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Off to Verona


A pre-holiday getaway would be much appreciated right about now. If you're of a like mind, it behooves you to travel no farther than the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park for the first installment of Met at the Movies. New York's mighty Metropolitan Opera broadcasts eight live performances this season (two more than last year), each one providing you the opportunity to take in the pageantry of a matinee without having to board a plane. Charles Gounod's Roméo et Juliette starts the season with a sensual bang, as Roberto Alagna and Anna Netrebko bring the star-crossed lovers to beautiful, vibrant life (at least till the end of Act V), and the conductor is famed tenor Placido Domingo. Your three-hour vacation in Verona begins at noon on Saturday, December 15. Tickets are $15 to $22, and they're available through MetroTix at 314-534-1111. For the remainder of the schedule, visit
Sat., Dec. 15, 2007