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Show Me Kicks Expo

Sat., July 23, 12-5 p.m.

For some people, shoes are a mere necessity — something you wear so you don't get hookworm. For others, shoes are a prime example of the art of design, a fusion of function and aesthetics, and that's not the Sex in the City crowd we're talking about. For the serious athletic shoe collector, "kicks" link sports and hip-hop, and serve as a status symbol as well. They know the current going rate for a mint pair of any Michael Jordan shoe ever produced and why each one matters (or doesn't). The burgeoning kicks community converges on the Peabody Opera House (1400 Market Street; today from noon to 5 p.m. for the Show Me Kicks Expo. They'll be there to buy, sell, trade and discuss the shoes they love. Tickets are $12, and casual fans are welcome. $12

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Peabody Opera House (map)
1400 Market St
St. Louis - Downtown
phone 314-241-1888
Show Me Kicks Expo

Ultimate Beepball Tournament

Sat., July 23, 4:30 p.m.

Minds Eye Radio provides much-needed entertainment and information for the blind community of the St. Louis area. The organization gathers volunteers to read newspapers, magazines and periodicals of local and national interest over the radio to spare the unsighted the expense of acquiring Braille versions. One of Minds Eye Radio's most successful fundraisers is its annual beepball tournament, which asks teams of sighted players to play a game of competitive baseball while blindfolded. The ball beeps so batters and fielders can hear and track it through space. (The pitcher and the catcher are allowed to go un-blindfolded, however.) This year's installment is the tenth anniversary of the game, and it's being billed as the Ultimate BeepBall Tournament. The championship game starts at 4:30 p.m. today at Assumption Parish (4725 Mattis Road;, but play-in games will begin much earlier than that. Check the website for the full tournament schedule. free admission for spectators

Codfish Hollow Barnstormers Presents: Miracle Legion, The Ghost Wolves and Clarke and The Himselfs

Sat., July 23, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.
phone 563-321-0172

@ Codfish Hollow Barnstormers, 5013 288th Ave Maquoketa, Iowa 52060
Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 This is an all ages show. Food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. The Codfish Hollow Art Gallery will be open, featuring artwork by various local artists. Vendors from the tri-state area will be on hand selling various arts, crafts and jewelry. Free parking with hay rack rides to and from the barn as well as free camping in the cow pasture. Doors are at 6:00 pm on Saturday, July 23rd. Music to start around 7:00 pm. Tickets are just $25 in advance and $35 day of show/ at the door. $25-$35
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Codfish Hollow Barnstormers Presents: Miracle Legion, The Ghost Wolves and Clarke and The Himselfs

Carnival of Madness Tour

Sat., July 23, 7 p.m.

w/ Shinedown, Halestorm, We Came as Romans, Shaman’s Harvest $25-$55

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Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (map)
I-70 & Earth City Expwy.
Maryland Heights
phone 314-298-9944

Tom Hackney: Corresponding Squares -- Painting the Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp

Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 11

French avant-garde artist Marcel Duchamp was an avowed chess fanatic. While the analytical portion of Duchamp's brain was playing the game, his artistic side was enchanted with the patterns created by the movement of his pieces. Inspired by Duchamp's unique view of chess, British artist Tom Hackney created geometric paintings of individual games, particularly those played by Duchamp himself. Chess Painting No. 54 (Michel vs. Duchamp, Strasbourg, 1924) features criss-crossing yellow slashes left by both bishops’ progress, the red charge of the king’s knight ending prematurely in an apparent capture, and a white defensive wall of pawns dominating the central foreground. free admission

World Chess Hall of Fame (map)
4652 Maryland Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-9243
Tom Hackney: Corresponding Squares -- Painting the Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp

From Caravans to Courts: Textiles from the Silk Road

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 21

The Silk Road carried goods and trade items from China to Europe, which fostered the exchange of different cultures and artistic styles. One of the most prized of Eastern artistic items was the carpet. These textiles incorporated sacred symbols, tribal iconography and traditional patterns, depending on who wove them. A carpet made by Central Asian nomads doesn't look like one made by Indian artisans, despite Europeans lumping them all under the catch-all descriptor "Oriental rug." From Caravans to Courts: Textiles from the Silk Road, the new exhibition in gallery 100 at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (314-721-0072 or, features ten carpets that exemplify the high level of artistry and craftsmanship found in traditional Asian textile work. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Sunday (April 1 to August 21), and admission is free. free admission

Urban Wanderers

Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through July 24
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Stray Rescue regularly finds dogs in terrible conditions and worse shape and then works hard to heal them so they can be happily adopted. More than 80 artists were invited to create art inspired by Stray Rescue's success stories for the exhibition Urban Wanderers. Photographs, paintings and sculptures of the dogs who made it will fill the Saint Louis University Museum of Art (3663 Lindell Boulevard; tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. for the opening reception. And along with the artworks will be some of the dogs, some of which also made their own portraits (with paint and paws). All of the work will be auctioned off online to raise money for Stray Rescue's ongoing mission of mercy. The show remains up through July 24. free admission

Julian Rosefeldt: American Night

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 7

You'll swear that a certain squint-eyed, mustachioed man in Julian Rosefeldt's five-channel film installation American Night is Charles Bronson -- but you'll be wrong. Instead, the man is an actor, one of several in the film who resembles an archetypal cowboy film star. American Night is shot in widescreen, 16mm CinemaScope -- a popular format for the Western -- and uses actual dialogue from classic films, George W. Bush's speeches and footage of modern combat troops to show how the mythology of the Hollywood Western has infiltrated American culture and politics. It's a long hard look at the fictions that drive our reality, as seen by an outsider (Rosefeldt is German). free admission

Great Rivers Biennial 2016

Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 14

Lyndon Barrois Jr., Nanette Boileau and Tate Foley are the winners of the 2016 Great Rivers Biennial, CAM’s ongoing program that recognizes local artists with a cash prize and a solo show in the museum. Barrois incorporates sculpture, installation and painting in Of Color, which comprises eight life-size assemblages and an asphalt basketball court. The pieces are all abstractions of human identities represented by shoes and clothing, challenging the viewer’s perceptions of race and socio-economic background. Boileau exhibits the three-channel video installation Dakota Territory, which documents the lives of Wyoming and South Dakota ranchers in the style of a biologist’s field notes. Her work strips away the mythology of the frontier from the reality of the contemporary American West. Printer and bookmaker Foley attacks the weighted value of language in his large-scale sculptures and videos. He uses printing technology from the 1980s to create phonetically spelled words out of wheat paste, which are then attached to his free-standing sculptures. The accompanying videos use hand-painted words, also spelled phonetically, to further separate words from their accepted meanings. free admission

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (map)
3750 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-535-4660
Great Rivers Biennial 2016

The Drowsy Chaperone

Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 21, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Continues through Aug. 14

A few years ago, Stages St. Louis presented an excellent production of The Drowsy Chaperone. Audiences have clamored for a return engagement, and for its 30th anniversary season, Stages St. Louis gives the people what they want. The musical tells the story of the Man in the Chair, a lonely New Yorker whose only solace is his large collection of cast albums from Broadway shows. Paramount among them: his prized edition of the 1920s Jazz Age gem, The Drowsy Chaperone. As he plays it again, the show comes to life in his apartment, right before our eyes. It's fast-paced and funny, with songs that celebrate everything goofy and grand about the Golden Age of stage musicals. David Schmittou reprises his role as the Man in the Chair, and Edward Juvier returns as the dramatic lover, Adolpho. It's a near-perfect show that will improve your week. It took the combined talents of Lisa Lambert, Greg Morrison, Bob Martin and Don McKellar to bring this production to the stage, so don't let their efforts go to waste. The Drowsy Chaperone is performed Tuesday through Sunday (July 22 to August 1) at the Robert G. Reim Theatre (111 South Geyer Road; Tickets are $46 to $62. $46-$62

Robert G. Reim Theatre (map)
111 S. Geyer Road
phone 314-821-2407
The Drowsy Chaperone

Grey Gardens -- The Musical

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through July 30

Albert and David Maysles' iconic 1975 documentary Grey Gardens captures the precarious situation of Edith and Edie Beale. The reclusive mother-daughter team was holed up in their run-down East Hamptons mansion, which they shared with various raccoons and glorious memories of Little Edie's salad days. It would have been just another hard-luck tale for a once-wealthy family, except the Beales were direct relations of Jackie Kennedy. The hermetic dream world the two lived in, Little Edie's fabulous fashion sense and the cheerful-mournful dynamic between them has been translated into the musical Grey Gardens, with book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie. Max & Louie Productions presents the highly anticipated Grey Gardens -- The Musical at 8 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (July 8 through 30) in the Wool Studio Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (2 Millstone Campus Drive, Creve Coeur; Tickets are $35 to $45. $35-$45

Jewish Community Center-Wool Studio Theatre (map)
2 Millstone Campus Drive
Maryland Heights
phone 314-442-3283
Grey Gardens -- The Musical

John & Jen

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through July 31

Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald's musical John & Jen is the story of a young woman who vows to protect her little brother from their abusive father during childhood, but finds that keeping her promise means never engaging with her own best future. Her choice ultimately costs Jen her brother John, but she gets a second chance with her own son, also named John. But too often history repeats itself, and it's difficult if not impossible to escape the curse of turning into your own parents. This is an unusual musical that explores the stages of womanhood and the familiar but always strange terrain of brother-sister relationships, as well as the mother-son dynamic. Insight Theatre Company presents John & Jen at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (July 15 to 31) at the Heagney Theatre (530 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves; Tickets are $10 to $35. $10-$35

Heagney Theatre (map)
530 E. Lockwood Ave.
Webster Groves
phone 314-968-1505
John & Jen

The LaBute New Theater Festival

Sundays, 3 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through July 31

St. Louis Actors' Studio's LaBute New Theater Festival is your chance to experience seven new, bracing one-act plays by emerging and established playwrights in an intimate setting. The format breaks the program into two sets of two weekends, with a new play by Neil LaBute as a linchpin for both programs. The festival is better attended every year, with rapt, attentive audiences the norm and not the exception (no damn cellphone interruptions). The LaBute New Theater Festival takes place at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday (July 8 to 31) at the Gaslight Theater (358 North Boyle Avenue; Set one of the plays is performed July 8 to 17, and set two takes place from July 22 to 31. Tickets are $30 to $35. $30-$35

Thom Pain (based on nothing)

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 6

The Midnight Company brings back an old, odd favorite in Thom Pain (based on nothing). Will Eno's one-man show is about nothing, as promised, but our lives are accumulations of meaningless moments that somehow congeal into a full meal — sort of like how lasagna left in the fridge few days tastes richer and fuller than when eaten right out of the oven. Joe Hanrahan stars as the man who has known only suffering, from childhood bee stings to the agonies wrought by the combination of male and female. Thom Pain (based on nothing) is performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (July 22 to August 6) at Herbie's Vintage 72 (405 North Euclid Avenue; Tickets are $15. $15

Herbie's Vintage 72 (map)
405 N. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-769-9595
Thom Pain (based on nothing)

Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night

Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 5

There was a time in America when wearing black was reserved only for those mourning the death of a loved one. When did black make the jump to evening wear, and then to everyday use? Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night, the new exhibition at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or, charts the hue's long journey to daylight through the most versatile of garments. The exhibit showcases more than 60 dresses from the museum's collection, offering a broad view of how women's fashions have changed. The tapered-waist, puff-sleeved "second-day dress" from 1895 (worn by a bride the day after her wedding) looks more uncomfortable and rigid than a mourning dress from the same decade, while the 1933 halter evening gown looks elegant and chic. What a difference 40 years, a world war and the flapper movement makes. Little Black Dress is open daily (April 2 through September 5). Admission is free. free admission

Missouri History Museum (map)
Lindell Blvd. & DeBaliviere Ave.
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-746-4599
Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night
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