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Painted Pieces: Art Chess from Purling London

Sundays, 12-5 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 16

The standard chess set has been reimagined in multiple formats, using everything from Simpsons characters to loaded shot glasses. The new exhibition at the World Chess Hall of Fame sees regulation Staunton sets done up with a fresh coat of paint, which doesn't sound all that impressive. But when it's artists such as Caio Locke, Sophie Matisse and Thierry Noir wielding the brushes, the results are dazzling. Painted Pieces: Art Chess from Purling London features vibrant, hand-painted chess sets exploding with color and invention. Painted Pieces opens with a free reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the World Chess Hall of Fame (4652 Maryland Avenue; www.worldchesshof.org). The show remains up through September 16. free admission

COCA Ballet & Contemporary Intensive

May 28-June 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
phone 314-725-6555
mmack@cocastl.org
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This intensive focuses on the traditional ballet curriculum, including technique, pointe and men’s classes, as well as contemporary modern dance. Additional classes will diversify the training.This program is designed for participants with a minimum of two years of pointe work. Instructors: Stephanie Phavorin: former first dancer with the Paris Opera Ballet, guest teacher for The Royal Ballet, guest teacher, ballet master and choreographer Sofiane Sylve: former principal dancer with Het Nationale Ballet and New York City Ballet, principal dancer for the San Francisco Ballet Tommie Waheed Evans: former principal dancer with Philadanco dance professor at The University of the Arts $895.00

http://www.cocastl.org/event/ballet-contemporary-intensive-2/
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Center of Creative Arts (COCA) (map)
524 Trinity Ave.
Delmar/ The Loop
phone 314-725-6555
COCA Ballet & Contemporary Intensive

Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th-15th Centuries

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 30

Very rarely does an art exhibition include the actual wall an artist worked on, but the Saint Louis Art Museum does so for Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th-15th Centuries. A six-foot-by-four-foot section of a temple wall that has a painting of the Bodhisattva Akalokiteśvara (Guanyin) on one side is the focal point of the exhibition, and an exceptionally rare object. The show also includes four hanging scrolls, and a never-before-displayed painted, wooden sculpture of a seated arhat, the Buddhist term for a person who has achieved enlightenment. Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th-15th Centuries is open Tuesday through Sunday (March 30 to August 30) in gallery 225 of the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). Admission is free. free admission

New Media Series: Cyprien Gaillard

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through July 15

Wild rose-ringed parakeets are found in Africa and India — and also in Düsseldorf, Germany. The German variety arrived as pets and then either were released or escaped into the city. The birds have made a home for themselves on one of the city's upscale streets, roosting happily in building façades. Artist Cyprien Gaillard followed the parakeets with a camera as they winged home at twilight. His short film KOE shows flocks of them as they fly past concrete and steel, thousands of miles away from their tropical ancestral lands. The silent film is a commentary on how humanity interferes with nature, and how animals are forced to adapt to a rapidly urbanizing world. KOE is shown on a loop in gallery 301 at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org) as part of the New Media Series. It remains on display Tuesday through Sunday (April 20 to July 15), and admission is free. free admission

Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost World

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 9

The ancient city of Thonis-Heracleion was Egypt's main Mediterranean port from 664 to 332 BC, or roughly 100 years longer than the country of America has existed. It was a thriving, international metropolis — and then a string of natural disasters wiped it off the map. Archeologist Franck Goddio and his team of underwater archeologists rediscoverd Thonis-Heracleion 1,000 years later, four miles off the coast of present-day Egypt. It was more than 30 feet below the surface of the sea, its colossal statues of gods, pharaohs and ritual animals resting in the ruins of a world long gone. Three of these massive statues comprise the heart of the new exhibition Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds, which will be on display at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org) Tuesday through Sunday (March 25 to September 9). Alongside the trio of statues are more than 200 ceremonial and commercial artifacts (bronze vessels, coins, jewelry) found both on the sea floor and on loan from museums in Cairo and Alexandria. Admission to the exhibit is $8 to $20, and free on Friday. $8-$20

The Book of Mormon

May 29-June 1, 7:30 p.m., Sat., June 2, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., June 3, 1 & 6:30 p.m.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton is the show that captured the attention — and ticket money — this year, but it's not the only big-name show coming to town. Trey Parker and Matt Stone's raucous musical The Book of Mormon returns for a brief run this Tuesday through Sunday (May 29 to June 3) at the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; www.fabulousfox.com). The story of two Mormon missionaries in Uganda won multiple Tony awards for its crass 'n' catchy songs and its skewering of organized religion. Despite all this, The Book of Mormon ends up coming down on the side of those who believe, giving it a sweetness that shines through the filth. Tickets are $39 to $150. $39-$150

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The Fox Theatre (map)
527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-534-1111
The Book of Mormon

Wordup! Live Music, Poetry, Comedy

Tuesdays, 7-11 p.m. Continues through June 1
phone 314-695-3981
wordupopenmic@gmail.com
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@ Lowes Entertainment, 8911 Natural Bridge Rd
Enjoy #LIVEMUSIC #POETRY #COMEDY every Tuesday night! Hosted by InnerGu & Louis ConPliction w/ Dj Fred aka Smoooth in the mix! $5-$10

https://www.facebook.com/WordUpOpenMic/
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Wordup! Live Music, Poetry, Comedy

Life Sucks

Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through June 10

The New Jewish Theatre closes its season with Aaron Posner's Life Sucks, which is adapted from Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. In Chekhov's original play, an extended family and their close friends stew over regrets and long for change while all occupying the same country house. Posner reassembles the pieces in a modern setting. He leaves the yearning and ennui intact as he guilds the characters with wryness and a tender playfulness. After all, the nineteenth-century Russian countryside may be a world (and a century and a half) away from modern America, but trying to make sense of life remains a time-honored occupation. Life Sucks is performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (May 23 to June 10) in the Wool Studio Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (2 Millstone Campus Drive, Creve Coeur; www.newjewishtheatre.org). Tickets are $41 to $44. $41-$44

Mona Hatoum: Terra Infirma

Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 11

Palestinian-born installation artist Mona Hatoum brings together more than 30 of her works for Terra Infirma, her first exhibition in America in more than two decades. Hatoum's sculptures and installations often evoke domestic settings, but subvert the attendant ideas of comfort and safety into something more menacing. Dormiente takes the shape of a seven-foot-long cot, but one made from an upsized cheese grater. Misbah appears to be the sort of high-end light projector you might install in a nursery so that bears and bunnies dance on the walls at night; instead armed figures stalk each other through the darkness. The vocabulary of her work is minimalism and surrealism, but it's filtered through her feminist perspective, further shaped by her own sense of dislocation in a world that doesn’t recognize her native country. Hatoum discusses her work at the museum at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7. free admission

Pulitzer Arts Foundation (map)
3716 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-754-1850
Mona Hatoum: Terra Infirma

Amy Sherald

Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 19

If you think you aren't familiar with Amy Sherald's work, you're wrong. Sherald painted Michelle Obama's official portrait, and that image was broadcast around the world and back. Sherald's portraits are of everyday black people (Mrs. Obama excepted, of course) with serene expression standing against featureless monotone backgrounds, and done in the large-size format once reserved for royalty and the wealthy elite. By portraying her subjects realistically and in vibrant color, Sherald liberates the black image from the traditional narrative; there are no sociological clues that hint at the status of her people. They are their own context, their eyes taking in the viewer with majestic calm. Amy Sherald, an exhibition of the artist's paintings, opens with a free reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard); www.camstl.org). The exhibit remains up through August 19, and admission is free. free admission

Great Rivers Biennial

Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 19

As part of its mission to present work by modern artists, the Contemporary Art Museum supports local artists through the Great Rivers Biennial. A team of esteemed jurors from the art world work through more than 150 applications to select three artists who live in the metro area for a high-profile exhibition at the museum. Addoley Dzegede, Sarah Paulsen and Jacob Stanley are the recipients of the eighth installment, and all three should be well-known to gallery habitues. In Ballast, Dzegede uses patterned textiles, sculpture and video to explore the hidden and forgotten history that creates a sense of "unified" identity. Paulsen combines consumer campaigns, immigrant narratives and stop-motion animation in an installation of single-channel videos to create a multi-part story about the invisible framework that supports and reinforces racial oppression. Stanley's sculptures are constructed to explore the nature and passage of time. His piece Accretion is a quarter-inch thick steel sheet; visitors can each place one sheet on top of it. As time passes and the weight increases, the steel will bend. The Great Rivers Biennial opens with a free reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; www.camstl.org). The artists and jurors will hold a panel discussion at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12. The show continues through Sunday, August 19, and admission is free. free admission

Artist’s Visions of San Miguel De Allende, Mexico

Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through June 30
phone 314-402-1959
greendoorartgallery@aol.com

“Artist’s Visions of San Miguel De Allende, Mexico” featuring Kim Kienbusch Cliff’s realistic acrylics, jewelry within a 2D painting by Allison L. Norfleet Bruenger, the winners of Confluence’s Botanical Competition, abstracts by Jerie Rhode and 30 other artists will be available from May 6 thru June 29, 2018. www.GreenDoorartgallery.com 314-402-1959

Green Door Art Gallery (map)
21 N. Gore Ave.
Webster Groves
phone 314-402-1959
Artist’s Visions of San Miguel De Allende, Mexico

A Tragedy Two Ways – Magdalen & Eclipsed

Thu., May 31, 7 p.m., Fri., June 1, 7 p.m., Sat., June 2, 7 p.m., Sun., June 3, 2 p.m., Thu., June 7, 7 p.m., Fri., June 8, 7 p.m., Sat., June 9, 2 & 7 p.m. and Sun., June 10, 2 p.m.
phone 314-533-0367
info@kranzbergartsfoundation.org

Black Mirror Theatre Presents A Tragedy Two Ways. It's the story of Ireland’s Magdalen Laundries told from two different perspectives played in two very different dramatic styles. Magdalen Laundries were homes for ‘penitent’ or ‘fallen’ girls, often run by Catholic nuns, in which, over the years, as many as 30,000 Irish women and girls were held in forced labor for indefinite terms. The last such home closed in Ireland in 1996, but the impact on the inmates’ lives is still being revealed. $20 General Admission | $15 Student/Senior | $25 Two Performance Combo

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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
A Tragedy Two Ways – Magdalen & Eclipsed

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Starts May 31. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8-10 p.m. and Sundays, 2-4 p.m. Continues through June 10
phone 314-721-9228
tickets@placeseveryone.org

This well-known play, the first in Simon’s semi-autobiographical “Eugene trilogy,” shows the coming of age of a young man in Brooklyn in 1937. This story is an affectionate, thoroughly entertaining lesson in overcoming hard times with warmth, and humor. CCT plans to present the entire trilogy over the next three seasons. “Brighton Beach Memoirs” is the closing play of the 2017-2018 season of Clayton Community Theatre (CCT - www.placeseveryone.org) and is directed by Sam Hack, CCT artistic director. Performances: May 31 – June 10, 2018 (Thursdays-Sundays) at Washington University South Campus Theatre 6501 Clayton Rd, Clayton MO 63117. $12-20

http://placeseveryone.org
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Yeast Nation

Starts May 31. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8-10:30 p.m. Continues through June 23
phone 314-534-1111

New Line Theatre presents the world's first bio-historical musical comedy, from the mad geniuses who brought you Urinetown, with a book by Greg Kotis, and music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Kotis It is the year 3,000,458,000 BC. The Earth's surface is a molten mass of volcanic islands and undulating waves. The atmosphere is a choking fog lit by a dim red sun. And the mighty waters of the world are inhabited only by rocks, sand, salt, more rocks, a little silt, and the great society of salt-eating yeasts – yes, yeasts! – the worlds very first life form! These single-cell salt-eaters are 10-25

http://www.newlinetheatre.com/yeastnationpage.html
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Marcelle Theater (map)
3310 Samuel Shepard Dr
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Yeast Nation
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