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Mayor Taylor

Wed., Dec. 7, 10 a.m.

$15-$18

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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900

Krush Groove

Wed., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.
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Go back in time to the heady days of rap's infancy in 1980s New York with Krush Groove. The 1985 film is a slightly fictionalized account of Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin's rise to fame via Def Jam Recordings. Blair Underwood plays Russell and Rick Rubin plays himself (and not too believably, either) — two street-wise college students who manage Run-D.M.C., Kurtis Blow and the Fat Boys. While they're trying to make it big and bring rap to the world outside the Big Apple, Russell is also competing with his brother, Run (of Run-D.M.C., naturally) for the affections of Sheila E. (played by herself). Keep your eyes open for LL Kool J and the incredibly young Beastie Boys. The Webster Film Series presents Krush Groove as part of its Strange Brew series at 8 p.m. tonight at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; www.webster.edu/film-series). Admission is $5. $5

Schlafly Bottleworks (map)
7260 Southwest Ave
Maplewood
phone 314-241-2337
Krush Groove

Audubon and Beyond

Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Continues through June 15, 2017
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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

Finding Neverland

Tuesdays-Fridays, 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 11, 1 & 6:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 18, 1 p.m. Continues through Dec. 17

J.M. Barrie is a playwright who lacks inspiration and originality. When he encounters four young boys playing made-up games, he gets caught up in the fun and joins in. The fact that their recently widowed mother, Sylvia, is beautiful is another enticement to spend time with the family. Barrie soon realizes that his work needs more imagination and a child-like sense of wonder, and he embarks on a new play about a boy who stays a boy forever and has endless adventures in a land of make-believe. James Graham's musical Finding Neverland is based on the 2004 Johnny Depp film of the same name. It stops at the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; www.fabulousfox.com) for a pre-Christmas run. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday (December 6 to 18). There's a 1 p.m. matinee on Thursday, December 15. Tickets are $5.75 to $98. $25-$88

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The Fox Theatre (map)
527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-534-1111
Finding Neverland

Bruno David Fall Exhibitions

Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 23

It was slightly delayed, but the Bruno David Gallery's fall show is now open at its new home. It's a big exhibition, too, with six artists — Chris Kahler, Ann Wimsatt, Sarah Harford, Kahlil Irving, Michael Jantzen and Van McElwee —all presenting new work. For Wimsatt, Irving and Harford, this is their inaugural show with the gallery. The paintings in Wimsatt's Not a Passive Journey begin as small watercolors of a city's public places and skylines, but they are then digitally modified in an echo of the constant growth and accretion that takes place in urban environments. Undocumented displays masses of Irving's ceramic forms, which are stand-ins for bodies. His formations symbolize gatherings — either social in nature (say, a party or family reunion) or advocating for social justice (marches and rallies). Harford's installation Swing is a chandelier made of broken automotive headlights and taillights. The still-functional lights are controlled by a timer, which turns them on suddenly and throws broken shadows around the room, or shuts off suddenly and leaves darkness. The show opens with a free reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, November 10, at Bruno David Gallery (7513 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; www.brunodavidgallery.com). The show continues through December 23, and the gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday. free admission

Bruno David Gallery (map)
7513 Forsyth Blvd.
Clayton
phone 314-531-3030
Bruno David Fall Exhibitions

Driving Miss Daisy

Saturdays, 8 p.m., Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 11, 2 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 18, 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 18

Daisy Werthan's driving days are done. She's wrecked another car, and her son Boolie orders her to use the chauffeur he's hired. But that doesn't mean she has to like it. She resents her driver, Hoke, and treats him poorly, and not just because he's a black man. In the Georgia of 1948, however, it's not like an older Jewish woman and her black driver are going to be friends. Still, despite their cultural differences, Daisy and Hoke have a lot in common, as they discover throughout the course of their long relationship. New Jewish Theatre continues its season with Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize winning drama Driving Miss Daisy. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (December 1 to 18) in the Wool Studio Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (2 Millstone Campus Drive, Creve Coeur; www.newjewishtheatre.org). Tickets are $39.50 to $43.50. $39.50-$43.50

Jewish Community Center-Wool Studio Theatre (map)
2 Millstone Campus Drive
Maryland Heights
phone 314-442-3283
Driving Miss Daisy

Impressions of War

Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 12, 2017

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

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 12, 2017

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

St. Charles Christmas Traditions

Sundays, 12-5 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Wednesdays, Fridays, 6-9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 24

How many Santas is too many? Because St. Charles Christmas Traditions has enough Santas to field a couple of basketball teams. The familiar St. Nicholas and Kris Kringle patrol the streets of historic downtown St. Charles (South Main Street and Jackson Street, St. Charles; www.historicstcharles.com), and so do the lesser-known Frontier Santa and Civil War Santa. When you throw in Santa's assorted helpers — Germany's Knecht Ruprecht, who accompanies St. Nicholas; Snegurochka, Russia's Snow Maiden; Le Befana, the Italian woman who preceded Santa with small gifts — and you could make a basketball league. More than 50 holiday figures from around the world are part of St. Charles Christmas Traditions, and each of them has a trading card you can collect. There are even special "bonus cards" for Christmas baddies such as the Krampus, the Ice Queen and Dwight Schrute's favorite, Belsnickel. While you're seeking out these festive friends, you can enjoy shopping, holiday carolers, a fife-and-drum corps and season treats. St. Charles Christmas Traditions opens with a big brouhaha from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, November 25. The fun resumes from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday (November 26 to December 24). Admission is free. free admission

St. Charles Christmas Traditions (map)
S. Main St. and Jackson St.
St. Charles St. Charles Christmas Traditions

Radar Home, 11.8.13: New Work by Amy Reidel

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturdays, 12-8 p.m. and Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 14, 2017

St. Louis artist Amy Reidel draws her inspiration from color MRIs, family portraits and weather radar imagery. Nobody who has lived in the Midwest for any length of time can fail to see the menace implicit in the deep reds of a heavy storm looming over the metro area. By overlaying that data on the face of a relative, Reidel combines the predictive powers of technology with the emotional patterns we learn to recognize from infancy. The result is imagery that speaks to our sense of home and security, and the threatening nature of the outside world -- and those we let in. free admission

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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900
Radar Home, 11.8.13: New Work by Amy Reidel

U.S. Bank Wild Lights

Wednesdays-Sundays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Through Dec. 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Through Dec. 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 11

Don't take your kids to any old holiday light display — take them to one of the ten best zoo light displays in America, as ranked by USA Today. U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo (1 Government Drive; www.stlzoo.org) opens this weekend from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday (November 25 to 27), and it's currently in the running for the best of the bunch (voting continues online through December 5 if you want to weigh in). U.S. Bank Wild Lights offers light displays, sure, but families can also enjoy stories, campfire s'mores, ice carving demonstrations on weekends and special nighttime viewings of Kali the polar bear, Penguin & Puffin Coast, the Monsanto Insectarium and the Sea Lion Sound exhibition. Sessions resume from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday (November 30 to December 11, and then every night except Christmas Eve and Christmas from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (December 14 to 30). Tickets are $7 to $10, and kids younger than two are free. $7-$10

Saint Louis Zoo (map)
1 Government Dr
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-781-0900
U.S. Bank Wild Lights

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, 2017

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

Real/Radical/Psychological: The Collection on Display

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 17, 2017

Washington University's Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum both celebrate tenth anniversaries this year. The birthday duo share a joint party with the opening of Real/Radical/Psychological: The Collection on Display, an exhibition that showcases work drawn from the museum's deep collection, which was begun in 1881. Three curators have organized the show into three sections that explore how our ideas of what's real, what's radical and what's psychological (artistically speaking) has changed. The opening reception includes live music, food trucks, open studios and demos by Sam Fox School artists and a special commission designed by alumnus Ebony G. Patterson in conjunction with La Patisserie Chouquette. The show opens with a free public reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, September 9, at the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum (1 Brookings Drive on Washington University's campus; www.kemperartmuseum.org). The show continues through January 17. Admission is free. free admission

Vita Eruhimovitz: Synthetic Landscapes

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays, 12-5 p.m., Wednesdays, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Fridays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 18

Vita Eruhimovitz's new show, Synthetic Landscapes, is all about the artist's fears of a mechanized future and the rise of man-made environments over the natural world. Her mixed-media pieces combine sculptural and electronic elements with traditional painting methods. A vertical abstract painting that could be a noxious landscape has metal washers stuck to its surface; artificial clouds of colored Plexiglass are bolted to the painting in rising tiers. Synthetic Landscapes opens with a free reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, November 4, at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; www.kranzbergartscenter.org). The work remains up through Sunday, December 18, and the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday. free admission

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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Vita Eruhimovitz: Synthetic Landscapes

Kelley Walker: Direct Drive

Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31

American artist Kelley Walker will have his first solo American museum show right here, thanks to the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. The museum throws wide its doors for Walker, allowing him to take over the entire building with works both old and new. Walker likes to explore the ways an image travels from one culture to the next, and how each culture perceives the image once it is theirs. His new series, Black Star Press, digitally prints chocolate (white, milk and dark) on canvas, depicting images of racial strife in a very unusual medium. As the images in the series are rotated 90 degrees, the power dynamic on display is obscured, altered and eventually reversed. Direct Drive opens with a free reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 16, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; www.camstl.org). The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday and the show remains up through December 31. Admission is free. free admission

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (map)
3750 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-535-4660
Kelley Walker: Direct Drive
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