Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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'Das Rheingold'

Who Union Avenue Opera - When 8 p.m. today-Saturday and Aug. 24- 25 - Where Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union Boulevard - How much $32-$52 - More info unionavenueopera.org; 314-361-2881

You don't ordinarily think of the names "Das Rheingold" and "Union Avenue Opera" in the same thought; Richard Wagner wrote for massive forces, and the pit at Union Avenue Christian Church is an itty-bitty place. But thanks to British composer Jonathan Dove, Wagner's Ring cycle has been scaled down for both a smaller orchestra and shorter length. Karen Coe Miller directs, and Scott Schoonover conducts, a pocket-size production of the opera that sets into motion the gods and heroes of "Der Ring des Nibelungen." Warning: The Ring cycle often proves addictive. BY SARAH BRYAN MILLER

'Will's Women'

When 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday - Where Heagney Theater at Nerinx Hall, 530 East Lockwood Avenue - How much $25-$50 - More info insighttheatrecompany.com; 314-556-1293

Actors including Joneal Joplin, his son Jared Joplin, Amy Loui, Susie Wall, Colleen Caul, Gwen Wotowa and Christopher Hickey will perform scenes and monologues from Shakespeare in a fundraiser for Insight Theatre Company. The show, directed by Susie Duff, emphasizes Shakespeare's female characters through selections from "Romeo and Juliet," "Antony and Cleopatra," "As You Like It," "Macbeth," "Twelfth Night" and "The Tempest." The $50 VIP tickets include seats in the lower terrace and a cocktail reception. BY JUDITH NEWMARK

Lady Miss Kier, Shina Rae, Dysfunkshun, and Vinyl Bitchie and Jen Ha

When 10 p.m. Saturday - Where The Gramophone, 4243 Manchester Avenue - How much $15 - More info thegramophonelive.com

Funky dance-pop group Deee-lite left us way too soon, releasing only a trio of memorable albums in "World Clique" (1990), "Infinity Within" (1992) and "Dewdrops in the Garden" (1994). But the group not only leaves those releases behind, but the indelible "Groove is in the Heart," the group's breakthrough hit. Lady Miss Kier, Deee- lite's colorful lead figure, has booked a St. Louis show not to belt out Deee-lite hits, but instead she'll spin her favorite tunes. …

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