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Canfield Drive

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

The civic protests following the killing of Michael Brown by a police officer will enter St. Louis history as an event as momentous as the Jefferson Bank Protests of the 1960s and the Dred Scott trial of the 1850s. But in the days after Brown's death, a long view of history wasn't possible. As international media crowded into Ferguson and tried to make sense of the region's troubled history with race, equal opportunity and community policing, it felt as if the facts changed daily. It's this tangle of news personalities and deadlines that informs Kristen Adele Calhoun and Michael Thomas Walker's new play, Canfield Drive. Two reporters with very different views of the story try to piece together the truth about what happened on a hot August day on a suburban street, while also trying to keep their own pasts from becoming part of the narrative. Calhoun and Thomas have spent four years working on the script with the St. Louis Black Repertory Company, which commissioned the play alongside the National Performance Network and 651 Arts. Canfield Drive is informed by first-person interviews with people from the metro area and from around the world, and it seeks to start conversations about race, culture, history, privilege and healing. The Black Rep presents the world-premiere production of Canfield Drive at Washington University's Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; www.theblackrep.org). Performances are at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (January 9 to 27), and tickets are $15 to $45. $15-$45

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

Artist Talk: Christine Corday

Sat., Jan. 19, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
phone 314-535-4660
info@camstl.org
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Join Christine Corday in a conversation about her site-specific installation RELATIVE POINTS with Lisa Melandri, Executive Director of CAM. FREE

http://camstl.org
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My Infinite Sadness

Fri., Jan. 18, 8-10 p.m., Sat., Jan. 19, 8-10 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 20, 4-6 p.m.
darriousvarner@yahoo.com

When left alone in one's own mind, who is it that you are really talking to? Step into the subconscious of a person suffering with Depression. See the ups and downs, the twists and turns, the aches and pains that are living with mental illness. Playwright Darrious Varner introduces you to a whole new view of Depression with My Infinite Sadness. By personifying Depression, giving it a face and a voice, he shows just how hard the struggle can be, even on good days. There will be a 30 minute talk back after each show. 10.00

https://www.facebook.com/events/312747229307781/
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The Chapel (map)
6238 Alexander Dr
Clayton

Alabama Story

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 27

What is it about books that makes some people so afraid? Senator E.W. Higgins is up in arms about Garth Williams' new book The Rabbits' Wedding, a children's story about two rabbits who marry. Higgins' main objection is that one of the rabbits is white and the other is black, and in Alabama in 1959, even the hint of miscegenation — and in a children's book, no less — is cause for alarm. Higgins demands it be removed from all Alabama libraries. One librarian, Emily Wheelock Reed, refuses to pull it. Books, and the ideas with their pages, are worth fighting for, Reed argues. Kenneth Jones' play Alabama Story is based on a true story. Williams, the illustrator of Stuart Little and the Little House on the Prairie books, had no idea his picture book about a rabbit wedding would spark a political fight that threatened the well-being of an entire state. The Repertory Theatre St. Louis presents Alabama Story to open the second half of its season. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday (January 2 to 27) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $19 to $92. $19-$92

The Wolves

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 3

Sarah DeLappe's play The Wolves will appear to be familiar territory for many parents in the Repertory Theatre St. Louis' audience. In it a team of teenage girls stretch before an indoor soccer game. But the only parent nearby is the team coach, who is too hungover to pay much attention to his athletes, and the girls are free to speak honestly to each other, and about each other. As the season progresses, a new teammate, growing resentments, discussions of various boyfriends and the flashes of unexpected cruelty reveal that behind their confidence on the field, each of them is still a young woman finding her way toward adulthood. The Repertory Theatre St. Louis presents The Wolves Tuesday through Sunday (January 18 to February 3) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $46 to $71. $46-$71

Burlesque! A Night of Stars!

Sat., Jan. 19, 8-11:45 p.m.
phone 314-384-2532
vanellatickets@gmail.com
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Lola van Ella Presents Burlesque! A Night of Stars! A beautiful evening of burlesque entertainment featuring all twelve competitors of the Shimmy Showdown and special guests from around the country. The Van Ella Bordella "Gentleman's" Club live band speakeasy will continue immediately after. 10-25

http://www.vanellastudios.com
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Thaxton Speakeasy (map)
1009 Olive St.
St. Louis - Downtown
phone 314-241-3279

The Boom Boom Revue Friday Late Burlesque Show

Fridays, 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
phone 314-436-7000
theboomboomroomstl@gmail.com
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Join us at The Boom Boom Room for the most entertaining Friday 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. $20/person

https://theboomboomroomstl.com/theboomboomrevuefridaysat1030-pm/
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Burlesque Brunch

Sundays, 12-3 p.m. Continues through June 13
phone 314-436-7000
theboomboomroomstl@gmail.com
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Brunch!!! Who doesn’t love brunch? It’s the best meal of the day and here at The Boom Boom Room, it’s even better with our burlesque show. Join us this Sunday for the ultimate brunch buffet with entertainment featuring the world renowned Boom Boom Bombshells! $35/person for brunch and the show

https://theboomboomroomstl.com/sundayburlesquebrunch/
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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

Art in the Afternoon - Shawn Cornell

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Jan. 26
phone 314-645-4040
info@NortonsFineArt.com
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@ Norton's Fine Art and Framing, 2025 S. Big Bend Blvd. 63117
Paintings, Pottery and Graphic Prints on display. Meet the artist from 1 – 4 during the Opening Afternoon on Sat, Dec. 8th and enjoy complementary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Silent Auction for the largest painting in the show – Retail value over $6500! free

http://nortonsfineart.com/events/
Norton's Fine Art & Framing (map)
2025 S. Big Bend Blvd.
Richmond Heights
phone 314-645-4040

Child's Play & Sole Food

Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 15
phone 636-255-0270
exhibitions@foundryartcentre.org

The Foundry Art Centre is excited to present Child’s Play, a multimedia international juried exhibition, to the community this January 4, 2019. Tim Liddy, nationally respected artist and professor at Fontbonne University, curated this exhibition. Artists will present memories and experiences of being a child and witnessing childhood in artworks ranging from photography and painting to interactive sculpture. In the Ameristar Gallery of the Foundry Art Centre, the Emerging Artist Series will feature Traci Mims. Her exhibition, "Sole Food", will invite the viewer to gain understanding of life in our culture as an African American woman. www.foundryartcentre.org/childs-play/ FREE

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Foundry Art Centre (map)
520 N. Main Center
St. Charles
phone 636-255-0270

Spring Exhibitions Opening

Fri., Jan. 18, 7-9 p.m.
phone 314-535-4660
info@camstl.org
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Join us for the opening of CAM’s spring exhibitions featuring Christine Corday: Relative Points and Guan Xiao: Fiction Archive Project in the main galleries and Oliver Laric: 2000 Cliparts projected on the museum’s facade as part of CAM’s Street Views series. The upstairs education galleries feature ArtReach: Vashon High School. free

http://camstl.org

Christine Corday: Relative Points

Fri., Jan. 18, 7-9 p.m. and 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

I'll Be Back Before Midnight

Fri., Jan. 18, 8-10:30 p.m., Sat., Jan. 19, 8-10:30 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 20, 2-5 p.m.
phone 314-821-9956

In this suspense filled play, Jan is a young wife recovering from a nervous disorder. She and her husband rent a remote cabin from an odd farmer who delights in telling gruesome ghost stories. Then the husband's strange sister arrives, and all manner of frightening events occur. What happens to fragile Jan as bodies appear and disappear give this classic thriller its tremendously frightening impact. $20.00

http://www.ktg-onstage.org/ticket-information
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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
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