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Muny Memories: 100 Years on Stage

Through June 2

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

Currents 116: Oliver Laric

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through May 27

Austrian-born artist Oliver Laric creates work that explores image creation and repetition, which he displays on both the museum and gallery circuit and the online realm. For his new exhibition, Currents 116: Oliver Laric, he presents his video animation Betweenness, which features repurposed mushrooms, people, anime characters and some snippets of the CT scan of the Saint Louis Art Museum's mummy, Amen-Nestawy-Nakht, all morphing into animals. The cycle of looped video blurs all of these borrowed images together, which reveals their shared shapes and forms. Laric also sculpted his own version of Reclining Pan (long on display in the museum's gallery 236) using 3D scans of the original. He used the digital files to "print" sections of the sculpture in various materials on a 3D printer, which he then assembled. Currents 116: Oliver Laric is on display in galleries 249 and 250 from February 22 to May 27 at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, and admission is free. free admission

Rachel Whiteread

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

Rachel Whiteread emerged on the London art scene in the "cool Britannia" era of the late '80s and early '90s. The country was doing well financially and culturally, and people were ready to buy contemporary art made by contemporary British artists. Whiteread established herself as a leading light with her casts of everyday objects, which solidified the negative space in, under and/or around them in materials such as wax, plaster, concrete and resin. House, Whiteread's massive, freestanding concrete cast of the interior of an entire three-story Victorian house, earned her the prestigious Turner Prize in 1993, making her the first woman to win. Rachel Whiteread, the new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum, is a retrospective of the artist's career that showcases 96 objects. They range from the small Untitled (Pink Torso), a voluptuous form of the inside of a hot water bottle cast in pink dental plaster, to the expansive Untitled (Twenty-Five Spaces), translucent resin casts of the underside of various chairs and stools arrayed on a game-board-like grid. The exhibit is on display Tuesday through Sunday (March 17 to June 9) at the Saint Louis Arts Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org), and tickets are $6 to $12 (but free on Friday). $6-$12

Miss Saigon

Starts April 23. Sundays, 1 & 6:30 p.m., Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Fridays, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., May 5, 1 p.m. Continues through May 4

In the midst of the Vietnam War, G.I. Chris meets Kim, a war orphan. Kim works in a bar run by the opportunistic man known as the Engineer, and she's essentially his property. Chris' tour is almost over, and even if it wasn't he'll be leaving in a matter of days when Saigon falls to the communists. Here at the end of the world, Kim and Chris find love — at least for one night. But their union has unintended consequences when the communists take over, and Kim is left behind to deal with them. The revival of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil's bombastic musical Miss Saigon returns to the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; www.fabulousfox.com) for a two-week run. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday (April 23 to May 4). There's a final matinee at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 5, and tickets are $30 to $99. $30-$99

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The Fox Theatre (map)
527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-534-1111
Miss Saigon

Fashioning the Black Body

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through May 4

For black Americans, dressing well was not merely a matter of fashion — it was necessary for survival. In the era of sundown towns and the Green Book, when black families took the highways of America they dressed to the nines to show white America that they were people of substance, respectable and decent and not going to start any trouble. As they did with many of the rules enforced upon them, these early Americans took what little was allowed to them and made it their own source of pride. Hats were cocked at rakish angles, colors were vibrant and cuts were cleaner and sharper than what white America wore. In time, black styles were appropriated by the mainstream. Again and again the cycle has repeated itself, moving from black subcultures to the malls and schoolyards of middle America. The art show Fashioning the Black Body explores the ways in which fashion defines and projects the black identity in a variety of media. Mickalene Thomas' silkscreen I've Been Good to Me shows a black woman adorned and surrounded by color and pattern in her home. Mario Moore's oil painting One Day in the Land of Milk and Honey depicts a black figure laying flat on the ground, beneath it a subway platform upon which mills a group of faceless people in identical hoodies. Fashioning the Black Body opens with a free reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Projects+Gallery (4733 McPherson Avenue; www.projects-gallery.com). The show continues through May 4. free admission

Projects + Gallery (map)
4733 McPherson Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-696-8678
Fashioning the Black Body

Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt

Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 11

In his sonnet "Ozymandias," Percy Bysshe Shelley describes the legs of an epic statue in the desert wastelands, its ruined face lying "half sunk" in the sand. The inscription on the pedestal reads, "My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!" The poem is a meditation on time wearing away the memory of even the mightiest, and a reminder that death means forgetfulness. In truth, it may have been Ozymandias' successor who destroyed the statue upon assuming the title of pharaoh. Statues and memorial inscriptions held ritual power for the Egyptians, and it behooved the new ruler to sweep away all remnant of his or her predecessor. In the Pulitzer Arts Foundation's (3716 Washington Boulevard; www.pulitzerarts.org) new exhibition, Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt, the legacies of the pharaohs Hatshepsut and Akhenaten are examined through almost 40 historical objects that are both defaced and whole. Memory and visual culture are intertwined, and the destruction of the latter can easily erase the former. Striking Power opens with a free reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 22. The work remains on display through August 11. free admission

Pulitzer Arts Foundation (map)
3716 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-754-1850
Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt

True West

Sundays, 3 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through April 28

Austin is holed up in his mother's house, working on his screenplay, when his older brother Lee shows up. The two have neither seen each other nor spoken in a few years. A film producer may be interested in Austin's script, maybe, but Lee keeps distracting his little brother from his work. Even worse, when the producer shows up, Lee talks up his own nonexistent script, and the producer shows immediate interest. The brothers' relationship is fraught at the best of times, but if Lee thinks he's going to horn in on Austin's big break, another intra-family murder may be added to their family tally. Sam Shepard's drama True West is about sibling rivalry, American men and American violence, particularly the violence practiced in the semi-mythical American West. St. Louis Actors' Studio presents True West at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (April 12 to 28) at the Gaslight Theater (358 North Boyle Avenue; www.stlas.org). Tickets are $30 to $35. $30-$35

Alexandra Sinclair

Fri., April 26, 6 p.m.

free

The Dark Room (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-776-9550

Alexandra Sinclair

Fri., April 26, 6-8 p.m.
phone 314-776-9550
info@thedarkroomstl.com

Join us for an evening of music from 6PM to 8PM and enjoy premium cocktails and artisan cuisine. Having performed with acts as wide ranging as Grace Basement, the Burney Sisters, and most prominently Al Holliday & the Eastside Rhythm Band, Alex Sinclair has an undeniable talent and a charming musical presence that will draw you in... Sinclair has the ability to shred heavy-soul organ, as well as serenade with sweet piano ballads. Her first appearance on the Dark Room stage will feature a heavy dose of Fats Waller compositions, as well as some originals and other standards. No cover

The Dark Room (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-776-9550

Midtown Community Services Lip Sync Battle

Fri., April 26, 6-9 p.m.
phone 314-534-1180
nicole.plegge@midtowncs.org

Get ready to rock when 10 teams battle for Lip Sync stardom! Proceeds will help Midtown Community Services provide summer camp, afterschool and Family PRIDE programming for kids at risk in St. Louis. Admission includes an appetizer buffet, ticket for one free glass of beer and wine, and a full night of entertainment. A cash bar will be available. $35.00

https://www.midtownstl.org/lip-sync-battle
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Schlafly Tap Room (map)
2100 Locust St.
St. Louis - Downtown
phone 314-241-2337

Big Mike Aguirre

Fri., April 26, 7 p.m.

$5

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

Hot Mulligan

Fri., April 26, 7 p.m.

w/ Belmont, Kayak Jones, Fredo Disco, Future Teens $12-$15

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

Old Salt Music

Fri., April 26, 8-11 p.m.
phone 314-241-7867
manager@rhonerumbar.com

Old Slat Music with Mango Jay on Steel Drums plays live from 8-11pm 0

Rhone Rum Bar (map)
2107 Chouteau Ave
St. Louis - Lafayette Square
phone 314-241-7867

Del McCoury Band

Fri., April 26, 8 p.m.

$35-$45

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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900

Old Salt Music

Fri., April 26, 8 p.m.

free

Rhone Rum Bar (map)
2107 Chouteau Ave
St. Louis - Lafayette Square
phone 314-241-7867
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