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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; www.worldchesshof.org). Imagery of Chess continues through September 14. Pow! remains up through September 17. Admission is a suggested $5 donation. $5 suggested donation

Spectacle and Leisure in Paris: Degas to Mucha

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through May 21
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Bringing together a broad selection of prints, posters, photographs, and film, this exhibition offers an overview of the thriving entertainment cultures of Paris in the last decades of the nineteenth century. The art of Pierre Bonnard, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, and others addresses the pulsating life of the boulevards, the speed of the racetrack, and the performance worlds of the café-concert, ballet, opera, and the theater, both classical and popular. These diverse themes inspired traditional as well as innovative mediums, from fine art prints to commercial posters. 0

Audubon and Beyond

Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Continues through June 15
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Among those of the ornithological persuasion, the St. Louis region is of prime interest because of our natural flyways. The Mississippi River underwrites that status; it's a superhighway for migrating birds. We have another feathered fact to boast about: While the renowned birdman John James Audubon was still alive, the St. Louis Mercantile Library acquired a rare reserved copy of his masterwork, Birds of America, from his family. This is tantamount to owning a Gutenberg Bible. Celebrate it with the exhibit Audubon and Beyond: Collecting Five Centuries of Natural History at the St. Louis Mercantile Library on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; 314-516-7240 or www.umsl.edu/mercantile). The extensive exhibit incorporates sections relating to not only birds but also reptiles, mammals, fish, insects, humans, astronomy, geology, meteorology and more. Audubon and Beyond is open 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday (November 9 through June 2017). Admission is free. free admission

University of Missouri-St. Louis-Mercantile Library (map)
1 University Dr. at Natural Bridge Road
North St. Louis County
phone 314-516-7240
Audubon and Beyond

Blackout Poetry

Mon., April 24, 6:30-8 p.m.
phone 314-994-3300
adultprogram@slcl.org
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@ St. Louis County Library - Indian Trails Branch, 8400 Delport Dr., St. Louis, MO 63114
Celebrate National Poetry Month with Blackout Poetry and other unique literary crafts. Teens and Adults. Registration Required. $0

https://www.slcl.org/content/blackout-poetry-4
St. Louis County Library (map)
8400 Delport Drive
Olivette/ Overland
phone 314-428-5424
Blackout Poetry

Webster University Jazz Singers

Mon., April 24, 7 p.m.
phone 314-246-7032
music@webster.edu
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The Webster University Jazz Singers present their Spring Concert of standards old and new. $5 general admission, FREE to all students

http://events.webster.edu/event/jazzwebster_webster_university_jazz_singers
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Webster University-Moore Auditorium (map)
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
Webster Groves
phone 314-968-7128
Webster University Jazz Singers

The Comedy Shipwreck Open Mic

Mondays, 10-11:30 p.m. Continues through Aug. 21
phone 314-352-5226
HeavyAnchorBooking@Gmail.com
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The best comedy open mic south of I-40! Every Monday of each month the Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois, presents The Comedy Shipwreck open mic. Free to get in. See St. Louis' newest and brightest comedians before they get big! Also, bottle PBR's are $1 all night! comics sign up @ 9:30pm show @ 10pm Free

https://www.facebook.com/TheComedyShipwreck/
The Heavy Anchor (map)
5226 Gravois Ave.
St. Louis - South City
phone 314-352-5226
The Comedy Shipwreck Open Mic

Juried Student Art Exhibition

April 24-May 7, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
phone 636-922-8556
choltz@stchas.edu

WHAT: SCC Juried Student Art Exhibition WHEN: April 24-May 7, 2017 WHERE: Gallery of the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building, St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville COST: Free and open to the public CONTACT INFO: Christine Holtz, choltz@stchas.edu or 636-922-8556 Free

https://www.stchas.edu/student-life/arts-entertainment/art-exhibits
St. Charles Community College (map)
4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive
St. Peters
phone 636-922-8000

Drawing from the Collection: 40 Years at Laumeier

Through July 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Forty years ago, Laumeier Sculpture Park was just a 72-acre plot gifted to the county and a dream. Today it's home to 60 large-scale, outdoor works of art that each began as a dream in the mind of an artist. How does one begin to puzzle out what the three dimensions should be for Jonathan Borofsky's 24-foot-tall fiberglass man with a briefcase, or one of Andy Goldsworthy's earthworks? Many of the sculptures started as rough drafts in two dimensions, as drawings, photographs or collages. Drawing from the Collection: 40 Years at Laumeier presents a collection of these works in progress. It's both a celebration of four decades of the park's history and of the creative spirit that continues to drive Laumeier into the future.

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