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Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center

1 University Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63121 | North St. Louis County | 314-516-4949

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The Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center on the UMSL campus in north county hosts some of the best theater, performing arts events, live music and much more in St. Louis.


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