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Panoramas of the City

Through Aug. 12

In a year in which the Missouri History Museum exhibition team has given us the stories of St. Louis' greatest civil rights freedom fighters and returned us to the glory days of Route 66, it would take something truly spectacular for the museum to outdo itself — and yet somehow it's done just that. The museum's new exhibition, Panoramas of the City, is as close to time travel as you can get without involving Morlocks. The show comprises seven floor-to-ceiling-size images of scenes such as Charles Lindbergh speaking to a crowd of 100,000 people on Art Hill at his "welcome home" party and a 1920 march on Olive Street by the League of Women Voters. These massive photographs are joined by props and interactive media displays that give viewers a better understanding of the historical context of each scene. More than 60 panoramas of various sizes round out the exhibit, which will be on display from September 2 to August 12, 2018, at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; www.mohistory.org). Admission is free. free admission

Missouri History Museum (map)
Lindell Blvd. & DeBaliviere Ave.
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-746-4599
Panoramas of the City

Muny Memories: 100 Years on Stage

Through June 2, 2019

The Muny is just about to open its landmark 100th season, and its neighbor, the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBalivere Avenue; www.mohistory.org), celebrates the occasion with an exhibit dedicated to the history of America's largest outdoor theater. Muny Memories: 100 Years on Stage features exhibits that explain the founding of the theater, display favorite memories from stars and staff, and give a look back stage to see how the dedicated technical crew creates and rigs all those sets and lights. You can also take a look at programs from the Muny's long, storied past. Muny Memories opens on Saturday, June 9, and remains on display daily through June 2, 2019. Admission is free. free admission

Missouri History Museum (map)
Lindell Blvd. & DeBaliviere Ave.
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-746-4599
Muny Memories: 100 Years on Stage

Works from the Studios

Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 13

The Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design (6640 Delmar Boulevard, University City; www.craftalliance.org) serves as both a teaching institution and a gallery. Both facets are on display at Works from the Studios, a juried exhibition. The show features works by students and faculty in ceramics, metals, fiber and wood, among other media. Works from the Studios opens with a free reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 13. The work remains up through August 13, and the gallery is open daily. free admission

Painted Pieces: Art Chess from Purling London

Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays, 12-5 p.m. and Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Sept. 16

The standard chess set has been reimagined in multiple formats, using everything from Simpsons characters to loaded shot glasses. The new exhibition at the World Chess Hall of Fame sees regulation Staunton sets done up with a fresh coat of paint, which doesn't sound all that impressive. But when it's artists such as Caio Locke, Sophie Matisse and Thierry Noir wielding the brushes, the results are dazzling. Painted Pieces: Art Chess from Purling London features vibrant, hand-painted chess sets exploding with color and invention. Painted Pieces opens with a free reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the World Chess Hall of Fame (4652 Maryland Avenue; www.worldchesshof.org). The show remains up through September 16. free admission

Messages from Mercury

Through Aug. 31

Strongly influenced by the ideas of semiotics and sacred geometry, artist Benjamin Lowder creates works of deconstructed text that convey ideas about the hidden world that exists all around us. For his new show, Messages from Mercury, Lowder paints street signs, then breaks them apart and reassembles them so the familiar words become glyphs that bear a cautionary tale to our inner voices. Just as Mercury was the messenger from the gods in Roman theology, so Lowder's art carries a warning from the gods that we're on the wrong path. Benjamin Lowder: Messages from Mercury opens with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 29, at the artist’s brand-new Cherokee Street Gallery (2617 Cherokee Street; www.cherokeestreetgallery.com). It remains up through the end of August. Also on display are new works by Jerald Ieans and Zack Smithey in conversation with one another. Admission is free. free admission

Flora Borealis

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays, 7 p.m. and Through Aug. 26, 7 p.m. Continues through July 31
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Summers in St. Louis are no picnic, what with the brutal heat and oppressive humidity. At night conditions improve a bit, and that's the time to get outside and experience the city. The Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; www.mobot.org) takes full advantage of the nocturnal respite with Flora Borealis, a nighttime-only special exhibition. Thanks to the artistic and technical brilliance of AVI Systems Inc., a section of the garden is temporarily transformed into a new experience with active lights, moving images and sounds that alter and enhance the familiar landscape. Tickets for Flora Borealis are $10 to $25 and are sold for specific time slots each night (Thursday through Tuesday through August 26). While you're waiting for your scheduled time you can take advantage of MoBOT’s new tented biergarten, which features live entertainment on select nights. $10-$25

Jersey Boys

Through July 16, 8:15 p.m.

The Muny's centennial season is a sort of greatest hits celebration of musical theater, but the producers still made room for that most special of shows, a Muny premiere. In the case of Jersey Boys, it's essentially a two-fer; while the show itself is wildly popular, it still counts as a first for the Muny. It's the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the quartet of working-class New Jersey boys who discovered that not only could they sing, they could write their own chart-topping material as well. Jersey Boys follows their meteoric rise, their brushes with heartache and mobsters alike, and friction within the band, all conveyed through more than 30 Four Seasons songs. Jersey Boys takes over the Muny in Forest Park (www.muny.org) at 8:15 p.m. Monday through Monday (July 9 to 16). Tickets are $15 to $100. $15-$100

The Muny (map)
Forest Park
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-361-1900
Jersey Boys

Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip

Mon., July 16, 5-7 p.m.
phone 212-343-6876
JDjonovic@scholastic.com

St. Louis County Library and Scholastic are hosting the ultimate summer reading road trip event to celebrate “A Magical Summer of Reading.” In an effort to get kids reading this summer, the 2018 Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip RV will offer kids and families the opportunity to participate in their very own “pop-up” reading festival, meet some of their favorite authors, and engage in fun reading activities. Author visits and book signings include: Allan Woodrow, author of The Pet War, Sandra Markle, author of What If You Had Animal Teeth, and Luke Flowers, author of Ninja on the Farm. Free!

https://www.scholastic.com/kids/books/summer-road-trip/
St. Louis County Library Headquarters (map)
1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
Frontenac
phone 314-994-3300

Rachel Devlin

Mon., July 16, 7 p.m.
phone 314-367-6731
info@left-bank.com
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Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books welcome Rutgers University professor of history Rachel Devlin, who will sign and discuss her new book, "A Girl Stands at the Door"! This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of "A Girl Stands at the Door" from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. In "A Girl Stands at the Door," historian Rachel Devlin tells the remarkable stories of the pioneers who fought to desegregate America's schools, among them Lucile Bluford, who fought to desegregate the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. Free

https://www.left-bank.com/event/rachel-devlin
Left Bank Books (map)
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-6731
Rachel Devlin

NeoRomantics

Mon., July 16, 7 p.m.

$9-$12

The Firebird (map)
2706 Olive St.
St. Louis - Midtown
phone 314-535-0353

Micawber

Mon., July 16, 7 p.m.

$8-$10

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Fubar (map)
3108 Locust St
St. Louis - Midtown
phone 314-289-9050

Bonsai Trees

Mon., July 16, 8 p.m.

w/ The Public, Big Tobacco $8-$10

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Fubar (map)
3108 Locust St
St. Louis - Midtown
phone 314-289-9050

Oh Wonder

Mon., July 16, 8 p.m.

w/ Sasha Sloan $25

Delmar Hall (map)
6133 Delmar Blvd.
Delmar/ The Loop
phone 314-726-6161

TV Girl

Mon., July 16, 8 p.m.

w/ Infinity Crush $10-$12

Foam Coffee & Beer (map)
3359 Jefferson Ave.
St. Louis - South City
phone 314-772-2100
BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups (map)
700 S. Broadway
St. Louis - Downtown
phone 314-436-5222
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