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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

The Immigrants: Works by Master Photographers

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Jan. 12, 2019

America's long history of welcoming new arrivals to Team USA is celebrated in the exhibition The Immigrants: Works by Master Photographers. From the earliest days of photography in the 1890s, when Ellis Island clerk Augustus Frederick Sherman began documenting immigrants with his camera, to today, when Italian photographer Alex Majoli captures the crisis of refugees trying to survive the ocean crossing from Africa to Greece, the exhibit shows the people who fled their homes in search of safety. The Immigrants doesn't shy away from the worst moments; Dorothea Lange's suppressed photograph of Japanese Americans in a U.S. internment camp during World War II is part of the show, as are more ennobling images made by Lewis Hine and Bob Gruen. The Immigrants opens with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 5, at the Sheldon (3648 Washington Boulevard; www.thesheldon.org). The show remains up through January 12. free admission

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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900
The Immigrants: Works by Master Photographers

Into the Breeches

Wed., Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Thu., Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Fri., Nov. 16, 8 p.m., Sat., Nov. 17, 8 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 18, 2 p.m.

Building on its beloved summer productions in Forest Park and the acclaimed Shakespeare in the Streets program, the Festival now presents its very first season of contemporary American plays by writers in dialogue with Shakespeare, headlined by the regional premiere of Into the Breeches! Written by the award-winning playwright of Grounded, which starred Anne Hathaway in its New York run, Into the Breeches! is a hilarious and heartwarming look at the WWII home front and a group of ladies who band together to keep the local theater going with their very own production of Henry V. $20-40

https://www.sfstl.com/in-the-works/
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Grandel Theatre (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Into the Breeches

The Great Seduction

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Nov. 18

The great Alexandre Dumas began his writing career in the theater as a dramatist, with the occasional comedy as well. His Mademoiselle de Belle Isle was a five-act farce about lovers and a seduction contest. Vladimir Zelevinsky has loosely adapted and condensed the story down to a more manageable length in the two-act comedy, The Great Seduction. It's about a duke and countess who are paramours (but not exclusive), and Gabrielle, a fresh country girl just arrived in Paris. The duke is immediately taken with her, while the countess has set her sights on the handsome Raoul. Incensed by the young competitor's presence, the duke bets Raoul he can seduce the first woman he sees. Care to guess who shows up? (It's Raoul's fiancee, Gabrielle.) West End Players Guild presents the bedroom farce The Great Seduction at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (November 9 to 18) at the Union Avenue Christian Church (733 North Union Boulevard; www.westendplayers.org). Tickets are $20 to $25. $20-$25

IDGAF Poetry and Open Mic: Ladies Night featuring Lyrique

Fri., Nov. 16, 7-10 p.m.
phone 314-320-3491
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Kaiserrific's IDGAF Poetry & Open Mic Friday, November 16, 2018 7pm To 10pm Legacy Bar & Grill 5249 Delmar Blvd St Louis Mo. 63108 With DJ Al Bizness Cost is $5.00 entry Featuring: Lyrique Food & Bar Available Get Your Tickets Now For More Info Call 314-320-3491 IDGAF Poetry and Open Mic is one of the hottest open mics in St. Louis hosted by poet Kaiserrific. You are in for inspiration, fun and much more. This Is An Open Mic... We Invite All Poets, Singers, Musicians, Comedians Etc! A Special Ladies Night And We Will Be Doing Some Special Giveaways. $5.00

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

Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 16, 2019

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

Art is a Life Long Gift

Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 30
phone 314-402-1959
greendoorartgallery@aol.com
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Green Door art gallery presents “Art is a Life Long Gift” features Marijo Bianco’sbeautiful horse illustrations and jewelry, Organic Wreaths made from grasses andwildflowers from her Wild Plant Sanctuary by Pat Tuholske, Garry McMichael’s TexturedCairn Paintings along with 35 other artists’s works. These will be available fromNovember 7 thru December 30, 2018. The reception will be Friday, November 16, from5-8:00 pm. 21 N. Gore, Webster Groves MO 63119 314-402-1959 Free

http://www.greendoorartgallery.com
Green Door Art Gallery (map)
21 N. Gore Ave.
Webster Groves
phone 314-402-1959
Art is a Life Long Gift

BJ Kamler

Starts Nov. 16. Fridays, 5:15 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturdays, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Mondays-Thursdays, 5:15 a.m.-10 p.m. Continues through Jan. 4, 2019

BJ Kamler, an O’Fallon resident, will be displaying her high contrast landscape and still life charcoal drawings. Kamler has been practicing her craft for the past15 years, incorporating the realistic techniques of JD Hillberry into her drawings.

Renaud Spirit Center (map)
2650 Tri Sports Circle
O'Fallon, MO
phone 636-474-2732
BJ Kamler

The Bombshell Revue Saturday All You Can Drink Late Show

Saturdays, 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Continues through March 31, 2019
phone 314-436-7000
theboomboomroomstl@gmail.com
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Welcome to the home of STL Burlesque!!! What are you doing tonight? Looking for a night of fun? A great place to take your date? An awesome girls' night out? This is the place. $45.99 (drinks included)

https://theboomboomroomstl.com/saturdaylateshow/
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Into the Breeches

Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 18

As World War II rages in Europe and the Pacific, a group of St. Louis women have to keep the home fires burning. Those fires don't just burn wood, though; the ladies all miss going to the theater. With the men at war and the theaters closed for the duration, an idea is hatched. It's time for a new production of Henry V, with an all-female cast storming Agincourt. George Brant's comedy Into the Breeches! makes its St. Louis debut as part of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' In the Works program. The family-friendly play A Most Outrageous Fit of Madness (inspired by The Comedy of Errors) and two staged readings of Michael Saenz's The Thousand Natural Shocks round out the program. Into the Breeches! runs Wednesday through Sunday (October 28 to November 18) at the Grandel Theatre (3610 Grandel Square; www.sfstl.com). Tickets are $25 to $55. $25-$55

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

Doctor Faustus

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 17

Christopher Marlowe was a contemporary of William Shakespeare, and Marlowe's plays were a large influence on Shakespeare's own. Of course, Shakespeare's work greatly eclipsed Marlowe's in popularity, consigning him to the past. Doctor Faustus is undoubtedly Marlowe's most famous play still — perhaps because of a persistent legend that actual devils appeared on stage during a sixteenth-century performance. John Wolbers has adapted the script for the modern era, while still keeping much of the original's poetry. Now the female Doctor Faustus is disgusted by the rampant abuse of power and position of the world's leaders, and so enters into a contract with the devil. She plans to use her new power for good, to save the weak and bring mercy to the world. But ultimate power has a nasty effect on the human soul, even when it's a noble one. Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble presents Doctor Faustus at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday) October 31 to November 17 at the Chapel (6238 Alexander Drive; www.slightlyoff.org). Tickets are $15 to $20. $15-$20

The Chapel (map)
6238 Alexander Dr
Clayton Doctor Faustus

The Big Muddy Dance Company: Lemp Legends

Fri., Nov. 16, 8-10 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 17, 8-10 p.m.
phone 314-338-4058
ewarner@thebigmuddydanceco.org

Lemp Legends: A Ghost Story Presented by PNC Arts Alive Come witness the infamous tale of the St. Louis family and brewery in the 1900's, and learn the history behind the notorious haunted house tours. A special partnership with The Muny in Forest Park brings these characters to life on the stage with authentic costumes to complement the talented dancers of The Big Muddy. Flash-back vignettes of each Lemp family member take you on a ride back 100 years to give you insight into their lives and personalities. $35

https://www.facebook.com/events/2196943613875841/
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Edison Theatre (map)
6445 Forsyth Blvd.
Clayton
phone 314-935-6543

Riverbend Public Art

Through 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

Tattoo Tradition: Past, Present, Future

Fri., Nov. 16, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
phone 314-776-2307
dekdekonstructiv@gmail.com

We welcome you to join Trader Bob's Tattoo and Dekönstructiv Collective as we kick off the 2018 St Louis Classic Tattoo Expo with an opening party and art show, featuring work by attending artists of the convention! All artwork will be available to purchase through auction - follow along at instagram.com/traderbobstattoo to bid on available pieces and be sure to stop by Mad Art Gallery to see them in person on November 16th! Free

Mad Art Gallery (map)
2727 S. 12th St.
St. Louis - South City
phone 314-771-8230
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