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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

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; 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;, 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; 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

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

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;, 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

Painting Missouri: The Counties en Plein Air

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

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.
St. Louis Artists' Guild (map)
12 N Jackson Ave
phone 314-727-6266

Jason Hailey: The Selective Eye-Photography as Abstraction

Through Nov. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
phone 314-535-1999

Jason Hailey’s passion to increase visual awareness and heighten sensitivity to aesthetic values flow from his abstract interpretations of commonplace products and discarded debris. The dramatic transformations are pioneering works of abstract color photography, aggrandizing the world of fine art photography. With inspiration from our changing environment and society, Hailey’s style of photographing his raw realities will stimulate, shock, and spark our imaginations for new ideas, change, and progress. The IPHF is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to celebrate the achievements of the inventors, pioneers, and pivotal artists throughout the history of photography. $5 Adults; $3 Seniors & Students; Free Members & under 18

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; 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

Birthday Bash Exhibition

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

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 free
Green Door Art Gallery (map)
21 N. Gore Ave.
Webster Groves
phone 314-402-1959
Birthday Bash Exhibition

St. Louis Fringe

Through Aug. 26

The fringe festival paradigm was established in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1947, but the format continues to be relevant. The idea is that a disparate assemblage of performing artists — be they dancers, actors, storytellers or musicians — gather to present a number of rapid-fire performances in a short amount of time. It may just be the perfect entertainment for our modern, short-attention-span lifestyles. This year's St. Louis Fringe Festival takes place Friday to Sunday (August 18 to 20) and Thursday to Saturday (24 to 26) in Grand Center (North Grand and Lindell boulevards; Acts include headliners ERA Theatre, Ashleyliane Dance Company and A Song for Vanya (a musical adaptation of Anton Chekhov's drama Uncle Vanya), but don't sleep on the undercard. Matthew Marcum brings Pollock: A Frequency Parable ($15), his avant-operatic performance about painter Jackson Pollock, to St. Louis from the San Francisco N.E.W. Festival; Tesseract Theatre Company debuts its one-woman show Hot for T-Rex ($15), which is about a brash writer of Dino-Erotica; and Same Difference Productions offers its instructional guide to living a normal life, Stop Bein' Weird ($15). Admission varies per show. If you're considering attending more than one show, take a look at the many bundle passes available, good for everything from a three-show student pass ($35) to the All-You-Can-Fringe pass ($150), which gets you into every performance. $15-$150

Grand Center (map)
N. Grand Blvd. & Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-1884
St. Louis Fringe

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; Tickets are $30 to $55. $30-$55

In the Heights

Sundays, 7 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Sept. 3

Last year, R-S Theatrics included a short musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda in its season-opening salvo of short plays. This year, the company goes all-out with a production of Miranda's first big hit, In the Heights. The musical covers three days in New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood, which is home to a close-knit Latino community. People fall in love, they question what they're doing with their lives, and momentous decisions are made about the future, all set to a backdrop of rap and salsa music. R-S Theatrics presents In the Heights at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (August 18 to September 3) at .Zack (3224 Locust Street; Tickets are $20 to $25. $20-$25

.Zack (map)
3224 Locust St
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-304-3602
In the Heights

Artists Choose Artists

Fri., Aug. 25, 6 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 8, 6 p.m.

Guest curated by Nancy Newman Rice Showcasing emerging St. Louis visual artists, this exhibition asks established St. Louis artists to invite and exhibit alongside a local emerging artist. Nancy has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts/MMA Fellowship for painting, Artist’s Residency Award at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France and nominations for a Tiffany Award and an AVA Award in the Visual Arts. Ms. Rice has exhibited her work internationally and has had a number of solo exhibits in both galleries and museums. FREE
The Millstone Gallery at COCA (map)
524 Trinity Ave.
University City
phone 314-725-6555
Artists Choose Artists

Union Avenue Opera’s Know Before You Go

Fri., Aug. 25, 7-8 p.m.
phone 314-361-2881
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@ Union Avenue Opera, 733 N. Union Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63108
Union Avenue Opera’s Know Before You Go…Educational Lecture Series July 7, 14, 28, August 4, 18, 25 7:00PM Each Friday night before the performance in the Gretchen Brigham Gallery with Glen Bauer, Ph.D., Associate Chair, Department of Music at Webster University. Dr. Bauer will discuss the opera’s historical importance, guide you through the (sometimes convoluted) plot line, and offer a sneak peek of the music to come. Have General Admission Tickets? Don’t worry! Visit our box office for a special placard to reserve your seats in the theatre prior to the lecture. Free
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The Haunted Hunter Comedy Dinner Theater

Fridays, Saturdays, 7-10 p.m. Continues through Oct. 28
phone 314-664-8024

Join us for an exciting evening of murder, mystery and spooks at the best comedy dinner show in town. Enjoy a fantastic three-course dinner at the famous Lemp Mansion and figure out who dun it during this hilarious Halloween show. Did you know that the Lemp Mansion is haunted? That’s right! And lots of famous sleuths, detectives and ghost hunters from around the world will be there to catch a glimpse of the resident ghost. Gee! If someone gets whacked, we’ll have plenty of detectives to solve the crime won’t we! Which part will you play? Are you a …murderer? Seats are just $52.95 per person
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