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Poetics of the Everyday: Amateur Photography 1890-1970

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 25


Portable cameras democratized photography. Once anybody could carry a camera with them, photography became a hobby as well as an art. Poetics of the Everyday: Amateur Photography 1890-1970, the new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org), features 110 works by unknown moms and dads. They show children, landscapes, family gatherings and of course the family dog, with often unintentional effects such as the dreaded double exposure. Despite being made by strangers, the images of family vacations and candid shots have a familiarity that makes them universal. Poetics of the Everyday is on display in galleries 234 and 235 from Friday, April 26, to August 25. Admission is free. 314-721-0072

Golf the Galleries

Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Mondays-Fridays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 11
The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets$6-$10 to play, free for spectators


Miniature golf, that salve for many a dull summer night, returns to the Sheldon Galleries (3648 Washington Boulevard; www.thesheldon.org) this summer, with creative and challenging holes designed by artists. The indoor golf course will fill the Sheldon's second floor, providing a welcome respite from the summer heat.

Golf the Galleries officially opens Saturday, June 1, with nine all-new holes. Justin King, creator of last year's recycled cardboard fantasia Serengeti Park, will be back with a new hole that's again made of old cardboard. King's Kraken's Cove has a giant octopus and other sea life; players must thread their ball through the creature's tentacles to sink their putt. Master puppeteer and theater scene designer Ryan Marshall will offer The Little Foxes, a scaled-down version of the Fox Theatre, starring marionette versions of Louis Laclede and a skulk of tiny foxes. And Constance Vale, architectural director of the Factory of Smoke and Mirrors, will offer The Mat, the Tapestry and the Magic Carpet, which inverts the golf course. Carpeted surfaces travel up the wall and are suspended above the floor, so that the playing surface becomes the obstacle.

Golf the Galleries will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 1 to August 11. The last tee time is one hour prior to closing.

It's free to walk through the course, and $6 to $10 to play. Tee times are first come, first served. Group rates and private rentals are also available; call 314-533-9900.

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

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and 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

How We See: Materiality and Color

Through June 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Humans can perceive a wide palette of colors, but we don't see as many hues as nature contains. The limitations of human vision are stretched in the Laumeier Sculpture Park's new exhibition How We See: Materiality and Color. Six artists who combine modern art practices with a keen observation of the natural world explore the possibilities of color manipulation and perception. Claire Ashley's specially commissioned, large-scale inflatable Ruddy Udder Dance is painted in neon colors. Volunteers will get inside it and perform a series of choreographed routines that allow you to see how its various shades change with movement and daylight. Ann Lindberg's graphite-and-colored-pencil piece as though air could turn to honey features a closely packed array of thin lines of pure pigment that become subtly darker toward the bottom. From a distance those tints blend and fade, and the piece appears to have a more uniform golden hue. How We See opens with a free reception at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Laumeier's Aronson Fine Arts Center (12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hill; www.laumeier.org). The exhibit continues through June 29, and admission is free. 314-615-5278

The Boy From Oz

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 30
Robert G. Reim Theatre 111 S. Geyer Road, Kirkwood Kirkwood


Singer, songwriter and all-around entertainer Peter Allen made it a long way in his too-short life. Born Peter Woolnough in Tenterfield, Australia, he changed his name when he entered show biz in the early '60s. While performing in a Hong Kong hotel one fateful night, Allen dazzled Judy Garland, who was in the audience. Garland brought Allen back to America as her opening act, which launched his international career. Allen also embarked on an ill-fated romance and marriage with Garland's daughter, Liza Minnelli, although Mama always had some suspicions about his sexual preferences. In his professional life, Allen wrote a ton of hit songs, including "I Honestly Love You" and "Don't Cry Out Loud." Both of these songs and an armful of Allen's other hits are featured in the jukebox musical The Boy From Oz, which retells Allen's life story through his music. Stages St. Louis opens its new season with the show, which is performed Tuesday through Sunday (May 31 to June 30) at the Robert G. Reim Theatre (111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood; www.stagesstlouis.org). Tickets are $25 to $65.

Circus Flora: The Caper on Aisle 6

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 30
Circus Flora Big Top 3401 Washington Blvd, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center


Circus Flora is an established St. Louis summer tradition, up there with Ted Drewes and baseball. The one-ring circus returns with an all-new show about a trip to the grocery store — but not just any store. In The Caper in Aisle 6, an ancient substance of great power has been lost for ages; now it's been found in the aisle of a local supermarket. Acrobats, aerialists, trapeze artists and daredevils try to uncover the secret behind the substance, with breathtaking results. The Caper on Aisle 6 officially opens at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Circus Flora Big Top in Grand Center (3401 Washington Boulevard; www.circusflora.org). The show continues Tuesday through Sunday through June 30, with a sensory-friendly performance on Thursday, June 20. Tickets are $10 to $60. 314-289-4040

Kinky Boots

Through June 25, 8:15 p.m.
The Muny Forest Park, St. Louis St. Louis - Forest Park


Charlie inherits the family shoe factory, and with it the headaches of a changing market, the constant demand for lower prices and a resentful staff. A chance encounter with drag performer Lola makes Charlie realize that there's an untapped market for well-made women's footwear in men's sizes. His girlfriend, Nicola, would rather he shut down the factory and enter the lucrative world of real estate, but Charlie is starting to feel a sense of kinship with Lola; they're both sons who disappointed their fathers in different ways. The musical Kinky Boots deals with drag fashion and the father-son bond, with songs by pop music legend Cyndi Lauper and a book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein. The Muny presents Kinky Boots at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday through Tuesday (June 19 to 25) at the Muny in Forest Park (www.muny.org). Tickets are $15 to $105. 314-361-1900

Poetry at the Point :Jamie Wendt, Hart L’Ecuyer, and Sara Minges

Tue., June 25, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
The Focal Point 2720 Sutton Blvd, St. Louis Maplewood

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Poetry at the Point on June 25 will feature poets Jamie Wendt, Hart L’Ecuyer, and Sara Minges. Poetry at the Point is held at The Focal Point in Maplewood on the 4th Tuesday of the month. This reading series invites local and regional poets, and established and up-and-coming poets to share their words. The event is free. 314-560-2778

Center Stage

Tue., June 25, 8-10 p.m.
Loretto-Hilton Center 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves Webster Groves

Buy Tickets$25-$129


Join us on Tuesday, June 25 at 8 p.m. for a thrilling evening of opera performed by OTSL’s talented Young Artists! Rising opera stars from across the country step into the spotlight for one thrilling night of song. Cheer on the members of OTSL’s nationally acclaimed Young Artists programs — normally seen in small roles and the season ensemble — as they perform some of opera’s greatest hits and cherished rarities, accompanied onstage by members of the renowned St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. The future of opera is bright, indeed!

Carillon Concert

Tue., June 25, 7-8:30 p.m.
Concordia Seminary 801 De Mun Ave., Clayton Clayton


Concordia Seminary, St. Louis invites friends and neighbors in the St. Louis area to gather their lawn chairs, blankets and picnic dinners, and come to campus for beautiful summer June evenings listening to the carillon. The annual Summer Carillon Series will be held at 7 p.m. each Tuesday in June. All recitals are free and open to the public. Guests are invited to enjoy the music from the Main Quadrangle or on the Seminary grounds near Luther Statue. In the event of rain, guests may gather under the archways and tower on campus. 314-550-7000

Putting It Together 2, We Made (Pretend) Plans, and Zeitgeist Portraits

Through July 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Foundry Art Centre 520 N. Main Center, St. Charles St. Charles

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The Foundry Art Centre is excited to present “Putting It Together 2: The Art of Assembling” to the community this May 31, 2019. This exhibition promises to be as much a collage of diverse artists as it is a collection of collage artworks. It includes forty-one artists from sixteen states, Belgium, Lithuania, and Canada. Susan Campbell, an interdisciplinary artist from Ontario, Canada will exhibit “We Made (Pretend) Plans” in which she “considers the ways that urban environments are manipulated and shaped". California based Emerging Artist, Holly Boruck, will exhibit her body of work entitled “Zeitgeist Portraits” in the Ameristar Gallery. Opening reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 31. 636-255-0270

Balinese Art

Through Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Balinese Art features a selection of rich and varied works of art produced in Bali, Indonesia during the 20th century. Bali’s visual and performing arts reflect the Hindu religious beliefs of its people that are distinct from the predominantly Islamic culture found elsewhere in Indonesia. Artists drew inspiration from nature, village life, and narratives from Hindu epics and local tales. The installation includes eight paintings and two ceremonial masks used for the central figures in the giant puppet dance known as Barong Landung, which may still be experienced today. Gallery 225 is devoted to the periodic rotation of Asian art 314.721.0072

101 Dalmatians

Tuesdays-Sundays, 11-1:30 a.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 1-2:30 p.m. Continues through June 30
Robert G. Reim Theatre 111 S. Geyer Road, Kirkwood Kirkwood

Buy Tickets$19 - $25


STAGES is sure to give you 101 reasons to fall in love with Pongo, Perdita, and a litter of the cutest puppies to hit the stage! That is, if the evil Cruella De Vil and her klutzy henchmen can be stopped from turning the pups into the most ridiculous coat that London has ever seen! Disney’s classic 101 Dalmatians is a fur-raising adventure that will leave you bopping to tunes like “Dalmatian Congo,” and the classic villain anthem “Cruella De Vil.” Filled with lovable laughs, kickin’ canine choreography, and plenty of puppy power, 101 Dalmatians is for everyone! 314-821-2407

Conserving the Mississippi Panorama: Curator Talks and Conservator Talks

Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Continues through July 31


Watch conservators complete an extensive restoration of Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi in Sculpture Hall. The panorama was used in the 19th century as a form of entertainment that was scrolled from one roller to another to animate 25 painted scenes. Conservation is expected to continue through July. During this treatment, visitors are encouraged to watch the conservators at work. Follow our progress at #ConservingthePanorama. Curator Talks will explore this unique work of art and the stories it tells. Conservator Talks will examine the process and techniques involved in conserving it. 314.721.0072

Circus Harmony Presents

Mondays-Sundays, 12 p.m. Continues through June 30
City Museum 750 N. 16th St., St. Louis St. Louis - Washington Avenue


Circus Harmony Presents a revolving repertoire of circus shows presented by our students, coaches and special guests. Check website for descriptions of the variety of performances offered. Monday – Thursday, 12 and 2pm Friday: 12, 2 & 8pm Saturday: 1, 3, 7 and 9pm Sundays 1 & 3pm 314-436-7676

Vaughn T. Davis, Jr.: Ascending Forms

Through Sept. 1, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
The Millstone Gallery at COCA 524 Trinity Ave., St. Louis University City


In a world fascinated and obsessed with height, flight, and constant progress, St. Louis artist Vaughn T. Davis, Jr. responds by calling attention to the idea, mechanics and feeling of ascension. For his first site-specific installation in the city, Davis has created a collection of vibrant geometric forms characterized by his signature cut out, frayed, ripped, shredded and sliced surface treatments of flatly pigmented and unprimed large-scale canvases. Opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 7. 314-725-6555

Glenda Hares: Now

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through June 29
Norton's Fine Art & Framing 2025 S. Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights Richmond Heights

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Have a glass of wine with Glenda during our wine and hors d'oeuvres Opening Night: Saturday, May 11th: 6 - 8pm New original collages, watercolors and acrylics featuring Still Lifes, Landscapes, Florals and more. 314-645-4040

The Boy from Oz

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8-10 p.m., Saturdays, 4-6 p.m., Sundays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Thursdays, Sundays, 2-4 p.m. Continues through June 30
Robert G. Reim Theatre 111 S. Geyer Road, Kirkwood Kirkwood

Buy Tickets$25 - $65


The legendary Peter Allen is immortalized in the sparkling and comedic jukebox musical, The Boy from Oz. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2018, this dazzling, heartfelt, and hilarious story follows Allen from his humble beginnings performing in the country pubs of his Australian home to his international stardom as a performer and songwriter. Along the way, we meet the cast of characters that made it all possible including the one and only Judy Garland and her daughter Liza Minelli. Featuring some of Allen’s most beloved hits like “There’s A Lady On Stage,” “I Go To Rio," and more! 314-821-2407

The Coronation of Poppea

Wed., June 26, 8 p.m. and Fri., June 28, 8 p.m.
Loretto-Hilton Center 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves Webster Groves


Claudio Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea is one of the earliest operas, originating in 1643. Inspired by history, Giovanni Francesco Busenello's libretto depicts a power struggle in ancient Rome, and all of the principal characters are morally corrupt. Nero sits upon the throne with his wife Ottavia, but he shuns her company for Poppea, his mistress. Poppea has herself thrown over her suitor Ottone for the emperor, and the jilted lover vows to kill her — but he can't. Ottone still loves Poppea. Unfortunately Ottavia orders the lovesick Ottone to kill Poppea so the empress can retain the affections of her wandering husband. Poppea is a woman who gets what she wants, but does she deserve to get it? (And why does she think Nero won't tire of her someday?) Opera Theatre St. Louis presents the unapologetically bloodthirsty thriller The Coronation of Poppea at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.opera-stl.org). Tickets are $25 to $129, and the opera is performed five more times in repertory through June 28.

Rigoletto

Wed., June 26, 1 p.m. and Sun., June 30, 7 p.m.
Loretto-Hilton Center 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves Webster Groves


The Duke of Mantua is well known for pursuing any woman who catches his eye, even if that woman is married to one of his own courtiers. The Duke's jester, Rigoletto, mocks the cuckolded men at court afterward, which eventually spurs them to take their revenge on the easier target. Rigoletto has been spotted with a beautiful younger woman. Certain she is his mistress, the men decide to abduct this woman to teach Rigoletto a lesson. Their action sets off a series of mistaken identities and counterplots that result in the death of an innocent. Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto is a dark tragedy filled with the maestro's trademark beautiful melodies. Opera Theatre St. Louis presents Rigoletto at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.opera-stl.org). The show is performed six more times in repertory through June 30. Tickets are $25 to $129.

Counterpublic

Fridays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through July 13
The Luminary 2701 Cherokee St, St. Louis St. Louis - South City


St. Louis is a city of neighborhoods. Everyone in St. Louis has said that at some point; if there is a truth universally acknowledged in this town, it's that our many neighborhoods are our strength and civic identity. And yet, how many people in your neighborhood eat the same food, share the same values and dream the same dreams?

For James McAnally, who with his wife Brea is the cofounder of the Luminary, the neighborhood theory may be true, but it's not a unifying principal.

"William Gass wrote that 'the Midwest is a dissonance of parts and people,'" says McAnally, referencing the late St. Louis-based writer.

That idea is the inspiration for the Luminary's ambitious new project, Counterpublic. The three-month long artistic exploration of the many dissonances that inhabit a shared geographic area incorporates public art, installations, discussions and performances. The McAnallys and curator Katherine Simóne Reynolds chose their own home turf for this experiment: Cherokee Street, with all the many cultures and people who inhabit it.

"It's a complicated project and something that hasn't been done yet," McAnally says with just a hint of understatement. "This idea of the 'counterpublic,' it speaks to the idea [that] there are people who don't feel included in this community. A counterpublic is analogous to subculture. It comes out of queer culture and feminist writing. The framing that's most helpful for Counterpublic is that it's a public art festival, or a platform that is meant to activate the neighborhood."

McAnally is quick to note that Cherokee isn't simply one neighborhood. The street crosses through four different ones on official city maps — Tower Grove East, Benton Park West, Marine Villa and Gravois Park — as well as two different aldermanic wards.

"Cherokee is the Latinx community, it's majority African American, it's eclectic and diverse," explains McAnally. "What do all of these groups have to say to each other? How can we keep the neighborhood together? Counterpublic is meant to activate the neighborhood — all of it, every group."

To do so successfully, the McAnallys began by talking to representatives of each division and explaining the plan and seeking partnerships.

"It was important to us early on to involve the business community, the Latinx community, all of these groups," McAnally says. "We have twenty permanent exhibitions throughout the project, from both local and national artists who come from the cultures found in Cherokee. We invited several Indigenous artists — we call it 'Cherokee' casually, but what does that really mean?"

Counterpublic encompasses many parts, people and ideas, all coming together to facilitate a free exchange of ideas. The plan is for Counterpublic to be a triennial festival that moves to a new neighborhood with each new iteration, but it's not at all an attempt to pigeonhole or homogenize any community. The dissonance is vital, and in the case of the inaugural production, deeply personal for the McAnallys.

"Counterpublic is a chance to ask ourselves, 'How do these many different voices come together, and how do we maintain an equitable development?'" James asks, not all rhetorically. "'How do we account for difference, and dissent? And how do we continue to live alongside each other while disagreeing?'"

Counterpublic opens Saturday, April 13, with tours, talks and performances from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Luminary (2701 Cherokee Street; www.theluminaryarts.org). An opening-night party takes place from 8 to 11 p.m., with complimentary food from neighborhood restaurants, artist-designed galletas by Rodolfo Marron III and Diana's Bakery and live video and DJ performances. New installations, processions, performances and public programs will continue through July 13. The full schedule is available at www.counterpublic.us. 314-773-1533

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis' Summer Exhibitions

Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 18


The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis' summer exhibitions open at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, and there are some heavy hitters involved. Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a finalist for this year's Turner Prize for his exhibition Earwitness Theatre (which CAM co-commissioned with several other institutions), which incorporates the artist's audio analysis of Saydnaya prison in Syria, site of numerous humanitarian abuses, a soundbooth and groups of objects Abu Hamdan uses as mnemonic devices to facilitate reenactments of crimes. Photographer Paul Mgapi Sepuya receives his first major museum survey thanks to CAM. Sepuya's images jumble and reorder the human body, while also revealing the mechanics of photography. Cameras are often a central figure in his work, while tripods, backdrops and lighting show up in his collages. Avoiding digital manipulation, Sepuya's work is about the importance of touch and contact, both between his subjects and his materials. Both shows remain on display at CAM (3750 Washington Boulevard; www.camstl.org) through August 18, and admission is free. 314-535-4660

The Coronation of Poppea

Wed., June 26, 8-11 p.m. and Fri., June 28, 8-11 p.m.
Loretto-Hilton Center 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves Webster Groves

Buy Tickets$25-$129


The fight for the throne is never dignified. Poppea will stop at nothing to become Empress, no matter who she has to blackmail, betray, or kill. And Emperor Nero, who is infatuated with Poppea, is not thinking with his head. Separately, they’re bad enough. Together, they will turn Rome upside down. Sexy, bloodthirsty, and unapologetic, this opera is the best kind of political thriller.

Rigoletto

Wed., June 26, 1-3 p.m. and Sun., June 30, 7-9 p.m.
Loretto-Hilton Center 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves Webster Groves

Buy Tickets$25-$129


There is no purer love than that of a father for his daughter - and no more impossible task than protecting her from the world. Rigoletto is a bitter court jester who serves the Duke of Mantua, a lecherous womanizer. Together, they are despised throughout the city. But alone, Rigoletto is all tenderness when it comes to his innocent young daughter, Gilda. Little does he know that an ominous curse is about to take its toll. Set to some of Verdi's most powerful music, this tale of innocence lost is wrenchingly poignant and all too human.

New Arrivals

Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through June 28
Green Door Art Gallery 21 N. Gore Ave., Webster Groves Webster Groves

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Green Door art gallery presents “New Arrivals”. Reception Friday, May 17, from 5-8 pm free and open to the public. Featuring New Originals Drawings by Mary Engelbreit, Terri Shay’s mixed media pieces, sensitive watercolor animals by Jan Helton, pastels by Amy Jamison and including 30 other artists. Available from May 1, thru June 28. 21 N. Gore, www.GreenDoorartgallerycom/events -314-402-1959 314-402-1959

Counterpublic

Wednesdays, Thursdays, 12-5 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through July 13
The Luminary 2701 Cherokee St, St. Louis St. Louis - South City

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The Luminary presents Counterpublic, a major new public art platform set to animate the everyday spaces of Cherokee Street with expansive artist commissions, performances, processions, and public programs from April 13th to July 13th, 2019. Counterpublic 2019 will bring groundbreaking contemporary art to the barbershops, bakeries, parks, and taquerias that anchor the Cherokee Street neighborhoods of South St. Louis. The project centers on a series of twenty-plus site-responsive commissions in venues as divergent as a tea shop, punk club, former sanctuary, Buddhist temple, Mexican panaderia, and community-organized park. Free and open to the public. 314-773-1533

Burlyeoke: You Sing, We Strip

Fourth Wednesday of every month, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Continues through June 26
The Monocle 4510 Manchester Ave, St. Louis St. Louis - The Grove


Join us on the 4th Wednesday of every month for the city's best karaoke night, Burleoke, where you sing while we strip. Sing your heart out while burlesque dancers improvise a dance to your song. Hilarity always ensues! Featuring the magnificent Brian McClelland with Karaoke BOOM. 314-932-7003

Fire Shut Up in My Bones

Thu., June 27, 8 p.m. and Fri., June 28, 1 p.m.
Loretto-Hilton Center 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves Webster Groves


Charles Blow has made it out of his small Louisiana hometown and is in college working toward his future when he learns that a figure from his past has blown back into town. Just like that, Charles is in his car and driving toward home so he can settle things once and for all. Will he abandon everything he's worked for to return to that grim town he finally escaped? The new opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones takes its name and subject matter from a memoir by New York Times writer Charles Blow, and features music by jazz musician Terence Blanchard and a book by Eve's Bayou screenwriter Kasi Lemmons. Opera Theatre St. Louis presents Fire Shut Up in My Bones at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Loretto Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.opera-stl.org). Tickets are $29 to $129, and the show is performed five more times in repertory through June 29.

Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt

Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 11
Pulitzer Arts Foundation 3716 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center


In his sonnet "Ozymandias," Percy Bysshe Shelley describes the legs of an epic statue in the desert wastelands, its ruined face lying "half sunk" in the sand. The inscription on the pedestal reads, "My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!" The poem is a meditation on time wearing away the memory of even the mightiest, and a reminder that death means forgetfulness. In truth, it may have been Ozymandias' successor who destroyed the statue upon assuming the title of pharaoh. Statues and memorial inscriptions held ritual power for the Egyptians, and it behooved the new ruler to sweep away all remnant of his or her predecessor. In the Pulitzer Arts Foundation's (3716 Washington Boulevard; www.pulitzerarts.org) new exhibition, Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt, the legacies of the pharaohs Hatshepsut and Akhenaten are examined through almost 40 historical objects that are both defaced and whole. Memory and visual culture are intertwined, and the destruction of the latter can easily erase the former. Striking Power opens with a free reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 22. The work remains on display through August 11. 314-754-1850

Indecent

Sundays, 3 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through June 30
Grandel Theatre 3610 Grandel Square, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center


Most of Europe in the early twentieth century was a-twitter over Sholem Asch's daring play The God of Vengeance, a drama for the Yiddish stage that featured a Jewish brothel runner, his lesbian daughter in a tender and honest rainy love scene, and the hurling of a Torah. It was a lot for audiences to process. When Asch approved an abridged English production for the United States, he didn't suspect what he was in for. While the radical Jewish community welcomed this bold new play, the Orthodox community was aghast at the sacrilege and the sheer indecency of Asch's script. The state of New York charged all involved with indecency, and the play was removed from the stage. Contemporary playwright Paula Vogel revisits and reimagines Asch's play in her drama, Indecency. In it the original actors return from the dead to share their play in a new era. With a klezmer band onstage, Indecency flits from Poland to Germany to America and back as it runs through the controversy and into the war years, as an aging Asch grows more uncomfortable with his young work and watches the rise of the German war machine and anti-Semitism. Max & Louie Productions presents Indecency at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (June 20 to 30) at the Grandel (3610 Grandel Square; www.maxandlouie.com). Tickets are $40 to $300. 314-533-0367

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