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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

Chinese Music and Dances

Sat., Sept. 22, 8 p.m.
phone 314-516-4949
ticket@umsl.edu

Tianjin Normal University (TNU), founded in 1958, offers programs at various levels and in many disciplines. The College of Music and Film is one of 23 colleges at TNU, with 1600 undergraduate students and over 100 teaching staff. The college offers programs in dance, music, and performing arts. The College’s student performers have won many competitions in China, including the National Music Golden Bell Awards, the National Dance Lotus Awards, the National Youth Singers TV Competition, and the National College Students Dance Performance, among others. $20

https://www.touhill.org/events/detail/chinese-music-and-dance
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Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center (map)
1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road
North St. Louis County
phone 314-516-4949
Chinese Music and Dances

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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The Glam Girls of Burlesque

Fridays, 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Continues through Oct. 28
phone 314-436-7000
theboomboomroomstl@gmail.com

Tired of the same old routine of the typical bar scene? Ready for a change and something exciting? Well look no further than our late night show here at The Boom Boom Room. Join us at 10:30 P.M. for the late night burlesque show. Your favorite performers from The Boom Boom Room will keep you entertained in this sexy burlesque show. Your the hostess with the mostest will guide you through the night while the lovely Boom Boom Bombshells and special guests will keep things tantalizing just for you! $20/person

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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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Sanford Biggers and Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980

Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 30

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis opens some of the most ambitious and vital shows in its history this month, with a series of exhibitions by, and about, black artists and the black experience. Sanford Biggers works directly with the materials of his forebearers — quilts and African sculptures — only he reshapes and repurposes them as contemporary statements about black identity, history and trauma. Biggers gives found quilts new life with new handwork, encoding personal messages into their original pattern. The fact that the work of an anonymous black craftsman or woman now appears in galleries and museums around the world, even in Biggers' modified form, is both subversive and celebratory. With wooden sculptures, some of which are copies, he dips them in wax and then works them over with firearms. What begins as a statue of a human or human-shaped supernatural being becomes obscured, disfigured and unrecognizable through the violence wrought upon it.

In addition to Biggers' work, CAM presents a show of the private photos of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat emerged from the New York City hip-hop/punk/graffiti scenes in the 1970s as one-half of the graffiti duo SAMO, along with Al Diaz. The pair together tagged buildings with cryptic phrases denouncing the establishment, politics and religion, always signed "SAMO" (an acronym for "Same Old Shit"). When the duo broke up, Basquiat performed in the noise rock band Test Pattern (later named "Gray") with Vincent Gallo and Michael Holman. He lived on the streets, sold drugs and experimented with Xerox art, painting and drawing. Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980 will showcase everything the artist made while living in a small East Village apartment with his friend Alexis Adler before he hit the big time. It's a treasure trove of paintings, sculptures and works on paper, as well as Adler's photographs of his friend.

Both exhibitions open with a free reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 7, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; www.camstl.org). The shows continue through December 30.

free admission

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.

Micro-Novels Across America: Live at Dunaway Books

Sun., Sept. 23, 3-5 p.m.
phone 314-771-7150
torysellerpublications@gmail.com

Tory Seller Publications in conjunction Dunaway Books present: ‘Micro-Novels Across America: The Book Tour’. Join Tory for a day of chaos, laughs and mystery as he captures the spirit of the ‘Beats’. There will be a meet and greet, Q and A, book signing and a special south city performance. ‘Micro-Novels Across America: The Book Tour’, September 23, 2018, 3-5 PM at Dunaway Books. The new cool. Free

http://facebook.com/MicroNovelsTorySeller
Dunaway Books (map)
3111 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis - South Grand
phone 314-771-7150
Micro-Novels Across America: Live at Dunaway Books

Crowns

Sundays, 3 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Sept. 23

Yolanda's older brother has just been slain on the streets of Brooklyn by a random act of violence. Before she can fully process the murder, her mother ships her off to family in South Carolina in hopes of saving at least one child. The transition is jarring, to say the least. Yolanda doesn't understand country living or the culture of the South, and she certainly doesn't understand her relatives' fascination with hats. But for this older, more religious generation, chapeaus are both a sartorial expression of style and grace and an absolute necessity if you're going to church — and you are going to church. As Yolanda begins to know her relatives — especially her grandmother, Mother Shaw — she learns about dressing well, history and her own culture. And with that knowledge comes the realization that you earn as much pride as you give yourself. The Black Rep throws open the doors on its 42nd season with Regina Taylor's play Crowns. Performances take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (September 7 to 23) at Washington University's Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; www.theblackrep.org). Tickets are $15 to $45, and now more than ever, dress to impress on opening night. $15-$45

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Edison Theatre (map)
6445 Forsyth Blvd.
Clayton
phone 314-935-6543
Crowns

Fontbonne University Faculty and Staff Exhibition & Speaker Series

Through Sept. 28
phone 314.889.1431
aborchardt@fontbonne.edu

Fontbonne University Fine Arts Department Faculty and Staff will be presenting their work at the Fontbonne University Gallery of Fine Arts from August 31st – September 28th 2018. A free opening reception with light refreshments will be held on AUGUST 31ST at 6.00-8.00p. This free series will feature full-time faculty members Anthony Borchardt, Mark Douglas, Timothy Liddy, David Newton and Victor Wang as well as adjunct and staff artists. Artist talks will take place weekly in September; for dates, please visit the Fontbonne University Gallery of Fine Arts Facebook page at www.facebook.com/finearts.fontbonne/ Free

https://www.facebook.com/finearts.fontbonne/
Fontbonne University Gallery of Art (map)
6800 Wydown Blvd.
Clayton
phone 314-889-1431

Love Never Dies

Tuesdays-Fridays, Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun., Sept. 23, 1 & 6:30 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 30, 1 p.m. Continues through Sept. 30

Ten years after her horrific experience at and under the Paris Opera House, famed soprano Christine Daae arrives in America with her husband Raoul and son Gustave. Life hasn't been great; Raoul has both a gambling and drinking problem, and Christine needs to find success in New York to keep the family solvent. But little does the family suspect that its invitation to visit America came from the mysterious Phantom, who now operates (from the shadows, of course) a successful attraction at Coney Island. Can the Phantom reclaim Christine's love, which he possessed for one brief night, or will she remain loyal to her dissolute husband? The musical Love Never Dies is less a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera than a second story starring the same characters, according to composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Love Never Dies makes its St. Louis premiere at the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; www.fabulousfox.com) this month. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday (September 18 to 30), and tickets are $35 to $99. $35-$99

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The Fox Theatre (map)
527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-534-1111
Love Never Dies

Riverbend Public Art

Sept. 22-Dec. 21, 2-5 p.m.
mkellerpaint@gmail.com
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Riverbend, a public art installation, opens at the Gateway Arch National Park September 22, 2-5pm with activity for kids and adults, the Sappington Creek Bluegrass Band and food trucks. The 100-foot-long artwork, made of silver, mirror-like material that references the Arch, shows the navigable Missouri River, highlighting it as the primary means of Westward Expansion and Gateway to the West for Lewis and Clark and many others. Riverbend will represent the confluence with the Mississippi on the east and extend westward. Artist Margaret Keller won the Critical Mass for the Visual Arts Public Works Project commission to create this artwork. Free

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

Playful Pairings: Dance, Beats, Wine & Treats

Sat., Sept. 22, 8:15 p.m.

Karlovsky & Company Dance creates a sensory journey through this progressive performance of site-specific dance playfully paired with live music, culinary treats, and wines that are specifically created to match the qualities of movement, music, theme, and environment. Joining the dancers of Karlovsky & Company Dance are musicians: Mo Egeston (piano) Lance Garger (percussion) Tory Z Starbuck (electronics) Kalo Hoyle (bass) Wine pairings and culinary treats by Chef Samantha Pretto of the Dark Room Discover the unique spaces of the Grandel Theatre through this sensory-guided performance event. $35

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Grandel Theatre (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367

Artful Messages

Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fri., Sept. 21, 5-9 p.m. Continues through Oct. 28
phone 314-402-1959
Greendoorartgallery@aol.com

Green Door art gallery proudly presents “Artful Messages” with a reception on Friday, September 21 from 5:00 - 8:00pm. Featuring Mary Engelbreit’s Original Calendar Drawings, Photo Realism Paintings by Alex Johnmeyer, Gary Beazley’s Transparent Watercolor Paintings, Manipulated Photos by Jerry Schmutz along with 30 other artists. They will be available from Sept 4 thru Oct 28, 2018. - 21 N. Gore, Webster Groves near St. Louis. Hours are Wednesday thru Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm- Closed Monday and Tuesday www. Greendoorartgallery.com (314) 402-1959 Free

http://www.greendoorartgallery.com/
Green Door Art Gallery (map)
21 N. Gore Ave.
Webster Groves
phone 314-402-1959
Artful Messages

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Saturdays, 6-9 p.m. Continues through Oct. 28
phone 866-496-0535
stl.info@thedinnerdetective.com

@ HoteLumiere at the Arch, 901 N 1st Street
America's largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show! Solve a hilarious crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Just beware! The killer is hiding somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect! The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show performs weekly. We also offer private events & shows that are customized to your group with roles for your group members to play. Join us for a one-of-a-kind public or private event that your guests will talk about for months! $54.95

https://www.thedinnerdetective.com/st-louis/
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HoteLumiere at The Arch (map)
901 N 1st St
St. Louis - Riverfront
phone www.lumiereplace.com
The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show
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