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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

Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 8
phone 314-773-1533
info@theluminaryarts.com

Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time focuses on how the body is articulated in various discourses around health. The artists in this exhibition, through artworks and practices with care-focused groups, examine how support for the body in states of illness, rest, and disability can prompt us to re-imagine collective forms of existence as life under capitalism becomes impossible. The exhibition is curated by Taraneh Fazeli and artists include Fia Backström, Danilo Correales, Jen Liu, Sondra Perry, Cassie Thornton and Constantina Zavitsanos. Free

http://theluminaryarts.com/exhibitions/sick-time
The Luminary (map)
2701 Cherokee St
St. Louis - South City
phone 314-773-1533
Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time

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

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

A Hatful of Rain

Sat., Sept. 29, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
phone 314-596-1219
meyerhel1962@charter.net

A Hatful of Rain, the award-winning play about the devastation of opioid addiction on individuals and families, will be performed by the Slaying Dragons theatrical troupe on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29, at The Chapel. A Hatful of Rain by playwright Michael V. Gazzo is a medically and sociologically accurate account of the effects of morphine on an addict and his family. The blunt depiction of drug addiction in the play and in a subsequent film was a rarity for its time. . The 1956 play and the 1957 movie won many awards. $15 & $20

https://www.slayingdragons.org/
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The Chapel (map)
6238 Alexander Dr
Clayton A Hatful of Rain

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/170626030403607/
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Mahler Ballroom (map)
4915 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-361-4411
Classic Track Series | Retelling Casablanca

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

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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Apology/Faustus and The Hunchback Variations

Thu., Sept. 27, 7-8:45 p.m., Fri., Sept. 28, 8-9:45 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 29, 8-9:45 p.m.
phone 314-799-5910
hanrahan.midnight@gmail.com

Two "absorbing, amusing" "witty, bizarre" "just plain weird" short plays by Mickle Maher. Two acclaimed Midnight Co. revivals. APOLOGY/FAUSTUS gives us Faustus on his final night apologizing for not standing up to evil, in the person of Mephistopheles. (Part of FAUSTival). THE HUNCHBACK VARIATIONS is a panel discussion with Beethoven and The Hunchback of Notre Dame trying to create Chekhov's illusive stage direction from The Cherry Orchard. A brilliant meditation on creative collaboration. $15

http://midnightcompany.com
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The Monocle (map)
4510 Manchester Ave
St. Louis - The Grove
phone 314-935-7003

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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Evita

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 30

The Repertory Theatre St. Louis opens its new season with a bang — the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, Evita. It's the incredible, somewhat true story about the meteoric rise of Eva Duarte and her even swifter fall. Born into poverty, Eva pursued a career in show biz and rose above her humble beginnings, but a chance meeting with general Juan Perón altered the direction of her life. When Perón is elected president of Argentina, Eva chooses to help the poor, becoming a folk hero and cultural icon. The Repertory Theatre St. Louis presents Evita Tuesday through Sunday (September 7 to 30) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $29 to $102. $29-$102

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