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The Louisiana Purchase: Making St. Louis, Remaking America

Missouri History Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until April 19; 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Tue. until April 19

We have Thomas Jefferson to thank for the fact that we're writing this in English for an audience of English speakers, within a region and nation where English most certainly is not the only language spoken, but it is the dominant one. Were it not for a certain colossal real estate deal... More >>

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

Holiday Wreath Auction

Missouri Botanical Garden : 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily until December 24; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily from December 26 until January 4

You've tried the DIY-craft Christmas, and to be sweet about it, that kind of creativity turned out to be decidedly not in your wheelhouse. To replace those well-intentioned efforts and to turn your holiday home decor from tragic to terrific, take a look at the Holiday Wreath Auction offerings.... More >>

St. Louis - Tower Grove Visual Art, Home and Garden, Holiday, Arts

Utopia: Revisiting a German State in America

Missouri History Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until April 19

Spend five minutes in Missouri and you'll figure out how heavily German this state is. It's evident in the multiplicity of German family and town names (Hermann ring a bell?), the resonant traditions of winemaking in our river valleys and brewing beer in our cities. But most of us probably... More >>

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

Mysteries of the Unseen World

Saint Louis Science Center-OMNIMAX : 10:00 a.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until December 31; 12:00 p.m. every Sun. until December 31

It's pretty much a given that most of us spend too many hours glued to screens and electronic media and insufficient time outdoors. But for all the myriad miraculous things waiting to be observed and studied out there in the natural world, there are just as many that are invisible to us, no... More >>

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

Motown the Musical

The Fox Theatre : 8:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Sun. until November 30; 1:00 p.m. every Sun. until November 30; 8:00 p.m. November 28

Berry Gordy's Motown label was brazen enough to use the slogan "The Sound of Young America" to promote its brand, but when you had the seismic cultural impact Motown did, that's not an overconfident pitch, really. The Motown sonic V-8 -- all pumping instrumental momentum, unerring songwriting... More >>

St. Louis - Grand Center Theater

Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show

Missouri Botanical Garden : 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily until December 24; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily from December 26 until January 4

There will be plenty of trainspotting at the Missouri Botanical Garden's Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show, an event celebrating the finest in garden decor and the thrills of model railroading. Trains of all kinds chug along 900 feet of track bedecked for the holidays. They... More >>

St. Louis - Tower Grove Home and Garden, Holiday, Family Events

Rocky Mountain Express

Saint Louis Science Center-OMNIMAX : 11:00 a.m. daily from November 28 until December 24; 2:00 p.m. daily from December 26 until December 31

Director Stephen Low wanted to create a film that combined his love of the latest in high-fidelity cinematic technology and the older technology of steam locomotives. Rocky Mountain Express is the fulfillment of that dream and the culmination of five years of planning, shooting and riding the... More >>

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

Garden Glow

Missouri Botanical Garden : 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until December 18; 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily from December 19 until December 23; 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily from December 26 until December 30; 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily from January 1 until January 3

If you're into breathtaking displays of flora and multicolored lights, the Garden Glow is for you. More than half a million lights and holiday music transform the Missouri Botanical Garden into a nocturnal fairyland. Fire pits and s'mores help beat back the chill, and concession tents offer... More >>

St. Louis - Tower Grove Holiday, Family Events

Atua: Sacred Gods from Polynesia

Saint Louis Art Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Sat., Sun. until January 4; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Fri. until January 4

Don't look now but the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (314-721-0072 or www.slam.org) has the scoop of scoops. And if it's too modest to crow about it we'll do the shouting, as this is truly a special occasion. "This" is Atua: Sacred Gods from Polynesia, a brand-new exhibit organized by... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park Visual Art, Arts

Scenic Wonder: An Early American Journey Down the Hudson River

Saint Louis Art Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Sat., Sun. until April 5; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Fri. from November 28 until April 5

We tend to think of early nineteenth-century America as a country unspoiled by mechanized progress, but that was true only west of the Mississippi River. The Hudson River, which runs from the Adirondack Mountains and ends in Upper New York Bay, was already being changed by steam technology.... More >>

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

International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes

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

At the Saint Louis Science Center's (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400 or www.slsc.org) International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, attendees can put on their thinking caps, be it a deerhunter, fedora or beanie, and do Watson one better by attempting to solve a murder mystery. The show... More >>

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

Nicholas Nixon: 40 Years of the Brown Sisters

Saint Louis Art Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Sat., Sun. until April 5; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Fri. from November 28 until April 5

There's just something about family photos. The subterranean intricacies of relationships forged over time, the secrets never shared even among blood relatives, the sense of a simultaneous closeness and distance -- all often coexist within the frame of the photograph, a universe unto itself.... More >>

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

D-Day: Normandy 1944

Saint Louis Science Center-OMNIMAX : 1:00 p.m. daily until December 19

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

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

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

Nicole Lemkemeier: Poetic Nature: Discovering the Audubon Center at Riverlands

Center of Creative Arts (COCA) : 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sat. until December 14; 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sun. until December 14; 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until December 14

The perceptual tools of children when observing the world around them are so immediate and acute, they're inspiring to behold. Absent is the greater sophistication of an adult's viewfinder -- but so are the corresponding filters and associations. Artist Nicole Lemkemeier is fascinated by this... More >>

Delmar/ The Loop Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

A Tribute to Amadee: More Than Just the Weatherbird

St. Louis Public Library, Central Branch : 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until November 30; 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until November 30; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu. until November 30

Amadee Wohlschlaeger was a homegrown artist whose work was in almost every home in St. Louis. For 49 years his cartoons of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Weatherbird were front-page material, always sporting his stylish "Amadee" signature. But Amadee turned out a great deal of work that didn't... More >>

St. Louis - Downtown Visual Art, Library, Free Events, Arts

Marty Stuart: The Art of Country Music

The Sheldon : 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. every Sat. until January 3; 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Tue. until January 3; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri. until January 3

It's a good night for country-music fans in St. Louis. Marty Stuart is at the Sheldon Art Galleries (3648 Washington Boulevard; 314-533-9900 or www.thetheldon.org) from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 3, for the opening reception of Marty Stuart: The Art of Country Music. (At 8 p.m. Stuart performs... More >>

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

Polaroids and Snapshots by Andy Warhol

University of Missouri-St. Louis-Gallery 210 : 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until December 6

Cultural icons loom so large, sometimes we see only half of the totality of what they were capable of and what they accomplished. Case in point: Andy Warhol -- legendary painter, silkscreen artist, film director, muse to friends like Lou Reed and John Cale, and all-around party person. Warhol... More >>

North St. Louis County Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

Rebecca Niederlander: Axis Mundi

Saint Louis University-Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) : 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until December 14

The metaphysical world is a daunting one; heady, cerebral concepts such as existentialism can sometimes deter people from engaging with literature or art that is perceived as being too abstract to comprehend. Rebecca Niederlander, a St. Louis native turned Los Angeles artist, understands this... More >>

St. Louis - Midtown Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

Watershed Cairns

Missouri History Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Fri., Sat., Sun. until February 8; 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu. until February 8

If you looked at the word "cairn" on the page and thought, "Hmmm, sounds like an old one -- it's got the tang of the Celtic wellspring about it as well," you'd be right. "Cairn" was first used in the fifteenth century, and indeed it derives from the Scots Gaelic "carn," which in turn was... More >>

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

Fragile Porcelain Mice

Pop's Nightclub : 7:00 p.m. November 27

w/ Bent - From the RFT Music archives: The band earned a devoted following and a spot on one of 105.7 The Point's first Pointessential compilations with its blend of hard rock that lands somewhere between post-punk and metal. Fragile Porcelain Mice stayed active as a creative unit through the... More >>

East St. Louis/ Cahokia Music

Jay Farrar

Old Rock House : 8:00 p.m. November 28

It would be absurd to underestimate the role of tradition in the music of Jay Farrar. But it would be equally absurd to overstate it. In his now four-decade long career, Farrar has produced highly-individualized, remarkably diverse music that draws on structures and styles not often associated... More >>

St. Louis - Soulard Music

Ha Ha Tonka

Off Broadway : 9:00 p.m. November 28

From the RFT Music Archives: Just one day removed from Thanksgiving -- on Black Friday -- Off Broadway will serve as a cornucopia overflowing with some of the finest boot-stomping rock & roll budding from the vast Midwestern soil. Ha Ha Tonka's mandolin-soaked Bible Belt hymnals will serve as... More >>

St. Louis - South City Music

Rusko

Old Rock House : 8:30 p.m. November 29

The English-born, Los Angeles-based producer Rusko has certainly gone through the dubstep ringer a few times. His early work caught the ear of mega-producer Diplo, who signed him to Mad Decent for a spell. He put out an EP on Skrillex's vanity label last year, and since then he's released two... More >>

St. Louis - Soulard Music
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