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Into the Breeches

Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 18

As World War II rages in Europe and the Pacific, a group of St. Louis women have to keep the home fires burning. Those fires don't just burn wood, though; the ladies all miss going to the theater. With the men at war and the theaters closed for the duration, an idea is hatched. It's time for a new production of Henry V, with an all-female cast storming Agincourt. George Brant's comedy Into the Breeches! makes its St. Louis debut as part of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' In the Works program. The family-friendly play A Most Outrageous Fit of Madness (inspired by The Comedy of Errors) and two staged readings of Michael Saenz's The Thousand Natural Shocks round out the program. Into the Breeches! runs Wednesday through Sunday (October 28 to November 18) at the Grandel Theatre (3610 Grandel Square; www.sfstl.com). Tickets are $25 to $55. $25-$55

Grandel Theatre (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Into the Breeches

The Immigrants: Works by Master Photographers

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Jan. 12, 2019

America's long history of welcoming new arrivals to Team USA is celebrated in the exhibition The Immigrants: Works by Master Photographers. From the earliest days of photography in the 1890s, when Ellis Island clerk Augustus Frederick Sherman began documenting immigrants with his camera, to today, when Italian photographer Alex Majoli captures the crisis of refugees trying to survive the ocean crossing from Africa to Greece, the exhibit shows the people who fled their homes in search of safety. The Immigrants doesn't shy away from the worst moments; Dorothea Lange's suppressed photograph of Japanese Americans in a U.S. internment camp during World War II is part of the show, as are more ennobling images made by Lewis Hine and Bob Gruen. The Immigrants opens with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 5, at the Sheldon (3648 Washington Boulevard; www.thesheldon.org). The show remains up through January 12. free admission

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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900
The Immigrants: Works by Master Photographers

Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 16, 2019

Lola Álvarez Bravo was a Mexican artist, educator and curator whose life spanned nearly the entire twentieth century. From the 1930s to the 1970s, Álvarez Bravo crisscrossed her way across the country with camera in hand, creating portraits of other working artists. Always shooting, she also made images of regular people and the architecture — both old and new — at a time when Mexico was rapidly growing and transforming. Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico, the new exhibition at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (3716 Washington Boulevard; www.pulitzerarts.org), features more than 40 of her black-and-white photographs in all their glory. Picturing Mexico opens with a free reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 14. Also debuting the same night are more than 60 sculptures by Ruth Asawa, who often worked with wire. Both shows remain on display through February 16. The Pulitzer is open Wednesday through Saturday. free admission

Pulitzer Arts Foundation (map)
3716 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-754-1850
Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico

Sanford Biggers and Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980

Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 30

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis opens some of the most ambitious and vital shows in its history this month, with a series of exhibitions by, and about, black artists and the black experience. Sanford Biggers works directly with the materials of his forebearers — quilts and African sculptures — only he reshapes and repurposes them as contemporary statements about black identity, history and trauma. Biggers gives found quilts new life with new handwork, encoding personal messages into their original pattern. The fact that the work of an anonymous black craftsman or woman now appears in galleries and museums around the world, even in Biggers' modified form, is both subversive and celebratory. With wooden sculptures, some of which are copies, he dips them in wax and then works them over with firearms. What begins as a statue of a human or human-shaped supernatural being becomes obscured, disfigured and unrecognizable through the violence wrought upon it.

In addition to Biggers' work, CAM presents a show of the private photos of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat emerged from the New York City hip-hop/punk/graffiti scenes in the 1970s as one-half of the graffiti duo SAMO, along with Al Diaz. The pair together tagged buildings with cryptic phrases denouncing the establishment, politics and religion, always signed "SAMO" (an acronym for "Same Old Shit"). When the duo broke up, Basquiat performed in the noise rock band Test Pattern (later named "Gray") with Vincent Gallo and Michael Holman. He lived on the streets, sold drugs and experimented with Xerox art, painting and drawing. Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980 will showcase everything the artist made while living in a small East Village apartment with his friend Alexis Adler before he hit the big time. It's a treasure trove of paintings, sculptures and works on paper, as well as Adler's photographs of his friend.

Both exhibitions open with a free reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 7, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; www.camstl.org). The shows continue through December 30.

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Into the Breeches

Wed., Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Thu., Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Fri., Nov. 16, 8 p.m., Sat., Nov. 17, 8 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 18, 2 p.m.

Building on its beloved summer productions in Forest Park and the acclaimed Shakespeare in the Streets program, the Festival now presents its very first season of contemporary American plays by writers in dialogue with Shakespeare, headlined by the regional premiere of Into the Breeches! Written by the award-winning playwright of Grounded, which starred Anne Hathaway in its New York run, Into the Breeches! is a hilarious and heartwarming look at the WWII home front and a group of ladies who band together to keep the local theater going with their very own production of Henry V. $20-40

https://www.sfstl.com/in-the-works/
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Grandel Theatre (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Into the Breeches

100 Boots: Jen Bervin and Julian Talamantez Brolaski

Fri., Nov. 16, 7-9 p.m.
phone 314 754 1850
khasler@pulitzerarts.org
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The 100 Boots Poetry Series presents readings by a range of emerging, mid-career, and established poets from St. Louis and across the US. The second event of the season features readings by poets Jen Bervin and Julian Talamantez Brolaski. Limited-edition broadsides, created by artist Sage Dawson, are available for free, and a selection of the poets’ books is for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books. The event is free but guests are encouraged to arrive early due to limited seating. Free

https://pulitzerarts.org/program/100-boots-jen-bervin-and-julian-talamantez-brolaski/
Pulitzer Arts Foundation (map)
3716 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-754-1850
100 Boots: Jen Bervin and Julian Talamantez Brolaski

Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure

Starts Dec. 2. Sundays, 2 p.m., Fridays, 7 p.m., Saturdays, 7 p.m., Dec. 26-29, 2 p.m. and Dec. 30-29, 7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 29

How can you march to the beat of your own drummer when you’re still writing the song? Part theater, part rock concert, all of your favorite characters are here in this new take on Lewis Carroll’s beloved, poetic tale of self-actualization. A cast of actors/musicians plays an eclectic mix of everything from classic rock to ska to punk as 7-1/2-year-old Alice chases through Wonderland in search of her own inner musical voice. Poetry has never been so fun! $14-$20

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Grandel Theatre (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367

Of Human Kindness: An Evening of Short Plays

Thu., Dec. 6, 7-8:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 7, 7-8:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 8, 7-8:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 9, 2-3:30 p.m., Thu., Dec. 13, 7-8:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 14, 7-8:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 15, 7-8:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 16, 2-3:30 p.m.
phone 314-740-6514
blackmirrortheatre@gmail.com

Discarded lives - informed by eye witnesses: the psychiatrist's homeless clients’ longing for meaning; or letters from Mom and Dad - advice on growing up Black in America; of Saint Maria Skobtsova, executed in Ravensbruck; or Isabella, Sojourner Truth, a Dutch speaker, beaten by her English owners for not obeying orders she couldn’t understand yet becoming an iconic voice for equal treatment of all. People, the same as us. Lives of hardship touched, moved by acts of kindness, given and received, each a a link in chain - a chain Of Human Kindness. $20 or $15 at the door with a donation of a new child's toy or child's winter wrap.

http://blackmirrortheatre.com
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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Of Human Kindness: An Evening of Short Plays

Ruth Asawa: Life's Work Curatorial Tour

Fri., Dec. 7, 6-7 p.m.
phone 314-754-1850
khasler@pulitzerarts.org
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Join Curator Tamara H. Schenkenberg for a tour of Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work. This landmark career-spanning show brings together some eighty works, comprising nearly sixty sculptures from the full trajectory of her career—including looped wire, tied wire, electroplated, and cast works—as well as twenty drawings and collages. Photograph by Virginia Harold free

https://pulitzerarts.org/program/ruth-asawa-curatorial-tour-dec/
Pulitzer Arts Foundation (map)
3716 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-754-1850

First Fridays

Fri., Dec. 7, 5-9 p.m.

Mark the First Friday of every month on your calendar for a culture fest in the Grand Center Arts District. At CAM, join the exhibition tour, have a drink at the bar, and move to the sounds of DJ-in-residence 18andCounting.

Beatrice Red Star Fletcher and Wendy Red Star

Sat., Dec. 8, 1-3 p.m.
phone 314-754-1850
khasler@pulitzerarts.org
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Join Beatrice Red Star Fletcher and Wendy Red Star, an intergenerational artist collaborative duo, for a kid-friendly tour of Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work and Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico. In addition to the tour, visitors will have the opportunity to participate in an art-making activity. The tour is recommended for children ages 8-13, and we ask that you accompany your children at all times. This program is free, but space is limited; registration is encouraged at pulitzerarts.org. free

https://pulitzerarts.org/program/tour-with-beatrice-red-star-fletcher-and-wendy-red-star/
Pulitzer Arts Foundation (map)
3716 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-754-1850
Beatrice Red Star Fletcher and Wendy Red Star

St. Louis Symphony Live at the Pulitzer

Tue., Dec. 11, 7:30-9 p.m. and Wed., Dec. 12, 7:30-9 p.m.
phone 314-754-1850
khasler@pulitzerarts.org
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The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation present contemporary chamber music performed in response to Ruth Asawa: Life's Work. The second program comprises one radiant work, Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s In the Light of Air, that conjures the natural drama of the composer’s native Iceland. This piece will physically glow in the Pulitzer, thanks to a lighting design specified by the composer herself. To purchase tickets, visit pulitzerarts.org. $23.00

https://pulitzerarts.org/program/st-louis-symphony-live-at-the-pulitzer-dec-11-12/
Pulitzer Arts Foundation (map)
3716 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-754-1850
St. Louis Symphony Live at the Pulitzer

Christmas Candlelight Concert

Tue., Dec. 11, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
phone 314-534-1700
info@bachsociety.org
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The Bach Society’s Christmas Candlelight Concert was hailed as one of the Top 20 live Christmas Events in North America by BBC Music Magazine! Create the perfect tradition for your family this holiday season with the Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra. Special guests include The St. Louis Children’s Choirs directed by Barbara Berner, and legendary jazz singer Denise Thimes. Soprano Emily Birsan and baritone Ian Greenlaw open the concert with Mendelssohn’s anglelic cantata “Vom Himmel hoch,” followed by familiar carols and the enchanting, beloved candlelight processional. Ticket range: $30-$75. Visit https://www.bachsociety.org/christmas-candlelight-concert or call 314-534-1700 for tickets. Presented by Emerson. $30 - $75

https://www.bachsociety.org/christmas-candlelight-concert
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Powell Hall (map)
718 N. Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-534-1700
Christmas Candlelight Concert

Artists First Deck the Wall with Art and Love

Fri., Dec. 14, 6-10 p.m.
phone 314-781-4440
susan@artistsfirststl.org
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We invite you to join us to celebrate, give thanks and prepare for the continued possAbilities of Artist First. Friday, December 14, 2018 6-10pm Deck the Walls with Art and Love A night of Music with Annie and the Furtrappers, Dancing, Naughty & Nice Buffet, Silent Auction and Art $35

http://ArtistsFirstSTL.org
Kappa League (map)
500 N Vandeventer Ave
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-652-3360
Artists First Deck the Wall with Art and Love

La Cage aux Folles

Starts Feb. 28. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8-10:30 p.m. Continues through March 23, 2019
phone 314-534-1111
info@newlinetheatre.com

Come join us on the French Riviera for a night of love, laughs, illusions and truths, and the triumph of family over bullies and bigots. New Line continues its season in March 2019 with Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein's subversive comedy about real family values in a world that doesn't always value family. In its original 1983 production -- before gay marriage was legal -- the show was a safely old-fashioned musical comedy. But in its 2008 London revival and 2010 Broadway revival, the show was transformed from a genial comedy into a more serious story with lots of laughs. $10-30

http://www.newlinetheatre.com/lacagepage.html
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Marcelle Theater (map)
3310 Samuel Shepard Dr
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
La Cage aux Folles
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