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Open Studios STL

Sun., Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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For fourteen years now, Open Studios STL has arranged for tours of working artists' studios in order to demystify the art-making process. This year more than 120 artists are participating in Open Studios Weekend, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (October 19 and 20). Saturday is reserved for artists west of Grand Boulevard and Sunday is for everything east of Grand, although some artists participate both days. Artists will answer questions, discuss their methods and in some cases sell their work directly to interested parties. (Many will also be working on something, because to work is the nature of an artist.) Maps of the studios that are open are available at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard), and online at openstudios-stl.org. Admission is free. 314-535-4660

Coming Out Play Festival

Sun., Oct. 20, 4 p.m.
The Monocle 4510 Manchester Ave, St. Louis St. Louis - The Grove

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The Q Collective's Coming Out Play Festival invites playwrights to explore the myriad ways the LGBTQ community reveals their true selves to friends, family and strangers. This year's plays include the story of a closeted young man on the fence about telling his grandmother the truth about himself ("Catching Lemons"); a woman coming out to her woman's group ("1Like Summer on the Beach"); and a fictional girlfriend becoming a real person ("The Home for Retired Canadian Girlfriends"). The Coming Out Play Festival takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday (October 17 to 20) at the Monocle (4510 Manchester Avenue; theqcollective.theater). Tickets are $20 to $75. 314-932-7003

Printing the Pastoral: Visions of the Countryside in 18th-Century Europe

Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 1


The consumers of middle- and upper-class society in the eighteenth century developed a passion for rural scenes of traditional country life, just as the introduction of copperplate printing to the textile industry made it possible to produce fabrics with intricately detailed scenes printed upon them. Textile factories began churning out yards of fabric with shepherds, village fêtes and strolling couples for a market that could afford to buy them as furniture coverings, bedding and curtains. Printing the Pastoral: Visions of the Countryside in 18th-Century Europe, an exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum, includes numerous examples of the craft, several of which have never before been shown at the museum. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a reconstructed bed with printed bedding and curtains. Printing the Pastoral continues through December 1 in gallery 100 at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). Admission is free. 314-721-0072

Dutch Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt

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


The Netherlands gained independence from Spain during the brutal and grueling 80 Years War, which was followed by the Dutch Golden Age. Its ports, wind power and sailing prowess kindled a financial engine that powered the new country into the forefront of banking and trade; and with that windfall of money came the rise of the Dutch school of portrait painters. Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals and Aeltje Uylenburgh all created masterpieces in this period of prosperity. Dutch Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt, the new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org), showcases 70 paintings on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, that demonstrate the Dutch mastery of portraiture, landscape and genre painting (paintings depicting stories with a moral). The exhibit opens Sunday, October 20, and remains on display through January 12. Tickets are $6 to $15 (but free on Friday), and the museum is open every day except Monday and major holidays. 314-721-0072

Ai Weiwei: Bare Life

Sundays, 12-5 p.m. and Mondays, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 5


The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (1 Brookings Drive; kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu) officially reopens with a bang. Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei presents a major exhibition of work that spans the past twenty years of his career, some of which has never before been shown in the United States. Divided into two parts, Bare Life and Rupture, the show features monumental exhibitions such as Forever Bicycles (2019) and Through (2007-2008). The former is a commemorative arch built with Chinese-made bicycles, their carefully positioned tires lining up to create the image of telescoping lenses; the latter is an intersecting series of wooden pillars that pierce the surface of Qing Dynasty wooden tables. The work evokes China's own interrupted and intentionally erased history. Ai Weiwei: Bare Life also includes sculptures, photographs, films and a triptych constructed of LEGO bricks. The show runs from September 28 to January 5. 314-935-4523

Sam Falls: Conception

Through Dec. 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Sam Falls' artworks are inspired by, and at least in part created by, nature. For his exhibition at Laumeier Sculpture Park, Falls laid a canvas covered with dry pigments on ground in the park's woodland. Left there for several days, the dew, whatever rain fell and the sunlight that passed through the leaves overhead and onto the canvas made a record of the local flora. In addition to his large-scale nature paintings, Falls has also mosaicked a pair of steel I-beams with tiles featuring native plants grown especially by Laumeier's master gardener at Falls' request. The finished beams are placed standing upright in the forest, reflecting and refracting the natural landscape that surrounds them. Sam Falls: Conception opens with a free public reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, at the Aronson Fine Arts Center in Laumeier Sculpture Park (12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills; www.laumeier.org). Falls' work remains on display through December 22. 314-615-5278

Foundations of Freedom

Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 31
Field House Museum 634 S. Broadway, St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown

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Dred Scott was a slave who'd been taken from Missouri, a slave state, to Illinois, a free one. Yet he remained in bondage. In 1846 Scott sued for freedom from enslavement for himself and his wife Harriet, arguing that his two years of residing in a free state should make him a citizen under the doctrine of "once free, always free." The case was fought in various courts from 1846 to 1857, with victories and setbacks along the way. After the Scotts' patron could no longer pay their legal fees, St. Louis attorney Roswell Field took the case pro bono and continued the fight to win the Scotts' freedom. It was an unpopular cause in Missouri, but the Scotts' eventual defeat helped further stiffen the spine of the abolitionist cause. Roswell Field's home is now the Field House Museum, which opens its new exhibition, Foundations of Freedom, in honor of Black History Month. The exhibit tells the story of the Scotts' long legal struggle, other freedom suits and the national conversation about the legality of slavery in the nineteenth century. Foundations of Freedom opens Saturday, February 2, at the Field House Museum (634 South Broadway; www.eugenefieldhouse.org). It remains on display through January 31, 2020, and the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 to $10. 314-421-4689

The Shape Of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22


The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection of abstract art officially went on display Tuesday, September 17, at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). The collection was gifted to the museum in 2017 by New Jersey-based art collector Ronald Maurice Ollie and his wife, Monique McRipley Ollie, in honor of Ronald's parents. The elder Ollies often visited the Saint Louis Art Museum with their children, instilling a lifelong passion for art. Ronald and Monique Ollie together collected art for many years, particularly work by contemporary black artists. Among the treasures in the exhibit, The Shape Of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection, are important works such as Robert Blackburn's lithograph Faux Pas, Mary Lovelace O'Neal's City Lights and Frank Bowling's Fishes, Wishes and Star Apple Blue, which demonstrates Bowling's innovative painting technique. In all, 40 works are displayed in the show, which draws its title from a poem by Quincy Troupe. The St. Louis native was inspired by the artworks in the Ollie Collection and wrote "The Shape of Abstraction; for Ron Ollie" in response. Troupe's poem is included in the exhibit catalog. 314-721-0072

The Lifespan of a Fact

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 10
Loretto-Hilton Center 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves Webster Groves


John D'Agata is a literary essayist whose latest piece is a magazine article — more of a classicist's rumination, perhaps — on the Las Vegas suicide of a teenager. The problem is his fact-checker, Jim Fingal, who insists on precision of language and detail. D'Agata's not interested in details; he's trying to convey the sweep of symbolism inherent in the death of a young man in Sin City. Through emails and eventually in person, both men wage what is increasingly a very personal war over language, intention and fact. Can facts be molded to better get at D'Agata's meaning? Is the truth of anything in fact quantifiable — and can it be done on a very tight deadline? Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell's comic play The Lifespan of a Fact is about the struggle to get the truth in print, a feat made more difficult by that peculiar habit of men, taking all criticism as an attack. The Repertory Theatre St. Louis presents The Lifespan of a Fact Tuesday through Sunday (October 18 to November 10) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $20 to $94.50.

Pulitzer Prize Photographs and In Focus: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photographs

Through Jan. 20, 2020
Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Forest Park

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Photographs are a key element of narrative storytelling, which is why it's so baffling that newspapers have deemed staff photographers an expendable luxury. You probably recognize many of the photographs that won Pulitzer Prizes, from Joe Rosenthal's shot Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, to Alan Diaz's memorable photo of U.S. federal agents seizing Elian Gonzalez, to St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer Robert Cohen's 2014 image of a protestor throwing a tear-gas canister back at police while protesting the killing of Michael Brown. These photographs shock us, inspire feelings of pride and anger, and inform us, just as great written journalism does. The Newseum in Washington created a traveling exhibit of some of the most beautiful images to win the Pulitzer, and it's a show that will make its St. Louis debut on Saturday, August 3, at the Missouri History Museum (5700 Lindell Boulevard; www.mohistory.org). A second exhibition organized by the Missouri History Museum collected 75 photos of everyday life in St. Louis from the Post-Dispatch archives. Pulitzer Prize Photographs and In Focus: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photographs remain on display through January 20, and admission is free. Parents are cautioned that some of the photographs are intense and may be too much for younger children. 314-746-4599

Carlos Zamora: cART

Through Dec. 22


Art is something to be appreciated, and St. Louis-based illustrator/graphic designer Carlos Zamora's cART exhibition at Laumeier Sculpture Park is one of those examples. Zamora transformed three golf carts into kinetic sculptures by installing his oversized paper boat sculptures on top and wrapping the bodies with printed vinyl slogans. A fourth large paper boat sculpture will be placed in a creek on the Laumeier grounds. The Cuban native drew inspiration for the project from his heritage, specifically the song "Baraquio de papel" — "Little Paper Boat" — as well as Cuban car culture, nursery rhymes and politics.

Carlos Zamora: cART opens with a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at Laumeier Sculpture Park (12580 Rott Road; www.laumeier.org). The following night a Havana Night celebration takes place in the park's Aronson Fine Arts Center from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., with mojitos, snacks, "Casino" dance lessons and a screenprinted poster station. Tickets are $25, but admission to the park and Zamora's boat sculptures is free. The exhibition continues through December 22, and the park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 30 minutes past sunset.

314-615-5278

Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States

Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 29

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Artist Stephanie Syjuco was born in Manila and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was three years old, which gave her an American education and an immigrant's eye for our national blindspots. It's these blindspots that inform the art in her exhibition Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States, which opens with a free reception at 7 p.m. Friday, September 6, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; www.camstl.org). The title of the show comes from her installation of 22 flags that were used to represent the flags of made-up nations in various American films. Also in the exhibit is her large-scale installation Neutral Calibration Studies (Ornament + Crime), which comprises artifacts representing both colonizer and colonized societies. Cultural objects such as wicker chairs and traditional rugs Syjuco purchased online, cardboard cutouts of people and actual artifacts are mixed together in a larger-than-life diorama. Nestled in the background is a color photograph of the "stone-age" tribe of the Tasaday, found on a remote island in the Philippines in the early 1970s, who were actually modern people posed by a photographer. Rogue States continues through December 29, and the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. 314-535-4660

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 27


All Eugene Jerome wants to do is eat ice cream and see a naked woman, preferably at the same time. At the moment, all he has to do is go get another quarter pound of butter from the store every morning and afternoon because of his mother's strange shopping habits and keep the noise down (there's a cake in the oven). The Depression is dragging on in 1937, and his aunt and her two daughters — one of them the beautiful Nora, who's close to Eugene's age — have moved in out of necessity. Eugene's dad is working two jobs to support everyone, his older brother faces a moral dilemma at his own job, and poor Eugene gets buffeted about by the whims of his mother and the various intra-family squabbles. Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical play Brighton Beach Memoirs is a trip back to the simpler days, when a family could drive each other crazy and no one tweeted about it. The New Jewish Theatre opens its new season with Brighton Beach Memoirs. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (October 10 to 27) in the Wool Studio Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (2 Millstone Campus Drive; www.newjewishtheatre.org). Tickets are $47 to $54. 314-442-3283

Congenital Heart Walk

Sun., Oct. 20, 9-11 a.m.
The Muny Forest Park, St. Louis St. Louis - Forest Park


This fundraising event includes a 1 mile family-friendly walk, research remarks, kids’ activities, games, crafts, character actors, refreshments, music, remembrances and more. There is no charge to attend but participants are asked to fundraise or donate. 314-361-1900

BBQ/Pig Roast Fundraiser

Sun., Oct. 20, 12-5 p.m.
Grand Opera House 311 N. Main St., St. Charles St. Charles

Buy Tickets$15 advance and $20 at door

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Pig Roast by Bogarts Smoke House and College BBQ Cooking Contest fundraiser for Missouri Assn of Free and Charitable Clinics. The Assn. supports Charity medical clinics to provide life saving medical care to the uninsured. Includes pig roast, music by Catfish Willie Band, College BBQ Cooking Contest with $500 grand prize! 314-471-6752

River City Opry

Sun., Oct. 20, 1 p.m.
Off Broadway 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - South City


314-498-6989

St. Louis Poetry Center Sunday Workshop with Jason Sommer

Sun., Oct. 20, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Regional Arts Commission 6128 Delmar Blvd., University City Delmar/ The Loop

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St. Louis Poetry Center’s signature program, the Sunday poetry workshop, for October 20 will be held 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Regional Arts Commission and will feature as critic Jason Sommer. Free parking in the Pageant and Metrolink lots; Metered parking on Delmar is free on Sundays. 314-863-5811

Rocky & The Wranglers

Sun., Oct. 20, 4 p.m.
BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown


314-436-5222

ComedySportz St Louis Character Class

Sun., Oct. 20, 4-6 p.m.
Pat Connolly Tavern 6400 Oakland Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - Dogtown

Buy Tickets$125


4 - week class Enhance your improv or acting skills in this 4-week character class. Students will explore physicality, voice, accents, and status in a variety of exercises and performance games. Prerequisite: ComedySportz Levels 101 (Levels 1 & 2) or permission from the instructor(s). Taught by Nancy Nigh and Theresa Masters. You must be 18 years or older to participate. This class takes place on the Second Floor of Pat's. The cost of this 4-week event is $125.00 total. Tickets> www.cszstlouis.com/tickets Questions? cszstlouis@gmail.com 314-647-7287

Angad Sunday Rooftop Party with Laka

Sun., Oct. 20, 6-9 p.m.
Angad Arts Hotel 6550 Samuel Shepard Dr, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center


Enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the city at the Angad Hotel Rooftop while you listen to acoustic soul music by Laka, accompanied by Steve Marlow. Laka's influences are James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and Bill Withers. 314-896-0609

Angad Sunday Rooftop Party

Sun., Oct. 20, 6 p.m.
Angad Arts Hotel 6550 Samuel Shepard Dr, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center


w/ Laka 314-561-0033

Maximus

Sun., Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m.
Fubar 3108 Locust St, St. Louis St. Louis - Midtown

Buy Tickets$10


w/ Ground Control, Crystal Lady 314-289-9050

Varials

Sun., Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
Fubar 3108 Locust St, St. Louis St. Louis - Midtown

Buy Tickets$15


314-289-9050

The Usual Suspects

Sun., Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown


314-436-5222

Godsmack

Sun., Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
Family Arena 2002 Arena Parkway, St Charles St. Charles County

Buy Tickets$38-$85


636-896-4200

Fantasia

Sun., Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Chaifetz Arena 1 S. Compton Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - Midtown

Buy TicketsTBA


w/ Robin Thicke, Tank, the Bonfyre 314-977-5000

Tyrone Wells

Sun., Oct. 20, 8 p.m.
Old Rock House 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis St. Louis - Soulard

Buy Tickets$17-$22


314-588-0505

MADCO 2

Sun., Oct. 20, 2-3:30 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$15


MADCO (Modern American Dance Company) is proud to present MADCO 2, a professional apprentice company, in their own mainstage performance. Enjoy pre-show entertainment from St. Louis Academy of Dance PAZAZZ Performers followed by five MADCO 2 works. You will be genuinely moved by this athletic and emotional performance. New MADCO 2 dancers can’t wait to meet you after the show! This concert is 100% run by volunteers from your St. Louis community! $15 tickets sold only at the Lee Theater doors supports innovative community performances and educational programming in MADCO's 43rd season of dance. 3146814923

Sawyer Fredericks

Sun., Oct. 20, 8 p.m.
Off Broadway 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - South City


314-498-6989

Faye Webster

Sun., Oct. 20, 8 p.m.
Blueberry Hill - The Duck Room 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City Delmar/ The Loop


314-727-4444

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