Best Bets: May 1-May 8


WHAT: “Maple and Vine” presented by Hot City Theatre

WHEN:  Through May 18, Thursday-Sunday

WHERE: Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand Boulevard, St. Louis


HOW MUCH:  $15-$25

THE 411:  Disgusted with today’s scandalous society where vulgarity and obscenity are actually rewarded? Overwhelmed by computers, smart phones, tablets and the such? Well, forsake reality TV and your electronic devices for the dry martinis and Tupperware parties of the 1950s, when the simpler life was much more wholesome. Or … was it?

MORE INFO: 314-289-4060 or


WHAT:  Laumeier Art Festival

WHEN:  6-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

WHERE:  Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills

HOW MUCH:  $10 ages 12 and up; $5 children 6-11; free children 5 and under

THE 411:  Choose from a variety of creative and original works of art from 150 artists from across the country at this highly selective juried show. Live entertainment takes place throughout the festival and there is plenty of food and drink for purchase as well as wine and beer tastings.

MORE INFO:  314-615.5278 or 



WHAT:  Andy Cohen

WHEN:  2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE:  Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road, Ladue


THE 411:  In his new book “Most Talkative,” the man behind the “Real Housewives” writes about his lifelong love affair with pop culture that brought him from the suburbs of St. Louis to his own television show. Expect Cohen to tell tales of absurd network-news mishaps, hilarious encounters with the heroines of his youth, and the real stories behind the “Real Housewives.”

MORE INFO:  314-367-6731 or