Best bets: Nov. 14-20, 2013

By Ellen Futterman, Editor


WHAT: Morton Subotnick, presented by HEARding Cats

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE:  Kranzberg Arts Center, 510 N. Grand Boulevard, St. Louis


HOW MUCH: $25; $15 students

THE 411:  Morton Subotnick is heralded as a pioneer in the minimalist music movement, and a major contributor in laying the foundation for electronic music. He’s touring a small number of dates in celebration of his 80th birthday, and appears in St. Louis because of a longstanding relationship with HEARding Cats’ Artistic Director, Rich O’Donnell.

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WHAT: Amy Tan

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac

HOW MUCH: $30, includes copy of the book; $40 for two, includes copy of the book 

THE 411: Spanning more than 40 years and two continents, Tan’s new book, “The Valley of Amazement” resurrects pivotal episodes in history: from the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty, to the rise of the Republic, the explosive growth of lucrative foreign trade and anti-foreign sentiment, to the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreign “Shanghailanders” living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II. Tan will sign copies of the book following her presentation.



WHAT:   David Halen’s Favorites in conjunction with St. Louis Jewish Book Festival

WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17

WHERE:  560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Avenue, University City

HOW MUCH:  $22

411: Enjoy an evening of Tchaikovsky under the direction of St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Concertmaster Halen as the Symphony and Book Fest toast 10 years of partnering.

orgmeats, and holiday photo-ops highlight this first annual holiday bazaar presented by the St. Louis Crafts Mafia.

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