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Dine on Dance

Fri., Sept. 21, 12 p.m.

Karlovsky & Company Dance celebrates its fifteenth straight year of bringing free dance to the public with this year's two Dine on Dance shows. As is tradition, the company will perform a program of newly choreographed, site-specific pieces at Strauss Park (Washington and North Grand boulevards; www.karlovskydance.org) at noon on Friday, September 21. This year's choreographers are Vance Baldwin and Elise Marie Ringenberg, Dawn Karlovsky and dance historian Alice Bloch. Performing traditional folk dances of Colombia, Grupo Atlantico will make a special appearance, while a new piece by Ashley Tate features dance students from the Grand Center Arts Academy. Admission is free, so quit staring at the internet and go outside to get some culture under some sun. A second performance minus the arts-academy students takes place at noon on Friday, September 28, at the Old Post Office Plaza (Ninth and Locust streets). free admission

Strauss Park (map)
Washington & N. Grand boulevards
St. Louis - Grand Center Dine on Dance

Love Never Dies

Tuesdays-Fridays, Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun., Sept. 23, 1 & 6:30 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 30, 1 p.m. Continues through Sept. 30

Ten years after her horrific experience at and under the Paris Opera House, famed soprano Christine Daae arrives in America with her husband Raoul and son Gustave. Life hasn't been great; Raoul has both a gambling and drinking problem, and Christine needs to find success in New York to keep the family solvent. But little does the family suspect that its invitation to visit America came from the mysterious Phantom, who now operates (from the shadows, of course) a successful attraction at Coney Island. Can the Phantom reclaim Christine's love, which he possessed for one brief night, or will she remain loyal to her dissolute husband? The musical Love Never Dies is less a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera than a second story starring the same characters, according to composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Love Never Dies makes its St. Louis premiere at the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; www.fabulousfox.com) this month. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday (September 18 to 30), and tickets are $35 to $99. $35-$99

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The Fox Theatre (map)
527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-534-1111
Love Never Dies

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.

free admission

100 Boots: Aditi Machado and Geoffrey G. O’Brien

Fri., Sept. 21, 7 p.m.
phone 314-754-1850
jmeade@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 United States. Co-organized by Jessica Baran, poet and Associate Director of Curatorial and Program Development at Barrett Barrera & Projects Plus Gallery; and Ted Mathys, poet and educator at St. Louis University. Limited-edition broadsides, created by artist Sage Dawson, will be available for free to audience members, and a selection of the poets’ books are for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books. The first event of the season features readings by poets Aditi Machado and Geoffrey G. O’Brien. free

https://pulitzerarts.org/program/100-boots-aditi-machado-and-geoffrey-g-obrien/
Pulitzer Arts Foundation (map)
3716 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-754-1850

Mama's Boy

Fri., Sept. 21, 8 p.m., Sat., Sept. 22, 8 p.m., Sun., Sept. 23, 4 p.m., Fri., Sept. 28, 8 p.m., Sat., Sept. 29, 8 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 30, 4 p.m.

“Mama’s Boy is a gripping family drama that illuminates history by adding a touch of humanity.” – Portland Press Herald The riveting story of Lee Harvey Oswald and his complex relationship with his overbearing mother Marguerite, Mama’s Boy follows Marguerite’s reckless attempts to reunite her family, from Lee’s return to the U.S. from Russia, through the assassination of Kennedy, to her son’s own murder and her defense of his innocence in the months that follow. A fascinating examination of family dynamics and obsessive maternal devotion played out in the shadow of history. $20 Adult |$15 Student/Senior

https://www.tesseracttheatre.org/mama-s-boy
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.Zack (map)
3224 Locust St
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Mama's Boy

Watershed Cairns: Libby Reuter and Joshua Rowan

Tuesdays-Fridays, 12-8 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Sept. 23
phone 314-533-9900

Libby Reuter and collaborator, the photographer Joshua Rowan, temporarily place site-specific cairns in the landscape to mark watersheds around the area. The exhibition features seven cairns in the sculpture garden and photographs by Rowan on a video monitor alongside the installation. Featured in the Lucy and Stanley Lopata Sculpture Garden. Free

http://thesheldon.org/current-exhibits.php
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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900

Joe McPhee

Sat., Sept. 22, 1 p.m.
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Basquiat was greatly influenced by jazz. Multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee has been a force in the jazz world since the 1960s and will give an afternoon concert, adding sound to the exhibition. Presented in partnership with New Music Circle.

Playful Pairings: Dance, Beats, Wine & Treats

Sat., Sept. 22, 8:15 p.m.

Karlovsky & Company Dance creates a sensory journey through this progressive performance of site-specific dance playfully paired with live music, culinary treats, and wines that are specifically created to match the qualities of movement, music, theme, and environment. Joining the dancers of Karlovsky & Company Dance are musicians: Mo Egeston (piano) Lance Garger (percussion) Tory Z Starbuck (electronics) Kalo Hoyle (bass) Wine pairings and culinary treats by Chef Samantha Pretto of the Dark Room Discover the unique spaces of the Grandel Theatre through this sensory-guided performance event. $35

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

Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret

Tue., Sept. 25, 7:30-9 p.m.

The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund and Pen America present: Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret Hosted by the Tesseract Theatre Company Censorship and the American Theatre. What is it about theatre? What is it that’s peculiar to a live performance onstage which drives reactionary, narrow-minded forces right around the bend? Why does the battle to keep stages free and open spaces still seem to require such constant vigilance? Come join us at the .Zack for a night to celebrate a number of plays and musicals which have survived attempts to silence them. $10 Suggested Donation $10 Suggested Donation

https://www.facebook.com/events/684283475270037/
.Zack (map)
3224 Locust St
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret

The Zombies of Penzance

Starts Sept. 27. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8-10:15 p.m. Continues through Oct. 20
phone 314-534-1111
info@newlinetheatre.com

New Line Theatre, “the bad boy of musical theatre,” has shocked the music world by discovering a long-lost first draft by the legendary British team of librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan. The team's best known work, The Pirates of Penzance, originally debuted in New York in 1879. What we now know is that there was an earlier, stranger draft of the show, which nobody knew about until now. In 2013, artistic director Scott Miller discovered the original manuscripts and set about reconstructing the bizarre original show as G&S intended. $10-30

http://www.newlinetheatre.com/zoppage.html
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Marcelle Theater (map)
3310 Samuel Shepard Dr
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
The Zombies of Penzance

Chef

Fri., Sept. 28, 8 p.m., Sat., Sept. 29, 8 p.m., Sun., Sept. 30, 7 p.m., Thu., Oct. 4, 8 p.m., Fri., Oct. 5, 8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 6, 8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Thu., Oct. 11, 8 p.m., Fri., Oct. 12, 8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 13, 8 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 14, 2 p.m.
phone 314-863-4999
upstreamtheater@sbcglobal.net

Upstream Theater is excited to present the US premiere of the award-winning CHEF by UK/Egyptian playwright and poet Sabrina Mahfouz—the gripping story of how one woman went from being a haute-cuisine head chef to a convicted inmate running a prison kitchen. Leading us through her world of mouth-watering dishes and heart-breaking memories, Chef questions our attitudes to food, prisoners, violence, love and hope. 25-35

https://upstreamtheater.org
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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Chef

Tour de Museum

Sat., Sept. 29, 10 a.m.
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Led by Trailnet, this bike ride begins at CAM and includes stops at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Citygarden, Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, and the World Chess Hall of Fame.

Steve Brammeier - 68: Then & Now

Thu., Oct. 4, 8 p.m.

Join Steve as he explores his journey from graduating Senior to (ahem) senior. The stories, the headlines, the music of ‘68; how that year shaped his life and possibly yours. An alum of McCluer High School’s class of ’68, Steve will also turn “68” this year as he approaches his 50th class reunion. 1968 was a monumental year in history. Looking back, who were you in high school? Can you appreciate how political, cultural and scientific events from 1968 are reflected in where we find ourselves in 2018? Do you see a connection between then and now? $25

https://www.facebook.com/events/1198747276932548/
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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Steve Brammeier - 68: Then & Now

First Friday / Open Studios STL Kick-Off

Fri., Oct. 5, 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.

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