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To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 10
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While the transgender/gender-fluid community continues to become more welcome in American society with every passing year, for the most part, its younger members tend to be most visible within the mainstream. Youth is inappropriately valued in our culture, but you can be certain that a growing number of older trans and gender-non-conforming people are out there living their best lives. Photographer Jess T. Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre spent more than five years traveling the nation to photograph and record the life stories of this hidden demographic, finding subjects in both big cities and small towns. The duo's work is compiled in a new book and exhibition, both titled To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults. On Thursday, September 13, the exhibit opens and the book is officially released at a dual reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at Projects + Gallery (4733 McPherson Avenue; www.projects-gallery.com). A dozen large-scale photos of participants are on display, along with ten 18-by-24-inch portraits; all of them include a written narrative about the subject's life. The show continues through October 10. free admission

Projects + Gallery (map)
4733 McPherson Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-696-8678
To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults

Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th-15th Centuries

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 30

Very rarely does an art exhibition include the actual wall an artist worked on, but the Saint Louis Art Museum does so for Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th-15th Centuries. A six-foot-by-four-foot section of a temple wall that has a painting of the Bodhisattva Akalokiteśvara (Guanyin) on one side is the focal point of the exhibition, and an exceptionally rare object. The show also includes four hanging scrolls, and a never-before-displayed painted, wooden sculpture of a seated arhat, the Buddhist term for a person who has achieved enlightenment. Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th-15th Centuries is open Tuesday through Sunday (March 30 to August 30) in gallery 225 of the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). Admission is free. free admission

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

New Media Series: Cyprien Gaillard

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 30

Wild rose-ringed parakeets are found in Africa and India — and also in Düsseldorf, Germany. The German variety arrived as pets and then either were released or escaped into the city. The birds have made a home for themselves on one of the city's upscale streets, roosting happily in building façades. Artist Cyprien Gaillard followed the parakeets with a camera as they winged home at twilight. His short film KOE shows flocks of them as they fly past concrete and steel, thousands of miles away from their tropical ancestral lands. The silent film is a commentary on how humanity interferes with nature, and how animals are forced to adapt to a rapidly urbanizing world. KOE is shown on a loop in gallery 301 at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org) as part of the New Media Series. It remains on display Tuesday through Sunday (April 20 to July 15), and admission is free. free admission

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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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

Mama's Boy

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

Riverbend Public Art

Sept. 22-Dec. 21, 2-5 p.m.
mkellerpaint@gmail.com
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Riverbend, a public art installation, opens at the Gateway Arch National Park September 22, 2-5pm with activity for kids and adults, the Sappington Creek Bluegrass Band and food trucks. The 100-foot-long artwork, made of silver, mirror-like material that references the Arch, shows the navigable Missouri River, highlighting it as the primary means of Westward Expansion and Gateway to the West for Lewis and Clark and many others. Riverbend will represent the confluence with the Mississippi on the east and extend westward. Artist Margaret Keller won the Critical Mass for the Visual Arts Public Works Project commission to create this artwork. Free

http://www.margarekellerstudio.com
Gateway Arch (map)
200 Washington Ave.
St. Louis - Riverfront
phone 877-982-1410

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Saturdays, 6-9 p.m. Continues through Oct. 28
phone 866-496-0535
stl.info@thedinnerdetective.com

@ HoteLumiere at the Arch, 901 N 1st Street
America's largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show! Solve a hilarious crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Just beware! The killer is hiding somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect! The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show performs weekly. We also offer private events & shows that are customized to your group with roles for your group members to play. Join us for a one-of-a-kind public or private event that your guests will talk about for months! $54.95

https://www.thedinnerdetective.com/st-louis/
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HoteLumiere at The Arch (map)
901 N 1st St
St. Louis - Riverfront
phone www.lumiereplace.com
The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Dinner Von Tease

Fridays, Saturdays, 7-9 p.m. Continues through Oct. 27
phone 314-436-7000
theboomboomroomstl@gmail.com
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Welcome to the home of St. Louis Burlesque!!! Join us Friday night for a dinner-show like no other!!! Dinner Von Tease is a great way to kick off the weekend with a night of fun, food, and drinks. Step into our intimate space and getaway for a few hours and kickback. A fun dinner and show is the just something different that you were looking for. Looking for a sexy date night, it's right here. A flirty night out with your bachelorette party, here we are. The best birthday celebration that won't leave you distraught, look no further. $40ish/person for dinner and show

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Burlesque Sunday Brunch Buffet

Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Continues through Oct. 29
phone 314-436-7000
theboomboomroomstl@gmail.com
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Be our guest and join us for our Sunday brunch buffet, and burlesque. Two seatings available at 10 A.M. and 1 P.M. $35/person for brunch and the show. Join us for a brunch like no other. $35/person

https://theboomboomroomstl.com/tsainttlouisburlesqueshowticketshingstodoinsaintlouisfunthisweekend/beourguestburlesquebrunch
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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
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