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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

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

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

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

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

The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection

Through March 8, 2020, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection presents 40 abstract paintings, drawings, and prints by acclaimed black artists drawn from and celebrating the transformative gift of the Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Art Collection. In 2017, Ollie and his wife Monique gifted the Museum with 81 abstract works in honor of his parents, a collection that has added depth and breadth to the Museum’s holdings of works by black artists. 314.721.0072

Kristen Peterson - Visual Delights: Photographs and Altered Books

Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m., Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 1
The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

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Incorporating Xerox transfers, gel, paint, various forms of photography, and ephemera such as tickets, ribbon, feathers, jewels, glitter and more, Kristen Peterson’s journals, altered books and photographs give the viewer an intimate look at her life experiences. Peterson’s photos have been published in Esquire, People, Time and Actual, and she has exhibited at The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. The exhibition is sponsored by Mr. Ryan C. Easley. 314-533-9900

It’s Not You, It’s Me: A Declaration of Independence

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 30
The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

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For the exhibition It's Not You, It's Me: A Declaration of Independence, curator and fashion designer Michael Drummond selected fiber artists who use their art to address issues of gender and identity through the media of fashion. Body-disguising fabrics, masks, gender-bending and other similar ideas are explored in the show, which opens with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 4, at the Sheldon (3648 Washington Boulevard; www.thesheldon.org). The show is presented in conjunction with the citywide show Innovations in Textiles and features work by Nina Ganci, Larry Krone and Yvonne Osei, among others. It's Not You, It's Me remains on display through November 30, and the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday. 314-533-9900

Dear Evan Hansen

Sundays, 1 p.m., Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays-Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Nov. 3
The Fox Theatre 527 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets$45-$105


Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's musical Dear Evan Hansen caused a national stir on Broadway, thanks to its ultra-contemporary plot. Evan Hansen is a high schooler with social anxiety being raised by his working mom, who's rarely at home. When a pep-talk letter he wrote to himself ends up in the pocket of a fellow student who commits suicide, Evan becomes involved with the grieving family. This gets him closer to Zoe, his longtime crush who's also the younger sister of the deceased. A white lie he tells to comfort the boy's parents spins out of control but also brings him closer to Zoe. Of course, Evan also is throwing out more lies all the time to keep his story afloat, and he's doomed to come back to the truth eventually. The Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; www.fabulousfox.com) presents Dear Evan Hansen at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday (October 22 to November 3). Tickets are $45 to $150. 314-534-1111

It's Not You, It's Me: A Declaration of Independence

Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 26
The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

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Organized in conjunction with the citywide Innovations in Textiles 2019, the exhibition showcases contemporary works in fashion, photography and performance art by local and regional artists who investigate the narrative possibilities within fashion idioms and fiber art as they intersect with issues of identity and power. Curated by fashion designer Michael Drummond, the exhibit will feature the work of Mary Collins, Yasi Fayal, Nina Ganci, Nasheli Juliana, Larry Krone, Qun Yiyao Liu, Yvonne Osei Oppong, Kat Reynolds, Chloë Simmons and others. The exhibition is sponsored by Ms. Susan Barrett and Mr. Chris Poehler. 314-533-9900

Invent A Musical Instrument - Selections from The Sheldon's SOLID Program

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Jan. 21
The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

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A selection of inventive musical instruments by students from over 30 area schools are featured in this exhibition. Created during the 2018 and 2019 school years, the instruments represent the results of The Sheldon’s SOLID (Science of Learning Instrument Design) program, through which students use the Engineering Cycle to build instruments out of recycled materials. SOLID is a STEAM-based program, supported by the St. Louis Science Center. 314-533-9900

Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory

Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 28
The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

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Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory is co-organized by the George Eastman Museum and the Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis. Internationally recognized for her experimental approaches to art-making that combine craft with alternative photographic processes, Bea Nettles explores the narrative potential of photography. Often incorporating autobiographical and metaphorical elements, Nettles’s imagery references key stages of a woman’s life. Her work examines place, nature, dreams, mythology, and the passage of time. The first exhibition to survey Nettles’s fifty-year career, Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory provides a comprehensive look at the work of an artist who profoundly illuminates our inner worlds. 314-533-9900

Klub Weirdo: Monster

Wed., Oct. 23, 10-11:30 p.m.
The Crack Fox 1114 Olive St., St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown


Klub Weirdo is a cabaret at the Crack Fox that is inclusive of all identities, styles, and skill levels. Hosted by Lugnut, Moxxi Mayhem, and TiKi Vonte. This month's theme is... monster! Bring your campiest creature or chill us to the bone. There will be a costume contest during the intermission, so dress up! Doors 9pm Show 10pm 18+ $5, with surcharge for under 21 314-621-6900

St. Louis, A Musical Gateway: Africa

Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through April 11
The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

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The second in a series that celebrates St. Louis’ multicultural communities, this exhibit features rare and beautiful African instruments drawn from The Sheldon’s Hartenberger World Music Collection. The product of a long aesthetic evolution, the rich tradition of African music is grounded in the function of preserving and passing on cultural histories. This exhibit will feature instruments from West Africa, Middle, South and Southeast Africa, and in January, instruments representing the Islamic faith. 314-533-9900

The Boom Boom Room Friday Burlesque Dinner Show

Fridays, 7-9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 28

Buy Tickets$41/person for dinner and the show


Join us this Friday for our exciting burlesque dinner and show at 7 P.M. The Boom Boom Bombshells will provide a fun night of entertainment, through burlesque, comedy, cirque acts and more. You will also enjoy a three-course meal to your delight. Dinner, drinks, and a show, who could ask for more. This is perfect for date night, bachelorette/bachelor parties, birthdays, girls’ night out, tourists and more visiting downtown St. Louis. 314-436-7000

The Boom Boom Revue Friday Late Burlesque Show

Fridays, 10-11:59 p.m. Continues through Dec. 28

Buy Tickets$22/person

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Join us at The Boom Boom Room for the most entertaining Friday evening you can have in downtown St. Louis. The Boom Boom Revue is the perfect burlesque show just for you. Dancing, comedy, specialty cirque acts and more await you in our intimate venue. It’s so much fun come and see what audiences have been enjoying for the past few years. We offer a full bar, and appetizers are available for purchase. 314-436-7000

K-Pop Festival & Taste of Korea

Sat., Oct. 26, 2-6 p.m.
Sun Theatre 3625 Grandel Square, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets$10-$25


Join us for the 3rd Annual K-Pop Festival 2019 for a dance team competition, vocal talents, Taekwondo demonstration, Taste of Korea reception and more! This is a kid-friendly event. General admission tickets are $10. VIP tickets are $25 and include front row seating and full Korean dinner with drinks. Help support the spread of K-Pop in the Greater St. Louis area! Hosted and sponsored by the Korean American Association of St. Louis.

The Boom Boom Revue Saturday Late Night Burlesque Show

Saturdays, 10:30-11:59 p.m. Continues through Dec. 28

Buy Tickets$26/person

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Join us at The Boom Boom Room for the most entertaining Saturday evening you can have in downtown St. Louis. The Boom Boom Revue is the perfect burlesque show just for you. Dancing, comedy, specialty cirque acts and more await you in our intimate venue. It’s so much fun come and see what audiences have been enjoying for the past few years. We offer a full bar, and appetizers are available for purchase. 314-436-7000

Observable Readings: Christine Gosnay and Rosalie Moffett

Mon., Nov. 4, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Dressel's 419 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - Central West End


The Observable Reading Series on November 4 will feature Christine Gosnay and Rosalie Moffett. Brought to you by St. Louis Poetry Center, the Observable Series welcomes poets to Dressel’s Public House (CWE). Reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs loft of the restaurant. The event is free, with a $5 suggested donation at the door. 314-361-1060

Jailbird: an Original Play About Eugene V. Debs

Fri., Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Sat., Nov. 16, 7 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 17, 3 p.m.
Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Forest Park


The Missouri History Museum and Bread and Roses Missouri present the premiere of Jailbird. In 1920, Eugene Debs ran a campaign for the US presidency and received a million votes–all while being held in federal prison for his public objection to WWI. 100 years later, his revelations on our society, economy, prison system, and the nature of war remain strikingly relevant. The Sunday performance will be followed by a talk back, "Then and Now," featuring featuring representatives from The Eugene Debs Foundation and Missouri Jobs With Justice. Directed by Kathryn Bentley and written by St.Louis playwright Colin McLaughlin. 314-746-4599

Print Social

Thu., Nov. 21, 7-10 p.m.
Central Print 2624 N 14th St, St. Louis St. Louis - North Downtown

Buy Tickets$15.00 - $20.00


The event is a fun game night with a chance to win a print to take home. Bring a few extra dollars to purchase home-baked treats or bring snacks for your friends at your table. There is not a need to study your trivia facts for this fundraiser, just bring your lucky charm! The party starts at 7:00pm and we will begin the first round of trivia at 7:30pm. We will also have a printmaking activity – making coasters! Your donation supports Central Print’s ability to provide free printmaking and public programs this summer. (314) 241-1346

The Capitol Steps Present The Lyin' Kings

Sun., Nov. 24, 6 p.m.
The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets$45-$60


The beloved musical satire troupe The Capitol Steps returns to St. Louis with its timely new production The Lyin’ Kings for a single-night performance at The Sheldon Concert Hall in the Grand Center Arts District. Political satire is everywhere today, but The Capitol Steps has entertained audiences around the country with political song parodies and skits for more than 30 years. The Lyin’ King includes skits and lyrics about the current Democratic primary candidates and the newest late-night thoughts from President Donald Trump set to well-known pop tunes. 314-533-9900

The Vienna Boys Choir Holiday Concert

Fri., Nov. 29, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

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Kick-off the holidays with the delightful sounds of the Vienna Boys Choir as they bring their holiday program to St. Louis! 314-533-7662

Christmas at the Cathedral

Sat., Dec. 7, 8-10 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 8, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

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Experience the joy of the music of Christmas with the St. Louis Archdiocesan Choirs and Orchestra . The program includes the Christmas portion of The Messiah and other Christmas classics old and new. 314-533-7662

Advent Vespers

Sun., Dec. 8, 4-5 p.m.
Second Presbyterian Church 4501 Westminster Place, St. Louis St. Louis - Central West End

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On Sunday, December 8 at 4:00 pm at Second Presbyterian Church acclaimed St. Louis jazz pianist Carolbeth True and percussionist David True offer improvisations on a variety of Advent carols, including familiar favorites. The Second Church Choir, the Second Church Handbell Choir, and organist Andrew Peters will provide additional music offerings. The church is located at 4501 Westminster Place in the Central West End, St. Louis, 63108. The Vespers is part of the Couts Music Series and is free to the community. 314-367-0367

DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience

Thu., Dec. 26, 8-10 p.m., Fri., Dec. 27, 8-10 p.m., Sat., Dec. 28, 8-10 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 29, 2-4 p.m.
Grandel Theatre 3610 Grandel Square, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets$20. to $30


DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience National Touring Performance with the DaVinci Interactive Machines 314-534-1111

Bloody King Oedipus

Mon., Jan. 6, 8 p.m.
Marcelle Theater 3310 Samuel Shepard Dr, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center


New Line Theatre presents a free reading of a lost Gilbert & Sullivan show. King Oedipus is already having a bad day, and here comes some REALLY bad news...! All Oedipus wants is to lift the curse that's made his city sick, broke, and pissed off, but all these prophecies keep getting in the way! Could it be true that Oedipus killed the last king without realizing it? Is it possible he's married to his own mother? Does his name really mean "swollen foot"? Maybe Tiresias the Blind Seer knows the answers. But does Oedipus really want to know...? Here comes Gilbert & Sullivan's re-discovered, very adult, horror-comedy. 314-773-6526

Head Over Heels

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through March 28
Marcelle Theater 3310 Samuel Shepard Dr, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets10-30


The wild new modern musical fairy tale, set in 1580. And the 1980s. And NOW! HEAD OVER HEELS is the bold new musical comedy from the visionaries that rocked Broadway with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q and Spring Awakening. Conceived by Jeff Whitty, with an original book by Whitty, adapted by James Magruder, originally directed by Michael Mayer, based on a novel from 1580 (not kidding!) and set to the music of the iconic 1980s all-girl rock band The Go-Go's, this high-octane, laugh-out-loud love story includes hit songs like, “We Got the Beat,” “Vacation," and more! 314-534-1111

Stile Antico

Tue., April 21, 8-10 p.m.


Stile Antico is one of the world’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Its twelve members have thrilled audiences on four continents with their fresh, vibrant and moving performances of Renaissance polyphony. In other words, perfect for the Cathedral! 314-533-7662

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