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Webster University MCISA presents: Dominique Jackson

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

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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

Senegal in Black & White: Fashioning Racial Identities

Mon., Oct. 21, 3-4:30 p.m.


@ Seigle Hall 103, Washington University in St. Louis
Join internationally acclaimed designer, Rama Diaw, and colonial legal scholar, Serigne Coulbary, for a discussion on law, race, and legacy in Saint Louis, Senegal. These ideas, in addition to photographs from early 20th century Senegal, meshed to become the inspiration for Diaw’s 2019 collection, Black and White. “Two cities with the same name. One in Africa, one in America. Cities dedicated to generations of King Louis, joined by the legacies of French Colonialism.” For more information about Diaw’s work, visit: https://ramadiawfashion.com. Sponsored by the Department of African & African American Studies. 314-935-7879

Talking Transit: 2019 Transit Impact Study Findings

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

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@ 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

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 https://www.umsl.edu/divisions/artscience/common-read/home.html 314-516-5501

Terry Virts: A View from Above

Fri., Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Ticketssingle ticket prices start at $32 | VIP tickets are available


Join former NASA astronaut and pilot of the space shuttle. Terry Virts and get a whole new perspective of space and the planets. Mr. Virts will share captivating imagery and stories from the International Space Station (ISS) where he spent more than 200 days. Many of the images were later used in the National Geographic book View From Above and the IMAX film A Beautiful Planet. But to hear Virts tell it, no photo can truly capture the perfect shade of blue from a sunrise viewed from outer space. 314-516-4100

An Evening with Mike Roberts

Tue., Nov. 12, 7-8:45 p.m.

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@ Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Tau Center, 335 S. Kirkwood Road
Please join us for An Evening with Mike Roberts in Kirkwood. Mike will speak on “Climate Change – From the Vatican to the Pentagon.” Many of you will recognize Mike for his 37-year career in television as a meteorologist. From 1996 to 2016, you could always spot him on KSDK-TV 5 where he won four Emmy awards. From 2004 to 2016, he also served as an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Saint Louis University. In addition, Mike has been a hospice volunteer for many years. 314-965-3700

How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know

Sat., Nov. 16, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
St. Louis Community College-Meramec 11333 Big Bend Road, Kirkwood Kirkwood

Buy Tickets$39


Saturday, November 16. 8:00am—12:00pm. The St. Louis Publishers Association presents "How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know". A four-hour workshop on the realities of independent book publishing, including editing, design, print options, sales, eBooks and marketing. Cost is $39. Registration required. STLCC-Meramec Campus. 11333 Big Bend Rd. Kirkwood, 63122. Course code WRIT-704 F05. https://www.stlouispublishers.org/event-3513607 https://applications.stlcc.edu/Continuing-Education/classes/index.asp?Cat=XWRT 314-984-7500

Humanities Awards Featuring David Grann

Sat., Nov. 16, 5:45-8:50 p.m.

Buy Tickets$60


Join Missouri Humanities for an evening at the Missouri Botanical Garden to celebrate the work of individuals and organizations throughout our state. The night will include a silent auction, light dinner buffet, followed by video award presentations, and a keynote lecture by David Grann. We will conclude with a book signing. All ticket purchases include a copy of David Grann's book, "Killers of the Flower Moon." For more information regarding the 2019 Humanities Awards, visit: https://www.mohumanities.org/2019-humanities-awards-info/ 314-577-9400

Truths & Reckonings: The Art of Transformative Racial Justice

Mon., Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m.

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Geoff Ward, associate professor and associate chair in the Department of African & African-American Studies in Arts & Sciences, will discuss his Teaching Gallery exhibition, Truths and Reckonings: The Art of Transformative Racial Justice. Through a selection of artworks from the Museum's collection and objects from the Washington University Libraries, the exhibition considers how art and its presentation can bear witness to difficult truths–colonialism, enslavement, lynching–and the need to reckon with injustice and contribute to repair. Free and open to the public. 314-935-5490

Steve Winter: On the Trail of Big Cats

Fri., Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Ticketssingle ticket starts at $32 | VIP and Family Four Packs are available


Join award-winning National Geographic photographer Steve Winter for a thrilling journey into the world of the big cats. Winter’s mission is to share the beauty of these animals while reinvigorating efforts to save them. From trekking high in India’s Himalaya in search of rare snow leopards to stalking the elusive jaguar in Latin American jungles, this determined explorer comes face to face with his subjects. Spend an evening daringly close to the big cats– through the unforgettable stories and images of Steve Winter. 314-516-4100

Dr. Kara Cooney: When Women Ruled the Earth

Fri., March 6, 7:30 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy TicketsSingle ticket starts at $32 | VIP and Family Four Packs are available


Join Doctor Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology, for a look at a time in ancient history when women ruled the world. Often neglected in the history books, these powerful women were considered exceptions to the rule, political pawns in a patriarchal society. But their power and influence is undeniable and Dr. Cooney shares illuminating insights on what we can learn from how women like Cleopatra and Neferusobek ruled and earned their place in history. 314-516-4100

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