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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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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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Flora Borealis

Thursdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 20
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Summers in St. Louis are no picnic, what with the brutal heat and oppressive humidity. At night conditions improve a bit, and that's the time to get outside and experience the city. The Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; www.mobot.org) takes full advantage of the nocturnal respite with Flora Borealis, a nighttime-only special exhibition. Thanks to the artistic and technical brilliance of AVI Systems Inc., a section of the garden is temporarily transformed into a new experience with active lights, moving images and sounds that alter and enhance the familiar landscape. Tickets for Flora Borealis are $10 to $25 and are sold for specific time slots each night (Thursday through Tuesday through August 26). While you're waiting for your scheduled time you can take advantage of MoBOT’s new tented biergarten, which features live entertainment on select nights. $10-$25

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.

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Oklahoma!

Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m., Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 7, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Continues through Sept. 30

It's been 75 years since Rodgers and Hammerstein transformed the Broadway musical with Oklahoma!, and the show remains as fresh and popular as ever. Farm girl Laurey Williams has two suitors — cowboy Curly and farmhand Jud Fry. When Curly waits too long to approach her, she agrees to go to the dance with Jud. He's the type of broody loner who brings a knife to the social, just in case he gets a crack at Curly, but all Curly wants is to convince Laurey he's ready to get serious. Can true love win? The show is packed with songs that have long been considered classics, from show opener "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" to the frequently covered "People Will Say We're in Love." And then there's the boisterous title number, which is so irresistible that within a decade it became the state song of Oklahoma. Stages St. Louis presents Oklahoma! Tuesday through Sunday (September 7 to October 7) at the Robert G. Reim Theatre (111 South Geyer Avenue; www.stagesstlouis.org). Tickets are $41 to $63. $41-$63

Celebrity: An Exhibition of Paintings by Henryk Ptasiewicz

Through Oct. 6, 12-5 p.m.
phone 314-821-6241
media@outofthebluestl.com

Enjoy an outstanding collection of celebrities painted by one of St. Louis' most respected artists. Some are whimsical takes on classic icons, others are contemplative and reflective. All of these famous figures are painted with Ptasiewicz' characteristic brilliant and colorful brush strokes Free

http://outofthebluestl.com/portfolio/celebrity-an-exhibition-featuring-paintings-by-henryk-ptasiewicz/
OA Gallery (map)
101 W. Argonne Dr
Kirkwood
phone 314-821-6241
Celebrity: An Exhibition of Paintings by Henryk Ptasiewicz

Love Never Dies

Tuesdays-Fridays, Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 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

Dead! Like Me

Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m. Continues through Nov. 3
phone 314-664-8024
patty@lempmansion.com

Join us for an exciting evening of murder, mystery and mayhem at the deadliest comedy dinner theater show in town. Enjoy a fantastic three-course dinner at the famously haunted Lemp Mansion and figure out who-dun-it during Dead! Like me… Death is in the air as guests join Marilyn Monroe, Babe Ruth, Juliet and her Romeo, Nixon and other grizzly ghouls as they emerge from the Land of The Dead for the annual Brotherhood of Obituary Occupants Union Meeting (That’s BOO for short). Be sure to leave your pulse at home because everyone at this party is dead…even you! 52.95

http://www.lempmansion.com/mysterydinner.htm

ComedySportz

Saturdays, 7:30-9 p.m. Continues through Nov. 19
phone 314-707-4780
cszstlouis@gmail.com
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ComedySportz is clean, outrageously funny Improv, like you've seen on Whose Line Is It Anyway, played like a sport. It’s the perfect Combo of funny and Sports creating an explosion of laughter and competition on stage. We have shows every Saturday night at 7:30 pm. This is ComedySportz. Two outrageously funny teams duel it out for points and your laughs. You choose the winners… the teams provide the funny. This show is suitable for Everybody!! $12 - $15

http://www.CSzStLouis.com
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Sugar Cubed (map)
917 S Main St
St. Charles
phone 636-395-7365
ComedySportz

Classic Track Series | Retelling Casablanca

Fri., Sept. 28, 7-10 p.m.
phone 314-361-4411
info@talent-plus.com
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Join the Mahler Ballroom for a night inside Casablanca on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 7PM at Club M Featuring an all-star line up of musicians and performers, the evening will include a concert, pop-up performances from the film, cocktails, dining, and “the beginning of a beautiful friendship”. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 DOS. Ticket includes entry and one drink ticket. Tables available for parties of 4 or more. Tables include one complimentary drink ticket per guest and an appetizer tasting sampler. Tasting menu available by Mary Ann's Tea Room. 21 and over. Cocktail Casual attire. $20 in advance, $25 DOS

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Mahler Ballroom (map)
4915 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-361-4411
Classic Track Series | Retelling Casablanca

Art in the Park

Sun., Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Art in the Park returns to Francis Park in St. Louis Hills on Sunday, Sept. 30, when 70 artists will come together to showcase their creative wares amid live music, tasty food and kids’ activities in one of St. Louis’ most popular parks. Admission is free and open to the public. Free

http://www.artintheparkstl.com
Francis Park (map)
Eichelberger St. & Donovan Ave.
St. Louis - St. Louis Hills Art in the Park

Oklahoma

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 4 p.m., Sundays, 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 7

Oklahoma! completely changed the face of American musical theatre over 70 years ago, and remains as fresh and vital today as it was then. A stunning blend of drama, music, and dance, the exhilarating Rodgers and Hammerstein score contains such classics as “People Will Say We’re In Love,” “The Surrey With The Fringe On Top,” “I Cain’t Say No,” and more! $19-$63 for sinlge tickets, $99-$159 for season subscription

http://www.stagesstlouis.org/Shows/Oklahoma/
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MADCO: Revival

Fri., Sept. 28, 8 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 29, 8 p.m.
phone 314-516-4949
ticket@umsl.edu

Ten invincible dancers. Five “Best of the Best” original works. Two cutting-edge performances. An Experience you wouldn’t Dare miss. $30

https://www.touhill.org/events/detail/madco-revival
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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
MADCO: Revival

The Zombies of Penzance

Starts Sept. 27. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8-10:15 p.m. Continues through Oct. 20
phone 314-534-1111
info@newlinetheatre.com

New Line Theatre, “the bad boy of musical theatre,” has shocked the music world by discovering a long-lost first draft by the legendary British team of librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan. The team's best known work, The Pirates of Penzance, originally debuted in New York in 1879. What we now know is that there was an earlier, stranger draft of the show, which nobody knew about until now. In 2013, artistic director Scott Miller discovered the original manuscripts and set about reconstructing the bizarre original show as G&S intended. $10-30

http://www.newlinetheatre.com/zoppage.html
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Marcelle Theater (map)
3310 Samuel Shepard Dr
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
The Zombies of Penzance

New Media Series: Cyprien Gaillard

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 30

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

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