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Coming Out Play Festival

Thu., Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Fri., Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Sat., Oct. 19, 4 & 7 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 20, 4 p.m.
The Monocle 4510 Manchester Ave, St. Louis St. Louis - The Grove

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The Q Collective's Coming Out Play Festival invites playwrights to explore the myriad ways the LGBTQ community reveals their true selves to friends, family and strangers. This year's plays include the story of a closeted young man on the fence about telling his grandmother the truth about himself ("Catching Lemons"); a woman coming out to her woman's group ("1Like Summer on the Beach"); and a fictional girlfriend becoming a real person ("The Home for Retired Canadian Girlfriends"). The Coming Out Play Festival takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday (October 17 to 20) at the Monocle (4510 Manchester Avenue; theqcollective.theater). Tickets are $20 to $75. 314-932-7003

Foundations of Freedom

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

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

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

Garden Party Lights

Thursdays-Sundays, 6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 19


If you don't live in an air-conditioned place, the Missouri Botanical Garden (4434 Shaw Boulevard; www.mobot.org) is one of the coolest places to be when the summer sun goes down, thanks to its multitudes of flora. Fortunately, the garden will be open late once again on select nights during Garden Party Lights, a massive installation of multimedia light projections designed by AVI Systems and Theatrical Concepts. Doors open at 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday (July 6 to October 19), with the light show starting once it's dark. There will be food and beverage sales at both the covered Biergarten and the Cohen Cantina. Tickets are $10 to $20, and Thursdays and Sundays are family nights, with $3 tickets for kids younger than twelve. 314-577-9400

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

Saint Louis to St. Louis: The City on the River meets River City

Thu., Oct. 17, 5-8 p.m.

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@ Barrett Barrera Projects, 4739 McPherson Ave
Barrett Barrera Projects and Blackpuffin are pleased to present Saint Louis to St. Louis: The City on the River meets River City curated by Modou Dieng, a major exhibition of contemporary art from Saint Louis, Senegal in St. Louis, MO. and the first exhibition at Barrett Barrera Projects’ new state-of-the-art project space. A show celebrating sister cities across the great Atlantic Ocean and global artistic exchange of diaspora and hybridity. Please join us for the opening reception on October 17 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Barrett Barrera Projects, which will include a presentation by fashion designer Rama Diaw. 314-696-8678

Shrimp & Crab Boil

Thu., Oct. 17, 6-8 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. All you can eat buffet dinner menu Shrimp Crab Smoked Sausage Corn on the Cob Roasted Red Potatoes Spinach Salad One Complimentary Paul's Pils Draft 314-241.8989

Webster University MCISA presents: Dominique Jackson

Thu., Oct. 17, 7-8:30 p.m.

Buy Tickets$10

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@ Luhr Building, 475 E Lockwood Ave, St. Louis, MO 63119
For Dominique Jackson, almost every performance she gives as house mother and queen bee Elektra Abundance is derived from her life. From an upbringing across the globe, to making her way from Baltimore to New York City (via “the House and Ball” scene that is portrayed weekly on Pose), Jackson has plenty of raw material from which to pull, making her performances truly come from her real life. -Michael Cook “Out in Jersey" Limited Seats! Tickets: Webster U students one free ticket with ID Faculty/Staff/Community members: $10 No refunds

OlaStyle Survivor Fashion Show

Thu., Oct. 17, 7 p.m.
Rhone Rum Bar 2107 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis St. Louis - Lafayette Square

Buy Tickets40.00

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Survivors Celebrate Victory As Models For Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Proceeds to benefit Susan G. Komen Foundation. Your $40 ticket includes admission to the show, an appetizer buffet and soft drinks. A cash bar is available, as well as an opportunity to win and bid on fantastic items in the raffle and silent auction. Proceeds from your participation in the event will fund groundbreaking breast cancer research across the country as well as providing local people with life-saving mammograms, diagnostic testing and support through treatment. 314- 241-7867

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

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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 - www.innovationsintextilesstl.org Regular Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 - 6 / Free and open to the public with free parking. 314-645-4040

Square's Fall Pop-Up Emporium

Fri., Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cortex Commons 4270 Duncan Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - Forest Park

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A fall inspired outdoor market featuring 35+ vendors, complimentary experiences, + raffles, live music, and a great line-up of food and drinks. 636-352-511

Dine & Dash for Education

Fri., Oct. 18, 4-9 p.m.

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Food Trucks - Beer- Live Music- 5K Run/Walk - Family Fun - Car Cruise - Face Painting - Bounce Houses - Pumpkin Decorating - Check out SWIC Academic Programs - MO/IL residents receive in-state tuition, ask for details. 618-235-2700

Spirits of Sappington House

Fri., Oct. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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The Sappington family in 1800s now Rest In Peace beneath their tombstones, yet in the dark of night they return to tell NEW tales from the beyond! Hear from costumed ghosts in Sappington House’s past during an illuminating museum tour. Experience Father Dickson Cemetery by lantern light. Gather around bonfires and enjoy cider, s’mores and an appearance by the macabre 18th century surgeon, Dr. John Murphy. He will demonstrate authentic colonial medical practices with his rusty hacksaws, bloodletting leeches, brews and potions. Pay at the door $7 for adults, $1 for children under 12. For more details, phone 314-822-8171. (314) 822-8171

Lip Sync Battle

Fri., Oct. 18, 7 p.m.

Buy Tickets$200-$300

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@ The Caramel Room at Bissinger's, 1600 North Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102
Lip Sync Battle – St. Louis is the annual gala to benefit Springboard to Learning! The highlight of the evening is the Lip Sync competition, with local dignitaries vying to accept the trophy and title of St. Louis Lip Sync Champion! The preview and cocktail party begins at 6pm. During the gala, a heartwarming video demonstrates how our arts-integrated education positively impacts the children we serve. Proceeds directly benefit the children, from early-childhood through high school, who participate in Springboard to Learning’s in-school, after school, and summer arts-integrated educational programs. 314-768-9670

Cedar Lake Cellars' Wine-O Bingo

Fri., Oct. 18, 7-10 p.m.
Cedar Lake Cellars 11008 Schreckengast Road, Wright City Outstate MO

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Cedar Lake Cellars, a year-round winery and event venue, will host Wine-O Bingo night. The evening – which is free and open to those 21 years of age and older – will feature bingo specifically for adults who love both wine and games. The event will be held in the winery’s Barrel Room, and prizes will be awarded to all winners. 636-745-9500

A Literary Haunted House: A Night in Dante's Nine Circles of Hell

Fri., Oct. 18, 7-10 p.m.

Buy Tickets$30 General, $20 Students


Journey deep into a spirited atmosphere that reminds us of poetry’s power to redeem. Bring your friends and descend through the nine circles of Hell at this immersive event of poetry, music, fortune telling —and of course, Cerberus! Featuring: Poetry from Dana Levin & more Music and Interactive Art Fortune Tellers & Fire Spinners Salacious Raffle Baskets Sinful Libations & Food Free Monitored Parking 314-520-0221

Comic Relief's Scary Halloween Sale

Fri., Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat., Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 20, 12-6 p.m.
Comic Relief 2224 N. 3rd St., St Charles St. Charles


Comic Relief's Scary Halloween Sale We've dusted off the skeletons in our closet and invited all our ghostly friends out to celebrate our scary Halloween sale! We're offering frightening discounts of 40% off all back issues, graphic novels, hard covers, statues, toys, and more! While you're here, take 25% bags, boards, and boxes. Because it's Halloween, you receive an additional 10% off for coming in your best costume. Spider-man will appear Saturday 11-2pm Free Comic and Candy for Kids. Kid and Family Friendly. 636-940-1244

Rare Elements Marketplace Fall Pop Up Series

Fri., Oct. 18, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

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@ Fresh & Co Studio, 4366 Manchester Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
Er The Element Of Style Presents: “Rare Elements” Marketplace a Summer/Fall Pop Up Series!! Come enjoy a maximum of 6 vendors from different industries in St. Louis come together twice a month until October. Every 3rd Friday of the month and one Sunday per month! Remaining Dates: 9/20; Oct 10/6 and 10/18 Featured Vendors: Er The Element Of Style, a vintage + modern resale shop for men + women. Er provides hand picked clothing, shoes, and accessories! Sizes XS-3X Please visit Eventbrite to see a list of vendors! This event is free to the public! 314-276-8138

Sweet Laughs on Main Street

Third Friday of every month, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 20
Sugar Cubed 917 S Main St, St. Charles St. Charles

Buy TicketsTen dollars ($10) per ticket


Clean comedy...sweet laughs. Stand up comedians from all over the St. Louis area meet on the 2nd floor of the Sugar Cubed candy store in St. Charles to give you delicious comedy. The 3rd Friday of every month. Ten dollars ($10) per ticket. Get your tickets here https://www.cszstlouis.com/tickets 636-395-7365

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

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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

Open Studios STL

Sat., Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 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

Ivory Crockett Run for Webster

Sat., Oct. 19, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Webster Groves High School 100 Selma Ave, Webster Groves Webster Groves

Buy Tickets$30/adults, $15/kids, $8/pancake breakfast only


The Ivory Crockett Run for Webster features a one mile fun run/walk, a 5k, and a kids 100 yard dash (ages 12 & under). Afterward, enjoy a post-race pancake breakfast with activities for kids and the whole family! The Ivory Crockett Run for Webster was established in 2004. It honors Ivory Crockett, a 1968 graduate of Webster Groves High School. On May 14, 1974, Ivory participated in the Tom Black Classic held annually at the University of Tennessee. On a wet track and against world-class competition, Ivory sprinted to a world's best 9.0 seconds in the 100-yard dash, a record 314-963-6400

Storytime with Ms. Sheree

Sat., Oct. 19, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.


@ Long Row Lavender, 26549 South Stracks Church Road, Wright City, MO
Local author, Sheree K. Nielsen, will read from her book Midnight the One-Eyed Cat as children (ages 4-7) enjoy a lavender cookie and participate in creating a beanie hat craft. This charming story of a sweet cat named Midnight who learns to overcome her fears, build her confidence, and find she's okay just as she is, takes children on an inspiring journey into the power of friendship and love with her best friend Starlight, and his bird buddies. Price includes one book per family, but does include each child creating their own beanie hat craft.

Community Fun Day

Sat., Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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All ages are welcomed at this family friendly event. There will be performances, storytelling, puzzles, crafts, scavenger hunts, button-making, and much more! Free and open to the public. In conjunction with the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Bare Life. 314-935-5490

Downtown Alton Chili Cookoff

Sat., Oct. 19, 12-3 p.m.


Join us for this annual “hot” event! This year’s cook-off will be held on Saturday, October 19th from Noon until 3:00 p.m. in the valet parking lot of Argosy Casino - right on Alton's beautiful riverfront! Tickets are $6.00 for adults & $3.00 for kids 10 & under, on sale now at the Alton Visitors Center, located at 200 Piasa St. in Alton, or by phone at 618-465-6676. Your $6 ticket gains you approximately 20 2-ounce samples of chili! Tickets will be available at the door, but the event has been known to sell out, so plan ahead to guarantee 618-474-7500

Warners' Warm Up Fashion Show

Sat., Oct. 19, 1:15 p.m.
Saint Louis Galleria 1155 Saint Louis Galleria St, Richmond Heights Richmond Heights

Buy Tickets$15


Brenda Warner will be in St. Louis on Saturday, October 19 to kick-off this year’s Warners’ Warm-up Coat Drive in style with a Fashion Show of the latest trends in winter apparel at the St. Louis Galleria in front of Macy’s. Ticketed guests will enjoy a reception with Brenda prior to the show as well as reserved seating for the Fashion Show which also includes a Question & Answer session with Brenda. An auction filled with sports memorabilia and other packages will be available to guests present at the event as well as those bidding from home. 602-385-0840

Fall Market

Sat., Oct. 19, 2-6 p.m.


@ Fresh & Co. Studio, 4366 Manchester Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110
Join us Saturday, October 19th at the studio from 2 to 6 p.m. for a fall market brimming with gorgeous local goods to get you in a cozy autumn mood! Make and take bouquets! Snacks and warm cider to sip while you mingle and shop! Featuring: City House Country Mouse Mahnal Jewelry Sennit + Sauvage Route Rae Marcel Photography Confluence Kombucha Butter Love by L.C. 314-502-9555

Marian Middle School Brewfest

Sat., Oct. 19, 3-6 p.m.

Buy Tickets$35

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@ UIC ( Urban Improvement Company ), 1607 Tower Grove Avenue
Since 2015, the Young Friends of Marian Middle School have hosted an annual Brewfest at UIC, which has converged hundreds of people annually, and raised well over $50,000 for Marian Girls. Join us for free drinks, snacks and live music! Proceeds benefit Marian Middle School in its quest to break the cycle of poverty through education. Advance ticket purchases are available fro $35. On the day of the event , tickets will increase to $40 at the door. 314-771-7674 ext. 24

Young Friends of Marian Middle School Brewfest

Sat., Oct. 19, 3-6 p.m.

Buy Tickets$35 - $40

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@ Urban Improvement Construction, 1607 Tower Grove Ave.
Since 2015, the Young Friends of Marian Middle School have hosted an annual Brewfest at UIC, which has converged hundreds of people annually, and raised well over $50,000 for Marian Girls. We hope to see you at Brewfest for drinks, snacks and live music! Advance ticket purchases are available for $35. On the day of the event, tickets will increase to $40 at the door. Local brewers include: 4 Hands, Urban Chestnut, Civil Life, Alpha Brewing, and Narwhal’s Crafted. Snacks will be provided by Pickleman’s, Pretzel Boys, and Mariachi’s II.

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