 hits from a plethora of eras, including time that has not yet come to pass, though these future-songs cannot be heard by present-day ears. Audience participation is not only encouraged but demanded by the dueling pianists—who are not above threatening their audience with atonal jazz if no song requests are forthcoming. Once you've made your request, the bar's high-tech sound system makes sure you won't miss it while refreshing your tipple at the full-service bar.
It's hard to cut a rug properly. You have to measure room dimensions, don safety goggles, and use a proper pair of carpet shears. Today's side deal to Dance St. Louis lets you leave this labor of love to the professionals. For $25, you get one ticket (up to a $50 value) to a performance of the Moscow Festival Ballet at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri–St. Louis campus. Tickets are general admission, and seating in the orchestra and parterre sections will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. All tickets for all showtimes must be redeemed by phone or in person at the Dance St. Louis box office in Grand Center (open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday). Tickets must be redeemed before Thursday, April 22.
Touhill Performing Arts Center, One University Blvd.
In August of 2009, the five women who founded the St. Chux Derby Chix found themselves on the wrong side of the Missouri river. In search of a local roller derby league to join—but unwilling to drive or quantum leap over to St. Louis—the women decided to start their own league. Through word-of-mouth, the news spread quickly, and soon, female competitors from across the county were signing up. By December, the St. Chux Derby Chix were born. From young professionals and college students to moms with college-aged kids of their own, the Derby Chix roster steadily grew. So much so that they now have enough players to field two teams: the Pack in Black and Helles Belles. Both clubs compete at Matteson Square Garden, where fans of all ages are invited to kick back and watch the fast-paced action.
Elizabeth Birkenmeier, Scott McMaster, Jerry Vogel, and Jason Cannon bring Scotland playwright David Greig's sensual show to life for mature audiences. Set on a remote island off Scotland's coast and directed by Philip Boehm, the play explores three characters entangled in a web of sexual tension on the eve of World War II. The lyrical play is at once a keen exploration of human nature, a moving study of young emotion, and a powerful snapshot of a world teetering on the brink of cataclysm.