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Currents 116: Oliver Laric

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through May 27

Austrian-born artist Oliver Laric creates work that explores image creation and repetition, which he displays on both the museum and gallery circuit and the online realm. For his new exhibition, Currents 116: Oliver Laric, he presents his video animation Betweenness, which features repurposed mushrooms, people, anime characters and some snippets of the CT scan of the Saint Louis Art Museum's mummy, Amen-Nestawy-Nakht, all morphing into animals. The cycle of looped video blurs all of these borrowed images together, which reveals their shared shapes and forms. Laric also sculpted his own version of Reclining Pan (long on display in the museum's gallery 236) using 3D scans of the original. He used the digital files to "print" sections of the sculpture in various materials on a 3D printer, which he then assembled. Currents 116: Oliver Laric is on display in galleries 249 and 250 from February 22 to May 27 at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, and admission is free. free admission

Rachel Whiteread

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

Rachel Whiteread emerged on the London art scene in the "cool Britannia" era of the late '80s and early '90s. The country was doing well financially and culturally, and people were ready to buy contemporary art made by contemporary British artists. Whiteread established herself as a leading light with her casts of everyday objects, which solidified the negative space in, under and/or around them in materials such as wax, plaster, concrete and resin. House, Whiteread's massive, freestanding concrete cast of the interior of an entire three-story Victorian house, earned her the prestigious Turner Prize in 1993, making her the first woman to win. Rachel Whiteread, the new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum, is a retrospective of the artist's career that showcases 96 objects. They range from the small Untitled (Pink Torso), a voluptuous form of the inside of a hot water bottle cast in pink dental plaster, to the expansive Untitled (Twenty-Five Spaces), translucent resin casts of the underside of various chairs and stools arrayed on a game-board-like grid. The exhibit is on display Tuesday through Sunday (March 17 to June 9) at the Saint Louis Arts Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org), and tickets are $6 to $12 (but free on Friday). $6-$12

Counterpublic

Fridays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through July 13

St. Louis is a city of neighborhoods. Everyone in St. Louis has said that at some point; if there is a truth universally acknowledged in this town, it's that our many neighborhoods are our strength and civic identity. And yet, how many people in your neighborhood eat the same food, share the same values and dream the same dreams?

For James McAnally, who with his wife Brea is the cofounder of the Luminary, the neighborhood theory may be true, but it's not a unifying principal.

"William Gass wrote that 'the Midwest is a dissonance of parts and people,'" says McAnally, referencing the late St. Louis-based writer.

That idea is the inspiration for the Luminary's ambitious new project, Counterpublic. The three-month long artistic exploration of the many dissonances that inhabit a shared geographic area incorporates public art, installations, discussions and performances. The McAnallys and curator Katherine Simóne Reynolds chose their own home turf for this experiment: Cherokee Street, with all the many cultures and people who inhabit it.

"It's a complicated project and something that hasn't been done yet," McAnally says with just a hint of understatement. "This idea of the 'counterpublic,' it speaks to the idea [that] there are people who don't feel included in this community. A counterpublic is analogous to subculture. It comes out of queer culture and feminist writing. The framing that's most helpful for Counterpublic is that it's a public art festival, or a platform that is meant to activate the neighborhood."

McAnally is quick to note that Cherokee isn't simply one neighborhood. The street crosses through four different ones on official city maps — Tower Grove East, Benton Park West, Marine Villa and Gravois Park — as well as two different aldermanic wards.

"Cherokee is the Latinx community, it's majority African American, it's eclectic and diverse," explains McAnally. "What do all of these groups have to say to each other? How can we keep the neighborhood together? Counterpublic is meant to activate the neighborhood — all of it, every group."

To do so successfully, the McAnallys began by talking to representatives of each division and explaining the plan and seeking partnerships.

"It was important to us early on to involve the business community, the Latinx community, all of these groups," McAnally says. "We have twenty permanent exhibitions throughout the project, from both local and national artists who come from the cultures found in Cherokee. We invited several Indigenous artists — we call it 'Cherokee' casually, but what does that really mean?"

Counterpublic encompasses many parts, people and ideas, all coming together to facilitate a free exchange of ideas. The plan is for Counterpublic to be a triennial festival that moves to a new neighborhood with each new iteration, but it's not at all an attempt to pigeonhole or homogenize any community. The dissonance is vital, and in the case of the inaugural production, deeply personal for the McAnallys.

"Counterpublic is a chance to ask ourselves, 'How do these many different voices come together, and how do we maintain an equitable development?'" James asks, not all rhetorically. "'How do we account for difference, and dissent? And how do we continue to live alongside each other while disagreeing?'"

Counterpublic opens Saturday, April 13, with tours, talks and performances from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Luminary (2701 Cherokee Street; www.theluminaryarts.org). An opening-night party takes place from 8 to 11 p.m., with complimentary food from neighborhood restaurants, artist-designed galletas by Rodolfo Marron III and Diana's Bakery and live video and DJ performances. New installations, processions, performances and public programs will continue through July 13. The full schedule is available at www.counterpublic.us. free admission

The Luminary (map)
2701 Cherokee St
St. Louis - South City
phone 314-773-1533
Counterpublic

How We See: Materiality and Color

Through June 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Humans can perceive a wide palette of colors, but we don't see as many hues as nature contains. The limitations of human vision are stretched in the Laumeier Sculpture Park's new exhibition How We See: Materiality and Color. Six artists who combine modern art practices with a keen observation of the natural world explore the possibilities of color manipulation and perception. Claire Ashley's specially commissioned, large-scale inflatable Ruddy Udder Dance is painted in neon colors. Volunteers will get inside it and perform a series of choreographed routines that allow you to see how its various shades change with movement and daylight. Ann Lindberg's graphite-and-colored-pencil piece as though air could turn to honey features a closely packed array of thin lines of pure pigment that become subtly darker toward the bottom. From a distance those tints blend and fade, and the piece appears to have a more uniform golden hue. How We See opens with a free reception at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Laumeier's Aronson Fine Arts Center (12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hill; www.laumeier.org). The exhibit continues through June 29, and admission is free. free admission

Fashioning the Black Body

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through May 4

For black Americans, dressing well was not merely a matter of fashion — it was necessary for survival. In the era of sundown towns and the Green Book, when black families took the highways of America they dressed to the nines to show white America that they were people of substance, respectable and decent and not going to start any trouble. As they did with many of the rules enforced upon them, these early Americans took what little was allowed to them and made it their own source of pride. Hats were cocked at rakish angles, colors were vibrant and cuts were cleaner and sharper than what white America wore. In time, black styles were appropriated by the mainstream. Again and again the cycle has repeated itself, moving from black subcultures to the malls and schoolyards of middle America. The art show Fashioning the Black Body explores the ways in which fashion defines and projects the black identity in a variety of media. Mickalene Thomas' silkscreen I've Been Good to Me shows a black woman adorned and surrounded by color and pattern in her home. Mario Moore's oil painting One Day in the Land of Milk and Honey depicts a black figure laying flat on the ground, beneath it a subway platform upon which mills a group of faceless people in identical hoodies. Fashioning the Black Body opens with a free reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Projects+Gallery (4733 McPherson Avenue; www.projects-gallery.com). The show continues through May 4. free admission

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

Miss Saigon

Sundays, 1 & 6:30 p.m., Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Fridays, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., May 5, 1 p.m. Continues through May 4

In the midst of the Vietnam War, G.I. Chris meets Kim, a war orphan. Kim works in a bar run by the opportunistic man known as the Engineer, and she's essentially his property. Chris' tour is almost over, and even if it wasn't he'll be leaving in a matter of days when Saigon falls to the communists. Here at the end of the world, Kim and Chris find love — at least for one night. But their union has unintended consequences when the communists take over, and Kim is left behind to deal with them. The revival of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil's bombastic musical Miss Saigon returns to the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; www.fabulousfox.com) for a two-week run. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday (April 23 to May 4). There's a final matinee at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 5, and tickets are $30 to $99. $30-$99

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The Fox Theatre (map)
527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-534-1111
Miss Saigon

Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt

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

In his sonnet "Ozymandias," Percy Bysshe Shelley describes the legs of an epic statue in the desert wastelands, its ruined face lying "half sunk" in the sand. The inscription on the pedestal reads, "My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!" The poem is a meditation on time wearing away the memory of even the mightiest, and a reminder that death means forgetfulness. In truth, it may have been Ozymandias' successor who destroyed the statue upon assuming the title of pharaoh. Statues and memorial inscriptions held ritual power for the Egyptians, and it behooved the new ruler to sweep away all remnant of his or her predecessor. In the Pulitzer Arts Foundation's (3716 Washington Boulevard; www.pulitzerarts.org) new exhibition, Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt, the legacies of the pharaohs Hatshepsut and Akhenaten are examined through almost 40 historical objects that are both defaced and whole. Memory and visual culture are intertwined, and the destruction of the latter can easily erase the former. Striking Power opens with a free reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 22. The work remains on display through August 11. free admission

Pulitzer Arts Foundation (map)
3716 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-754-1850
Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt

True West

Sundays, 3 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through April 28

Austin is holed up in his mother's house, working on his screenplay, when his older brother Lee shows up. The two have neither seen each other nor spoken in a few years. A film producer may be interested in Austin's script, maybe, but Lee keeps distracting his little brother from his work. Even worse, when the producer shows up, Lee talks up his own nonexistent script, and the producer shows immediate interest. The brothers' relationship is fraught at the best of times, but if Lee thinks he's going to horn in on Austin's big break, another intra-family murder may be added to their family tally. Sam Shepard's drama True West is about sibling rivalry, American men and American violence, particularly the violence practiced in the semi-mythical American West. St. Louis Actors' Studio presents True West at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (April 12 to 28) at the Gaslight Theater (358 North Boyle Avenue; www.stlas.org). Tickets are $30 to $35. $30-$35

CHARIS Concert - Cruisin' the Mighty Mississippi

Fri., April 26, 8 p.m. and Sat., April 27, 8 p.m.
phone 314-664-9340
cookingwithedna@gmail.com
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This concert takes listeners on a journey along the waters of America’s iconic river, with songs that celebrate the thrill of travel, the renewal of being on the water, and the landmark musical cities on the river’s winding path. The Mississippi flows through some of our richest musical geographies—from New Orleans jazz, to Memphis and St. Louis blues, to Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis. Song selections include “Louisiana 1927,” “Walkin’ in Memphis,” “Purple Rain,” and “Rescue Me,” by St. Louis R&B and soul singer/songwriter Fontella Bass. $17-20

https://charischorus.org
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Missouri History Museum (map)
Lindell Blvd. & DeBaliviere Ave.
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-746-4599

National Dance Week St. Louis

Sat., April 27, 12-5 p.m.
phone 314-703-0985
NationalDanceWeekSTL@gmail.com

@ National Dance Week, St. Louis, Grand & Washington
The 22nd annual National Dance Week (NDW) St. Louis is set to kick off on Saturday, April 27th, at Grand Center Arts District, located at Washington and Grand. The free outdoor event will begin at noon and will feature the 2019 NDW Honorary Dance Company, Karlovsky & Company Dance. Over 50 dance troupes and hundreds of dancers including The Big Muddy Dance Company, MADCO 2, WU Dance Collective, Webster University, Ashleyliane Dance Company and Missouri Contemporary Ballet. NDW features different cultural expressions of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern disciplines, as well as Chinese, African, Middle Eastern, and Indian. Free

http://www.NationalDanceWeekSTL.com
Grand Center (map)
N. Grand Blvd. & Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-1884

Tanzspiel

Sat., April 27, 2-4 p.m.
phone 618-462-5222
info@jacobyartscenter.org

In Tanzspiel, Karen Montanaro blends the arts of mime and dance to create theater with rare physical and emotional power. German for “dance play,” the show is a kaleidoscope of stories told in Montanaro’s innovative “mimedance.” The world-renowned dancer and mime artist is performing the family friendly and donation-based show at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway, Alton. Row seating is first come, first seated. Doors open 30 minutes in advance. Parking is available on the gravel lot next door. Find more information about Montanaro at www.mimedance.com Donation-based

https://www.jacobyartscenter.org/
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Jacoby Arts Center (map)
627 E. Broadway
Grafton/ Godfrey/ Alton
phone 618-462-5222

Cirque du Soleil: Corteo

Wed., April 24, 7:30 p.m., Thu., April 25, 7:30 p.m., Fri., April 26, 7:30 p.m., Sat., April 27, 3:30 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., April 28, 1 & 5 p.m.
phone 314-977-5000

Corteo, the latest and most enchanting Cirque du Soleil’s arena production is now touring in North America. Corteo, which means cortege in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth. $55+

https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/corteo
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Chaifetz Arena (map)
1 S. Compton Ave.
St. Louis - Midtown
phone 314-977-5000

Translations

Thu., April 25, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Fri., April 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sat., April 27, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sun., April 28, 2-4 p.m., Wed., May 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Thu., May 2, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Fri., May 3, 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Sat., May 4, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
phone 314-740-6514
blackmirrortheatre@gmail.com

The very best by one of Ireland's very best writers. Brian Friel's Translations is set in the fictional north of Ireland village of Baile Beag, and tells of the historical attempt to subdue the Irish people through a process of suppressing their native tongue. It is a timeless story which is at once heartbreaking, heartwarming, frustrating and funny, as we see cultures collide yet love, hope and truth live on. $20 general, $15 students/seniors/military

http://blackmirrortheatre.com/
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.Zack (map)
3224 Locust St
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367

Through Her Eyes

Fri., April 26, 5-8 p.m., Sat., April 27, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Tue., April 30, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Wed., May 1, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Thu., May 2, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Fri., May 3, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat., May 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tue., May 7, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Wed., May 8, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Thu., May 9, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Fri., May 10, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat., May 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tue., May 14, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Wed., May 15, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Thu., May 16, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Fri., May 17, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat., May 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tue., May 21, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Wed., May 22, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Thu., May 23, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Fri., May 24, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
phone 314-961-4020
grafica@graficafinearts.com

Grafica will host a group show, “Through Her Eyes” with an opening reception on Friday April 26 from 5 to 8 pm. Twelve women will show both plein air and studio work. The artists are: Mary Drastal jane Flanders Sandy Haynes Gwendolyn Moore Debbie Rathert Susan Rogers Lee Streett Judy Stoup Deb Trafton Jan Trager Margaret von Kaenel Norma West The show will run from April 26 through May 24. Grafica is located in Webster Groves at 7884 Bi Big Bend Blvd. Image: “Winter Solitude” by Sandy Haynes Grafica’s hours: Tuesday-Friday from 10 am to 5:30 pm – Saturday 11-3. Closed Mon-Sun. Free

http://www.graficafinearts.com
Grafica Fine Art (map)
7884 Big Bend Blvd.
Webster Groves
phone 314-961-4020

Salt, Root and Roe

Fri., April 26, 8 p.m., Sat., April 27, 8 p.m., Sun., April 28, 8 p.m., Thu., May 2, 7 p.m., Fri., May 3, 8 p.m., Sat., May 4, 8 p.m., Sun., May 5, 7 p.m., Thu., May 9, 8 p.m., Fri., May 10, 8 p.m., Sat., May 11, 8 p.m. and Sun., May 12, 2 p.m.
phone 314-863-4999
UPSTREAMTHEATER@SBCGLOBAL.NET

Another US premiere from Upstream Theater, in co-production with Stages Repertory Theatre of Houston. Directed by Kenn McLaughlin. Tim Price's Salt, Root and Roe is a poetic masterwork about the nature of change, the comfort of home, and the eternal bond of love, set against the mythical backdrop of the Pembrokeshire coast in western Wales. The play centers on identical twins Iola and Anest, who are very devoted to each other. Ageing fast, and with the time they have together more fragile by the day, they arrive at a desperate decision. Word of this reaches Anest’s daughter Menna, who rushes 25-35

https://upstreamtheater.org/content/see-play
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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
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