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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; Imagery of Chess continues through September 14. Pow! remains up through September 17. Admission is a suggested $5 donation. $5 suggested donation

The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Through July 27, 8:15 p.m.

Meredith Willson's The Unsinkable Molly Brown has been a crowdpleaser since its debut in 1960. Margaret "Molly" Brown comes from humble beginnings in Hannibal, Missouri, but pledges to find a rich husband and live the high life. Her quest takes her to a Colorado boom town, the palaces of Europe and a fateful trip on the Titanic, but she won't be dissuaded. The Muny's new production of the show combines songs of both stage and film versions, and the plot has been "significantly" altered, with other Willson songs added as needed. The result is a new take on an old favorite, but no matter the changes, Molly is still going to refuse to give up or give in. The Muny presents The Unsinkable Molly Brown at 8:15 p.m. Friday through Thursday (July 21 to 27) at the Muny in Forest Park ( Tickets are $15 to $95. $15-$95

The Muny (map)
Forest Park
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-361-1900
The Unsinkable Molly Brown

The Comedy Shipwreck Open Mic

Mondays, 10-11:30 p.m. Continues through Aug. 21
phone 314-352-5226
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The best comedy open mic south of I-40! Every Monday of each month the Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois, presents The Comedy Shipwreck open mic. Free to get in. See St. Louis' newest and brightest comedians before they get big! Also, bottle PBR's are $1 all night! comics sign up @ 9:30pm show @ 10pm Free
The Heavy Anchor (map)
5226 Gravois Ave.
St. Louis - South City
phone 314-352-5226
The Comedy Shipwreck Open Mic

Garden of Glass

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

The Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; 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

Variation and Adaptations

Through July 29, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Variation and Adaptations, on display 6/2/17 through 7/29/17, is an exhibit curated by Artists First, an organization that has long worked to promote the artwork of individuals challenged by physical or psychological obstacles. While typically judged by society as impaired, this organization advocates for these artists to be considered as equal, not other, within the visual art community by their unique perspectives and life experiences. Angela Gipson, Jeff Johnson, and Jimmy Holmes will each present a body of work specific to their use of media and focused examinations. Open during gallery hours. Free
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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Variation and Adaptations
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