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Evil Dead: The Musical

Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m., Saturdays, 3 & 8 p.m. and Fridays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 22

Sam Raimi's Evil Dead series of films is a late-night staple for both its outlandish gore and its bizarre sense of humor. A team of Canadians led by comedy writer George Reinblatt believed that with one major tweak — the addition of songs — the cult classics could also rule the stage. Their Evil Dead: The Musical is as tongue-in-cheek (and as explosively gory) as the films, with everybody singing as they lose limbs and suffer possession by deadites. The plot remains mostly the same, with a group of friends heading to a cabin in the woods for sexy times, only to suffer some very unsexy times indeed. If you are one of those special people who believe a musical would be enhanced by geysers of blood raining down on the people in the front row, you're in luck — you can buy tickets for the "splatter zone." Imagine Gallagher smashing heads instead of watermelons and you're on the right track. Evil Dead: The Musical is performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday (October 12 to 22) at the Grandel Theater (3610 Grandel Square; www.thegrandel.com). Tickets are $50 to $90. $50-$90

Grandel Theatre (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Evil Dead: The Musical

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Sundays, 2 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 29

What if Arthur Conan Doyle was more interested in Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson getting laughs than in solving another thorny case? This is the conceit of Ken Ludwig's comedy Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. Something stalks the Baskerville family, killing off the male heirs with startling precision; is it the fabled beast that prowls the moors, or is it a greedy relative? Holmes and Watson take the case, and in due course an ensemble cast of three essays the 35 different characters entangled in the investigation. Insight Theatre Company closes its 2017 season with the fast-paced comedy. Performances take place at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday (October 12 to 29) at .Zack (3224 Locust Street; www.insighttheatrecompany.com). Tickets are $20 to $35. $20-$35

.Zack (map)
3224 Locust St
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-304-3602
Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Lizzie

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 21

Most of what we think we know about purported axe-murderess Lizzie Borden is inaccurate. She didn't kill her mother and father; it was actually her father and her stepmother, a woman she distrusted and addressed rather frostily as "Mrs. Borden." Borden was infamous in her day for her calm, cool manner following the murders and for beating the rap. The strangeness of the unsolved killings and Borden's insistence on remaining in her hometown for the rest of her life fueled the rumor mill. She did it for her father's fortune; it was revenge for her father's sexual abuse of her; she had been caught in romantic tryst with the house maid; she planned the murders with her mother's brother. Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Alan Stevens Hewitt and Tim Maner recast the story for the modern age in their rock musical Lizzie. It's a raucous, loud show that fuses the guitars and attitude of the Riot Grrrls with the gothic sensibility of the historical era, and relies on a cast of four women and a six-piece band. New Line Theatre opens its new season with Lizzie. Performances take place at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (September 28 to October 21) at the Marcelle Theater (3310 Samuel Shepard Drive; www.newlinetheatre.com). Tickets are $15 to $25. $15-$25

Spring Awakening

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 21

Stray Dog Theatre opens its fifteenth season with the crowd-pleasing musical Spring Awakening, which is based on the 1891 play by Frank Wedekind, as adapted by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik. Although well over 100 years old, Wedekind's play about a group of German school children trying to figure out how to make the leap to adulthood still feels fresh. Parents continue to worry about their children growing up too quickly, today's children also see themselves as young adults who are ready to expand their boundaries, and both teens and adults still worry about what the future will hold. The clothes may change, but the bumps and bruises remain the same. Stray Dog Theatre presents Spring Awakening at 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday (October 5 to 21) at the Tower Grove Abbey (2236 Tennessee Avenue; www.straydogtheatre.org). There is an additional performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 18. Tickets are $25 to $30. $25-$30

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

Two Trains Running

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 22

August Wilson addressed the black power movement and civil rights in his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Two Trains Running. Memphis Lee's diner used to be a hot-spot in the Hill District, a successful black neighborhood in Pittsburgh. But in 1969, there are very few people left. Memphis knows eminent domain is about to push him out of his own diner, but not before he gets payment for it — not their price, his. Sterling is a young man fresh out of prison and trying to convince Memphis' regulars to attend a rally about racial injustice, but he finds few takers. The old-timers are more interested in rehashing old grievances and avoiding unnecessary confrontation. The times may be a-changing, but that doesn't mean people want to change. Clayton Community Theatre presents Two Trains Running at 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (October 12 to 22) at the Washington University South Campus Theatre (6501 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights; www.placeseveryone.org). Tickets are $12 to $20. $12-$20

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

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

Steve McCurry: The Importance of Elsewhere

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 3, 2018

Photographer Steve McCurry created an iconic image with his portrait of a young Afghani girl and her haunting, bottomless eyes, which stared down his lens and seemingly into the innermost chamber of your heart. But that photograph isn't the extent of McCurry's work. For almost 40 years he has been traveling the world, photographing people in India, the temples of Angkor Wat, burning oil fields in Kuwait, and indeed, even an entire series on the striking eyes he spots in people's faces the world over. Steve McCurry: The Importance of Elsewhere, the new exhibition of his work at the Sheldon (3648 Washington Boulevard; www.thesheldon.org), features 37 photographs made by McCurry during his journey. The exhibit opens with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 6. The show continues through February 3, 2018, and the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. free admission

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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900
Steve McCurry: The Importance of Elsewhere

Howard Jones: Think Rethink

Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 22

Like many artists, Howard Jones is deeply enamored of his tools. These are the objects that channel the creative vision, after all. But Jones engages with tools beyond merely working with them. He views them as material and media, taking them apart, modifying them and reshaping them into art objects. In Jones' hands a shovel handle sprouts three blades; the handle of a paint brush sprouts a violin neck or an assemblage of pencils; and the legs of a chair curl out in rake heads. His exhibition Howard Jones: Think Rethink features a host of tools that offer an elegant beauty — and sometimes function as well. Think: Rethink opens with a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 25, at the Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design (6640 Delmar Boulevard, University City; www.craftalliance.org). The show remains up through October 22, and the gallery is open every day except Monday. free admission

Kader Attia: Reason's Oxymorons

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 8, 2018

Human beings' adaptability is what allows people to gradually come to terms with catastrophic change and trauma. In the Western world, we consider it possible for someone who has experienced a tragedy to "heal," thereby erasing a wrong. But the non-Western world doesn't always believe that disaster can be plastered over. In some countries, the scars and imperfections are celebrated. These conflicting ideas of past damage are the inspiration for French-Algerian artist Kader Attia's exhibition Reason's Oxymorons. Attia interviewed and filmed historians, storytellers, philosophers and ethnographers from around the world discussing their cultural ideas of healing psychic damage. These films are then continuously played on an array of televisions placed throughout a maze of gray cubicles. The viewer can pass from cube to cube, gaining exposure to previously foreign worldviews. Kader Attia: Reason's Oxymorons opens with a free public reception from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum on the Washington University campus (1 Brookings Drive; www.kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu). The show remains up through January 8, and the museum is open every day except Tuesday. free admission

Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses and Celebrities

Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 31

New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas pursues the perception of black women in the spotlight in her new exhibit, >Mentors, Muses and Celebrities. Known mostly for her rhinestone, acrylic and enamel paintings, here Thomas explores how gender and beauty are represented in modern society through film and video installations. Her twelve-minute, two-channel video projection Do I Look Like a Lady? features images of Eartha Kitt, Moms Mabley and Whitney Houston, all of them black women who attained a level of power and fame. Thomas draws equal inspiration from the three women at the heart of the film adaptation of The Color Purple, as played by Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg and Margaret Avery. The juxtaposition of three characters who had little to no power in their lives being portrayed by three exceptionally powerful women is the essence of Thomas' work. Who decides which women are beautiful? What is the source of their power? Who controls the image? Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses and Celebrities opens with a free public reception at 7 p.m. tonight at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; www.camstl.org). The show remains up through December 31, and the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. free admission

Hamlet

Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 4 p.m., Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Sun., Oct. 22, 2 p.m., Wed., Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 29, 2 p.m., Wed., Nov. 1, 1:30 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 5, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through Nov. 5

In its 50 years of operation, the Repertory Theatre St. Louis has somehow never mounted a production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. That all changes this year — the company's 51st season. Prince Hamlet mopes around castle Elsinore, trying to figure out what to do with his life now that his father the king is dead and his Uncle Claudius has assumed both the throne and the heart of his sister-in-law, Hamlet's mother. When his father's ghost tells Hamlet that Claudius is a murderous usurper, the young man finds his bloody purpose in life. Will he throw away everything to avenge his father? The Repertory Theatre St. Louis presents its first-ever Hamlet Tuesday through Sunday (October 12 to November 5) at Webster University's Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $18.50 to $89. $18.50-$89

Sweet Revenge

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 22, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 21

While his peers grappled with the big ideas that were the work of "great men," Polish writer Aleksander Fredro was concerned with telling a funny story. He liked the folksy humor of the people, wordplay and farce. All of his facility with these underrated tools are used to dazzling effect in his best-known play, Zemsta, or Sweet Revenge. It tells the tale of two men who are in dispute; their struggle consumes them, as each plots to outmaneuver the other and strike the final blow that will win the victory. Revenge is all-consuming, a fact that never occurs to the people engaged in seeking it. Philip Boehm, artistic director of Upstream Theatre and award-winning translator, has written an English edition of the play that maintains Fredro’s rhyming verse and humor. Upstream Theater opens its season with Sweet Revenge at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; www.upstreamtheater.org). The show will be presented as if an immigrant Polish theater working in St. Louis in the 1930s was staging it. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (October 6 to 21), with a final 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, October 22. Tickets are $25 to $35. $25-$35

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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Sweet Revenge

Exposure 19: Jumbled Time

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 2

Gallery 210's long-running Exposure series brings together local artists who work in the same media or pursue the same ideas in their work. In the case of Exposure 19: Jumbled Time, Stan Chisholm, Lizzy Martinez and Adam Turl all share an interest in narrative art, whether that's the sometimes enigmatic phrases Chisholm stamps out on bricks and other building materials, or Turl's set-like assemblages of objects and paint that hint at the personality of their subject. Jumbled Time opens with a free artists' reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, August 26, at Gallery 210 on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; 314-516-5976). The show remains up through December 2, and the gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. free admission

University of Missouri-St. Louis-Gallery 210 (map)
1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road
North St. Louis County
phone 314-516-5976
Exposure 19: Jumbled Time

The Golden Hour

Mondays-Fridays, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 21, 5-7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 27

Art Saint Louis challenged artists to capture the golden hour — that magic time at dawn and dusk when sunlight gives the world a luminous beauty — in the medium of their choice for the gallery's new show. The works selected for the juried exhibit run the gamut. Lorraine Cange photographed a Jewel Box lily pond in black and white, focusing on the pattern of shadows formed on the lily pads. Russell Vanecek captured the glory of a Flad Avenue alley bisected by a bright box of brilliant sunlight. Bob Rickert's abstract photograph of the Palouse hills in Washington State is a model of contrasts, with stark shadows giving way to glowing hilltops. The Golden Hour is at Art Saint Louis (1223 Pine Street; www.artsaintlouis.org). The show continues through October 27, and the gallery is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There will be a rescheduled closing reception from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, October 21. free admission

Art Saint Louis (map)
1223 Pine St
St. Louis - Downtown
phone 314-241-4810
The Golden Hour
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