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Highlights from RFT's "Calendar"
Wednesday/2
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, running up to the New Year, at the Loretto-Hilton Theatre. (see Performing Arts)

A couple of our favorite local writers, Joe Pollack and Ann Lemons Pollack, read from and sign their book Beyond Toasted Ravioli: A Tour of St. Louis Restaurants at one of our favorite local bookstores, Left Bank Books. (see Literary Events)

The Environmental Protection Agency holds an Informal Meeting at Shrewsbury's city hall to discuss hazardous-material removal alternatives for Laclede Gas' former manufactured-gas plant in Shrewsbury. (see Special Events)

Webster University's College of Fine Arts presents The Philadelphia Story through Dec. 13 in Studio III on the college campus. (see Performing Arts)

Thursday/3
Country crooner Vince Gill performs A Christmas to Remember with the St. Louis Festival Symphony at Kiel Center. (see Concerts)

The Urban League of St. Louis presents its 41st annual Ebony Fashion Fair, benefiting the Beatrice T. Hurt scholarship program, at the Fox Theatre. (see Special Events)

Fontbonne College's M.A. Graduate Thesis Show, an exhibition by artists graduating from the master of arts program, opens in the school's library art gallery. (see Exhibit Openings)

Actors Renaissance Theatre presents two one-act plays, All Men Are Whores and The Blue Hour, through Dec. 13 in the Black Box Theatre at Crossroads School. (see Performing Arts)

Friday/4
Sensational showman Neil Diamond, performs at Kiel Center. (see Concerts)
The West End Players Guild presents Fighting over Beverly through Dec. 13 at Union Avenue Christian Church in the Central West End. (see Performing Arts)

The Forum for Contemporary Art presents Words in Action: A Poets' Cafe, a production of performed poetry in conjunction with current exhibitions. (see Performing Arts)

It's that time of year again, when the sugarplum fairies are so thick that you need a flyswatter! The Ballet Conservatory of St. Louis presents The Nutcracker at the St. Louis Art Museum in Forest Park. (see Performing Arts)

Washington University Dance Theatre performs original productions at the Edison Theatre on Wash. U.'s campus. (see Performing Arts)

The Christmas Poinsettia Show opens at the Jewel Box in Forest Park. (see Holiday Events)

Saturday/5
Chances are ... that the Johnny Mathis Christmas Show, starring Johnny Mathis, will be at the Fox Theatre. (see Concerts)

Left Bank Books in the Central West End hosts a Fundraiser for Girls Incorporated, donating a percentage of the day's book sales to the organization, which provides educational and cultural programs for young women. St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan signs his book Slogging Toward the Millennium at 1 p.m. in conjunction with the event. (see Special Events)

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

The St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League play the former NHL champs, the Colorado Avalanche, at Kiel Center. (see Sports)

Sunday/6
More sugarplum fairies, more rats, more of it all, as the Alexandra Ballet performs Nutcracker Magic, excerpts from The Nutcracker presented with help from the St. Louis Symphony Brass Quintet, at the Magic House in Kirkwood. (see Performing Arts)

The 1998 Reindeer Run for Reading, a 5K run and fun walk benefiting YMCA literacy programs, heads through the Tilles Park holiday-light display. (see Sports)

Monday/7
St. Louis Community College-Meramec's Jazz Combos perform at the student center on the college campus. (see Concerts)

The Webster University Big Band performs at Moore Auditorium on the university campus. (see Concerts)

Washington University's Black Composers Repertory Chorus performs at the university's Graham Chapel. (see Concerts)

Tuesday/8
Fiction writer Ben Marcus reads from his works as part of Washington University's International Writers Center's Reading Series, held at the university's West Campus Conference Center. (see Literary Events)

Slammy Lammy Lei, the RFT's seventh annual Slammies Music Awards celebrating St. Louis artists and rising stars with awards in 32 categories, is held at Mississippi Nights on Laclede's Landing. Entertainment for the event includes DJ Alejan, the David Surkamp Band, Johnny Magnet and the Bottle Rockets. (see Special Events)

St. Louis Irish Arts presents its Annual Holiday Concert, with Irish music, dancing and a reception, at the Sheldon Concert Hall. (see Concerts)

The St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League play the Buffalo Sabres at Kiel Center. (see Sports)

Wednesday/9
The Webster University Guitar Ensemble performs Four Centuries of Music for Guitar (jeez, that'll take a long time) in the recital hall of the Thompson Music Building on the university campus. (see Concerts)

'N Sync performs at the American Theatre. (see Concerts)
A Special Holiday Tour of four of the city's prominent historical attractions --the Campbell House, the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion, the Eugene Field House & St. Louis Toy Museum and the Old Court House -- is held this evening. Visitors may park at any one of the stops of the tour; shuttle service to the other attractions will be provided. (see Holiday Events)

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