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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

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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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

Every Brilliant Thing

Sundays, 7 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 2

The unnamed child at the center of Duncan Macmillan's one-person show Every Brilliant Thing is only seven when her mother first attempts suicide. She takes it upon herself to create a list of worthwhile things in life, hoping her mother will find comfort in them and stop trying to die. She writes her favorites on numbered slips of paper ("1654. Christopher Walken's voice." "2001. Films that are better than the books they are adapted from"), and leaves them around the house for Mom to find. She grows to realize the list can help herself as well; depression is hereditary, after all. R-S Theatrics presents the life-affirming Every Brilliant Thing at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (November 16 to December 2) at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; www.r-stheatrics.com). Tickets are $18 to $20. $18-$20

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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Every Brilliant Thing

Thanksgiving Eve with the Rum Drum Ramblers

Wed., Nov. 21, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
phone 314-832-2251
bridgette@dasbevo.com

@ Das Bevo, 4749 Gravois Ave.
We are super excited to host the Rum Drum Ramblers on Thanksgiving Eve! Come kick off the holidaze with us at the big ole' windmill in the city! It's gonna get rowdy! Prost! FREE

https://www.facebook.com/events/186197848963763/
Thanksgiving Eve with the Rum Drum Ramblers

Ptah Williams Acoustic Trio

Fridays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 15

Join the legendary Ptah Williams, Gary Sykes & Darrel Mixon every Friday, 5:30-7:30pm (unless otherwise noted) for an early evening set of acoustic jazz. Reservations Recommended Free

http://www.thedarkroomstl.com/live-music/
The Dark Room (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-776-9550
Ptah Williams Acoustic Trio

Lorenzo Gonzalez

Sat., Nov. 24, 2-3 p.m.
phone 314-961-3784
tcooper@wgpl.org

Lorenzo Gonzalez will discuss his autobiography To Return to Cuba (Para Volver a Cuba), a story of his youth spent as a Cuban revolutionary soldier, his first-hand experience of the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis, and his eventual harrowing escape from communism. There will be books available for purchase at the event. Free

http://www.wgpl.org
Webster Groves Public Library (map)
301 E Lockwood Ave
Webster Groves
phone 314-961-3784
Lorenzo Gonzalez

Annual Baby Blues Showcase

Sun., Nov. 25, 5 p.m.

$10-$15

BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups (map)
700 S. Broadway
St. Louis - Downtown
phone 314-436-5222

Panoramas of the City

Through March 24, 2019

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 March 24, 2019, at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; www.mohistory.org). free admission

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

Blac Youngsta

Wed., Nov. 21, 8 p.m.

$13-$15

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

Thomas Erak

Fri., Nov. 23, 7 p.m.

w/ Andrés $13-$15

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

Project Wake Up's Inaugural Comedy Night

Sat., Nov. 24, 6-10 p.m.
phone 314-570-0090
wakeupdocumentary@gmail.com

Project Wake Up’s inaugural comedy night will take place on Saturday, November 24 at Chaminade College Preparatory. Headlined by St. Louis’ own Sklar Brothers, known for their ESPN cult classic series Cheap Seats and their subsequent podcast View from the Cheap Seats, the event will take place at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts in the Siefert Auditorium. $20-$100

https://www.facebook.com/events/1792639830826028/
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Skip Viragh Center For the Arts (map)
425 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
Frontenac
phone 314-993-4400

Michael Thomas & the Travlin' Band

Fourth Sunday of every month, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Continues through Nov. 27

Michael Thomas and his band love entertaining every 2nd and 4th Sunday night at 1860 Saloon! no cover

https://1860saloon.com/live-music-calendar/

Motown on Mondays Thanksgiving Eve

Wed., Nov. 21, 8 p.m.
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Motown On Mondays STL at Atomic Cowboy - Bootleg Don't miss the next FREE dance party Wednesday November 21st one of the biggest nights of the year. Come boogie with M.O.M. DJs: DJ Mahf - VThom - DJ Uptown - Hal Greens - James Biko Spinning the classics, remixes, and close relatives of your favorite Motown joints complete with visuals in the Bootleg venue at Atomic Cowboy. Drink Specials! Beer specials courtesy of 4 Hands Brewing Company! Free

https://www.facebook.com/events/2163984473625655/
The Bootleg (map)
4140 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis - The Grove
phone 314-775-0775

Harm for the Holidays

Fridays, Saturdays, 7-10 p.m. and Mon., Dec. 31, 7-10 p.m. Continues through Dec. 29
phone 314-664-8024

Join us for the Holidays and enjoy an exciting evening of murder, mystery and mayhem at the most dangerous comedy dinner theater show in town. Dig into a fantastic three-course dinner at the Famously Haunted Lemp Mansion and figure out who-dun-it! This may look like a festive Holiday Party for a family-owned, candle-making business but there is danger lurking beneath the mistletoe! Slimy characters, sneaky thieves, blackmailers, cheats and liars prowl around every corner and you oughta know since you’re one of them! They’re malicious conspiring reveals the true nature of Harm Enterprises…organized crime (shhh…don’t tell Grandpa!) Seats are just $52.95 per person and includes a delicious 3-course dinner

http://jestmurdermystery.com/st-louis-mo/
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