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All Is Calm

Sundays, 2 & 5 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 16

On November 11, 1918, World War I ended after four exhausting years of destruction and unimaginable horrors. But even in the worst of times, humanity's innate decency can shine through the darkness on occasion. During the first year of the war, Christmas morning was marked by an official cease-fire on both sides. On the front lines troops from both sides of the conflict crossed No Man's Land to celebrate the holiday with their erstwhile enemies. Carols were sung, gifts were exchanged and a spontaneous game of soccer kicked off. All Is Calm, the Peter Rothstein, Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach a cappella musical about that quiet morning when brotherhood won out, has been a favorite with Mustard Seed Theatre audiences since the company first presented it in 2014. It's back again at Mustard Seed to mark the centenary of the last day of the War to End All Wars. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday (November 16 to December 16; no show on Thursday, November 22) at the Fontbonne Fine Arts Theatre (6800 Wydown Boulevard; www.mustardseedtheatre.com). Tickets are $15 to $35. $15-$35

Fontbonne University Fine Arts Theatre (map)
6800 Wydown Blvd.
Clayton
phone 314-862-3456
All Is Calm

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

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Fri., Nov. 16, 7:30-9 p.m., Sat., Nov. 17, 7:30-9 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 18, 2-3:30 p.m.
phone 314-392-2345
mbutheatre@mobap.edu

Adapted from the best-selling young adult book, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids- probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem - and the fun - when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. $10 in advance; $15 at the door

https://www.facebook.com/events/996829373850812/
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Missouri Baptist University (map)
1 College Park Dr
Creve Coeur
phone 314-434-1115

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

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

BJ Kamler

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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Christina Bianco

Fri., Nov. 16, 8-9:30 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 17, 8-9:30 p.m.
phone 314-725-4200 ext. 10
contact@licketytix.com

Diva Moments So Shonda Rhimes tweets a link to this Celebrity Impression Video, and 24 million youtube views later, Christina Bianco makes her St. Louis debut. She takes us on a musical comedy journey through the iconic songs that made divas out of the women who sang them. And we also get to hear that which makes Christina a diva in her own right. $35, $45

http://www.gaslightcabaretfestival.com/event.php?ID=491
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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

Dances of India: The Forgotten Ramayana

Nov. 16-18, 7 p.m.

Every year Dances of India presents a fully scripted and narrated dance concert based on a beloved Indian tale or an adapted Western story. This year's performance is something slightly different. The Forgotten Ramayana: The Tale of Urmila, the Sleeping Princess is based on an obscure story from the Hindu epic The Ramayana. In it Princess Urmila willingly sacrifices herself to save her beloved husband, her brother Prince Rama and sister-in-law Princess Sita. Urmila's sacrifice takes the form of a fourteen-year slumber, and it's almost for naught. While she slips deeper into the realm of dreams, the ten-headed demon king Ravana abducts Sita. Can Urmila escape her endless dreaming? Can she even tell the difference between the real world and the dream realm after so long abed? Dances of India recreates the story at 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday (November 16 to 18) at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts (425 South Lindbergh Boulevard; www.dancesofindiastlouis.org). Sunday's show will feature the student dancers and kids in the first half and The Forgotten Ramayana in the second half. Tickets are $15 to $20. $15-$20

Skip Viragh Center For the Arts (map)
425 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
Frontenac
phone 314-993-4400
Dances of India: The Forgotten Ramayana

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

Every Brilliant Thing

Sundays, 7 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 2

The unnamed child at the center of Duncan Macmillan's one-person show Every Brilliant Thing is only seven when her mother first attempts suicide. She takes it upon herself to create a list of worthwhile things in life, hoping her mother will find comfort in them and stop trying to die. She writes her favorites on numbered slips of paper ("1654. Christopher Walken's voice." "2001. Films that are better than the books they are adapted from"), and leaves them around the house for Mom to find. She grows to realize the list can help herself as well; depression is hereditary, after all. R-S Theatrics presents the life-affirming Every Brilliant Thing at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (November 16 to December 2) at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; www.r-stheatrics.com). Tickets are $18 to $20. $18-$20

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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Every Brilliant Thing

Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 3, 2019

The 1960s were a period of social upheaval and radical change in America, and no art form captured that churning spirit better than printmaking. Printmakers have always had one foot in the commercial art world and one in the realm of fine art, and that hybrid nature allows them to adapt to new technologies and new thinking more quickly than, say, sculptors. Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now, the exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org), is a treasure trove of startling images. Featuring more than 100 works drawn from the museum's holdings and local private collectors, Graphic Revolution includes landmark prints by the big names (Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup II, Robert Rauschenberg's Signs) and less famous but no less astonishing pieces by modern masters such as Julie Mehretu and Edgar Heap of Birds. The show is open from Sunday, November 11, to February 3. Tickets are $6 to $14, but free to all on Friday. $6-$14, free on Friday

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

Harm for the Holidays

Fridays, Saturdays, 7-10 p.m. and Mon., Dec. 31, 7-10 p.m. Continues through Dec. 29
phone 314-664-8024

Join us for the Holidays and enjoy an exciting evening of murder, mystery and mayhem at the most dangerous comedy dinner theater show in town. Dig into a fantastic three-course dinner at the Famously Haunted Lemp Mansion and figure out who-dun-it! This may look like a festive Holiday Party for a family-owned, candle-making business but there is danger lurking beneath the mistletoe! Slimy characters, sneaky thieves, blackmailers, cheats and liars prowl around every corner and you oughta know since you’re one of them! They’re malicious conspiring reveals the true nature of Harm Enterprises…organized crime (shhh…don’t tell Grandpa!) Seats are just $52.95 per person and includes a delicious 3-course dinner

http://jestmurdermystery.com/st-louis-mo/
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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

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