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Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 3

The 1960s were a period of social upheaval and radical change in America, and no art form captured that churning spirit better than printmaking. Printmakers have always had one foot in the commercial art world and one in the realm of fine art, and that hybrid nature allows them to adapt to new technologies and new thinking more quickly than, say, sculptors. Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now, the exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org), is a treasure trove of startling images. Featuring more than 100 works drawn from the museum's holdings and local private collectors, Graphic Revolution includes landmark prints by the big names (Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup II, Robert Rauschenberg's Signs) and less famous but no less astonishing pieces by modern masters such as Julie Mehretu and Edgar Heap of Birds. The show is open from Sunday, November 11, to February 3. Tickets are $6 to $14, but free to all on Friday. $6-$14, free on Friday

Printing Abstraction

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through March 31

Abstract art is a term that includes a wide variety of media: monochromatic color fields, hard-edged abstraction and its flat colors, and the sharply defined edges and optical illusions inherent in op-art's geometric forms. What links all of these styles together is that they are divorced from the traditional representation of physical objects. For its new exhibition Printing Abstraction, the Saint Louis Art Museum draws from its own holdings of abstract art created by printmakers. The show is something of an expansion of the museum's ongoing main exhibition, Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now, in that it offers more examples of the printmakers' art and the key role it's played in the promulgation of abstract art. Printing Abstraction is on display from Tuesday through Sunday (November 30 to March 31) in galleries 234 and 235 of the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). Admission is free. free admission

Circus Harmony: Accelerando

Saturdays, 12 & 2 p.m. and Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through Jan. 27

Circus Harmony's annual January performance has some new features this year. For starters, new acts have been incorporated into the show, including the Chinese Pole (acrobatics performed on a stationary pole ranging from ten to 30 feet tall) and Hoop Diving (increasingly complex tumbling runs performed while diving through a vertical hoop or series of hoops). Perhaps the largest noticeable change from previous years is the accompanying band, which is completely new and making its debut performance during Accelerando, a musical mystery. Two teams of young circus performers will attempt to find a top-secret envelope before their competitors. You can bet there will be many twists, turns and flips as the mystery unfolds. Accelerando is performed at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday and at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday (19 to 27) at the City Museum (750 North Sixteenth Street; www.circusharmony.org). Tickets are $20. $20

City Museum (map)
750 N. 16th St.
St. Louis - Washington Avenue
phone 314-231-2489
Circus Harmony: Accelerando

Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis

Fridays and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Feb. 10

Artist Kehinde Wiley leaped into the public consciousness when his presidential portrait of Barack Obama was unveiled in February, but he's been making vital work that explores the nexus of race and representation for years. In 2017 the New York City-based Wiley visited the Saint Louis Art Museum to review the collection with an eye toward a future exhibit inspired by the historic style of portraiture. While he was in St. Louis, Wiley went to north St. Louis and Ferguson to meet with people and find subjects for his own paintings. Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis is an exhibition of eleven large-scale paintings of everyday black St. Louisans dressed in modern clothing, posed in the manner of kings, statesmen and other powerful figures. Wiley's new work will be on display in galleries 249 and 250 from October 19 to February 10 at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). Admission is free. free admission

Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 16

Lola Álvarez Bravo was a Mexican artist, educator and curator whose life spanned nearly the entire twentieth century. From the 1930s to the 1970s, Álvarez Bravo crisscrossed her way across the country with camera in hand, creating portraits of other working artists. Always shooting, she also made images of regular people and the architecture — both old and new — at a time when Mexico was rapidly growing and transforming. Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico, the new exhibition at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (3716 Washington Boulevard; www.pulitzerarts.org), features more than 40 of her black-and-white photographs in all their glory. Picturing Mexico opens with a free reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 14. Also debuting the same night are more than 60 sculptures by Ruth Asawa, who often worked with wire. Both shows remain on display through February 16. The Pulitzer is open Wednesday through Saturday. free admission

Pulitzer Arts Foundation (map)
3716 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-754-1850
Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico

Christine Corday: Relative Points

Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 21

Space is deep, to quote Hawkwind, and yet scientists believe all living creatures on Earth contain stellar elements within their genetic makeup. Artist Christine Corday explores this union of humans and the stars in her new exhibition Relative Points, which was commissioned by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Eleven of Corday's large sculptural forms, which are each made of more than 10,000 pounds of elemental metals and metalloid grit, will be arranged within the museum in a pattern of Corday's choosing. The sculptures, which resemble slightly squashed black marshmallows more than four feet high, are intended to be touched; they're essentially the same base elements as humans, after all. During the course of the exhibit, the shapes will change gradually from repeated contact and the inexorable force of universal gravitational attraction. You'll have your first opportunity to get close and personal with Corday's work at the opening reception, which takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, January 18, at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; www.camstl.org). Christine Corday: Relative Points remains fixed in space through April 21. free admission

Love, Linda

Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Jan. 27

Cole Porter was a tough man to stay married to; he liked glamorous parties, the nightlife and being the center of attention. His homosexuality could have been another dealbreaker, but not for Linda Lee Thomas. The Southern heiress had already had one rough marriage when she met Porter, and the two got along so well that they soon married. Despite their sexual incompatibility, they shared a genuine affection, and Porter had no greater champion than his loving wife. Stevie Holland and Gary William Friedman's one-woman musical Love, Linda recounts the story of Mrs. Cole Porter woven through innovative arrangements of her husband's most beloved songs. Max & Louie Productions presents Love, Linda at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (January 17 to 27) at the Marcelle Theater (3310 Samuel Shepard Drive; www.maxandlouie.com). Tickets are $40 to $45. $40-$45

Marcelle Theater (map)
3310 Samuel Shepard Dr
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Love, Linda

Mwaza Carol: Journeys of the African Spirit

Sat., Jan. 26, 6-9 p.m.
mwazacarol@att.net

We welcome you to the opening night of "Journeys of the African Spirit" exhibit by Artist Extraordinaire MwazaCarol on Friday, February 1st from 6-9 p.m. at Urb Arts, 2400 North 14th Street. The exhibit will be at UrbArts thru February 23, 2019. This exhibit is a fusion of past African history and culture, with the present, which represents the vibrancy of life. MwazaCarol, a native St. Louisan, is a CAT Fellow who studied at Fisk University and has a BFA from UMSL. free

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/journeys-of-the-african-spirit-art-exhibit-tickets-54629047953
Urb Arts (map)
2600 N 14th St
St. Louis - North Downtown
phone 314-690-7153

Home Grown: The Big Muddy Dance Company

Sat., Jan. 26, 8-10 p.m.
phone 314-338-4058
ewarner@thebigmuddydanceco.org

The Big Muddy Dance Company recognizes the tight knit dance community in St. Louis by featuring our city's own choreographers. The dance makers in St. Louis range widely in age, race, background, and style, but they all work towards a common goal: to bring great dance to the stage. Each creator has a different story to tell, and they express their thoughts through the athletic and graceful movement of The Big Muddy dancers. Join us as we celebrate these artists and showcase all that St. Louis dance has to offer. $35

https://www.facebook.com/events/263702744258250/
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Grandel Theatre (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367

Accelerando

Sat., Jan. 19, 2 & 7 p.m., Sun., Jan. 20, 2 & 7 p.m., Sat., Jan. 26, 2 & 7 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 27, 2 & 7 p.m.

Circus Harmony’s annual confluence of music and circus arts is a circus spy thriller this year! The show, titled Accelerando, features new acts including Chinese Pole and Hoop Diving, coached by Circus Harmony graduates who are touring the world performing these acts with wit Cirque du Soleil and les 7 Doigts de la Main! The show will also feature a new band, making its debut this year. You might need a mirror to decode some of the clues as two teams of acrobatic spies try to find the top secret document that’s gone missing. 20

http://www.circusharmony.org/accelerando
City Museum (map)
750 N. 16th St.
St. Louis - Washington Avenue
phone 314-231-2489

Love Linda

Sat., Jan. 19, 8 p.m., Sun., Jan. 20, 3 p.m., Thu., Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Jan. 25, 8 p.m., Sat., Jan. 26, 8 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 27, 3 p.m.

“Love, Linda” the one woman musical tour de force about the life of Mrs. Cole Porter runs January 17th through January 27th at the Marcelle Theater in The Grand Center Arts District. Linda Lee Thomas was the Southern beauty who married and was the driving force behind legendary song writer Cole Porter at the dawn of the roaring twenties. Though Cole Porter was gay, their companionship and love lasted through 35 years of marriage and a spectacular, glamour-filled life. With innovative jazz arrangements, the timeless music and lyrics of Cole Porter weave through “Love, Linda” examining the darker sides of 40-45

https://maxandlouie.com/
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Marcelle Theater (map)
3310 Samuel Shepard Dr
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367

Momentum

Fri., Jan. 25, 7-9 p.m., Sat., Jan. 26, 1-3 & 5-7 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 27, 1-3 & 5-7 p.m.
phone 314-561-4877
mmack@cocastl.org

A mix of cutting-edge hip-hop & contemporary dance across a broad range of styles, Momentum brings members of COCAdance & the COCA Hip-Hop Crew together for a dynamic, can’t-miss performance. Featuring choreography from guest artist Kara Wilkes of San Francisco-based Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Ages 5+ $14 - $18

https://www.cocastl.org/event/momentum-2019/
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Wittenberg

Fri., Jan. 25, 8 p.m., Sat., Jan. 26, 8 p.m., Sun., Jan. 27, 7 p.m., Thu., Jan. 31, 8 p.m., Fri., Feb. 1, 8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 2, 8 p.m., Sun., Feb. 3, 7 p.m., Thu., Feb. 7, 8 p.m., Fri., Feb. 8, 8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 9, 8 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 10, 2 p.m.
phone 314-863-4999

Tickets $35 general, $30 for seniors 65 and over, $25 for full-time students with valid ID Jan 25-27, Jan 31-Feb 3, Feb 7-10 All shows at 8 PM except Sundays at 7 and last Sunday at 2 PM Written by David Davalos; It’s October 1517, and the new fall semester at the University of Wittenberg finds certain members of the faculty and student body at personal and professional crossroads. Hamlet (senior, class of 1518) is returning from a summer in Poland spent studying astronomy, where he has come in contact with a revolutionary scientific theory that threatens the very order 25-35

https://upstreamtheater.org/content/passport-season-14
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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367

The Boom Boom Revue Saturday Dinner Show

Saturdays, 7-9 p.m. Continues through June 19
phone 314-436-7000
theboomboomroomstl@gmail.com
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Join us this Saturday for our exciting burlesque dinner and show at 7 P.M. The Boom Boom Bombshells will provide a fun night of entertainment, through burlesque, comedy, cirque acts and more. You will also enjoy a four-course meal to your delight. Dinner, drinks, and a show, who could ask for more. This is perfect for date night, bachelorette/bachelor parties, birthdays, girls’ night out, tourists and more visiting downtown St. Louis. $55/person for dinner and show

https://theboomboomroomstl.com/saturdaydinnershow7pm/
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The Boom Boom Revue Saturday Late Show

Saturdays, 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Continues through June 19
phone 314-436-7000
theboomboomroomstl@gmail.com
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Join us at The Boom Boom Room for the most entertaining Saturday evening you can have in downtown St. Louis. The Boom Boom Revue is the perfect burlesque show just for you. Dancing, comedy, specialty cirque acts and more await you in our intimate venue. It’s so much fun come and see what audiences have been enjoying for the past few years. We offer a full bar, and appetizers are available for purchase. $24.99/person

https://theboomboomroomstl.com/saturdaylateshow/
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