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Cry Havoc

Sun., April 30, 1 p.m.

Back from a very successful Off Broadway run, Stephan Wolfert's one-man show Cry Havoc returns to this year's Shake 38 festival for two shows. The play integrates Shakespeare's many military characters and their experiences with those of modern soldiers to underline the difficulty veterans confront when trying to reenter civilian life. The grim nature of war hasn't changed much since Shakespeare's day, but it continues to change the men and women who serve. Cry Havoc is performed at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (April 29 and 30) at the Central branch of the St. Louis Public Library (1301 Olive Street; Tickets are free, but must be reserved online because of the limited seating. free, but reservations required

St. Louis Dance Festival

Sun., April 30, 5 p.m.

The St. Louis Dance Festival celebrates the best the metro area has to offer in terms of dance. Longtime festival organizer Dances of India has lined up twelve companies representing classical ballet, contemporary, jazz and folk dancing for this eighteenth installment, which takes place at 5 p.m. tonight at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts (425 South Lindbergh Blvd.; Participants include Consuming Kinetics Dance Co., Dance Hipnotique, Midwest Ballet Theatre and Wei Dance Arts. Tickets are $15. $15

Skip Viragh Center For the Arts (map)
425 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
phone 314-993-4400
St. Louis Dance Festival

Disney's The Lion King

Sundays, 1 & 6:30 p.m., Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays-Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through May 7

Musical juggernaut Disney's The Lion King is so much a part of American culture that even if you've never seen it, you'll recognize most of the songs. Simba is a young lion who one day will be king, but his uncle Scar arranges the death of King Mufasa and convinces Simba that Mufasa's death is his fault. Simba runs away to live in the jungle with new friends Timon and Pumbaa. But one day he will return to claim his throne, won't he? The Elton John and Tim Rice tunes seem to imply he can do it. Disney's The Lion King is performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday (April 19 to May 7) at the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; Tickets are $55 to $199. $55-$199

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The Fox Theatre (map)
527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-534-1111
Disney's The Lion King

Imagery of Chess: St. Louis Artists

Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sundays, 12-5 p.m. and Mondays, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 17

In 1944 Marcel Duchamp, Julien Levy and Max Ernst organized The Imagery of Chess, an exhibition of chess sets reimagined by artists and performers. Their hope was that people's vision of the chess board and pieces would be expanded beyond the then-accepted options of either the classic Staunton design or the "French" set. In 2016, the World Chess Hall of Fame exhibited some of the works from the 1944 show to acknowledge the debt owed to those artists for forever altering the look of chess. Imagery of Chess: St. Louis Artists is the new follow-up exhibit, which invites twenty local artists to have their way with the game pieces. Among those participating are Eugenia Alexander, who cites the Afrofuturism movement as a key influence on her work; fashion designer and Project Runway vet Michael Drummond; and Yuka Suga, a glass and metals artist who also works as a therapist. A second, simultaneous show, Pow! Capturing Superheroes, Chess & Comics, showcases more than 200 chess-themed comic books (you'd be surprised by how many super villains play chess to keep their minds sharp for optimal intricate scheming functionality). There are also superhero-themed chess boards and a comic book reading room. Both exhibitions open a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the World Chess Hall of Fame (4652 Maryland Avenue; Imagery of Chess continues through September 14. Pow! remains up through September 17. Admission is a suggested $5 donation. $5 suggested donation

Dancing at Lughnasa

Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through April 30

It's a portentous time in the Mundy sisters' household. Jack, the older brother of the five young women, has returned from his missionary work in Uganda to settle into the small cottage the ladies share in the rural hills of Donegal, Ireland. This blessing soon causes consternation, as Jack seems to have forgotten his Catholicism -- a requisite for a priest -- and clashes with the stridently religious oldest sister Kate. The sudden arrival of Gerry Evans, one-time beau of Christine and father of seven-year-old Michael, further enrages Kate. As the only gainfully employed sister, Kate's words carry a lot of weight, but she can't shake Chris from her dreams of marriage to Gerry any more than she can stop the rest of the village from engaging in the pagan ritual of Lughnasadh, the Celtic harvest festival. Brian Friel's Tony award-winning drama Dancing at Lughnasa captures an Irish family in the dying days of a glorious summer, right before everything turns harder and meaner. Mustard Seed Theatre closes its current season with Dancing at Lughnasa. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday (April 13 to 30; no show on April 16) at the Fontbonne Fine Arts Theatre (6800 Wydown Boulevard; Tickets are $30 to $35. $30-$35

Fontbonne University Fine Arts Theatre (map)
6800 Wydown Blvd.
phone 314-862-3456
Dancing at Lughnasa

The Hats of Stephen Jones

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 3

You may not recognize Stephen Jones by name, but you've most likely seen his work. The English milliner's creations have been worn by trend-setting celebrities for more than 30 years, from Princess Diana to Lady Gaga. A selection of eight of his avant-garde hats are displayed at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; in Hats of Stephen Jones, a complementary exhibition to the ongoing exhibition Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade. Jones' exhibit will remain up from Friday, April 21 to Sunday, September 3. At 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, Jones visits the museum to discuss his work and his inspirations with New York milliner Jennifer Ouellette. Admission to the lecture is $20 to $25; exhibition admission is $6 to $15. $6-$15

In the Realm of Trees

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 3

Classical Chinese artists often used trees as inspirations or the focus of their works. Trees and the natural world are the focus of the new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive;, In the Realm of Trees, which includes photographs, paintings and decorative works that glorify the beauty found in nature. The centerpiece of the show is a set of contemporary photographs called Sacred Tree on Mount Lu, made by Beijing-based photographer Michael Cherney, which was acquired for the museum's permanent collection in 2016 and will be presented for the first time in this exhibit. In the Realm of Trees opens on Friday, March 10, and remains up through Sunday, September 3, in gallery 225. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, and admission is free. free admission

Learning to See: Renaissance and Baroque Masterworks

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through July 30

Phoebe Dent Weil created the field of sculpture conservation in the early 1970s right here in St. Louis. As you might imagine, her personal collection of art is deep and full of treasures. Her husband Mark Weil was an art historian, and his collection is also heavy with the hits of the Baroque and Renaissance. They have promised their joint art holding to the Saint Louis Art Museum, where the public will be able to enjoy for years to come the fruits of their very fruitful collecting years. Learning to See: Renaissance Baroque Masterworks from the Phoebe Dent Weil and Mark S. Weil Collection features etchings by Rembrandt van Rijn and Albrecht Dürer and sixteenth-century Italian terracotta sculptures and busts, each work a miracle of craftsmanship and artistic vision. free admission

Juan William Chavez: Sun Hive

Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through May 4

The creation of art has been romanticized as a solitary pursuit, but in truth most artists have a support network of trusted friends and peers who help shape ideas, offer technical advice and inspire new directions. Juan William Chavez’s multimedia installation Sun Hive is a celebration of those other communal artists: the bees. Inspired by the seeming conflict between the bees’ collective lifestyle and the meditative practice of the lone beekeeper, Chavez’ drawings, sculptures and videos explore the symbiotic relationship of the hive dwellers and the humans who harvest their golden produce. free admission

Taking It to the Streets

Sundays, 12-5 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fridays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through May 20

Taking It to the Streets is actually two exhibitions in two separate galleries. The Kranzberg Arts Center and the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ Gallery 210 jointly host the show, which addresses the contemporary urban experience in the metro area. It features work by Howard Barry, Lois Ingrum, De Andrea Nichols and Basil Kincaid at both locations. This quartet is joined by Cbabi Bayoc, Solomon Thurman, Christine Ilewski and Damon Davis at Gallery 210. A bus will shuttle people between venues during the evening so you can experience the full exhibit. free admission

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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Taking It to the Streets

August: Osage County

Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through April 30

The Westons are an Oklahoma family with some major league problems. Violet, the family matriarch, is sharp-tongued and cruel when not gobbling up pills -- and even tougher to handle when she's downing them by the fistful. Patriarch Beverly is a poet whose metier is now alcohol. Their three daughters are, respectively, stuck in a bad marriage, approaching spinsterhood and about to enter a bad marriage. Normally they all avoid each other, but when Beverly goes missing, the family rallies together partially for comfort, as well as to stick in the knives they've been sharpening for each other for quite some time. Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize winning drama August: Osage County offers a long glance into the dark world of an American family as it circles the bowl. St. Louis Actors' Studio continues its tenth season with August: Osage County. Performances take place at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (April 14 to 30) at the Gaslight Theater (358 North Boyle Avenue; Tickets are $30 to $35. $30-$35

Oedipus Apparatus

Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through April 30

Sophocles' drama Oedipus Tyrannus has survived more than two millennia because of the horror of its plot (man kills father and unwittingly marries his own mother) and because of the way it captures the inevitability of fate. Oedipus' father, Laius, demanded the boy be killed at birth in an attempt to defeat the prophecy that Laius would die by his son's hand as punishment for his past actions. Saved by shepherds, Oedipus survives. But even though he grows up unaware of his true parents identity, Oedipus is nevertheless doomed to slay one and bed the other, paying the price for sins his father committed before he was even born. Nothing he does can change his destiny. Lucy Cashion reworks the classic story in her new play, Oedipus Apparatus. Sophocles' plot is interwoven with episodes of the TV show The View and a guided meditation on death led by a Buddhist nun to create a new telling for a more modern age. West End Players Guild closes its season with Oedipus Apparatus. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (April 21 to 30) at the Union Avenue Christian Church (733 North Union Boulevard; Tickets are $20 to $25. $20-$25

Shimon Attie: Lost in Space (After Huck)

Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through June 25

American artist Shimon Attie is interested in making people aware of the historical import of public spaces that appear common. In New York he projected the written memories of long-time residents of Manhattan's Lower East Side onto former tenement buildings. For Portraits of Exile, his exhibition in Copenhagen, he submerged light boxes in a canal so that the portraits of Jewish refugees whom the government shipped to safety during World War II would remind Denmark of its heroic actions to save refugees in need, and underline the current administration's malign ambivalence to refugees. Lost in Space (After Huck), his new installation for the Saint Louis Art Museum, uses sculpture, video and audio to evoke the memories of St. Louis mytho-poetic past. A cast epoxy resin raft is the center of the piece; a corn-cob pipe, an oar and a bindle wait for their absent owners in the menacing glow of a police light. Digitally projected constellations of light appear and then wink out in the darkness surrounding the raft, while streaks of lighting race through the artificial night. free admission

Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade

Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through May 7

Edgar Degas may be best known for his paintings and sculptures of dancers, but he was also fascinated by high-fashion hats and the young women who made them in the fashion capital of the world. This multimedia exhibition includes 60 paintings and pastels that depict high-fashion millinery, some by Degas and others by his contemporaries Manet, Renoir, Cassatt and Toulouse-Lautrec, who were all influenced by Degas’ work. More than 40 period hats will be on display as well, many of them by the acknowledged masters of Belle Epoque millinery, including Madame Georgette and Caroline Reboux. The exhibit is free on Fridays; admission is otherwise $6 to $15. $5-$6, free on Friday

Richmond Heights ArtFest

Sun., April 30, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
phone 314-989-0753

@ Lindbergh Drive, 7500 Lindbergh, Richmond Heights MO 63117
Join us for an afternoon of Art on beautiful Lindbergh Drive in one of Richmond Heights most charming neighborhoods. Over 25 exciting local artists will sell their Art and Fine Crafts. Additionally the fair will offer the music of Dave Black, Gabriel Jackson, and Jim Cady. Food trucks, Uptown Care/ Edg-Cliff Winery, Holy Crepes and Destination Desserts will be on site. There will be art activities for children. Join the RH community in a celebration of Arts! free
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