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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

World Chess Hall of Fame (map)
4652 Maryland Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-9243
Imagery of Chess: St. Louis Artists

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; www.slam.org), 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

Saint Louis Art Museum (map)
1 Fine Arts Dr
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-721-0072

Rosalyn Drexler: Who Does She Think She Is?

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through April 17

This full-career survey of playwright, novelist and visual artist Rosalyn Drexler offers a rare opportunity to see the breadth of the self-taught artist’s work. Her paintings feature bright colors and figures appropriated from films and print media, which she cropped, enlarged and printed on her canvases and then painted over them. The effect is somewhere between photo-realism, pop art and the visual language of a dream. Chubby Checker depicts a large Chubby mid-twist against squared fields of scarlet and blue and yellow, with couples dancing in 45-sized circles to the left; a smaller Checker echoes the larger one to the right. Love And Violence is far more sharp, a suited man looming over a crumpled blonde woman, grabbing her chin. A triptych of blue windows beneath the tableau show the same man helping to assault a fellow in a trench coat. free admission

Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form

Wednesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Continues through May 13

Italian sculptor Medardo Rosso was ahead of his time. Rather than creating heroic sculptures of figures from myth or doing a lucrative business in the monumental bronzes that were popular in the late nineteenth century, Rosso's sculptures seem to be caught emerging from bronze or wax. These almost-manifesting faces and forms are incredibly responsive to light, giving his work a fluid, ephemeral nature not often associated with sculpture. Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form, the new exhibition at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (3716 Washington Boulevard; www.pulitzerarts.org), includes almost 100 examples of the artist's best work, including some of his photographs and drawings. Experiments in Light and Form opens with a free reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, November 11. The show continues through May 13, and the museum is open Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free. free admission

Pulitzer Arts Foundation (map)
3716 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-754-1850
Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form

#1 in Civil Rights

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Continues through April 15, 2018

St. Louis' history as a wellspring of civil rights activism is deep and impressive. Dred and Harriet Scott's legal fight to be free, Mary Meachum's bold actions leading slaves to freedom across the Mississippi River, the Jefferson Bank protesters organizing to get access to better jobs, Percy Green and the daring VP Ball invaders who challenged St. Louis' powerful elite and the exclusionary nature of their private party — all of these people fought the good fight in St. Louis. #1 in Civil Rights, the new exhibition at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; www.mohistory.org) chronicles the history of the civil rights movement in the metro area through artifacts, historical photos, oral histories, art work and actors' performances. Every key moment in the black struggle for equality is covered up to the present day, with artifacts collected by the museum staff following the killing of Michael Brown and the resulting civil unrest in Ferguson playing a major role in the exhibit. #1 in Civil Rights opens on Saturday, March 11, and continues through April 15, 2018. Admission is free. free admission

Missouri History Museum (map)
Lindell Blvd. & DeBaliviere Ave.
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-746-4599
#1 in Civil Rights

Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through July 16

Before the interstate highway system was developed, Route 66 was the safest, fastest way to cross the western half of the country. Starting in Chicago and ending Santa Monica, the "Main Street of America" came right though St. Louis, but not in the mostly straight lines we're accustomed to now. At various points in time, Route 66 traversed Watson Road, Manchester Road, the Martin Luther King Bridge and the Poplar Street Bridge. That shifting route helped spur the growth of cities and businesses along the way, as travelers stopped overnight at the Coral Court Motel or grabbed a bit to eat at the Parkmoor Restaurant. Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis, the new exhibition at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org), tells the story of the byway through roadside signs and gas pumps, historic vehicles, bus tours and photographs. Route 66 opens Saturday, June 25, and remains open through July 16, 2017. Admission is free. free admission

Missouri History Museum (map)
Lindell Blvd. & DeBaliviere Ave.
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-746-4599
Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis

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

Saint Louis Art Museum (map)
1 Fine Arts Dr
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-721-0072
Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade

It Shoulda Been You

Sat., March 25, 7:30-10 p.m., Sun., March 26, 2-4:30 p.m., Thu., March 30, 7:30-10 p.m., Fri., March 31, 7:30-10 p.m. and Sat., April 1, 7:30-10 p.m.
phone 314-409-3887
jazzy@taketwoproductions.org

In a world where nothing is what it seems, religions collide, Machiavellian plots are revealed, promises broken, secrets exposed, and hope springs from the most unlikely of places. Is it the latest conflict in the Middle East? No, it's just the Steinberg wedding. The charming, funny and original musical It Shoulda Been You invites you to a wedding day you'll never forget, where anything that can go wrong does and love pops up in mysterious places. $18-25

http://www.taketwoproductions.org/it-shoulda-been-you
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A Taste of Wine Country

Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through April 30
phone 314-402-1959
greendoorartgallery@aol.com

The reception will be Friday, March 17, from 5-9 pm. Featuring “A Taste of Wine Country” Missouri’s spirits, food and art as well as the large watercolors by Patty Strubinger, assemblages by Amy Wilcut, turned pens by Sherry and Jay Phillips, jewelry by Michelle Wells and Lauren Nall and 30 other artists will be available from March 8 thru April 30, 2017. Join us for a Taste of Wine Country at Green Door art galleries March 8-April 30, March 17th is the gallery reception!

Green Door Art Gallery (map)
21 N. Gore Ave.
Webster Groves
phone 314-402-1959
A Taste of Wine Country

Nicholas Orzio's Occupied Japan

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through May 8
phone 314-535-1999
info@iphf.org
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At age 19, Nicolas Orzio was given a rare opportunity and a great responsiblility to document the World War II recovery efforts throughout Japan during the United States Occupation. Given a camera, jeep, drivevr, and a pass signed by General Douglas MacArthur, Orzio set out for two years on his mission. The images Orzio captured in 1948 and 1949 describe in incredible detail not only the physical recover and struggle of japanese peole, but also a glimpse into the moods and emotions of men, women, and the children. Sadly, Orzio has passed on February 5, 2016. $5 Adults; $3 Students, Seniors, Military; Under 18 Free

http://iphf.org/events/nicholas-orzio/

Abstraction

Thursdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through April 25
phone 314-367-1076
atrium@earthlink.net
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Atrium Gallery announces an upcoming mid-winter exhibition, "Abstraction." Opening Friday, February 17th, this show presents work celebrating the power and aesthetic appeal of non-objective works. Featured artists include: Willem de Looper, Michael Marshall, Annette Morriss, Fredrick Nelson, Kirk Pedersen, and John Schwartzkopf. The exhibition opens with a reception Friday, February 17th 6-8 p.m. and will continue through April 22nd. 0

http://www.atriumgallery.net
Atrium Gallery (map)
4814 Washington Ave.
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-1076
Abstraction

FRIDAYS – Happy Hour with the Harvey Lockhart & The Collective (5pm – 7pm) / Jesse Gannon’s Truth (10pm – 1am)

Fridays, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Continues through Dec. 31

Start your weekend off right every Friday with tunes from the Harvey Lockhart & The Collective from 5-7pm. Then relax and unwind with the soulful musical stylings of Jesse Gannon on piano and Rhodes with special guests from 10pm – 1am. “Friday Fizz”: 25% off sparkling wine bottles, and Sparkling Cocktail features! Free

http://www.thedarkroomstl.com/live-music/
The Dark Room (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-531-3416
FRIDAYS – Happy Hour with the Harvey Lockhart & The Collective (5pm – 7pm) / Jesse Gannon’s Truth (10pm – 1am)

The Jumpin' Jupiter Variety Burlesque Show

Fridays, Saturdays, 7-10 p.m. Continues through Dec. 21
phone 314-436-7000
theboomboomroomstl@gmail.com

@ The Boom Boom Room, 500 N. 14th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103
You enter into the sultry, sexy, ever so stylish salon of your hostess with the mostest, the luxuriously splendifourous LuLu LaToosh. Only the best of the best will do for LuLu’s honored guests! You will be showered with a bounty of the most exquisitely prepared food imaginable. All served in an upscale family style. Add a few specialty drinks from our stunning bar, and you’ll be ready for the main event! And then…the lights dim, the music starts, and you are treated to the entertainment extravaganza performed by the tempting, titillating, and oh so talented cast of The Jumpin’ Jupiter! $49 Includes Dinner and Show

http://www.theboomboomroomstl.com
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Murder at the Abbey Comedy Dinner Theater

Fridays, Saturdays, 7-10 p.m. Continues through April 29
phone 314-664-8024
patty@lempmansion.com

Join us and enjoy the best comedy dinner theater show in town at the famously haunted Lemp Mansion. Enjoy a fantastic three-course dinner and figure out who dun it during this hilarious show set in the fabulous world of Downton Abbey! A world full of aristocracy, old money but never anything as droll as murder! You’ve been invited to the dinner party held by the Earl of Grantham himself! Some would kill for the opportunity to meet the Crawley family. Which part will you play? Are you a …murderer? Seats are just $52.95 per person

http://www.lempmansion.com/mysterydinner.htm
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Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn (map)
3322 DeMenil Place
St. Louis - South City
phone 314-664-8024
Murder at the Abbey Comedy Dinner Theater

Boom Boom Va Voom!!!

Fridays, 9-11 p.m. Continues through Dec. 21
phone 314-436-7000
theboomboomroomstl@gmail.com
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Picture this…you enter through the plush, ruby red drapes, into the sultry, sexy, ever so stylish salon of your hostess with the mostest, the luxuriously splendifourous LuLu LaToosh. Only the best of the best will do for LuLu’s honored guests! And then…the lights dim, the music starts, and you are treated to the entertainment extravaganza known as “Boom Boom VaVoom”, performed by the tempting, titillating, and oh so talented cast of The Jumpin’ Jupiter! This ultra sexy burlesque show will surely keep you entertained. $20/person

http://www.theboomboomroomstl.com/buy-tickets/boom-boom-vavoom-0122
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