To find out what's on when you're in town, pick up a copy of the free weekly Riverfront Times at restaurants, bars, and venues around town, or buy the Thursday edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for its entertainment section. For tickets to major events, call Ticketmaster (tel. 314/421-4400; www.ticketmaster.com) or Metrotix (tel. 314/534-1111; www.metrotix.com).
The Performing Arts -- Grand Center (MetroLink: Grand) is the premier performing arts district, with the 1920s-era Powell Symphony Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd. (tel. 314/534-1700), home of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (www.slso.org), founded in 1880 and America's second-oldest symphony orchestra.
The Fabulous Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand Blvd. (tel. 314/534-1111; www.fabulousfox.com), is a lavish, 1929 Byzantine venue for musicals, dance, and concerts. The Grandel Theater, 3610 Grandel Sq. (tel. 314/534-3810; www.stlouisblackrep.org), is the home of the St. Louis Black Repertory Company, which stages contemporary works by African-American playwrights. The UMB Bank Pavilion, 14141 Riverport Dr. (tel. 314/298-9944; www.umbbankpavilion.com), presents big-name concerts; while The Muny, in Forest Park (tel. 314/361-1900; www.muny.com), which opened in 1916 and is the nation's oldest and largest outdoor musical theater, features Broadway musicals in summer.
The Club & Casino Scene -- St. Louis's nightlife is concentrated around Laclede's Landing and in Soulard, on the south edge of downtown. Good bets for live music virtually every night of the week include BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 2 blocks south of Busch Stadium at 700 S. Broadway (tel. 314/436-5222; www.bbsjazzbluessoups.com), and, across the street, The Beale on Broadway, 701 S. Broadway (tel. 314/621-7880; www.bealeonbroadway.com), home to live blues, soul, and R&B.
Mississippi Nights brings top-rated touring bands to Laclede's Landing at 914 S. 1st St. (tel. 314/421-3853), while in Soulard, the 1860 Hard Shell Cafe & Bar, 1860 S. 9th St. (tel. 314/231-1860), offers blues, R&B, rock, and more nightly. In The Loop, 1,500-seat The Pageant, 6161 Delmar (tel. 314/726-6161; www.thepageant.com), and Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar (tel. 314/727-0880; www.blueberryhill.com), bring in the hottest national acts. Among the several places to gamble, most convenient is the President Casino, docked at Laclede's Landing (tel. 800/772-3647 or 314/622-1111; www.presidentcasino.com)..
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