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You may not know this, but St. Louis has fourteen sister cities (and no brother cities that we know about). Yep, that's right: Fourteen other places that think about us more often than we think about them (oops). But maybe St. Louis is neglectful because of the oceanic distance between us and our sisters. Heck, if they were closer, we would want to borrow their clothes and date their boyfriends (and we probably already want to do that. New fashion? Sexy. Foreign accents? Sexier.)

With the new show at the St. Louis Artists' Guild (2 Oak Knoll Park, Clayton; 314-727-6266 or www.stlouisartistsguild.org), St. Louis is, in a sense, already borrowing from these faraway places. This exhibit -- which is also showing at St. Louis Community College-Meramec -- is called Sister Cities Digital: The Ink & Light International Exhibition, and it showcases digitally infused artworks by our brothers and sisters from half of our sister cities, and local work as well. Like Vestment 2004 (pictured) -- this piece is by the show's juror, René David Michel-Tràpaga. See his and the other works from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Sunday, June 19, opening, which features a jazz band and a few other exhibit openings, or anytime before August 6, when our sisters reclaim their art. -- Alison Sieloff

Muppet Mayhem
At the Webster Film Series

SAT 6/18

A frog with a dream. A bear in a Studebaker. An evil fast-food magnate who believes a frog's place is in the deep-fryer. The nonstop rockin' of Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. And a guest appearance by Orson Welles. Good Lord, is there anything better than The Muppet Movie? How about seeing it on the big screen? Director James Frawley's 1979 classic screens at 1 p.m. in the Moore Auditorium on the campus of Webster University (470 East Lockwood Avenue). Kids twelve and younger get in free with an adult's $5 admission; call 314-968-7487 for more information. And if a big yellow bird tries to flag you down, do offer him a ride. -- Brooke Foster

The SLSO Says Hello
To Brancusi and Serra

MON 6/20

It's been said that talking about music is like dancing about architecture. But what about combining the two -- playing music about architecture and art? That's the gist behind the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra's ongoing chamber-concert series at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (3716 Washington Boulevard; 314-754-1850 or www.pulitzerarts.org): exploring the structure's physical space (designed by world-famous Japanese architect Tadao Ando) and visual-arts exhibitions through different contemporary musical compositions.

The final performance of this season's three-part series takes place at 7 p.m. with a program of twentieth-century works by Eastern European composers György Ligeti, György Kurtág and Béla Bartók -- pieces intended to complement not just Ando's building design but also the Foundation's current exhibition, Brancusi and Serra in Dialogue. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online at www.slso.org or by visiting the symphony's box office at Powell Symphony Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1700). -- Rose Martelli

See the Beast

You really miss that awesome TV show Beauty and the Beast, don't you? Well, if you're sitting in the back of a Muny-in-Forest-Park crowd like the one pictured above, you can maybe imagine that the theater's Beauty and the Beast production is just like that late-'80s program instead of the Disney version -- after all, there will be a human playing the Beast. And even if your Ron Perlman fan-club membership prevents you from dreaming, this is a Muny premiere, so you should be there. Opening night is Monday, June 20, and the show continues at 8:15 p.m. nightly through June 29 (www.muny.com). Tickets cost $8 to $58; call MetroTix (314-534-1111) to order. -- Alison Sieloff

 
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