Yet another Mardi Gras has passed in St. Louis and now only memories (and compromising photos) remain. If you're not entirely worn-out from last weekend, look forward to this weekend: fire-breathing burlesque, a Jersey Shore cast member, munching on crickets and worms and a goth version of Seinfeld, all for $10 or less.
Uncovering the Path to Freedom: Photographs of Underground Railroad Sites by William Earle Williams (Friday)William Earle Williams has spent more than 25 years photographing the surviving Underground Railroad sites; Uncovering the Path to Freedom: Photographs of Underground Railroad Sites by William Earle Williams, an exhibition of his amazing work, opens with a free public reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, February 19, at the Sheldon (3648 Washington Boulevard). Williams' images reveal drawing rooms that are mundane in their old-fashionedness and rough-hewn basements that must have been a welcome, if Spartan, sanctuary. Williams' carefully composed photos penetrate this guise of the everyday to reveal these locations' true purpose in luminous black and white. Click here for complete preview.
What if the cast of Seinfeld were re-imagined a little darker, a little more gothic? Would things still make sense? Artist Jerstin Crosby loosely explores this concept in his new exhibition, In the Manner of Smoke, opening from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, February 19, at the Good Citizen Gallery (2247 Gravois Avenue). Click here for the full preview.
Eyedea and Abilities (Friday)
Along with fellow Rhymesayers Records artists such as Atmosphere and Brother Ali, the duo of Eyedea (Michael Larsen) and his DJ partner, Abilities (Gregory Keltgen), was once a rising star in Minnesota's hip-hop underground. Highly decorated (Eyedea is a former Blaze Battle champ, while Abilities owns two DMC regional titles) and critically acclaimed (for the 2001 debut, First Born), the duo nonetheless took a long powder after 2004's old-school-style E&A. After regrouping for a tour two years ago and after releasing the brief but hard-hitting By the Throat in 2009, the pair now boasts a rock-rap sound that references Eyedea's side project, the band Carbon Carousel. The duo plays the Firebird for $10 on Friday. More details about the show are here.
CONSPIRACY-Sturdy Gurlesque's Pre-Wedding Party (Friday)
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