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The Phantom of the Opera

Sundays, 1 & 6:30 p.m. Continues through May 20

Andrew Lloyd Webster's colossal hit The Phantom of the Opera remains immensely popular for a show about a mercurial stalker. The titular Phantom haunts both an opera house and young chorus girl Christine. He mysteriously arranges for his obsession to become the star of a new opera written by you-know-who, but then lashes out at Christine when she falls in love with a kind man from her past rather than the masked man who murders her castmates. Full of special effects and Webster's eternal songs, Phantom still has the power to make audiences appear in their seats in an instant. The musical is performed Tuesday through Sunday (May 9 to 20) at the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; www.fabulousfox.com). Tickets are $39 to $200. $39-$200

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

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

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

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

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 Women's Hope Chorale: Dynamic Voices

Sun., May 20, 3-10 p.m.

The Women's Hope Chorale presents Dynamic Voices: How Music Can Empower Underserved Youth. One of the most meaningful experiences a person can have is to be heard, to be understood. The Chorale is proud to examine the profound impact of arts education – where young people can learn to express their feelings and experiences – during the second in their series of Community Conversation Concerts. This immersive event will include presentations, performances by the Chorale and local students, a multi-media demonstration, and an opportunity to share insights with others during a post-performance reception. $10-15

http://www.womenshopechorale.org
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Maryville University of St. Louis (map)
650 Maryville University Dr
Creve Coeur
phone 314-529-9300
The Women's Hope Chorale: Dynamic Voices

Paint St Louis Plein Air Event

Sun., May 20, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
phone 314-965-4975
academyofnatureandwildlifearts@gmail.com
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The St Louis County Plein Air Festival celebrates the tradition of outdoor painting combining art and science in its most natural format. Painting from life and the landscape has long been an artistic tradition whether to make a record as in the cave paintings or document details for further study or to express the feelings of the moment. Watch artists create in front of you. Relax with great music and food at our Sunday concert and paint out. View fresh paintings at our Sunday Show and Sale. Children can try painting plein air during our Kid's Paint, Sunday May 20th. Free

http://www.academyofnatureandwildlifearts.com/paint-st-louis-plein-air-event

Benton Park Event Series

Sun., May 20, 4-7 p.m., Sun., June 17, 4-7 p.m., Sun., July 29, 3-7 p.m., Sun., Aug. 26, 4-7 p.m., Mon., Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., Oct. 6, 12-4 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 27, 12-4 p.m.
phone 314-771-0883
info@killeenstudio.com
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We're kicking off the 2018 Benton Park Event Series in style with Blues in Benton Park feat. Blues City Swing! Stop by the park located at the corner of Jefferson and Arsenal between 4-7pm on Sunday, May 20th for classic blues and a cold brew. This year's lineup includes a ton of great events from "musical house tours" to the return of the “Benton Park Classic bike races” and everything in between. Mark your calendars so you don't miss any of the excitement. free

http://www.bpnastl.org
Benton Park (map)
Arsenal St. & S. Jefferson Ave.
St. Louis - South City

An Evening with C.S. Lewis

Sun., May 20, 2-3:30 p.m.
phone 314-647-2434

An Evening With C.S. Lewis”. This one-man show has been touring the United States and the UK for over 15 years featuring actor and author David Payne bringing his critically acclaimed performance to your area in May. $50.00 All seats

https://www.playhouseatwestport.com/evening-with-cs-lewis
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The Playhouse at Westport Plaza (map)
635 Westport Plaza
Maryland Heights
phone 314-469-7529

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

Lyrical Therapy

Sundays. Continues through July 28

@ UrbArts, 2600 N. 14th Street
Lyrical Therapy is hosted by The Therapeutics every Sunday from 7:00 - 10:00. Enjoy a night of music and spoken word. $5

Urb Arts (map)
2600 N 14th St
St. Louis - North Downtown
phone 314-690-7153
Lyrical Therapy

Burlesque Sunday Brunch Buffet

Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Continues through Oct. 29
phone 314-436-7000
theboomboomroomstl@gmail.com
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Be our guest and join us for our Sunday brunch buffet, and burlesque. Two seatings available at 10 A.M. and 1 P.M. $35/person for brunch and the show. Join us for a brunch like no other. $35/person

https://theboomboomroomstl.com/tsainttlouisburlesqueshowticketshingstodoinsaintlouisfunthisweekend/beourguestburlesquebrunch
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Sunday Open Artist Studio

Sundays, 12-6 p.m. Continues through Nov. 20
phone 314-260-1689
astlcomics@gmail.com

We're having an artist open studio! We're making an open invite to any local artist/writer that wants to come in on Sundays to work, promote themselves, interact with customers and help other artists improve their work. While you're here, we're going to give you 20% off your drinks. Tell your friends and we'll tell our customers. Free

https://www.facebook.com/events/2029209407338504/
Apotheosis Comics (map)
3206 S Grand Ave
St. Louis - South Grand
phone 314-260-1689
Sunday Open Artist Studio
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