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‘One Night of Queen’

When 8 p.m. March 25 • Where Event Center at River City Casino, 777 River City Casino Boulevard • How much $37-$47 • More info

Legendary rock group Queen has been all the rage all over again, thanks to the biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” though singer Gary Mullen was a fan long before the hit movie. He started his career in 2000 portraying Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, and he brings his “One Night of Queen” show to River City Casino this weekend. By Kevin C. Johnson

Yves Tumor

When 8 p.m. March 25 • Where Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street • How much $25-$30 • More info

We’ve got our eyes on buzzy experimental music artist Yves Tumor. Their latest album, “Heaven to a Tortured Mind,” features the single “Jackie.” Expect a night of boundary-pushing sounds. By Kevin C. Johnson

Eric Bellinger, Sammie

When 8 p.m. March 25 • Where Red Flag, 3040 Locust Street • How much $40-$150 • More info

The “Vibes on Vibes” tour brings R&B singers Eric Bellinger and Sammie to Red Flag. The Grammy-winning Bellinger is celebrating his latest album, “New Light,” which features Dom Kennedy, Brandy, the Game, Teedra Moses, Sevyn Streeter and Kierra Sheard. By Kevin C. Johnson




When 8 p.m. March 25 • Where The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard • How much $30-$35 • More info

Country band Parmalee hits the Pageant this weekend with its latest album, “For You.” Of the band’s music, Matt Thomas said: “If you can write songs that are real — songs that are rooted in the things you’ve experienced, or remind you of a person you once loved, or trigger memories from an earlier time in your life — that’s where you find some real magic. That’s what creates a bond and starts a dialogue. With ‘For You,’ it’s not just an album — it’s a conversation.” The concert is part of 92.3 WIL’s Crown and Country Series. By Kevin C. Johnson

‘Gateway Men’s Chorus Unplugged’

When 8 p.m. March 25-26 • Where St. Paul United Church of Christ, 3510 Giles Avenue • How much $25; proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test required • More info 314-287-5669;

The Gateway Men’s Chorus goes “unplugged” for an evening of folk music, presenting songs, GMC says, “inspired by activism, the missing stories of those lost to the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 20th century and the wisdom that we want to carry forward for future generations of LGBTQIA+ peoples.” By Daniel Durchholz

African Film Festival

When March 25-27 • Where Brown Hall, Room 100, Washington University • How much Free • More info 314-935-7879;

Four feature films (and four accompanying short subjects) span the vast continent of Africa, from Tunisia to South Africa, from Ethiopia to Ghana. The subjects are just as varied: “Lingui, Liens Sacres” (7 p.m. March 26) tells of a woman willing to break societal, religious and legal taboos to get her daughter an abortion, while “Min Alesh” (7 p.m. March 25) is the story of a female athlete whose chance to improve her family’s life hinges on winning an international race. “Un Fils” (7 p.m. March 27) revolves around a family secret revealed only when the son needs a liver transplant, while “Lady Buckit and the Motley Mopsters” (3 p.m. March 26) is an animated children’s film about a girl on an adventure. English subtitles are provided for all films. By Daniel Neman


“Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!”

‘Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!’

When 1 p.m. March 25; 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. March 26; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 27 • Where Stifel Theatre, 1400 Market Street • How much $20-$30 (ticket required for age 1 and older) • More info

New “Sesame Street” friends Casey and Caleb plan a party with the help of the audience and neighborhood favorites Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more. The party guests will sing along to old favorites including “I Love Trash” and “C Is for Cookie,” explore a wintry wonderland and learn about other cultures. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

Spring-summer exhibitions at CAM

When March 25-July 24; hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday • Where Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Boulevard • How much Free • More info 314-535-4660;

Work by three artists goes on view this weekend as part of spring-summer exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. “Gala Porras-Kim: Correspondences Towards the Living Object” explores museums and preservation of artifacts; “Martine Gutierrez: Hit Movie: Vol. 1” delves into pop culture with a Street Views video and a Project Wall installation; and “Alia Farid: A Solo Exhibition” features a folkloric video installation exploring fading traditions in the modern Persian Gulf. By Gabe Hartwig


Chrisette Michele

Chrisette Michele

Chrisette Michele

When 7 p.m. March 26 • Where Live! by Loews, 799 Clark Avenue • How much $40 • More info

The Sleek and Sexy Concert Bash starring R&B singer Chrisette Michele comes this weekend to Live! by Loews. The powerhouse singer is known for songs such as “A Couple of Forevers,” “Blame It On Me,” “Unbreakable,” “Be OK” and “If I Had My Way.” After the party, there will be a St. Louis vs. New Orleans DJ battle. By Kevin C. Johnson


‘Sibelius’ Second Symphony’

When 3 p.m. March 27 • Where Powell Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard • How much $10; proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test required • More info 314-533-2500;

The number 2 resonates through this concert by the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. Not only is it the orchestra’s second concert of the season, but on the program are Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 and Bernhard Henrik Crusell’s Clarinet Concerto No. 2. Katie Lee is the soloist on the latter work. Leading off the performance is Kaija Saariaho’s “Lumière et Pesanteur.” Youth Orchestra music director Stephanie Childress conducts. By Daniel Durchholz

‘Music of Mozart & Copland’

When 7 p.m. March 27 • Where First Presbyterian Church, 100 East Adams Avenue, Kirkwood • How much $10-$15 • More info 314-369-7335;

Spring has sprung, so it’s the perfect time for a performance of Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.” The Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis obliges, this performance being that of the rescored version, “Suite for 13 Instruments.” MOSL’s music director Wendy Lea conducts. Also on the program is Mozart’s Symphony No. 39, led by MOSL assistant conductor Ed Jacobs. By Daniel Durchholz

‘Madama Butterfly’

When 7:30 p.m. March 27, 2 p.m. March 28 • Where Kirkwood Performing Arts Center, 210 East Monroe Avenue, Kirkwood • How much $35-$55 • More info 314-865-0038;

Given its long history of performances, you’d never suspect that when Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” premiered in 1904, it was kind of a trainwreck. However, a number of revisions by the composer over the next few years turned the story of U.S. naval officer set to marry and (spoiler alert) betray a young Japanese geisha into a beloved — albeit tragic — classic. For Winter Opera of St. Louis’ production, Seon Duk Kim, Jonathan Kaufman and Michael Nansel sing the principal roles. Ed Benyas conducts. By Daniel Durchholz


‘Guess Who?’

When 7:30 p.m. March 28-29 • Where Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries, 3648 Washington Boulevard • How much $39; proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test required • More info 314-534-1111;

What’s on tap for this Chamber Music Society of St. Louis concert? We can’t say because we don’t know! All the organization is revealing is that the evening promises “a musical game show with prizes,” and the program is titled “Guess Who?” We do know this much: The second of the two in-person performances will be recorded for a virtual presentation April 6. By Daniel Durchholz


Baby Keem

When 8 p.m. March 29 • Where The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard • How much $30-$40 • More info

Rapper Baby Keem’s “Melodic Blue Tour 2022” was a quick sellout at the Pageant, on the strength of his latest album, “Melodic Blue,” which includes features by Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Don Toliver and Brent Faiyaz. The album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. Baby Keem is also featured on Kanye West’s Grammy-nominated “Donda.” By Kevin C. Johnson


‘A Toast to Opera’

When 6 p.m. March 30 • Where The Solarium at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, 100 Carondelet Plaza • How much Sold out • More info 314-961-0171;

Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ Intermezzo Society, which supports and celebrates new voices in opera, hosts an evening of hors d’oeuvres, drinks and networking, with a performance by OTSL artists. The event is sold out, but you can still get on the waitlist. By Daniel Durchholz

Chris Cyr

When 8 p.m. March 30 • Where Helium Comedy Club, St. Louis Galleria, 1151 St. Louis Galleria Street, Richmond Heights • How much $15-$23 • More info

St. Louis comedian Chris Cyr brings his natural storytelling abilities to Helium Comedy Club, where he will be recording some of his favorite bits for an upcoming album. “It would mean a lot to see an audience full of the same people I forced to sit through open mics (and late-night bar shows, impromptu sets in the back of Ubers, outside bathroom stall doors, etc.) laughing and being surprised at how much better at this I am now,” he said in a statement. “When I struck out to make stand-up comedy my full-time career, a lot of people wondered if I’d be able to pay my mortgage like that. This album, combined with the fact that I’ve been secretly working a high-paying consulting gig this entire time, is a great step toward making those people think I can.” By Kevin C. Johnson

Elton John at Enterprise Center

Elton John performs in 2018 for a sold-out crowd at Enterprise Center.

Elton John

When 8 p.m. March 30 • Where Enterprise Center, 1401 Clark Avenue • How much $252-$1,021 • More info

The legendary Elton John returns for another goodbye to his St. Louis fans; his 2018 farewell, also at Enterprise Center, was premature. John’s “Farewell Yellow Brich Road” tour kicked off in January in New Orleans for a show that opened with “Bennie and the Jets” and included 21 other songs. Among the hits we can expect to hear: “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Rocket Man,” “Candle in the Wind” and “I’m Still Standing.” The show originally was scheduled for 2020 but was delayed because of the pandemic. By Kevin C. Johnson


2019 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet

Todrick Hall arrives in 2019 at the MTV Video Music Awards in Newark, N.J.

Todrick Hall

When 8 p.m. March 31 • Where Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Boulevard • How much $30-$35 • More info

Hot on the heels on a controversial turn on “Celebrity Big Brother,” Todrick Hall brings his “Femuline Tour 2022” to Delmar Hall. His latest album, “Femuline,” features Chaka Khan, Brandy, Tyra Banks, Ts Madison and Nicole Scherzinger. Hall was also on “The Masked Singer” in 2021. By Kevin C. Johnson

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