NJT, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, concerts and more

By Lois Caplan

IT’S A WEDDING, AND WE’RE ALL INVITED to the New Jewish Theatre’s “My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding.” It is, I am told, a, sweet, tuneful and true story of the playwright’s mother as she discovered herself. A large, all-star cast includes everybody’s favorite, Ben Nordstrom, narrating the story of his mothers. The production is directed by Edward Coffield, with musical direction by Charlie Mueller and choreography by Liam Johnson.  The show will run May 7 to 31 in the Jewish Community Center’s Wool Studio Theatre, 2 Millstone Campus Drive.  Single tickets are $38 to $42 and are available at newjewishtheatre.org or 314-442-3283.

I HAVE NOT BEEN TO THE NEWLY RENOVATED PULITZER ARTS FOUNDATION, a building designed by world famous architect Tadao Ando at 3716 Washington Boulevard. Now we all can have an excuse to see the changes when members of the St. Louis Symphony play there at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, and Tuesday, June 2. The orchestra will perform contemporary classical works complementing the three related exhibits on view: “Calder Likeness,” “Richard Tuttle Wire Pieces” and “Fred Sandback 64 Three-Part Pieces.” Tickets are $20 for each show and may be purchased by calling 314-534-1700, online at stlsymphony.org, or at the Powell Hall Box Office, 718 North Grand Boulevard.

HERE’S SOMETHING ELSE NEW FOR YOU: free summer concerts presented by the Nine Network and St. Louis Symphony in the Public Media Commons, located at 3653 Olive Street between the Nine Network and St. Louis Public Radio buildings. The concerts, which will last about an hour, are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring blankets, chairs and picnic baskets or to purchase dinner and beverages from one of several food trucks that will be on site before the concerts. 

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At 7 p.m. before each concert, the SLSO’s Volunteer Association will sponsor musical activities for children. Concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m.

On Monday, May 18, Cortango Orquesta will perform tango music with a symphonic twist.  Founded and led by St. Louis Symphony English horn player Cally Banham, the group specializes in popular tango classics from orchestra leaders of tango’s golden age. Symphony members Asako Kuboki, Dave DeRiso and Melissa Brooks, will be joined by jazz artist Adam Maness.  

On Monday, June 15, the 442s take the stage to share their innovative blend of jazz, classical, folk and rock music. The 442s features symphony members Shawn Weil and Bjorn Ranheim, joined by Maness and Sydney Rodway of the Erin Bode Group. 

A third concert featuring St. Louis Symphony musicians will be scheduled in September.

ONE OF THE PERILS OF WRITING A COLUMN is that you run into a lot of good food stories that either make you hungry or fat – such as the annual Taste of University City on Thursday, May 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Heman Community Center, 975 Pennsylvania Avenue. 

The event, which costs $20 for adults and $10 for children 5-12 (free under 5), features a sampling of food and drink from more than 30 U. City restaurants. So diet now so you can eat yourselves senseless for a good cause. Proceeds go to Operation Food Search, which also requests you to bring along a nonperishable food item to donate. 

GREAT RIVERS ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER will hold its spring gala on Sunday, May 3, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Busch Family Estate, 10501 Gravois Road.  Tours and photographs with a world famous Clydesdale will be a highlight of the cocktail party. Included in the festivities will be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music. 

The event, which will feature speaker James Blair IV, chairman of the Missouri Conservation Commission, benefits the nonprofit environmental law center, which provides free and reduced-fee services to those seeking to protect the environment and public health. 

Tickets are $125 and can be purchased at 314-231-4181 or online at brownpapertickets.com. For more information, visit greatriverslaw.org.