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Ai Weiwei: Bare Life

Sundays, 12-5 p.m. and Mondays, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 5


The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (1 Brookings Drive; kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu) officially reopens with a bang. Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei presents a major exhibition of work that spans the past twenty years of his career, some of which has never before been shown in the United States. Divided into two parts, Bare Life and Rupture, the show features monumental exhibitions such as Forever Bicycles (2019) and Through (2007-2008). The former is a commemorative arch built with Chinese-made bicycles, their carefully positioned tires lining up to create the image of telescoping lenses; the latter is an intersecting series of wooden pillars that pierce the surface of Qing Dynasty wooden tables. The work evokes China's own interrupted and intentionally erased history. Ai Weiwei: Bare Life also includes sculptures, photographs, films and a triptych constructed of LEGO bricks. The show runs from September 28 to January 5. 314-935-4523

Sam Falls: Conception

Through Dec. 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Sam Falls' artworks are inspired by, and at least in part created by, nature. For his exhibition at Laumeier Sculpture Park, Falls laid a canvas covered with dry pigments on ground in the park's woodland. Left there for several days, the dew, whatever rain fell and the sunlight that passed through the leaves overhead and onto the canvas made a record of the local flora. In addition to his large-scale nature paintings, Falls has also mosaicked a pair of steel I-beams with tiles featuring native plants grown especially by Laumeier's master gardener at Falls' request. The finished beams are placed standing upright in the forest, reflecting and refracting the natural landscape that surrounds them. Sam Falls: Conception opens with a free public reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, at the Aronson Fine Arts Center in Laumeier Sculpture Park (12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills; www.laumeier.org). Falls' work remains on display through December 22. 314-615-5278

Carlos Zamora: cART

Through Dec. 22


Art is something to be appreciated, and St. Louis-based illustrator/graphic designer Carlos Zamora's cART exhibition at Laumeier Sculpture Park is one of those examples. Zamora transformed three golf carts into kinetic sculptures by installing his oversized paper boat sculptures on top and wrapping the bodies with printed vinyl slogans. A fourth large paper boat sculpture will be placed in a creek on the Laumeier grounds. The Cuban native drew inspiration for the project from his heritage, specifically the song "Baraquio de papel" — "Little Paper Boat" — as well as Cuban car culture, nursery rhymes and politics.

Carlos Zamora: cART opens with a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at Laumeier Sculpture Park (12580 Rott Road; www.laumeier.org). The following night a Havana Night celebration takes place in the park's Aronson Fine Arts Center from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., with mojitos, snacks, "Casino" dance lessons and a screenprinted poster station. Tickets are $25, but admission to the park and Zamora's boat sculptures is free. The exhibition continues through December 22, and the park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 30 minutes past sunset.

314-615-5278

Pulitzer Prize Photographs and In Focus: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photographs

Through Jan. 20, 2020
Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Forest Park

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Photographs are a key element of narrative storytelling, which is why it's so baffling that newspapers have deemed staff photographers an expendable luxury. You probably recognize many of the photographs that won Pulitzer Prizes, from Joe Rosenthal's shot Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, to Alan Diaz's memorable photo of U.S. federal agents seizing Elian Gonzalez, to St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer Robert Cohen's 2014 image of a protestor throwing a tear-gas canister back at police while protesting the killing of Michael Brown. These photographs shock us, inspire feelings of pride and anger, and inform us, just as great written journalism does. The Newseum in Washington created a traveling exhibit of some of the most beautiful images to win the Pulitzer, and it's a show that will make its St. Louis debut on Saturday, August 3, at the Missouri History Museum (5700 Lindell Boulevard; www.mohistory.org). A second exhibition organized by the Missouri History Museum collected 75 photos of everyday life in St. Louis from the Post-Dispatch archives. Pulitzer Prize Photographs and In Focus: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photographs remain on display through January 20, and admission is free. Parents are cautioned that some of the photographs are intense and may be too much for younger children. 314-746-4599

Senegal in Black & White: Fashioning Racial Identities

Mon., Oct. 21, 3-4:30 p.m.


@ Seigle Hall 103, Washington University in St. Louis
Join internationally acclaimed designer, Rama Diaw, and colonial legal scholar, Serigne Coulbary, for a discussion on law, race, and legacy in Saint Louis, Senegal. These ideas, in addition to photographs from early 20th century Senegal, meshed to become the inspiration for Diaw’s 2019 collection, Black and White. “Two cities with the same name. One in Africa, one in America. Cities dedicated to generations of King Louis, joined by the legacies of French Colonialism.” For more information about Diaw’s work, visit: https://ramadiawfashion.com. Sponsored by the Department of African & African American Studies. 314-935-7879

Acting Sessions: Master Your Performance

Mon., Oct. 21, 4:30-6:30 & 7-9:30 p.m.
.Zack 3224 Locust St, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center


So maybe you're not into acting, but maybe you know someone who may be interested in taking this acting course. This is for children and adults. The week session will touch on subjects as public speaking, stage presence, character building and more. For more inquiries email jpektheatre@gmail.com October 21st-26th Children/Young Adults 4:30pm-6:30pm Adults/Seniors 7:00pm-9:30pm Saturday session All 11am - 3pm 6pm begins the culminating showcase to show what you have learned for the week. I look forward to having you in my class! Come and be inspired! Joel P.E. King 2133212323

Fashion, Faith and Culture: The Art of the Headwrap

Mon., Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m.


@ Seigle Hall 103, Washington University in St. Louis
Join Senegalese designer, Rama Diaw, for an interactive workshop on headwraps. Diaw will talk about how she uses the head wrap as a finishing touch for her design but also understand how faith and culture merge in Senegal to create an artistic statement on beauty. Free event Sponsored by the African Students Association and co-presented with WU Queens. 314-935-7879

Francesca Bell and J. Ryan Stradal at River Styx

Mon., Oct. 21, 7 p.m.


@ The High Low, 3301 Washington Ave St. Louis, MO 63103
River Styx Reading Series

Bernhard Eder

Mon., Oct. 21, 7 p.m.
Foam 3359 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - South City


w/ Mari Mana, Le'Ponds 314-772-2100

Rocky Mantia & Killer Combo

Mon., Oct. 21, 7 p.m.
BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown


314-436-5222

Cass McCombs

Mon., Oct. 21, 8 p.m.
Off Broadway 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - South City


314-498-6989

UFO: Last Orders 50th Anniversary Tour

Mon., Oct. 21, 8 p.m.
Pop's Nightclub 401 Monsanto Ave., East St. Louis East St. Louis/ Cahokia


618-274-6720

Mike Watt

Mon., Oct. 21, 8 p.m.
Blueberry Hill - The Duck Room 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City Delmar/ The Loop


314-727-4444

Side Action

Mon., Oct. 21, 10 p.m.
Foam 3359 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - South City


w/ Freon, the Yeasties 314-772-2100

The Darkness Haunted House

Mon., Oct. 21, 7-9:45 p.m., Tue., Oct. 22, 7-9:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 23, 7-9:30 p.m., Thu., Oct. 24, 7-9:30 p.m., Fri., Oct. 25, 6:45-11:45 p.m., Sat., Oct. 26, 6:45-11:45 p.m., Sun., Oct. 27, 7-9:30 p.m., Mon., Oct. 28, 7-9:30 p.m., Tue., Oct. 29, 7-9:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 30, 7-9:30 p.m., Thu., Oct. 31, 7-11 p.m., Fri., Nov. 1, 7-11 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 2, 7-11 p.m.
The Darkness 1525 S. Eighth St., St. Louis St. Louis - Soulard

Buy TicketsVarious


Named America's Scariest Haunted House, The Darkness is now open for its 26th Year of Fear. The 2-story haunt is filled with high-tech scenes, live monsters and is longer and scarier than ever before. New in 2019: The Darkness has evil lurking as the Nun wants to take your soul. Grab your friends and scream at The Darkness, now featuring multiple attractions including the all-new Horror Party Room with horror themed arcades, pinballs, electric chair, a three-minute escape room, a Zombie themed haunt The Hive, and the Outdoor Scare Zone and monster selfies. 314-631-8000

Totems: Personal Stories in Fiber

Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 1
Bluebird Park 225 Kiefer Creek Road, Ballwin Manchester/ Ballwin


Visitors will enter an enchanted forest of 3-dimensional art quilts between 4 and 6 feet tall. Each totem is the artist's unique creative expression in fiber, fabric, embellishment and stitch. 314-704-1501

The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection

Through March 8, 2020, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection presents 40 abstract paintings, drawings, and prints by acclaimed black artists drawn from and celebrating the transformative gift of the Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Art Collection. In 2017, Ollie and his wife Monique gifted the Museum with 81 abstract works in honor of his parents, a collection that has added depth and breadth to the Museum’s holdings of works by black artists. 314.721.0072

Beyond the Surface: Surface Design Association Annual Juried Members' Exhibition

Through Oct. 23, 12-6 p.m.
St. Louis Artists' Guild 12 N Jackson Ave, Clayton Clayton


A textile nonprofit dedicated to promoting contemporary textile and fiber art, Surface Design Association (SDA) presents its annual juried members’ exhibition, Beyond the Surface, September 20- October 23, at the St Louis Artists’ Guild, St Louis, Missouri. Jurors Jo Stealey and Jim Arendt selected work by 48 artists. Award winners will be announced at the opening reception, October 3, 5-8pm. (314) 727-6266

ComedySportz St Louis Improv Workshops

Mondays. Continues through Oct. 28
Pat Connolly Tavern 6400 Oakland Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - Dogtown

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Improv workshops are a fun way to explore your creativity! Learn from the area's best instructors! You don't want to miss it! Each Workshop is self-contained drops-ins are encouraged. Tickets are only $10 314-647-7287

Robert Lucy '84: Recent Work

Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 4
Bonsack Gallery 755 S. Price Road, Ladue Ladue


"Recent Work" represents three different aspects of Robert Lucy’s current art practice. The first group of paintings, ICONS, is a series of large-scale works depicting TV characters from his 1970s childhood that explore motherhood, feminine power and sexual identity. The second group marks Lucy’s return to landscape painting where he has taken his easel outdoors to paint Northeastern landscapes, including the Catskills and Cape Cod. The third group of paintings includes recent portrait commissions. Robert Lucy is currently an artist-in-residence at the Byrdcliffe Artists Colony in Woodstock, New York. To learn more about his work, visit his website, robertlucy.com. 314-993-4040

Adult Pick-Up Volleyball Games

Mondays, 6-8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 11


Whether you’re an active player, want to get back into the game or just try a new sport, we want you here! Call 314-615-8822 for more information. (314)615-8822

America's Pub Quiz Trivia Night

Mondays, 7-9 p.m. Continues through Oct. 29

Buy TicketsFree


@ Hofbrauhaus, 123 Saint Eugene Drive, Belleville, IL 62223
Win prizes by playing trivia! Play solo or as a team. All ages welcome. Get there early to sign in for free. Trivia starts at 7pm sharp. Enjoy music, food, beer, and humor. Presented by America's Pub Quiz host Michael Slack, a DJ/Emcee and former St. Louis on-air announcer for KMJM. 618-800-2337

Sharon Hazel & Emmanuel Peake on Guitars

Mondays, 8-10 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31
Yaqui's on Cherokee 2728 Cherokee St, St. Louis St. Louis - South City


Jazz Duo. Half Priced Wine 314-400-7712

Printing the Pastoral: Visions of the Countryside in 18th-Century Europe

Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 1


The consumers of middle- and upper-class society in the eighteenth century developed a passion for rural scenes of traditional country life, just as the introduction of copperplate printing to the textile industry made it possible to produce fabrics with intricately detailed scenes printed upon them. Textile factories began churning out yards of fabric with shepherds, village fêtes and strolling couples for a market that could afford to buy them as furniture coverings, bedding and curtains. Printing the Pastoral: Visions of the Countryside in 18th-Century Europe, an exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum, includes numerous examples of the craft, several of which have never before been shown at the museum. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a reconstructed bed with printed bedding and curtains. Printing the Pastoral continues through December 1 in gallery 100 at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). Admission is free. 314-721-0072

Dutch Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 12


The Netherlands gained independence from Spain during the brutal and grueling 80 Years War, which was followed by the Dutch Golden Age. Its ports, wind power and sailing prowess kindled a financial engine that powered the new country into the forefront of banking and trade; and with that windfall of money came the rise of the Dutch school of portrait painters. Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals and Aeltje Uylenburgh all created masterpieces in this period of prosperity. Dutch Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt, the new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org), showcases 70 paintings on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, that demonstrate the Dutch mastery of portraiture, landscape and genre painting (paintings depicting stories with a moral). The exhibit opens Sunday, October 20, and remains on display through January 12. Tickets are $6 to $15 (but free on Friday), and the museum is open every day except Monday and major holidays. 314-721-0072

The Shape Of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22


The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection of abstract art officially went on display Tuesday, September 17, at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). The collection was gifted to the museum in 2017 by New Jersey-based art collector Ronald Maurice Ollie and his wife, Monique McRipley Ollie, in honor of Ronald's parents. The elder Ollies often visited the Saint Louis Art Museum with their children, instilling a lifelong passion for art. Ronald and Monique Ollie together collected art for many years, particularly work by contemporary black artists. Among the treasures in the exhibit, The Shape Of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection, are important works such as Robert Blackburn's lithograph Faux Pas, Mary Lovelace O'Neal's City Lights and Frank Bowling's Fishes, Wishes and Star Apple Blue, which demonstrates Bowling's innovative painting technique. In all, 40 works are displayed in the show, which draws its title from a poem by Quincy Troupe. The St. Louis native was inspired by the artworks in the Ollie Collection and wrote "The Shape of Abstraction; for Ron Ollie" in response. Troupe's poem is included in the exhibit catalog. 314-721-0072

The Lifespan of a Fact

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 10
Loretto-Hilton Center 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves Webster Groves


John D'Agata is a literary essayist whose latest piece is a magazine article — more of a classicist's rumination, perhaps — on the Las Vegas suicide of a teenager. The problem is his fact-checker, Jim Fingal, who insists on precision of language and detail. D'Agata's not interested in details; he's trying to convey the sweep of symbolism inherent in the death of a young man in Sin City. Through emails and eventually in person, both men wage what is increasingly a very personal war over language, intention and fact. Can facts be molded to better get at D'Agata's meaning? Is the truth of anything in fact quantifiable — and can it be done on a very tight deadline? Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell's comic play The Lifespan of a Fact is about the struggle to get the truth in print, a feat made more difficult by that peculiar habit of men, taking all criticism as an attack. The Repertory Theatre St. Louis presents The Lifespan of a Fact Tuesday through Sunday (October 18 to November 10) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $20 to $94.50.

Howard Barry: Inertia

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 9
University of Missouri-St. Louis-Gallery 210 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County


Local artist Howard Barry has gained significant attention for his illustrations inspired by the Ferguson protests, but he's not just an activist artist. Barry's drawings are a form of physical therapy and mental therapy. He creates to relieve his frustration with the world and his own pain. Using ink, coffee and various computer programs for effects, Barry creates images of artists, musicians, civil rights pioneers and modern-day protesters, all with an eye for gesture and a gift for imbuing something of his subject's character. James Baldwin's luminous eyes reveal his hurt and anger with the country that rejected him for his blackness and homosexuality, while a barefoot child pushing his way through cotton emerges from a page of sheet music for Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child." Inertia, an exhibition of Barry's artwork, opens with a free reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, September 14, at Gallery 210 on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; www. gallery210.umsl.edu). The show remains on display through December 9. 314-516-5976

Cayce Zavaglia: Unseen

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 27
William Shearburn Gallery 665 S Skinker Blvd, Clayton Clayton


Cayce Zavaglia's artworks appear to be hyper-realistic painted portraits when viewed from a distance; it's only when you move closer that you realize that they're embroidered. Zavaglia eventually noticed that the backside of each work contained a second portrait, one whose knotted and blurred features were just as beautiful and perhaps more psychologically interesting than the front. Recently she's returned to her roots as a painter by recreating these "hidden faces" in painted portraits. Unseen, a solo exhibition of Zavaglia's work in both paint and embroidery, goes on display at the William Shearburn Gallery (665 South Skinker Boulevard; www.shearburngallery.com) on Friday, October 18. The show opens with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Unseen remains on display through November 27. 314-367-8020

Dear Evan Hansen

Sundays, 1 p.m., Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays-Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Nov. 3
The Fox Theatre 527 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets$45-$105


Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's musical Dear Evan Hansen caused a national stir on Broadway, thanks to its ultra-contemporary plot. Evan Hansen is a high schooler with social anxiety being raised by his working mom, who's rarely at home. When a pep-talk letter he wrote to himself ends up in the pocket of a fellow student who commits suicide, Evan becomes involved with the grieving family. This gets him closer to Zoe, his longtime crush who's also the younger sister of the deceased. A white lie he tells to comfort the boy's parents spins out of control but also brings him closer to Zoe. Of course, Evan also is throwing out more lies all the time to keep his story afloat, and he's doomed to come back to the truth eventually. The Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; www.fabulousfox.com) presents Dear Evan Hansen at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday (October 22 to November 3). Tickets are $45 to $150. 314-534-1111

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