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Imagining the Founding of St. Louis

The Sheldon : 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri. until August 23; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. every Sat. until August 23; 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Tue. until August 23

With the 250th anniversary of the founding of our fair city upon us (per historians, the official date is sometime in mid-February), much time will be spent looking back at where we once were and how we got our start, and rightfully so. Imagining the Founding of St. Louis, an exhibition at the... More >>

St. Louis - Grand Center Visual Art, History, Free Events, Arts

Titans of the Ice Age

Saint Louis Science Center-OMNIMAX : 12:00 p.m. daily until September 1

While images of cavemen taking down a brontosaurus are embedded in pop culture, our leviathan lizards went the way of the dinosaur 60 million years before the first Fred Flintstones walked the earth. Dinosaurs did co-exist with small, warm-blooded critters, but it took the dinos extinction to... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park Film, Cheap Thrills, Arts

250 in 250: 50 People, 50 Places, 50 Moments, 50 Images, 50 Objects

Missouri History Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily until February 15

To paraphrase an antique rock & roll lyric: Have you heard the news? There's good countin' tonight. The city of St. Louis turns 250 years old this month, and the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org) celebrates the big birthday... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park Museum Exhibits and Events, History, Free Events, Civic Events, Arts

Dinosaurs in Motion

Saint Louis Science Center : 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until September 1; 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. every Sun. until September 1

Kids love dinosaurs, and so do many of their parents. The majesty of these giant reptiles comes through in any format, whether in scientific drawings or those little plastic dinosaurs you can find at most toy stores. But for sheer overwhelming wow factor, it's gonna be hard to beat Dinosaurs in... More >>

St. Louis - Tower Grove Museum Exhibits and Events, History, Family Events, Arts

Art of Its Own Making

Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Wed., Sat. until August 20

For non-artists, the process of viewing art is fairly simple: admire the painting, step back, sigh and move on to the next one. That isn't entirely fair to art enthusiasts and artists, who take care to analyze technique and process. In an ongoing effort to further push the boundaries of the... More >>

St. Louis - Grand Center Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

Three Stooges Night

Schlafly Bottleworks : 7:00 p.m. second Mon. of every month

Scientists spent a lot of time and money determining that a key difference between the male and female of the human species is the Y chromosome -- generally speaking, men have it, women don't. The biological difference between men and women could have been divined much quicker and cheaper by... More >>

Maplewood Pop Culture, Free Events, Film

Moving Parts: Time and Motion in Contemporary Art

Washington University-Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum : 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until August 31

Unconventional art (a broad descriptor for that which is not necessarily pretty and immediately recognizable) triggers a response, which is its purpose -- that the act of seeing an unfamiliar object for the first time is an awakening. There's an unsettling element to this sort of art, as it... More >>

University City Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

Works from the Studios

Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design : 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until August 10; 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until August 10; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu. until August 10

For 50 years the Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design (6640 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-725-1177 or www.craftalliance.org) has offered art instruction to young and old alike. Some of the younger students end up going to art school and becoming professional artists, some of the... More >>

Delmar/ The Loop Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

Facets of Three Jewels: Tibetan Buddhist Art

Saint Louis Art Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Fri. until February 22; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Sat., Sun. until February 22

One of the most consistently rewarding elements of art is that the more you learn, the more you appreciate what you're seeing. Facets of Three Jewels: Tibetan Buddhist Art, the new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (314-721-0072 or www.slam.org), is an object lesson in art appreciation.... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

Classical Music Open Stage

Tavern of Fine Arts : 7:30 p.m. second Mon. of every month

There are far too few venues for violinists, pianists and cellists to perform in public, outside of massive symphony orchestras. This creates quite the dilemma for amateur musicians who want to perform chamber music, or who simply prefer playing in a more intimate and less formal atmosphere.... More >>

St. Louis - Skinker/DeBaliviere Open Mic, Music, Free Events, Arts

D-Day: Normandy 1944

Saint Louis Science Center-OMNIMAX : 11:00 a.m. daily until October 5

D-Day, the 1944 Allied invasion of occupied France, was one of the most important battles of Western history. It has been analyzed, fictionalized and re-created in a number of media, so why attempt to do so again? French filmmaker Pascal Vuong wanted to look not just at what happened on June 6,... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park History, Film, Cheap Thrills, Arts

LaBute New Theater Festival

Gaslight Theater : 8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until August 3; 3:00 p.m. every Sun. until August 3

Neil LaBute's name is a byword for invigorating, vital theater, so it's little wonder that the inaugural year of the LaBute New Theater Festival featured a handful of plays that were both challenging and engaging. Is it too much to expect more of the same this year? Certainly not. Once again,... More >>

St. Louis - Central West End Theater

Funny Girl

Tower Grove Abbey : 8:00 p.m. daily from July 24 until August 8; 8:00 p.m. July 30; 2:00 p.m. August 9

Barbra Streisand jump-started her career with her portrayal of Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice in the musical Funny Girl. Though the musical takes liberties with the truth, Funny Girl still follows the basics. Despite her own mother telling her she's not pretty enough for show biz, Fanny... More >>

St. Louis - South Grand Theater

The City at 250

The Sheldon : 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. every Sat. until August 23; 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Tue. until August 23; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri. until August 23

Traditionally, a few photos are taken at a birthday party. As this year marks the 250th birthday of the city of St. Louis, the Sheldon and the St. Louis Beacon sponsored a photography contest in honor of the city -- and the winners have been selected. The City at 250 comprises more than 100... More >>

St. Louis - Grand Center Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

Speculative Spaces: Working Theses

The Luminary : 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Wed., Fri., Sat. until August 8; 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Thu. until August 8

The interplay between our brains and eyes allows us to navigate a room that's cluttered without really thinking about how to do it -- we just step where the obstacles aren't. Speculative Spaces: Working Theses, the new group exhibition at at the Luminary (2701 Cherokee Street;... More >>

St. Louis - South City Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

Great Rivers Biennial 2014

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sat. until August 10; 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Wed. until August 10; 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri. until August 10

Great Rivers Biennial 2014, the sixth edition of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis' awards program, recognizes emerging and mid-career artists with a cash prize and a solo show. Brandon Anschultz, Carlie Trosclair and Cayce Zavaglia are the selected artists this year, and they've responded... More >>

St. Louis - Grand Center Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Robert G. Reim Theatre : 8:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until August 17; 4:00 p.m. every Sat. until August 17; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until August 17

J. Pierrepont Finch has a name suited for the executive suite and the job of a window washer. But not to worry. With the help of a business-advice book (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Finch is soon in the mail room, then a junior exec on his way to being the VP of... More >>

Kirkwood Theater

Tragic and Timeless: The Art of Mark Rothko

Saint Louis Art Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Sat., Sun. until September 14; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Fri. until September 14

What do you see or feel when you look at a Mark Rothko painting? The answer varies widely with each of us. (We happen know at least two people who profess to register pure emotion when they study a Rothko.) It's an interesting takeaway, for sure, especially when the prevailing aesthetic most... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

Nature Connects 2.0: Art with LEGO Bricks

Missouri Botanical Garden : 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily until September 7

The Danes who invented LEGO blocks in the 1930s mastered the principles of simplicity and universal application with their famous interlocking pieces. Each one manufactured today is crafted to still fit LEGO units from decades ago. And LEGO creations extend far beyond mere child's play these... More >>

St. Louis - Tower Grove Visual Art, Nature, Museum Exhibits and Events, Family Events, Arts

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

Saint Louis Science Center-OMNIMAX : 10:00 a.m. daily until October 5

Lemurs are strange and beguiling creatures. More than 100 species exist, but they're all confined to the island of Madagascar. Within those 100 species exist a range of variation. Some are nocturnal, some diurnal and some a bit of both. Sifakas are known by their unique sideways jumping method... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park Film, Cheap Thrills, Arts

Always...Patsy Cline

The Playhouse at Westport Plaza : 8:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until August 31; 4:00 p.m. every Sat. until August 31; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until August 31

True story: One very conscientious granddaughter/daughter had an inspired idea for Mother's Day last year: Treat her nana and mama to an evening of family togetherness, featuring a dinner out and tickets to the Stages St. Louis production of Always...Patsy Cline. At the time, the... More >>

Maryland Heights Theater

Breathe: Maria Ojascastro and Rudy Zapf

Center of Creative Arts (COCA) : 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Tue., Thu., Fri. until September 7; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sat. until September 7; 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Mon., Wed. until September 7

To be resilient is to pull it together and let the interruptions go after being stretched just a little too thin by outside circumstances. Artists Maria Ojascastro and Rudy Zapf have taken the word's meaning to heart by pulling together fragments of paint, text, paper, recovered items and... More >>

Delmar/ The Loop Visual Art, Free Events, Arts
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Soulard Blues Band

Broadway Oyster Bar : 9:00 p.m. every Mon.

From the 2014 RFT Music Awards: One day, dear reader, the Soulard Blues Band will be no more. It's just a fact. And one day you'll wonder why, despite all the opportunities every other day of the week, you never saw this St. Louis institution in its prime -- and no, the band's prime ain't over.... More >>

St. Louis - Downtown Music

DJ Mahf

Pin-Up Bowl : 10:00 p.m. every Tue.

From the 2013 RFT Music awards: DJ Mahf works from some place in his brain that pumps out enough enthusiasm to make his work look easy. Performing with a chilled zeal, the Indyground DJ interplays dense minutes of thumping samples with crackling movie clips and fine-tuned, one-and-two-handed... More >>

Delmar/ The Loop Music

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Webster University-Moore Auditorium : 7:30 p.m. daily until July 22

Antarctica is a relentlessly inhospitable place for humans, and yet there is a small, year-round population who stay through dark winters and chilly summers. Anthony Powell is one of those year-rounders, and he spent more than a decade documenting what life is like at the bottom of the world... More >>

Webster Groves Film, Cheap Thrills, Arts
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