If hot temperatures have you envisioning nearby oases and conversing with inanimate objects, take a day off with the kids to attend a zany, one-of-a-kind marionette show at Kramer's Marionnette Theater
(4143 Laclede Avenue; www.kramersmarionnettes.com
). More than just talking heads, the original puppets here are the brainchildren of Bob Kramer, who's been perfecting his art for more than 45 years. Be enchanted as clowns, jugglers, a ballerina and the ringmaster come to life, thanks to the wondrous magic of string, in Summer Follies 2008
. Before each performance, catch a step-by-step presentation showing you how each charming character is created (it's an estimated 1,500 hours of work per puppet!). Shows and demonstrations are by reservation only (call 314-531-3313), and tickets cost $10 for children and $12 for adults. Summer Follies 2008
is staged at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday through Sunday, August 31.
Aug. 8-31, 2008