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Big Muddy Dance: Menagerie

Sat., Jan. 21, 8 p.m.

Now in its sixth year, the Big Muddy Dance Company is widening its perspective. The company tours beyond St. Louis now, and it has expanded its troupe by collaborating with Webster University's dance department. Big Muddy's new show Menagerie is the first to incorporate these young dancers. Thom Dancy has choreographed a new one-act for the combined troupe inspired by the NPR program Radiolab, specifically Diane Weipert's episode "The Living Room." The spoken-word piece is about Weipert's neighbors across the way. They never close their curtains, and so she can see right into their bedroom, drawn to their movements as they sleep, fight and make love. Brian Enos, Brandon Fink and Daniel Marshalsay also have works in the show. Menagerie starts at 8 p.m. at the Sun Theater (3625 Grandel Square; www.thebigmuddydanceco.org). Tickets are $22 to $25. $22-$25

Sun Theatre (map)
3625 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center Big Muddy Dance: Menagerie

Daniel Shular: Camp-Pain, 2016

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 28

Is it too soon to relive the 2016 presidential race? Daniel Shular is an independent photojournalist who followed the campaign from start to finish as it criss-crossed the country. He photographed the supporters and protesters who filled the streets as America struggled with the most unusual election season in recent memory. With no news organization to subsidize his journey, Shular resorted to sleeping on couches, in his car and occasionally springing for a room in a seedy motel. Camp-Pain, 2016 is an exhibit of Shular's best work, some of which you may recognize from Fox News, Al Jazeera, the Daily Mail or any of the other outlets that bought his photos as he followed the race. The show is open Tuesday through Saturday (January 3 to 28), at the Dark Room (615 North Grand Boulevard; www.thedarkroomstl.com) with the opening reception on Friday, January 6. free admission

The Dark Room (map)
615 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-531-3416
Daniel Shular: Camp-Pain, 2016

An American in Paris

Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Fridays, 7:30 p.m., Sun., Jan. 22, 1 & 6:30 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 29, 1 p.m. Continues through Jan. 29

American G.I.s Jerry and Adam decide to stay in Paris after World War II to pursue their artistic goals, Jerry as a painter and Adam as a composer. Joined by Henri, a wealthy heir who dreams of becoming a a song-and-dance man, the three get back to living life in peacetime. There's also the matter of Lise, the beautiful French dancer Jerry recently bumped into — she's worth sticking around for as well. But Jerry's not the only one dazzled by her charms, and the course of true love never did run smooth. The stage version of An American in Paris is inspired by the 1951 MGM film, and it features the same swooping romance and exceptional dancing that made its namesake a classic. An American in Paris is performed Tuesday through Sunday (January 17 to 29) at the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; www.fabulousfox.com). Tickets are $25 to $95. $25-$95

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The Fox Theatre (map)
527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-534-1111
An American in Paris

Christmas Wonderland

Fridays, Saturdays, 5-9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 27

The Grandpa Gang are the men of a certain age who hang all the lights that transform Rock Springs Park (2116 College Avenue, Alton, Illinois; www.visitalton.com) into Christmas Wonderland. In recent years the gents put up 3 million lights; this year they topped 4 million. The area is so bright that you won't even need your headlights when you make your loop of the park. It's an excellent last-minute excursion to tire out the kids before their favorite day of the year, just in case you want to sleep in tomorrow. (It's never going to happen.) Christmas Wonderland is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through December 27. Admission is $7 for cars and small vans. $7 per car or small van

Hell

Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Continues through Jan. 29

Is hell a place of eternal punishment for the wicked, or is it just other people? The question is complicated by issues of faith and geography — the hell of Dante's Divine Comedy is a far different place than that of the Mayans. Theatre Nuevo has worked up a devised theatrical piece to explore humanity's many iterations of hell, conveniently titled Hell. Using music, movement, personal gnostic revelation and copious research, the cast will present the long journey from damnation to redemption. Hell is performed at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday (January 19 to 29) at the Chapel (6238 Alexander Drive; artful.ly/theatre-nuevo). Tickets are $15 to $20. $15-$20

The Chapel (map)
6238 Alexander Drive
Clayton Hell

Impressions of War

Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 12

War is often commemorated in statues and portraiture with a political slant. Our generals are heroic and our troops are manly, while the other guys are all slobs and monsters. But some artists document war without an official commission. Francisco de Goya made his print series The Disasters of War during Napoleon's occupation of Spain, and de Goya pulled no punches in depicting the inhumanity, cruelty and depredations wrought in the name of conquest. These 80 prints are part of Impressions of War, the new exhibition in galleries 234 and 235 at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (www.slam.org). Impressions of War also includes Max Beckmann's portfolio Hell, which he created in Berlin in the immediate aftermath of World War I. Jacque Callot's series on the religious wars that rent apart Europe in the mid-1800s and Daniel Heyman's Amman Portfolio — the story of what occurred in Abu Ghraib prison, as told by Iraqi inmates — are also part of the exhibit. Impressions of War is on display from August 5 to February 12, 2017. The museum 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
Impressions of War

Japanese Painting & Calligraphy: Highlights from the Collection

Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 12

Despite its recent expansion, the Saint Louis Art Museum (www.slam.org) does not have enough space to display all the art in its various collections. This is why exhibitions are rotated periodically, and it's also why the new show Japanese Painting & Calligraphy: Highlights from the Collection is noteworthy. A pair of folding screens painted by Kaihō Yūshō in the sixteenth century are the main draw, having not been on display for seven years. Yūshō painted an ethereal landscape using ink and gold that represents the illusory nature of the material world. Japanese Painting and Calligraphy is on display Tuesday through Sunday (August 19 to February 12) in gallery 225. Admission is free. free admission

Saint Louis Art Museum (map)
1 Fine Arts Dr
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-721-0072
Japanese Painting & Calligraphy: Highlights from the Collection

Steinberg Skating Rink

Fridays, Saturdays, 10-12 a.m. and Mondays-Thursdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Feb. 23
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You could do worse things in your life than learn to ice skate. It's great exercise, sure, but skating's real value is that it's a solitary pursuit that gives you time to think. Once you become proficient you can turn your brain off and glide along it's the cheapest re-set button available. The restorative powers are even greater if you can do it outdoors, and that's exactly where Steinberg Skating Rink (400 Jefferson Drive; www.steinbergskatingrink.com) is located. The city's largest rink is a great place to stretch your legs, get some fresh air and realign your system, especially during the stressful holiday season. Steinberg is open from 10 a.m. to midnight December 16 to January 7 so you can burn off some steam late into the evening. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday through February 23. Admission is $7 for an all-day pass, and skate rental is $6 for hockey or figure skates. $7 admission, $6 skate rental

Steinberg Skating Rink (map)
400 Jefferson Drive
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-367-7465 or 314-361-0613
Steinberg Skating Rink

Humans of St. Louis

Saturdays, Sundays, 12-5 p.m. and Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 4

If you do a lot of walking, you will encounter any number of people. You don't really meet them, though. To do that you'd have to stop and engage in conversation, which means listening more than speaking. It's an old-fashioned thing to do in a country dominated by social media, which is more about broadcasting our own beliefs and ideas. Humans of St. Louis (the local wing of the "Humans" movement started by Brandon Stratton's Humans of New York project), is a documentary storytelling collective that aims to meet in person individual St. Louisans and give them a platform to discuss what's on their mind. Photographers Lindy Drew, Caroline Fish and Dessa Somerside have met more than 1,200 people during the project. The art exhibition Humans of St. Louis is a collection of their favorite encounters. The show opens with a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 9, at the Regional Arts Commission (6128 Delmar Boulevard; www.racstl.org). The show remains up through February 4, and the gallery is open daily. free admission

Regional Arts Commission (map)
6128 Delmar Blvd.
Delmar/ The Loop
phone 314-863-5811
Humans of St. Louis

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

All My Sons

Wednesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m., Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m., Sun., Jan. 22, 2 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 29, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through Jan. 28

World War II has been won and done for just over a year, and Joe Keller's life still hasn't returned to normal. There is the pain of his missing older son Larry, presumed by most to be killed in action at this point, but Joe's wife Kate refuses to give up hope. There's also the matter of Joe's former business partner Steve, still in prison for shipping defective engine parts to the military. The corners cut by their factory resulted in the deaths of 21 American pilots, and the stain of it still clings to Joe. When his second son, Chris, proposes marriage to Steve's daughter Ann, Joe's life begins to fall apart. Arthur Miller's tragedy All My Sons is a stark look at the failures of a man who has the appearance of decency but not the morals. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis continues its season with All My Sons. Performances take place Tuesday through Sunday (January 6 to 29) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $18 to $81.50. $18-$81.50

Constellations

Wednesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m., Sat., Jan. 21, 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m., Tue., Jan. 24, 7 p.m., Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m. and Tue., Jan. 31, 8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 5

Noted musical philosopher Haddaway had a minor but contagious hit single with his ruminations on love and what it is, but playwright Nick Payne frames the many possibilities of human romantic relationships through a prism of theoretical physics and its conception of the multiverse. Marianne, a physicist, meets Roland, a more regular sort, at a party; there is an undeniable spark between them. In one universe, the two pursue the relationship after the party breaks up. In a parallel universe, they don't. All of the possible permutations of their relationship (potential and real) lead somewhere, and all of these outcomes are contained within Constellations. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents Constellations Tuesday through Sunday (January 20 to February 5) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $43.50 to $67.50. $43.50-$67.50

Lines in the Dust

Sundays, 3 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Thursdays, 7 p.m. Continues through Jan. 29

Denitra wants what is best for her child. A well-rounded education at a school that can challenge her daughter to achieve her best possible future isn't a ridiculous demand, but because of the state of things in Newark, New Jersey, it feels like an impossible dream. So Denitra does a little boot-strapping and falsifies paperwork to gain admittance to a better school in an affluent neighborhood. It's technically illegal — but only a problem if Denitra is found out. Unfortunately, a former police officer is on staff to sniff out district jumpers, and he's very persistent. Nikkole Salter's drama Lines in the Dust is about how 60 years after Brown vs. Board of Education, America still hasn't figured out how to give everyone — poor people and minorities included — the same basic education. The Black Rep continues its season with Lines in the Dust. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (January 13 to 29) at Washington University's Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; www.theblackrep.org). Tickets are $15 to $40. $15-$40

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Edison Theatre (map)
6445 Forsyth Blvd.
Clayton
phone 314-935-6543
Lines in the Dust

Prometheus' Dream

Sundays, 2 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Jan. 22

Dr. Franken has made an incredible medical discovery that changes the very nature of humanity. What if you could be brought back from the dead? Franken proves the validity of his research by going on a lengthy lecture tour showcasing a key piece of evidence: his test subject, Adam. Theirs is a fraught relationship. Did Adam want to return to life? Is the doctor using him to advance his own career? Caleb King's drama Prometheus' Dream is a modern retelling of Mary Shelley's classic Frankenstein, in which fame and glory drive the quest for immortality. First Run Theatre presents Prometheus' Dream at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (January 13 to 22) at the Thomas Hunter Theater at DeSmet Jesuit High School (233 North New Ballas Road; www.firstruntheatre.com). Tickets are $10 to $15. $10-$15

DeSmet Jesuit High School (map)
233 N. New Ballas Road
Creve Coeur
phone 314-567-3500
Prometheus' Dream

Wake Up, Cameron Dobbs

Sundays, 2 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Jan. 29

Some people — mainly his immediate family — would say Cameron Dobbs is not living his best life. Cameron is alone, timid and reluctant to stand up for himself, but at least he has his 30th birthday to look forward to. What he thinks will be a quiet dinner with his brother Owen and his sister-in-law Abby suddenly becomes both a blind date (courtesy of Abby) and another inquisition conducted by his mother (invited by Owen). But what if Natalie, his blind date, turns out to be just the kick in the pants he needs to jump-start his life? What if she attempts to sneak him out of his own horrible party, and he's too agreeable to say no? Stephen Pierick's play Wake Up, Cameron Dobbs is a sharply-written comedy about taking control of your life, even if it means saying "no" to your own mother. Kirkwood Theatre Guild presents Wake Up, Cameron Dobbs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (January 20 to 29) at the Robert G. Reim Theatre (111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood; www.ktg-onstage.org). Tickets are $20. $20

Kirkwood Community Center (map)
111 S. Geyer Road
Kirkwood
phone 314-822-5855
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