Events starting Oct. 3 in St. Louis - Grand Center

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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

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; 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

Hello, Dolly!

The Fox Theatre 527 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets$35-$105

Noted matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi is on the hunt for a wife for Horace Vandergelder of Yonkers, the half-millionaire who is infamous for his surly disposition. Horace's niece Ermengarde has already found her own husband in Ambrose, but the old man disapproves. Ambrose is an artist, which isn't a stable profession. When Dolly takes Horace to New York City to go wife-scouting, she secretly brings Ambrose and Ermengarde with her. To add to the confusion, Horace's two employees Cornelius and Barnaby also go to the city. At the rate Dolly's pulling strings, everyone in New York will be married before this trip is through. The Broadway tour of Hello, Dolly! sweeps into town this week to begin a two-week run. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday (October 1 to 13) at the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; Tickets are $35 to $105. 314-534-1111

The Agitators

Kranzberg Arts Center 501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets$25-$35

Famous suffragist Susan B. Anthony didn't just fight for women's rights. She was an ardent abolitionist and worked to help tear down the legal framework for slavery. In both fights she was closely allied with Frederick Douglass, the man who escaped slavery and became one of the leading orators and writers of his day. Anthony and Douglass were comrades-in-arms in the fight for equality and women's suffrage, but their friendship was tested when the 15th Amendment — which gave only black men the right to vote — was proposed. Anthony felt Douglass was betraying women by supporting the amendment, while he thought any bill that linked black people and white women was bound to fail; far better to support black men now and then resume the fight for women. Mat Smart's play The Agitators showed how these two intelligent, opinionated people fought for, and sometimes against, each other in the cultural wars that still drag on. Upstream Theater opens its new season with the timely drama. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (September 27 to October 12) at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; There's an additional 2 p.m. show on Sunday, October 13. Tickets are $25 to $35. 314-533-0367

The Agitators

Kranzberg Arts Center 501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets$25 - $35

Upstream Theater is excited to present Mat Smart’s compelling play The Agitators, which takes us straight into the thunder and lightning of the 45-year friendship between Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. After meeting in Rochester in the 1840’s, these two social activists became great allies and, at times, great adversaries. They agitated the nation, they agitated (and sometimes aggravated) each other and, in so doing they helped change the Constitution and the course of American history. Directed by Lisa Tejero. With J. Samuel Davis and Erin Kelley. Live music by Syrhea Conaway. 314-669-6382


Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 19
Marcelle Theater 3310 Samuel Shepard Dr, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Continuing its proud tradition of righting Broadway's wrongs, New Line Theatre rehabilitated John Waters' musical Cry-Baby with its 2012 production of the show. The musical was pared down by the creators expressly for New Line's inaugural regional production, throwing out the bombast and orchestrations in favor of a more intimate show with a six-piece band. These changes brought Cry-Baby back to street-level 1954, when conformity and close-harmony singing ran headfirst into the hormones and heartache heralded by the pioneers of rock & roll. Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker is the uncrowned king of the Drapes (Baltimore's greasers). When good girl Alison falls for the tender-hearted Wade, she turns her back on all that's decent. Her jilted square boyfriend Baldwin will have his revenge on all Drapes and damn the consequences. New Line Theatre opens its new season with Cry-Baby. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (September 26 to October 19) at the Marcelle Theater (3310 Samuel Shepard Drive; Tickets are $20 to $30. 314-533-0367


Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 19
Marcelle Theater 3310 Samuel Shepard Dr, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets10-30

It's 1954. Everyone likes Ike, nobody likes communism, and Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker is the coolest boy in Baltimore. He's a bad boy with a good cause -- truth, justice, and the pursuit of rock and roll. Wayward youth, juvenile delinquents, sexual repression, cool music, dirty lyrics, social rejects, it's all here! New Line opens its 29th season in October 2019 with the hilarious rockabilly musical CRY-BABY, based on the classic John Waters film. New Line first produced the show regionally in March 2012, after negotiating the first regional production rights in the country. 314-773-6526

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