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Fire Shut Up in My Bones

Wed., June 19, 8 p.m., Fri., June 21, 8 p.m., Sun., June 23, 7 p.m., Thu., June 27, 8 p.m. and Fri., June 28, 1 p.m.
Loretto-Hilton Center 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves Webster Groves


Charles Blow has made it out of his small Louisiana hometown and is in college working toward his future when he learns that a figure from his past has blown back into town. Just like that, Charles is in his car and driving toward home so he can settle things once and for all. Will he abandon everything he's worked for to return to that grim town he finally escaped? The new opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones takes its name and subject matter from a memoir by New York Times writer Charles Blow, and features music by jazz musician Terence Blanchard and a book by Eve's Bayou screenwriter Kasi Lemmons. Opera Theatre St. Louis presents Fire Shut Up in My Bones at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Loretto Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.opera-stl.org). Tickets are $30 to $107, and the show is performed five more times in repertory through June 29.

Rigoletto

Thu., June 20, 8 p.m., Sat., June 22, 1 p.m., Wed., June 26, 1 p.m. and Sun., June 30, 7 p.m.
Loretto-Hilton Center 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves Webster Groves


The Duke of Mantua is well known for pursuing any woman who catches his eye, even if that woman is married to one of his own courtiers. The Duke's jester, Rigoletto, mocks the cuckolded men at court afterward, which eventually spurs them to take their revenge on the easier target. Rigoletto has been spotted with a beautiful younger woman. Certain she is his mistress, the men decide to abduct this woman to teach Rigoletto a lesson. Their action sets off a series of mistaken identities and counterplots that result in the death of an innocent. Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto is a dark tragedy filled with the maestro's trademark beautiful melodies. Opera Theatre St. Louis presents Rigoletto at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.opera-stl.org). The show is performed six more times in repertory through June 30. Tickets are $25 to $129.

The Coronation of Poppea

Sat., June 22, 8 p.m., Wed., June 26, 8 p.m. and Fri., June 28, 8 p.m.
Loretto-Hilton Center 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves Webster Groves


Claudio Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea is one of the earliest operas, originating in 1643. Inspired by history, Giovanni Francesco Busenello's libretto depicts a power struggle in ancient Rome, and all of the principal characters are morally corrupt. Nero sits upon the throne with his wife Ottavia, but he shuns her company for Poppea, his mistress. Poppea has herself thrown over her suitor Ottone for the emperor, and the jilted lover vows to kill her — but he can't. Ottone still loves Poppea. Unfortunately Ottavia orders the lovesick Ottone to kill Poppea so the empress can retain the affections of her wandering husband. Poppea is a woman who gets what she wants, but does she deserve to get it? (And why does she think Nero won't tire of her someday?) Opera Theatre St. Louis presents the unapologetically bloodthirsty thriller The Coronation of Poppea at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.opera-stl.org). Tickets are $25 to $129, and the opera is performed five more times in repertory through June 28.

Poetics of the Everyday: Amateur Photography 1890-1970

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 25


Portable cameras democratized photography. Once anybody could carry a camera with them, photography became a hobby as well as an art. Poetics of the Everyday: Amateur Photography 1890-1970, the new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org), features 110 works by unknown moms and dads. They show children, landscapes, family gatherings and of course the family dog, with often unintentional effects such as the dreaded double exposure. Despite being made by strangers, the images of family vacations and candid shots have a familiarity that makes them universal. Poetics of the Everyday is on display in galleries 234 and 235 from Friday, April 26, to August 25. Admission is free. 314-721-0072

Golf the Galleries

Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Mondays-Fridays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 11
The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets$6-$10 to play, free for spectators


Miniature golf, that salve for many a dull summer night, returns to the Sheldon Galleries (3648 Washington Boulevard; www.thesheldon.org) this summer, with creative and challenging holes designed by artists. The indoor golf course will fill the Sheldon's second floor, providing a welcome respite from the summer heat.

Golf the Galleries officially opens Saturday, June 1, with nine all-new holes. Justin King, creator of last year's recycled cardboard fantasia Serengeti Park, will be back with a new hole that's again made of old cardboard. King's Kraken's Cove has a giant octopus and other sea life; players must thread their ball through the creature's tentacles to sink their putt. Master puppeteer and theater scene designer Ryan Marshall will offer The Little Foxes, a scaled-down version of the Fox Theatre, starring marionette versions of Louis Laclede and a skulk of tiny foxes. And Constance Vale, architectural director of the Factory of Smoke and Mirrors, will offer The Mat, the Tapestry and the Magic Carpet, which inverts the golf course. Carpeted surfaces travel up the wall and are suspended above the floor, so that the playing surface becomes the obstacle.

Golf the Galleries will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 1 to August 11. The last tee time is one hour prior to closing.

It's free to walk through the course, and $6 to $10 to play. Tee times are first come, first served. Group rates and private rentals are also available; call 314-533-9900.

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How We See: Materiality and Color

Through June 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Humans can perceive a wide palette of colors, but we don't see as many hues as nature contains. The limitations of human vision are stretched in the Laumeier Sculpture Park's new exhibition How We See: Materiality and Color. Six artists who combine modern art practices with a keen observation of the natural world explore the possibilities of color manipulation and perception. Claire Ashley's specially commissioned, large-scale inflatable Ruddy Udder Dance is painted in neon colors. Volunteers will get inside it and perform a series of choreographed routines that allow you to see how its various shades change with movement and daylight. Ann Lindberg's graphite-and-colored-pencil piece as though air could turn to honey features a closely packed array of thin lines of pure pigment that become subtly darker toward the bottom. From a distance those tints blend and fade, and the piece appears to have a more uniform golden hue. How We See opens with a free reception at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Laumeier's Aronson Fine Arts Center (12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hill; www.laumeier.org). The exhibit continues through June 29, and admission is free. 314-615-5278

The Boy From Oz

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 30
Robert G. Reim Theatre 111 S. Geyer Road, Kirkwood Kirkwood


Singer, songwriter and all-around entertainer Peter Allen made it a long way in his too-short life. Born Peter Woolnough in Tenterfield, Australia, he changed his name when he entered show biz in the early '60s. While performing in a Hong Kong hotel one fateful night, Allen dazzled Judy Garland, who was in the audience. Garland brought Allen back to America as her opening act, which launched his international career. Allen also embarked on an ill-fated romance and marriage with Garland's daughter, Liza Minnelli, although Mama always had some suspicions about his sexual preferences. In his professional life, Allen wrote a ton of hit songs, including "I Honestly Love You" and "Don't Cry Out Loud." Both of these songs and an armful of Allen's other hits are featured in the jukebox musical The Boy From Oz, which retells Allen's life story through his music. Stages St. Louis opens its new season with the show, which is performed Tuesday through Sunday (May 31 to June 30) at the Robert G. Reim Theatre (111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood; www.stagesstlouis.org). Tickets are $25 to $65.

Circus Flora: The Caper on Aisle 6

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 30
Circus Flora Big Top 3401 Washington Blvd, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center


Circus Flora is an established St. Louis summer tradition, up there with Ted Drewes and baseball. The one-ring circus returns with an all-new show about a trip to the grocery store — but not just any store. In The Caper in Aisle 6, an ancient substance of great power has been lost for ages; now it's been found in the aisle of a local supermarket. Acrobats, aerialists, trapeze artists and daredevils try to uncover the secret behind the substance, with breathtaking results. The Caper on Aisle 6 officially opens at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Circus Flora Big Top in Grand Center (3401 Washington Boulevard; www.circusflora.org). The show continues Tuesday through Sunday through June 30, with a sensory-friendly performance on Thursday, June 20. Tickets are $10 to $60. 314-289-4040

Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt

Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 11
Pulitzer Arts Foundation 3716 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center


In his sonnet "Ozymandias," Percy Bysshe Shelley describes the legs of an epic statue in the desert wastelands, its ruined face lying "half sunk" in the sand. The inscription on the pedestal reads, "My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!" The poem is a meditation on time wearing away the memory of even the mightiest, and a reminder that death means forgetfulness. In truth, it may have been Ozymandias' successor who destroyed the statue upon assuming the title of pharaoh. Statues and memorial inscriptions held ritual power for the Egyptians, and it behooved the new ruler to sweep away all remnant of his or her predecessor. In the Pulitzer Arts Foundation's (3716 Washington Boulevard; www.pulitzerarts.org) new exhibition, Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt, the legacies of the pharaohs Hatshepsut and Akhenaten are examined through almost 40 historical objects that are both defaced and whole. Memory and visual culture are intertwined, and the destruction of the latter can easily erase the former. Striking Power opens with a free reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 22. The work remains on display through August 11. 314-754-1850

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis' Summer Exhibitions

Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 18


The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis' summer exhibitions open at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, and there are some heavy hitters involved. Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a finalist for this year's Turner Prize for his exhibition Earwitness Theatre (which CAM co-commissioned with several other institutions), which incorporates the artist's audio analysis of Saydnaya prison in Syria, site of numerous humanitarian abuses, a soundbooth and groups of objects Abu Hamdan uses as mnemonic devices to facilitate reenactments of crimes. Photographer Paul Mgapi Sepuya receives his first major museum survey thanks to CAM. Sepuya's images jumble and reorder the human body, while also revealing the mechanics of photography. Cameras are often a central figure in his work, while tripods, backdrops and lighting show up in his collages. Avoiding digital manipulation, Sepuya's work is about the importance of touch and contact, both between his subjects and his materials. Both shows remain on display at CAM (3750 Washington Boulevard; www.camstl.org) through August 18, and admission is free. 314-535-4660

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis: Love's Labours Lost

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Continues through June 23
Shakespeare Glen Fine Arts Dr and Government Dr, St. Louis St. Louis - Forest Park

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A little corner of Forest Park becomes a Spanish kingdom this summer when Shakespeare Festival St. Louis presents Love's Labour's Lost. King Ferdinand of Navarre and his intimates Berowne, Dumaine and Longaville all jointly swear off the company of women for three years to better themselves through fasting and study. This oath immediately becomes a problem when the Princess of France and her ladies arrive in Navarre to negotiate for the return of some French property currently in Navarre's possession. The noblewomen are forced to set up camp outside the court to honor Ferdinand's pledge, but the sanctity of the vow is sorely tested when Ferdinand goes out to visit with the lovely princess. Secret letters are soon exchanged and disguises are worn so that love may follow its natural course. Love's Labour's Lost is performed under the trees of Shakespeare Glen (Fine Arts and Government drives; www.sfstl.com) at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (May 29 to June 23). Admission is free, and food and drink will be available on site so you can make a night of it.

Counterpublic

Fridays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through July 13
The Luminary 2701 Cherokee St, St. Louis St. Louis - South City


St. Louis is a city of neighborhoods. Everyone in St. Louis has said that at some point; if there is a truth universally acknowledged in this town, it's that our many neighborhoods are our strength and civic identity. And yet, how many people in your neighborhood eat the same food, share the same values and dream the same dreams?

For James McAnally, who with his wife Brea is the cofounder of the Luminary, the neighborhood theory may be true, but it's not a unifying principal.

"William Gass wrote that 'the Midwest is a dissonance of parts and people,'" says McAnally, referencing the late St. Louis-based writer.

That idea is the inspiration for the Luminary's ambitious new project, Counterpublic. The three-month long artistic exploration of the many dissonances that inhabit a shared geographic area incorporates public art, installations, discussions and performances. The McAnallys and curator Katherine Simóne Reynolds chose their own home turf for this experiment: Cherokee Street, with all the many cultures and people who inhabit it.

"It's a complicated project and something that hasn't been done yet," McAnally says with just a hint of understatement. "This idea of the 'counterpublic,' it speaks to the idea [that] there are people who don't feel included in this community. A counterpublic is analogous to subculture. It comes out of queer culture and feminist writing. The framing that's most helpful for Counterpublic is that it's a public art festival, or a platform that is meant to activate the neighborhood."

McAnally is quick to note that Cherokee isn't simply one neighborhood. The street crosses through four different ones on official city maps — Tower Grove East, Benton Park West, Marine Villa and Gravois Park — as well as two different aldermanic wards.

"Cherokee is the Latinx community, it's majority African American, it's eclectic and diverse," explains McAnally. "What do all of these groups have to say to each other? How can we keep the neighborhood together? Counterpublic is meant to activate the neighborhood — all of it, every group."

To do so successfully, the McAnallys began by talking to representatives of each division and explaining the plan and seeking partnerships.

"It was important to us early on to involve the business community, the Latinx community, all of these groups," McAnally says. "We have twenty permanent exhibitions throughout the project, from both local and national artists who come from the cultures found in Cherokee. We invited several Indigenous artists — we call it 'Cherokee' casually, but what does that really mean?"

Counterpublic encompasses many parts, people and ideas, all coming together to facilitate a free exchange of ideas. The plan is for Counterpublic to be a triennial festival that moves to a new neighborhood with each new iteration, but it's not at all an attempt to pigeonhole or homogenize any community. The dissonance is vital, and in the case of the inaugural production, deeply personal for the McAnallys.

"Counterpublic is a chance to ask ourselves, 'How do these many different voices come together, and how do we maintain an equitable development?'" James asks, not all rhetorically. "'How do we account for difference, and dissent? And how do we continue to live alongside each other while disagreeing?'"

Counterpublic opens Saturday, April 13, with tours, talks and performances from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Luminary (2701 Cherokee Street; www.theluminaryarts.org). An opening-night party takes place from 8 to 11 p.m., with complimentary food from neighborhood restaurants, artist-designed galletas by Rodolfo Marron III and Diana's Bakery and live video and DJ performances. New installations, processions, performances and public programs will continue through July 13. The full schedule is available at www.counterpublic.us. 314-773-1533

Kinky Boots

June 19-25, 8:15 p.m.
The Muny Forest Park, St. Louis St. Louis - Forest Park


Charlie inherits the family shoe factory, and with it the headaches of a changing market, the constant demand for lower prices and a resentful staff. A chance encounter with drag performer Lola makes Charlie realize that there's an untapped market for well-made women's footwear in men's sizes. His girlfriend, Nicola, would rather he shut down the factory and enter the lucrative world of real estate, but Charlie is starting to feel a sense of kinship with Lola; they're both sons who disappointed their fathers in different ways. The musical Kinky Boots deals with drag fashion and the father-son bond, with songs by pop music legend Cyndi Lauper and a book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein. The Muny presents Kinky Boots at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday through Tuesday (June 19 to 25) at the Muny in Forest Park (www.muny.org). Tickets are $15 to $105. 314-361-1900

Sylvia

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through June 22
Tower Grove Abbey 2336 Tennessee Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - South Grand


Greg is middle-aged and restless, particularly when it comes to his job, which he's tired of. When he finds a stray dog in the park, he names her Sylvia and brings her home. His wife, Kate, is not as smitten with the dog as Greg, but reluctantly agrees to let her stay for a few days while they figure out what to do. In this little window of happiness, Greg and Sylvia enjoy long walks together while Greg tells Sylvia his life story and avoids work, all of which alienates Kate. Can their marriage survive another woman, even if she is a dog? A.R. Gurney's Sylvia is a comedy about the importance of really connecting with someone — dogs, wives, husbands, whomever — in which the dog is played by a human woman for comedic and empathetic reasons. Stray Dog Theatre presents Sylvia at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (June 6 to 22) at the Tower Grove Abbey (2336 Tennessee Avenue; www.straydogtheatre.org). Tickets are $25 to $30. 314-865-1995

Be More Chill

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through June 22
Marcelle Theater 3310 Samuel Shepard Dr, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center


If you head to New York this weekend and you get lucky, you could get tickets to see Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz's hot musical Be More Chill on Broadway. Or you could save a ton of money by staying home to see Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz's hot musical Be More Chill in St. Louis, at New Line Theatre. How is it possible that a first-run Broadway show is playing concurrently in St. Louis?

Scott Miller, co-artistic director of New Line Theatre, says it all comes down to timing.

"Be More Chill was originally commissioned by Two River Theater in New Jersey, and after the run the show didn't get any takers to go Broadway," Miller explains. "So they did a cast album and released the rights for colleges and regional theaters — and then they got an offer for Off-Broadway, and from there it went to Broadway."

The big league's slow reaction time is to our benefit. But Miller also isn't surprised that Be More Chill was a slow starter.

"It doesn't feel like Broadway — it kind of tricks the audience," Miller enthuses with the passion of a musical theater lifer. "It seems like a rom-com about a lovable loser who wants to get the girl but can't. And then the Squip comes in at the end of Act I, and you realize it's a sci-fi thriller!

"They sneak up on you with it," he finishes.

"The Squip" is an an acronym for Super Quantum Unit Intel Processor. In the show, teenaged Jeremy is a loser on the outside of high school society. When he learns he can swallow a tiny Japanese supercomputer — the Squip — that will upgrade him with a customized internal voice advising him on how to be more chill, he takes it. The musical is based on a novel by Ned Vizzini, and it deals with teen depression, the digital age and bullying, all filtered through '50s sci-fi and the teen movies of the '90s.

It's the exact sort of rock & roll musical Miller loves to sink his teeth into, and with his co-artistic director Mike Dowdy-Windsor taking the lead as director, he has been left with more time to dig into what makes Be More Chill and its young cast (more than half of which are first time New Liners) tick.

"The interesting thing about this is it doesn't show off, lyrically," offers Miller. "There are no interior rhymes, no tricks. They don't sound like lyrics; they sound like high school kids talking. The show really treats these kids with respect, and if feels real. The kids say dumb things and do dumb things."

Be More Chill is performed at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (May 30 to June 22) at the Marcelle Theater (3310 Samuel Shepard Drive; www.newlinetheatre.com). Tickets are $20 to $30.

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Ron E. Young: Lost and Found

Fri., June 21, 6-8 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church Euclid and Washington, St. Louis St. Louis - Midtown


I scrounge the alleys, boarded-up buildings and vacant lots like an archeologist searching for buried treasure. The ghosts of a once thriving community have a story to tell before all memory of their existence is erased. My current studio practice involves assembling disparate elements, things that I scavenge and collect from the carnage that is now North St. Louis City. From these discarded materials I create my mixed-media assemblages. . I use these discarded objects to create art that tells a story about what we value and how we treat the people that once owned them. 314-361-4655

Rustbelt Poetry Slam

Fri., June 21, 7-11 p.m.
.Zack 3224 Locust St, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center


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Dat New Shit Poetry And Open Mic

Fri., June 21, 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

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An all new open mic created and hosted by Kaiserrific. A platform for poetry, music and much more... Kaiserrific Presents... Dat New Shit! Poetry and Open Mic Celebrating Black Music Month Friday, June 21, 2019 Legacy Bar and Grill 10 PM to 12:30 AM Feature: Kas Poetess (From Killeen, Texas) DJ Albizness on the 1's and 2's $5 Entry (pay in advance with cash app $Kaiserrific80 or pay at the door) Fun times and prize give aways Food and drinks available for purchase at Legacy The FUCK IT basket continues so be prepared to let go of your issues for 314-320-3491

Hal Poth: Delmar Loop Arts Fest

Sat., June 22, 12-7 p.m.
Regional Arts Commission 6128 Delmar Blvd., University City Delmar/ The Loop


Hal Poth: Off the Wall is a showcase of some of Poth’s best works from the collection donated to the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) from Poth’s estate. This exhibition will give a sense of the wide range of subject matter and creative approaches Poth chose to explore during his lifetime. It will also provide a platform for discussing ageing and creativity, exploring the capacity for imagination and innovation throughout every stage of life. All artwork will be available for purchase. Proceeds will go to St. Louis-area nonprofits that support the artistic development of youth and seniors. 314-863-5811

Performance: A Solo Voice by Odeya Nini

Sat., June 22, 3-4 p.m.
Pulitzer Arts Foundation 3716 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

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Composed and performed by Odeya Nini, A Solo Voice is an investigation of resonance, vocal techniques, and expression. Including recorded sound and theatrical elements, Nini’s performance will disconnect the voice from our common expectations of song expressing meaning through movement and action. 314 754 1850

Exhibition #21

Sat., June 22, 7-11 p.m.


@ Granite City Art & Design District, 1822 State Street
Join G-CADD for the opening of Exhibition #21, featuring work from Yowshien Kuo, Chloe West, Piper Williamson, and a collaboration between G-CADD and Kansas City based gallery, Open House! DJ Ashley Hohman will provide the tunes all night long. 314-281-3082

Saunders Schultz: Visionary Abstractions

Sun., June 23, 2-4 p.m.
University of Missouri-St. Louis-Mercantile Library 1 University Dr. at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County


The Mercantile Library is holding an event June 23 at its Meier Gallery at the UMSL location. Titled: Saunders Schultz: Visionary Abstractions, it will celebrate the opening of the new exhibition of the late sculptor and visionary artist's work. 314 516 6740

Fire Shut Up In My Bones

Wed., June 19, 8-10:30 p.m., Fri., June 21, 8-10:30 p.m., Sun., June 23, 7-9:30 p.m., Thu., June 27, 8-10:30 p.m. and Sat., June 29, 1-3:30 p.m.
Loretto-Hilton Center 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves Webster Groves

Buy Tickets$29-$129


One moment can change everything. When Charles discovers that his cousin has returned to his Louisiana hometown, he races home from college to confront his past. Memories and shadows surround Charles as he strives to move beyond a cycle of violence and forge a brave new path. Terence Blanchard, composer of OTSL’s sold-out hit Champion, teams up with screenwriter Kasi Lemmons (Eve's Bayou) for a haunting, powerful, and tender coming-of-age story inspired by a memoir celebrated as "stunning" (Essence), "riveting" (Chicago Tribune), and "exquisite" (The New York Times).

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - The Musical

Thu., June 20, 7-9:30 p.m., Fri., June 21, 7-9:30 p.m. and Sat., June 22, 2-4:30 & 7-9:30 p.m.
Gaslight Theater 358 N. Boyle Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - Central West End

Buy Tickets$10-$15


Rockshow Productions presents Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical - a Hysterical Musical version of the Classic Michael Caine/Steve Martin film. Tickets are $15/adults $10 for children and students. Not recommended for children under 13. 314-601-5339

Indecent

Thu., June 20, 7:30 p.m., Fri., June 21, 8 p.m., Sat., June 22, 8 p.m., Sun., June 23, 3 p.m., Thu., June 27, 7:30 p.m., Fri., June 28, 8 p.m., Sat., June 29, 8 p.m. and Sun., June 30, 3 p.m.
Grandel Theatre 3610 Grandel Square, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets45-300


Winner of numerous awards including an acclaimed Tony-Winning run on Broadway, “Indecent” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, is the true story of a groundbreaking scandalous play and the courageous artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. After a rapturous reception in Europe, Sholem Asch’s drama, “God of Vengeance” debuted on Broadway in 1923 at a time when waves of immigrants were changing the face of America. This revolutionary love story, that celebrated Yiddish language and unconventional passion, was forced from the stage by a fearful and reactionary public. Its fate, and that of the actors who 314-533-0367

Rigoletto

Thu., June 20, 8-10 p.m., Sat., June 22, 1-3 p.m., Wed., June 26, 1-3 p.m. and Sun., June 30, 7-9 p.m.
Loretto-Hilton Center 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves Webster Groves

Buy Tickets$25-$129


There is no purer love than that of a father for his daughter - and no more impossible task than protecting her from the world. Rigoletto is a bitter court jester who serves the Duke of Mantua, a lecherous womanizer. Together, they are despised throughout the city. But alone, Rigoletto is all tenderness when it comes to his innocent young daughter, Gilda. Little does he know that an ominous curse is about to take its toll. Set to some of Verdi's most powerful music, this tale of innocence lost is wrenchingly poignant and all too human.

The Coronation of Poppea

Sat., June 22, 8-11 p.m., Wed., June 26, 8-11 p.m. and Fri., June 28, 8-11 p.m.
Loretto-Hilton Center 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves Webster Groves

Buy Tickets$25-$129


The fight for the throne is never dignified. Poppea will stop at nothing to become Empress, no matter who she has to blackmail, betray, or kill. And Emperor Nero, who is infatuated with Poppea, is not thinking with his head. Separately, they’re bad enough. Together, they will turn Rome upside down. Sexy, bloodthirsty, and unapologetic, this opera is the best kind of political thriller.

New Arrivals

Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through June 28
Green Door Art Gallery 21 N. Gore Ave., Webster Groves Webster Groves

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Green Door art gallery presents “New Arrivals”. Reception Friday, May 17, from 5-8 pm free and open to the public. Featuring New Originals Drawings by Mary Engelbreit, Terri Shay’s mixed media pieces, sensitive watercolor animals by Jan Helton, pastels by Amy Jamison and including 30 other artists. Available from May 1, thru June 28. 21 N. Gore, www.GreenDoorartgallerycom/events -314-402-1959 314-402-1959

Balinese Art

Through Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Balinese Art features a selection of rich and varied works of art produced in Bali, Indonesia during the 20th century. Bali’s visual and performing arts reflect the Hindu religious beliefs of its people that are distinct from the predominantly Islamic culture found elsewhere in Indonesia. Artists drew inspiration from nature, village life, and narratives from Hindu epics and local tales. The installation includes eight paintings and two ceremonial masks used for the central figures in the giant puppet dance known as Barong Landung, which may still be experienced today. Gallery 225 is devoted to the periodic rotation of Asian art 314.721.0072

Putting It Together 2, We Made (Pretend) Plans, and Zeitgeist Portraits

Through July 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Foundry Art Centre 520 N. Main Center, St. Charles St. Charles

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The Foundry Art Centre is excited to present “Putting It Together 2: The Art of Assembling” to the community this May 31, 2019. This exhibition promises to be as much a collage of diverse artists as it is a collection of collage artworks. It includes forty-one artists from sixteen states, Belgium, Lithuania, and Canada. Susan Campbell, an interdisciplinary artist from Ontario, Canada will exhibit “We Made (Pretend) Plans” in which she “considers the ways that urban environments are manipulated and shaped". California based Emerging Artist, Holly Boruck, will exhibit her body of work entitled “Zeitgeist Portraits” in the Ameristar Gallery. Opening reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 31. 636-255-0270

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