Happenings: Our Top Picks for January 2019

Alabama Story actors Carl Palmer and Jeanne Paulsen photo by Patrick Lanham

WHAT: Alabama Story

WHERE: The Rep

WHEN: Various times, through Jan. 27

In 1959 Montgomery, a determined librarian and a segregationist senator face off over an innocent children’s book that depicts the marriage of two rabbits—who happen to have different-colored fur. As Sen. E.W. Higgins calls for a book ban, librarian Emily Wheelock Reed is standing her ground, refusing to yield to censorship. Inspired by true events, Alabama Story, by acclaimed playwright Kenneth Jones, is a stirring testament to free expression and resonates through the decades. $19 to $92; repstl.org

 

WHAT: Circus Harmony’s Accelerando

WHERE: City Museum

WHEN: Various times, Jan. 19, 20, 26, 27

The circus spy thriller, Accelerando is Circus Harmony’s annual presentation featuring the company’s high-flying children with all-new acts such as the Chinese Pole and Hoop Diving, as well as a live band making its debut this year! The interactive show has the audience decoding clues as two teams of acrobatic spies try to get the top-secret envelope to find out what’s inside. $20; circusharmony.org

 

The Grandel photo courtesy Kranzberg Arts Foundation

WHAT: Winter Jazz Fest

WHERE: The Grandel

WHEN: 7 p.m., Jan. 19

Hear internationally renowned artists like Grammy Award-winner John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Tracy Silverman, Dave Black, Ptah Williams and Bach to the Future, Mo Egeston and Friends and more at the second annual St. Louis Winter Jazz Fest—all playing for one night only at The Grandel! Concert proceeds benefit Dillon International Adoption Agency. $25 general admission; metrotix.com

 

photo by Joan Marcus

WHAT: Fiddler on the Roof

WHERE: The Fabulous Fox

WHEN: Various times, Jan. 29 to Feb. 10

The show that’s coming to the Fabulous Fox in late January is a brand new production from Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I and Oslo, which won the Tony for Best Play in 2017. The revamped production also features show-stopping movement and dance from acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins. The beloved musical—which won a special Tony for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical of all time—tells the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family. $29 to $89; fabulousfox.com

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