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Imagery of Chess: St. Louis Artists

Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sundays, 12-5 p.m. and Mondays, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 17

In 1944 Marcel Duchamp, Julien Levy and Max Ernst organized The Imagery of Chess, an exhibition of chess sets reimagined by artists and performers. Their hope was that people's vision of the chess board and pieces would be expanded beyond the then-accepted options of either the classic Staunton design or the "French" set. In 2016, the World Chess Hall of Fame exhibited some of the works from the 1944 show to acknowledge the debt owed to those artists for forever altering the look of chess. Imagery of Chess: St. Louis Artists is the new follow-up exhibit, which invites twenty local artists to have their way with the game pieces. Among those participating are Eugenia Alexander, who cites the Afrofuturism movement as a key influence on her work; fashion designer and Project Runway vet Michael Drummond; and Yuka Suga, a glass and metals artist who also works as a therapist. A second, simultaneous show, Pow! Capturing Superheroes, Chess & Comics, showcases more than 200 chess-themed comic books (you'd be surprised by how many super villains play chess to keep their minds sharp for optimal intricate scheming functionality). There are also superhero-themed chess boards and a comic book reading room. Both exhibitions open a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the World Chess Hall of Fame (4652 Maryland Avenue; www.worldchesshof.org). Imagery of Chess continues through September 14. Pow! remains up through September 17. Admission is a suggested $5 donation. $5 suggested donation

The Hats of Stephen Jones

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and 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

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and 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

Learning to See: Renaissance and Baroque Masterworks

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through July 30

Phoebe Dent Weil created the field of sculpture conservation in the early 1970s right here in St. Louis. As you might imagine, her personal collection of art is deep and full of treasures. Her husband Mark Weil was an art historian, and his collection is also heavy with the hits of the Baroque and Renaissance. They have promised their joint art holding to the Saint Louis Art Museum, where the public will be able to enjoy for years to come the fruits of their very fruitful collecting years. Learning to See: Renaissance Baroque Masterworks from the Phoebe Dent Weil and Mark S. Weil Collection features etchings by Rembrandt van Rijn and Albrecht Dürer and sixteenth-century Italian terracotta sculptures and busts, each work a miracle of craftsmanship and artistic vision. free admission

Jennifer Colten: Higher Ground

Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 26

Back in the old days, the insanities of racism and segregation kept black people and white people out of the same graveyards. Washington Park Cemetery was for many years the largest final resting place for black St. Louis. Its proximity to Lambert St. Louis International Airport doomed it, however. Highway 70 ran through the middle of the cemetery in the 1950s, and more bodies were moved in the '90s when MetroLink tracks were laid and the airport expanded. Photographer Jennifer Colten documented the current state of the cemetery for the new multimedia exhibition Higher Ground: Honoring Washington Park Cemetery, Its People and Place. Her large-scale, color photographs are supported by historical documentation, video and oral histories (by Denise Ward-Brown) and an art installation by Dail Chambers, all toward the goal of illuminating the racial politics and tangled history behind a black cemetery’s sacrifice in the name of progress. free admission

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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900
Jennifer Colten:  Higher Ground

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Continues through July 2

Stages St. Louis opens its 31st season with the crowd-pleasing musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice show is inspired by the life of the Biblical Joseph, whose eleven brothers are jealous of the fantastic coat bequeathed to him, so they sell him into slavery and tell Dad his favorite son has been killed. Joseph finds fame and fortune in Egypt as a soothsayer, while his brothers regret their actions and suffer from famine. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is performed at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday (June 2 to July 2) at the Robert G. Reim Theatre (111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood; www.stagesstlouis.org). Tickets are $41 to $63. $41-$63

Robert G. Reim Theatre (map)
111 S. Geyer Road
Kirkwood
phone 314-821-2407

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

Ann Metzger Memorial National All Media Exhibition

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through July 22
phone 314-727-6266
media@stlouisartistsguild.org

The St. Louis Artists' Guild presents the Ann Metzger Memorial National All Media Exhibition on June 9 - July 22, 2017. This juried all-media, all-styles, and all-content exhibit features 50 artists from across the nation. The Artists’ Reception & Awards Presentation will take place on June 9 from 5 - 8 pm with juror, Emily Eddins of Haw Contemporary gallery in Kansas City, MO. During the opening reception, STLAG is debuting the ArtShop Trunk Show, featuring jewelry by Peggy Jacobsmeyer and functional, artful wood items by Tom Stauder. 0

St. Louis Artists' Guild (map)
12 N Jackson Ave
Clayton
phone 314-727-6266
Ann Metzger Memorial National All Media Exhibition

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 4 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m., Wednesdays, 2 p.m. and Sun., July 2, 7:30 p.m. Continues through June 29
phone 314-821-2407
marketing@StagesStLouis.org

Take a lively, colorful, and inspirational journey through ancient Egypt with JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. This fun-filled musical entertainment from Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer of such musical mega-hits as EVITA, CATS, and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, follows the rags-to-riches story of Joseph, his eleven brothers, and the miraculous coat of many colors. Based on a biblical tale as old as time itself, JOSEPH comes to vivid life amid spectacular musical numbers and an enchanting rock-inflected score that includes the hit songs “Close Every Door To Me”, “Go, Go, Joseph”, and “Any Dream Will Do”. $25-$60

http://www.stagesstlouis.org/Shows/Joseph-and-the-Amazing-Technicolor-Dreamcoat/
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Robert G. Reim Theatre (map)
111 S. Geyer Road
Kirkwood
phone 314-821-2407
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Glenda Hares: Color Play

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through June 30
phone 314-645-4040
Info@NortonsFineArt.com

@ Norton's Fine Art & Framing, 2025 S Big Bend Blvd 63117
New acrylic paintings and collages by popular St Louis artist Glenda Hares, featuring landscapes, still-lifes and florals. This exhibit and sale starts on Saturday, May 6th with our wine & cheese artist reception from 6pm – 8pm. It continues through June 30th. The exhibit is free and open to the public. free

http://nortonsfineart.com/events/
Norton's Fine Art & Framing (map)
2025 S. Big Bend Blvd.
Richmond Heights
phone 314-645-4040
Glenda Hares: Color Play

The Little Mermaid

Through June 29, 8:15 p.m.

The Muny continues its season with Disney's The Little Mermaid, which was something like the Frozen of its day, only wetter. Ariel is a mermaid princess who is fascinated by the world above water and its strange people — particularly, the handsome Prince Eric. She makes a bargain with the sea witch, Ursula, to transform her tail into human legs so she can meet the man of her dreams. But Ursula's bargain requires Ariel to win his love in just three days, or her soul is forfeited to the sea witch. The Little Mermaid is suitable for young theatergoers, and makes a good introductory show for kids. The Muny performs The Little Mermaid at 8:15 p.m. nightly, Tuesday through Thursday (June 20 to 29) at the Muny in Forest Park (www.muny.org). Tickets are $15 to $95. $15-$95

The Muny (map)
Forest Park
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-361-1900
The Little Mermaid

Cinema at Citygarden

Through June 30, 5-10 p.m.
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It's been a little while since this town has hosted a film festival, but just like that, Cinema St. Louis and Gateway Foundation plug the gap with Cinema at Citygarden. The biennial program invites filmmakers to create new works on a single theme to enter in a juried competition. This year's theme is Nature, and the winning entrants are David Rocco ("Summer Louis"), Natalie Rainer ("Hypervide") and Yihuang Lu ("Ocean Breathes"). Their films, along with entries from Zlatko Cosic, Yuhan Zhang and Cole Hieronymus, and a handful of other filmmakers, will screen from 5 to 10 p.m. daily (Friday, May 26 to Friday, June 30) on Citygarden's video wall (801 Market Street; www.citygardenstl.org). Admission is free. free admission

Citygarden (map)
801 Market St
St. Louis - Downtown
phone 314-241-3337
Cinema at Citygarden

Garden of Glass

Through Aug. 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; www.mobot.org) continues its tradition of summer exhibitions this year with the flora-inspired Garden of Glass. Comprising 30 works of fused glass created by Craig Mitchell Smith, the exhibit features larger-than-life replicas of orange blossoms, orchids, dandelions and other flowers that are installed throughout the Climatron. Viewings of Garden of Glass are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (May 13 to August 13). Admission is $4 to $17, and that includes regular garden admission. Evening hours for the Climatron only start Thursday, May 25, and last from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday through August 12. Evening admission is $6 to $16. $4-$17

Drawing from the Collection: 40 Years at Laumeier

Through July 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Forty years ago, Laumeier Sculpture Park was just a 72-acre plot gifted to the county and a dream. Today it's home to 60 large-scale, outdoor works of art that each began as a dream in the mind of an artist. How does one begin to puzzle out what the three dimensions should be for Jonathan Borofsky's 24-foot-tall fiberglass man with a briefcase, or one of Andy Goldsworthy's earthworks? Many of the sculptures started as rough drafts in two dimensions, as drawings, photographs or collages. Drawing from the Collection: 40 Years at Laumeier presents a collection of these works in progress. It's both a celebration of four decades of the park's history and of the creative spirit that continues to drive Laumeier into the future.

NOLA Swing Night

Tuesdays, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
phone 504-344-6946
oliviabrinich@gmail.com
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NOLA Swing Night is a New Orleans style swing dance night Tuesdays from 8 PM to 12 AM hosted by HandleBar STL and organized by Olivia Red. Join us for a free swing dance lesson at 8 PM and music from 8:30 PM - 12:00 AM! Every Tuesday at HandleBar is Happy Hour all day with $1 off drafts, 1$ off cocktails, and weekly New Orleans style drink specials. No cover

https://www.facebook.com/nolaswingnight/
HandleBar (map)
4127 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis - The Grove
phone 314-652-2212
NOLA Swing Night
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