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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.

314-533-9900

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

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

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

Shakespeare in the Park: Love’s Labors Lost

Tuesdays-Sundays, 8-10:30 p.m. Continues through June 23
Shakespeare Glen Fine Arts Dr and Government Dr, St. Louis St. Louis - Forest Park

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‘Love’s Labors Lost’ is one of Shakespeare’s most dazzling and delightful comedies – and a brilliant study of the ways culture shapes romance. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday nights at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park. Admission is free and open for all ages and pets. Shakespeare Glen opens at 6:00 pm, Green Show performances start at 7:00 pm, and 'Love’s Labors Lost' begins at 8:00pm. 314-531-9800

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