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Highlights from RFT's "Calendar"

Wednesday/30
Even though we're in the throes of winter, it's time to Un-Hibernate the Bears, a fundraising party for Kiel for Performing Arts Inc., featuring opera singers Cathy Pescarino and Philip Burke with several other musicans and acts, at Windows on Washington. (see Special Events)

See Snoopy, Linus and the whole gang as a pre-Broadway-tour performance of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is presented through Jan. 3 at the Fox Theatre. (see Performing Arts)

Representatives from the Princeton Review speak to parents and high-school students about the college-admissions process and Preparation for the SAT/ACT Exams at Borders Books and Music in Fairview Heights, Ill. It's probably the last free thing for college you'll ever get. (see Education)

Funny Bone Comedy Club-West Port Plaza features the comedy acts of Buzz Sutherland and Jesse Taylor. (see Performing Arts)

The Puppet Guild of Greater St. Louis presents Ginny Weiss' Puppets on Hand for three shows at the Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum. (see Performing Arts)

Thursday/31
A Gathering of Angels, the celebration of the 13th annual World Peace Day, is celebrated (with a potluck breakfast following) at Christ Church Cathedral. (see Special Events)

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra welcomes Opera Theatre of St. Louis conductor Stephen Lord as he conducts the symphony's 12th annual New Year's Eve Concert at Powell Symphony Hall. (see Concerts)

Laser Beatles in 3-D and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon in 3-D, the final laser light shows at the St. Louis Science Center planetarium in Forest Park, are presented tonight. (see Performing Arts)

Friday/1
Hostelling International hosts the traditional New Year's Day Walk in Soulard and the New Year's Day Bicycle Ride, starting at Turtle Park in Forest Park. (see Sports)

The Star Noire Variety Showcase, a multi-arts variety show featuring local emerging artists, is held at the Dignity House Cultural and Performing Arts Center in the Central West End. (see Performing Arts)

Saturday/2
Powell Symphony Hall stays busy today as Robert Bernhardt conducts the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in the afternoon in a performance of Opera Rocks!, with excerpts from Bizet's The Pearlfishers, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Then, in the evening, David Loebel conducts a Chamber Orchestra Concert including works by Handel, Mozart and Schubert. (see Concerts)

Mississippi Nights hosts the long-awaited return of Stir, in a performance with Dovetail Joint. (see Concerts)

The St. Louis University Billikens men's basketball team plays Southern Missouri State at Kiel Center this afternoon. (see Sports)

The St. Louis Blues play the New York Rangers tonight at Kiel Center. (see Sports)

Piwacket Theatre for Children presents Mother Goose Stories at the Webster Groves Recreation Complex. (see Performing Arts)

Sunday/3
Peter Pranschke opens his exhibit of recent works, a collection of mixed-media drawings and paintings, at The Gallery in the University City Public Library. (see Exhibit Openings)

Monday/4
John A. Wright discusses and signs his book Discovering African-American St. Louis: A Guide to Historic Sites after delivering a lecture on "The African- American Experience in St. Louis" in the auditorium of the University City Library. (see Literary Events and Lectures)

The St. Louis Blues play the Vancouver Canucks at Kiel Center. (see Sports)

Tuesday/5
Blues Dream Night, a fundraising dinner for the Dream Factory, features St. Louis Blues hockey players and local celebrities as waiters at Helen Fitzgerald's Restaurant. (see Special Events)

Wednesday/6
The St. Louis Black Repertory Company presents Pearl Clege's drama Bourbon at the Border, a play about a contemporary African-American couple scarred by their experiences as student activists in the '60s, through Jan. 31 at the Grandel Theatre. (see Performing Arts)

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents the story of persecuted genius in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, through Feb. 5 at the Loretto-Hilton Theatre. (see Performing Arts)

World-famous hypnotist Raven performs at Art Vieluf's Comedy Etc. in Fairview Heights, Ill. Don't volunteer to go onstage, or you'll wake up with your friends laughing at you while you look for your pants. (see Performing Arts)

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