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On Your Feet!

Sat., Nov. 18, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 19, 1 p.m.

Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine went through the charts like a bolt of lighting in the early '80s, but the Cuban-American band had a long road of weddings and bar mitzvahs before they could get a record deal. On Your Feet!, the musical based on Emilio and Gloria Estefan's life and music, tells the story from the beginning. It's a story of love, parental disapproval, the American music industry's prejudice against Spanish-language songs and the Estefans' belief in each other, backed by the propulsive sounds of Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. On Your Feet! lights up the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; www.fabulousfox.com) Tuesday through Sunday (November 7 to 19). Tickets are $35 to $115. $35-$115

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The Fox Theatre (map)
527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-534-1111
On Your Feet!

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

Currents 114: Matt Saunders

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 4, 2018

American artist Matt Saunders is interested in the way an image can be altered with the passage of time. He pursues that interest through photography and animation, with a particular emphasis on avoiding cameras. Instead he captures light that has passed through oil paintings on linen, or through printed-on plastic, to create the shadows of images; his photograms are almost dark reflections of the intervening material. Saunders has created all-new work for Currents 114: Matt Saunders, his new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). Among these new works are large-scale copper-plate etchings and a video installation that plays across multiple screens in two galleries. The mutable images of Matt Saunders are on display Tuesday through Sunday (November 17 to February 4) in gallery 249 and 250. Admission is free. free admission

Theo Welling: Portraits

Sundays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11-1 a.m. Continues through Dec. 31

For the past couple years, Theo Welling has had a weekly gig photographing and interviewing St. Louisans for the Riverfront Times (there's that full disclosure). Every week the paper publishes the photo, and accompanying commentary from his subjects, as "The Lede." Welling has spoken with short-order cooks, kids, acrobats, artists, yoga practitioners — pretty much anybody who is willing to share something about their life. As documents, they're interesting, but as a barometer of what St. Louis worries about, believes, celebrates and condemns, they're fascinating. Welling's best shots are familiar and startling, reminding us that for all the ways we're different, we're also recognizably the same. Theo Welling: Portraits, an exhibition of his favorite images, opens with a free public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, November 3, at the Dark Room (3610 Grandel Square; www.thedarkroomstl.com). The show remains up through December 31. free admission

The Dark Room (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-776-9550
Theo Welling: Portraits

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

Stones in His Pockets

Sundays, 2 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 19

The high life has come to County Kerry, and Jake and Charlie are livin' it up. Hollywood is making a big-budget flick, and many of the locals are now making good money as film extras — well, better money than anybody normally makes in rural Ireland. But as the production drags on, movies, movie stars and Hollywood all lose their luster. The Americans have some strange ideas about what comprises the "real Ireland," the star can't master an Irish accent and being an extra ain't that great. Before long Jake and Charlie both feel like the film production may be the worst thing ever to happen to their home. Marie Jones' tragicomic play Stones in His Pockets requires two actors to make a village and its chipper invaders come to life. West End Players Guild presents Stones in His Pockets at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday (November 10 to 19) at the Union Avenue Christian Church (733 North Union Boulevard; www.westendplayers.org). Tickets are $20 to $25. $20-$25

Yvonne Osei: Tailored Landscapes

Mondays-Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Continues through March 4, 2018

Yvonne Osei takes over the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center for her exhibition Tailored Landscapes — literally. Her large-scale photo installation occupies the length and breadth of the gallery, the two-year-old indoor gallery located at Laumeier Sculpture Park. The German-born artist has been photographing Laumeier throughout the past year; these images are then manipulated to create patterns reminiscent of the brightly patterned textiles of her Ghanian culture. Osei's manufactured figures comprise people observing the park’s sculptures, roads and the backdrop of greenery that surrounds Laumeier, but these elements only become apparent at close range. free admission

Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 21, 2018

We live in a high-tech world in which we can communicate instantly with someone on the other side of the globe — or even orbiting in space on the International Space Station — without really understanding how such technological marvels occur. We may as well be victims of Arthur C. Clarke's Third Law: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." German artist Thomas Struth reveals how scientists and engineers perform their magic tricks simply by showing you where the magic happens. His monumental photographs reveal the research spaces and installations where science reshapes our world every day. Thirty-five of Struth's visually dense photographs make up the new exhibition Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics at Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). The show features robotics laboratories and aeronautical centers that appear to be sets from a big-budget sci-fi movie, but they're really just office spaces for some of the most intelligent people on earth. Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics will be on display November 5 through January 21. Admission is $6 to $12. $6-$12, free on Friday

Unique Boutique 2017

Sat., Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
fred4101@gmail.com

Unique Boutique features quality, one-of-a-kind gifts, art and handcrafted items offered by over 50 locally and nationally known artisans. The Annual Unique Boutique will take place the weekend before Thanksgiving, Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at John Burroughs School, 755 South Price Rd. in Ladue. $5 at the door

https://www.facebook.com/JBSUniqueBoutique/
John Burroughs School (map)
755 S. Price Road
Ladue
phone 314-993-4040
Unique Boutique 2017

Retrospective of Mary Engelbreit

Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31
phone 314-402-1959
greendoorartgallery@aol.com
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Green Door art gallery presents “Retrospective of Mary Engelbreit - Originals Exhibit/Sale which will run from November 1, 2017 thru December 31, 2017 featuring Mary Engelbreit’s original drawings, tiles and pastels on fabric by Deanna Nash, Confluence’s -Wildlife winners, textile art by Bee & Bee and over 35 other artists. Reception will be Friday, November 17, 2017 from 5-9 pm. Thirty other local artists will be exhibiting with artwork including textiles, glass, wood, paintings and much more! Green Door art gallery, located at 21 N. Gore in Old Webster Groves. Hours are Wednesday thru Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 free

http://www.greendoorartgallery.com
Green Door Art Gallery (map)
21 N. Gore Ave.
Webster Groves
phone 314-402-1959
Retrospective of Mary Engelbreit

Quilt National 2017

Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 1
phone 636-255-0270
melissa@foundryartcentre.org
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The internationally-juried exhibition Quilt National 2017, curated by The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, joins the Foundry Art Centre once again for its renowned biennial collection of Art Quilts by contemporary fiber artists. The Foundry Art Centre is the only venue that will host the exhibition in its entirety aside from its original run at The Dairy Barn Arts Center. Quilt National 2017 opens at the Foundry Art Centre on Friday, October 6, 2017 and runs through Friday, December 1, 2017. Admission to the exhibitions is $5 per person. $5/person

http://www.foundryartcentre.org/2017-quilt-national/
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Foundry Art Centre (map)
520 N. Main Center
St. Charles
phone 636-255-0270
Quilt National 2017

Kader Attia: Reason’s Oxymorons

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 7-9 p.m. and Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 8, 2018
phone 314-935-4523
kemperartmuseum@wustl.edu
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What is the nature of the self? How do conceptions differ in Western and non-Western cultures? Can individual and collective traumas ever be “fixed,” or do certain wounds defy the notion of repair? In “Reason’s Oxymorons,” French-Algerian artist Kader Attia surveys how different cultures, societies and disciplines grapple with questions of loss and damage. Free

http://www.kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu/exhibitions/11993

2017 Hall of Fame Induction & Award Exhibition

Nov. 18-Feb. 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 2018
phone 314-535-1999
info@iphf.org

The 2017 class of Photography Hall of Fame inductees includes photographers or photography industry visionaries who demonstrate the artistry, passion, and revolution of the past and present craft of photography. This exhibition features the work of: Harry Benson, Ernest H. Brooks II, Edward Curtis, William Eggleston, Anne Geddes, Ryszard Horowitz, James Nachtwey, Cindy Sherman, and Jerry Uelsmann. $0-$5

http://iphf.org/exhibitions/iphf-award-hall-fame-induction-event-2017/

Good as Gold

Sun., Nov. 19, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
phone 314-516-4949
info@stlouisballet.org

The Saint Louis Ballet’s new “GO” series kicks off the first in its “GO!” series with work by choreographers including Tom Gold, whom the Wall Street Journal called “a force for good in the ballet world.” The new series was created to bring the dancers up close– literally – to the audience, with work that has been created for smaller casts on a smaller stage. The intimacy of the Lee Theatre will afford ballet enthusiasts a new experience in an informal setting, and an opportunity to mingle with choreographers and dancers $26

https://www.stlouisballet.org/performances
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Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center (map)
1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road
North St. Louis County
phone 314-516-4949
Good as Gold
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