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BookFest St. Louis

Fri., Sept. 21, 7 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m.
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Readers, start your ... glasses, maybe? BookFest St. Louis is back for a second year, with an impressive array of authors from all corners of the Dewey decimal system. Sally Field starts the party at 7 p.m. Friday, September 21, with a discussion about her new memoir, In Pieces, at the Chase Park Plaza (212 North Kingshighway; $37 for one person and one copy of the book). Day two gets underway Saturday, September 22, at 10:30 a.m., with A. LaFaye and Deborah Zemke hosting a children's storytime with costumed characters and photo opportunities at the Schlafly Branch of the St. Louis Public Library (225 North Euclid Avenue). It's off to the races after that, with panels ranging from Deborah Eisenberg, Rebecca Makkai, Anne Valentine and Lucy Jane Bledsoe discussing "Fresh Fierce Fiction" at noon to Michael Isikoff and Sarah Kendzior addressing the worst presidential election ever and authoritarian states in "Russian Roulette: Global Politics in the Age of Trump." If you're into spoken word, Cheeraz Gormon, Paul Tran and Jacqui Germain will be waiting for you at 2 p.m., and at 4 p.m. Wayétu Moore, Bethany Morrow and Marcia Douglas will get into the heady delights of magical realism and speculative fiction at "Alternate Realities: Re-Imagining the Past & The Future." The vast majority of the panels are free to attend, and it all takes place in the Central West End. Visit www.bookfeststl.com for a full schedule. most panels are free, but some events require a fee; check the website for details

Left Bank Books (map)
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-6731
BookFest St. Louis

Q in the Lou

Fri., Sept. 21, 4-9 p.m., Sat., Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 23, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

There's only one number you need to know to understand what Q in the Lou is all about: 18,000. That's the number of pounds of meat that will be barbecued in Kiener Plaza (500 Chestnut Street; www.qinthelou.com) this weekend. From 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (September 21 to 23) that meat will be given the smoky respect it deserves from pitmasters Marlando "Big Moe" Cason, Carey Bringle and hometown favorites Mike Johnson, Christina Fitzgerald and Mike Emerson. If that's not enough, you can reserve one of eighteen slots in the Rib Rumble on Saturday and Sunday, which gives you ten minutes to eat as many ribs as you can. You can compete for the sheer joy of it, but prizes go to the biggest and fastest eaters. The Pernikoff Brothers, Hillary Fitz, the Darrells and Nate Lowry play live during the festival, and admission is free. You pay for BBQ and beer as you go, and VIP options are available. free admission

To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 10
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While the transgender/gender-fluid community continues to become more welcome in American society with every passing year, for the most part, its younger members tend to be most visible within the mainstream. Youth is inappropriately valued in our culture, but you can be certain that a growing number of older trans and gender-non-conforming people are out there living their best lives. Photographer Jess T. Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre spent more than five years traveling the nation to photograph and record the life stories of this hidden demographic, finding subjects in both big cities and small towns. The duo's work is compiled in a new book and exhibition, both titled To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults. On Thursday, September 13, the exhibit opens and the book is officially released at a dual reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at Projects + Gallery (4733 McPherson Avenue; www.projects-gallery.com). A dozen large-scale photos of participants are on display, along with ten 18-by-24-inch portraits; all of them include a written narrative about the subject's life. The show continues through October 10. free admission

Projects + Gallery (map)
4733 McPherson Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-696-8678
To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults

Muny Memories: 100 Years on Stage

Through June 2, 2019

The Muny is just about to open its landmark 100th season, and its neighbor, the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBalivere Avenue; www.mohistory.org), celebrates the occasion with an exhibit dedicated to the history of America's largest outdoor theater. Muny Memories: 100 Years on Stage features exhibits that explain the founding of the theater, display favorite memories from stars and staff, and give a look back stage to see how the dedicated technical crew creates and rigs all those sets and lights. You can also take a look at programs from the Muny's long, storied past. Muny Memories opens on Saturday, June 9, and remains on display daily through June 2, 2019. Admission is free. free admission

Missouri History Museum (map)
Lindell Blvd. & DeBaliviere Ave.
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-746-4599
Muny Memories: 100 Years on Stage

Storytelling with Jess T. Dugan, Vanessa Fabbre and Sage

Fri., Sept. 21, 6-8 p.m.
phone 314-696-8678
margaret@projects-gallery.com
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Join SAGE of PROMO Fund and the Metro Trans Umbrella Group of St. Louis for a special storytelling event at projects+gallery, organized in conjunction with the exhibition 'To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults', based on the five year project by photographer Jess T. Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre. Free

Projects + Gallery (map)
4733 McPherson Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-696-8678

100 Boots: Aditi Machado and Geoffrey G. O’Brien

Fri., Sept. 21, 7 p.m.
phone 314-754-1850
jmeade@pulitzerarts.org
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The 100 Boots Poetry Series presents readings by a range of emerging, mid-career, and established poets from St. Louis and across the United States. Co-organized by Jessica Baran, poet and Associate Director of Curatorial and Program Development at Barrett Barrera & Projects Plus Gallery; and Ted Mathys, poet and educator at St. Louis University. Limited-edition broadsides, created by artist Sage Dawson, will be available for free to audience members, and a selection of the poets’ books are for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books. The first event of the season features readings by poets Aditi Machado and Geoffrey G. O’Brien. free

https://pulitzerarts.org/program/100-boots-aditi-machado-and-geoffrey-g-obrien/
Pulitzer Arts Foundation (map)
3716 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-754-1850

Let's Play Ball! Exhibit

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays, 12-4 p.m. Continues through Jan. 20, 2019
phone 314-421-4689
info@fieldhousemuseum.org

The Field House Museum presents "Let’s Play Ball!: Historic Games of America’s Favorite Pastime". From board games to bagatelle, this exhibit shows how baseball has been played off the field for decades through the unique, vibrant, and artful collection of Mr. Ed Nickels. Come see games based on baseball greats like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, pinball’s predecessor, baseball cards from unlikely sources, and a few games made right here in St. Louis. "Let’s Play Ball!" is sure to be a home run. Join us for the exhibit opening of "Let’s Play Ball!: Historic Games of America’s Favorite Pastime" which will be held at the Field House Museum on Friday, July 20, 2018. The evening will include a special presentation by the collector himself, Mr. Ed Nickels, at 6:30pm. Guests will be entered in a special baseball themed give-a-way, meet members of the St. Louis Brown Stockings Vintage Base Ball Club, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres sponsored by SqWires Restaurant. Don’t miss your exclusive chance to view a Cardinals 1926 National League Champions Pennant, on display one-night-only for this special event. $5-$10

https://fieldhousemuseum.org/
Field House Museum (map)
634 S. Broadway
St. Louis - Downtown
phone 314-421-4689

Dinner Von Tease

Fridays, Saturdays, 7-9 p.m. Continues through Oct. 27
phone 314-436-7000
theboomboomroomstl@gmail.com
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Welcome to the home of St. Louis Burlesque!!! Join us Friday night for a dinner-show like no other!!! Dinner Von Tease is a great way to kick off the weekend with a night of fun, food, and drinks. Step into our intimate space and getaway for a few hours and kickback. A fun dinner and show is the just something different that you were looking for. Looking for a sexy date night, it's right here. A flirty night out with your bachelorette party, here we are. The best birthday celebration that won't leave you distraught, look no further. $40ish/person for dinner and show

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BooKFest St. Louis

Sat., Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
marketing@cwenorthcid.com

@ Central West End, McPherson Ave
BookFest St. Louis, being held Sept. 21-22 in the Central West End, will feature an exciting mix of author events and activities highlighting the best in sci-fi, memoirs, mystery, young adult fiction and more. On Sept. 22, book lovers from throughout the region will be able to enjoy children's storytimes, meet & greets, and ten different panel discussions at venues throughout the CWE. Headlining the book festival is three-time Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Field, who will speak during a ticketed engagement at The Chase Park Plaza on Sept. 21. She will discuss her new book, In Pieces. Free

http://bookfeststl.com

Joe McPhee

Sat., Sept. 22, 1 p.m.
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Basquiat was greatly influenced by jazz. Multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee has been a force in the jazz world since the 1960s and will give an afternoon concert, adding sound to the exhibition. Presented in partnership with New Music Circle.

African Market

Sat., Sept. 22, 2-5 p.m.
expeditionsubsahara@gmail.com

All are invited to celebrate with an authentic African market right here in St. Louis. Put together by Expedition Subsahara on a mission to connect cultures. What a better way to connect cultures then to taste, smell, feel and be surrounded by it? Guests will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of what an open-air market is like in Senegal, complete with a traditional beverages and snacks, fashion, and music — staples in any Senegalese market. Come shop the artisan goods, from clutches/wallets to baskets, tablewear and jewelry that will make you and your conscience smile. Free

https://www.facebook.com/events/2195902537308740/
Bowood Farms (map)
4605 Olive St.
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-454-6868

Animals of the Park Stargazing Experience

Sat., Sept. 22, 6:30-8 p.m.
phone 877-982-1410
nicole@commongroundpr.com

The recently transformed Gateway Arch grounds are more than just an oasis from the concrete and steel of the rest of the city. Learn about the surprising variety of animals and wildlife that actually inhabit the area. free

https://www.gatewayarch.com/
Gateway Arch (map)
200 Washington Ave.
St. Louis - Riverfront
phone 877-982-1410

Demonstration Garden Tour

Sat., Sept. 22, 10-11 a.m.
phone 314-588-9600
outreach@gatewaygreening.org
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Visit Gateway Greening's Demonstration Garden on Bell Avenue and learn about some of the growing techniques used in St. Louis urban gardening. This tour is open to the public, and no RSVP is required. We will start promptly at 10:00am, so give yourself time to arrive early. Please help us to continue to provide tours and other educational events around St. Louis by contributing a $5 suggested donation. $5 Suggested Donation

Landmarks Downtown St. Louis Architectural Walking Tour East

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Continues through Oct. 27
phone 314-690-3140
http://landmarkstours-stl.org

St. Louis' fascinating history & architecture is featured in a walk around downtown led by experienced volunteer guides from Landmarks Assn. From the bustling riverfront of the French-American entrepreneurs to the skyscrapers of the 20th century, find famous architectural & engineering marvels. Old Courthouse & Cathedral, Gateway Arch, Eads Bridge, Old Post Office, Wainwright Bldg, Philip Johnson-designed bldg. Rain or shine. Advance tickets & group tours: landmarkstours-stl.org $10 per person, children 12 and under are free

http://landmarkstours-stl.org
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Old Courthouse (map)
11 N. Fourth St.
St. Louis - Downtown
phone 314-655-1700
Landmarks Downtown St. Louis Architectural Walking Tour East

Landmarks Downtown St. Louis Architectural Walking Tour West

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Continues through Oct. 27
phone 314-690-3140
Tour-schedule@landmarkstours-stl.org

St. Louis' fascinating history and groundbreaking architecture is featured in a walk around downtown led by experienced volunteer guides from Landmarks Assn. Explore St. Louis’ grandest public buildings, testament to the ambitions of the City during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Union Station, Soldiers Memorial, Peabody Opera House, City Hall, Central Library, Campbell House Museum. Rain or shine. Advance tickets & group tours contact landmarkstours-stl.org $10 per person. Children 12 and under are free

http://landmarkstours-stl.org
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