Metro-East Living

Masterworks will give its regards to Broadway

Masterworks Chorale and Children’s Choruses will present their most popular concert of the year, “Broadway Pops!,” in two shows this weekend at Lindenwood Auditorium in Belleville.

A metro-east tradition for more than 40 years, the “Broadway Pops!” concert will feature music from “Oklahoma,” “Guys and Dolls” and “Candide,” plus hits by Duke Ellington and “The Best of Big Band Medley.”

There also will be solo performances by principal singers Jeff Ballard, a tenor, and Andrea Lair, an alto. Dr. Stephen Mager will conduct, and the choruses will be accompanied by pianist Susan Niederer and a jazz combo of professional musicians.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for seniors and military; $5 for students; call 618-304-9094. Tickets at the door are $20 for adults; $15 for seniors and military; $10 for students.

Clay Olympics

Ladies and gentlemen, start your pottery wheels.

That could be the call to action for those participating in the 2016 Clay Olympics from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Louis “Louie” Tiemann Gallery at 223 West Main St. in Belleville.

Teams from around the area will compete in several wacky clay events, such as blindfolded bowl, no-hands rose holder and tallest tower, vying for bragging rights as Best Potters in the Universe.

The evening is free to the public, who can purchase food and drinks provided by Hemingway’s Zen Garden in O’Fallon and listen to guitarist Roger Drinnon. A silent auction of handcrafted pottery and fine craft. Proceeds benefit the Governor French Academy art program and gallery.

Sponsors of the event include Fezziwig’s Marcketplace in O’Fallon; Mississippi Mud Pottery in Alton; Arts & Crafts Center of Scott AFB; Krueger Pottery in St. Louis; and Hemingway’s.

Home show

Looking to turn your back porch into a sunroom, bring your kitchen out of the 1970s or revamp your landscaping?

More than 100 local home improvement professionals and product vendors will be on hand to offer their ideas and services at the Home Builders Association of Greater Southwest Illinois’ annual home show this weekend in Belleville.

Show times are 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt East.

Admission is $6; free for children under 12; $1 off for seniors 65 and older and firefighters, police officers, military, medical professionals an education faculty. You can save $1 by donating a can of food, toiletry item or other household necessity. Donations will benefit the Community Interfaith Food Pantry, Faith Baptist Food Pantry and the Violence Prevention Center.

Go to to see a show guide and interactive floor plan.