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The Color of August

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 19

Maria and Laura have known each other for most of their lives, but they have been apart for the last few years. In the interim Maria's art career has taken off, and she's married well. Laura is struggling to get by, professionally and emotionally. But it wasn't that long ago that the two were bound together, emotionally, physically and creatively. What happened in the past that makes this current meeting more of a cautious interrogation and stand-off than a happy reunion? Paloma Pedrero's The Color of August is a psychological investigation of two women who once shared a life — but now can barely share the same room. Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble presents The Color of August at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday (August 9 to 19) at the Chapel (6238 Alexander Drive; www.slightlyoff.org). Tickets are $15 to $20. $15-$20

The Chapel (map)
6238 Alexander Drive
Clayton The Color of August

Out on Broadway: The Third Coming

Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 19
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New Line Theatre's sporadically produced musical revue Out on Broadway returns for only the third time in 21 years with Out on Broadway: The Third Coming. It's an exceptionally simple set-up: You take five male singers, give them a pianist as accompaniment, and let them loose to tell their stories — the loves, losses and lives of five gay men — through the songs of musicals such as Kinky Boots, Heathers, Hamilton and The Book of Mormon. This lucky third production comes with the added bonus of "Hope," a brand-new song from Jason Robert Brown (composer of The Last Five Years and Parade, among many others), which will open the show. Come for some old favorites and get a couple new surprises as well. Out on Broadway: The Third Coming is performed at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (August 3 to 19) at the Marcelle Theatre (3310 Samuel Shepard Drive; www.newlinetheatre.com). Tickets are $15 to $25. $15-$25

Ragtime

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 19, 2 p.m. Continues through Aug. 19

E.L. Doctorow's novel Ragtime is about three of the many Americas that existed at the start of the twentieth century. There are the immigrants, as personified by the Jewish man Tateh and his daughter; the black Americans, here 300 years and still on the outside of everything, represented by the musician Coalhouse and his girl, Sarah; and there are the established, comfortable families, in this case temporarily headed by Mother while her husband participates in a scientific expedition. What do these three strands of society have in common? Not much, but over time they can — and will — weave together and form a new image of America. The musical version of Ragtime, adapted by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, sets the story in the framework of the American art form, revealing the faith and courage required to pursue a new life. Stray Dog Theatre closes its current season with Ragtime. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday (August 3 to 19) at the Tower Grove Abbey (2336 Tennessee Avenue; www.straydogtheatre.org). There are additional shows at 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 16, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 19. Tickets are $20 to $25. $20-$25

Tower Grove Abbey (map)
2336 Tennessee Ave.
St. Louis - South Grand
phone 314-865-1995
Ragtime

A Century of Japanese Prints

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 28, 2018

Japan had a long history of woodblock printing (ukiyo-e) that, although now recognized for their artistic qualities, were at the time purely commercial works. That began to change in the mid-nineteenth century, as Japanese artists were exposed to Western printmaking. These early modern artists began the creative print movement, which was motivated by a desire to explore the artistic possibilities of Japan's traditional hand-carved woodblock printing methods. Artists such as Kobayakawa Kiyoshi and Hashiguchi Goyō created portraits of modern Japanese society in prints that are both beautiful works of art and incredible documents of an era. The Saint Louis Art Museum displays a treasure trove of them in the new exhibit, A Century of Japanese Prints. The show opens on Friday, August 11, and remains up through January 28. Admission is free. free admission

The Hats of Stephen Jones

Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 3
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You may not recognize Stephen Jones by name, but you've most likely seen his work. The English milliner's creations have been worn by trend-setting celebrities for more than 30 years, from Princess Diana to Lady Gaga. A selection of eight of his avant-garde hats are displayed at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org) in Hats of Stephen Jones, a complementary exhibition to the ongoing exhibition Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade. Jones' exhibit will remain up from Friday, April 21 to Sunday, September 3. At 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, Jones visits the museum to discuss his work and his inspirations with New York milliner Jennifer Ouellette. Admission to the lecture is $20 to $25; exhibition admission is $6 to $15. $6-$15

In the Realm of Trees

Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 3

Classical Chinese artists often used trees as inspirations or the focus of their works. Trees and the natural world are the focus of the new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org), In the Realm of Trees, which includes photographs, paintings and decorative works that glorify the beauty found in nature. The centerpiece of the show is a set of contemporary photographs called Sacred Tree on Mount Lu, made by Beijing-based photographer Michael Cherney, which was acquired for the museum's permanent collection in 2016 and will be presented for the first time in this exhibit. In the Realm of Trees opens on Friday, March 10, and remains up through Sunday, September 3, in gallery 225. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, and admission is free. free admission

New Media Series: Amy Granat

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 12

In the nineteenth century the American Dream was tied up in Manifest Destiny. We would spread across the continent from the East to the West on foot, by wagon or train. Once the West was won, the dream changed and became nice home, a fast car and an open road. But what is the American Dream today, when we cover the land from to sea to sea and all frontiers are gone? Amy Granat's Cars, Trees, Houses, Beaches is a silent 16mm film loop of Hawaiian beaches, muscle cars and modernist homes, among them Kirkwood's own Russell and Ruth Goetz Krauss house, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The film ruminates on these conquered frontiers, many of which are once again the stuff of dreams for Americans. The Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org) presents Granat's film as part of its long-running New Media Series. It shows on an endless loop from July 14 to November 12 in gallery 301. Admission is free, and the museum is open every day except Monday. free admission

Emily Oliver: Weaving as Ritual and Art

Sundays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Sept. 3

Emily Oliver's work in Weaving as Ritual and Art is deceptively sparse. Her widely spaced color bars and shapes only look that way because you're thinking like a painter; all the white space in her weaving requires as much work as the colored bits, after all. Oliver's new exhibition Weaving as Ritual and Art alludes to early Modernist painters through her use of negative space and isolated color, but her work also hews to the pattern-making that comprises traditional textile arts. The exhibition opens with a free reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 7, at the Dark Room (3610 Grandel Square; www.thedarkroomstl.com). The show remains up through September 3. free admission

The Dark Room (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-776-9550
Emily Oliver: Weaving as Ritual and Art

9 to 5 The Musical

Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 20, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Continues through Aug. 20

Violet is the sort of hard-working employee most bosses would love to have. Unfortunately she works directly under Franklin Hart, a chauvinist who is never going to appreciate her skills or promote her. Newly divorced Judy has rejoined the workforce after a lengthy gap. She learns that the technology has outpaced her, even with excellent mentoring from colleague Violet. And then there's Doralee, Hart's busty personal secretary and, according to him, devoted love slave. These three working gals quickly realize that many of their problems would be solved if the boss was out of the way — and so they hatch a scheme to get him out of the picture. The 1980 film 9 to 5 was a surprise hit thanks to its fizzy feminist approach and wish fulfillment plot. Original star Dolly Parton adapted it into a musical with screenwriter Patricia Resnick (she co-wrote the film); Parton handles the music and lyrics, and Resnick the book. Stages St. Louis continues its season with 9 to 5 The Musical. Performances take place Tuesday through Sunday (July 21 to August 20) at the Robert G. Reim Theatre (111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood; www.stagesstlouis.org). Tickets are $47 to $63. $47-$63

Robert G. Reim Theatre (map)
111 S. Geyer Road
Kirkwood
phone 314-821-2407
9 to 5 The Musical

Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015

Tuesdays-Thursdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Sept. 17
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It was the poet-philosopher Billy Gibbons who first posited that "every girl is crazy 'bout a sharp-dressed man," and yet on the whole, American men have settled for athletic team logos and cargo shorts. But there's more to life than five-pocket shorts and t-shirts. Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015, the new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org), celebrates the beauty and style that's available to men. The show traces development of the suit from its origins as a military uniform through the heavily embroidered great coats of the nineteenth century, with a detour into the effectiveness of the black leather jacket before finishing up with modern sartorial splendors. Reigning Men is open Tuesday through Saturday (June 25 to September 17), and admission is $6 to $15, but the show is free on Friday. $6-$15, free on Friday

Birthday Bash Exhibition

Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 31
phone 314-402-1959
greendoorartgallery@aol.com

Green Door art gallery presents “Birthday Bash" Reception Friday, July 7, 2017 from 5-9 pm featuring Alicia Farris’ watercolor paintings, fiber art by Annie Scheumbauer, Mark Hurd’s brightly colored urban scenes, paintings by Vesna Delevska and jewelry by Julie Bell, Ellen Klamon and Pam Bohling, plus artwork by 30 other artists-Artwork available from July 5 until August 31, 2017. Located at 21 N. Gore, Webster Groves MO 63119 near St. Louis 314-402-1959 www.GreenDoorartgallery.com/events free

http://www.greendoorartgallery.com
Green Door Art Gallery (map)
21 N. Gore Ave.
Webster Groves
phone 314-402-1959
Birthday Bash Exhibition

Out on Broadway: The Third Coming

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8-10 p.m. Continues through Aug. 20
phone 314-534-1111
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The New Liners broke all new ground in 1996 and again in 2000. Third time's a charm. New Line closes its 26th season with the third chapter in New Line's unique series, OUT ON BROADWAY, an original revue of musical theatre songs performed from the perspective of five gay men, an intimate evening of funny and emotional performances, with just five guys, a piano, and no microphones. Some songs will be brought back from the earlier shows, and we’ll add new songs as well. $10-25

http://www.newlinetheatre.com/oob3cpage.html
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Painting Missouri: The Counties en Plein Air

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 5-8 p.m. Continues through Sept. 2
phone 314-727-6266
media@stlouisartistsguild.org

The St. Louis Artists' Guild is pleased to present the entire collection of 115 original oil paintings by Billyo O'Donnell for the Painting Missouri exhibition opening July 28 through September 2, 2017. The Painting Missouri: The Counties en Plein Air book features historical descriptions and regional stories by author Karen Glines.

http://www.stlouisartistsguild.org/new/node/2545
St. Louis Artists' Guild (map)
12 N Jackson Ave
Clayton
phone 314-727-6266

9 to 5 The Musical

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 4 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Aug. 20
phone 314-821-2407
marketing@StagesStLouis.org

Based on the 1980 hit movie, this hilarious musical romp explores friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. Chock-full of upbeat and optimistic songs by country superstar Dolly Parton, three female coworkers concoct a plan to live out their wildest fantasies by giving their sexist, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss the boot! In the process, the women give their workplace a dream makeover and take control of the company that had always kept them down. You will laugh, cry, and ultimately cheer the exploits of Violet, Judy, and Doralee as they discover the joys of working 9 to 5! $25-$60

http://www.stagesstlouis.org/Shows/9-to-5-The-Musical/
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Robert G. Reim Theatre (map)
111 S. Geyer Road
Kirkwood
phone 314-821-2407
9 to 5 The Musical

Hansel und Gretel

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 26

Union Avenue Opera closes its 2017 season with Hänsel und Gretel, the fairy tale opera composed by Engelbert Humperdinck (the nineteenth century German composer, not the English pop singer of the 1970s). It's directly inspired by the well-known folk story collected by the Brothers Grimm, which means it includes starving children, weird magic, an evil witch and a touch of murder. Among its other sterling qualities are a Dew Fairy, a heavenly host of protective angels and Humperdinck's deft incorporation of German folk music in the score. Union Avenue Opera presents Hänsel und Gretel in the original German with English supertitles at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (August 18 to 26) at the Union Avenue Christian Church (733 North Union Avenue; www.unionavenueopera.org). Tickets are $30 to $55. $30-$55

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