Hot tickets: Give the gift of Cher, the symphony, a rodeo, baseball dinner, etc.

News-DemocratDecember 18, 2013 

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Many people argue that giving an "experience" for Christmas is better than hauling more "stuff" into the house.

That's great news for those who have waited until the last minute to buy presents.

A quick phone call, online order or trip to a box office will allow you to treat someone to a play, concert, rodeo, dance performance, cooking show or professional wrestling match.

Next year's choices range from a Jimi Hendrix tribute at the Fox Theatre to concerts by The Avett Brothers at Peabody Opera House or One Direction at the Edward Jones Dome; a new "Disney on Ice" extravaganza at Scottrade Center, comic relief from Jeff Dunham at The Family Arena and musicals such as "Grease" or "Hello, Dolly!" at The Muny.

Here are some options for adults and children at selected venues in the St. Louis area:

Fox Theatre

The Fabulous Fox will continue to host "Elf: The Musical" through Dec. 29 ($25 to $80). Next comes "West Side Story" Jan. 3-5 ($30 to $75); a concert by crossover violinist David Garrett Jan. 10 ($30 to $100); R&B artist Charlie Wilson Jan. 18 ($39.50 to $100); preschool favorite The Fresh Beat Band Jan. 25 ($26.50 to $36.50); an "Alton Brown Live!" cooking show Feb. 1 ($32.50 to $100); the stage version of "Mamma Mia!" Feb. 7-9 ($30 to $75); the return of "Jersey Boys" Feb. 19-March 2 ($30 to $130); "Experience Hendrix" March 13 ($30 to $100); "Celtic Woman: The Emerald Tour" March 14 ($42 to $102); the "We Will Rock You" musical by Queen and Ben Elton March 18-30 ($25 to $90); the Tony Award-winnning musical "Once" April 8-20 ($25 to $95); Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater April 25-26 ($35 to $70); Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" April 29-May 11 ($25 to $75); and Webber's new production of "The Wizard of Oz" May 13-18 ($25 to $75). Visit fabulousfox.com for more information or call MetroTix at 314-534-1111 for tickets.

Edward Jones Dome

"Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam" roars into the dome Feb. 1 ($10 to $154), followed by "Monster Energy AMA Supercross" March 29 ($32 to $143); and the hit boy band One Direction on their "Where We Are" tour Aug. 27 ($55 to $4,800). Visit EventTicketCenter.com or call 866-820-4553.

St. Louis Symphony

The symphony has an extensive lineup of concerts and guest performers (including Ben Folds, Michael W. Smith and Leonard Slatkin) at Powell Hall in 2014. Visit stlsymphony.org for more information. For tickets, stop by the box office, call 314-534-1700 or e-mail tickets@stlsymphony.org.

Peabody Opera House

The Peabody starts its year with Sesame Street Live's "Make a New Friend" show Jan. 16-19 ($19 to $63), followed by a Pixies concert Feb. 6 ($39.50 to $59.50); the musical "Man of La Mancha" Feb. 7-9 ($27 to $92); "Shen Yun" Chinese dance and orchestra Feb. 14-16 ($50 to $120); a concert by the hot folk-rock band The Avett Brothers Feb. 20-22 ($35 to $50); the musical "Peter and the Starcatcher" March 7-9 ($27 to $92); comedy by Gabriel Iglesias March 15 ($39); "The Sing-Off" Season 3 winner Pentatonix March 19 ($25 and $35); teen sensation Lorde March 20 ($32 and $42); "Pink Floyd Discovery" March 22 ($36.50 to $44.50); the stage version of "Ghost" March 25-30 ($27 to $92); "Inside Amy Schumer's Back Door" tour April 5 ($37.50 and $45); the Il Divo presentation of "A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs of Broadway Live" April 22 ($62.50 to $125); comedy, music and technology by Blue Man Group April 25-27 ($27 to $92); and comedian Ron "Tater Salad" White May 16 ($49.50 and $59.75). Visit peabodyoperahouse.com or call Ticketmaster at 314-231-4445 for tickets.

Sheldon Concert Hall

The Sheldon's calendar includes folk with John McEuen and John Carter Cash and family, R&B with Aaron Neville, classical with the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis, jazz with an ensemble celebrating the Newport Jazz Festival's 60th birthday and much more. Visit thesheldon.org or call 314-533-9900 for more information or to buy tickets.

Scottrade Center

The Harlem Globetrotters will kick off the year's lineup Jan. 3 ($21 to $138); followed by the "Nuclear Cowboyz" motocross tour Jan. 11-12 ($25 to $90); a World Wrestling Entertainment show Jan. 17 ($20 to $95); NewSong's "Winter Jam" tour of Christian music Jan. 19 ($10); a Professional Bull Riders show Feb. 14-16 ($15 to $100); "Disney on Ice: Passport to Adventure" Feb. 27-March 2 ($15 to $75); the eyebrow-raising Miley Cyrus April 16 ($39.50 to $89.50); and the legendary Cher on her "Dressed to Kill" tour June 4 ($25.50 to $105). Visit scottrade.centerstlouis.com for more information. For tickets, stop by the box office or call Ticketmaster at 314-231-4445.

The Wildey Theatre

Edwardsville's renovated movie theater will present the Ozark Mountain Daredevils Jan. 3-4 ($50 to $60); Marquise Knox Jan. 10 ($12), Jake's Leg Jan. 18 ($15); Jim Stevens with Good 4 the Soul playing the music of David Sanborn Feb. 7 ($12); the Little River Band Feb. 13-14 ($50 to $60); Ladysmith Black Mambazo Feb. 15 ($37); The Stubblefield Band March 1 ($12); Dueling Pianos March 7 ($12); The Bellamy Brothers March 14 ($45 to $55); The Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik March 22 ($40 to $45); and Judy Collins May 17 ($65). Call 618-307-2053 for more information or visit wildeytheatre.com for tickets.

The Family Arena

So far, the lineup includes "Motorcycles on Ice" Jan. 25 ($5 to $25) and comedian Jeff Dunham on his "Disorderly Conduct" tour Feb. 7 ($47.50). Visit familyarena.com for more information or call MetroTix at 314-534-1111 for tickets.

The Muny

Single tickets for The Muny don't go on sale until May 31, but you can buy gift cards starting at $10. They could be used for "Billy Elliot, the Musical" June 16-22, "Tarzan" June 25 to July 2, "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" July 7-13, "The Addams Family" July 14-20, "Seussical: The Musical" July 22-28, "Grease" July 31-Aug. 8 or "Hello, Dolly!" Aug. 11-17. Visit muny.org or call 314-361-1900.

The Hett

The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts at McKendree University hosts student groups, distinguished speakers and professional music, theater and dance performances. Visit mckendree.edu/the_hett for more information or call 618-537-6863 between noon and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for tickets.

The Pageant

The Pageant in St. Louis already has nearly 50 concerts lined up in the next few months, including local, regional and national bands, as well as tributes to The Allman Brothers Jan. 4, Elvis Presley (Jan. 11) and The Rolling Stones (Jan. 31). Visit thepageant.com for tickets or more information.

SIUE Arts and Issues

The Southern Illinois University Arts and Issues series continues its 2013-2014 season with Lehrer Dance's blend of dance and storytelling Feb. 1 ($15 to $$25); advocate and hero for the autistic Temple Grandin speaking on "Different Kinds of Minds" Feb. 27 ($15 to $33); "Black Violin: A Genre Busting Experience" March 17 ($15 to $25); and a debate between liberal James Carville and conservative Alberto Gonzales April 3 ($15 to $40). Buy tickets at the box office or online at TicketReturn.com or call 618-650-2626 for more information.

Baseball Dinner

The 56th Annual St. Louis Baseball Writers Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel, 800 Washington, St. Louis. Members of the 2013 and 1964 Cardinals World Series teams will be honored. Tickets are $150 each or $175 if customers want to purchase a three-day pass to the Cardinals Winter Warm-Up, which is held the weekend of the dinner. Tickets may be purchased at www.stlouisbbwaa.com or you can email your request to stlouisbbwaa@gmail.com

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