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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

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; 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

Talking Transit: 2019 Transit Impact Study Findings

Tue., Oct. 22, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Buy Tickets$10

@ St. Louis Regional Chamber’s Collaboration Center, One Metropolitan Square
Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) will reveal the findings of its 2019 Economic Impact of Public Transit Services in the State of Missouri study at the “Talking Transit” event. A panel of local stakeholders will then weigh in on the outcomes and discuss how the information can be utilized to build the case for more state and federal funding for transit. Registration can be completed online or by arriving early to the event. The cost is free for CMT members and $10 for non-members. A limited number of scholarships are available to those with personal financial constraints. 314-231-7272

Abolish the Police: A Community Discussion

Tue., Oct. 22, 6-7:30 p.m.
St. Louis Public Library 3309 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - South Grand

The Coalition Against Police Crimes & Repression (CAPCR) has invited outspoken police abolitionist, Derecka Purnell, to lead a discussion this Oct. 22 National Day Against Police Brutality. Derecka is a human rights lawyer, writer, and organizer who works to sustain social movements who regularly provides legal assistance and trainings to community organizations working to end police violence or close prisons through an abolitionist framework. Derecka served on the founding steering committee for Law for Black Lives, a growing network 5,000 law students, lawyers, and legal workers to support social movements. Derecka is Deputy Director of the Spirit of Justice Center. 314-413-0454

ComedySportz St Louis Audition

Tue., Oct. 22, 7-9 p.m.

Buy TicketsFree, you just need to register

@ Discovery Comedy Theater, 524 S Main Street. St Louis, MO 63301
Auditions for ComedySportz will be Tuesday, Oct 22nd @ 7 pm at 524 S Main St, St Charles, MO. 63301 Click on the link to register: (AGES: 18 OR OLDER) What to expect at the audition: Participants will play some improv games and do some scene work and learn about ComedySportz. We play and practice 100 percent clean. Major and Minor league ComedySportz practices will be at 7 pm on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at our new theater, 524 S Main St., St Charles, Mo., 63301 Check out our website:

Paper and Thread: Dreams are Made of These

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 30
Norton's Fine Art & Framing 2025 S. Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights Richmond Heights

Paper and Thread: Dreams are Made of These Deann Rubin and Betty Shew - Handwoven Tapestry and Cast Paper Opening Reception- September 28th: 1 - 4pm Show runs through Weds, Oct. 30th In connection with Innovations in Textiles STL 2019 More details at their website - Regular Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 - 6 / Free and open to the public with free parking. 314-645-4040

Weekly Free Chess Lessons

Tuesdays, 5-7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 17
Apotheosis Comics 3206 S Grand Ave, St. Louis St. Louis - South Grand

Starting April 2nd and every Tuesdays from 5-7pm we’re offering FREE chess lessons with a 3 round G/20 tournament from 1 to 4 pm, every last Sunday of the month. That’s right – you can learn how to play chess right here at the shop! All you need to do is show up. No age restrictions, all levels of experience are welcome. 314.260.1689

Pete Souza

Wed., Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
Grandel Theatre 3610 Grandel Square, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Pete Souza has worked as a photojournalist, shot for National Geographic and Life, and has been the chief official White House photographer for former President Barack Obama, but he's currently most popular for his weapons-grade trolling of Donald Trump on his personal Instagram. Souza's mockery relies on his large stash of Obama photos, which he repurposes with cutting captions that underline the differences in governing style, humility and humanity between Obama and Trump. If you're wondering, Trump doesn't look very good in comparison. These photographic arguments formed the basis of Souza's book Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents. The paperback edition has 60 new pages of Souza's commentary on Michael Cohen, Brett Kavanaugh and the immigration crisis. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, Left Bank Books presents Pete Souza at the Grandel (3610 Grandel Square; with the new edition of Shade. The event requires tickets ($22.13) and comes with a signed copy of the book. 314-533-0367

Foundations of Freedom

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

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; It remains on display through January 31, 2020, and the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 to $10. 314-421-4689

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

Lecture: Ai Weiwei: Between Mao and Warhol

Wed., Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m.

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In this lecture, John J. Curley, associate professor of modern and contemporary art at Wake Forest University, will discuss the hybridity of Ai Weiwei’s artistic practice. In many of his works, Ai emulates Western exemplars like Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp but infuses these models with techniques learned from communist propaganda during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Ai’s practice thus transforms Duchamp’s and Warhol’s postures of critical ambiguity into clear political statements, allowing his works to be read as both works of contemporary art and social activism. Free and open to the public. 314-935-5490

Radical Love in James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk

Thu., Oct. 24, 2-4 p.m.

Columbia University Professor Dr. Farah Griffin will deliver the UMSL Common Read Signature Lecture, titled “Radical Love in James Baldwin’s 'If Beale Street Could Talk.'” This featured program is part of a yearlong series of events supporting the UMSL Common Read, an initiative launched to spark a wide-ranging conversation about diversity and inclusion in our community and on our campus. A reception for Griffin will immediately follow the lecture. For more information about the Common Read and its related programming, please visit 314-516-5501

Lobster Boil

Thu., Oct. 24, 5-11 p.m.

It's a tradition: spreading newsprint on the table, pouring out buckets of fresh steamed seafood, potatoes and corn on the cob, then strapping on a bib and dredging the feast with as much butter as you like. Thankfully, driving to the coast isn't required. Join us Thursdays in October as we focus on the most popular crustaceans the sea has to offer. Reservations are required. Please call us at 314-241-8989 to save your seat. Whole 1.25 lb Lobster House-Made Andouille Corn on the Cob Roasted Potatoes One Complimentary Paul's Pils Draft 314-241-8989

Soulard Hayride Pub Crawl

Thu., Oct. 24, 6-11:59 p.m.
Nadine's Gin Joint 1931 S. 12th St., St. Louis St. Louis - Soulard

Buy Tickets$15

The Soulard Business Association in conjunction with the Krewe De Soulard invite you to join us on Thursday, October 24th for a great tradition of Soulard, the Soulard Hayride Pub Crawl! There will be two horse drawn hayride trailers and two tractor drawn trailers ready to take YOU on this awesome harvest crawl throughout Soulard. There will be 22 establishments, all offering drink or food specials to the participants on this crawl. 1/2 of the proceeds after cost will be donated to The St. Louis Area Food Bank! The hayrides will run from 6-10pm, but the crawl goes all night! 314-436-3045

St. Louis Housing Authority Gala

Thu., Oct. 24, 6 p.m.

Buy Tickets150

@ The Cedars Banquet Facility, 939 Lebanon Drive
The St. Louis Housing Authority is proud to celebrate 80 years as a housing provider dedicated to providing safe, desirable, and affordable housing for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. On October 24, 2019, SLHA will commemorate its anniversary by hosting a gala at the Cedars Banquet Center. We would like to extend an invitation for you to be a part of our celebration! 314-286-4247

Healing Action-Ladies' Night Out

Thu., Oct. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Earthbound Brewing 2710 Cherokee St., St. Louis St. Louis - South City

Buy Tickets50.00

This marquee event will celebrate the progress made in providing hope and healing to survivors and combating commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking. Our Executive Director Katie Rhoades will share our exciting and ambitious vision ahead. The night will be filled with fun and special opportunities to pamper ladies (and gentlemen) in attendance. Ticket includes open bar, including mocktails, beer and wine, food, and access to self-care stations, including massage, manicures and more! We expect a sellout crowd of more than 125 champions for change. It will be an evening you don't want to miss! 3148834514

ComedySportz St Louis Contest

Thu., Oct. 24, 7:30-9 p.m.

Buy TicketsFree, you just need to register

@ Discovery Comedy Theater, 524 S Main Street St Charles, Mo 63301
Join us Thursday, Oct 24th for a Comedy contest of improvisers, stand up comics, magicians, poets, singers and anything else funny at the Discovery Comedy Theater... Participants will be battling it out to Win Tens of DOLLARS & other fabulous prizes. All Comedy must be clean! No entry fee... Must register here: You'll be notified if you've been selected to participate

The Resale Shop's Couturier Event

Thu., Oct. 24, 1-4 & 4-8 p.m., Fri., Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon., Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Tue., Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Buy Tickets$50, $10, Free

@ The Resale Shop, 295 N. Lindbergh Blvd.
Couturier is The Resale Shop’s largest fundraiser of the year. You can shop high-end designer labels at a fraction of the cost. October 24 VIP Preview / 1-4pm / $50 – Tickets must be purchased in advance online or by phone Preview Night / 4-8pm / $10 – $10 donation at the door to enter October 25 / 10am-6pm October 26 / 10am-5pm 55th Annual Couturier. Admission is free. October 28 / 10am-6pm October 29 / 10am-7pm End of event sale. Take 25% off your purchase. Some exclusions apply. 314-692-8141

Decoys & Depictions: Images of the Digital

Thu., Oct. 24, 6-9 p.m. and Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Continues through Nov. 16
Des Lee Gallery 1627 Washington Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - Washington Avenue

More than 30 architects and artists will present projects exploring how contemporary digital images are constructed and operate. 314-935-6200

Decoys & Depictions: Images of the Digital

Fri., Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

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@ Washington University—Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, One Wrighton Way
A symposium exploring how digital images are constructed; the implications for how architects and artists operate; and the potential effects within social and political realms. 314-935-6200

Mary Louise Edwards

Fri., Oct. 25, 2-8 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 26, 2-8 p.m.
St. Clair Square Highway 64 & N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights Belleville/ Fairview Heights

Mary Louise Edwards will be having her first book signing event October 25-27 books are 10.00 including a signing and photo if like. Friday and Saturday are from 2-4 and 6-8 and Sunday from 3-5 St Clair Square Mall Mary currently writes under Mary Louise Thole. Her book Uncontrolled Desires is available online. This book is for young adults and older. It’s very sensitive and controversial but very true as to what’s going on in our society. 618-632-7566

Under the Same Tree Trivia Night

Fri., Oct. 25, 6:30-10 p.m.

Buy Tickets$25 each

@ The Heights Community Center, 8001 Dale Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63117
Join us at The Heights Community Center on October 25 for a night of fun and friendly competition in support of building family stability around the world! Doors open at 6:30 pm with trivia starting promptly at 7 pm. Tickets are $25, or a table of 8 for $180. Admission includes popcorn and soft drinks, but feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks of any kind. Look forward to great prizes, raffle, and silent auction! This event supports the work of Under the Same Tree, a non-profit organization that prevents the effects of poverty. 314-397-0221

Black Cat Ball

Fri., Oct. 25, 7-11 p.m.
Blanchette Park 1900 W. Randolph St., St. Charles St. Charles

Buy Tickets$31.00

Memorial Hall, Blanchette Park. Enjoy a Spooktacular evening with Pride St. Charles and friends! Black Cat Ball is a 21+ event with a Drag Show, Creepy Costume Contest, Silent Auction, Dancing, Chills & Thrills. Costumes! Glitter! Spirits! Support the LGBTQIA community Tickets are $31 in advance, $40 at the door. Included: Boooos and Spirits, Monster Munchies, Candy.

Witch Please

Fri., Oct. 25, 9 p.m.-3 a.m.
The Crack Fox 1114 Olive St., St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown

Buy Tickets$5-$15

Alright witches, warlocks, wizards, and basics who'd like to bask in our magic for a single evening! It's that time again! GutterGlitter's 5th annual Witch Please! is back to celebrate us queer and trans babes this society hasn't yet been able to burn. Don your sexiest cloak or whatever you'd be most comfortable calling the four corners in. Bring your coven, or come stag, hedgewitches! Just be ready to party at this underground, queer dance party. Witches will be in the house, binding Trump and his goons. Basics are subject to a $15 up charge, come in costume! 314-621-6900

Vintage Market Days of St. Louis

Fri., Oct. 25, 12-6 p.m., Sat., Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Chesterfield Mall Clarkson Road & Chesterfield Parkway S., Chesterfield Chesterfield

Buy Tickets$10.00 on Fri, $5.00 on Sat & Sun

Vintage Market Days® of St. Louis is an upscale vintage-inspired outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more. The Market is a three-day event held several times a year in the City of Chesterfield. Vintage Market Days® events are unique opportunities for vendors to display their talents and passions in different venues. We'll have over 100 vendors for you to shop. October 25, 2019 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm October 26, 2019 10:00 am to 6:00 pm October 27, 2019 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 636-532-0777

ComedySportz St Louis Match

Fridays, Saturdays, 8-10 p.m. Continues through Oct. 25

Buy Tickets$10-$18

@ ComedySportz St Louis, 524 S Main St, St Charles
ComedySportz is clean, outrageously funny Improv, like you've seen on Whose Line Is It Anyway, played like a sport. It’s the perfect Combo of funny and Sports creating an explosion of laughter and competition on stage. We have shows Ever Friday & Saturday night of the month at 8 pm. This is ComedySportz. Two outrageously funny teams duel it out for points and your laughs. You choose the winners… the teams provide the funny. This show is suitable for Everybody!! It's 100 percent clean comedy and always a blast!!!

The Boom Boom Revue Friday Late Burlesque Show

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

Buy Tickets$22/person

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

Planet Score 4 Year Anniversary Bash

Sat., Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Planet Score Records 7421 Manchester Rd, Maplewood Maplewood

Come help us celebrate 4 years of Planet Score Records with a store wide sale and party! Free fresh street tacos, Schlafly beer and snacks. Caricature drawings by STL artist Ol' Jimmy Valentine. Spin the Wheel of Deals at checkout for super savings. Plus an amazing selection of records, CDs, cassettes, movies, posters and more! 314-282-0777

Comic Relief's Halloween ComicFest

Sat., Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Comic Relief 2224 N. 3rd St., St Charles St. Charles

Comic Relief's Halloween ComicFest Oct 26 11-7 pm Everyone who comes in will get 2 free comics from a free Halloween ComicFest Selection No purchase required . Free Candy also for the kids Event : 2224 N 3rd St , St Charles MO 63301 636-940-1244 Kid friendly ( free comics and candy), Handicap accessible website More info about ComicFest and comic book choices visitt 636-940-1244

Milele: Conversations with My Sons Book Launch

Sat., Oct. 26, 2-4 p.m.

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Progressive Emporium & Education Center welcomes back St. Louis Author “Milele” on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Progressive Emporium from 2:00 – 4:00 pm., as she launches her third book “Conversations with My Sons.” Progressive Emporium is located at 1108 N. Sarah Street. The book is colorful, witty, expansive and allegoric -- describing experiences that comes with raising brilliant black boys who are simply captivated by their own black-boy-joy. Milele infuses real life stories with tips for parents, and sage wisdoms for people. 3148759277

Legally Branding: An Artist Development Workshop

Sat., Oct. 26, 3-6 p.m.
Blank Space 2847 Cherokee St., St. Louis St. Louis - South City

Buy Tickets15.00

Join us this Fall for an artist development workshop like St. Louis has never seen before! Midwest Mixtapes presents Legally Branding is a workshop designed to aid independent music and entertainment brands in elevating to the next level by placing them in front of a panel of credible, experienced industry professionals to answer all questions about being successful in today's digital era of music. 3148279751

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