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SATURDAY

Chava Alberstein

8:30 p.m. at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard, 314-534-1111.
Alberstein, one of the great Israeli folk singers, has a voice for the ages and has been compared to Joni Mitchell. She can be heard at her best on the classic 1998 album "The Well," on which she collaborated with the New York-based Klezmatics. $33-38.

SUNDAY

Little Milton and Barbara Carr

8 p.m. at the Ambassador, 114 Northland Shopping Center, 314-534-1111.
Guitarist Little Milton and vocalist Carr know what the blues are all about. Opening for them is another singer, Coultrain. $25.

MONDAY

"Through the Eyes of a Child: Growing Up Black in St. Louis, 1940-1990"

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays) at the Missouri History Museum, Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park, 314-746-4599.
This exhibit of historic recordings, photos and other artifacts regarding four African-American communities continues through February 2004. Free.

TUESDAY

Tim McGraw
7:30 p.m. at Savvis Center, 1401 Clark Avenue, 314-241-1888.
Faith Hill's husband is a popular country artist in his own right. If you only know him from "Indian Outlaw," here's a chance to hear some of his other stuff. $39.75-$59.75.

WEDNESDAY

"Pippin"
8 p.m. through April 12 near the Brookings Quadrangle at Washington University, 314-935-7281.
The All Student Theatre presents composer Stephen Schwartz's musical about a young man's quest to discover the meaning of life as part of the SchwartzBurst festival of his works. $5.

THURSDAY, 4/10

The Station with Perpetual Groove and Madahoochi
At Off Broadway
314-773-3363
$5 at door; 2 for $7 advance

FRIDAY, 4/11

Stuttgart Ballet
At the Fox Theatre April 11 and 12
314-534-1111
$27-$65

SATURDAY, 4/12

Jane Monheit
At the Sheldon Concert Hall
314-534-1111
$35-$40

Music


The Vines

The Vines, with the Music, at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard. $17.50. 314-726-6161.
Let's hope you haven't had your fill of all the "The" bands — the recent garage-rock sensations such as the Vines, the Hives, the Strokes and the White Stripes. The "The" groups are launching a musical assault on 2003, with the White Stripes returning this week with a new CD and the Vines currently on tour, swinging through The Pageant this weekend.

Mary Stallings

Mary Stallings at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard. $25-$40. 314-289-7523.
MAXJAZZ Records, whose founder, Rich McDonnell, is from Webster Groves, has always done a good job introducing the jazz world to burgeoning talent, including Rene Marie, Carla Cook and Mary Stallings. San Francisco native Stallings joined the MAXJAZZ roster with her "Live at the Village Vanguard" CD. "This is the right time for me to be singing these songs," she said. "I pick songs that feel delicious to me, songs that I relate to at the time, songs that I love. That's what you'll find here." She'll be joined by St. Louis musicians Reggie Thomas (piano), Jeffrey Anderson (bass) and Jerome "Scrooge" Harris (drums) at her St. Louis show, which benefits Community Women Against Hardship (CWAH).

Rock 'n' Roll Auction

Rock 'n' Roll Auction/UMB Bank Pavilion Season Preview Party at 5:30 p.m. Monday at The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard. $5. 314-989-3277.
Every spring, music fans look forward to the concert announcements from UMB Bank Pavilion, letting them know where much of their summer concert money will go. Fans also look forward to the annual Rock 'n' Roll Auction, featuring items from acts that have passed through UMB and The Pageant the previous year. This year, the two events will be combined into one big party. No clues are allowed on what acts will be announced Monday night at The Pageant, but we know it'll be top talent, so no one should leave disappointed. You also don't have to leave empty-handed, as a number of autographed rock odds-and-ends are available to the highest bidder. Items come from dozens of artists, including Eminem, Alicia Keys, Kid Rock, Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige, Alan Jackson, Cher, Creed and Pink. Auction money benefits Clear Channel's Kids Alive Music Program.

Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Savvis Center, 1401 Clark Avenue. $39.75-$59.75. 314-241-1888.
Now that Garth Brooks clearly isn't happening anymore, Tim McGraw has emerged as country music's top male singer. And with genuine talent, a reverence for rock that runs as deep as his feelings for country, a good-natured persona, rugged sex appeal, hits and awards that stretch for days and a superstar wife in Faith Hill, there's no better candidate. His latest CD is "Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors," a release the singer recorded with his touring band, which bucks the trend of recording with Nashville session players. McGraw said, "I see this record as a step toward getting me on the path that I want to be on musically — making great records as a band and then being able to go out and play the same stuff that we played on the records."

Fine Arts

Local lookers -- Ken Konchel & Bob Reuter Photo Exhibition.  Apr 4 - May 1

Photo exhibit "Environments" opens with a reception from 5-9 p.m. Friday at Gallery Urbis Orbis, 1409 Washington Avenue. 314-406-5778.
Photographer Ken Konchel has made a name for himself by deftly aiming his camera at St. Louis architecture. Whether shooting something as iconic as the Civil Courts Building or as abstractly unfamiliar as a parking garage, Konchel always manages to make his subjects his own. Fellow local photog Bob Reuter comes from a different angle, his focus usually on the interesting people he ecounters. This time out, however, he employs his physical surroundings as muse. In "Environments," an exhibit at the newly opened Gallery Urbis Orbis, the two artists are brought together for a show that will surely illustrate that the St. Louis landscape is, ultimately, in the eye of the beholder. Most definitely, this is a pairing to catch. The gallery is open noon to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and by appointment.

"Party" time

The West End Players Guild presents "A Perfect Party" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through April 11-13, Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 North Union Avenue. $10. 314-367-0025.
Chicago's North Side has David Mamet; Pittsburgh's Hill District has August Wilson. But who speaks for Darien, Conn., for Philadelphia's Main Line, for Atlanta's Buckhead — for the enclaves of WASP sensibility whose names alone still conjure fortunes clipped from coupons, drinks before dinner and a vaguely disquieting suspicion that, just below the surface, things may not be as tranquil as they seem. Welcome to the world of A.R. Gurney, the prolific playwright who has made a career — and plenty of good theater — out of America's more-or-less upper class.
Over four-plus decades, in plays that include "The Snow Ball," "The Dining Room," "Scenes from American Life" and "Sylvia," Gurney developed his own school of drama, one that discovered real people, real laughter and, sometimes, real tears, among men and women who had previously appeared on stage chiefly as a foil for more "authentic," less privileged characters. Speaking for Gurney's many admirers, critic Gerald Weales has praised the playwright's "ability to create individual characters within a milieu that might otherwise seem as homogenous as white bread."
This weekend, the West End Players Guild — St. Louis' longest-running community theater — ventures into Gurney territory with "A Perfect Party," a comedy directed by B. Weller. The play centers on a host planning so spectacular an evening that he includes on his guest list a critic for The New York Times, hoping the invitation will result in an actual party review.

Mashiko pottery

Lecture and opening reception for exhibit "Two Mashiko Potters: Masayuki Miyajima and Darice Veri" at 7 p.m. Friday in Steinberg Hall, Washington University, near intersection of Skinker and Forsyth boulevards. 314-935-8772.
First produced in the mid-19th century, Mashiko pottery (from the Japanese town of that name) is internationally known for its distinctive melding of practical utility and fine art. Two of the modern-day masters of the Mashiko craft, the husband-and-wife team of Masayuki Miyajima and Darice Veri, speak about their work and its history Friday evening as the kickoff of several Mashiko-related events, including an exhibit that runs through April 20 and two workshops to be held on April 16. All events are free and open to the public. For workshop information, call 314-935-8400.

Isn't it romantic?

Michael Feinstein, 8:15 p.m. Friday, Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard. $45-$55 (plus MetroTix charges). 314-534-1111.
The Sheldon's 2003 Gala features renowned pianist-vocalist Michael Feinstein performing in "An Evening in New York, Isn't It Romantic." Feinstein is considered to be one of the most beloved interpreters of the "Great American Songbook." His style is both sophisticated and romantic. He puts a modern spin on classic tunes by the likes of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerry Herman and Oscar Hammerstein. "I always want to present songs in a way that best expresses the intentions of the songwriters, yet also gives me an opportunity to put a personal stamp on the interpretations," Feinstein said. "I always seek to present the material in a way that is contemporary while touching people's hearts." After working as a teenager at weddings and parties, Feinstein moved to Los Angeles at the age of 20. As luck would have it, he fulfilled the dream of many a young music lover and became the personal and musical assistant to none other than his idol, Ira Gershwin. He recently recorded with a symphony orchestra for the first time in his career, collaborating with the Israel Philharmonic for a tribute to American popular music.

When in Rome ...

St. Louis Chamber Chorus, 3 p.m. Sunday, Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, 5020 Rhodes Avenue (at South Kingshighway). $18. 636-458-4343.
The superb St. Louis Chamber Chorus offers the fifth concert in its 2002-03 season on Sunday. The theme this season is "great cities." This time, it's Rome, and the selections include music by Palestrina, Thompson, Barber, Liszt and a world premiere by Sasha Johnson Manning.

Battle of the bands

Vermeer Quartet and Arianna String Quartet, 8 p.m. Monday, Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard. $20 ($15 for students and seniors). 314-516-5818.
When the Arianna String Quartet became artists-in-residence at the University of Missouri at St. Louis, it was good news for area music lovers. Now we'll get even more of a good thing on Monday, when they join the famed Vermeer Quartet in a joint recital. The second half of the Vermeer concert will add the Arianna in what promises to be a choice performance of Mendelssohn's Octet, Op. 20.

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