Photography courtesy of Scottrade Center
As spring makes its triumphant return, celebrate the colors of the season by visiting thousands of blue morpho butterflies, seeing green at the annual Dogtown Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, singing along with Taylor Swift to her latest album, Red, and more. Here’s a list of the top 10 March events from the SLM calendar, in chronological order.
March 1 through 31: March Morpho Mania
See the unforgettable spectacle of thousands of farm-raised metallic-blue morpho butterflies basking in the sun in the Butterfly House’s tropical conservatory. $6, $5 seniors, $4 children. Butterfly House, Faust Park, 15193 Olive, 636-530-0076, butterflyhouse.org.
Through May 18: “Edward Boccia: Early Work”
The exhibit “Edward Boccia: Early Work” features more than 40 drawings and paintings the late St. Louis artist did in his twenties, thirties, and forties. His work was often compared to that of German Expressionist Max Beckmann, and it was infused with Christian symbolism and Greek mythology. Free. Sheldon Art Galleries, 3648 Washington, 314-533-9900, sheldonconcerthall.org/galleries.
Through March 23: Next to Normal
Edgy local theater group New Line Theatre tackles the Tony Award–winning rock musical Next to Normal, about a woman with bipolar disorder and the toll it takes on her family. $15, $10 students. 8 p.m. Thu–Sat. Washington University South Campus Theatre, 6501 Clayton, newlinetheatre.com.
March 7: Pentatonix
Pentatonix, the group that won the third season of NBC’s The Sing-Off, has covered songs from Gotye’s “Somebody that I Used to Know” to Psy’s “Gangnam Style.” $25. 8 p.m. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar, 314-726-6161, thepageant.com.
March 9: Mike Epps
Stand-up comedian Mike Epps made his name doing raunchy shows for Def Comedy Jam, but he may be best known for his role as Black Doug in The Hangover. With Doug E. Fresh. $44.50–$75. 9 p.m. Chaifetz Arena, 1 S. Compton, 314-977-5000, thechaifetzarena.com.
March 17: Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
The Ancient Order of Hibernians’ Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Dogtown is like a green Mardi Gras—with kilts. Celebrate Dogtown’s Irish heritage with beer and beads. Free. 12:30 p.m. Starts at Tamm and Oakland avenues.
March 18 & 19: Taylor Swift
Her very public personal life—not to mention her singing talent—has made pop star Taylor Swift so in-demand that she’s performing here for two nights. With Ed Sheeran. $29.50–$84.50. 7 p.m. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark, 314-622-5435, scottradecenter.com.
March 21, 22 & 23: A Chorus Line
In the award-winning musical A Chorus Line, 17 aspiring Broadway performers tell their life stories in a competition for eight spots on a chorus line. $22–$92. 8 p.m. Thu & Fri, 2 & 8 p.m. Sat. Peabody Opera House, 1400 Market, 800-745-3000, peabodyoperahouse.com.
March 21 through 24: Moolah Shrine Circus
Watch stupefying stunts by animals and humans alike at the Moolah Shrine Circus, which also hosts a parade in St. Charles at noon on March 9. $15–$38. 7 p.m. Thu, 10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. Fri, 10 a.m., 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. Sat, 1 & 6 p.m. Sun. The Family Arena, 2002 Arena, St. Charles, 636-896-4200, familyarena.com.
March 25 & 26: War Horse
Based on the eponymous 1982 novel, War Horse uses Tony Award–winning puppetry to tell the story of a cavalry horse during World War I. $15–$74. 8 p.m. Tue–Sat, 2 p.m. Sat & Sun, 7:30 p.m. Sun. Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand, 314-534-1111, fabulousfox.com.
By Rosalind Early and Nancy McMullen